Each issue covers a variety of intervention strategies; you will find ideas to use in classrooms, in home based programs, with special populations, and in family home routines. YEC also reviews important topics, such as:
- Fostering Meaningful Inclusion
- Differentiating Instruction for a Range of Young Learners Considered At-Risk or Diagnosed with Disabilities
- Identifying, Promoting, and Monitoring Child and Family Outcomes
- Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practice
- Developmentally Appropriate Practices for a Range of Young Learners Considered At-Risk or Diagnosed with Disabilities
- Early Language and Literacy Development Strategies
- Embedding Interventions within Naturally Occurring Home, School, and Community Routines
- Facilitating Bi/Multilingualism
- Promoting Access, Participation, and Supports for All Learners
- Engaging in Early Childhood Policy
- Practitioner Well-Being
- Critical Reflection for Practitioners
- Democratic Partnerships Amongst Early Childhood Stakeholders including Families
- Equitable and Authentic Assessment
Each issue also provides “From Article to Action,” which offers ideas for using selected YEC articles in each issue.
The only journal that focuses on children with special needs from birth through 8 years old, each peer-reviewed issue presents practical ideas for parents and professionals that promote learning and development in the classroom and at home. Young Exceptional Children is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://journals.sagepub.com/home/yec.
Young Exceptional Children (YEC) is designed for teachers, early care and education personnel, administrators, therapists, family members, and others who work with or on behalf of children, ages birth to eight, who have identified disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, or are at risk of future developmental delays or school difficulties. One of the goals of the journal is to translate research findings into effective and useful strategies for practitioners and families. Thus, articles should have a sound base in theory or research, yet be reader-friendly and written for a broad audience.
|Gregory A. Cheatham||University of Kansas, USA|
|Margaret R. Beneke||University of Washington, USA|
|Lindsay Dennis||Florida State University, USA|
|Sarika Gupta||Hunter College, USA|
|Eva Horn||University of Kansas|
|Janice Myck-Wayne||California State University, Fullerton, USA|
|Cathy Qi||University of New Mexico, USA|
|Chelsea Waters||University of Kansas, USA|
|Camille Catlett||FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA|
|Zhe Gigi An||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Kathleen Artman-Meeker||University of Washington, USA|
|Rashida Banerjee||University of Denver, USA|
|Erin Barton||Vanderbilt University, USA|
|Ann Bingham||University of Nevada-Reno, USA|
|Deborah A. Bruns||Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA|
|Lynette Chandler||Northern Illinois University, USA|
|Deborah Chen||California State University, Northridge, USA|
|Natalie Danner||University of Nebraska-Kearny, USA|
|Sharon M. Darling||Florida Atlantic University, USA|
|Serra De Arment||Virginia Commonwealth University, USA|
|Laurie A. Dinnebeil||University of Toledo, USA|
|Janice M. Fialka||Dance of Partnership|
|Ariane Gauvreau||University of Washington, USA|
|Jennifer Grisham-Brown||University of Kentucky, USA|
|William Henninger||University of Northern Iowa, USA|
|Kay Heo||Chongshin University, Seoul, South Korea|
|Margarita Jimenez-Silva||University of California, Davis, USA|
|Gail Joseph||University of Washington, Seattle, USA|
|NaYoung Kong||University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA|
|David Lindeman||University of Kansas, USA|
|Hailey R. Love||University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA|
|Gayle Luze||Iowa State University, USA|
|Jose Martinez||University of Kansas, USA|
|Christine Marvin||University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA|
|Mary McLean||University of Florida, USA|
|Alina Mihai||Indiana University Kokomo, USA|
|Michaelene M. Ostrosky||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA|
|Hyejin Park||Arizona State University|
|LaShorage Shaffer||University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA|
|Mike Wischnowski||St. John Fisher College, USA|
|Hasan Zaghlawan||University of Northern Colorado, USA|
|Chun Zhang||Fordham University, USA|
|Kathleen N. Zimmerman||University of Kansas, USA|
|Ted Burke||Past President|
|Darla Gundler||Vice President|
|Jessica K. Hardy||Treasurer|
|Eva Horn||University of Kansas|
|Peggy Kemp||Executive Director|
|Diana LaRocco||Past President|
|Amanda Quesenberry||President Elect|
|Ben Rogers||Associate Director|
|Diana Stanfill||Associate Director|
Young Exceptional Children features translational articles that bridge empirical research to everyday practice. YEC articles are no more than 15-pages in length (including references) and have a sound base in theory and/or research. Articles are reader-friendly and written for a broad audience who are primarily practitioners and family members. Articles describe practical and innovative strategies and approaches for supporting young children with special needs and their families. Technical terms are explained and information is augmented with descriptions, vignettes, and/or examples.
When preparing manuscripts for submission to YEC, authors are encouraged to address the following:
Preparing to Write for YEC
- Review recent issues of YEC to identify how your manuscript topic is unique and ensure that the same topic has not yet been published in YEC. Authors unsure of their manuscript’s fit with YEC should consult the editor: Gregory A. Cheatham (Greg); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries are welcome.
- Review recent issues of YEC to develop a sense of the general structure, style, and content included in YEC articles.
- Presents a single strategy, approach, or intervention.
- Includes vignettes to illustrate how practitioners and/or families can implement this strategy or intervention.
- Uses tables, figures, and/or images to exemplify, support, complement, and/or supplement information provided in the body of the manuscript.
- Does not exceed 15 typewritten, double-spaced pages (including references). Tables, figures, and images do not count toward pages (5 tables/visuals maximum). Note: When uploading files during submission, upload the manuscript (body and references) as one file. Tables, figures, and images should each be uploaded as separate files.
- Connects the strategy, approach, or intervention to relevant DEC Recommended Practices and is consistent with DEC’s mission.
- Reflects multiple diverse perspectives (e.g, ability differences, cultural, ethnic, linguistic, racial, professional role, family configuration).
- Has a sound empirical and/or theoretical base.
- Uses relevant professional and research citations to support statements of fact.
- Devotes majority of manuscript to recommendations for practitioners and/or families of young children with disabilities or considered at-risk.
- Is innovative; not a restatement of old ideas/strategies previously-published in YEC.
- Utilizes descriptions, vignettes, and examples to translate research to practice.
- Written in an understandable way for a variety of audiences; tone is user-friendly.
- Presents materials and ideas that are immediately useful to practitioners or families supporting positive development of young children with disabilities or considered at-risk.
- Reflects a professional style (e.g., limiting use of first person) with application across children, settings, and communities (i.e., personal case stories are not appropriate).
- Maintains anonymity of individuals and programs within vignettes.
- Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA; 7th edition) guidelines, including 12-point, Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins
- Manuscripts must not exceed 15 typewritten, double-spaced pages. This page limit applies to the body of the manuscript, including references.
- Manuscripts can include a maximum of 5 tables (double-spaced) and/or figures. Please upload tables, figures, and/or images as a separate file. These do not count towards the 15-page limit for manuscripts.
- Manuscript titles can be a maximum of 12-words in length.
- Abstracts are not needed.
- Manuscripts must include a cover page with the authors’ full names, professions degrees, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.
- Although APA recommends the inclusion of digital object identifiers (DOI) in reference lists, authors should not include DOIs in reference lists, unless the citation is only available OnlineFirst.
- Authors are required to include at least two photographs relevant to their manuscripts as part of their submission. Authors are responsible for ensuring they have all necessary rights releases for any individuals appearing in the photographs, in addition to permission from the copyright holders of the photographs, to permit publication of the photographs in YEC, and to provide a copy of the signed releases prior to publication of their article. Rights release and permission request forms can be found here
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
For more information, please refer to the SAGE Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
- YEC uses an online submission and review platform. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/yec. The site contains links to an online user's guide (Get Help Now) for help navigating the site.
- Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SAGETRACK system powered by ScholarOne. From their account, a new submission can be initiated.
- Authors will be asked to provide the required information (author names and contact information, abstract, keywords, etc.) and to upload the "title page" and "main document" separately to ensure that the manuscript is ready for an anonymous review.
- Authors submitting manuscripts to YEC should not simultaneously submit the manuscript to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor: Gregory A. Cheatham (Greg); e-mail: email@example.com. Additionally, prior to submission, authors should ensure that YEC has not previously published on the authors’ manuscript topic.
- Please note that this journal does not allow submissions from papers that are already available as a preprint.