The Essentials: Supporting Young Children with Disabilities in the Classroom
About the Book
Every year, the number of children with developmental delays or disabilities in early childhood programs and classrooms is increasing. What do you need to know to support them? This guide is filled with practical information that will help educators who work with children ages birth through 8 teach children with disabilities alongside their peers. Learn the essentials of what you need to know:
- What developmental delays and disabilities are
- How special education laws apply to you and your program or school
- The process of referral, assessment, IFSP/IEP development, and service delivery
- Which supports and interventions can help children be successful socially and academically
- How to work with families, special education professionals, and the medical community
- Information about specific disabilities, including speech and language impairments, autism spectrum disorder, physical disabilities, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
All children thrive in high-quality programs that recognize and support their individual strengths, interests, and needs. Use the information in this book to help children meet their potential.
Pamela Brillante, EdD, has spent 30 years working as a special education teacher, administrator, consultant, and professor. In addition to her full-time faculty position in the Department of Special Education and Professional Counseling at William Paterson University, Dr. Brillante continues to consult with school districts and present to teachers and families on the topic of high-quality, inclusive early childhood practices.
Even though I have worked in inclusive settings for most of my 40 years as an educator, Pam Brillante’s engaging book both reinforced my foundation of knowledge and presented new information. Whether reading this as a prospective teacher or an experienced one, effective educators will return to this text again and again.
—Ellen Frede, Principal Consultant, Building Effective Early Learning Systems
Brillante’s must-read book skillfully humanizes children with disabilities through real-life examples and people-first language. Her teacher-centered vignettes validate the myriad challenges educators face, which she then tackles with easy-to-understand explanations and strategies.
—Krista K. Gauthier, Executive Director, Sliding Doors STEM & Dyslexia Learning Center
A great resource for early childhood educators and preservice teachers who work or will work with young children who have developmental delays or disabilities in many different settings. The author provides explicit, practical guidelines that connect important theories to daily practice.
—Yoon-Joo Lee, Associate Professor, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York