The Importance of excursions for Children with Special needs

Excursions, including regular outings, provide valuable opportunities for children with special needs to explore the wider community and to extend their scope of learning.  CDSS is a strong advocate of using excursions as an essential learning means for disabled children.  Our service is always mindful of additional risks that may be present during excursions which CDSS believes should be conducted in a way that:

 

  • ensures the safety, health and wellbeing of the children being educated and cared for by the service.
  • meets the emotional growth and educational/developmental needs of the participants that are being supported and cared for by our service.

 

Considerations for excursions

In addition to the specific requirements of National Regulations for taking children on excursions, Statute Law at all levels needs to be met. In a nutshell, service providers need to make sure that:

  • all children being supported and cared for by the service are adequately supervised at all times during the excursion.
  • every reasonable precaution is taken to protect children being supported and cared for by the service from any harm or hazard likely to cause injury.
  • Appropriate numbers of support staff caring for the children are on hand for the excursion.

 

Hands-on and Real-World Experiences

Excursions are a great way to get children motivated, interested, and inspired by activities outside of their home and and the space that they receive supports in. Excursions can encourage children with disabilities to participate in hands-on activities like planting vegetables and feeding animals. Additionally, excursions also present real-world experiences and allow participants to constructively explore and ask questions in a safe, encouraging environment. One of the real benefits of special needs children attending an excursion is that it provides them with ideas and concepts that cannot be replicated through other means such as computer screens, television etc. For example, visiting a bakery and watching a baker make bread or a farmer growing food teaches children about food supply and the work involved in getting food from primary producers to the supermarket.

Excursions with disabled children to museums, art galleries or historic sites for example also provide participants with a greater appreciation of the cultural, artistic, historical values and legacies of their society as well as their role within that environment.

Excursions are an essential educational tool for getting special needs children involved in society.  They are a great learning mechanism for participants to get involved in activities in the community and help them develop a better understanding and appreciation of the culture they live in and the dynamics of their community.  For these reasons CDSS strongly advocates for these activities to be part of the support programs we offer our participants, and our service is always encouraging our support workers and clients to get actively involved with excursions as an educational tool for our participants.

Please feel free to contact our service by email at info@cervinodisabilitysupportr.com.au for more information about the advantages of excursions in the growth and development of our participants.  We are very confident that our support programs that are heavily invested in utilising the benefits of excursions programs will provide our clients with great benefits and our participants with much satisfaction and joy.