The SAGE Handbook of Special Education brings together the most up to date knowledge of this area and will serve as the major source book of authoritative information and ideas about current and future directions for special education. It aims to examine the intricate relations between theory, research, and practice, and places a particular emphasis on international policies such as Education for All, and inclusive education as a strategy for achieving it. This comprehensive, research-based work, assembles scholarship on an international level, and covers topics that transcend national boundaries.
Chapter 27: Teaching and Learning in the Early Years
Teaching and Learning in the Early Years
Access to childcare and education for young children from birth through to age 5, prior to formal school entry, has become a critical and nearly universal issue for families in today's world. These concerns are exacerbated further, when families have a child with a disability or developmental delay (Odom, 2000). This chapter addresses services for young children with disabilities and their families by considering first those services provided during the infancy and toddler years (birth through to age 2) and secondly through preschool years (ages 3–5) prior to entry into formal schooling. Although the age designations may appear arbitrary, they have set the stage for how services have been developed in the United ...