In the final webinar of their 2019 series on autism, the Family Development Early Intervention (FDEI) team will discuss the inclusion of young children with autism in a variety of settings. Recently the team sat down with several experts in the field of early childhood special education who each share a passion for inclusion. In the weeks leading up to the final webinar on Dec. 4, 2019, these conversations will be shared here.
This week, Dr. Jenna Weglarz-Ward, assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, discusses the inclusion of young children with disabilities in childcare settings. Dr. Weglarz-Ward has worked in the field of special education and early childhood for 20 years in a variety of roles including preschool teacher, childcare provider, early interventionist, literacy tutor, therapeutic recreation staff, and parent. She values family-centered and play-based practice that aims to best support children’s development regardless of ability level. Her research focus includes pre-service education, collaboration in early childhood, and recommended practice.
The transcript for this interview can be found here.
Resources Mentioned in the Interview
Checklists for Providing/Receiving Early Intervention Supports in Child Care Settings by Rush & Sheldon
Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center – Teaming and Collaboration Resources
Early Intervention and Child Care…Natural Partners in Natural Environments