Children with Disabilities

Responding with Families to Developmental Concerns

Teacher working with a toddler boyDiscover ways to engage families when early childhood staff have concerns that a child is at risk for a disability or developmental delay. Some information in this module may also refer to children with disabilities as "children with special needs." The module is designed for educators working with children ages birth to 5.

This module focuses on:

  • Observing children's development together
  • Understanding the benefits of screening
  • Approaches to conversations with families when developmental concerns arise
  • Partnering with families through the process of evaluation for possible services

Interested in digging deeper? Use the Suggested Resources to learn more about a relationship-based approach to family engagement.