Welcome to our Special Needs page
Children with physical, developmental, behavioural/emotional or sensory impaired challenges are attending early learning settings. It is important to ensure both overall program quality and inclusion quality – how well early childhood programs support individual children with special needs and their families in an environment that is friendly, welcoming and enjoyable.
Taking the following 10 steps can lead to securing help for a child with special needs, the family and child care providers — everyone on the team.
Enjoy Some Of Our Past Content On This Topic
- Communicating with Children who have Special Needs
In describing a child with special needs, be sure to put the child before the disability. For example say “a child with a learning disability” instead of a “learning-disabled child.” Download the copy here
- How Do You Know That You Are Moving Toward Inclusion?
As more children with special needs are included in community early learning settings, it is important to consider both overall program quality and inclusion quality – how well early childhood programs support individual children with special needs in an environment that is friendly, welcoming and enjoyable. Download the copy here
- Learning to use “Words”!
For children who have extreme difficulty speaking, it is often helpful to introduce other ways to communicate. Download the copy here.