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This practical, hands-on-guide provides ideas for accommodating young children with disabilities in all areas of the curriculum. Adaptations are offered by activity rather than by disability, and the focus is on embedding instruction within daily routines. Short chapters, clear discussion of rationale, and plentiful examples prepare students to effectively support children with a variety of common disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, visual impairment, hearing loss, and behavioral challenges. Students have commented on the usefulness of the strategies, details, and scenarios for working in general and special early childhood education. The text is especially appropriate for seminars accompanying student teaching and internships in general education, special education, and inclusive early childhood classrooms. The support package includes the MindTap® Education online learning experience as well as an Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint® slides.
- Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter help focus students' reading on important concepts.
- Text content aligns with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Initial Early Childhood Professional Preparation and the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.
- The book's discussions and strategies reflect the new inclusion definition from DEC/NAEYC that emphasizes the values of membership, belonging, and participation; and new sections on inclusion support models and service delivery.
- Definition and use of person first terminology throughout the book.
- New strategies throughout many of the chapters relate to everyday adaptation materials, the EESS acronym and approach, and CARA's Kit: Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities.
- Content aligns with evidence-based practices recommended by The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL).
- Chapter 9 on circle time is significantly revised and includes new sections on types of circle time activities, adaptations for children with special needs, and key dimensions to consider for circle time.
- New features include Web links, which direct readers to helpful information that goes beyond the text; and Diversity Awareness segments in each chapter that highlight
- The authors provide information on specific disabilities and address the different needs of young children.
- Specific teaching strategies and adaptations support successful inclusion for each component of the daily schedule.
- The book describes activities designed to be particularly engaging for children with special needs so as to maximize participation and success.
- Readers find practical information on the roles of specialists and how to effectively communicate and work with families of young children with special needs.
- Chapter-at-a-glance introductions highlight the key points in each chapter, and the read-reflect-discuss scenarios and follow-up questions help students think critically about the main chapter concepts.
Part I: SPECIAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS: UNDERSTANDING SPECIAL NEEDS AND UNIVERSAL INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES.
1.The Origin and Dimensions of Quality Inclusion.
2. Instructional Strategies Supporting the Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs.
3. Adaptations for Children with Specific Disabilities.
4. Arranging the Physical Environment to Support the Inclusion of Children with Special Needs.
5. Preventing and Managing Challenging Behaviors.
6. Monitoring Individual Child Progress.
Part II: ADAPTING DAILY ACTIVITIES IN INCLUSIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD SETTINGS.
7. Managing Arrival, Departure, and Other Transitions.
8. Engaging Children with Special Needs in Free Play.
9. Circle Time, Including Music and Rhythm Activities.
10. Tabletop Activities.
11. Outside Play.
13. Supporting Emergent Literacy in Children with Special Needs.
Part III: WORKING WITH THE COLLABORATIVE TEAM.
14. Communicating and Collaborating with Families.
15. Collaborating with Disability Specialists and Paraprofessionals.
Appendix A: Selected Questions from Commonly Asked Questions about Child Care Centers and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Appendix B: Developmental Skills Chart.
Appendix C: Sample Lesson Plan with Adaptations.
Appendix D: Sample IEP and IEP Summary Form.
Appendix E: Blank Recording Forms.
"I think the EESS approach [featured in the text] would be very helpful to my students. It makes accommodating for the needs of children with special needs easier to do and understand. I feel that a lot of students are a little hesitant when it comes to thinking outside the box and coming up with individual and creative ways to accommodate. The EESS approach makes it easy and I think will help students to feel more confident in taking the first step toward coming up with useful, cost-effective, and creative ways of accommodating."
"Each of the Read-Reflect-Discuss activities is useful. I can see them being quite useful in prompting class discussion and involving students. The Helpful Resources are also useful and seem to have effective citations and links associated with them."
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Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank
Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation using such resources as brief chapter outlines, chapter summaries, detailed chapter lecture outlines, lecture suggestions, video suggestions, and creative lecture and teaching suggestions. This manual also contains student learning objectives, key terms, essay/discussion questions, student activities, discussion exercises, and Internet exercises.
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