Developing individualized education programs for children in inclusive settings: A developmentally appropriate framework
IEPs are intended to play an important role in providing quality educational programs for children with special needs who are included in early childhood programs. As early childhood teachers assume an increased role in the development, implementation, and monitoring of children's IEPs, it is essential that they advocate for goals and objectives that reflect the curriculum and instructional practices that all children experience in early childhood classrooms. Teachers will be called upon to take the lead in developing IEPs that meet the intent of the new IDEA amendments. The IEP framework described here can facilitate the identification of functional and meaningful goals and objectives in alignment with the program curriculum and activities for young children with special needs as well as for typically developing children. IEP goals and objectives embedded within developmentally appropriate practice can assist early childhood educators in truly including young children with special needs within the classroom community and at the same time address the individual educational needs of these children.
Original Publication Date
Edmiaston, Rebecca; Dolezal, Val; Doolittle, Sharon; Erickson, Carol; and Merritt, Sandy, "Developing individualized education programs for children in inclusive settings: A developmentally appropriate framework" (2000). Faculty Publications. 3632.