The Carolina Curriculum for Preschoolers with Special Needs (CCPSN), Second Edition

Authors: Nancy M. Johnson-Martin Ph.D., Bonnie J. Hacker M.H.S., OTR/L, Susan M. Attermeier Ph.D., PT

Format: Spiral-bound, 456 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557666543
Price: $54.95

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The Carolina Curriculum at-a-glance


The Carolina Curriculum for Preschoolers with Special Needs, Second Edition is one of the two volumes of the The Carolina Curriculum, an assessment and intervention program designed for use with young children from birth to five years who have mild to severe disabilities. Developed for use with children from 24 to 60 months, the CCPSN is an easy-to-use, criterion-referenced system that clearly links assessment with intervention and lets professionals work closely with the child's teachers, family members, and other service providers. Already trusted by thousands of early childhood professionals from coast to coast, this proven system is even easier to use with the revisions and updates in this third edition.

View the recorded webinar, The Carolina Curriculum: An Integrated System for Assessment and Intervention, presented by Susan Attermeier.

Using The Carolina Curriculum is simple. In each of the age-specific volumes—now reorganized to establish a seamless transition between the two—all the areas to be assessed are clearly laid out in logical sequences in an Assessment Log. A professional observes the child playing with familiar toys and other available materials in a naturalistic environment, and caregivers may or may not participate. After all appropriate activities in each sequence have been observed or attempted, professionals and caregivers examine the strengths and weaknesses revealed during assessment, pinpoint items that need the most work, and select from the teaching activities that correspond to the items in each sequence of the Assessment Log.

CCPSN includes 22 logical teaching sequences, covering five developmental areas: personal-social, cognition, communication, fine motor, and gross motor. Curricular sequences each consist of an introduction that explains why that sequence is important; suggested adaptations for children with visual, motor, and hearing impairments; and a list of behaviors associated with that sequence. For each behavior, users get a criterion that pinpoints the objective, a list of suggested materials for eliciting that behavior, procedures that help, and functional activities for encouraging that behavior within the child's daily routine. This volume targets more advanced, age-appropriate behaviors and includes suggestions for group activities appropriate for preschools or child care centers.

This book is part of The Carolina Curriculum, a bestselling assessment and intervention program designed for children birth to five with mild to severe disabilities. With this easy-to-use, criterion-referenced system, professionals who work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will closely link assessment with intervention and work effectively with the child's teachers, family members, and other service providers.

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Review by: Michelle Isaacs, Early Intervention Service Coordinator, CDSA of the Blue Ridge, NC
"Very helpful to me as an early intervention service coordinator. I have used the training I received and the manual to assist families in developing and completing IFSP outcomes for families, and used this as a monitoring piece for parents to see how their child is making progress."
Review by: Lee Rouse, Senior Psychologist I, New Bern, NC
"I find [Carolina Curriculum] very helpful when I want a more in-depth curriculum-oriented assessment than standardized testing can provide. I also sometimes go directly to the intervention activities when I need ideas for IFSP Outcome activities."

Table of Contents

About the Authors

  1. Introduction
  2. Guiding Learning: Principles and Suggestions
  3. Environmental Factors Influencing Learning, Development, and Emergent Literacy
  4. Using The Carolina Curriculum

Assessment Log

Developmental Progress Chart

Curriculum Sequences
Sequence 1 Self-Regulation & Responsibility
Sequence 2 Interpersonal Skills
Sequence 3 Self-Concept
Sequence 4-I Self-Help: Eating
Sequence 4-II Self-Help: Dressing
Sequence 4-III Self-Help: Grooming
Sequence 4-IV Self-Help: Toileting

Sequence 5 Attention & Memory: Visual/Spatial
Sequence 6-I Visual Perception: Blocks & Puzzles
Sequence 6-II Visual Perception: Matching & Sorting
Sequence 7 Functional Use of Objects & Symbolic Play
Sequence 8 Problem Solving/Reasoning
Sequence 9 Number Concepts

Sequence 10 Concepts/Vocabulary: Receptive
Sequence 11 Concepts/Vocabulary: Expressive
Sequence 12 Attention & Memory: Auditory

Sequence 13 Verbal Comprehension
Sequence 14 Conversation Skills
Sequence 15 Grammatical Structure
Sequence 16 Imitation: Vocal

Fine Motor
Sequence 17 Imitation: Motor
Sequence 18 Grasp & Manipulation
Sequence 19 Bilateral Skills
Sequence 20 Tool Use
Sequence 21 Visual-Motor Skills

Gross Motor
Sequence 22-I Upright: Posture & Locomotion
Sequence 22-II Upright: Balance
Sequence 22-III Upright: Ball Play
Sequence 22-IV Upright: Outdoor Play

Appendix A: Selected Impairments and Their Effects on Development
Appendix B: Play and Children with Motor Impairments
Appendix C: Object Boards as Aids for Teaching Children with Severe Motor Impairments
Appendix D: Resources and Recommended Readings


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