Just like the studies that reveal the benefits of inclusion in workplaces, many studies show that inclusive classrooms are beneficial for students, and not just those who receive special education services. Here are five benefits of inclusive classrooms as according to Understood.org .
· Differentiated Instruction. All students learn differently. This is a principal of inclusive education. Teachers meet everyone’s needs by presenting lessons in different ways.
· Supportive Teaching Strategies. In an inclusive classroom, teachers weave in specially designed instruction and support. For example, kids may be given opportunities to move around or use fidgets. These strategies are helpful for all students—not only for students with learning and attention issues.
· Reduced Stigma. No kid wants to be known as the "special one” or different. Inclusive classrooms are filled with diverse learners which lets kids talk about how everyone learns in their own way.
· Effective Use of Resources. In more traditional special education settings, many kids are pulled out for specialized instruction. An inclusion class often brings speech therapists, reading specialists and other service providers into the classroom. These professionals can provide information and suggestions to help all students.
· High Expectations Apply to All. If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), his goals should be based on the academic standards for your province or state. Those standards lay out what all students are expected to learn in math, reading, science and other subjects by the end of the school year.
Understood.org is a resource that amalgamates the work of 15 education-related non-profits to offer assistance to millions of parents whose children, ages three to 20, are struggling with learning and attention issues.