Making Preschool Inclusion Work: Strategies for Supporting Children, Teachers, and Programs

Authors: Anne Marie Richardson-Gibbs M.A., M. Diane Klein Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Foreword Author: Marci J. Hanson Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 280 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598572117
Price: $42.95

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Preschool inclusion is about much more than placing a child in a general education classroom. A network of creative, effective supports must be in place for the child, the teachers, and the program—and this comprehensive textbook shows how to make it happen. Future educators will get a thorough introduction to inclusion supports: evidence-based practices and strategies that help children with disabilities fully participate in preschool classrooms. With a strong emphasis on collaboration among all members of the education team, this text leads professionals step by step through every aspect of successful preschool inclusion, from designing an effective program to preparing all children for a smooth transition to kindergarten. An ideal textbook for preservice educators—and a valuable reference for early childhood programs—this important volume will help establish inclusive classrooms where every young child learns, belongs, and thrives.


  • planning and delivering creative, cost-effective inclusion services and accommodations (includes detailed guidance for administrators)
  • successfully using today's best models to implement inclusion supports, such as itinerant teaching, consultation, and co-teaching
  • preparing for and conducting an effective IEP meeting, with concrete strategies for working collaboratively with parents
  • solving problems and managing conflict
  • applying Universal Design for Learning principles to classroom instruction
  • using teaching strategies that engage and support all children
  • addressing the needs and challenges commonly associated with specific disabilities, including autism, visual and hearing impairments, and physical disabilities
  • preventing and managing challenging behavior with positive behavioral supports
  • supporting kindergarten readiness and ensuring a smooth transition between programs

This comprehensive textbook gives education professionals a thorough introduction to inclusion supports: evidence-based practices and strategies that help children with disabilities fully participate in preschool classrooms.

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: In-depth case studies and vignettes from both professional and parent perspectives, strategies for adapting curriculum content, disability-specific interventions to keep and use as a reference.


Review: California Bookwatch, Education Shelf
“Packed with concrete ideas and problem-solving techniques teachers will find key to creating successful programs.”
Review by: Deborah Chen, Professor, Department of Special Education, California State University, Northridge
“This must-have evidence-based resource highlights the essential components, critical considerations, and practical strategies for promoting high quality learning experiences for preschoolers with a range of abilities and learning needs.”
Review by: Pamela Winton, Senior Scientist and Director of Outreach, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
“The case examples bring the content to life and help the reader with application of the concepts, research and policies that undergird inclusion.”
Review by: Maurine Ballard-Rosa, Professor, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), California State University, Sacramento
“A much-needed resource for training professionals in the key differences between successful inclusion and having children with disabilities just 'being there.'”
Review by: Laurie Dinnebeil, Professor and Daso Herb Chair, Co-Director, School of Inter-Professional Teaming, University of Toledo
“A wonderful resource that addresses major issues related to successful preschool inclusion . . . will help readers apply what they are learning to their own experiences.”
Review by: Bonnie Keilty, City College of New York, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
“A valued guide for administrators and inclusion teams creating, implementing, or evaluating their work with young children with diverse abilities.”

Table of Contents

About the Authors

  1. An Introduction to Preschool Inclusion Support Practices
  2. Models of Inclusion Support
    Kathleen C. Harris, Ph.D.
  3. Getting Started: Administrative and Leadership Strategies for Building Inclusive Preschool Programs
  4. Preparing for the Individualized Education Program and Working with Families
  5. Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
    Appendix 5A: Two Case Studies—Jonny and Brandon
  6. Strategies that Support the Needs of All Learners
  7. Disability-Specific Challenges and Strategies in Inclusive Preschool Programs
    with invited contributors Beth A. Moore, M.A., Sue Parker-Strafaci, M.A., Sherwood J. Best, Ph.D., Sara Chen Ling, M.A., Janice Myck-Wayne, Ed.D., Jennifer Symon, Ph.D., BCBA-D, and Michelle Dean, Ph.D.
  8. Positive Behavior Supports: Preventing and Managing Difficult Behavior
    Kathryn D. Peckham-Hardin, Ph.D.
  9. Preparing for Kindergarten: Adaptations and Supports Across the Curriculum


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