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