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Including All Children

Strategies that work

Teachers, educators and program staff are generally highly committed to the inclusion of children with additional learning needs in their classrooms, preschools, childcare centres and out-of-school hours programs, but the reality check comes once a child arrives in the setting.

  • Are the staff actually ready?
  • Do they feel confident in managing the specific needs of this child, at this time, in this setting?
  • Does everyone in the setting share the same views and values about inclusion?

Adults can often have valid concerns about inclusion such as:

  • But I don't know much about disabilities . . .
  • I already teach a large, multi-age class.
  • How will I support children with additional needs as well?
  • What if I get something wrong?
  • Will it take away from the time I spend with the other children?
  • This book addresses these concerns and provides realistic strategies for addressing them.

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Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 80 | Code: TS0284 | ISBN: 9781925145137

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Anne Vize

Anne has worked as a special educator in a variety of settings, and holds a Masters degree in Special Education. Her experiences include teaching children and young adults with intellectual, learning and physical disabilities as well as behavioural challenges which make attendance at school a challenge.

As well as teaching classroom literacy and numeracy, Anne has worked as a teacher of sport and recreation and has taught within the Professional Writing and Editing course at Chisholm Institute.

To date she describes her most challenging and inspiring teaching moment as being deciding to take a group of teenagers with varying disabilities including autism, attention deficit disorder, intellectual disabilities and behavioural issues to Sydney from Melbourne in a minibus to watch the 2000 Paralympic Games — driving and camping for the whole five day trip!

A previous recipient of a Queen's Trust scholarship award to visit New Zealand and Fijian special education settings, Anne is committed to constantly updating and extending her skills into new and diverse areas of writing and education.


1 Promoting inclusion7
Understanding diverse learning needs8
Planning an inclusive program12
Collecting information13
Planning activities with several outcomes13
Reflecting on personal values and beliefs15
Values and beliefs can affect the way you work16
The importance of respite17
Building professional knowledge and skills18
Strategies for building professional knowledge and skills19
Supporting and assisting children to participate20
2 Diversity and inclusion24
Where it all began24
Understanding diversity and diverse learning needs30
Valuing diversity in families30
Putting diversity on the agenda31
Talking about fairness33
3 Identifying and managing barriers to learning34
Environmental barriers34
Cultural and linguistic barriers36
Curriculum and activity barriers38
Social/attitudinal barriers39
Dignity of risk versus duty of care40
4 Developing a support and inclusion plan42
Considering needs and abilities43
Consulting with others44
Reflection and revision of inclusion plan46
The importance of relationship building46
The need for responsibility47
5 Implementing strategies to meet individual needs48
Supporting entry to the service48
Universal design principles50
Role modelling to encourage others51
Doing things together52
6 Effective communication53
Communicating with children with additional learning needs54
Barriers to good communication55
Child-centred communication56
7 Effective strategies for inclusion60
Visual schedules62
Response cards/clickers63
Social stories64
Applied behaviour analysis65
Cooperative learning66
Peer tutoring67
Assistive technologies68
8 Monitoring and reviewing strategies71
Seeking permission71
Issues of concern72
Strategies for maintaining information exchange73
Trialling and monitoring new strategies73
Sharing and reviewing using culturally appropriate communication74
Identifying and responding to barriers to strategies75
Notes and references78