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Once again, the author team of Vikki F. Howard, Betty Fry Williams, Denielle Miller, and Estee Aiken have written a comprehensive introduction to early childhood special education and early intervention resource for professionals preparing to work with infants, toddlers and preschool children with disabilities and their families. Very Young Children with Special Needs: A Foundation for Educators, Families, and Service Providers, Loose Leaf Version, 5/e remains a foundational text that is practical, offering readers a thorough review of early intervention and early childhood special education, and the most detailed information available about the causes of disabling conditions in young children. Readers will be provided with “best practices” for supporting diverse families, five philosophical issues important to effective intervention and support to young children and their families, and unique coverage of typical child development across physical, emotional, language and cognitive domains.
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“Interdisciplinary, inclusive, and family-focused.”
This highly-regarded text offers a thorough review of early intervention and early childhood special education, and the most detailed information available about the causes of disabling conditions in young children. With coverage of the philosophy, history, family impact, legal issues, medical concerns, and educational contexts that are most relevant for early services to children with exceptional needs, the interdisciplinary perspective of this text serves and benefits students in fields as diverse as special education, social work, health care, and physical and occupational therapy. Also an excellent resource for parents and families of children with special needs.
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Vikki F. Howard began her career working with families with infants and toddlers in Eastern Ohio. Later she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, serving families with very young children and school aged children with disabilities. As a professor at Gonzaga University, Dr. Howard collaborated with Dr. Williams to develop an ECSE program. She is author of many articles, chapters and funded grants associated with infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families. Currently, she teaches at the University of Montana Western where she directs the special education program and collaborates with tribal colleges in Montana to deliver special education pre-service education.
Betty Fry Williams has over 30 years teaching in schools with very young children with disabilities and in higher education. She is professor of education at Whitworth University in Spokane Washington, where she chairs the Special Education program and teaches courses in early childhood special education. Her body of professional work reflect her interests in behavior analysis, methods of teaching infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and autism.
Denielle Miller retired from public school teaching after 25 years of serving children with special needs. She taught students ages 3-21. Denielle received her BS and MA from Montana State University-Billings. She is currently working for Side-by-Side K-12 Consulting and for the Office of Public Instruction as a consultant for the Montana Behavior Initiative (MBI) and Response to Intervention (RTI). In addition, she provides professional development to Headstart teachers on several of Montana’s Native American reservations. Denielle trains and assists schools in setting up school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports and creating literacy rich environments. She is an adjunct professor in the special education department at the U of M Western.
Estee Aiken has worked in early childhood education for more than a decade across numerous states. She has spent the last five years educating pre-service teachers, predominantly in preparation for careers in the field of early childhood. In addition to her interest in the education of very young children, she also works with and conducts research with gifted children. Estee currently teaches in the Education Department at the University of Montana Western.
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