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picture of Barbara SmithWelcome to Barbara Smith's integrated preschool classroom at the Howard Diagnostic Center in Brockton, Massachusetts. Barbara's classroom moved from a self-contained model to an integrated model three years ago. Currently, Barbara has 13 students in her classroom, seven typically developing and six with a broad range of developmental delays.

View Video Clip of Barbara talking about her students.

Over the past three years, Barbara has incorporated a range of technologies that enable her students with disabilities to participate in all aspects of her typical preschool curriculum. Many of her students with disabilities have been non-speaking, sharing a need for alternative approaches to communication. To address these needs, Barbara uses an evolving set of classroom wide augmentative and alternative communication strategies that enable students to communicate personal preferences and interact with their peers. This fundamental emphasis on communication is the foundation for developing student's early literacy skills.

Below is a composite picture of Barbara's class gleaned from observational sessions over the past three years. You will follow the children through a typical day as they engage in a range of individual, small-group and whole-group activities.

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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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