The inclusive school

These practical tips will help teachers integrate children with disabilities into the classroom – and the school as a whole – to create an inclusive learning environment When we think of integrating a learner with a physical disability, most of us think about providing wheelchair ramps and ensuring there are...

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Teacher and learner sensitisation

Our third article on integrating children with disabilities into an inclusive classroom looks at the importance of sensitising teachers and learners Last articles focussed on the importance of parents and or learners disclosing their disabilities to the school, with some practical tips on information sharing between the learners, parents, teachers...

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Easing the transition

The second article in our series on integrating children with disabilities into inclusive classrooms in mainstream schools focuses on the importance of a meeting between learner, parents and teacher. We know teachers aren’t always trained or experienced in accommodating learners with disabilities in their classrooms. In addition, all children with...

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Meeting the principal

In our first instalment of a series of articles about integrating children with disabilities into mainstream classrooms, we look at how parents can ease their transition With a big push towards inclusive education rather than segregated special education, more and more mainstream schools are welcoming children with disabilities in their...

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Why can’t that man walk?

It is important to know how to talk to children about disability. The first step is to speak positively about impairments. Children are curious and will often ask personal and difficult questions, especially when they see something new or interesting. As adults, the way we react to the child’s question...

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Bowling for fun

Bowling is a fun activity that can assist children with disabilities improve their strength, agility and hand-eye coordination. With these adaptations to the traditional game, everyone can join in  Ball games are important for children, as they help to improve overall strength and agility, and develop hand-eye coordination and gross...

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Making sweet music!

Children love music – and these instruments can be made and enjoyed by children with mobility impairments Place the instruments in a spot where the child can access them most easily (eg, fitted to wheelchair lap-trays or taped to children’s wrists). As far as possible let the children help to […]

Crossing the midline

Teaching a child to cross their midline is crucial in developing their handwriting, as well as their reading and hand-eye coordination. Use these fun exercises to improve their bilateral coordination When you hear the term ‘midline’, think about an invisible line drawn from the head to the toes that separates […]