Inclusion QuickTips: Boosting Participation in Circle Time


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“I’ve noticed that some of my toddlers with special needs are having difficulty staying engaged during circle time. What adaptations can I try to hook and sustain their interest and encourage more participation?”


Circle time is so important for all the young learners in your classroom–it’s a safe, welcoming place to practice social and communication skills, learn to listen and take turns, and share knowledge with peers. But sometimes it’s hard to keep all children engaged during circle time, and kids with special needs can sometimes experience obstacles to participation. Try these helpful adaptations from CARA’s Kit, and break down the barriers to happy and productive circle times for kids with disabilities.


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What’s your favorite way to make sure all kids can participate during circle time? Tell us what’s worked for you in the comments below!

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