The Child with Special Needs–ECE 146 Spring 2018

This Spring I am teaching ECE 146–The Child with Special Needs.

I will post class related items here:

Download the  ECE_146Spring18 Syllabus

The_Path_To_Inclusion_English 2011


Categories of Disability Under IDEA


ADA  Brochure_Spanish


TalkingWhenConcerned2007 (Map to Inclusive Childcare) pdf.

Adapting_ECE Curriculum Lecture ppt.


California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network

For More Information…These are additional resources not included in your syllabus

Inclusion Works– CDE Publication

* SPIN’s Resource Guide– Guide to Services and Supports for Children with Special Needs



* Wonderful explanation of understanding an audiogram,  and  hearing loss in children or adults


*  Important Information on Bullying and Children with Special Needs


* Circle of Inclusion Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Children with Challenging Behavior (L. Brault)



Understanding the concepts of multiple intelligences, learning styles and personality traits helps us to better understand our own strengths and challenges. images-1

Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences gives us some insight into the ways we interact with the world. Take this quiz to learn more about which of the nine “intelligences” best describes you. To learn more about Gardner and Multiple Intelligences visit his web site here. Edutopia also has a quiz to help you identify your learning style based on this theory.


Learning Style  based on Jung’s Theory of Personality is another way of looking at your unique personality style  and has evolved into the Myer’s Briggs Type Indicator. To learn more about these 16 distinctive personality types visit their site here.

PyschCentral has a variety of tests and quizzes including a personality quiz to help you better understand your individual differences, and to screen for possible mental health issues.

Have fun learning more about who your are and how you learn and engage the world.


Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma

Wild Iris Medical Education is now offering  an online continuing education course on Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (PAHT) that I authored. This course includes comprehensive information on PAHT also known as Shaken-Baby Syndrome.

My hopes in writing this course were to highlight prevention strategies that support families with infant crying. Please check out some of the RESOURCES on infant crying, child trauma and child abuse prevention, and let me know if you have suggestions for other resources on this topic. crying-infant

Environmental Health for Young Children–Integrated Pest Management

I have been doing some consulting with UCSF Child Care Health on a research project related to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Family Child Care Homes. Please contact UCSF Child Care Health or me for more information.

Here are some State and National Resources on this topic

UCSF Childcare Health Integrated Pest Management Curriculum

IPM in Family Child Care Homes (English & Spanish)–Handouts

All UCSF Curricula in English and Spanish

IPM in Child Care Presentation Handout in English with updates 3.4.2013

NEW**  Integrated Pest Management Intervention in Child Care Centers Improves Knowledge, Pest Control, and Practices–alkon_jphc_ipm-in-centers_2016

Development and Evaluation of an Integrated Pest Management Toolkit for Child Care Providers–From Early Childhood Research & Practice

EPA Healthy Child Care

Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting– A Tool Kit for Early Care and Education

Link to Complete Site

BEYOND PESTICIDES –Pesticide-Induced Diseases: Learning / Developmental Disorders:  “Roughly one in six children in the U.S. has one or more developmental disabilities, ranging from a learning disability to a serious behavioral or emotional disorder. Scientists believe that the amount of toxic chemicals in the environment that cause developmental and neurological damage are contributing to the rise of physical and mental effects being found in children. Studies show children’s developing organs create “early windows of great vulnerability” during which exposure to pesticides can cause great damage. In the U.S., requirements for testing pesticides and other chemicals for potential developmental and learning disorders are minimal.” For a few of these see ARTICLES (below)

CA Dept. of Pesticide Management–Child Care IPM

IPM in Child Care Video Series

CEHN–Eco-Friendly Child Care

Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings

ARTICLES Relating Autism and other Developmental Disorders to Pesticide Exposure:

Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides: The CHARGE Study

Autism risk higher near pesticide-treated fields, study says

Autism increase not caused only by shifts in diagnoses; environmental factors likely, n California study says

I will continue to use this page to share information and resources related to environmental health and “greening” your child care. Stay tuned…

ECE 139SN Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs (Fall 2014)

ECE 139SN Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs.

Here is the syllabus. It has links to the internet sites and most of the readings for the course.

CLICK BELOW to open pdf.


ECE 139SN Schedule & Grid


For more on my Infant/Toddler Curriculum, Special Needs, and/or Health, Safety & Nutrition course materials scroll below OR click on them above in the categories area. More coming…

ECE 139SN—Group.docx


Nutrition and Feeding: We are what we eat…

tennis nutrition

Nutrition is vital to good health, and good health is vital to learning and development.

This post is dedicated to providing information on nutrition and feeding both for all young children and children with special needs. I have recently done several work shops related to nutrition and feeding.  I have attached two presentations, each with further links to resources I have found helpful in my journey to understand nutrition and feeding as it relates to child development. I have also included additional links to help you on your journey.

NutritionWorkshop: Chilldren with Special Needs

Feeding Frenzy: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Feeding Issues

Nutrition and Children with Special Needs (Washington State Health Dept.)

Infant Nutrition and Health Resource List (Food and Nutrition Information Center)

kaytoomey Steps to Eating

Ellyn Satter’s  webinars  on  Raising Children with Special Needs to be Competent Eaters by Ellyn Satter, Pamela Estes and Ines Anchondo can be found at: