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Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs

Increasingly, children with developmental delays or disabilities are attending community-based programs where teachers may have limited information about ways to help a child with special needs be a participating member of their community. Parents who have a child with special needs also may want to know more about adapting family activities to more fully include the child.

New blog entries are added during even-numbered months.

  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Birthdays, Holidays, and Family Gatherings
    By Susan Fowler, December 2016
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Scribbling as Early Steps to Reading and Writing
    By Susan Fowler, October 2016
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    IEL Tip Sheets: Family Fun!
    By Susan Fowler, December 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Reading Stories Can Feed the Imagination and Spur Brain Development About
    By Susan Fowler, August 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Use Care, Imagination When Introducing New Snacks About
    By Susan Fowler, June 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Developmental Milestones, Infant Toddler Guidelines, and Early Learning Standards: Metrics for Young Children About
    By Susan Fowler, April 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Early Childhood Screenings: Another Form of Wellness Checks! About
    By Susan Fowler, February 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Creating a Sense of Belonging in Preschool About
    By Susan Fowler, December 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Sharing Books Can Open New Worlds About
    By Susan Fowler, October 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Visual Schedules and Checklists About
    By Susan Fowler, August 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Answering Questions About Your Child’s Special Needs About
    By Susan Fowler, June 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Chores and Children: A Time to Learn About
    By Susan Fowler, February 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Changing Seasons and New Concepts: Same and Different and Before and After About
    By Susan Fowler, October 2013
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Sensory Overload About
    By Susan Fowler, August 2013
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Tech time! Video Games and Young Children with Special Needs About
    By Susan Fowler, June 2013
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Learning and Fun on Family Trips About
    By Susan Fowler, April 2013
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young Children with Special Needs
    Starting kindergarten?  Help make it a good experience!  Adaptations for children with special needs and their families. About
    By Susan Fowler, February 2013
FowlerDr. Susan Fowler, professor of special education at the University of Illinois, will take one of our popular Tip Sheets and provide specific suggestions that benefit children with developmental delays or disabilities. Most of our Tip Sheets work for all families, but some can use “tweaking” or additional tips to support children with disabilities. Feel free to contact Dr. Fowler through this online form.

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