Building Blocks for Teaching Young Children in Inclusive Settings, Fourth Edition
Early Childhood

Prepare early childhood educators to teach all children in inclusive settings with the fourth edition of this bestselling guidebook—enhanced with new content, new topics, and more tools for planning effective instruction.

Contains Companion Materials
57990 978-1-68125-799-0
2024 264
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Prepare early childhood educators to teach all children in inclusive settings with the fourth edition of this bestselling guidebook—enhanced with new content, new topics, and more tools for planning effective instruction.

Like the groundbreaking previous editions, this updated Building Blocks guide gives pre- and inservice teachers three types of practical, evidence-based inclusion strategies: curriculum modifications, embedded learning opportunities, and child-focused instructional strategies. Educators will learn how to apply these three strategies for the benefit of all children; review the latest research that supports the Building Blocks model; and find ready-to-use tips and guidance on key topics, from fostering friendships to promoting positive behavior. New reproducible forms support planning and assessment, and seven training modules make it easy to teach the Building Blocks framework in college courses and professional development sessions.

Equally useful as a student-friendly textbook and a go-to guide for practicing educators, this is a resource readers will return to again and again for proven, easy-to-use strategies that support all young learners.


  • All chapters updated
  • New chapter on Ongoing Assessment and Instructional Decision-Making
  • New chapter on Implementing the Building Blocks Framework
  • 8 new checklists and planning forms to support implementation
  • New section on the impact of implicit bias on teachers’ perception of challenging behavior
  • Expanded content on key topics such as collaboration, curriculum modifications, friendships and social relationships
  • Updated vignettes, terms, resources, and references

WITH 7 TRAINING MODULES: Using the Building Blocks framework | Conducting ongoing child assessment | Planning for the individual child | Using visuals to support learning | Applying the Building Blocks framework to math and science | Applying the framework to challenging classroom behavior | Extending the framework to infants and toddlers

About the Downloads
About the Authors
Foreword by Mary Louise Hemmeter
About the Online Materials


Section I Using the Building Blocks Framework
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Evidence-Based Practice and the Building Blocks Framework
Chapter 3 Keys to Teaming and Collaboration
Chapter 4 Getting Started


Section II Teaching Strategies
Chapter 5 Curriculum Modifications
Curriculum Modifications by Type
Curriculum Modifications by Learning Center and Routine
Chapter 6 Embedded Learning Opportunities
Chapter 7 Child-Focused Instructional Strategies
Chapter 8 Ongoing Assessment and Instructional Decision-Making


Section III More About the Building Blocks Framework
Chapter 9 Implementing the Building Blocks Framework: Putting it all Together
Chapter 10 Becoming More Independent
Chapter 11 Friendships and Peer Relationships
Chapter 12 Inclusive Interactions: Teaching Group Behaviors
Chapter 13 Final Thoughts


Appendix A Quality Classroom Assessment Form
Appendix B Classroom Action Worksheet
Appendix C Child Assessment Worksheet
Appendix D IEP/IFSP Planning Worksheet
Appendix E Child Planning Worksheet
Appendix F Child Activity Matrix
Appendix G Classroom Activity Matrix
Appendix H Staff Matrix
Appendix I Evaluation Worksheet
Appendix J ELO-at-a-Glance
Appendix K Instruction-at-a-Glance
Appendix L Inclusion Collaboration Checklist
Appendix M Clarifying the Schedule Checklist
Appendix N Clarifying the Child’s Objective
Appendix O Curriculum Modification Planning Form
Appendix P Curriculum Modifications Checklist
Appendix Q Teaching Episode Checklist
Appendix R Embedded Learning Opportunities Checklist
Appendix S Child Focused Instruction Strategies Checklist
Appendix T Online Resources




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Jennifer Grisham, Ed.D., Professor, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and Faculty Director, Early Childhood Lab, University of Kentucky - April 12, 2024
"Building Blocks for Teaching Children in Inclusive Settings, 4th Edition is essential reading for practitioners who wish to meaningfully support young children in inclusive settings. The book is filled with classroom scenarios, implementation examples, useful forms, and step‐by‐step guidance that ensures effective inclusive practices."
Elena Soukakou, Ph.D., Honorary Research Fellow, Special and Inclusive Education, University of Roehampton School of Education - April 12, 2024
"Building Blocks brings together the best available research‐based knowledge and professional wisdom to directly support the application of inclusive practices in early education and care programs. The practical examples and resources are highly relevant and useful for anyone working with young children across the world!"
This book may be appropriate for courses similar to those listed below:

Curriculum in Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention (SPED 683)

Inclusion of Special Needs Preschoolers in Early Childhood (EC 219)

Preprimary Methods and Materials (EDU 352)

Assessment & Intervention Strategies in ECE (ECE 378)

See what's NEW in the Fourth Edition of Building Blocks
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Building Blocks for Supporting all Children in Inclusive Settings, by Ariane Gauvreau, Ph D, BCBA-D and Ilene Schwartz

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