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Early Childhood Resources -- Table of Contents

The following is a listing of the resources currently contained within the NCIP Tour Resource Files. Resources are grouped into three catagories: Literacy Resources, Picture Communication Symbols, and High and Low-Tech Tools.

NCIP encourages the reproduction and distribution of these materials as long as the contents are not altered in any way, and credit is given to NCIP.


Literacy Resources

Chapter 8: Emergent Literacy: What Young Children can Learn about Reading and Writing Before they go to School

Patsy Pierce discusses the benefits of introducing early literacy-related activites to all children, including children with disabilities

Children's Literature - Selected References

A list of references for books or periodicals that have excellent listings of children's literature categorized according to various parameters.

Creating Your Own Storybooks

Helpful suggestions for conceptualizing and developing content, and physically creating a storybook with students.

Literacy Reading List

An unannotated list of selected articles, books, reports, and other resources on the subject of literacy.

Storybooks on Computers: An Overview

An overview of story books on computer, with a focus on the features to consider when selecting computerized story books for students with disabilities. Highlights features such as speech and audio feedback, graphics, interactivity, and accessibility.

Storybook Software: Product List

An extensive list of electronic story books. Includes a brief description of the software or CD, a list of titles in a series when appropriate, and a description of special access features when available.

Tips For Adapting Books for Physcial Access

Tips for making conventional books accessible to children who have difficulty physically manipulating books.

Tips For Making Computer Storybooks

Overview of several easy-to-use authoring programs and off-the-shelf products to create computerized storybooks, in order to increase opportunities for children to read books independently.


Picture Communication Symbols

Communication Boards - Susan's Classroom

Descriptions and photographs of numerous communication board symbols used by Susan and how they help facilitate communication amongst the class.

Guide for Review of ECT Intervention Activities

Developed by George R. Karlan, Ph.D. at Purdue University, this guide is intended for use as a tool to assist in reviewing implementation of the Environmental Communication Teaching concepts. It is intended for use as part of ECT's in-service training program.

Resources For Creating Picture Symbol Boards

Listing of the major companies which publish picture symbol sets. Provides overviews of the various communication symbols developed by each company, pictures of different symbols, and contact information.

Tips For Creating Picture Symbol Boards For Reading Interactions

Descriptions of how to create customized picture symbol boards for specific reading activities to increase students' participation in the reading of the story. Illustrates the steps to create four levels of communication boards and the goal of each in the learning activity.


Tips For Placing Picture Symbols In The Environment

Descriptions and photographs illustrating numerous ways teachers have placed picture communication symbols and boards in their classrooms in order to accommodate various communication needs.


High and Low-Tech Tools

Annotated List of Barbara's Most Used Tools

A list of the tools Barbara most often used in her classroom. Includes descriptions of both high and low-tech tools and ordering information.

Annotated List of Early Childhood Software

Descriptions of early education software products. Includes publisher, platform, and current pricing.

Annotated List of Susan's Most Used Tools

Susan describes the tools she most often uses in her classroom and provides examples of how various technology is used by her students. Includes both high and low-tech tools.

A Sampling of Technologies Providing Support for Young Children with Disabilities

Descriptions of five hardware and software tools used by students in a preschool setting to meet individual needs.

Chapter 9: Computers and Software

Jane Steelman an Instructional Technology Specialist, discusses how the computer can serve as an "equalizer" for children with developmental disabilities who otherwise may not be able to participate in physical learning situations. A resource list of books and computer software is included.

Communication Boards - Susan's Classroom

Descriptions and photographs of numerous communication board symbols used by Susan and how they help facilitate communication amongst the class.

Inexpensive Alternative AAC Devices

Photographs and descriptions of inexpensive, programmable devices that can be adapted for AAC use.

Software Publishers

A list of publishers of early education software and contact information.

Storybooks on Computers: An Overview

An overview of story books on computer, with a focus on the features to consider when selecting computerized story books for students with disabilities. Highlights features such as speech and audio feedback, graphics, interactivity, and accessibility.

Storybook Software: Product List

An extensive list of electronic story books. Includes a brief description of the software or CD, a list of titles in a series when appropriate, and a description of special access features when available.

Updated List of Early Childhood Software (unannotated)

A comprehensive listing of early education software products and their publishers. Includes age range, approximate price, and computer platform compatibility. Also includes list in Adobe Acrobat format.


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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP)  in collaboration with the Center for Literacy and Disabilities (CLD)  at Duke University.   NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by CLD, NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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