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Inclusion Strategies for Young Children

Inclusion Strategies for Young Children
A Resource Guide for Teachers, Child Care Providers, and Parents

Second Edition
Edited by:

April 2009 | 152 pages | Corwin
Written for adults who work with children inthe Early Years, this user-friendly resource provides more than 350 proven strategies to promote success for young learners. Comprehensive in its approach, Inclusion Strategies for Working With Young Children offers the latest brain research about learning and behaviour challenges and provides teachers with developmentally appropriate practices to help children:

- Increase large and small motor skills

- Develop emotionally and socially

- Acquire better communication, listening, and attending skills

- Work towards self-management of behaviors

- Develop preparatory reading, writing, and math skills

About the Author
1. Working With Young Children
Major Findings From Brain Research  
"Whole Child" Perspective  
Developmentally Appropriate Practice  
Cycles of Learning  
Phase I: Awareness  
Phase II: Exploration  
Phase III: Inquiry  
Phase IV: Utilization or Application  
Environmental Considerations  
Testing and Labeling of Young Children  
Working With Parents  
Teaching From the Heart  
2. Inclusion: The Right to Equal Educational Experiences
Children With Special Needs  
Types of Special Needs  
Labeling of Young Children  
Legislation That Supports Inclusion  
Benefits of Inclusive Education  
Barriers to Inclusive Education  
3. General Strategies for Working With Young Children
Environmental Conditions  
Nutrition and Learning  
Multi-Sensory Activities  
Basic Categories of Modification  
Brain Balancing  
4. Communication Strategies
Basic Communication Strategies  
Attending Strategies  
Listening Strategies  
Attaching Meaning to Print and Words  
Strategies for Children With a Hearing Impairment  
Strategies for Children With a Visual Impairment  
Strategies and Information for Children With Limited Speech and Expressive Language  
5. Large and Small Motor Development
Strategies for Large Motor Development  
Strategies for Small Motor Development  
6. Emotional/Social Development
Strategies for Supporting Emotional Development  
Strategies for Supporting Social Development  
7. Guiding and Modifying Children's Behavior
General Strategies for Guiding Children's Behavior  
Strategies for Modifying Children's Behavior  
Strategies for Children With Attention Problems  
Strategies for Aggressive and Withdrawn Behaviors  
Strategies for Problem Solving  
8. Preparatory Writing, Reading, and Math Skills
Preparatory Writing and Reading Skills  
Preparatory Math Skills  
9. Assessing Young Children
Characteristics of Young Children That Affect Assessment  
Developmental Patterns  
Purposes for Assessing Young Children  
Assessment Tools and Techniques  
Standardized Tests  
Other Assessment Procedures  
Assessment of Children With Special Needs  
10. Learning in the 21st Century
Brain Research  
Nutrition and Learning  
Other Needs of the Brain and Body  
Environmental Factors and Learning  
Expanded View of Intelligence  
Appendix A: Forms and Activities
Form 1: Profile of Development  
Form 2: Cycles of Learning  
Form 3: Behavior as a Function of the Interaction of the Child in His Environment  
Form 4: General Strategies for Working With Young Children  
Form 5: Categories of Modifications  
Form 6: Creating a Personal Dictionary of Familiar Objects  
Form 7: Mazes  
Form 8: Learning About Feelings Through Working With Animals  
Form 9: Sharing and Talking About Feelings  
Form 10: Learning About Feelings Through Dramatic Play  
Form 11: Learning About Empathy  
Form 12: Settling Conflicts Peacefully  
Form 13: Steps for Problem Solving  
Form 14: Steps in Changing Behaviors  
Form 15: Charting Frequency of Behaviors  
Form 16: Child Observation Form  
Form 17: Examples of Observation Forms  
Form 18: Interview About the Child  
Appendix B: Bibliography
Appendix C: Resources
Appendix D: Glossary

"Takes a topic that many preservice teachers find intimidating and makes working with children with special needs doable. The easy-to-read lists inform teachers what they need to do to begin working with children with different needs."

Deborah Diffily, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
Southern Methodist University

"Provides insightful and useful strategies for all educators, no matter what the composition of their classroom. This book offers a plethora of hands-on and practical activities presented in a straightforward, user-friendly manner."

Denise Metiva Hernandez, Gifted Educator
Pontchartrain Elementary School, Mandeville, LA

"Professionals working with children will find the plethora of forms particularly useful and adaptable to address the assessment and activity needs of the children they work with. The recommendations address the specific needs of certain types of children as well as general recommendations that would be helpful for all children."

Diana D. Coyl, Assistant Professor of Child Development
California State University, Chico

"This book makes inclusion a much easier way to work with children than the resource room of the past. It places the responsibility of adaptation on the teachers and the school system versus the old method of pounding a square peg into a round hole. I truly appreciated the detailed description of the learning cycle and will use it in my own lesson plans beginning tomorrow!"

Stacey B. Ferguson, Multiage Teacher
North Bay Elementary School, Bay Saint Louis, MS

The revised edition of Inclusion Strategies for Working with Young Children provides several new strategies and an expanded resource section of books, Web sites, and organizations for all educators and parents to access. Clarification and update of the INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (IDEA) makes the revised edition more useful for adults in understanding and working with children with special needs.

The new sections appearing in this revised edition include: Categories of Development, Assistive Technology, How the Brain Works, and Mind/Body/Heart Interdependence. Other additions of new content throughout the book, along with reproducible forms for class and personal use, make this edition an invaluable resource for all adults who work and or live with children.

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