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The Exceptional Child


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1. An Inclusive Approach to Early Childhood Education. 2. Federal Legislation: Early Intervention and Prevention. 3. Inclusive Programs for Young Children. 4. Normal and Exceptional Development. 5. Developmental Disabilities: Causes and Classifications. 6. Sensory Impairments: Hearing & Vision. 7. Physical Disabilities and Health Problems. 8. Learning and Behavior Disorders. 9. Partnership with Families. 10. Assessment and the IFSP/IEP Process. 11. Characteristics of Effective Teachers in Inclusive Programs. 12. The Developmental Behavioral Approach. 13. Arranging and the Learning Environment. 14. Facilitating Self- Care, Adaptive and Independence Skills. 15. Facilitating Social Development. 16. Facilitating Speech, Language, and Communication Skills. 17. Facilitating Preacademic and Cognitive Learning. 18. Managing Challenging Behaviors. 19. Planning Transitions to Support Inclusion. Appendix A through G. Glossary. Index.

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Eileen K. Allen, Professor Emerita, University of Kansas, spent 30 years as a professor of child development and early childhood education at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Kansas at Lawrence. Throughout her career, Eileen was active in national and international organizations focused on the development of young children and their families, including NAEYC, the Commission on Early Childhood Teacher Education, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE). Glynnis Edwards Cowdery has more than 25 years of experience in the early childhood education field as a teacher, program director, and inclusion facilitator.


1. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology. 2. Cognition and the Brain: Basic Principles. 3. Perception. 4. Attention. 5. Short-Term and Working Memory. 6. Long-Term Memory: Basic Principles. 7. Everyday Memory and Memory Errors. 8. Knowledge. 9. Visual Imagery. 10. Language. 11. Problem Solving. 12. Reasoning and Decision Making.

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