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Early Childhood Education for Students With Developmental Disabilities

Young children with disabilities receive instruction and support to promote positive early learning and positive social behavior outcomes. Services for young children with developmental disabilities, or early childhood special education, are an important focus when determining educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Research generally supports the importance of intervening in a struggling child’s development at the earliest point possible to improve and enhance developmental outcomes. This entry describes key features of inclusive early education programs intended to provide high-quality learning experiences for young children with developmental disabilities.

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Early childhood special education presents opportunities for young children with disabilities to participate in educational settings alongside their typically developing peers. High-quality inclusive environments provide a variety of instructional approaches and environmental arrangements that support the development of skills ...

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