Children with Exceptionalities

This Landing Pad provides information and resources that can be used to enhance early childhood courses focusing on children with disabilities.
Course Description

This course* covers atypical patterns of child development, inclusive/diverse settings, evidenced-based educational/family plans, differentiated instruction, adaptive materials, and assistive technology. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of exceptionalities and delays, early intervention/special education, transitions, observation, developmental screening, formative assessment of children, and collaborating with families and community partners. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize diverse abilities, describe the referral process, identify community resources, explain the importance of collaboration with families/professionals, and develop appropriate strategies/adaptations to support children in all environments with best practices as defined by laws, policies and the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development. *EDU 221

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North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development

The 2013 North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development is an updated combination of the 2005 and 2007 Foundations documents. Organized according to five domains of the learning and development of young children from birth through kindergarten, this Foundations document outlines the goals and developmental indicators for each domain. Within each domain, strategies for early educators and families to support infants and toddlers, and preschoolers are provided respectively. Also included is a section on supporting dual language learners.
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  • Environment
  • Instruction
  • Literacy
  • STEM
  • Early Intervention
  • Planning and Facilitation Tools

Types of Diversity: 

  • Children with Disabilities
  • Children and Families who are Culturally, Racially, and Ethnically Diverse
  • Children who are Dual Language Learners