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Inclusion Matters most in app for children with disabilities

A childcare centre network has developed an app to help educators work with the upcoming National Disability Insurance Scheme to create a more inclusive environment for kids with disabilities.

KU Children’s Services free ‘Inclusion Matters’ app offers practical tips and tricks primary school and early childhood educators can effectively accommodate kids with special needs. As the NDIS rolls out, many therapists – of various specialties – will be working with children in different learning environments. This includes schools and early learning centres.

Inclusion Matters aims to help staff work with therapists to create and maintain inclusive environments.

“Traditionally, an intervention practice might look to take the child for a [one-to-one] speech therapy session. That’s not inclusive practice,” explained Poppy Brown, KU’s general manager of early learning inclusion. “[The app aims to show] how the staff, the centre, can work with the therapists coming in to make sure the child is supported in their therapy and the staff can work with that child on their therapy.”

“[For example] if the speech therapist has set some goals and some things for the child to do that fortnight, staff can keep working with the child throughout that fortnight rather than just that one hour that the therapist may spend with the child.”

Inclusion Matters is available on the iTunes Store and Google Play.

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