If your child has special needs, inclusive education strategies can help them thrive in the classroom. From her practice at United Therapy Center in Eagle Rock Los Angeles and in Riverside, California, Lisa Liguori, MA, BCBA, LBA, works with educators across Los Angeles and Riverside counties to implement inclusive education strategies. She helps children of all abilities to access the social and academic benefits of being in the classroom. If your child would benefit from inclusive education, call United Therapy Center today or schedule a consultation online.
What is inclusive education?
Inclusive education ensures that all students, regardless of abilities and challenges, are placed in age-appropriate classrooms and receive high-quality instruction, support, and any necessary interventions.
Children with special needs are competent students and can participate fully in a general classroom. Inclusive education focuses on accepting, understanding, and attending to the students’ differences and diversity.
Lisa collaborates with parents and educators to ensure that everyone understands the unique needs of each student. She works with schools to design and implement inclusive education strategies.
These strategies include support and accommodations to address the diverse needs of all the students in a classroom.
Who needs inclusive education?
Since 1975 when Congress enacted the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, students with special needs have the right to an education, and school districts are responsible for providing educational services for all children, regardless of ability or differences.
In the decades since this law was passed, studies have shown that including students with special needs who are placed in general classrooms not only have better academic and social outcomes, but there are also fewer referrals for disruptive behavior and absences.
In short, all students benefit from inclusive education.
What are the benefits of inclusive education?
Inclusive education offers several critical benefits to children and their families. First, students learn more than they would in a segregated classroom. Their performance in literacy, math, and social studies improves, both in terms of grades and standardized test results.
Children also develop enhanced communication skills and form meaningful relationships with teachers and other children. Children have a more positive attitude about themselves and school, resulting in increased motivation to learn.
Inclusive education improves a child’s achievement of goals within their Individual Education Plan (IEP) and increases their self-expectations.
What is included in inclusive education?
Inclusive education helps educators enhance their understanding of the varying needs of children and provides the opportunity to implement different learning modalities.
For example, a teacher can use visual, auditory, and kinesthetic approaches. Using multiple modalities helps all students learn, retain, and use information and skills.
Call United Therapy Center today or make an appointment online to learn more about inclusive education and how it can help your child.