Teaching Young Children with Disabilities in Natural Environments, Second Edition

Authors: Mary Jo Noonan Ph.D., Linda McCormick Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 376 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598572568
Price: $62.95

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Now enhanced with new topics critical to effective practice, this second edition is the essential methods textbook for preservice professionals preparing to teach young children with disabilities in today's increasingly diverse and inclusive programs. Focusing on children birth to 5, this core text gives future professionals specific, evidence-based knowledge on what to teach and how to teach it, with practical methods that fit into naturally occurring activities and routines. The expert authors synthesize nearly a decade of new developments in this revised and expanded second edition, making this the most comprehensive, up-to-date methods textbook available for the new generation of early childhood special educators and interventionists.


  • Prepares them for success in today's natural and inclusive environments
  • Takes a non-categorical approach, so professionals can skillfully address challenges that cross a range of disabilities and ages
  • Clear, explicit guidance on the best methods and procedures to use when teaching and conducting intervention
  • Every chapter updated, including vital new information on hot topics and legislative changes
  • Strong focus throughout the book on cultural competence

STUDENT-FRIENDLY FEATURES: Focus points, concise chapter summaries, challenging study questions, and realistic examples that illustrate the suggested techniques and strategies.

WITH NEW AND EXPANDED INFORMATION ON: blended practices • assistive technology • response to intervention • legislative changes, including the new Part C regulations • curriculum-based measures • teaching children with autism • resolving challenging behavior • successful professional and family partnerships • alternative assessment • IFSP/IEP development • the naturalistic curriculum model • linking early learning standards to instruction • progress monitoring • milieu teaching • activity-based instruction • embedded instruction • adaptations in natural settings • cultural and linguistic diversity • group instruction • social skills and interventions • early childhood transitions • and more


Review by: Christine Kennedy, Professor, Pittsburgh, PA
“I am thrilled that there is now a second edition of this book. I have used the first edition for the past several years and my students have benefitted immensely from every chapter and every set of study questions.”
Review: Midwest Book Review Education Shelf
"Preschool and kindergarten instructors will find Teaching Young Children with Disabilities in Natural Environments invaluable, and worthy of the highest recommendation."
Review by: William Brown, University of South Carolina
“Replete with valuable evidence-based information on what we presently know about working with and serving young children and their families . . . will be a noteworthy addition to practitioners, professors, and applied researchers professional libraries. I certainly plan to employ it as both a reference and primary text for my classes.”
Review by: Bonnie Keilty, Ed.D & Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D., Owners and Founders, B2K Solutions, Ltd
“A sustainable solution to the complexity of blending intentional instruction within embedded home, classroom, and community routines . . . A formidable resource for preservice preparation and ongoing professional development.”
Review by: Judith Carta, Senior Scientist, Juniper Gardens Childrens Project, University of Kansas
“Brings to life the wealth of research-based practices known to improve the outcomes of young children with special needs. Noonan and McCormick have once again created a great resource for those just learning about early intervention to the most-seasoned practitioner.”
Review by: Mary McLean, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
“The cheers from teacher trainers across the country are almost audible as the newest edition of Noonan and McCormick becomes available. A book which provides comprehensive information on evidence-based practices for children with disabilities tailored to service delivery in natural environments, this edition will no doubt prove to be a highly valued resource for our field.”
Review by: Jane Squires, Professor, Early Intervention/Special Education, University of Oregon
“Striking in its comprehensiveness as a text for Early Intervention/Special Education practitioners, students in training, supervisors, and other team members . . . will be a valuable resource for those already in the field as well as those new to intervention with young children with disabilities.”

Table of Contents


  1. Perspectives, Policies, and Practices
    Linda McCormick, Ph.D.
  2. Culture, Teaming, and Partnerships
    Linda McCormick, Ph.D.
  3. Assessment and Planning: The IFSP and the IEP
    Linda McCormick, Ph.D.
  4. Naturalistic Curriculum Model
    Mary Jo Noonan, Ph.D.
  5. Planning and Monitoring
    Linda McCormick, Ph.D.
  6. Instructional Procedures
    Mary Jo Noonan, Ph.D.
  7. Specialized Instructional Strategies
    Linda McCormick, Ph.D.
  8. Designing Culturally Relevant Instruction
    Mary Jo Noonan, Ph.D.
  9. Teaching Children with Autism
    Mary Jo Noonan, Ph.D.
  10. Challenging Behavior
    Mary Jo Noonan, Ph.D.
  11. Small Group Instruction
    Mary Jo Noonan, Ph.D.
  12. Interventions to Promote Peer Interactions
    Linda McCormick, Ph.D.
  13. Environmental Arrangements, Adaptations, and Assistive Technologies
    Mary Jo Noonan, Ph.D.
  14. Transitions
    Linda McCormick, Ph.D.


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