Young Exceptional Children

Young Exceptional Children

Official Journal of the Division for Early Childhood-CEC

Rosa Milagros Santos University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

eISSN: 2154400X | ISSN: 10962506 | Current volume: 19 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly
Written for teachers, early care and education personnel, educational administrators, therapists, families and others who work with or on behalf of children from birth through 8 years of age who have identified disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, or are at risk for future developmental problems, Young Exceptional Children (YEC) offers useful, friendly articles that help readers implement research-based strategies and interventions across many settings.
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:

  • Adapting Physical Activities
  • Assessing Intervention Outcomes
  • Recommended Practices for Children with Autism
  • Addressing Challenging Behaviors
  • Culturally Sensitive Interventions
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Early Literacy Development Tools
  • Embedding Interventions within Family and Classroom Routines
  • Family-Friendly Interventions
  • Family-Guided Routines
  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Positive Behavior
  • Support Second Language Acquisition
  • Strategies For Successful Inclusion

Each issue also provides “Resources within Reason” a list of good, but inexpensive resource materials, including books, videos, online resources, government publications, and resource centers.

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

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.

Associate Editors
Rashida Banerjee University of Northern Colorado
Sharon M. Darling Florida Atlantic University
Mary-Alayne Hughes University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Mike Wischnowski St. John Fisher College
Resources within Reason Columnist
Camille Catlett FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Managing Editor
Laurie M. Jeans University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Editorial Board
Erin Barton Vanderbilt University, USA
Ann Bingham University of Nevada-Reno
Deborah A. Bruns Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Lynette Chandler Northern Illinois University, USA
Deborah Chen California State University, Northridge
Laurie A. Dinnebeil University of Toledo
Lillian Duran University of Oregon, USA
Paddy Favazza Rhode Island College
Janice Fialka National Parent Leader, Early On Michigan Training and Technical Assistance, Part C of IDEA
Barbara Fiechtl Utah State University
Ann N. Garfinkle University of Montana-Missoula
Jennifer Grisham-Brown University of Kentucky, USA
Mary Louise Hemmeter Vanderbilt University, USA
Eva Horn University of Kansas, USA
Gail Joseph University of Washington, Seattle
Bernadette Laumann Eastern Illinois University
David Lindeman University of Kansas Life Span Institute at Parsons
Gayle Luze Iowa State University, USA
Chris Marvin University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Susan Maude Iowa State University, USA
Rebecca McCathren University of Missouri-Columbia
Leslie Munson Portland State University
Melissa Olive Applied Behavioral Strategies
Cindy Oser Zero to Three
Michaelene M. Ostrosky University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Megan Purcell Eastern Kentucky University
Cathy Qi University of New Mexico, USA
Susan Sandall University of Washington, USA
Patricia Snyder University of Florida, USA
Tina L. Stanton-Chapman University of Virginia, USA
Diana Valle-Riestra Florida International University
Yaoying Xu Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Chun Zhang Fordham University
Division for Early Education Executive Board
Peggy Kemp Executive Director
Ben Rogers Associate Director
Erin Barton Past President
Diana LaRocco President
Eva Horn President Elect
Ted Burke Vice President
Angel Fettig Treasurer
Donna Miller Secretary
David Lindeman Member-at-Large
Serra Acar Member-at-Large
Tricia Catalino Member-at-Large
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    Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA; 6th edition) guidelines and must not exceed 15 typewritten, double-spaced pages (12-point font). The manuscript should include a cover page with the authors’ full names, professions degrees, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them 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: Rosa Milagros Santos (Amy); e-mail:

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