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Early care and education professionals may find themselves working with children with physical disabilities and special health care needs. This infomodule provides a glimpse into the basic features of some common physical disabilities and special health care needs. While the needs of each child will depend on the nature of his or her special need, some general strategies for adaptations and accommodations to promote successful inclusion are provided.
Today, children and youth with special needs successfully participate side by side with their able bodied peers in a wide variety of after school activities and programs. In fact, federal law mandates this opportunity. This info module offers tips for planning and adapting after school environments in order to include children with special needs.
Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for additional adaptation or specialized design. This info module will discuss the philosophy and strategies for universal design and embedded learning.
This info module provides strategies for enhancing self regulation skill development in young children. The info module also discusses emotional and physical environments as they relate to a child’s ability to control their emotions.
The opportunity to participate and enjoy outdoor play is important for all children. This infomodule highlights the importance of universal design and developmentally appropriate practice in providing children with and without special needs with outdoor play experiences that promote physical and social development.
In high-quality early care and education programs for infants and toddlers, the environment is considered a valuable teacher and is used to support the growth, development and learning of each child. This info module will introduce the guiding principles for planning environments and the importance of creating defined activity areas.
High-quality early care and education programs plan the environment and set up activity areas to support the needs of each infant and toddler in the program. This info module will highlight how to set up activity areas to promote personal care routines, learning, play and development in multiple developmental domains.
This infomodule emphasizes the six key factors identified in research that promote successful inclusion in early childhood programs.
This info module provides seven strategies for creating an inclusive environment. The info module also outlines four key principles of developmentally appropriate, inclusive care for all young children.