YEC Monograph 16, Blending Practices for All Children focuses on blending instructional approaches to meet the needs of children with and without disabilities in inclusive settings. We believe that blending practices means creating a high-quality early childhood environment that merges developmentally appropriate practices with DEC's Recommended Practices for working with children with special needs. Preschoolers with and without disabilities deserve the types of rich learning experiences that teachers who intentionally plan can provide in inclusive classrooms.
Bianca’s Story: Putting the new DEC Recommended Practices to Work!Inclusion in my classroom is very important for all students, but exceptionally important when it comes to a student like Bianca. Bianca may not utilize words in the truest sense but is as vocal and has as much personality as the rest of the children in the school combined. As practitioners in my integrated early childhood special education classroom, Bianca’s team promotes her social development by encouraging Bianca to initiate or sustain positive interactions with other children and adults during routines and activities (Interaction Practice INT2).