Strategies for Including Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings prepares participants to utilize effective intervention strategies for working with children with special needs in early childhood education programs. Course topics will include adaptations and accommodations, Individual Education Plans, inclusive practices, and working with additional support professionals in the classroom. Best practices and developmentally appropriate curriculum strategies will be the focus.

$225.00 per 180 days

Course Description

Duration: Self-paced | Instructor Guided | 6-months time frame. 

Credits: 45 Clock Hours | 45 PDUs | 4.5 CUEs

Courses taken for professional development college credit receive both a Certificate of Completion for your records and an Official Transcript.

Course Description:

ADRA offers online courses for teachers that are the ultimate in convenience. Whether for salary advancement or recertification, ADRA offers you the best in continuing education. Courses taken solely for professional development (college credits not included) can be used to meet your recertification or professional development needs (be sure to check with your district/state to determine eligibility). Participants receive a Certificate of Completion listing the course title and number of professional development hours.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn practical, hands-on- ideas for accommodating young children with disabilities in all areas of the curriculum. Adaptations are offered by activity rather than by disability, and the focus is on embedding instruction within daily routines. Participants will learn to effectively support children with a variety of high-incidence disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, visual impairment, hearing loss, and behavioral challenges.


Strategies for Including Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings

Ruth E. Cook, Ph.D/Anne Marie Richardson-Gibbs, M.A./Laurie Nielsen

Course Curriculum

    • Chapter 1: The Origin and Dimensions of Quality Inclusion Unlimited
    • SFICWSN Chapter 2: Instructional Strategies Supporting the Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs 00:00:00
    • SFICWSN Chapter 3: Adaptations for Children with Specific Disabilities 00:00:00
    • SFICWSN Chapter 4: Arranging the Physical Environment to Support the Inclusion of Children with Special Needs 00:00:00
      • SFICWSN Chapter 5: Preventing and Managing Challenging Behaviors 00:00:00
      • SFICWSN Chapter 6: Monitoring Individual Child Progress 00:00:00
      • SFICWSN Chapter 7: Managing Arrival, Departure, and Other Transitions 00:00:00
      • SFICWSN Chapter 8: Engaging Children with Special Needs in Free Play 00:00:00
      • SFICWSN Chapter 9: Circle Time, including Music and Rhythm Activities 00:00:00
      • SFICWSN Chapter 10: Tabletop Activities 00:00:00
      • Chapter 11: Outside Play 00:00:00
      • SFICWSN Chapter 12: Mealtimes 00:00:00
      • SFICWSN Chapter 13: Supporting Language and Emergent Literacy 00:00:00
        • SFICWSN Chapter 14: Communicating and Collaborating with Families 00:00:00
        • SFICWSN Chapter 15: Collaborating with Disability Specialists and Paraprofessionals 00:00:00

      Upcoming Classes
      No class listing = Open Enrollment


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      Instructor: Dr. Sara Hoefler currently engages in private practice for child and adolescent behavior, parent coaching, and life skills coaching. With 25 years of experience in the field, she is an expert in special education. Her years as a principal of a K-12 school serving exclusively special needs students has given her expertise and insight into how to best work with parents to find the most appropriate options for their children socially, academically, and developmentally. She holds current certifications in education (K-12) and brings hands-on experience. Dr. Hoefler also co-authored and organized training events in Special Education meditations for teachers, mediators, and lawyers through the Alternative Dispute Resolution Academy.




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