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This text is appropriate for courses in Regular and Special Early Childhood Education. Updated to reflect the most recent developments in the field, this book presents the skills necessary for teachers to assist infants, young children, and their families to meet their special challenges and to develop to their fullest potential. It continues its noncategorical approach that recognizes special needs, rather than special labels, and provides practical, developmentally appropriate, activity based curriculum adaptation strategies for working with children and their families.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. Providing for Special Needs in Early Education: The Challenge. 3. In Partnership with Families. 4. Recognizing Special Needs and Monitoring Progress. 5. Developing Individualized Intervention Plans and Programs. 6. Implementing Intervention and Instructional Strategies. 7. Promoting Social and Emotional Development. 8. Helping Young Children Develop Motor Skills. 9. Nurturing Communication Skills. 10. Encouraging the Development of Cognitive Skills and Literacy. 11. Effective Use of Paraprofessionals in Early Intervention Programs. Appendix A: Chart of Typical Development. Appendix B: Find Your Child's Speech and Hearing Age. Appendix C: Reflexes, Reactions, and Implications. Appendix D: Referral Signals Checklist. Appendix E: Competencies for Trainees in Early Childhood Special Education. Appendix F: Individual Materials for Use with Young Children: A Sampling. Appendix G: AAC (Auhmentative and Alternative Communication) Resources. Appendix H: Periodicals Relevant to Early Intervention. Appendix I: Websites Related to Early Childhood Special Education. Glossary. Name Index. Subject Index. About the Authors.