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The Carolina Curriculum for Preschoolers with Special Needs

by Nancy M. Johnson-Martin, Ph.D., Susan M. Attermeier, Ph.D., P.T., & Bonnie Hacker, M.H.S., O.T.R./L

Item: 9781557666543

Format: Spiral bound
Pages: 448

The natural follow-up to The Carolina Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs, CCPSN is designed for the assessment and teaching of children with mild to severe special needs from 2 to 5 years’ developmental age.

The volume first takes users step-by-step through the asssessment process — from setting up to scoring and charting assessment results — with a sample Assessment Log (available separately in packages of 10).

The curriculum itself is divided into 22 logical teaching sequences covering five developmental domains: cognition, communication, social adaptation, fine motor, and gross motor. Once the initial assessment is complete, professionals select curricular items (there are more than 400) that correspond to each child’s special needs.

As in CCITSN, each curricular item follows the same format: title, objective, materials needed, teaching procedures, routine integration strategies, and sensorimotor adaptations. The uncomplicated format and jargon-free language make CCPSN easy to use and easy to share with families.

  1. Introduction
  2. Guiding Learning: Principles and Suggestions
  3. Environmental Factors Influencing Learning, Development, and Emergent Literacy
  4. Using The Carolina Curriculum
Assessment Log
Developmental Progress Chart
Sequence 1 Self-Regulation & Responsibility
Sequence 2 Interpersonal Skills
Sequence 3 Self-Concept
Sequence 4-I Self-Help: Eating
Sequence 4-II Self-Help: Dressing
Sequence 4-III Self-Help: Grooming
Sequence 4-IV Self-Help: Toileting

Sequence 5 Attention & Memory: Visual/Spatial
Sequence 6-I Visual Perception: Blocks & Puzzles
Sequence 6-II Visual Perception: Matching & Sorting
Sequence 7 Functional Use of Objects & Symbolic Play
Sequence 8 Problem Solving/Reasoning
Sequence 9 Number Concepts

Sequence 10 Concepts/Vocabulary: Receptive
Sequence 11 Concepts/Vocabulary: Expressive
Sequence 12 Attention & Memory: Auditory

Sequence 13 Verbal Comprehension
Sequence 14 Conversation Skills
Sequence 15 Grammatical Structure
Sequence 16  Imitation: Vocal

Fine Motor
Sequence 17 Imitation: Motor
Sequence 18 Grasp & Manipulation
Sequence 19 Bilateral Skills
Sequence 20 Tool Use
Sequence 21 Visual-Motor Skills

Gross Motor
Sequence 22-I Upright: Posture & Locomotion
Sequence 22-II Upright: Balance
Sequence 22-III Upright: Ball Play
Sequence 22-IV Upright: Outdoor Play

Appendix A: Selected Impairments and Their Effects on Development
Appendix B: Play and Children with Motor Impairments
Appendix C: Object Boards as Aids for Teaching Children with Severe Motor Impairments
Appendix D: Resources and Recommended Readings

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