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Book review of "The Exceptional Child: Inclusion in Early Childhood Education"
The book "The Exceptional Child: Inclusion in Early Childhood Education" emphasises the fact that 'children with special needs attend pre-school, child care and recreational programmes with children who are developing typically' and 'inclusion is about belonging, being valued, having choices, about accepting and respecting human diversity; about providing the kind of support that allows all children and their families to participate in the programs of their choice'.

The book authored by K Eilean Allen and Ilene S Schwartz is divided into four sections titled early intervention and public policy; likenesses and differences among children; planning for inclusion; and implementing inclusive early childhood programs. The main stress, right from the opening section of the book, is on the inclusion of children with special needs.

In the present context, the second section seems to be important that focuses on the specific developmental disabilities and it is helpful for teachers and educators to identify the developmental needs of children to address the diversity among children. In the third section, the book emphasizes the need for the family and community involvement in education of children and more so for special children.

According to the authors of the book, the developmentally appropriate practices are required to be institutionalized for the needs of both special children and typically developing children. It has been suggested that the focus should be child first, not on the disability and labeling children.

The book is important for both educators and policy framers who are batting for inclusive and equitable education for children. Rightly, school education should be based on diverse learning and developmental needs, enabling the curriculum developers to create developmentally appropriate learning material in vertical chronological age grouping and involve of the families and community in the education of their children.

The book, spread over 356 pages and published by Delmar Publisher can work as a valuable guide for all connected with school education since it provides practical suggestions for creating inclusive education of school children based on their developmental diversity and needs. The book is valuable for researchers too since it is supported by references, glossary, and index for locating relevant information.

Editorial NOTE: This article is categorized under Opinion Section. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of In case you have a opposing view, please click here to share the same in the comments section.
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