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Children with Special Needs

Lessons for Early Childhood Professionals

Marjorie J. Kostelnik Esther Onaga Barbara Rohde Alice Whiren Leslie R. Williams

208 pages
Teachers College Press
Bridging the gap between child development and strategies for inclusion, this powerful volume will help early childhood practitioners and pre-service teachers feel better equipped to meet the needs of all the children in their early childhood setting. Each chapter introduces you to a child (ages birth to 8 years) with one or more special needs, including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Turner Syndrome, ADHD, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Apraxia, Down Syndrome, Giftedness, and Juvenile Diabetes. Advocating a holistic view of working with children, each profile includes: A description of the child An interview with a family member or early childhood professional describing essential facts and historical incidents in the child’s life An epilogue updating the status of the child Information for educators about the special needs covered in the profile Hints for success—teaching strategies for working with children in inclusive classrooms Discussion questions for the classroom Resources for educators and parents Plus, an appendix with guidelines for an IEP (Individualized Education Program)
Author Bio
Marjorie J. Kostelnik is dean of the College of Human Resources and Family Sciences at the University of Nebraska. Esther Onaga is associate professor of Family and Child Ecology at Michigan State University. Barbara Rohde is associate supervisor of the Child Development Laboratories at Michigan State University. Alice Whiren is a professor in the Department of Family and Child Ecology at Michigan State University.