One common stumbling block to an inclusive school is how to move beyond mere physical inclusion. It is a common misconception that once children with disabilities are united with their peers in the classroom, inclusion is automatically achieved.
Educator Nicole Eredics points out that children need more than just to be included, they need to feel included too. In order for this to occur, students must be able to build friendships with each other and feel genuinely connected to those around them.
"The sense of emotional well-being and stability derived from friendships allows students to be more receptive and open to learning new concepts," says Eredics. Teachers play can play an important role in this process, and she offers 4 tips on how to help children develop friendships at school.
Academics are important, but it can be easy to forget that social interaction and learning also play a vital role in a child's development.
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