Resources

We've put together an assortment of resources on the following topics.
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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

  • Assistive Technology Resources
    This list of resources includes resources to guide you to the evidence for using assistive technology in early childhood settings, as well as books, videos and other resources to guide you.
     
  • Assistive Technology 101
    This fact sheet is a good introduction to assistive technology, including the definition, benefits and selection of assistive technology. It was developed by the Family Center on Technology and Disability.
     
  • Assistive Technology and the IEP
    This fact sheet outlines the process for identifying, prioritizing and experimenting with assistive technology devices identified during the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for a child with a disability. It was developed by the Family Center on Technology and Disability.
     
  • ATIA Resources Funding Guide
    This guide has numerous resource links to funding options for assistive technology. It was developed by ATIA, the Assistive Technology Industry Association.
     
  • Augmentation and Alternative Communication Strategy Poster
    This one page “dos and don'ts” guide is a easy to use reminder poster for educators and families who are supporting AAC users. This poster was created by Lauren Enders.
     
  • Go Baby, Go Video - One Man Helped Disabled Kids With Power Wheels
    Check out this video for inspiration from an innovative engineer who created accessible motorized play cars that are motivating, social, and FUN!
     
  • Resource Guide for Teachers and Administrators About Assistive Technology
    This guide reviews different types of assistive technology and includes a resource list to help schools acquire assistive technology devices. It was developed by the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Institute
     
  • Special Education Guide to Assistive Technology
    This comprehensive guide provides an overview of assistive technology devices and services, including choosing, using and repairing assistive technology devices and services. It was developed by Montana Division of Special Education.
 

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT & DISABILITIES

  • Apps for Helping Autistic Kids Socially and Academically
    This article from the San Jose Mercury News lists recommended mobile apps to assist children with autism.
     
  • Cerebral Palsy Guide
    This website helps parents understand their child’s diagnosis by giving them information on cerebral palsy causes, symptoms and treatments that are available.
     
  • People First Language
    These articles from Disability is Natural provide examples of respectful language that puts the person before the difference/disability.
     
  • Map to Early Start
    This parent friendly tip sheet can be used by parents and professionals who have developmental questions and concerns for children between the ages of birth and three years of age and who are interested in learning more about how to navigate the referral to Golden Gate Regional Center for early intervention services. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
     
  • Meeting the Sensory Needs of Young Children
    The charts on pages 40 and 42 of this article from Young Children identify sensory processing patterns and common characteristics of these patterns, as well as classroom strategies to address children's sensory processing differences.

  • NICHCY Fact Sheets
    The Center for Parent Information and Resources website offers 11 downloadable fact sheets on disabilities ranging from ADHD to Traumatic Brain Injury. It's a great resource for learning more about a specific disability for anyone who is living or working with a child who has a disability.

  • Toilet Training Workshop for Children with Special Needs
    This packet from Gateway Learning Group, Inc can be used to help with toilet training children with special needs.

  • Track Your Child's Developmental Milestones
    This colorful brochure from the CDC can be used track a child's progress in reaching important developmental milestones through age five.
     
  • Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorders
    This document from Autism Speaks outlines the importance of visual supports in helping children with autism communicate better with their peers, parents and teachers.
     
  • What to Expect & When to Seek Help
    This tool helps families and providers identify developmental concerns in children age one to four and provides a framework to begin a conversation on how best to support their social-emotional development. This resource was created by Bright Futures at Georgetown University.
 

 

CURRICULUM

  • California Preschool Curriculum Framework - Volume 1 and Volume 2
    These books by the California Department of Education present strategies and information to enrich learning and development opportunities for all preschool children. Volume 1 focuses on social-emotional development, language and literacy, English-language development, and mathematics. Volume 2 focuses on visual and performing arts, physical development, and health.
     
  • Environmental Adaptations Checklist
    This checklist includes procedures for determining the types of environmental adaptations (physical, social, temporal, etc.) that can be used to promote child participation in learning activities to enhance child competence. The checklist indicators focus on the types of adaptations that can be used to eliminate or reduce barriers and the use of adaptations to increase child participation in learning activities and routines.
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices
    This position statement by the National Association for the Education of Young Children provides a framework for the best practices in early childhood education that promote optimal learning and development.
     
  • Scaffolding Children's Learning
    This tip sheet from NCQTL provides strategies and examples for teachers to provide effective support and feedback to the children they work with.

  • Universal Design for Learning Checklist
    This checklist (in English, Spanish and Mandarin) helps teachers to create universally designed lessons.  

 

 

ENVIRONMENT

  • How Can You Create a Learning Environment that Respects Diversity?
    This article outlines the importance of setting up an inclusive and diverse environment in an early childhood program and provides guidelines on recommended images that promote this goal. It was created by the Anti-Defamation League.
     
  • Steps for Adapting Materials for Use by All Children
    This chart provides examples of Universal Design as applied to different classroom objects and examples of how to modify those materials to include all children. It was created by Kristen Haugen.
     
  • Universal Design for Play Tool
    This tool can be used by child care providers of children from birth to three years old to help them select toys that are inclusive and can be used by children with and without disabilities. It was designed by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
     
  • Zoning to Maximize Learning
    This tip sheet from NCQTL provides strategies to be used in classrooms to organize teachers and classroom environments.

 

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • Medication Administration Form
    This permission form can by used by child care providers to obtain authorization to administer medicine to a child in their care and to outline the program's policy on administering medicine to children in their program. It was created by the California Childcare Health Program.
     
  • Nutrition & Feeding Care Plan
    This form can be used by child care providers to collect information on the diet and feeding needs of a child in their care. It was created by the California Childcare Health Program.
     
  • Special Health Care Plan
    This form can be used by child care providers to create a health care plan that addresses the health care concerns of a child in a child care program. It was created by the California Childcare Health Program.
 

 

INCLUSION

  • An Administrator's Guide to Preschool Inclusion
    The purpose of this guide is to address some of the issues raised by the administrators of inclusive preschool settings. We discuss the barriers and roadblocks these administrators encountered as well as strategies they used as they set up inclusive programs and then worked to keep them going successfully.
     
  • California M.A.P. to Inclusion & Belonging
    The Making Access Possible website is a project operating under the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd and funded by the California Department of Education's Early Education & Support Division with a portion of the federal Child Care Development Fund Quality Improvement Allocation. The MAP Project supports the inclusion of children with disabilities and other special needs ages birth to 21 in child care, after school and community settings.

  • Creating Inclusive Environments for Children
    This article outlines the steps to design, support and evaluate inclusive environments. It was published in Birth Through Five News and appears in English and Spanish.
     
  • Overview of the DEC Recommended Practices
    This resource provides an overview of the research-backed recommended practices developed by the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) to provide guidance to parents and providers on improving outcomes for the children with disabilities.
     
  • Parent Checklist to Evaluate their Child's Program
    This checklist can be used by parents to evaluate how their child’s program meets their child’s needs. This checklist incorporates many of the best practices in early intervention and early childhood special education outlined in the DEC Recommended Practices.
     
  • Quality Inclusive Early Childhood Programs: 10 Things to Look For
    This list helps parents identify what to look for as they seek quality inclusive early childhood programs for their child.
     
  • Quality Inclusive Childcare Checklist
    This checklist can be used to evaluate the quality and level of inclusion of a child care program. It was developed by the California Childcare Health Program.
     
  • Website Resources on Inclusion
    This document lists online resources on how to include children with special needs. 
 

 

LAWS

 

 

POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORTS

  • Banking Time Techniques Handout
    This handout lists Banking Time techniques that can be used by teachers to build supportive relationships with children. Banking Time is composed of 10-15 minute one-on-one play sessions between a teacher and child that take place 2-3 times a week.
     
  • Book Nook: Hands Are Not for Hitting
    This resource from CSEFEL provides an overview of the book: Hands Are Not for Hitting and outlines fun classroom activities that can be used while reading this book to prevent hitting. 
     
  • Book Nook: Quiet Loud
    This resource from CSEFEL provides an overview of the book: Quiet Loud and outlines fun classroom activities that can be used while reading this book to work on transitions between being quiet and loud. 
     
  • Example Behavior Support Plan - Ashley
    This is an example of a completed behavior support plan for a child that has trouble with social interaction. It outlines the problem, prevention strategies, skills to teach and the response.
     
  • Factors that Influence Behavior
    This tip sheet from the Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) outlines external and internal factors that can influence a child's behavior as well as how the environment can affect a child's behavior.
     
  • "Good Job" Alternatives
    This article from Teaching Young Children provides suggestions to give preschoolers specific, detailed information that recognizes their achievements and encourages learning.
     
  • Instead of. ______, Try telling them what to do.
    This handout provides alternative phrases to use with children to encourage positive behaviors. It recommends telling children what TO DO instead of what NOT TO DO.
     
  • The 'Make a Plan' Plan
    This article from NAEYC outlines a guidance technique that helps teachers combat challenging behaviors called "make a plan" plan. It is a strategy for helping a teacher and a child find the solution to a problem together.
     
  • OUCH! That hurts! - Biting
    This handout from the Center for Inclusion & Disability Studies provides information on the causes of biting behavior can tips for preventing and responding to it.
     
  • Positive Behavior Support
    This document outlines the positive behavior support process which can be used by providers to address problem behaviors that range from aggression to social withdrawal. It was created by the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children.
     
  • Rough Play: One of the most challenging behaviors
    This article from Young Children explores the importance of rough play in children's development.
     
  • Supporting Positive Behavior
    This tip sheet from Kids Included Together (KIT) provides 10 tips on encouraging positive behavior in early education settings.
     
  • Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behaviors
    This webpage was developed by the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI). It gives teachers practical strategies, developed from TACSEI’s research activities and experiences in Positive Behavior Support, to create a plan to support young children who are having challenging behavior.
 

 

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SCREENING & ASSESSMENT

  • Ages and Stages Website
    This website is a great place to start when beginning to implement the ASQ and/or the ASQ:SE. It also has an age calculator, so that you can be assured that you are using the appropriate age interval.
     
  • Birth to Five; Watch Me Thrive! Website
    This website contains resources on screening and assessment. Is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
     
  • The Child Find Mandate: What Does it Mean for You?
    This article explains the Child Find mandate, including who is covered by the mandate, the importance of the mandate and suggested methods and implementation of the mandate. It appears on the WrightsLaw website.

  • List of Developmental Screening Tools
    This table compares developmental screening tools for children and includes the description, age range, number of questions, administration time, scoring method and where to obtain them. It was created by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
     
  • Understanding & Choosing Assessments & Developmental Screeners for Children 3-5
    This report reviews the quality of assessment tools and can be used by early education providers to help them select developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate screening tools for the populations they serve. It was created by OPRE.
 

 

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • The Teaching Pyramid
    This handout outlines how the teaching pyramid can be used to support social competence and prevent challenging behavior in young children. It was produced by The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning.
 

 

SPEECH & LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
 

  • More than Baby Talk
    This guide is a project of Frank Porter Graham Research Center that describes ten practices early childhood teachers can use to foster language and communication skills among infants and toddlers based upon the latest research findings on optimal adult-child interactions for promoting strong language and communication skills among young children.
     
  • Simple Sign Language Sheet
    This document from the Inclusion Collaborative has photos of simple sign language that can be used as an alternative communication method to help children comprehend vocabulary and directions.
     
  • Tips to Support Children with Speech and Language Needs
    This handout lists strategies to help children with speech challenges develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills.
     
  • Ways to Ask Children Questions
    This handout from NCQTL provides 4 simple strategies and examples for extending conversations and questions with children in the classroom.
 

 

TEAMING & COLLABORATION

  • Communication Strategies to Build Communication
    This handout from the Connect Module on Collaboration emphasizes the importance of effective communication as a foundation for collaboration.
     
  • Developing and Evaluating Interagency Collaboration
    This handbook discusses the definition, history and purpose of interagency collaboration, as well as outlining the steps to developing collaboration and exemplary practices in interagency collaboration. It was produced by the California Department of Education.
 

 

TRANSITIONS

 

*SF Inclusion Networks strives to present families and professionals with a wide range of views and options in its materials and trainings. These materials and trainings are not necessarily comprehensive, are not meant to be exhaustive, nor are they an endorsement of the author and/or presenter. If you would like to offer feedback or if you know of additional resources, speakers and/or materials that may be helpful, please contact us.

 


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