The Exceptional Child,
9th Edition

Eileen K. Allen, Glynnis Edwards Cowdery

ISBN-13: 9780357630693
Copyright 2022 | Published
624 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

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.


1. An Inclusive Approach to Early Education.
2. Federal Legislation: Early Intervention and Prevention.
3. Inclusive Programs for Young Children.
Section 1 Wrap Up: Early Intervention & Public Policy.
4. Normal and Exceptional Development.
5. Developmental Disabilities: Causes and Classifications.
6. Sensory Impairments: Hearing and Vision.
7. Physical Disabilities and Health Problems.
8. Learning and Behavior Disorders.
Section 2 Wrap Up: Likenesses and Differences Among Children.
9. Partnership with Families.
10. Assessment and the IFSP/IEP Process.
11. Characteristics of Effective Teachers in Inclusive Programs.
Section 3 Wrap Up: Planning for Inclusion.
12. The Developmental-Behavioral Approach.
13. Arranging the Learning Environment.
14. Facilitating Self-Care, Adaptive, and Independence Skills.
15. Facilitating Social Development.
16. Facilitating Speech, Language, and Communication Skills.
17. Facilitating Pre-Academic and Cognitive Learning.
18. Managing Challenging Behaviors.
19. Planning Transitions to Support Inclusion.
Section 4 Wrap Up: Implementing Inclusive Early Childhood Programs.
Appendix A: Culminating Activities.
Appendix B: Skill Profile (0–72 Months).
Appendix C: Sources of Information, Support, and Training Material for Teachers and Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities.
Appendix D: Early Learning and Developmental Diversity.
Appendix E: Sample IFSP Form.

  • Eileen K. Allen

    Eileen K. Allen, professor emerita, University of Kansas, spent 30 years as a professor of child development and early childhood education at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Kansas at Lawrence. Throughout her career, Professor Allen was active in national and international organizations focused on the development of young children and their families, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Commission on Early Childhood Teacher Education, the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE).

  • Glynnis Edwards Cowdery

    Glynnis Edwards Cowdery has more than 25 years of experience in the early childhood education field as a teacher, program director and inclusion facilitator.

  • ATTRACTIVE, NEW LARGER DESIGN HELPS ENGAGE READERS. This edition is now larger with an inviting, colorful design and vivid full-color photos that reinforce meaningful content and ensure key information is accessible and understandable for students.

  • THOROUGHLY REVISED CONTENT REFLECTS THE MOST CURRENT NAEYC STANDARDS. This edition integrates the latest developments that correspond to the ©2020 professional standards and competencies from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Content specifically addresses standards related to inclusion, developmentally appropriate practice and early childhood education. Every chapter begins with a clear list of the NAEYC standards addressed within the chapter.

  • NEW "MAKE IT YOUR OWN" CRITICAL-THINKING PROMPTS ENCOURAGE READERS TO TRANSLATE KNOWLEDGE INTO PRACTICAL SKILL. These effective prompts appear in 14 chapters within this edition and provide specific opportunities for readers to apply what they have learned to their current or future practice. Appendix A supplies a dedicated place to record these applications with activities that guide readers to apply what they have learned as they reflect on the chapter's case study.

  • VALUABLE LEARNING OBJECTIVES CORRESPOND TO THE MAIN SECTIONS OF EACH CHAPTER TO DIRECT LEARNING. These carefully crafted learning objectives highlight the key information students need to master within each chapter, and assist students both while initially reading and when reviewing. After completing the chapter, these learning objectives help students better understand how to apply their new knowledge and skills.

  • CONVENIENT DIGITAL DOWNLOADS FOR STUDENTS REINFORCE AND CLARIFY KEY CONTENT. Students are able to easily download the text's figures and a complete version of the Skills Profile from this edition's Student Companion Website. You and your students can customize these tools for study or use in the classroom.

  • "TEACHSOURCE VIDEO CONNECTION" BOXES DEMONSTRATE KEY PRINCIPLES AT WORK IN REAL CLASSROOMS. This edition includes 21 powerful TeachSource videos to help students relate key chapter content to actual teaching scenarios. Corresponding critical-thinking questions guide students in discussing and carefully considering each situation, either in-class or online.

  • A CASE STUDY IN EACH CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS CONCEPTS APPLIED IN REAL LIFE. These engaging case studies present real examples that demonstrate how the topics from the chapter are applied in actual practice today. The case study from each chapter provides a hands-on opportunity to not only read and reflect, but also apply what the reader has learned.

  • SECTION WRAP-UPS FEATURE COMPELLING FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS. These gripping special focus pieces, written by parents and professionals, provide real-life perspectives on inclusion. Section Wrap-ups also provide application questions and background information to better understand and apply principles from accompanying TeachSource video cases.

  • THOROUGH, RELEVANT CONTENT MAKES THIS EDITION A LONG-TERM, TRUSTED RESOURCE FOR PROFESSIONALS. With its complete, well-organized content, this edition serves as a comprehensive reference for students well beyond your course. Students will want to keep this book and refer to pertinent content when they are working as teachers in the field.

  • UPDATES PRESENT THE LATEST LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS. Each new edition carefully details the most current legislative activities completed on behalf of young children and their families.

  • Updated material on current legislative activities on behalf of young children and their families.

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