5-4-3-2-1 Tips for Today: Inclusion

By Office of Early Childhood
October 02, 2019

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Things to Know or Do

  1. Predictable routines support inclusion.  Especially when parts of the daily routine are represented by pictures, are accessible by children, and referred to frequently throughout the day.
  2. Tell children one direction at a time.
  3. Thoughtful organization of activities, space and materials support inclusive practices.
  4. Typically developing children will develop equal or greater cognitive and language skills, have fewer challenging behaviors, more advanced social skills, and more accepting attitudes toward individuals who are different than those children who don’t participate in inclusive settings.
  5. Give information in a variety of ways – speech, gestures, or pictures.
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Children Read Alouds

  1. It’s Okay to be Different – Todd Parr: The important message of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring bold, bright colors and silly scenes. 
  2. Just Because – Rebecca Elliott: Young Toby whose big sister Clemmie has multiple disabilities writes about their adventures, plus their different activities and habits.

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