Teaching Exceptional Children
Foundations and Best Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Education Classrooms
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
PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION
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
PART II: DISABILITIES: DIAGNOSIS, CHARACTERISTICS, AND BEST PRACTICES
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
PART III: KINDERGARETN THROUGH 3RD GRADE
Chapter 15: Education of Children with Disabilities in Primary School Years: K-3rd
Chapter 16: Children who are Gifted
Glossary of Terms
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
Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.