Special Education

Special Education Inclusive Practices: 3 Examples to Get You Started

In our last blog, we introduced you to 5 tips that can bring special education inclusive practices to your classroom, but what does that look like in practice? Let’s dive into 3 examples to get you started in your inclusion efforts. 

Example #1

Johnny is a student with autism who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that states he should be in his general education classroom 80% of the time with accommodations and his special education classroom the remainder of the time. His general education teacher provides accommodations such as extended time on tests, adapted assignments, and assistive technology. Johnny is also allowed to take part in goal setting and decision-making, which helps him feel empowered and respected. During group projects, Johnny’s peers provide support and assist with tasks that he finds difficult. The teacher and school administration also have open communication with Johnny’s parents to ensure his needs are met. With this level of support, Johnny is able to participate and succeed in his general education setting.  

Example #2

Sally is a student with physical disabilities who attends a general classroom alongside her similar-aged peers. To help her participate in class activities, the teacher provides appropriate supports, such as visual aids, adapted furniture, and assistive technology. This includes a laptop with voice recognition software that Sally can use to type and participate in class discussions. Sally’s peers are also encouraged to be inclusive and help her with tasks that she may find difficult. The teacher and school administration also work closely with Sally’s parents to ensure her needs are met. With this level of support, Sally is able to participate and succeed in her inclusive education environment.  

Example #3

Henry is a student who is deaf and attends an inclusive classroom. To help him access curriculum, the teacher provides accommodations such as captioning on videos, sign language interpreters, and assistive technology. The teacher also ensures that Henry’s peers are aware of his needs and provide support when needed, such as providing him visual cues. Henry’s sign language interpreter is present with him at all times during the day so that he can participate not only in class instruction, but also in group activities and socialization. With this support, Henry is able to succeed in his inclusive education environment. 

How Can These Examples Be Applied?

The examples discussed above can help students with disabilities have a more inclusive education by allowing them to access curriculum and instruction in ways that are meaningful to them. By providing individualized instruction, accommodations, and assistive technology, teachers can ensure students with disabilities are able to participate in activities and demonstrate knowledge in ways that are comfortable for them.  

You can use these tactics to evaluate your own needs within your classroom. What personal needs do your students with disabilities have, and how can you shape your curriculum and schedule to best fit them? Although some accommodations are more difficult than others, you can start by providing positive reinforcement, respect, open communication, and a supportive atmosphere. Using supports such as these can go a long way in helping create an inclusive classroom culture that all your students can benefit from.  

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Managing IEPs, 504s, tracking student academic progress, and service times provided can be tedious and takes time away from your students. With Euna, you can accomplish these tasks in less time, allowing you to get back to what is important.  

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