Inclusive Education Practices

Inclusion is more than just a process of having special needs students in regular education classrooms.  At Riverview East Academy, inclusion is a mindset; it is our way of approaching special needs students with dignity for the talents they possess and the contributions they make within educational setting.  Inclusion is a concept of supporting children in their learning.  We believe at Riverview East Academy that inclusion is the very culture of our school and defines how students, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders view the potential of children.  Inclusion is truly rooted in the phrase that “all children can learn”.  Below, you find just some of strategies utilized at Riverview East Academy regarding students with special needs.

  • Eliminate or reduce distractions in the classroom.
  • Effective intervention is one that utilizes a child’s strength in order to build on the specific areas in need of development.
  • Being keenly aware of and monitoring progress of the child’s skills and abilities will help dictate what accommodations in classroom structure and/or materials are appropriate and feasible.
  • Be mindful of the appropriate indicators for child development.
  • Attempt as much as possible to coordinate programs across home, school, and community environments.
  • Data is constantly being recorded to monitor a child’s progress and troubleshoot.
  • Select work areas that best lend themselves to that being taught.
  • To effectively include children, teachers must provide structure; set up the classroom so that students understand where to be, what to do, and how to do it, all as independently as possible.
  • Understand that if the material is presented too quickly, or if they feel overwhelmed by the difficulty or amount of new material, students may get lost.
  • Ask students to paraphrase occasionally and ask frequent questions to ensure the student’s comprehension of the material.
  • Use a visual outline (graphic organizer) on an overhead projector to draw the attention of the students and to assist them in organizing information.
  • Give frequent and direct encouragement.
  • Teach good study skills to students.
  • Increase the student’s personal independence.
  • Set up a buddy system with classmate participation.
  • Encourage small group interactions.
  • Provide study guides.
  • Provide duplicate sets of information for family use.