Children as an inclusive group
Children with special needs and capabilities
Following the philosophy of inclusion and having a diversity sensitive attitude in the classroom is pretty simple for children, given the right environment. The group will experience that children with disabilities are treated differently in some areas of the daily routine, and that they may behave differently. This will change their own perception. The other children may then re-engage with their own physicality, perhaps by tasting, trying out different playing positions, or exploring different sensory stimuli.
Children are curious by nature; they do not experience children such as Anahera as strange or unfamiliar but are usually full of enthusiasm. This enthusiasm can be contagious. Together, the educational team can creatively work with different situations, in order to enable Anahera to play together with the other children. How is it when everyone sits on the floor eating? Is it possible to get into the doll's corner without running? By playfully involving other children in the curative education of Anahera, it will also be possible to jointly and inclusively teach her, e.g. gross or fine motor skills board games can offer a sense of achievement that strengthens her self-confidence.
Many opportunities that make the coexistence of impaired and unimpaired children more colourful and diverse and enable all to see themselves as competent and capable, can be made possible by children like Anahera, with all of their special talents and disabilities. The fact that everyone is perceived as normal may help adults and children alike to better accept diversity and to discover individual skills in each child (Allen & Cowdery, 2005).