Special Education

A Model for RTI in Pre-K: Recognition and Response
This article provides a comparison of how RTI practices translate into the Response and Recognition framework for preschoolers.
Publisher: RTI Action Network, National Center for Learning Disabilities

Assistive Technology
This online module teaches how to use assistive technology interventions to promote children’s access to and participation in inclusive settings
Publisher: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge

Assistive Technology for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Disabilities
This information brief answers questions regarding research-based assistive technology (AT) that can help young children with disabilities to learn developmental skills.
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers

Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library
A wide variety of assistive technology devices, equipment, software and professional development materials are available free of charge to Arizona school personnel.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Best Practices in the Use of Developmental Delay in Arizona
This position paper supports the premise that early identification of and intervention for developmental and learning problems in young children occurs best via a non-categorical service delivery model. 
Publisher: Arizona Association of School Psychologists

This information defines eligibility for supports and services for children with developmental delay or having a condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay as defined by the state of Arizona.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Economic Security

Embedded Interventions
This online module teaches how to use a decision-making model for embedded interventions to help a child more fully participate in an inclusive setting.
Publisher: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge

Help for the Early Learning Professional 2.0
This resource manual provides comprehensive information on early childhood special education processes from Child Find and Early Intervention Transitions to Transition to School-Aged Services.
Publication Date: February 2013
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Early Childhood Special Education

Learning Disabilities and Young Children: Identification and Intervention
This paper addresses early identification, services, supports, and intervention for young children who demonstrate delays in development that may place them at risk for later identification as having a learning disability.
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities

Phonological Awareness Training
This research report focuses on phonological awareness training and found it to have potentially positive effects on communication/language competencies for children with learning disabilities in early education settings.
Publication Date: June 2012
Publisher: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences

Position Statement on Challenging Behavior and Young Children 
This statement provides a position summary on the identification of and intervention with challenging behavior and offers recommendations about positive approaches to prevent and address challenging behavior. 
Publication Date: July 2017 
Publishers: Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children 

Practice Guides with Adaptations
Written for both parents and practitioners, the practice guides describe everyday home, community, and childcare learning opportunities that encourage early literacy learning.
Publisher: Center for Early Learning Literacy

Program Guidelines for High Quality Early Education: Birth through Kindergarten
This document is intended to provide guidance by delineating quality and providing a set of indicators that concretely describe what a program will look like when providing high quality early care and education for children birth through age six.
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education 

Quality Indicators of Inclusive Early Childhood Programs/Practices: A Compilation of Selected Resources
Available resources and indicators of high quality inclusive practices are presented in this compilation. Excerpts and adaptations of the resources are provided with links to more complete information.
Authors: Debbie Cate, Martha Diefendorf, Katy McCullough, Mary Peters, and Kathy Whaley
Publication Date: September 2010
Publisher: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

Service Coordination in Early Intervention
This position statement acknowledges the importance of early intervention service coordinators and details the knowledge, skills, administrative support, professional development, and resources they need to provide the highest quality services to children and families.
Publication Date: December 2020
Publishers: Division for Early Childhood and IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association 

Tiered Instruction
This online module teaches how to use a decision-making model to integrate various sources of evidence and determine whether tiered instruction could be used to promote positive behaviors and academic learning.
Publisher: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge

Why Do Professionals Refer Parents of Children with Disabilities to Raising Special Kids?
Raising Special Kids, Arizona’s Parent Training and Information Center, provides free support, training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children. Information includes how to refer a family, what to expect after a referral, and training opportunities.
Publisher: Raising Special Kids