Successful Inclusion Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers

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Successful Inclusion Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers – Cynthia G. Simpson, PhD, Laverne Warner, PhD

Proven and practical advice for early childhood teachers in inclusive or mixed-ability classrooms

With increasing emphasis on inclusive classrooms, primary and elementary school teachers can use the information included in Successful Inclusion Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers to build a supportive, caring, learner-driven environment that takes into account the needs of all students.

Covering topics from incorporating the needs of students with a variety of special needs, to writing or modifying curriculum that differentiates for students of varying abilities, this book offers field-tested strategies for teachers in a concise, friendly format. The authors also provide an overview of how special education law affects inclusive classrooms.

The book provides multiple vignettes describing special needs, including autism, ADHD, visual and hearing impairments, and developmental delays most often found in inclusive classrooms so teachers can match strategies to their students. The authors also discuss strategies for collaborating with parents and provide a detailed resource guide for teachers new to inclusion classrooms.

  • Provides practical approaches for teachers of early childhood inclusion classrooms
  • Includes valuable information on new laws applicable to inclusionary practices and an overview of special education law that affects education
  • Gives real-life case studies of students with disabilities commonly found in early childhood programs
  • Supports teachers in modifying their classroom instruction and working with parents
  • Provides Web resources and a glossary of terms to help teachers build their knowledge

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Prufrock Press is committed to resources based on sound research. It has a senior advisory group composed of the top scholars in the field of education and psychology. All of the company's editors have graduate degrees in education or children's literature, and they all have classroom experience. In essence, when a reader holds a book by Prufrock Press, he or she knows that the information found in that book will be research-based and reflect agreed upon best practices in the field of education and child psychology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593633837
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 967,450
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia G. Simpson, PhD, has more than 15 years of experience as a preschool, special education, and elementary teacher. Cynthia currently is an associate professor at Sam Houston State University. Laverne Warner, PhD, is Professor Emerita at Sam Houston State University and coauthor of seven books, including two for early childhood teachers.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Overview of Disability Laws That Affect Inclusive Classrooms 1

Chapter 2 What Is an Inclusive Classroom? 17

Chapter 3 Sam: A Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder 35

Chapter 4 Robert: A Child With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 61

Chapter 5 Andrew: A Child With a Speech or Language Impairment 77

Chapter 6 Kiesha: A Child With a Hearing Impairment 97

Chapter 7 José: A Child With an Orthopedic Impairment 113

Chapter 8 Emily: A Child With a Visual Impairment 129

Chapter 9 Megan: A Child With a Developmental Delay 143

Chapter 10 Mollie: A Child With Traumatic Brain Injury 161

Chapter 11 Adapting Classroom Materials to Meet the Needs of All Learners 173

Chapter 12 Collaborating With Families of Children in Inclusive Classrooms 183

Glossary of Terms 199

References 205

Appendix A DEC Position Statement on Developmental Delay 211

Appendix B DEC and NAEYC Joint Position Statement on Inclusion 215

Appendix C Annotated Web Resources 223

About the Authors 229

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