Inclusion Means Everyone! The Role of the Early Childhood Educator when Including Young Children with Autism in the Classroom

  • Shernavaz Vakil
  • Evonn Welton
  • Barbara O’Connor
  • Lynn S. Kline


The impact of the emphasis on inclusion in special education has resulted in a higher frequency of young children with autism being included in early childhood programs with typically developing peers. Many early childhood educators have risen to face the challenge, and this has resulted in enhanced learning for young children with autism in the regular classroom. This article focuses on the multiple roles of early childhood educators as they work with the diverse needs of young children with autism in their classrooms.


Early childhood Inclusion Autism Teacher’s role Collaborative strategies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shernavaz Vakil
    • 1
  • Evonn Welton
    • 2
  • Barbara O’Connor
    • 3
  • Lynn S. Kline
    • 4
  1. 1.University of AkronAkronUSA
  2. 2.University of AkronAkronUSA
  3. 3.Youngstown State UniversityYoungstownUSA
  4. 4.University of AkronAkronUSA

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