Achieving Learning Goals Through Play: Teaching Young Children with Special Needs / Edition 2

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This practical guide for early childhood educators provides strategies for incorporating developmental learning goals into play situations throughout daily routines and classroom activities. The ideas introduced can be used with typically developing children as well as with children with various disabilities, but the book is geared to supporting 2- to 5-year old children with special needs. There are numerous adaptations for children with severe and/or multiple disabilities as well as new content on challenging behavior, and the book has been updated to reflect growing knowledge in the field. In addition, the book includes a new chapter on emergent literacy and incorporates more activities in this area throughout the text. The great strength of the book remains its jargon-free, accessible language and practical activities for meeting the learning needs of young children in the preschool classroom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557666987
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Why is play important? 3
2 Changing perceptions of play in early childhood education 7
3 Adapting play for children with special needs 15
4 A planning matrix for play 29
5 Individualizing goals for play 41
6 Block play : how high is our tower? 59
7 Sand and water play : mud pies are delicious! 69
8 Pretend play : I'll be the mommy, and you be the daddy 75
9 Manipulative play : real materials are best 81
10 Outdoor games and play : see how fast I can go! 87
11 Play with music and rhythm : beating our drums and tooting our horns 93
12 Play with creative materials : getting messy with glue and paint 99
13 Emergent literacy : please read me a story 105
14 Catalog of play activities : embedding learning goals in play 113
15 Big groups, little groups : let's all learn together 149
16 Learning social skills through play 157
17 Connecting home to school and beyond : enabling families to participate in the classroom and community 167
18 Achieving Jasmine's learning goals through play 175
App. A Sources for adaptive equipment and learning materials 187
App. B Guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice : adaptations for preschool children with disabilities 193
App. C Resources for including children with special needs 201
App. D Play checklists 207
App. E Reproducible planning matrices and play quiz 229
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