Accommodating children with special needs in the classroom

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Studies show that inclusion is beneficial for all students—not just those who receive special education services. By using small groups, teaching can be tailored to the way each student learns best. Teachers meet everyone’s needs by presenting lessons in different ways and using Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

For example, they may use multisensory instruction.

But most kids with learning and attention issues spend most of their time in general education classrooms. D., executive director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, points out, “It’s important for parents to realize that special education students are first and foremost general education students.” Many schools have inclusion classrooms.

Many of those classrooms are what’s known as inclusion (or inclusive) classrooms. In part, that’s because the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) says that kids who receive special education services should learn in what’s called the “least restrictive environment” (LRE).

In an inclusive classroom, teachers weave in specially designed instruction and support that can help students make progress.