ERIC Number: ED395667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Inclusion...Through Storytelling: Proposal for Interest Group for SECA Conference.
A proposed position statement for a Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) conference session focusing on children with special needs in the regular educational program is presented in the document. The proposal highlights the importance of inclusion of those children in a regular educational program and the need for caregivers to be able to provide them with a developmentally appropriate environment. The proposed session aims to help child caregivers address the needs of those children in a child care program, public and private early childhood environments, Head Start settings, kindergartens or primary grades. Through storytelling, the session participants talk about learning activities that are child-initiated, child-directed, teacher supported, and consistent with a child's developmental age. Curriculum is illustrated through the eyes of characters in "The Balancing Girl," by Berniece Rabe, and "A Button in Her Ear," by Ada Litchfield, and through discussion on the response to individual children's needs. "Friends in the Park," by Connie White Pirner, will be used to generate talk about the need for ongoing professional development programs. Family involvement will also be brought out as a key factor to successful inclusion, as seen through "He's My Brother," by Joe Lasker, as will the need for continued research. The proposal concludes with a position statement on inclusion by the Louisiana Early Childhood Association (LAECA). (AA)
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Classroom Environment, Conferences, Counseling Techniques, Curriculum Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Equal Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Position Papers, Premature Infants, Program Proposals, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Story Telling, Teacher Education, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Southern Early Childhood Association; Special Needs Children
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Early Childhood Association (47th, Little Rock, AR, March 11-16, 1996).