Early Intervention and Public Policy
Arrange a panel discussion on the pros and cons of in- clusion. What are your beliefs and values concerning the law of inclusion? Do you think there are situations where inclusion might not be the best option? If so, identify some examples.
Talk with a teacher in an infant center or early child- hood center. Ask about the types and numbers of children with disabilities in the program. What accom- modations have they made for these students?
Observe an early childhood setting. Record any epi- sodes of a child learning through observing, imitating, or peer tutoring.
Set up a simulated parent conference with three other students. Two of you play the child’s parents and two
Part 1. Briey respond to the following items
What are some possible outcomes of inclusion?
Name and briey describe the four stages of public per- ception in reference to children with disabilities.
What do inclusion and culturally unbiased curriculum have in common?
Part 2. Respond to the following items in list format
List ve responsibilities of the teacher in an inclusive preschool.
List three major concerns that parents and teachers have about inclusion.
the child’s teachers. The parents’ concern is that their typically developing three-year-old may not get enough attention because a child who is blind is scheduled to be included in the program. Role-play a discussion of the situation.
Review the DEC/NAEYC Joint Position Statement on Inclusion. How do you think this statement can be used to encourage the development of quality inclusive pro- grams?
Do some research to determine the possible services that could play a part in supporting a child with special needs in an inclusive environment. Determine whether any of these services are being provided by your local school district.
Dene and give an example of a teachable moment.
What is peer tutoring?
Of what benet to society is inclusion?
3. List ve arguments in favor of inclusion for young children with developmental problems.
Circle of Inclusion
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
http://www.circleonclusion.org/ A user-friendly website featuring articles and repro- ducible data sheets that are easily downloaded. This site also contains information for development of IEPs and instructional materials. and is available in Spanish as well.
http://www.DEC-sped.org DEC is a division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Their website contains position statements on a variety of issues, ranging from inclusion to interventions for challenging behaviors. The site includes reproducible checklists for par- ents and administrators and a professional’s self-assessment for child-focused interventions.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
http://www.cec.sped.org CEC publishes Exceptional Children and Teaching Excep- tional Children. Of particular interest to early childhood education is one of CEC’s afliate groups, the Division for Early Childhood Education. (A number of other divi- sions also focus to some extent on issues related to young children.)
The Early Childhood Education CourseMate website for this text offers many helpful resources. Go to www .CengageBrain.com to preview this chapter’s Concept Maps and Chapter Themes.