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Books and DVDs

Inclusion Quality Scale Workbook

SpeciaLink Early Childhood Inclusion Quality Scale
(2009) by Dr. Sharon Hope Irwin.

This workbook is a tool for assessing inclusion quality in early childhood centres and for helping centre move toward higher quality inclusion. The Scale provides a picture of sustainable and evolving inclusion quality—an emerging issue as more children with special needs attend communitybased centres and as inclusion pioneers leave their centres and a new generation of directors and early childhood educators take on the inclusion challenges. Read more...

Price $16.95
ISBN 1-895415-91-8 Breton Books


How to Measure Inclusion Quality in Child Care: A SpeciaLink Training DVD for the Inclusion Scales

This DVD trains viewers in the use of The SpeciaLink Child Care Inclusion Principles Scale AND The SpeciaLink Child Care Inclusion Practices Scale (see the Measuring Inclusion Quality section of this website). These are critical tools for assessing inclusion quality in child care centres—a major issue as more and more child care centres commit to including all children with special needs.

DVD format. Price: $40.00; limited VHS left at $15
Both are available in English and French.


Inclusion Voices: Canadian Child Care Directors Talk About Including Children with Special Needs

This book is an inspiring, readable picture of Canada's inclusion journey, told by 10 child care directors. They speak to us directly and without flinching. They provide warnings, guidance and encouragement. A remarkable portrait and a tool we are fortunate to have.

Price: $20.00
Breton Books
ISBN 1-89541595-63-2


The Mainstream is the Right Stream
On the Road to Mainstream Daycare.
5 Short Videos on 1 Powerful Cassette!

The Mainstream is the Right Stream
On the Road to Mainstream Daycare.
5 Short stories on one powerful DVD!

These five stories can each stand alone, and they can be shown in any order. They are excellent for training, staff development, public education and parent guidance. As a good start for discussions, they are a significant tool for advocates of Mainstream Daycare.

DVD format. Price: $40.00; limited VHS at $15
Both are available in English and French.

More information


Highlights From Inclusion: The Next Generation in Child Care in Canada

HIGHLIGHTS provides a summary of our Canadian study into resources needed to successfully include children with special needs in child care centres in Canada, and warnings about potential problems and barriers to these goals.

32 pages, with photos. Available in English and French.

PDF Download of this Book (670kb)

 


Inclusion: The Next Generation in Child Care in Canada

INCLUSION: The Next Generation provides a snapshot of current inclusion practices in child care in Canada. This book investigates what makes inclusion work, what makes quality child care for children with special needs a reality. As we enter the third generation, Inclusion: The Next Generation focuses on critical roles and resources that sustain existing inclusive programs and that encourage more centres to enroll children with special needs.

Copies of the complete 278-page research report INCLUSION: The Next Generation of Child Care in Canada can be ordered from Breton Books. $38.00


Challenging the Challenging Behaviours:
A Sourcebook based on the SpeciaLink Institute on Challenging Behaviours in Child CareEdited with Commentary by Dr. Sharon Hope Irwin

A sourcebook about current strategies and innovations on the front lines of Canadian child care. Built on the findings of SpeciaLink's cross-Canada Roundtable meetings, and of the national SpeciaLink Institute, the examples throughout this book come from parents, researchers and practitioners.

178 pages. Quality paperback. Available in English and French. $25.00


A Matter Of Urgency
Including Children with Special Needs in Child Care in Canada

Based on the front-line experiences of pioneer child care staff and directors, this book identifies what must be done to fully include children with special needs in all Canadian child care programs.

"Children with special needs still do not have the right to attend child care programs with their non-disabled peers. These children must no longer be excluded and segregated. This is a matter or urgency..."

211 pages, with photos. Quality paperback. Available in English and French. $25.00

PDF Download of this Book (980kb)

 


In Our Way: Child Care Barriers to Full Workforce Participation Experienced by Parents of Children with Special Needs, and Potential Remedies

A unique study in which the Canadian Union of Postal Workers explore barriers experienced by parents of children with special needs. It shows the extraordinary struggle these parents face in juggling work, family and child care. Of value to unions, policy makers and researchers, its conclusions have a powerful message for CUPW members and other workers facing similar challenges

148 pages. Quality paperback. Available in English and French. $25.00

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Improving Quality, Enhancing Inclusion Partnerships
for Inclusion ~ Nova Scotia ~

This evaluation report describes the first four years of an innovative approach that combines assessment, on-site consultation, and the provision of resources and personal support to directors and lead educators (head teachers) in preschool rooms in licensed child care centres. The project was designed to achieve two goals: (1) To improve overall program quality in child care centres, with a focus on promoting change in the preschool classrooms, and (2) to enhance child care centres’ inclusion capacity and inclusion quality. Evaluation procedures were used to determine both immediate and longer-term impacts of this model on the first four cohorts (98 child care centres) in Nova Scotia that volunteered to participate in the program.

Donna S. Lero, Ph.D
Sharon Hope Irwin, Ed. D.

Download the Executive Summary (24 pages, 316KB)
Download the Book
(184 pages, 2MB)


Partnerships for Inclusion - Nova Scotia
An Evaluation Based on the First Cohort of Child Care Centres

This evaluation report describes the initial offering of an innovative approach, Partnerships for Inclusion - Nova Scotia (PFI-NS) that combines assessment, on-site consultation, and the provision of resources and personal support to directors and lead educators (head teachers) in preschool rooms in licensed child care centres.

Donna S. Lero, Ph.D
Sharon Hope Irwin, Ed.D
Tanya Darisi, M.Sc

Download the Executive Summary (18 pages, 316KB)
Download the Book
(113 pages, 2MB)


The SpeciaLink Book

The story of our road to the principles of full mainstream child care, and of the SpeciaLink Symposium which made those principles the national agenda for mainstream advocates. "The Mainstream is the Right Stream" is the battle cry. Achieving full mainstream child care for every child is the goal. The SpeciaLink Book also includes reprints of the first six SpeciaLink Newsletters, a Canadian directory of mainstream child care advocates, a list of further readings, information about joining SpeciaLink, and order forms for future SpeciaLink newsletters and videos.

186 pages, with photos. Quality paperback. Available in English and French. $20.00


Integration of Children with Disabilities into Daycare and Afterschool Care Systems

Provides a portrait of ten Canadian day care centres that have developed innovative methods to include children with disabilities, often without training, funding, or staff support. It asks critical questions of a key individual at each site: When did you do it? How did you do it? What are your hopes and fears for your centre?

The book contains a literature review, and an overview of program models, demonstration sites, and replication programs. It synthesizes key findings, concluding that inclusive child care sites share a number of underlying similarities that should inform any systematic initiative to increase their quality and quantity. Recommendations for government are also included.

208 pages, spiral bound photocopy edition. Available in English and French. $16.00


Charting New Waters

A record of the proceedings of the SpeciaLink National Early Intervention Symposium, which refined and reconfirmed E.I.'s commitment to family-centred principles and practices - a three-day symposium that was focused, practical, passionate and well-informed.
From Dana Brynelsen's careful definitions of the work and responsibilities of Early Intervention to Alan Mirabelli's recognition of the new shapes of family to Debra Martell's informed-parent perspective, and Kofi Marfo's compassionate presentation of the state-of-the-research in Early Intervention - this national symposium provided a combination of speeches and workshops and face-to-face conversations of fundamental importance to the field.

114 pages, with photos. Quality paperback. $16.00


Applying Lessons Learned National Symposium Resources

Symposium Sourcebook.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations from their workshops.


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