Conference Day Workshop

Inclusion: A Special Education and Counselling Perspective
Heather Cronk - Elementary Counsellor | International School of Kenya
Heidi Laws - Head of student Support Services | International School of Kenya
Dr. DeeDee Werner - High School Counsellor | International School of Kenya

Inclusion: A Special Education and Counselling Perspective

Innovative Practice Sessions

About this workshop

Examining current research and best practices surrounding inclusivity education, challenges and benefits and overcoming them are central to the theme of this workshop.  Through a dialogue of the ISK process, analysis of participants’ schools and experiences, and a simulation activity, participants will walk away with an understanding of the key role that counsellors, special education and classroom teachers play in making a program work for ALL students.


  • Increase understanding around “What is inclusion” and what are both the academic and social/emotional needs of students with learning difficulties.
  • Building bridges between counsellors and educators and how to maximise the skills of both groups to complement each other.
  • To increase understanding across special educators and counsellors’ roles to support the needs of students working in the inclusion setting.

Key questions to be explored include:

  • Why inclusion is a good model?
  • When inclusion is most appropriate?
  • What is the role of the counsellor and what is the role of the special educator and where do teachers fit in?
  • How to improve collaboration between disciplines?
  • How to implement social thinking groups for kids on the spectrum?

About the facilitators

Heidi Laws, DeeDee Werner and Heather Cronk: Collectively 75 years of educational experience in counselling, educational psychology and special education coming at you live from dynamic, hardworking, and fun-loving educators and counsellors. Heather Cronk has a Masters in Education and a teaching/counselling credential, Heidi Laws has an M.Ed. in educational leadership and DeeDee Werner has a masters and doctorate in clinical psychology.  All three presenters have shared their knowledge on special education, counselling, child development and parenting at a variety of international workshops.

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