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Early Childhood Education Changes

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Introduction
Various advocates have made changes towards Special Education over the past hundred years. These changes have made substantial improvements in Special Education, but could also be seen as challenges. As a preschool teacher in an inclusive classroom, I have personally seen the improvements and setbacks these changes have made for my students with disabilities and their families. In this essay, I will be discussing specifically the changes made in Early Childhood Special Education. There are three changes that I will discuss; changes made to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Least Restrictive Environments (LRE) in an early childhood setting, and Early Intervention Programs (EIP).
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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that various advocates have made changes towards special education over the past hundred years. they will discuss changes made to the individuals with disabilities education act, least restrictive environments (lre) in an early childhood setting, and early intervention programs.
  • Explains that the least restrictive environment requirement has accommodated children with disabilities to learn alongside students without disabilities. the 1986 amendment guarantees a free and appropriate public education (fape).
  • Explains that the idea granted children with disabilities between ages of three and five free and appropriate education, which led to least restrictive environments allowing them to learn alongside children without disabilities.
  • Explains that least restrictive environments are helping the early childhood classrooms by integrating students with disabilities with students that do not have disabilities.
  • Explains that the main focus of early intervention is to aid qualified zero to two year-olds in acquiring basic and new skills that children who develop typically already have by the time they turn 3.

This particular program creates a more stimulating environment for children with disabilities than a class of just special education students who have limited skills. A Least Restrictive Environment provides children with disabilities opportunities to interact, observe, imitate, and learn from students who have gained more advanced skills in motor, language, cognitive and social.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for children with disabilities in a Least Restrictive Environment to not have their needs met adequately. Some parents think that teachers do not have the proper skills to help their child with disabilities flourish in the classroom. Two concerns/challenges are that typical developing students will imitate inappropriate behaviors made by students with disabilities and students with disabilities could potentially get teased about their disabilities and inappropriate behaviors. As said by Virginia Buysse and Donal B. Baily, Jr. (1993) “… the opportunities for young children with disabilities to interact with peers in integrated settings must be carefully …show more content…

Students will develop at their own pace, some much slower than others; a teacher may see this as a developmental delay. This mislabeling of an infant or toddler can cause a significant amount of stress on a parent who in their eyes sees their child developing typically. Another problem with Early Intervention Programs is a lack of parent involvement and acceptance. Parents not wanting to accept that their infant or toddler has a developmental delay or disability and then deny services or not follow through with the Individualized Family Service Plan provided to them. This happens because of a lack of knowledge on the parents end. “In a large measure the success of early intervention and family involvement is dependent upon our ability to assist families in maintaining their handicapped young children within the home—with the provision that both the children and family members can lead reasonably happy, productive lives.” (Bricker & Casuso

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