Early Childhood Special Education Programs and Practices

Karin M. Fisher, PhD; Kate E. Zimmer, PhD
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Early Childhood Special Education Programs and Practices is a special education textbook that prepares pre- and in-service teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to deliver evidence-based instruction to promote positive academic and behavioral outcomes for young children (pre-kindergarten through second grade) with development delays and/or disabilities. 

Early Childhood Special Education Programs and Practices intertwines inclusive early childhood practices by using real-life anecdotes to illustrate evidence-based practices (EBPs) and procedures. The authors, experts in their fields, emphasize high-leverage practices, EBPs, and culturally sustaining pedagogy and align them with the practices, skills, and competencies recommended by the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Early Childhood. Families, administrators, and teacher educators of pre- and in-service early childhood special education and general early childhood education programs alike will find this book useful.

Included in Early Childhood Special Education Programs and Practices are:
  • An overview of early childhood and development of children ages 4 to 8
  • Strategies for relationship building with students, families, communities, and school personnel
  • Tips on creating a caring and positive classroom environment
  • Chapters devoted to evidence-based instruction in core subjects of reading and writing, mathematics, science, and social studies for students with disabilities in pre-K to second grade
  • More than 80 images, photos, tables, graphs, and case studies to illustrate recommended practices
Also included with the text are online supplemental materials for faculty use in the classroom, consisting of an Instructor’s Manual, question bank, and PowerPoint slides.

Created with the needs of early childhood special educators in mind, Early Childhood Special Education Programs and Practices provides pre- and in-service teachers with the skills and practices they need to serve young children, their families, and communities across settings. 

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Contributing Authors

Chapter 1    Overview of Early Childhood and Development (Ages 4 to 8)
Karin M. Fisher, PhD, CDE and Kate E. Zimmer, PhD

Chapter 2    Using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy With All Children and Families
Nai-Cheng Kuo, PhD, BCBA

Chapter 3    Early Childhood Assessments (Ages 4 to 8)
Melissa K. Driver, PhD and Christie H. Ingram, MEd

Chapter 4    Positive Behavioral Supports and Strategies for Young Children
Kathy Ralabate Doody, PhD and Gliset Colón, PhD

Chapter 5    Planning for Success
Marla J. Lohmann, PhD; Ariane N. Gauvreau, PhD, BCBA-D; and Katrina A. Hovey, PhD

Chapter 6    Language Development (Prekindergarten to Second Grade)
Sherri K. Prosser, PhD; Kate E. Zimmer, PhD; Zachary T. Barnes, PhD; and Karin M. Fisher, PhD, CDE

Chapter 7       Early Childhood Reading
Dena D. Slanda, PhD and Marisa Macy, PhD

Chapter 8    Emergent Writing in the Early Childhood Years
Marisa Macy, PhD and Dena D. Slanda, PhD

Chapter 9    Early Childhood Mathematics (Ages 4 to 8)
Lisa A. Finnegan, PhD

Chapter 10    Teaching Science to Students With Disabilities in Early Childhood Classrooms
Karin M. Fisher, PhD, CDE and Kania A. Greer, EdD

Chapter 11    Social Studies in Prekindergarten to Second-Grade Classrooms
Stacy Delacruz, EdD and Raynice Jean-Sigur, PhD

Chapter 12    Social-Emotional Learning for Young Children
Marla J. Lohmann, PhD; Kania A. Greer, EdD; and Marisa Macy, PhD

Conclusion by Kate E. Zimmer, PhD and Karin M. Fisher, PhD, CDE
Financial Disclosures

About the Editors

Karin M. Fisher, PhD, CDE started her career in education when she earned her master’s of art in teaching special education from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She taught students with moderate intellectual disabilities and autism as a self-contained, resource, and inclusion teacher for 8 years. She was also the co–department chair for her school’s large special education department. In 2013, she was accepted into a grant program at the University of Central Florida to start her career in academia, earning her PhD in 2016. Her dissertation compared standardized science scores with participation in extracurricular science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities. 

Currently, Dr. Fisher teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Georgia Southern University in the Department of Elementary and Special Education in Statesboro, Georgia. Her courses include special education procedures, methods, leadership, curriculum and instruction, language development, and collaboration. She also has extensive experience supervising special education internships.

Dr. Fisher was nominated for and accepted the position of vice president, president elect, and eventually will be president of the Georgia Council for Exceptional Children. She co-chairs the Early Career Faculty Special Interest Group of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children and is a member of the Division for Early Childhood. She also was selected to co-chair the Georgia State Special Education Advisory Panel where she represents parents of students with disabilities in her district as well as institutes in higher education across the state. As the parent of a son with an autism spectrum disorder, she is in a unique position to view special education from the educator and parent lens.

Dr. Fisher’s work reflects her expertise in early childhood special education. She has extensive experience using and teaching evidence-based strategies and high-leverage practices in special education. Her education and experience working with her son, academic peers, students, their families, school personnel, and administrators contribute to her qualifications to edit and contribute to this text. 

Kate E. Zimmer, PhD received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Saint Leo University, St. Leo, Florida, and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Zimmer taught at the elementary level for 7 years in a multi-age classroom serving students with a variety of special needs. She was also involved in pediatric research on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, childhood anxiety, and childhood depression. In 2013, she graduated with her PhD in special education from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, where she examined the effects of a storybook reading intervention on the initiation of joint attention in young children with autism.

Dr. Zimmer is currently Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity’s Director of the BIRCH Professional Learning Center in Austin, Texas. In this role, Dr. Zimmer collaborates with the BIRCH professional learning and development team to create goals and design trainings for in-person and virtual programs, resources, and learning communities. In addition, Dr. Zimmer leads Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity’s mixed-reality simulation laboratory where she provides leadership by coordinating and directing activities to ensure the successful operation of the laboratory. These activities include technical direction, simulation design, strategic planning, fundraising, outreach, partnerships, and working closely with simulation specialists to ensure quality control. In recent years, her research focus has been on teacher preparation, high-leverage practices, and mixed-reality simulation. Dr. Zimmer works with numerous faculty members and external partners to purposefully embed mixed-reality simulation within courses and professional development so that pre- and in-service teachers are able to engage in a powerful, interactive learning experience that prepares them for the real world and hones in on specific teaching strategies that impact student outcomes. 

Dr. Zimmer has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses that focused on autism, behavior, curriculum and instruction, and instructional practices. She developed an online graduate endorsement in autism spectrum disorders and works closely with the Early Childhood Faculty Special Interest Group in the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Her numerous peer-reviewed presentations, articles, and grants along with her passion for teacher education make her an excellent co-author and editor for this textbook.