Young children are born scientists. At birth they are interested in their environments and respond quickly to positive experiences. Adults often inadvertently stifle this natural interest in the world by embedding unfounded fears of animals and objects in an effort to keep them safe. When young children leave quality early childhood programs and enter schools that redefine their scientific interests to fit a narrow curriculum focus of science, their knowledge and interest in science diminishes (... [More]
Challenging Behavior: "Challenging behaviors (or problem behaviors) result in self-injury, injury to others, cause damage to the physical environment and/or interfere with the acquisition of new skills, and/or socially isolate the learner" (Doss & Reichle, 1991).
The Best Form of DISCIPLINE IS ALWAYS PREVENTATIVE
Creating an Environment that is Proactive: Prevention is easier than finding a cure
Placement - Look at appropriate placement options. Sometimes an environment or situation can ... [More]
Using Observation Skills to Guide Instruction
Direct observation is one of the best methods to use, which will help you know how to plan activities for infants and toddlers with special needs. These guidelines will help you know what to observe and how to document the observations:
Select a method for recording your observation that is easy to use and convenient.
Practice observing what the child says, does, and how he acts. Record exactly what you hear and see, not what you feel.
Setting the Stage for Success
To help optimize development across all domains, there are several aspects of the environment that must be considered, including:
Arrange the physical space to ensure that the environment is accessible by all children.
Follow a daily schedule that promotes optimal activity and development, while keeping in mind the unique needs of a young child with special needs.
Set up activity areas and learning centers that encourage learning, along with play and ex... [More]
Social interactions with other people, both physical (such as hugging or holding) and verbal (such as having a conversation).
Children with ASDs do not interact with other people the way most children do, or they may not be interested in other people at all.
Children with ASDs may not make eye contact and may just want to be alone.
They may have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings.
A child with an ASD may not like to ... [More]
What is autism?
Autism is a complex biological disorder that generally lasts throughout a person’s life. It is called a developmental disability because it starts before age three, in the developmental period, and causes delays and problems with many different ways in which a person develops or grows.
Words that describe autism:
What is a spectrum disorder?
Autism is considered to be a spectrum disorder because th... [More]
In From My Side: Being a Child, the photos by Sylvia Chard and Yvonne Kogan tell an inspirational story about childhood from the child’s point of view. This beautiful book, filled with hundreds of color photographs from many different countries, makes a great gift for directors, teachers, trainers, or parents. It invites you to look through a window into the lives of children everywhere. Children are never still. They are always acting and reacting, thinking and speaking, a... [More]
“Computers are part of our modern world, and when integrated into the early childhood classroom they can be effective learning tools. The important thing to remember is that technology can be integrated into learning centers appropriately as long as the child is an active learner who can touch, feel, experiment and create within that environment"
—Rebecca Isbell, author of The Complete Learning Center Book (revised edition)
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To alleviate confusion that is in the media regarding the recently announced recall of certain drop side cribs, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), the not for profit trade association that promotes infant safety and the development of recognized ASTM International product safety standards, provides answers to some frequently asked questions by parents and caregivers.
Question 1 of 3:
As a parent or care giver, should I discontinue use of my drop side crib?
As l... [More]
Autism is a spectrum disorder. Children with autism display a range of behaviors and abilities from very mild to quite severe. In other words, the word autism can describe a child who fits anywhere within that range.
Always use 'child-first' language or 'people-first' language when describing the child. The child in your classroom with autism is just that -- a child with autism and not an autistic child. People-first and, in this case, child-first language helps others see that yo... [More]
With childhood obesity and physical inactivity on the rise, concerns regarding how to address these issues in the early childhood classroom have also risen. Educators are searching for engaging activities, lesson plans, healthy recipes, information for parents, and many tools that can be used to incorporate physical activity and nutrition everyday. Encouraging a healthy lifestyle, good eating habits, and helping children to enjoy a variety of fresh foods can be made fun wit... [More]
Caring for young children is one of the most rewarding, and yet challenging, careers that one can choose. In order for caregivers to provide high quality care for children, they must also be taking care of themselves. The Devereux Early Childhood Initiative has recently published a new resource for adults that can help them strengthen their protective factors so they can “bounce back” from adversity and challenges. Building your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient Y... [More]
In efforts to effectively support young children with behavioral problems in early childhood settings and promote the use of positive behaviors, many communities have been using Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. A recent publication from the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development outlines the model and highlights its use in six consultation programs across the country where positive outcomes were demonstrated.
According to the Center for Ment... [More]
Despite the continually growing body of research that emphasizes the importance of primary prevention and early intervention, less than one percent of young children with emotional behavioral problems are identified (Conroy, 2004). This statistic is heartbreaking, knowing the unneeded suffering that this creates for the children, families and caregivers impacted by the lack of access to primary prevention and early intervention services. It is also mind boggling to me, knowing ... [More]
Be Realistic: Base your plan on realistic goals and capabilities.
Document and Provide Evidence: Do thorough research; document and detail your facts about child care operations.
Illustrate Uniqueness of Your Program: Describe what makes your program appealling, and the services you will offer that will keep your center in demand.
Present Your Plan as a Road Map: Your plan should provide ways to monitor your program constantly. It should have flexibility for modifications and changes when nee... [More]