International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education

International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education (INT-JECSE) is an online, open-access, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal offering scholarly articles on various issues of young children with special needs (0-8 age) and their families.

Year: 2016 Volume: 8 Number: 2

From the editors,

Volume 8, Issue 2, December 2016 

Dear INT-JECSE readers and contributors,

We are excited to be with you with the eighth volume of second issue of the INT-JECSE.  We would like to extend our appreciations to all who contributes by submitting or reviewing manuscripts or have been readers of the INT-JECSE. In our second issue of the eighth year, you will find seven articles on various topics of young children with special needs and their families or professionals.

The first article was written by Elizabeth Finocchiaro entitled as “Neurodevelopment and Early Childhood Education for Low-Income Students: An Analytical Literature Review” and this review examines the overlap of neurology and early childhood experiences especially as it pertains to students of lower socioeconomic status. Three significant external factors that influence children’s neurodevelopment are discussed. These three influential factors are adult engagement, the home environment, and the school environmen. According to results suggestions would be proposed for future research. 
Tracey K. Hoffman is the author of the second article entitled as “An Exploration of Service Delivery in Early Intervention over the Last Two Decades”.  This investigation will examine current studies and literature pertaining to early intervention service delivery, and compare the findings to similar studies conducted over the last two decades. By getting a clearer perspective on how service delivery has changed and evolved over the years, we can work toward meeting each family’s unique needs. 

With the title of “Early intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina a description of a model implemented in Zenica-Doboj Canton”, in the third article, the authors, Dženana Babić-Čolaković Arnela Pasalic and Haris Memisevic believed that Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) does not have a well-developed system of EI. The goal of this paper is to describe the current trends in the field of EI in BIH and to describe one model of EI provision that is implemented in Zenica-Doboj Canton. There is a strong interest in creating the efficient system of early intervention in BIH. So BIH needs to expand the system of EI and to improve the educational and rehabilitation opportunities for children with developmental disabilities. Centers, as the one described in this paper, need to be established across BIH.

The fourth article was written by Neslihan Avcı and Müge Kunt entitled as “Examination of Ministry of National Education’s Infant and Toddler Program Regarding Early Intervention Principles” The purpose of this study was to qualitatively examine the Ministry of National Education’s (MoNE)) Infant and Toddler Program, which was prepared as a part of the project of empowering preschool education, in terms of basic principles of early intervention and understanding about meeting needs of all children. In this regard, the following were materials of the study:  Infant and Toddler Program Guidelines, Infant and Toddler Program Activity Book, Educator’s Guidelines for Parent Education and Parenting Guidelines, and Health, Care and Nutrition of 0-36-Month-Old Children Booklet. The study materials were first examined in terms of working with the family and empowering family environment, partnership, individualization, developmentally appropriate practice and universal design principles, and then learning process and adaptations were addressed in terms of whether they were meeting needs of all children. The results will be discussed. 

Ramazan Akdoğan is the author of the fifth article entitled “A Holistic Approach to Cope with Depression and Hopelessness for Parents of Special Needs Children”. This study aims to identify psychological difficulties the parents of children with various handicaps from their opinions through a holistic perspective; and reveal the effectiveness of group counseling based on eclectic approach to cope with these difficulties. Study was conducted in two successive steps. Results show that the program had a significant effect on decreasing depression and hopelessness levels of the parents. 

With the title of “An Investigation on the Effects of PECS and Observational Learning in Initiating and Maintenance of Communication amang Children with Autism” , in the sixth article, the authors, Serhat Odluyurt, Ozgul Aldemir and Alper Kapan investigated the efficacy of PECS provided in gaining of independent communicative initiation and maintenance skills to children with autism. In this study to implement observational learning procedure, children were grouped as pairs. PECS was applied in this study to children with autism. For collecting social validity data, semi-structured interviews were conducted that both PECS and observational learning were significant for their children and that peer observation significantly contributed to children with autism. The results will be discussed.

Veysel Aksoy and İbrahim H. Diken are the authors the seventh article entitled “Identification of Psychometric Characteristics of Sample of Vocal Behaviour and Interaction Assessment Record Forms”. The purpose of this research is comparing two tools and so that main aim was Sample of Vocal Behaviour Record Form (SVBRF), included in the third edition of Autism Screening Instrument for Educational Planning-3 (ASIEP-3), and the psychometric properties of the trucked forms for the informal assessment tools of Autism Screening Instrument for Educational Planning-3 (ASIEP-3). At the end of this study, findings from the analysis revealed that both tools were valid and reliable to be used for obtaining the samples of vocal behaviour of children with ASD, and evaluating their level of social interaction. Looking forward to being with you in June 2017 issue... 



Ibrahim H. Diken, Ph.D.
Editor-In-Chief

Avsar Ardic, Ph.D
Associate Editor
Mehmet Yanardag, Ph.D.
Associate Editor
Murat Dogan, Ph.D.
Associate Editor
Veysel Aksoy, Ph.D.
Associate Editor

EDITORIAL BOARD

Volume 8, Issue 2, December 2016

Ibrahim H. Diken, Ph.D

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anadolu University, TURKEY

Avsar Ardıc, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ege University, TURKEY

Mehmet Yanardag, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anadolu University, TURKEY

Murat Dogan, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anadolu University, TURKEY

Veysel Aksoy, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anadolu University, TURKEY

Aaron R. Deris, Ph.D.

Minnesota State University, USA

Ahmet Konrot, Ph.D.

Uskudar University, TURKEY

Angel Jannasch-Pennel, Ph.D.

Arizona State University, USA

Ann Kaiser, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University, USA

Annemieke Golly, Ph.D.

University of Oregon, USA

Armin Sohns, Ph.D.

Fachhochschule Nord., Uni. of App. Sci., DEU.

Atilla Cavkaytar, Ph.D.

Anadolu University, TURKEY

Avsar Ardıc, Ph.D.

Ege University, TURKEY

Aydin Bal, Ph.D

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Aysegul Ataman, Ph.D. (Prof. Em.)

Gazi University, TURKEY

Azar Hadadian, Ph.D.

Ball State University, USA

Birkan Guldenoglu, Ph.D.

Ankara University, TURKEY

Brenda Smtih Myles, PhD

Ch. of Prog. and Dev., Au. Soc. of Ame., USA

Bulbin Sucuoglu, Ph.D.

Ankara University, TURKEY

Carl J. Dunst, Ph.D.

The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, USA

Cevriye Ergul, Ph.D.

Ankara University

Ceyda Turhan, Ph.D.

Uludağ University

Climent Gine, Ph.D.

Ramon Llull University, SPAIN

D. Alan Dyson, Ph.D.

University of Manchester, UK

Dilek Erbas, Ph.D.

Erciyes University, TURKEY

E. Sema Batu, Ph.D.

Anadolu University, TURKEY

Emre Unlu, Ph.D.

Bulent Ecevit University, TURKEY

Ergul Demir, Ph.D.

Ankara University, TURKEY

Funda Acarlar, Ph.D.

Ankara University

Funda Aksoy, Ph.D.

Anadolu University, TURKEY

Gerald Mahoney, Ph.D.

Case Western University, USA

Gilbert Stiefel, Ph.D.

Eastern Michigan University, USA

Gonul Akcamete, Ph.D. (Prof. Em.)

Ankara University, TURKEY

Hasan Gurgur, Ph.D.

Anadolu University, TURKEY

Hasan Zaghlawan, Ph.D.

University of Northern Coloradoy, USA

Hatice Bakkaloglu, Ph.D.

Ankara University

Heather Moore, Ph.D.

University of Oregon, USA

Ilknur Cifci-Tekinarslan, Ph.D.

Abant Izzet Baysal University, TURKEY

Ilknur Mavis, Ph.D.

Anadolu University, TURKEY

Jane Squires, Ph.D.

University of Oregon, USA

Jean A. Rondal, Ph.D.

Université de Liège, BELGIQUE

Jim Halle, Ph.D.

University of Illinoisat Urbana-Champaign, USA

Joao Lopes, Ph.D.

University of Minho, PORTUGAL

Kourtland Koch, Ph.D.

Ball State University, USA

Manfred Pretis, Ph.D.

Social Innovative Network, (S.I.I.N.), AUSTRIA

Mark Innocenti, Ph.D.

Utah State University, USA

Mary Louise Hemetter, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University, USA

Mehmet Yanardag, Ph.D.

Anadolu University

Michael J. Guralnick, Ph.D.

University of Washington, USA

Michaelene M. Ostrosky, Ph.D.

Uni. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Murat Dogan, Ph.D.

Anadolu University

Necate Baykoc-Donmez, Ph.D.

(Prof. Em.), Hacettepe University, TURKEY

Necdet Karasu, Ph.D.

Gazi University, TURKEY

Onur Ozdemir, Ph.D.

Marmara University, TURKEY

Ozlem Diken, Ph.D.

Anadolu University, TURKEY

Ozlem Kaya, Ph.D.

Anadolu University, TURKEY

Ozlem Toper Korkmaz, Ph.D.

Uludağ University

Patricia Snyder, Ph.D.

University of Florida, USA

Paul Yoder, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University, USA

Philippa Campbell, Ph.D.

Thomas Jefferson University, USA

Pilar Guties, Ph.D.

Universidad Complutense, SPAIN

Sam DiGangi, Ph.D.

Arizona State University, USA

Samuel L. Odom, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina, USA

Sarah Rule, Ph.D.

Utah State University, USA

Selda Ozdemir, Ph.D.

Gazi University, TURKEY

Sema Kaner, Ph.D., (Prof. Em.)

Ankara University, TURKEY

Seray Olcay Gul, Ph.D.

Hacettepe University, TURKEY

Serife Yucesoy Ozkan, Ph.D.

Anadolu University

Seyhun Topbas, Ph.D.

Anadolu University, TURKEY

Sezgin Vuran, Ph.D.

Anadolu University, TURKEY

Stanley H. Zucker, Ph.D.

Arizona State University, USA

Stefanja Alisauskiene, Ph.D.

University of Siauliai, LITHUANIA

Steve Warren, Ph.D.

University of Kansas, USA

Sue Buckley, Ph.D.

University of Portsmouth, UK

Tevhide Kargin, Ph.D.

Ankara University

Ugur Sak, Ph.D.

Anadolu University, TURKEY

Veysel Aksoy, Ph.D.

Anadolu University

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