Holiday Tips for Inclusion at School

advocacy iep inclusion special education Dec 02, 2019

This season of celebration in school can lead to more children feeling isolated, lonely and left out.

Let's make sure that your child or students don't feel this way!

Ask yourself these questions and then get creative in planning an inclusive experience for everyone... this is the best gift you can give a child. A feeling of belonging, for exactly who they are.


  • What are your child/student's strengths? Now is not the time to try to improve weaknesses.

  • What will your child/student enjoy? Just because we might want a certain experience for a child, doesn't mean the child wants that experience.

  • Does your idea for creating an inclusive experience require more adult support? Go find it now.

  • Do you need to prep materials for the inclusive experience? Social stories? Make them now.

  • Are you tired of figuring out ideas for inclusion on your own? Join the Special Education Inner Circle here.

I don't have many negative experience as a special needs sibling, but seeing my brother excluded from school activities was one of the worst. It was a main motivator for me to become a special education teacher. I had no idea 20+ years ago I would be working with hundreds of teachers, parents and therapists inside of the Inner Circle, helping to design inclusive experiences. And... I wouldn't have it any other way. 

If you're struggling to create meaningful inclusion, don't hesitate to reach out and ask for help. 

With Hope & Determination Always,

Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed
Special Education Inner Circle, Founder 

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