The Benefits of Inclusive Play

Play is not just fun and games for children; it’s the foundation for their development. Studies indicate that engaging in play enhances children’s skills in planning, organizing, socializing, and managing emotions. Play contributes to the development of language, mathematical, and social competencies, and it also supports children’s ability to manage stress. Inclusive play is a…

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The Role of Inclusion in Child Development and Learning

In the evolving landscape of child development, inclusion is a cornerstone for nurturing an environment where every child, regardless of their abilities or background, can grow, learn, and thrive. At its core, inclusion is about belonging and feeling that your participation and voice are welcome. It’s something everyone desires and deserves. Continue reading to learn…

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Out of School Time Programs: Inclusive Care for ALL Children

Learn why inclusive and welcoming environments are a critical component to creating high-quality out of school time (OST) programs for every child. As schools across the country have begun a new academic year filled with excitement, learning, and new experiences, it’s also important to recognize the crucial role of inclusive care in Out of School…

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Explore the KIT 2023 Summer Book List For Young Readers

Embracing Inclusion Through Diverse Characters & Unforgettable Stories Delve into a world of imagination and disability inclusion with our 2023 summer reading list. Discover stories and tales that ignite young minds, helping to develop empathy, understanding, and respect for the rich kaleidoscope of human diversity. Summer is the perfect time for all children to go…

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Exploring Intersectionality: Understanding the Overlapping Identities of the LGBTQIA+ Community and Individuals with Disabilities

The LGBTQIA+ community and individuals with disabilities share similar challenges of discrimination, exclusion, and stigma. Let’s explore their shared experiences, the barriers they are faced with, and highlight the importance of disability inclusion in this historic month. In the spirit of Pride Month, Kids Included Together (KIT) is delving into the profound connection between the…

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Top Tips for Creating Inclusive and Supportive Programs

Learn how to build inclusive and supportive programs that empower all children to thrive. From understanding the importance of disability inclusion to addressing challenges and leveraging helpful resources, find tips here to help you establish an environment that celebrates diversity and fosters growth. Programs that promote, cultivate, and exemplify disability inclusion and behavior support have…

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How To Create A Safe Space For Kids With Autism In Your Program

Does your program serve kids with autism? As leaders in disability inclusion and behavior support training, we’ve developed strategies to create safe spaces for children and youth with ASD. Our approach fosters environments where they can flourish, be themselves, and avoid “masking,” – the act of hiding their true selves in order to fit in,…

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2023: Supporting Kids With Developmental Disabilities

For Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2023, we are exploring key considerations for children and youth professionals and emphasizing the importance of disability inclusion and behavior support training to inspire meaningful action. March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. This month-long event presents an opportunity to come together for children and youth with developmental disabilities and to…

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Dispelling 11 Common Myths About Kids with Disabilities

Are you wondering how program staff, parents, families, and caregivers can combat the exclusion of children with disabilities? The answer is simple: through awareness, education, and facts. It’s essential to dispel the most common myths about children with disabilities with accurate, research-backed information. That’s why we’re providing you with exclusive resources to help you enhance…

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Inclusion Training: Why Is It Critical?

Training in disability inclusion and behavior support is essential for all professionals directly working with children of all abilities. Learn how developing inclusive programs significantly impacts the support you can provide to children and their families, and how taking part in inclusion training is the first step towards creating a meaningfully inclusive environment for children…

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