By Cindy Croft
This Redleaf Quick Guide provides educators and families, especially those involved in child care settings, with information regarding how to care for the special needs of some of our young children. The author explains terms throughout the guide to help the reader understand the terminology. In the introduction of the book, Croft describes Children First terminology, provides a definition of special needs, and explains inclusion. Having a clear understanding of what the author is referring to is helpful as one reads through the guide.
The Chapters of this book include:
- The Meaning of Inclusion
- Disability Law and Its Impact on Early Childhood Programs
- Creating a Sense of Belonging
- Typical and Atypical Development
- Ten Chapters related to Specific Disabilities
- Putting It All Together
- Glossary of Terms
Each chapter includes a definition of the disability, characteristics, red flags, and practical application of strategies to support the children. The author reminds the reader frequently that young children are at different developmental stages, the importance of the environment, and that strategies that will work to support children with disabilities are strategies that are often helpful for all children. At the end of each chapter, there is a text box that contains additional key points to keep in mind.
Reviewed by: Jodi Knapp