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Explore Instruction for Children with Special Needs

Image of Compass A systematic review of research on five interventions for preschoolers with special needs suggests the following strategies may be effective.

Help Them Focus on the Sounds that Make Up Language

Children are better prepared for reading if they can focus on sounds that make up language-phonological awareness. Research indicates that phonological awareness training was found to have potentially positive effects on communication/language competencies for children with learning disabilities in early education settings.

Incorporate Behavioral Therapy

At least one model of behavioral therapy has been tested and shown to have potentially positive effects on cognitive development for preschool children with disabilities. See what the research says about this approach and other programs and methods for children with special needs. Use our Find What Works tool to create your own search for targeted interventions.

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Return to the main page to learn more about finding evidence-based strategies, programs, and practices to start preschoolers on the journey to academic success.

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