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An Introduction to Young Children With Special Needs
Birth Through Age Eight

Fifth Edition
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December 2018 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

An Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs: Birth Through Age Eight is a comprehensive introduction to educational policies, programs, practices, and services for future practitioners serving young children with delays or disabilities in early intervention-early childhood special education (EI-ECSE). Thoughtfully addressing the needs of children at risk for learning or development delays or disabilities, revered authors Richard M. Gargiulo and Jennifer L. Kilgo offer evidence-based interventions and instructional techniques that provide students with a broad understanding of important theoretical and philosophical foundations, including evidence-based decision making, developmentally appropriate practices, cultural responsiveness, and activity-based intervention. The Fifth Edition includes the latest developments in and influences on the field of early intervention and early childhood special education, including the Division for Early Childhood’s (DEC) Recommended Practices, which are infused throughout the text. With the support of this current and innovative book, readers will gain a firm understanding of the complex field of EI-ECSE to assist them in their future study and careers. 

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part 1: Perspectives, Policies, and Practices of Early Childhood Special Education
 
Chapter 1: Foundations of Early Childhood Special Education
The Origins of Early Childhood Special Education

 
The Development of Special Education: Historical Perspectives on Children with Delays or Disabilities

 
Compensatory Education Programs

 
 
Chapter 2: The Context of Early Childhood Special Education
Definitions and Terminology

 
Litigation and Legislation Affecting Children with Delays or Disabilities

 
Prevalence of Young Children with Delays or Disabilities

 
The Importance of Early Intervention/Education

 
An Ecological Perspective on Young Children with Delays or Disabilities and Their Families

 
 
Chapter 3: Family-Centered Approach to Early Childhood Special Education
Historical and Legal Perspectives

 
The Changing American Family

 
Family Reactions to Young Children With Delays or Disabilities

 
Family Systems Theory

 
Applications of Family Systems Theory

 
A Family-Centered Philosophy

 
Family–Professional Partnerships

 
Key Components of Family–Professional Collaboration

 
 
Chapter 4: Delivering Services to Young Children with Delays or Disabilities
Inclusive Learning Environments

 
Service Delivery Models

 
Professional Teaming and Collaboration

 
Cooperative Teaching

 
Delivering Individualized Services

 
Transition

 
 
PART 2: Assessment and Planning for Young Children With Delays or Disabilities
 
Chapter 5: Assessment of Young Children with Delays or Disabilities
Overview of Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education

 
Guidelines in the Assessment of Young Children with Delays or Disabilities

 
Assessment Purposes and Processes in Early Childhood Special Education

 
Screening Young Children

 
Determining Eligibility for Early Childhood Special Education Services

 
Assessment for Individual Program Planning and Implementation

 
Progress Monitoring and Program Evaluation

 
 
Chapter 6: Curriculum for Young Children with Delays or Disabilities
Overview of Curriculum

 
Interrelated Developmental Domains and Content Areas of the Curriculum

 
Theoretical Influences on Curriculum Development

 
Curriculum Models

 
Historical and Legislative Influences on Curriculum

 
The Influences of General Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education Recommended Practices on Curriculum

 
The Relevance and Sufficiency of Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Children With Delays or Disabilities

 
Curriculum Framework for Early Childhood Special Education

 
 
Part 3: Organization and Intervention for Young Children With Delays or Disabilities
 
Chapter 7: Designing Learning Environments for Young Children with Delays or Disabilities
Organizing the Learning Environment

 
Creating Activity Areas or Learning Centers

 
Outdoor Learning Environments

 
Designing the Learning Environment

 
Selecting Learning Materials

 
 
Chapter 8: Adapting Learning Environments for Young Children with Delays or Disabilities
Young Children with Cognitive Delays or Disabilities

 
Young Children with Social and Emotional Delays or Disabilities

 
Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

 
Young Children with Communication and Language Delays or Disabilities

 
Young Children with Sensory Impairments: Vision

 
Young Children with Sensory Impairments: Hearing

 
Young Children with Physical Delays or Disabilities and Health Impairments

 
 
Chapter 9: Intervention and Instructional Strategies for Supporting Young Children with Delays or Disabilities
Practices and Processes Appropriate for Young Children with Delays or Disabilities

 
Teacher-Mediated Strategies

 
Peer-Mediated Strategies

 
Routine-Based Strategies

 
Specific Naturalistic (Milieu) Strategies

 
 
Part 4: Contemporary Issues and Challenges in Early Childhood Special Education
Jenna Weglarz-Ward
Chapter 9: Strategies for Teaching Young Children with Special Needs
 
Chapter 10: Emerging Issues and Contemporary Challenges in Early Childhood Special Education
Celebrating Cultural Diversity

 
Emerging Populations of Young Children with Delays or Disabilities

 
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Special Education

 
 
Appendices
 
English Glossary
 
Glosario (Spanish Glossary)
 
Index

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