7 easy STEM activities for students with developmental disabilities

Recognising, matching and manipulating patterns is a key early skill for STEM learners of all ability levels. Image: Shutterstock Teaching STEM is now a standard component of early childhood education, but do we pay enough attention to students with special needs? Educational institutions – from traditional schools to home school programs – are recognising the value of early childhood STEM programs in teaching critical thinking, encouraging curiosity and fostering a love of collaborative learning and problem-solving. However, as educators continue to build out their STEM offerings for younger children, it’s important they pay attention to the needs of students with developmental disabilities. All too often, students with disabilities find that STEM activities aren’t designed with enough consideration for their needs. That lack of consideration is an especially big loss considering that STEM-focussed activities can be especially stimulating and enjoyable for many students with disabilities and that disability-inclusive STEM education […]

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