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Three essential components to successful integration of young children in natural settings:

  1. Physical
  2. Instructional
  3. Social
  4. Central to the success of including all children in community and educational programs and social settings is developing a sense of “community” in all environments.
  5. Inclusion is a belief/philosophy not a mandated right. Inclusion focuses on the positive, including respect and dignity for families.
  6. For inclusion to be successful, collaborative teamwork among professionals and with parents and caregivers is essential.
  7. Key ideas to be considered for success in adapting activities and materials for infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities include:
  8. Planning for inclusion
  9. Adaptations only as much as needed – keep it simple and natural
  10. Enlist creativity and ideas of parents
  11. Individualization
  12. Developmentally appropriate practice
  13. Principle of full participation for families

Refer to Least Restrictive Environments

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