COA-20 Demonstrates the development and articulation of a personal philosophy of acceptance and inclusion of all children by affirming the similarities between children who are developing typically and those with special needs.
COA-21 Demonstrates knowledge of risk-factors, developmental patterns with specific disabilities, medical aspects and neurological factors of children with special needs by identifying characteristics of children with special needs, making appropriate referrals and working with staff and parents to plan individual accommodations to the program.
COA-22 Demonstrates the appropriateness of materials and equipment by observing each child’s individual learning style, developmental level, special needs and applying findings when selecting, adapting and utilizing materials and equipment.
COA-23 Demonstrates knowledge of all state and federal regulations (such as confidentiality, prior notice, evaluation and assessment, IFSP’s, IEP’s, referrals, least restrictive environment, inclusion, the ADA, etc.) by adherence with all laws, regulations, policies and procedures regarding special education services for children with special needs and by informing staff, parents and the community of the program’s inclusive policies.
COA-24 Demonstrates the ability to assist families by encouraging and arranging for the regular provision of a variety of related services (including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mental health services and medical services) in the learning environment for young children with special needs and their families.
COA-25 Demonstrates knowledge of appropriate assessments of young children by interpreting and using assessment information for curriculum planning, designing the program environment and for follow-up activities with other disciplines, when needed, such as speech/language pathology, physical or occupational therapy, sociology, social work, health professions and nutritionists.