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Using Children's Literature to Learn about Disabilities Joan Blaska's book "Using Children's Literature to Learn about Disablities and Illness," 2nd edition is an invaluable resource for parents and educators. A must read for individuals wanting to help children learn about disabilites and illnesses through young children's literature. Website
Using Visual Supports for Young Children As adults, we use visual signs and symbols on a daily basis to help us safely and successfully navigate the world around us. While visual supports are important to adults, they are just as significant to children. One of the important goals of an early care and education professional is to provide an environment that is supportive in which each child, regardless of ability, has an opportunity to grow and learn with his or her peers. In this self-study course participants will explore the use of visual supports for young children. This course is accessible from a mobile device. For optimal performance, viewing from a computer or tablet is highly recommended.  For ten clock hours on your Learning Record, please register and pay online at Develop. Then, complete a 500 word reflection paper and submit this document with your reflectionPlease note: You have access to this document as view only. To enable editing, download the document. Click "file" then "download as" in the upper left-hand corner of this screen. This will give you the option to open the document as a Word doc on your own computer. Then, you can complete the information and email it to: credit@inclusivechildcare.org. *Disregard any directions regarding a final quiz. The only learning assessment needed is the reflection paper. Course
Using Visual Supports in Early Childhood Programs: Part One In this two part series on effective use of  visual supports, Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel discuss the importance of using visuals when creating a positive social emotional and cognitive learning environment for young children. Examples and strategies for introducing and implementing a visual schedule and other visual supports in the early childhood setting are given. Podcast
Using Visual Supports in Early Childhood Programs: Part Two In part 2 of this series on effective use of  visual supports in the child care setting, Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel share simple ways to develop and use visual supports for infants and toddlers. They discuss the way these tools support language and learning for our youngest children.   Podcast
Using Visual Supports with Toddlers and Infants at Home Visual supports can be inexpensive to make and are applicable to many different daily activities, routines, and environments. This document from Arizona State University takes visual supports that have been used successfully in childcare centers and preschools and shows how they can be used in the home with younger children. Document
Vaccine Information Sheet This information sheet provides an overview of immunizations provided to children and offers answers to questions about vaccines that parents may have, including vaccine relation to autism. Document
Vaccine Information Statements Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Website
Vaccines for Your Children: Protect Your Child at Every Age Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly — especially in infants and young children. Website
Valuing Diversity: Developing a Deeper Understanding of All Young Children's Behavior Here is an article written by Barbara Kaiser and Judy Rasminsky for Teaching Young Children magazine, "Everything we think, say, and do is processed through our own cultural backgrounds. But because culture is absorbed and passed down from generation to generation rather than explicitly taught, we’re seldom aware of it. Culture shapes not only our values and beliefs, but also our gender roles, family structures, languages, dress, food, etiquette, approaches to disabilities, child-rearing practices, and even our expectations for children’s behavior. In this way, culture creates diversity." Document
Video-Enhanced Modules on Interventions for Toddlers with Autism New, free Video-Enhanced Modules on Interventions for Toddlers with Autism have been added to the collection of modules being developed by the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Toddler Initiative at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). The focused intervention practices highlighted in these learning modules were identified from a review of the research literature conducted by staff of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC on ASD) in 2013-2014. They were found to be efficacious for use with toddlers as well as with other age groups of children with ASD. Website