Gain a strong understanding of the foundational issues you face as you teach, parent or assist in an inclusive early childhood setting with Allen/Cowdery's THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD: INCLUSION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, 9E. Today's most comprehensive, applied text on early childhood special education, this edition, with an appealing new design, defines inclusion and early childhood disabilities and explains the latest federal legislation. You examine applications and strategies for early childhood inclusion, from effective teaching and managing problematic behavior to working with linguistically and culturally diverse children and families. You also learn to involve parents and caregivers while encouraging independence and self-care in children. Current research, video cases, digital downloads and first-hand accounts support a developmental behavioral approach as you discover how to work with and optimize learning for diverse groups that include children with significant challenges.