About the Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series


DEC's Young Exceptional Children Monograph 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. 

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


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

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


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 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