Understanding Special Needs Children in Pre-K

Teachscape’s Early Childhood Series provides information about special needs children

Most teachers have one or two children in their classrooms that could be at risk for being classified as a special education student.

  • 9% of children in the United States meet the diagnostic criteria for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  • Estimates of the number of children with autistic spectrum disorders range from 1 out of 150 to 1 out of 100.
  • Between 5 and 8 percent of pre-school-aged children will be diagnosed with a language disorder.

Recognizing and understanding special needs children in a pre-K classroom is critical because we know the power of early intervention. By getting these children into early intervention services and providing education for parents, these children can do well in mainstream environments in later school years.

Teaschscape's Early Childhood Series provides information about special needs children and the kinds of teaching strategies that can help them in the pre-kindergarten classroom.

The course ‘Understanding Special Needs’ focuses on understanding and supporting special needs children who struggle regulating their behavior and attention, social and emotional responses, and receptive and expressive language.

This quick video from the series features expert commentary about the types of regulation difficulties commonly seen in pre-kindergarten classrooms.