As we mentioned at the beginning of the course, inclusion is a mindset. One of the most important first steps to making sure you have that mindset is to begin thinking and speaking about students with disabilities differently.
Here are some examples to help change the language you use when you are speaking about students with disabilities:
Instead of saying Jamie is Autistic, consider saying Jamie has Autism. Remember Person First Language!
Instead of saying the student is stimming, consider saying is self-regulating.
Instead of saying the student is obsessing or fixating on something, consider saying special
interests or area of expertise.
Instead of saying the student hyperactive, consider saying the student is active or energetic.
Instead of saying the student is stubborn or manipulative, consider saying independent or confident.
Instead of saying the student is a “screamer”, or a “runner”, consider saying student communicates by raising his voice when he or she feels overwhelmed.
Instead of saying “Jamie can’t sit for the entire reading lesson”, consider saying “Jamie is able to sit for the beginning of the reading lesson”.