These pictures and visuals help present important information in a way that children can understand and use. They encourage engagement and learning in many different settings, routines, and activities.
Young children vary in their skills, knowledge, backgrounds, and abilities. Effective teaching requires individualized teaching and chances to learn for all children to access, participate, and thrive in early learning settings. Individualizing for children who need more support helps ensure effective teaching for children with disabilities and other special needs across all the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework domains. Using children’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals is part of effective teaching, individualizing, and creating inclusive environments to support children’s positive outcomes.
Embedded learning opportunities are short teaching interactions focused on a child’s individual learning objectives during ongoing daily activities and routines. Learn how to plan for and use embedded teaching.
All young children should feel a sense of membership and belonging. Learn how to create relationships and environments that build a sense of belonging for children with disabilities.
Learn about the characteristics and diagnosis of Fragile X syndrome and resources to support children and families with this inherited genetic disorder.
Hear from programs that have formed successful collaborative relationships with their IDEA partners and explore the innovative and effective activities these partners are engaging in.
Watch this set of short videos to see some of the ways Kellie, a disabilities services coordinator in Washington state, supports both educators and children in inclusive learning settings.
Use these stories to teach children a variety of social skills and norms. Print and personalize the story for a specific child and read it one-on-one when the child is calm and relaxed.
Watch these short videos to learn about individualized instructional strategies, such as trial teaching and prompts, to help children with special needs obtain the skills and concepts they are trying to learn.
This video explores the importance of partnering with families of children with disabilities to understand their unique experiences, strengths, priorities, and challenges.
Learn and share useful tips for promoting positive behavior during common family activities and routines that can sometimes be challenging.