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Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
in Family Child Care

Supplement to:
Better Baby Care
A Training Course for Family Day Care Providers

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Phylis Benner and Sandra Gellert

1997

Table of Contents

Goals and Objectives
Module 1

Module 2
Module 3

The following three 2-hour modules are about the inclusion and care of infants and toddlers with disabilities in family child care.
They have been designed to be used as stand-alone workshops or to be a part of Better Baby Care: A Training Course for Family Day Care Providers. "Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Family Child Care" accompanies our video, Yes, You Can Do It! Caring for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Family Child Care. (CF, 1995)

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES



MODULE I: DEFINITIONS

Module I Goals

Module I Activities

  1. Review the completed "Feelings About Inclusion" Form; be sure to give participants ample opportunity to express their feelings.
  2. View the "Yes You Can Do It" Caring For Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Family Child Care.

Essential Instructions to the Leader

Equipment needed:



MODULE II: INCLUSION ISSUES

Module II Goals

  1. Examine each of the fears and myths expressed by family child care providers about caring for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
  2. Explore the kinds and importance of training for family child care providers caring for infants and toddlers, and especially those with disabilities.
  3. Explore the benefits of including infants and toddlers with disabilities in the family child care home.
  4. Discuss age and developmentally appropriate practice for including infants and toddlers with disabilities.

Module II Activities

Essential Instructions to the Leader



MODULE III: WORKING WITH PARENTS AND FAMILIES

Module III Goals

  1. Examine the importance of "team approach" in caring for an infant or a toddler with a disability.
  2. Explain the importance of knowing about community resources for support and training.
  3. Examine the special issues, concerns and additional stress faced by parents/families with infants and toddlers with disabilities.

Module III Activities

  1. Generate a list of community resources which can be of support to providers and parents in working with infants and toddlers with disabilities.

Essential Instructions to the Leader


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Better Baby Care: A Book for Family Day Care Providers (Revised). M. Nash, C. Tate, S. Gellert and B. Donehoo. 1993, The Children's Foundation, Washington, DC [ISBN #: 1-884093-03-5]

Child Care and the ADA A Handbook for Inclusive Programs. Rab, Victoria Youcha; Taylor, Janeen McCracken; Wood, Karren Ikeda. 1995, Paul H. Brooks Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD [ISBN #: 1-55766-185-5].

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. Sue Bredekamp, 1987, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington DC.

"Disabilities Which Qualify Children and Youth for Special Education Services Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)," National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities,1994, Washington, DC.

Helping Children Love Themselves and Others: A Professional Handbook for Family Day Care. S. Gellert, K. Hollestelle and E. Kotlus. 1990, The Children's Foundation, Washington DC.

"Implications of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) for Family Child Care," S. Gellert., 1994 (updated 1996), The Children's Foundation, Washington DC.

Including Children With Special Needs in Early Childhood Programs. Wilbers, Jan S. and Wolery, Mark, Editors. 1994, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington DC [ISBN #: 0-935989-61-7].

"Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)," (PL 99-457), 1991, United States Congress.

Project Together Family and Practitioner Partnerships. Christain M. Giovinazzo. 1995, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Rockville, MD.

Strategies for Working With Families of Young Children With Disabilities. Beckman, Paula. 1996, Paul H. Brooks Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD [ISBN #: 1-55766-257-6].

Yes, You Can Do It! Caring for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Family Child Care (Video), 1995, National Child Care Advocacy Program, The Children's Foundation, Washington, DC.

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