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Benefits of Using a Developmental Approach in an Inclusive Early Childhood Center


Benefits for children with disabilities
  • They become full members of an inviting and diverse classroom community.
  • Their strengths and needs are understood.
  • They are supported so they can continue to learn and grow.
  • They have opportunities to watch, listen to and engage with typical peers.
Benefits for children without disabilities
  • They learn to understand that everyone has strengths and needs.
  • They have opportunities to be peer models.
  • They learn to value and celebrate individual differences.
  • They become part of an inviting and diverse classroom community.
Benefits for families
  • They are actively involved in their child's development and education.
  • They learn about how their child is learning and developing.
  • They receive support in understanding their child's strength and needs.
  • They are full members of their child's classroom and school community.
Benefits for staff members
  • They see each child and family as unique.
  • They have opportunities to share ideas and information with other teachers, therapists and family members.
  • They are integral members of their classroom and school community.
  • They have an opportunity to further their own professiosnal interests.
Benefits for teachers in training
  • They get hands-on experience working in inclusive early childhood classrooms as they prepare to become teachers and therapists.
  • They are seeing what high quality inclusive practices look like.
  • They are members of an inviting and diverse classroom and school community.
  • They are able to make connections between research and practice in their studies at the university.

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