Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities in Childcare

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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

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