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Integrating NDIS Resources into the Classroom Environment

Integrating NDIS Resources into the Classroom Environment

As we continue to pave the road to complete inclusivity and diversity, different needs and preferences are starting to be considered in almost all industries: education, healthcare and even in entertainment. For children, this means consideration of play and resources used in play. 

To help aid and regulate the inclusivity initiative for resources, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has set guidelines that take into account the needs of  differently-abled children -- how their resources and activities can help them develop their different motor, social and intellectual skills.

If this is an advocacy that resonates with you or one that directly applies to your classroom setting,  then you might want to integrate NDIS resources to your students’ everyday routine!!

How it Helps your Students

If you have a student who has different needs in your classroom, observe them to see what areas they need help with. Do you see them having trouble holding onto tiny objects? Do they have attention-span issues as they get distracted easily? This and other situational factors that apply specifically to your student should largely influence the kind of resources you purchase.

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Choosing the Right Resources

Now that you have a picture of your student’s needs, it's time to explore NDIS resources. Look for resources that align with your student’s interests and goals. For example, if your student enjoys sensory play, consider items like textured balls or fidget resources. If they're working on fine motor skills, puzzles and building blocks can be excellent choices.

Quality and Safety First

When shopping for NDIS-approved resources, prioritise quality and safety. Ensure that the resources you purchase meet relevant safety standards and are durable enough to withstand regular use. Check for any small parts that could pose a choking hazard, especially for younger students or those with specific sensory needs.

Budget-Friendly Options

Navigating the NDIS resources shop doesn't have to break the bank. Many budget-friendly options are available, including DIY sensory activities and educational games that promote learning without hefty price tags. Don't hesitate to explore these alternatives to find the best fit for your student and your budget.

Seeking Professional Guidance

If you're unsure about which resources are best suited for your student needs, don't hesitate to seek professional guidance from your co-teachers and even professionals. Occupational therapists and other specialists can offer valuable insights and recommend specific resources that align with your student’s developmental goals.

Consider your Student’s Preferences

Aside from their needs, remember that every individual --- such as your student --- will always have a unique set of preferences including learning preferences, sensory preferences or communication preferences. Slowly integrate different kinds of resources to their daily routine and see what works for them and what they genuinely enjoy. 

By taking into consideration their own special preferences, you are ensuring that playing with their NDIS resources becomes a truly pleasurable experience for them, making it the perfect play time!

As you enter the world of NDIS resources and see how it benefits your own student’s development, you’ll realise that it can be a rewarding experience when approached with purpose and understanding. 

As you consider your student’s needs, prioritise quality and safety -- exploring budget-friendly options, seeking professional guidance when needed, and tailoring the experience to suit your student’s uniqueness, you can create a play environment that supports their growth and development under the NDIS, making your classroom an inclusive zone for all.

Ready to Enter the World of NDIS-Approved Resources? 

If you’re a parent or teacher in need of the right kind of tools to help with your child’s development, then you’ve come to the right place. We practise all that we have stated above in the creation and selling of all our resources making sure that aiding child development be our top priority!

See our list of NDIS-approved resources here, or if you want to search for more resources, we might have them on our website. Enjoy your shopping at The OT Store!

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