Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a passion of mine, as the first five years of a child’s life are so crucial to their development. For those children who are suffering developmental delays, it is imperative that they start early intervention services as soon as possible. One thing I love about ECSE is the unique bridge that it serves between early intervention services in the home setting and elementary school classrooms.
It is often the first time these children are leaving their homes; the first time they’re away from their parents, and I love creating a warm environment that makes them feel safe and encourages children to get out of their comfort zones and make discoveries.
My sons attended ECSE classrooms, one as a student with an IEP and the other as a general education “buddy”, so I am able to see the perspective of an ECSE classroom from all sides.