Gain a strong understanding of the foundational issues you face as you teach, parent or assist in an inclusive early childhood setting with Allen/Cowdery's THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD: INCLUSION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, 9E. Today's most comprehensive, applied text on early childhood special education, this edition, with an appealing new design, defines inclusion and early childhood disabilities and explains the latest federal legislation. You examine applications and strategies for early childhood inclusion, from effective teaching and managing problematic behavior to working with linguistically and culturally diverse children and families. You also learn to involve parents and caregivers while encouraging independence and self-care in children. Current research, video cases, digital downloads and first-hand accounts support a developmental behavioral approach as you discover how to work with and optimize learning for diverse groups that include children with significant challenges.
SECTION 1: EARLY INTERVENTION AND PUBLIC POLICY.
1. An Inclusive Approach to Early Education.
2. Federal Legislation: Early Intervention and Prevention.
3. Inclusive Programs for Young Children.
SECTION 2: LIKENESSES AND DIFFERENCES AMONG CHILDREN.
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 3: PLANNING FOR INCLUSION.
9. Partnership with Families.
10. Assessment and the IFSP/IEP Process.
11. Characteristics of Effective Teachers in Inclusive Programs.
SECTION 4: IMPLEMENTING INCLUSIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS.
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 Cognitive Learning.
18. Managing Challenging Behaviors.
19. Planning Transitions to Support Inclusion.
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.
Glynnis Edwards Cowdery has more than 25 years of experience in the early childhood education field as a teacher, program director and inclusion facilitator.