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The Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series


The series offers rich resources for use in coursework, training, technical assistance, and other forms of professional development. Each monograph is organized around a current theme related to supporting young children of diverse abilities and their families. Inside each monograph are articles on evidence-based practices, individual perspectives and exciting new perspectives, all followed by a section of high-quality, no/low-cost resources (Resources Within Reason) on the same topic. 

Some YEC Monographs are available as digital resources in the DEC bookstore. View all available YEC Monographs

YEC Monograph 18: International Perspectives on Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education

YEC 18

Building on U.N. frameworks and evidence-based practice, countries across the globe are recognizing the need to provide timely, high-quality early intervention (EI) and inclusive early childhood special education (ECSE) services. Monograph 18 highlights innovative international EI/ECSE approaches that address rights, access, equitable service delivery, DEC Recommended Practices, and inclusive early childhood education.

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Serra Acar, Hollie Hix-Small, Tara McLaughlin

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YEC Monograph 17: Maltreatment and Toxic Stress

YEC 17

In recent years, the need to consider and appropriately support children and families who have experienced maltreatment, trauma, poverty, and toxic stress has gained necessary attention. In 2016, DEC published its first position statement on maltreatment and young children with disabilities and their families. Monograph #17 provides leadership and guidance to the EI/ECSE field by creating a deeper understanding of maltreatment and illustrating evidence-based strategies to support these populations.

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YEC 16

YEC Monograph 16: Blending Practices for All Children

Blending Practices for All Children addresses the mixing of beliefs, values, traditions, and practices from multiple disciplines and perspectives to maximize efforts to serve all young children. The idea of “blending” is explored as a logical evolution of quality practices to meet the diverse needs of individuals and groups of young children. At the heart of blended practices is seeing each child as a unique learner and ensuring all children have the same opportunities to grow 

Monograph 16 aims to inform and transform the field's knowledge of blending by:
• Using different types of teaching practices together.

• Creating high-quality environments that blend developmentally appropriate practices with DEC Recommended Practices.

• Blending evidence-based practices within an intentional model of itinerant ECSE services.

• Implementing instructional strategies originally designed for teaching children with disabilities with a variety of needs.

• Using blended strategies that produce knowledgeable, reflective, and collaborative professionals.

• Aligning developmentally appropriate practices and family/community-sensitive strategies for infants and toddlers with special needs.

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YEC 15

YEC Monograph 15: Addressing Young Children's Challenging Behaviors

Monograph 15 includes discussions of developmentally appropriate innovations in addressing needs of children with challenging behaviors. Practitioner and family-friendly, evidence-based articles include topics such as tiered models of support, peer environments, visual supports, family-centered interventions and partnerships, coaching, culturally responsive methods, and implementation practices.

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Michaelene Ostrosky, Susan Sandall

This resource provides exercises for: 

  • Professional Development Providers

  • Faculty

  • Trainers

Monograph 15 covers topics like culturally responsive behavioral supports and practice-based coaching. Key supports and techniques for early intervention providers seeking to support and address young children's challenging behaviors.

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YEC 14

YEC Monograph 14: Supporting Young Children who are Dual Language Learners with or at-risk for Disabilities

YEC Monograph 14 considers contemporary perspectives about strategies to support young children who are dual language learners served in inclusive early childhood settings. Information included in this monograph will be immediately useful for practitioners and families and will demonstrate the value of thoughtfully and systematically approaching assessment, interventions, and services for the benefit of children who are dual language learners and their families.

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Elizabeth D. Peña, Liz M. Bedore, Li Sheng

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YEC Monograph 13: Gathering Information to Make Informed Decisions

YEC 13

The articles in this monograph are focused on contemporary assessment practices with particular attention paid to gathering information about young children’s development in authentic and familiar settings. 

The information provided is practical and demonstrates the value of thoughtful and systematic approaches to assessment for those who need to make informed decisions for the benefit of children and their families. 

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YEC 10

YEC Monograph 10: Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers and Their Families: Practices and Outcomes

Learn more about effective, evidence-based ways to deliver early intervention services. Practitioners, program administrators, and families will benefit from the latest information on assessment and intervention practices, teaming models, family services and supports, and monitoring outcomes. 

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Dale Walker, Kathryn M. Bigelow, Sanna Harjusola-Webb

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