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Reflection 3

I believe that all children with exceptionalities should have the opportunity to be part of

regular classroom programs, and to have reasonable accommodations made for them. There are

several reasons why a child with exceptionalities should be integrated into the regular classes.

For instance, children with exceptionalities add to the diversity of a classroom. It will help

children without exceptionalities develop an understanding of the perspective of children from

different backgrounds and learn to function in a multicultural, multiethnic environment. On the

other hand, children with exceptionalities bring new strengths into the classroom. They will help

promote a climate of giving in the classroom. They will do better when in a setting where more

is expected of them. In a regular classroom, children will have the opportunity to experience

what its like to be considered normal enough to learn in a regular classroom environment. The

positive performances of their peers inspire them, and they rise to the higher expectations of their


All parents want their children to be accepted by their peers, have friends and live regular

lives. For instance, schools are important places for children to develop friendship and learn

social skills. Children with and without exceptionalities learn with and from each other in

regular classes. Parents concerns are for their children to be accepted and involved in any

schools activities. They do not want their children to feel left out. I remember a parent sharing

with me that she was afraid for her child not to be accepted by others in school. I did tell that

parent that I would make sure her child and other children with exceptionalities be respected and

treated how they should. As an early childhood educator, I feel is a wonderful experience having

a child with exceptionalities in a regular classroom.

There are educators who work with children with a wide range of disabilities. I work

with children with mild to moderate learning disabilities. I know that each program provides

instruction for specific learning difficulties, such as speech and language impairments, emotional

disturb ands, hearing and visual impairments, autism, and other health impairments. Children

are tested and listed under of one of the categories and then paired with teachers that are

prepared to work with each group. Therefore, all teachers use various techniques to promote

learning. Depending on the disability, teaching methods can include individualized instruction,

problem solving assignments, and small group work.

When working with children with exceptionalities, teachers can accomplish a great deal

by managing the learning environment proactively to prevent behavior problems and promote

learning. There are appropriate strategies for addressing the needs of children with

exceptionalities. For instance, visual cues to orient children in the classroom is a wonderful idea.

Using boundary markers such as barriers, rugs, and colored tape on the floor to represent

boundaries between spaces that are used for different functions. By marking boundaries, makes

it easier for children to know when they are in a space that is dedicated to play. For example, in

my classroom we have created a sign with a picture of children eating snacks along with words

snack time. We usually post the sign on the table to signify that snacks are about to be served.

Something that will be very helpful is by providing structured opportunities for students

to participate in social interactions. Children with exceptionalities are sometimes excluded from

social interactions with other children, structured opportunities will be very helpful for these

children to learn. For instance, providing children with simple strategies to engage others in

social interactions. By demonstrating and modeling these strategies. We can have the child try

them out and him or her feedback and encouragement.

In our classroom, we have created an area for children to calm down. Its helpful to have

a designated area for children to calm down after being upset or overstimulated. Overall,

children with exceptionalities should be given all the love and support from their teachers.