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The Exceptional Child: Inclusion in Early Childhood Education 8th Edition

Eileen K. Allen, Glynnis Edwards Cowdery

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  • Previous Editions 2012, 2009, 2005
  • 624 Pages
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THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD: INCLUSION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, 8th Edition, is the most comprehensive and applied text available on early childhood special education. The text covers foundational issues facing teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals who work in inclusive early childhood settings. It begins with definitions and explanations of key topics such as inclusion, federal legislation related to young children with disabilities, and different kinds of disabilities that early childhood educators may encounter in their programs. Then, it covers various applied issues and strategies related to early childhood inclusion--such as how to teach effectively and how to manage problematic behaviors. The Developmental Behavioral approach and the importance of classroom arrangement are stressed throughout. Current research related to early childhood education and inclusion is also cited. The authors explain how to effectively work with a diverse group of children that may contain more than one child with significant challenges, and how to design optimal learning at the individual and group levels. In addition, the authors address how to give parents and caregivers a role in the special education process while encouraging children to gain independence and facilitating their self-care. Guidelines for working effectively with linguistically and culturally diverse children and families are woven throughout.

Eileen K. Allen, University of Kansas (Emerita)

Eileen K. Allen, Professor Emerita, University of Kansas, spent 30 years as a professor of child development and early childhood education at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Kansas at Lawrence. Throughout her career, Eileen was active in national and international organizations focused on the development of young children and their families, including NAEYC, the Commission on Early Childhood Teacher Education, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE).

Glynnis Edwards Cowdery, University of Kansas

Glynnis Edwards Cowdery has more than 25 years of experience in the early childhood education field as a teacher, program director, and inclusion facilitator.
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  • Learning objectives, which are correlated to the main sections in each chapter, show students what they need to know to process and understand the information in the chapter. After completing the chapter, students should be able to demonstrate how they can use and apply their new knowledge and skills.
  • The text has been thoroughly revised to reflect current NAEYC standards--especially those related to inclusion, developmentally appropriate practice, and early childhood education. Every chapter begins with a list of the NAEYC standards to be addressed in the subsequent narrative, helping students make connections between what they learn in the textbook and the standards.
  • The text includes updated and expanded information on many topics, including Universal Learning Design, childhood obesity and school health guidelines, the appropriate use of technology in early childhood programs, quality indicators of an inclusive classroom, family center-practice, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and English Language Learners.
  • Every chapter contains a Connection box that highlights recent brain research or current research related to English Language Learners and diversity, as well as why this research is relevant to early childhood education practitioners.
  • A Digital Downloads icon throughout the text identifies resources and forms that are available for students to download, customize, and use in the classroom as well as to review key concepts. This edition's downloads include figures, complete versions of the Skills Profile, and a Sample IFSP form.
  • Did You Get It? quizzes allow students to measure their performance against the learning objectives in each chapter. One question for each learning objective is featured in the textbook to encourage students to go to, take the full quiz, and check their understanding.
  • TeachSource Video Connection boxes introduce videos, available on CourseMate, that illuminate key chapter concepts. Each box also includes discussion questions.
  • Each chapter contains a Case Study--a real life example related to the subject of the chapter--which provides students with a hands-on opportunity to read, reflect, and apply what they have learned.
  • Section Wrap Ups include Special Focus pieces--first person accounts written by parents and professionals that provide real life perspectives on inclusion. These Section Wrap Ups also contain application questions and information about accompanying TeachSource Video Cases (which can be viewed on the book's companion website, Early Childhood Education CourseMate).
  • A marginal glossary helps students master important terms and concepts.
  • The text serves as a comprehensive reference for students when they are working as teachers out in the field.
  • Material on current legislative activities on behalf of young children and their families includes an update on the reauthorization of IDEA and No Child Left Behind. Current coverage of Response to Intervention (RTI) is also included.
1. An Inclusive Approach to Early Education.
2. Federal Legislation: Early Intervention and Prevention.
3. Inclusive Programs for Young Children.
Section 1 Wrap Up: Early Intervention & Public Policy.
4. Normal and Exceptional Development.
5. Developmental Disabilities: Causes and Classifications.
6. Sensory Impairments: Hearing and Vision.
7. Physical Disabilities and Health Problems.
8. Learning and Behavior Disorders.
Section 2 Wrap Up: Likenesses and Differences Among Children.
9. Partnership with Families.
10. Assessment and the IFSP/IEP Process.
11. Characteristics of Effective Teachers in Inclusive Programs.
Section 3 Wrap Up: Planning for Inclusion.
12. The Developmental-Behavioral Approach.
13. Arranging the Learning Environment.
14. Facilitating Self-Care, Adaptive, and Independence Skills.
15. Facilitating Social Development.
16. Facilitating Speech, Language, and Communication Skills.
17. Facilitating Pre-Academic and Cognitive Learning.
18. Managing Challenging Behaviors.
19. Planning Transitions to Support Inclusion.
Section 4 Wrap Up: Implementing Inclusive Early Childhood Programs.
Appendix A: Culminating Activities.
Appendix B: Skill Profile (0–72 Months).
Appendix C: Sources of Information, Support, and Training Material for Teachers and Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities.
Appendix D: Early Learning and Developmental Diversity.
Appendix E: Sample IFSP Form.
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"[This is] a great book to consider for an undergraduate level intro class. It provides an overview of typical and atypical development with strategies to support individual learning in an inclusive environment."

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