Inclusive Child Care for Infants and Toddlers: Meeting Individual and Special Needs

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P.H. Brookes Pub., 1997 - Education - 385 pages
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Caregivers naturally have concerns when a baby or toddler with special needs joins a group of typically developing children in child care. To answer those concerns, this book offers practical guidelines for providing services to children with special needs in inclusive settings.
Child care professionals will find ready-to-use Quality Check forms, parent report forms, and feeding/play schedules to help target and strengthen skills in areas where infants and toddlers need special help. Specific ideas for play activities and suggested intervention approaches also help caregivers promote healthy development in all children. And throughout the book, there is information and helpful advice on teaching responsively; meeting individual needs; feeding, diapering, toilet training, naps, and transitions; developing rapport with parents; understanding toddlers' behavior; working with IFSPs; and maintaining high standards of care.
Students preparing for careers in child care and professionals working in settings that welcome children of all abilities will find this empowering book to be both motivational and educational.

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About the author (1997)

Marion O'Brien, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She also serves as Director of the Family Research Center at UNCG, an interdisciplinary group of researchers interested in parent-child relationships, children's development, and family functioning.

Dr. O'Brien conducts research on parenting, parent-child relationships, child care, and the relationship between parental attitudes, parental behavior, and child development. In addition to her work with families of children with autism spectrum disorders, she studies families of children with other developmental disabilities and those who are at medical risk, and adoptive and foster care families, as well as families of children who are typically developing.

Throughout her career, Dr. O'Brien has maintained a strong focus on the application of findings from research to practice and policy. She has developed and implemented intervention programs that directly benefit children and families. She organized and directed an inclusive full-day child care and early intervention program and an in-home family intervention program in which research-based knowledge of parenting practices was applied to assist families at high risk for abuse and neglect. She has written several books that translate research findings into practical guides for professionals in human services fields.

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