Reverse Mainstreaming [Education] Law and Legal Definition

Placement of a student with disabilities into ongoing activities of regular classrooms so that the student receives education with nondisabled match is known as mainstreaming. In reverse mainstreaming, regular education students are brought into special education classrooms. The program can be part-time or for a full school day. Usually, reverse mainstreaming is done in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Pre school and kindergarten children can develop acceptance and tolerance easily while they are less aware of social stigma.

Children with special needs benefit socially and behaviorally from this arrangement because they have a well-adjusted child to imitate. Additionally, the program encourages social interaction and allows special education students to gather information from regular education students. Empathy is developed in regular students for those who are unable to perform at the level s/he can, and also an awareness of the many warm and interesting traits that the child with the disability brings to the room. Regular child will get an opportunity to view the child with special needs as a human being with many qualities that are admirable. Moreover, an incapable child can be found capable of many things sometimes with and sometimes without help.