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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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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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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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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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Honig, Alice Sterling – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1997
Suggests ways early childhood teachers can cope with the challenge of including infants and preschoolers with special needs in classrooms with typically developing children. Includes suggestions for addressing the needs of the group and for enhancing the comfort and learning of each child. (Author)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Inclusive Schools
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Gargiulo, Richard M.; Sluder, Linda C.; Streitenberger, Denise – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1997
Discusses the increasing responsibility of teacher educators to prepare individuals who can effectively serve young children in inclusive settings. Maintains that a unified teacher training program that prepares professionals to serve all young children holds strong promise for improving the delivery of services. (KB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming
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Sheldon, Kristyn – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Suggests that teachers are challenged with arranging the environment to allow physically impaired children to participate in classroom activities. Defines limited motor ability. Suggests ways to make minor modifications or adaptations to accommodate these children in common classroom activities, including circle time, art, sensory play, fine…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Classroom Design, Classroom Environment
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Genisio, Margaret; Drecktrah, Mary – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1999
Acknowledges that children with special needs flourish and benefit from early-childhood environments that empower learning. Discusses center learning, which allows children to be actively engaged in self-directed learning based on strength, ability, and interest. Suggests that center learning can enhance aspects related to emergent literacy…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Emergent Literacy
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Mayfield, Phyllis K.; And Others – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Notes that, increasingly, young children with visual impairments are educated in community settings with nondisabled peers. Suggests information for the child care and preschool teacher to facilitate the development of children with visual impairments within inclusive settings. Specific suggestions are provided for addressing environmental…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Disabilities, Inclusive Schools
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Trepanier-Street, Mary L.; Romatowski, Jane A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Examined attitudes of 71 kindergarten and first-grade children regarding the capabilities of disabled children and the potential for friendship, and assessed the effectiveness of children's literature and related activities in influencing attitudes toward the disabled. Found that children's attitudes were generally positive and realistic, and that…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Change Strategies, Childhood Attitudes
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Appl, Dolores J. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1995
Inclusive child care programs are built upon planning and implementation that includes all educators. Currently, there is a gap between early childhood educators and early childhood special educators. This gap can be bridged by concentrating on commonalities in educational practices, instructional strategies, and interventions. (JW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Child Caregivers, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education
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Morrison, Rebecca – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1999
Argues that inclusion of children with disabilities into various preschool settings presents opportunities for early childhood educators to address issues of differences through the use of effective tools and teaching strategies. Suggests that a journal-type portfolio is a tool early-childhood educators can use to enhance the acceptance of…
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Developmental Disabilities, Differences, Disabilities
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Pohlman, Craig; McWilliam, R. A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1999
Notes that full inclusion of special needs children into regular early childhood settings is supported by research in terms of social and behavioral outcomes. Details observations of an inclusive preschool classroom utilizing integrated therapy for three special needs children. Highlights the themes revealed: integrated therapy and teacher…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Schools, Individual Needs, Individualized Family Service Plans
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Brown, Mark S.; Bergen, Doris; House, Marcia; Hittle, Jane; Dickerson, Tina – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2000
Examined developmentally appropriate practices in learning centers in an integrated preschool classroom, noting how special education teachers made adaptations for their special needs children, and explored the role of parents. Found that special needs children developed their own voice in learning centers and self-regulatory behaviors through…
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Parent Participation
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Dickson, Jan – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2000
Relates personal experiences to the challenges of the inclusive classroom. Details recommendations for inclusive classrooms, including the following: value each child's uniqueness; individualize expectations and goals; adapt the classroom environment to support children's needs; tailor staff responsibilities to support children's needs; and…
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education
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