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Barbara-photoBecause our curriculum is hands-on and center-based, when the children arrive in September, we emphasize that every center is open for their choice. They initiate the play in the centers and keep it going. For our students with special needs, the aides are given the supports or methods they need so that students can choose where they want to be. The aides also make sure the children can access everything they choose to do. A lot of this is contingent upon the aides' knowledge of how to adapt things for the children. They are a big key to this. They're the ones that have their hands on the children all day long.

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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP)  in collaboration with the Center for Literacy and Disabilities (CLD)  at Duke University.   NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by CLD, NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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