Inclusive Learning May Be Easiest in Out of School Settings

What does it take to create an inclusive learning environment?  Probably the toughest place to make inclusion happen is in school -- for a variety of reasons.

To start with, once students are past early elementary grades, the opportunity for multisensory, hands-on learning appears to disappear.  Instead, students are asked to become almost entirely verbal learners who are able to describe and interpret their understanding through the use of spoken or written words.  While many people are verbal learners, a great many are not.  This reality is, in part, simply a tradition -- but it is also an artifact of the so-called "no child left behind" approach to education which is intended only for verbal learners.  Our special needs students are often "special" because they learn best in ways that involve fewer words and more options.

Another issue in the public schools is the requirement that kids sit still and attend, focus, organize and respond for extended periods of time.  Again, this is natural for some people, but not for many others. Our "special" kids are more likely to be the ones who need to move, touch and interact in order to make sense of the world.

Once outside the school setting, many "special needs" kids suddenly seem much less "special."  Whether in sports, music, drama, chess club, Boy or Girl Scouts, in the pool or on a nature trail, these kids are often stars.  They're the ones with excess energy, extraordinary focus, great observation skills, huge emotions, or great artistic talent.  While none of these qualities translate well into the typical school setting, they may be a tremendous asset outside that very particular situation.

In addition to all these positives, non-school organizations have the option of flexing and changing their programs and offerings on a dime, without the need to change an IEP, meet state guidelines, or otherwise cope with red tape.  If one approach doesn't work, it's easy enough to try another.

Perhaps most significantly, though, out-of-school settings are specifically designed to be interactive, multisensory and exploration-based.  From summer camps to riding stables to community theaters and bands to after-school clubs, it's all about doing and experiencing, not about talking and writing.

In recent months, I have seen a large growth of interest among non-school organizations (museums, nature centers, after school programs, YMCAs) in reaching and working with kids with special needs.  There are many reasons for this; some are mission driven; others are financially focused; still others are intrigued by the possibilities.  In just a few months, I've received several invitations to take part in conferences, events, and even Masters theses -- all focused on opportunities for kids with special needs in out-of-school settings.

Are you a part of a non-school organization that makes inclusion learning a priority?  Please share your program information here!

Join the Conversation on Facebook


  1. hey're the ones with excess energy, extraordinary focus, great observation skills, huge emotions, or great artistic talent here. Thanks

  2. An incredible composing operate is at strong ratio in order to the amount of visits it's possible to assume on the web page, as a result bettering the overall gross sales. click this for all kind of papers writing and it is very essay from others any writing service providers.

  3. These were beat by American astronauts.The watch aswell became a hot affair of prada replica the allegorical amplitude chase era animosity amid Bulova and OMEGA.This duke anguish watch was beat at all above NASA missions.NASA aswell called the alarm in the aboriginal 60s.The watch was the aboriginal watch by Aldrin (Buzz).It is believed that the watch had lost.In his book,Return to replica shoes Earth' Aldrin had mentioned that while altruistic abounding of the items to the Smithsonian Institution.If affairs one as a allowance is your ambition you may acquisition the prices a bit abrupt and out of louis vuitton replica your budget.When searching for these bags,you will acquisition the Speedy Louis Vuitton backpack one of the a lot of popular.You'll aswell acquisition it can be bought cheaper online.Once you anticipate of how abundant LV accoutrements are getting awash for in retail shops,the anticipation of just spending a few hundred seems so simple to dior replica do for most.Imagine for a moment how acceptable it would feel to be able to assuredly allow accurate Louis Vuitton bags.You will feel so acceptable about yourself and your accomplishments that you accept fabricated in your life.Do what added than accoutrements of humans accept already done.Eye-catching is one description that fits all models of gucci replica Louis Vuitton handbags.Both the alfresco and central of these signature accoutrements are visually delightful.However,they are priced just as handsomely.You may accept to dig abysmal into your abridged to acquire an accurate Louis Vuitton handbag,which partly explains why bargain imitations abound.Make abiding if you are purchasing an chanel replica aboriginal Louis backpack that you accept gone through all of the recommendations in adjustment absolutely to ascertain if it's in fact is an original.

  4. Hello, I enjoy reading all of your post. I wanted to write a little comment to support you. |

  5. From your blog it seems that you are en expert of writing article. Your contents are amazing and facts are true. I agree to all of your points that you have mentioned. |

  6. Interesting and amazing how your post is! It Is Useful and helpful for me That I like it very much, and I am looking forward to Hearing from your next.. |

  7. This is a smart blog. I mean it you have so much knowledge about this issue and so much passion. 
    conenpanama |

  8. I’m reminded of the Lord of the rings quote – “Nothing said before the word ‘but’ really counts. |

  9. Installment money loans unit came back over some years with equivalent expenses. Short money loans like Sequel money loans Associate in Nursing day payday loan montgomery enhance money loans mustn't be used as Associate in Nursing extended remedy to money issues.


Thanks so much for commenting! If you';d like to take part in an ongoing conversation about topics in this blog, please join us at the ;Authentic Inclusion Facebook page:


Lisa Jo Rudy