Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education: An Birth to Age Five / Edition 1

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This early childhood special education text provides a unique and much needed focus on the wide variety of professionals who work with young children with developmental delays.

This new text provides the tools and strategies special education teachers and therapists need to work cooperatively and effectively with other professionals. Readers are introduced to the terminology required for successful interaction with parents and providers of children with developmental delays, including the skills to enable parental involvement in a child's education. Included in this text are discussions of how special education professionals can work with daycare providers and preschool teachers to familiarize them with attributes associated with a variety of disabilities and early childhood special education services.

Key Features:

  • A focus on the variety of professionals who provide early childhood intervention services helps readers become knowledgeable about the intervention methods used by each type of service provider.
  • Individual chapters on laws and litigation (Ch. 1), assessment (Ch. 2), play (Ch. 12), behavior management (Ch. 13), and transitions (Ch. 14) provide an in-depth look at these crucial aspects of early childhood special education.
  • Theories of child development are integrated and applied throughout all chapters, helping readers understand typical and atypical development.
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“Students and instructors alike will appreciate the closing material — questions, activities, readings and resources, etc. This provides the opportunity for individualizing and personalizing the learning process as well as provides a foundation for searching for more information in ways that supports the learner’s needs and interests.”

- Megan Purcell, Eastern Kentucky University

“I especially appreciate the bolded vocabulary throughout the chapters. The glossary of these terms is a great benefit to students. The headings and sub-headings help chunk the information, which in turn helps students organize their new learning.”

- Ann Bingham, University of Nevada, Reno

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205488728
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/23/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 361,541
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Dunlap is a professor of psychology. She has taught psychology and education courses since receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1980. She served as a part-time faculty member at State University of New York at New Paltz, Dutchess Community College, and Ulster Community College in New York from 1980 to 1984. Since 1984, she has served as a full-time faculty member and chair of the psychology department (1984-2005) at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. In addition, she served as a child development specialist for the Saint Francis Hospital Preschool Program in Poughkeepsie from 1986 to 1994. This program provides services for children 2 to 5 years old who have developmental delays. Dr. Dunlap served as a board member and executive officer for the Dutchess County Child Development Council. She frequently contributes to articles in national newspapers and magazine focusing on child development, teacher education, and parenting issues. She has also served as a consultant for local school districts. In addition, she has written two other textbooks, What All Children Need and Theory and Application,(University Press, 2nd ed. 2005)and Psychological Testing Across the Lifespan. (Prentice Hall, 2008).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Early Intervention Services for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers 1
Ch. 2 Typical Stages of Early Childhood Development 27
Ch. 3 Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Developmental Delays 50
Ch. 4 Deadly Epidemics: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Cocaine, and AIDS 73
Ch. 5 Service Coordination and the Role of the Social Worker 97
Ch. 6 Parents and Professionals Working Together 118
Ch. 7 Special Education Services 137
Ch. 8 Speech and Language Services 156
Ch. 9 Services for Children with Hearing Impairments 177
Ch. 10 Motor Development and Occupational Therapy Services 197
Ch. 11 Physical Therapy Services 216
Ch. 12 The Importance of Play 238
Ch. 13 Art for Children with Special Needs 260
Ch. 14 Behavior Management 276
Ch. 15 Transitions: Preparing for the Next Step 300
Glossary 317
Author Index 338
Subject Index 346
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