The Exceptional Child: Inclusion in Early Childhood Education / Edition 7

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This definitive guide allows you to identify and plan for educating children with special needs. You'll find the most current early childhood education practices for teaching children with diverse learning and developmental needs, enabling you to devise developmentally appropriate learning environments for all children. With The Exceptional Child you'll learn to combine information about the philosophy of inclusion with practical strategies about how to implement inclusive practices; emphasize the importance of developmentally appropriate practice; and provide strategies for teachers to facilitate good communication with families.

Discusses normal & exceptional development/sensory impairments/physical disabilities & health problems/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Presents the inclusion approach to learning environments for children with developmental disabilities. The fourth edition reflects recent findings about hearing and vision problems, leukemia, cerebral palsy and autism, and changes in IDE and Head Start regulations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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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."

"This is an excellent text for teaching ECSE. It is up-to-date and student friendly."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111342104
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: PSY 683 Psychology of the Exceptional Child Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 548,675
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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 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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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Unit 1 An Inclusive Approach to Early Education: Special Focus: Coming Home to Regular Life 1
Unit 2 Inclusive Programs for Young Children 19
Unit 3 Federal Legislation: Early Intervention and Prevention 32
Unit 4 Normal and Exceptional Development 46
Unit 5 Developmental Disabilities: Causes and Classifications 60
Unit 6 Sensory Impairments: Vision and Hearing 77
Unit 7 Physical Disabilities and Health Problems 94
Unit 8 Behavior and Learning Disorders 113
Unit 9 Partnerships with Families 129
Unit 10 Identification and the IEP Process 148
Unit 11 Planning Transitions to Support Inclusion 171
Unit 12 Preparing Teachers for Inclusive Programs: Special Focus: Talking with Children about Death and Dying 187
Unit 13 The Developmental-Behavioral Approach 208
Unit 14 Arranging the Learning Environment 224
Unit 15 Facilitating Social Development 241
Unit 16 Facilitating Speech, Language, and Communication Development 259
Unit 17 Facilitating Preacademic and Cognitive Learning 277
Unit 18 Facilitating Self-Care and Independence Skills 296
Unit 19 Managing Problem Behaviors 311
Unit 20 Looking Ahead: Inclusion in the Nineties 327
Glossary 331
Appendix A: Selected List of Screening Tools and Assessment Instruments 339
Appendix B: Preschool Profile 341
Appendix C: Sources of Information, Support, and Training Material for Teachers and Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities 343
Appendix D: Becoming Aware of Baby and You: Examples of Ways to Interact with Your Baby 346
Index 349
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