INCLUSION

Support for Including Children with Special Needs

The State of Missouri has the highest level of school suspensions in the nation, with St. Louis being the highest concentration in the state. In fact, in St. Louis, children score 61% higher in social-emotional delays than the national average. The SEEC Project is a multi-tiered research-based approach that teaches social-emotional skills in which all children benefit from provided preventative strategies for children who are at-risk for social-emotional delays and help determine interventions for children exhibiting challenging behaviors.

Teachers with Children

We have partnered with Project Launch to bring a grant funded project which is currently open to family childcare providers in the 63104, 63106, 63107, 63113 and 63118 zip codes in St. Louis County. It is comprised of 4 levels designed to follow sequentially. 

Children with developmental, behavioral or physical challenges and their families are offered security, compassion and understanding. We assist families in locating quality inclusive programs and work with the program staff to assure the best care possible. The more we learn about children’s development, the more we know how important it is to intervene sooner rather than later when a child has a developmental delay, disability or other special need including challenging behavior.

We also know that the American with Disabilities Act (the ADA) requires that child care providers make reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of these children. Our hearts tell us that we want to meet the needs of ALL the children we care for – but it’s not always easy to know HOW to successfully include a child with special needs.

United for children can help!

United 4 Children’s Inclusion Specialists offer the following services to assist you as you work to meet the needs of children with special needs in your centers and homes.

On-site or telephone technical assistance, short term observations, consultation and training specific to the needs of a particular child.
This service is provided free of charge.

Community-based workshops about Inclusion.
Watch for information about dates and times several times each year in email notices, flyers and on the Missouri Training Calendar.
There is a small fee for these training.

Providers –Click HERE  to view the specialist in your area map

To reach your Inclusion Specialist please call 1-800-467-2322 plus your Inclusion Specialist’s extension below. You can also email inclusionservices@united4children.org 

 

INCLUSION SPECIALIST BY REGIONS:

Eastern Region
Gail Wulff
wulffg@united4children.org
(314) 531-1412 ext. 117

Eastern Region
Alexa Blackwell
blackwella@united4children.org
(314) 531-1412 ext. 149

Becky Vogel
vogelb@united4children.org
ext.140

Southeast Region
Christine Pogue
poguec@united4children.org
(314) 531-1412 ext. 160

Central/Northwest Region
Wendy Cornell
cornellw@united4children.org
(314) 531-1412 ext. 153

Jill Smith
smithj@united4children.org
(314) 531-1412 ext. 104

Western Region
Telese Pickens
pickenst@united4children.org
(314) 531-1412 ext. 154

Southwest Region
Samantha Dugger
duggers@united4children.org
(314) 531-1412 ext. 132

Staff Members

Wendy Cornell
Director of Inclusion Services – Central NW, SE, SW & WR
800-467-2322
ext. 153

Telese Pickens
MO Inclusion Specialist
Western Region

800-467-1412
ext. 154

Samantha Dugger
MO Inclusion Specialist
Southwest Region

800-467-1412
ext. 132

Christine Pogue
MO Inclusion Specialist
Southeast Region

800-467-1412
ext. 160

Shanika McGee
MO Inclusion Specialist
800-467-1412

Alexa Blackwell
MO Inclusion Specialist
800-467-1412
ext. 149

Allison Brewer
MO Inclusion Specialist
800-467-1412
ext. 135

Rachel Barber
MO Inclusion Specialist
800-467-1412

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Gail Wulff
Director of Inclusion Services- Eastern Region
800-467-2322
ext. 117

Bridgit Gale
Assistant Program Officer
ext. 131

Becky Vogel
Early Childhood Specialist
ext. 140

Here are some of the highlights of each level:

The project was developed in 2006 to help address the challenges teachers were and are facing with children’s behaviors in the classroom that are disrupting instructional time. The training provides information that is based in theory and research that specifically looks at the impact of trauma, poverty and toxic stress that impact children’s readiness to learn.

Since the beginning of this project in 2006, 4,678 children have been impacted by the hard work of 749 teachers.

Resources

The CSEFEL website will provide you with scripted social stories, book lists/nook, teaching social emotional skills and help develop behavior support plans. Click below for more information! 

The CAinclusion website will give you resources in relationship and environments, teaching Social-Emotional strategies, emotional literacy, managing strong emotions, problem solving, conflict resolution and book nook. Click below for more information! 

Free resources, videos and articles on trauma informed, evidence-based and research backed SEL best practice.

The Backpack Connection Series was created by TACSEI to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Teachers may choose to send a handout home in each child’s backpack when a new strategy or skill is introduced to the class. Each Backpack Connection handout provides information that helps parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school and specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home. This series was developed in collaboration with Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion and Bal Swan Children’s Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

Click below to view ideas you can add for Preschoolers in your classroom!

Click below to view ideas you can add for infants/toddlers in your classroom!

Click below to view ideas you can add for your leaders!.

OUTCOMES & IMPACT

Children with developmental, behavioral or physical challenges and their families are offered security, compassion and understanding. Inclusion Services assist families in locating quality inclusive programs and work with the program staff to assure the best care possible. 

2,233

EDUCATORS

Received training on best practices

472

EDUCATORS

Received on-site consultation

85%

OF CHILDREN

Maintained quality placement

602

OF CHILDREN

Received Assistance

United4Children is the only Missouri State funded program addressing the federal recommendation of reducing suspension rates.

Phone: (314) 531-1412
Toll-Free: (800) 467-2322
Fax: (314) 531-4184

1310 Papin Street
Suite 100B
Saint Louis, MO 63103