Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Family Child Care

Phylis Benner, Sandra Gellert

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Summary:

This training manual presents three 2-hour modules on the inclusion and care of infants and toddlers with disabilities in family child care. Modules address: (1) various types and degrees of disabilities; (2) using people-first language; (3) the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it impacts on family child care providers; (3) the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and why it is important for parents and providers; (4) providing care in the least restrictive environment; (5) fears and types of concerns expressed by family child care providers about caring for infants and toddlers with disabilities; (6) the importance of training for family child care providers caring for infants and toddlers; (7) the benefits of including infants and toddlers with disabilities in the family child care home; (8) age and developmentally appropriate practices for including infants and toddlers with disabilities; (9) the importance of a team approach in caring for an infant or a toddler with a disability; (10) community resources for support and training; and (11) special issues, concerns, and additional stress faced by parents/families with infants and toddlers with disabilities. Each module includes a list of module goals, activities, and instructions for the trainer. (Contains 11 references.) 

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Bibliographic Information:

Phylis Benner, Sandra Gellert. Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Family Child Care (1997). The Children's Foundation: Washington, DC. (50 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: The Children's Foundation

Language: English

Reading Level: Easy

Formats Available: Printed Material

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Availability:

(Comes with video entitled Yes You Can Do It!...see CL00082 )

The Children's Foundation
725 15th St., NW
Suite 505
Washington, DC
20005

Languages Available:

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Related Items:

Mejor cuidado infantil [Spanish] [Better Baby Care Training Course]
Yes, You Can Do It! Caring for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Family Child Care [Video]

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Intended User Audience:

This video was produced primarily to encourage home-based child-care
providers to work with families who have children with developmental disabilities. Wording is directed to the in-home provider. Provides introductory level information on working with children with disabilities. Cultural/linguistic groups: This manual was intended for use with a universal population within the U.S. for whom English is a first language or who is proficient in English. The material was originally developed for use in the Mid-Atlantic states (PN, VA, MD, WV, NJ, & D.C.). It does not address specific cultural groups, although it portrays adults and children from African American and European American origin.
 

Product Development:

Distribution of the manual to family members will most likely occur through Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, state licensing agencies, and toy lending libraries.

Geographic boundaries: The material was developed and intended to be used by a
wide range of families across the country.


Developed by: Staff at the the Children's Foundation under funding from Bell Atlantic. Developer reports that service delivery personnel including early childhood specialists and family members participated in the development of the
material.
 

Product Evaluation:

Before the material was released, the video was field-tested in Washington D.C. and six additional Mid-Atlantic states (PN, VA, MD, WV, NJ, & DE). Families and early childhood specialist from African-American (45%), Euro-American (55%), and Hispanic (5%) origins participated in the evaluation and field
testing.
 

Product Dissemination:

As of 1998, roughly 300 copies had been distributed. Orders have
come from across the country.
 

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