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Building blocks for teaching preschoolers with special needs
This book gives pre and in-service teachers three types of practical, evidence-based inclusion strategies: curriculum modifications, embedded learning opportunities, and child focused instructional strategies.
Call#: LC 4019.2 .S213b 2019
Inclusion, play and empathy : neuroaffective development in children’s groups
This book features the latest research and methods for successfully encouraging the development of children’s personal, emotional, and social skills. It also explores how play with within children’s groups can be facilitated in order to foster emotional and empathic capacities to overcome common challenges to inclusion in schools and introduces practical, creative approaches to cultivating a sense of unity and team spirit.
Call#: BF 721 .H2511 2017
It’s more than “just being in” : creating authentic inclusion for students with complex support needs
This handbook describes in detail the important first steps in making inclusive education a reality, guiding teachers on how to include one child at a time.
Call#: LC 1201 .J6699 2018
Just one of the kids : raising a resilient family when one of your children has a physical disability
Written for families of children with physical disabilities, this book helps parents focus on what can be, so that they, their children, and the grandparents thrive as individuals and as a family.
Call#: HQ 773.6 .K75 2013
Lila Lu and the things I love to do
This book about a 3-year-old girl with Noonan Syndrome lets children know that they can do and be anything they put their mind to.
Call#: PZ 7.1 .S2638Li 2018
Making Preschool Inclusion Work : Strategies for Supporting Children, Teachers, and Programs
Available as an eBook/audiobook
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Anne-Marie Richardson-Gibbs and M. Diane Klein
Brookes Publishing (2014)
This book provides a thorough introduction to inclusion supports to help young children with disabilities fully participate in preschool classrooms.
Call#: LC 4019.3 .R53 2014
Seahorse’s magical sun sequences : how all children (and sea creatures) can use yoga to feel positive, confident and completely included
This is an excellent resource for educators, yoga instructors and parents hoping to promote inclusion, positivity and confidence in all children.
Call#: WB 890 .C448 2016
The preschool inclusion toolbox : how to build and lead a high-quality program
This book covers all aspects of establishing a placement process that complies with IDEA requirements, including introductory information on related research and policy, ways to identify and overcome challenges, professional development, evidence-based practice for successful inclusion, and quality indicators of inclusion.
Call#: LC 4019.2 .B37 2015
The whole spectrum of social, motor, and sensory games : using every child’s natural love of play to enhance key skills and promote inclusion
Offering strategies for helping all kids to develop social, motor, and sensory skills, this book provides step-by-step directions for how to use children’s natural interests at different stages of their development to help them develop a wealth of sensory motor and social skills.
Call#: GV 1203 .S4953 2013
Videos and Media
Early Intervention, Inclusion, and My Family Part 1: Inclusion and Natural Environments
This is part one of a four-part series that will help explain why your daily routines and community are the ideal places for your child to learn. Families can also learn more about their important role in Early Intervention.
Early Intervention, Inclusion, and My Family Part 2: Best Practices & Routine-Based Learning
This is part two of a four-part series that will help explain why your daily routines and community are the ideal places for your child to learn. Families can also learn more about their important role in Early Intervention.
Early Intervention, Inclusion, and My Family Part 3: Routine-Based Learning
This is part three of a four-part series that will help explain why your daily routines and community are the ideal places for your child to learn. Families can also learn more about their important role in Early Intervention.
Early Intervention, Inclusion, and My Family Part 4: Your Role in Early Intervention
This is part four of a four-part series that will help explain why your daily routines and community are the ideal places for your child to learn. Families can also learn more about their important role in Early Intervention.
StarNet: Early Childhood Part 1: Moving Illinois Forward
This is one part of a two-part series that explores Inclusion in Illinois. The federal and state context surrounding preschool inclusion and current research, including benefits, barriers and strategies are discussed.
StarNet: Early Childhood Part 2: Reflections on the Process
This is one part of a two-part series that explores Inclusion in Illinois. We talk with two programs in Illinois that have implemented successful inclusive models and focus on the supports and practices that make inclusion work.
The Early CHOICES inclusion initiative promotes increasing high quality inclusive early care and education for each and every child birth to age 5. The goal is to increase the number of children with disabilities receiving specialized services in regular early care and education settings.
This article presents the findings of a study on infants and toddlers with disabilities in child care settings from the perspectives of professionals. Results suggest that the great variability of experiences across children, professionals, and programs contributed to an uncertainty of professional roles and responsibilities, challenges to communication among providers, and alignment to professional recommended practices.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2021)
This blog offers strategies for building better relationships among professionals so infants and toddlers with disabilities can learn in natural environments, within daily routines, and with familiar people and materials.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2020)
On this podcast Dr. Jenna Weglarz-Ward, an assistant professor in early childhood education and early childhood special education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, talks about the inclusion of infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays in child care settings.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2015)
The goal of inclusion is to help all children learn to the best of their abilities. This tip sheet provides questions that parents often ask about inclusion and answers to those questions.
An inclusive preschool serves children with and without disabilities in the same space. This article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children provides important components to know about inclusive settings.
Early CHOICES (2019)
The Understanding Inclusion series contains 6 topics that explore key ideas about inclusion in early childhood. The series covers a range of topics from defining inclusion to understanding the benefits to advocating for inclusion. Developed for families with family input, it is just as meaningful and useful for practitioners working with families who have children from birth to 5.