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Silverman, Katie; Hong, Seong; Trepanier-Street, Mary – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2010
The purpose of this paper is to describe the collaborative efforts between an Early Childhood Teacher Education Program and a Child Disability Health Care Program to incorporate a transdisciplinary model in the preparation of early childhood teachers in inclusive practice. Recent studies suggest essential components of teacher preparation in early…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Early Childhood Education, Disabilities
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Mogharreban, Cathy C.; Bruns, Deborah A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2009
In this article, the authors share a framework for preparing for and implementing inclusive Pre-kindergarten classrooms based on their experiences working with an interdisciplinary study group comprised of two Pre-K teachers, one early childhood special education teacher, and two university professors, one traditional early childhood and one…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Preschool Education, Public Schools, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Vakil, Shernavaz; Welton, Evonn; O'Connor, Barbara; Kline, Lynn S. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2009
The impact of the emphasis on inclusion in special education has resulted in a higher frequency of young children with autism being included in early childhood programs with typically developing peers. Many early childhood educators have risen to face the challenge, and this has resulted in enhanced learning for young children with autism in the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Autism, Young Children, Inclusive Schools
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Terpstra, Judith E.; Tamura, Ronald – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2008
Many strategies and interventions exist in the education of young children with disabilities. One area of intervention is that of social interaction, including social skills instruction, peer interaction strategies, and play skills. Interaction and social skill strategies for use with children with and without disabilities for the purpose of…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Young Children, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction
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Judge, Sharon; Floyd, Kim; Jeffs, Tara – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2008
Although the use of assistive technology for young children is increasing, the lack of awareness and the lack of training continue to act as major barriers to providers using assistive technology. This article describes an assistive technology toolkit designed for use with young children with disabilities that can be easily assembled and…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Young Children, Educational Technology, Assistive Technology
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DeVore, Simone; Russell, Karen – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
In this case study, a co-operative inquiry process was used to facilitate the expansion of inclusive early childhood education and care practices in a rural community in the Midwest. A university and a community researcher first engaged in interviews and site visits, during which they learned how a three-member inclusion team of early care and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Young Children, Technical Assistance, Integrated Services
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Darragh, Johnna – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
This article introduces the framework of Universal Design for Early Childhood Education (UDECE). The goal of the framework is to synthesize best practices within the field of early childhood education and special education, providing a template to support access and equity for all children. The UDECE framework includes examination of issues of…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Teaching Methods, Special Education, Accountability
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Iaquinta, Anita; Hipsky, Shellie – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2006
This article was developed to assist the regular education elementary classroom teacher in utilizing practical bibliotherapy strategies for the inclusive classroom. Using quality children's literature for bibliotherapy helps students to grow socio-emotionally by identifying with the main character in the story with a disability which leads to…
Descriptors: Bibliotherapy, Childrens Literature, Inclusive Schools, Elementary Education
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Swick, Kevin James; Hooks, Laura – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2005
Parents of children with special needs face many challenges. One of the challenges is the placement of their children in inclusive early childhood education settings. This article explores these challenges and offers practical suggestions regarding the involvement and support of parents of children with special needs in the placement of their…
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Inclusive Schools, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship
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Kim, Sonja de Groot – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2005
This study describes the lived experience of Kevin, a young child with physical disabilities who is placed in an inclusive classroom, a classroom where children with and without disabilities are educated together, with extra support provided for the child with disabilities. Children with disabilities who are placed in inclusive early childhood…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Inclusive Schools, Physical Disabilities, Young Children
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Vakil, Shernavaz; Freeman, Ramona; Swim, Terry Jo – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2003
Discusses benefits of inclusion in preschool and compares educational practices of high-quality inclusive preschools in the United States with those characterizing the Reggio Emilia approach. Offers recommendations for better serving children with special needs in inclusive settings, including viewing teachers as researchers, and using…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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Fleming, Judith; Love, Maria – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2003
Discusses the Systemic Change Model for Leadership, Inclusion, and Mentoring (SLIM), designed to help directors of child care organizations lead successful systemic changes. The model includes recommendations for building caring, consistent relationships with the total system, staff empowerment, a mentoring program to help the director focus…
Descriptors: Administrators, Change Strategies, Child Care Centers, Educational Change
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Dahle, Karen Bowen – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2003
Discusses issues related to working with young children with autism for elementary school teachers. Describes characteristics of autism, the need for early intervention, and the general principles for effective practices with autistic students, and classroom adaptations. Includes a list of organizations concerned with autism. (JPB)
Descriptors: Autism, Classroom Techniques, Early Intervention, Elementary Education
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Parette, Howard P., Jr.; Murdick, Nikki L. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1998
Examines the use of supplementary aids and services, those modifications or additional supports frequently required by young children with disabilities in an inclusive environment. Discusses the definition and continuum of assistive technology devices, the importance of supplementary aids, factors hindering the use of assistive devices in…
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Classroom Environment, Costs, Disabilities
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Favazza, Paddy C. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1998
Offers suggestions to kindergarten teachers for creating a more accepting environment in their classrooms for children with disabilities. Three key influences in attitude formation are discussed--indirect experiences, direct experiences, and the child's primary social group--and ideas for examining these influences and adapting them are suggested.…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Child Development, Classroom Environment
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