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Supporting Children with Special Needs Workshop


What does it take to look after a child with "special needs"? Every child has unique needs, so many strategies for including children with "special needs" are the same as the things you do to meet the needs of any child. Including children with special needs in your care just takes a little bit of knowledge, creativity, and flexibility.




Think of some questions that you have about special needs and write them down. What are "special needs" and how do they compare to all children's needs? What do I need to know to include children with special needs in my care?


Field Visit

As you watch, look for things that the child care provider does that you would find helpful. How can you structure your daily activities to include everyone? What techniques are they using to include children with "special needs"?


Follow-up Discussion

Prepare to watch how the panelists react to the video. Keep your questions and the active learning questions in mind and take notes on one topic that interests you. What can you see yourself doing to help a child with "special needs" learn and develop? What does an inclusive environment look like?


Activity: Circle-Time Name Song

Here's your chance to think about how to apply what you've learned. How can you support children with special needs during an activity? Imagine that you are a child with special needs. What would you want/need in order to fully participate? As a child care provider what could you do to fill those needs?

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"Supporting all Children: Accommodating Special Needs" (230K)
Song Posters (344K)
Homemade Kazoos (318K)
Circle-Time Name Song (304K)
Movement Center (296K)


Related Episodes
Children with Special Needs
Recognizing Special Needs


Active Learning Tips
Here are some tips to get you started:
Keep questions handy as you watch. Use them as a guide to taking notes
Review questions before viewing as a reminder of what you want to learn.
Ask yourself what you would have said if you were a panel member on the show.
Use questions after viewing to reflect on what you currently do and how you might integrate perspectives or ideas from the program.
Tape a show and watch it more than once using different questions each time to focus on different kinds of information.
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