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CONTENTS Introduction................................................................................ vii
Children First..................................................................................................................... vii
Special Needs Defined................................................................................................... vii
Inclusion.............................................................................................................................viii Chapter 1: The Meaning of Inclusion. ........................................... 1
Definition of Inclusion. ......................................................................................................1
Program Philosophies of Inclusion............................................................................. 3
Practical Application: Making Inclusion Work........................................................ 3
Chapter 2: Disability Law and Its Impact
on Early Childhood Programs................................................ 6
The Goal of Disability Law.............................................................................................. 6
The Americans with Disabilities Act........................................................................... 6
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act..................................................... 8
Practical Applicaton: Why Disability Law Matters to Early Educators. ....... 10
Chapter 3: Creating a Sense of Belonging.................................. 12
More Alike Than Different.............................................................................................12
Building a Caring Community......................................................................................13
Policies Supporting No Expulsion............................................................................. 14
Chapter 4: Typical and Atypical Development. .......................... 17
Defining Typical and Atypical Development......................................................... 17
Red Flags for Developmental Delays: Implications for Child Care............... 19
Practical Application: Supporting the Development of Children
with Atypical Needs. .............................................................................................. 21
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Chapter 5: Anxiety Disorder. ...................................................... 24
Chapter 6: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. .............. 30
Chapter 7: Autism Spectrum Disorder. ...................................... 35
Chapter 8: Cerebral Palsy. .......................................................... 42
Chapter 9: Down Syndrome. ....................................................... 46
Chapter 10: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. .......................... 50
Chapter 11: Fine- and Gross-Motor Delays. ................................ 54
Chapter 12: Hearing Impairment. ............................................... 59
Chapter 13: Sensory Processing Disorder................................. 64
Chapter 14: Speech and Language Delays................................. 71
Chapter 15: Putting It All Together. ........................................... 78
Resources.................................................................................... 80
Glossary of Terms....................................................................... 81
References. .................................................................................. 85
About the Author........................................................................ 88
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