What's Your Excuse?

1765 WordsJun 16, 20188 Pages
What’s your excuse? Allen and Cowdery (2012) state ‘Inclusion is not a set of strategies or a placement issue. Inclusion is about belonging to a community – a group of friends, a school community, or a neighborhood’ (Pg.5). Inclusion of children with disabilities in 'normal' classrooms, happens to be a widely debated topic; whilst there are valid arguments on both sides and benefits for both inclusion and segregation, inclusion has become law (Holdheide & Reschly, 2008). Inclusion requires a great deal of work in and out of the classroom setting. One of the most prominent barriers is that of communication; with lack of time, funding and negative attitudes of not only parents, but the student body and teachers bringing up the…show more content…
Children with social insecurities will become the easiest target for bullies; but social acceptance will deter allot of bullying is disabled students are integrated into mainstream classrooms. What needs to be realized by educators and parents alike is when the child is acting out and people don’t know how to respond; children are more likely to become confused and unsure how it is they are supposed to behave (Shaddock, Giorcelli & Smith, 2007). Shaddock, Giorcelli & Smith (2007) recommend running some social skilling programs in the classroom; not only will disabled children benefit from these sessions but they are great for other students too. Social development leads to cognitive development; if children are not comfortable within the social environment, they may struggle to partake at educational activities and lessons (Shaddock, Giorcelli & Smith, 2007). Cognitive development relies heavily on the children’s environment suggesting inclusive classrooms as promoting higher order thinking and challenges for disabled children (Marotz, 2009). Cognitive theorist’s Piaget and Vygotsky both talk about how important the social influences around children are when it comes to cognitive development; Piaget claims that it is due to the interactions and co-operation of peers interacting with other peers that makes children evolve through cognitive stages (Dockett & Fleer, 1999). Children with disabilities quite often have trouble organizing
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