2nd Edition

Teaching Exceptional Children
Foundations and Best Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Education Classrooms

ISBN 9781138802209
Published November 28, 2016 by Routledge
630 Pages

USD $115.00

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Book Description

Teaching Exceptional Children is an ideal textbook for introductory graduate and undergraduate courses on early childhood special education and teaching in inclusive classrooms. Bayat’s clear and accessible writing, a visually appealing design, and focused pedagogy in each chapter help make it possible to cover a significant amount of material. This powerful text identifies specific behavioral characteristics and presents theoretical information grounded in neuroscience and child development research for a wide range of disabilities. Research-based best practices for effectively working with children with various disabilities in inclusive classrooms are provided in each chapter. The second edition has been fully updated based on the DSM-5, and includes new sections on contemporary issues in inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood classrooms, such as challenging behaviors, using technology, at-risk children, promoting mental health, and family issues.

A robust pedagogical program, along with online resources for instructors and students, provides full support, including:

  • Chapter Objectives and Key Terms help frame each chapter
  • Discussion, Critical Thinking, Essay/Short Answer, and Review Questions at the beginning, throughout, and concluding chapters prompt students to fully engage with the material
  • Homework/Field Assignments provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations
  • Real-Life Vignettes illustrate concepts in action
  • Color Photos, Figures, and Tables clarify concepts in a visually engaging way
  • Recommended Resources and References offer guidance for further study
  • The companion website, http://routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/9781138802209, includes instructor resources for teaching and planning, including an Instructor's Manual with additional ideas for assigntments and projects, web links, and video links with reflection questions; a test bank; and PowerPoint lecture slides. The site also includes tools for students to engage with and master the concepts and terminology introduced in the book.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Early Childhood Special Education: An Introduction to the Field

Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundations in Early Childhood Special Education

Chapter 3: Typical and Atypical Development

Chapter 4: Families Are the Most Important of All

Chapter 5: Children who are at-Risk

Chapter 6: Identification and Intervention

Chapter 7: Developing IFSP and IEP


Chapter 8: Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chapter 9: Working with Children Who Have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Chapter 10: Working with Children who have Challenging Behaviors: Best Practices for Promoting Mental Health in Children

Chapter 11: Children with Communication Impairments

Chapter 12: Children with Intellectual Disability

Chapter 13: Children with Hearing Loss and Visual Impairment

Chapter 14: Children who Have Motor Issues and Those with Other Health Impairments


Chapter 15: Education of Children with Disabilities in Primary School Years: K-3rd

Chapter 16: Children who are Gifted

Glossary of Terms


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Mojdeh Bayat is Associate Professor of Education at DePaul University, USA. She has a BA in Law and Society from The American University, an MA in Early Childhood Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University, and a PhD in Child Development from Erikson Institute in Chicago.


In this second edition, Mojdeh Bayat offers a sensible discussion of young children with special needs from birth through age eight, including rich vignettes, solid research, and many useful pedagogical features.  It is rare to see a book with such a clear focus on the developmental trajectory of childhood and implications for family-centered collaboration in the best interests of young children. Teaching Exceptional Children is a gem for all teacher candidates.

--Gayle Mindes, Professor of Education, DePaul University