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Inclusion

Inclusion

By Dr. June Stride View more articles

Knowledge is Power!

How informed are you about inclusion? Do you know how the school intends to educate your child in an inclusion setting? Take time to inform yourself. Your up front effort will save time and stress later if/when a difficulty should arise.

 Step 1: Obtain and read copies of any:

·      school administrative documents about inclusion given to staff, parents or students as well as the school handbook.

·      district administrative documents about inclusion given to staff, parents or students as well as the district policy handbook.

Determine overall district /school position and how they have notified the staff and the public. Do not be hesitant to ask the administration for clarification. 

 Step 2: Identify Supports

·      School psychologists or guidance counselors can help with scheduling, counseling, behavioral and parental issues as well as a course of action regarding a particular student or concern.

·      Nurses may provide the usual medical support but also related issues dealing with students’ personal needs, drug abuse, and sometimes friendly and concerned mentoring.

·      Security staff may make life easier for your special needs student if aware of how to more effectively support special needs.

·      Administrative personnel can assist in ‘making things happen’ when they recognize your efforts with inclusion. Your positive attitude may well encourage them to be available at the time of your pressing need.

Step 3: Construct an Inclusion Support Contact Log

Name

Position

Phone

E-mail

Time Available

Type of Support

 

Principal

       
 

Ass’t. Principal

       
 

Dean

       
 

Psychologist

       
 

Nurse

       
 

Guidance Counselor

       
 

Social Worker

       
 

Custodian

       
 

Security Guard

       
 

Cafeteria Worker

       
 

Bus Driver

       
 

Secretary

       
 

District Administrator