South Carolina Child Care Inclusion Collaborative

Online Resource Guide


Inclusion Toolkit

Special Needs Inclusion Project. (2013). Inclusion toolkit. Retrieved from

This guide can be used to identify the use of inclusive admission policies and practices in child care centers.

Information about Disability
Resource Guide

Embracing Diversity Toolkit for Creating Inclusive, Learning-Friendly Environments, Specialized Booklet 3: Teaching Children with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. (2009). Embracing diversity: Toolkit for creating inclusive, learning-friendly environments specialized booklet 3: Teaching children with disabilities in inclusive settings. Retrieved from

This booklet offers practical means to make schools more inclusive and provides information about a variety of disabilities along with practical guidelines to successfully teach students with these disabilities.

Assistive Technology

Disabled Bodies, Able Minds: Giving Voice, Movement, and Independence to the Physically Challenged

Edutopia. (2005). Disabled bodies, able minds: Giving voice, movement, and independence to the physically challenged. Retrieved from

The video and article on this webpage show how assistive technology makes it possible for students without full mobility to participate in class and school activities

Communicating with Families

IEP/IFSP Facilitation Techniques for Success

The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education. (n.d.). A CADRE webinar: IEP/IFSP facilitation techniques for success: Counter proposals & consensus-as-you-go. Retrieved from

This webinar explores effective techniques to use during any IEP/IFSP meeting that promote positive interactions while improving the opportunity to gain and maintain agreements. Click the link near the top to listen to the 75 minute webinar, or scroll to the bottom for a link of a powerpoint presentation and a transcript to the webinar

Assistive Technology

Josh's Story

Josh's story. (2008). Retrieved from

This video shows an inspiring story of a six-year-old student with autism whose school experience is improved after being introduced to assistive technology


CONNECT Module 1: Embedded Interventions

CONNECT. (n.d.). Module 1: Embedded interventions. Retrieved from

This module contains handouts, videos, and activities that explain embedded interventions and how they promote participation in inclusive settings

Family Support
Fact Sheet

Early Childhood Publications

PACER Center: Champions for Children with Disabilities. (2013). Publications: Early childhood. Retrieved from

Scroll down to the handouts section to find PACER Center Action Information sheets about a variety of topics for parents of young children with disabilities, such as early intervention systems, communication skills, and IFSP/IEPs

Communicating with Families
Journal Article

Positive Behavior Support Through Family-School Collaboration for Young Children with Autism

Blair, K., Lee, I., Cho, S., & Dunlap, G. (2011). Positive behavior support through family-school collaboration for young children with autism. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 31(1), 22-36, doi: 10.1177/0271121410377510

In this study, individualized behavior support was implemented through family-school collaboration for three children with autism, resulting in increased appropriate behaviors and decreased problem behaviors at home and at school.

Professional Article

Facilitating the Effective Facilitation of Evidence-Based Practices through Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Cook, B. G., Shepherd, K. G., Cook, S. C., Cook, L. (2012). Facilitating the effective facilitation of evidence-based practices through teacher-parent collaboration. Teaching Exceptional Children, 44(3), 22-30. Retrieved from

The article discusses the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) in teacher-parent collaboration in U.S. special education for students with disabilities, including the importance of involving parents, how EBPs impact on student outcomes, and explanations of EBP research design and literature reviews

Communicating with Families
Resource Guide

First Steps: A Guide for Parents of Young Children with Developmental Disabilities

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. (2008). First steps: A guide for parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Retrieved from

This comprehensive guide is a valuable resource for parents of children with disabilities to learn their rights and responsibilities and offers advice for financial concerns, navigating the education system, and more

Home Visits
Journal Article

Provider Perspectives on Adopting and Using Collaborative Consultation in Natural Environments

Salisbury, C., Woods, J., & Copeland, C. (2010). Provider perspectives on adopting and using collaborative consultation in natural environments. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 30, 132-147, doi: 10.1177/0271121409349769

This article describes an exploratory case study to investigate the perspectives and experiences of six early intervention providers as they adopted and implemented a collaborative consultation approach to home visiting in urban neighborhoods.

Communicating with Families
Professional Article

Demystifying the IEP Process for Diverse Parents of Children with Disabilities

Lo, L. (2012). Demystifying the IEP process for diverse parents of children with disabilities. Teaching Exceptional Children, 44(3), 14-20. Retrieved from

This article discusses strategies for individualized education program meetings in cases where a child in U.S. special education comes from a diverse background

Communicating with Families
Professional Article

Six Things to Never Say or Hear During an IEP Meeting: Educators as Advocates for Families

Cheatham, G., Hart, J., Malian, I., & McDonald, J. (2012). Six things to never say or hear during an IEP meeting: Educators as advocates for families. Teaching Exceptional Children, 44(3), 50-57. Retrieved from

This article explains what not to say through six IEP meeting scenarios, followed by commentary about each scenario and suggested appropriate responses for educational professionals should they encounter similar situations

Communicating with Families
Journal Article

Including Parent Training in the Early Childhood Special Education Curriculum for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Ingersoll, B. & Dvortcsak, A. (2006). Including parent training in the early childhood special education curriculum for children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 8(2), 79-87. Retrieved from

This article describes a parent training model for children with autism developed for use in early childhood special education programs. The implementation of the program, teacher preparation, and preliminary outcomes and challenges are discussed

Communicating with Families
Journal Article

Collaborative Consultation in Natural Environments

Woods, J., Wilcox, M., & Friedman, M. (2011). Collaborative consultation in natural environments: Strategies to enhance family-centered supports and services. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 42(3), 379-392. Retrieved from

This article presents current information on recommended practices related to the delivery of early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers with, or at risk for, communication deficits and their families

Journal Article

Supporting Young Children with Multiple Disabilities: What Do We Know and What Do We Still Need to Learn?

Horn, E., & Kang, J. (2012). Supporting young children with multiple disabilities: What do we know and what do we still need to learn? Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 31(4), 241-248, doi: 10.1177/0271121411426487

This article shares the importance of professionals and families working together to identify the individual supports each child needs to ensure that the young child with multiple disabilities is an active participant in all aspects of his or her life.

Communicating with Families

Working Together: Building Improved Communication

National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education. (n.d.). Working together: Building improved communication. Retrieved from

Working Together is a collection of CADRE resources designed to support effective collaboration between parents, schools, and early childhood programs

Dual Language Learners

Preschool for English Language Learners

Colorin Colorado. (2011). Preschool for English language learners. Retrieved from

This webcast offers information on the following components of a PreK ELL program: language instruction, curriculum, professional development, and family outreach.

Dual Language Learners

Becoming Bilingual: The Challenges of Teaching English Language Learners to Read

Colorin Colorado. (2011). Becoming bilingual: The challenges of teaching English language learners to read. Retrieved from

This video is a 30-minute PBS program that examines the challenges of teaching children to read in a new language.