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Family practice guide for supporting children's interactions with peers from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA).
Practice guide for using shared reading activities to support interaction from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA).
Informed clinical reasoning is a process team members use to gather information about a child’s developmental functioning in order to make decisions about the child’s eligibility for intervention services. The process requires knowledge of both typical and atypical child development and involves gathering information about the child’s functioning using interviews with parents and other caregivers, direct observations of the child, and review of results from evaluations and developmental assessment instruments. These elements constitute the foundation for becoming “informed” about a child’s developmental abilities and needs in the context of everyday activities or natural environments.
Practice guide for using nursery rhymes to support interaction from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
Peer interactions are important for children’s learning and development. Children learn new skills by observing and interacting with other children during everyday classroom activities and routines. By paying close attention and responding to what children are doing while playing and interacting with others, adults can support and enhance their social play and interactions.
Everyday experiences are the building blocks for child learning. The more opportunities a child has to participate actively in everyday classroom activities, the more learning will occur. Children with disabilities sometimes need extra supports in order to participate in these activities. Assistive Technology (AT) may help. AT devices can be low-tech or high-tech. Low-tech support can be something as simple as wrapping textured tape around a pencil to make it easier for a child to grasp. High-tech support can include equipment and items such as an augmentative communication device, a tablet computer, or a power wheelchair.
Active toddlers are busy discovering how their bodies move and do interesting things — clapping hands, stomping feet, rolling a ball down a hill, pushing a riding toy, and more! Be sure there is plenty of space for these experiences both in and out of the classroom.