Benefits of Inclusive services for preschoolers with disabilities
Children with disabilities who are fully included in high-quality classrooms with typically developing peers have been shown to make positive gains across nearly every developmental domain. In addition to academic gains, they are more likely to show positive social and emotional behaviors; develop higher level social skills; engage in more advanced play; develop more advanced communication skills; and generalize skills across settings. There are also long term benefits. Researchers have found that high expectations can lead children with disabilities to develop more confidence, independence, and a stronger sense of self.
Typical children in inclusive classrooms have shown positive developmental and attitudinal changes from integrated experiences. They can develop more realistic attitudes about children with disabilities, become more sensitive to their needs, and learn to appreciate individual differences at an early age. Academically, students without special needs will have their own knowledge and self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills reinforced and enhanced by helping another child learn. this model is called peer tutoring and is used widely in classrooms. By teaching a concept or helping students with disabilities practice a skill, kids are given increased experiences with the material. this strengthens their subject knowledge and gives them a better chance to achieve success.