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Episode 16: Inclusive learning environments for all with Debs Davies 

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Alistair Bryce-Clegg and Debs Davies return for the final episode of the topic to discuss practical strategies for supporting the development of neurodivergent children.

They emphasise the importance of not making assumptions about a child’s behaviour and suggest that practitioners should try to understand the reasons behind a child’s actions, such as sensory needs. They also highlight the potential harm of punitive measures, like missing break times or public shaming, and how these can negatively impact neurodivergent children. 

Individualised support

Debs and Alistair stress the significance of acceptance and the need for individualised support that respects each child’s unique learning style. They believe that creating an inclusive environment for neurodivergent children benefits all children and helps instil valuable life lessons about diversity and acceptance.  

They encourage early years practitioners to expand their understanding and challenge preconceived notions to create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment. Debs also underscores the importance of early diagnosis, helping individuals understand their neurodiversity, and fostering a sense of agency.  

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