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Disabilities Services Newsletters

The Head Start Disabilities Services Newsletter is produced monthly by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL). It is dedicated to staff working with young children with disabilities and their families. This page provides current and past issues of the newsletter.

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Using Assistive Technology to Support Children

Assistive technology increases children's access to chances for learning and social development. This is particularly important for children with disabilities or suspected delays. In this issue, learn more about using assistive technology for supporting children at home and in the classroom.

Engaging Families in Planning and Goal-Setting

Strong staff and family partnerships set the stage for planning and goal setting. In this newsletter issue, learn more about effective strategies for engaging families in setting meaningful goals.

Creating a Classroom Culture of Acceptance of Individual Differences

A culture of acceptance is one that welcomes and includes all children. Acceptance goes beyond providing access to an early learning setting. It means being included both physically and socially as a part of the group. A culture of acceptance occurs when each child is accepted and welcomed for who they are.

Classroom Collaboration to Support Inclusion

Collaboration is essential for the growth, success, and inclusion of every child. Learn about strategies for collaboration and explore tips on how to improve communication in support of children and families.

Using Data to Support Highly Individualized Teaching and Learning

The use of data is critical for serving all children, especially children with disabilities or suspected delays. Data is gathered to monitor and document developmental progress, and is collected through ongoing child assessment. In this issue, learn more about how ongoing assessment data guides decisions related to instructional supports.

Supporting Peer Interactions

Children learn new skills by watching and interacting with other children during play and everyday activities. Peer interactions promote learning and development in language, literacy, and cognition. They also promote motor and social and emotional development. In this issue, learn ways to support and enhance child-to-child interactions at home and in the classroom.

Adapting the Environment to Support Engagement

Effective, engaging, and accessible environments have age-appropriate equipment, materials, supplies, and physical spaces. They also include developmentally appropriate schedules, lesson plans, and experiences. All of these materials can be adapted by staff and families to support all children, especially those suspected of or diagnosed with disabilities.

Ongoing Child Assessment to Support Learning

Assessments help to guide the development of goals and to monitor children’s progress. They also help to individualize teaching practices and home visiting strategies, and to measure child outcomes. In this issue, learn more about how to use the assessment process to gather information for making decisions and informing interventions. This is a critical component of services for young children who have or are suspected of developmental delays or disabilities and their families.

Leading to Support High-Quality Inclusive Services

Leadership is critical to the success of high-quality inclusion. In this issue, learn about leadership strategies and processes that support inclusion, such as professional and interagency collaboration, systems change, support for practitioners, and families as advocates for their children with disabilities.

Individualizing Instruction to Support Learning

Individualizing instruction can maximize children's learning opportunities. It can also improve their developmental and functional outcomes. In this issue, learn more about how to individualize early care and education for children with disabilities. Find resources with strategies to support instruction for children who have suspected or identified disabilities.

Last Updated: May 21, 2018