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Special Needs child care

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I have been so dead set and focused on opening a child care center. Not just any child care center but one more geared towards Specials needs and Autistic children! I have done so much research. Deciding on the right care option for your child can be a challenging process, but you will enjoy immense peace of mind once you identify the situation best suited to your child's needs and gifts. After so much research, I'm surprised that there are many centers that try to reject children or even try to charge extra fees for a child with disabilities. There are so many benefits to opening the daycare and so much I could learn myself from this whole thing. There are so many thing a child care center geared towards special needs could offer, such as providing sign language interpreters, purchasing adaptive equipment. When a child-care setting aims to blend children of typical development with children with different abilities, it’s called inclusion. This type of setting offers an opportunity for children with different levels of development to interact and learn from each other. In an inclusive environment, children with different abilities can be found side-by-side engaging in similar activities. By making often minor adjustments to daily routines, child-care providers are able to ensure that children with special needs can fully participate with other kids. While the parents of special needs children and those with typical development may have different reasons for considering inclusive child care, both have at least one thing in common: they want the best environment to support their child’s needs as they grow and develop. This would be an amazing opportunity for me and even my 2 children cause I do have a son with Autism. I'd be learning more about other children and even learning more about my son. This is something I'd love to do and I would be able to create more jobs for other people as well that would love to do this! A few keys to success that I have jotted down would be; Maintaining a reputable and untarnished reputation in the community, Quality care, Competitive pricing, Flexible hours. I will aim to offer a safe and secure setting, close personal attention to each child's specific needs. There is a lot to know and do to be able to do this and I am willing to do whatever it takes and it would be such a great thing! My goal right now is to raise money to establish a center and things that will be needed. I have a lot of supporters and so many people that are willing to donate things that are needed.

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