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Description: The Virginia Autism Council has developed a set of skill competencies for professionals and paraprofessionals. This document addresses the following areas: general autism, individualization and support stategies, communication, social skills, behavior and sensory. (Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: Early literacy screening is the key to providing effective literacy instruction and preventing future reading problems. The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) provides a comprehensive assessment of young children’s knowledge of the important literacy fundamentals that are predictive of future reading success. PALS is the state-provided screening tool for Virginia’s Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI) and is used by 99% of school divisions in the state on a...
Description: This curriculum teaches social interaction skills to children with and without disabilities and provides the classroom teacher with a variety of strategies to increase the social interaction and social competence of children enrolled in the class. Play Time/Social Time can be used to teach specific social interaction skills to preschool children, both those who have developmental delays or disabilities and those who are developing normally. Social interaction skills are these social behaviors...
Title: EZ AT book
Description: A guide for parents and professionals working with children ages 3-8 with disabilities. It provides assistive technology activities to encourage inclusion among all students. A wide range of devices and products promote best practices for home and classroom learning. (2006)
Description: A thorough revision of the original ITERS, designed to assess center-based child care programs for infants and toddlers up to 30 months of age. Scale consists of 39 items organized into 7 subscales: Space and Furnishings Personal Care Routines Listening and Talking Activities Interaction Program Structure Parents and Staff New curriculum and program items in the revised ITERS include: Helping children understand language; Nature/science; Use of TV, video and computer; Free play; and Group play...
Description: The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is working with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers. The Web site provides resources, training modules, news, and a blog for discussions related to inclusive practices. (Inclusion)
Description: Learn to guide, expand, and assess children’s block play with nationally field tested curriculum that meets national standards. Block play is an important part of exploring physical properties such as gravity and balance as well as theories of structure like tension and compression. Real-life examples bring to life this exciting realm of science learning. Part of the Young Scientist Series and copublished with Redleaf Press.
Description: Autism consultant, Susan Stokes, has authored six articles on autism: 1. Assistive Technology for Children with Autism 2. Children with Asperger's Syndrome: Characteristics/Learning Styles and Intervention Strategies 3. Effective Programming for Young Children with Autism (Ages 3-5) 4. Structured Teaching: Strategies for Supporting Students with Autism 5. Increasing Expressive Communication Skills for Verbal Children with Autism and 6. Developing Expressive Communication Skills for Non-Verbal...
Description: Since their founding in 1988, the Beach Center on Disability has (a) conducted research, (b) carried out training and technical assistance, and (c) provided international, national, state, regional, and local service. They have carried out these three activities in collaboration with families who have members with disabilities, individuals with disabilities, the professionals and policy leaders who serve families and individuals, and members of the communities in which the families and...
Description: The Blind Childrens Center's mission is to provide comprehensive early intervention, specialized education and training, in a fully inclusive family oriented environment, for children ages birth through school age who are blind or severely visually impaired and to optimize each child's development and consequent opportunities to lead an independent and productive life. Additionally, to utilize the Center's professional expertise and experience to serve families and professionals worldwide...
Title: Pathways.org
Description: Pathways Awareness is uniquely dedicated to increasing knowledge about the gift of early detection and the benefit of early therapy for infants and children with early delays. We honor and support their parents by providing knowledge, information and a sense of community as they guide their children on life’s journey. Pathways.org also provides valuable information to healthcare professionals.(A multi-language brochure is available on the website.) (Early Childhood, National Organizations)...
Description: Closing The Gap provides professionals, parents and consumers with the information and training necessary to best locate, compare and implement assistive technology into the lives of persons with disabilities.
Description: The Office of Head start (OHS) launched the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) in 2006 with a clear and innovative mission: to provide timely information and learning opportunities relevant to the Head Start and Early Head Start community, and to serve as a comprehensive resource for anyone involved in early childhood education. Head Start programs and parents visiting the ECLKC will find the latest information on OHS priorities, policies, and programs. The ECLKC also offers...
Description: Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. During the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. By supporting the caring adults who touch the lives of infants and toddlers, we hope to maximize our long-term impact in ensuring all infants and...
Description: From improving math frequency to tracking data, here are a few good Special Education apps to check out on iTunes...(One teacher's thoughts on using iPods & iPads in the classroom)
Description: The goal is to be a credible resource for quality educational apps. This blog will help parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators and anyone else, wade through the vast number of ”educational” apps being introduced on a daily basis. Remember, not all educational apps are created equal. This blog, founded by two lifelong educators, is dedicated to the idea, that quality mobile educational apps are the tools of the future but they need to be used responsibly.
Description: To help special educators and early interventionists in their monumental task of implementing the updated regulations, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), its Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) have released a side-by-side comparison of the 2011 final Part C regulations, published on Sept. 28, to Part C regulations from 1999.
Description: Since 1994, Toys "R" Us has offered the Toys "R" Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids as a resource for family and friends of children with special needs. This guide provides quality items that help foster a variety of skills.
Description: Assistive Technology Consideration Quick Wheel offers federal definitions of AT devices and services as well as a list of the AT tools to consider in content areas and other resources including books, journals, newsletters and internet sites. Special savings for large orders.
Description: Here you will find information to support your work in helping infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth to three, achieve their full potential.
Description: Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. In addition, we offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, FACELAND, books, and apps for purchase. We believe that simply telling busy teachers, parents, and professionals what they should be doing is not enough.  Within each topic, we provide the...
Description: These videos of young children engaged in typical activities have been produced for use in professional development programs to build the skills of practitioners in observation, documentation, and assessment in early childhood settings. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in training. (The Practice Clips are available in Spanish.)
Description: Project HOPE - Virginia ensures the enrollment, attendance, and the school success of children and youth experiencing homelessness through public awareness efforts across the commonwealth and subgrants to local school divisions. School divisions develop customized programs to meet the needs of homeless children and youth in their area. Project HOPE - Virginia funds activities throughout the school year, including early childhood education, mentoring, tutoring, parent education, summer enrichment...
Description: Teaching Tools are designed to provide easily accessible ideas and materials so that you can support children in the classroom and other learning environments. The tools will provide you and other teachers with practical strategies known to be successful in helping young children with problem behavior. (Early childhood)
Description: The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center staff has identified current and readily available resources that can help support high quality inclusive practices. Excerpts and adaptations of each resource are provided to help users to easily see what each resource has to offer and to encourage further examination via links. National and state-developed resources contained within this document have been designed for a variety of audiences, and may be useful for families, practitioners,...
Description: Based on the premise that children need a solid foundation of literacy knowledge and skill to succeed, this book for parents and teachers provides a comprehensive introduction to literacy development from infancy through preschool with an emphasis on age-appropriate methods, books, and materials for encouraging emergent literacy. Bibliographies for age-appropriate children's books are listed throughout the book, and each chapter contains references. (1999) (Content)
Description: Between the Lions is designed to help kids ages 3 to 7 learn to read. Unique among the hundreds of programs aimed at children, this puppet, animated, and live-action show is based on a detailed and rigorous literacy curriculum. It was developed in extensive and ongoing consultation with reading professionals. The result is a lively, educational blend of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and other teaching methods for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students. The Parents &...
Description: This collection of articles contains strategies to introduce key math concepts, foster problem solving and mathematical thinking, and encourage the use of math across the early childhood curriculum. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: Research and recommended practices to conduct authentic assessment during children’s natural routines, involve families, inform effective program planning, and aligning with DEC and NAEYC recommendations are provided in this book. Includes vignettes, classroom examples, and sample checklists and assessment tools for children with and without disabilities. (Paul H. Brookes Publishing)
Description: This is the web site for the United States Department of Education. (State and National Resources)
Description: The Building Blocks model incorporates high-quality early childhood programs, curriculum modification and adaptation, embedded learning opportunities, and children-focused instructional strategies to provide comprehensive instruction on early childhood classrooms.
Description: This criterion-reference tool links assessment to intervention in the developmental areas of personal-social, cognition, communication, fine motor, and gross motor for children with disabilities, ages 24 to 60 months. By: N.M. Johnson-Martin, B.J. Hacker, & S.M. Attermeier. (Paul H. Brookes Publishing) (Curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: The Creative Curriculum balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children's learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. This completely updated new edition of one of the country's leading research-based preschool curricula applies the latest theory and research on best practices in teaching and learning and the content standards developed by states and professional organizations. While keeping the original...
Description: It is a little known fact that over one million children are homeless every night in America. Saily's Journey is a children's book that addresses the complex issues of homelessness and raises awareness about America's most vulnerable population. When Saily the Snail loses his shell in a storm, he departs on a journey to find a new home. Along the way, he meets both friends and foes as he seeks to find a place to call home.
Description: As more and more people become leaders in early childhood special education, often without training on staff development, budgets, proposal writing, and other crucial issues, they need a single resource that tells them everything they need to know. This research-based book helps readers provide strong leadership across every key aspect of program development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Addressing both early childhood and special education, this comprehensive resource guides...
Description: Based on a 5-year research study conducted by the Early Childhood Research Institute on Inclusion, this book explores the barriers to and influences on inclusive education settings for young children. Topics include individualized instruction, social relationships of children with disabilities, collaborative relationships among adults, family perceptions of inclusion, classroom ecology and child participation, community participation, social policy, and cultural and linguistic diversity. Useful...
Description: This book offers a systematic method for assessing young children with special needs and helping them reach their goals. It includes thorough, research-based information on activity-based intervention (ABI) and the strategies needed to use it effectively.
Description: This monograph series addresses the importance of natural environments and inclusion, especially preschool. Included are provisions of early intervention, strategies for programs to nurture positive attitudes and provide valuable experiences, strategies for implementing inclusive environments, and examples of state and legal regulations that clarify changes in the early intervention system. (Inclusion)
Description: This collection of research-based articles describes ways to promote oral language throughout the early childhood curriculum. Also included is a list of print and online resources. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: Jackson, S., Harjusola-Webb, S., Pretti-Frontczak, K., Grisham-Brown, J., & Romani, J.M. (2009). Response to intervention: Implication for early childhood professionals. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 40, 1-11. Grisham-Brown, J.L., Pretti-Frontczak, K., Hawkins, S., & Winchell, B. (2009). An examination of how to address early learning standards for all children within blended preschool classrooms. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education.
Description: Created for teachers, child care providers, and other professionals in early childhood settings, this strategy-filled resource helps address a wide range of challenging behaviors in students with or without disabilities.
Description: NAESP's latest standards book helps principals understand the critical need for high-quality early childhood education and what their role is in advocating, supporting, and improving early childhood education in their schools and communities. Explanations of six standards, real-life examples of the standards' application in schools, reflection questions, and assessment checklists give principals a comprehensive guide for this important stage in a child's education.
Description: For young children with and without disabilities, positive outcomes depend on smooth, effective transitions between and within early intervention programs, preschool programs, and public school programs. Now there's a how-to guide that helps professionals across programs work together to make these transitions happen. Co-authored by top expert Beth Rous, this book gives readers a step-by-step model that's been field tested across the country and shaped by feedback from state and local agencies....
Description: The eight articles in this monograph discuss the importance of planning, establishing literacy-rich environments, and careful attention to adults' roles in supporting children's discovery and learning. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: This book emphasizes inclusion as a lifelong process and offers creative problem-solving techniques that will enable the reader to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities in the community. (Inclusion, family involvement resources)
Description: This book provides parents and caregivers with information and ideas to encourage their child’s development. The book is divided into six categories: cognitive, linguistic, physical, sensory, social, and emotional. An outline of child development is also provided so parents can look at child’s progress in context. (2008) (Family involvement resources)
Description: This book provides teachers with guidance and strategies to handle the challenges of project work, including identifying a topic, organizing the room, developing field trips, encouraging children to represent their learning in a variety of manners, and involving parents while still meeting standards and curriculum requirements. This publication also addresses the needs of second-language learners and children with special needs. (2010) (Content)
Description: Written to encourage physical activity in the early childhood classroom, this book includes a developmentally appropriate preschool movement checklist. Targeted areas for consideration include curriculum, teaching strategies, development of movement concepts and motor skills, cognitive development, affective development, fitness, assessment, and other areas to assist the teacher in determining if the classroom program is comprehensive and meeting the needs of all children. (2002) (Content)
Description: This comprehensive book addresses the development of writing in young children, from scribbling to script, letters to words, and from simple to increasingly complex messages. It provides the developmental stages of writing and strategies to support and expand the child’s opportunities for writing. (Content)
Description: The teacher’s role in the scientific process is reviewed in this book as they support the child’s development of scientific concepts and processes in children 3 to 5 years of age. The teacher facilitates and guides children toward articulating questions and observing phenomena while children learn about their world by engaging in actual scientific processes, including asking questions, making predictions, and making new discoveries. (Content)