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Rooks-Ellis, Deborah L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
The Early Childhood Opportunity (EChO) Scholars project was designed to address the following significant needs in Maine: (a) prepare highly qualified early interventionists and early childhood special educators through distance education, (b) develop a system of support through a mentor network, (c) provide a graduate-level early childhood…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Disabilities
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Flores, Margaret M.; Schweck, Kelly B.; Hinton, Vanessa – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
Language intervention using Direct Instruction (DI) has shown positive results. There is a growing body of investigation of Language for Learning (LL), a DI program, on the performance of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and students with developmental delays (DD). There is need for replication and extension of research to include…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Rural Schools
Steed, Elizabeth A.; Pomerleau, Tina; Muscott, Howard; Rohde, Leigh – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
This article describes the quantitative findings from an evaluation of program-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) in three rural preschool programs. Each rural preschool program included children 3 through 5 years of age with and without disabilities. Following 3 years of on-site training, technical assistance, and coaching…
Descriptors: Positive Behavior Supports, Rural Schools, Preschool Education, Intervention
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Chopra, Ritu; Banerjee, Rashida; DiPalma, Geraldine; Merrill, Laura; Ferguson, Ardith – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
Under the supervision of a licensed early intervention provider, paraprofessionals play an indispensable role in implementation of home and community-based services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families in Colorado. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requires that…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Models, Training Methods, Early Intervention
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Murphy, Melissa A.; Mccormick, Katherine M.; Rous, Beth S. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
Early childhood transition services for children play a vital role in their successful entry to school; however, little is known regarding factors that may impact the use of various important transition practices. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a community demographic characteristic (specifically, rurality) on…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Rural Areas, Community Influence, Transitional Programs
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McClain, Donna; Schmertzing, Lorraine; Schmertzing, Richard – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2012
This instrumental case study used qualitative methods and grounded theory to examine the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) in a rural preschool program. Ten of the preschool staff and eight parents were involved. Other data sources included continuous field notes, memos maintained by the researcher, classroom observations, and…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Preschool Education, Program Implementation, Case Studies