Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects about one and a half million people in the United States; one in every 150 babies is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. April is autism awareness month and autism organizations round the world celebrate by raising awareness through events and fundraising. The nationwide symbol for autism is the blue puzzle piece because every puzzle piece is different in some way, much like the diversity of the individuals affected.
Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family regardless of their ability to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with or without disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential. The definition of inclusion can be used to identify high quality early childhood programs and services are access, participation, and supports. How do we arrange a preschool environment for success? Children with autism function best when they have; structure and a predictable routine, environments that do not distract, verbal reminders of what will happen next, and picture schedules.
We at Rainbow Child Care Center understand the importance of inclusion of all children in our childcare centers. We have a policy set in place for children with special needs and a system to help them succeed. We work very hard to make Rainbow Child Care Centers a “home away from home” for every child.