Mild to Moderate Disabilities in Early Childhood Education Discussion

Using the study materials and your research, complete the “Disability Comparison Template.” Follow the example provided in the “Autism” row in the template. Document the specific resources used to complete the assignment on the “References” page of the template. SPD 200 Mild to Moderate Disabilities in Early Childhood Education Discussion


1. Explain why it is important for teachers to be able to identify developmental and individual differences and recognize some of the typical signs of various disabilities when interacting with students.

2. Discuss how having a basic understanding of the ways various disabilities affect learning and other areas of a student’s life can assist teachers in responding to the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Support the assignment with a minimum of three scholarly resources.


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Disability Comparison Template

Part 1:

For this section of the template, focus on gathering details about the IDEA disability categories. Review the textbook and the topic study materials and use them to complete the chart. Note that “Autism” has been completed for you as an example.

Disability CategoryDefinitionCharacteristicsCausesPrevalencePotential Effect on Learning
AutismAutism is a developmental disability that affects communication (verbal and nonverbal) and social skills.-Difficulty communicating and interpreting motives and cues of others-Not comfortable with change-Poor social skills-May engage in the same activity over and over (SARRC, n.d.)The causes of Autism are not clear, but has something to do with brain development before birthAutism is one of the fastest growing disabilities. Prevalence has changed to 1 in 68 children in U.S. (Autism Society, 2016, para. 2)Difficulty with written expression. Reading comprehension, math problem solving, fine and gross motor skills may also be affected, over and under selective attention
Developmental Delay
Emotional Disturbance
Hearing Impairment
Intellectual Disability
Multiple Disabilities
Orthopedic Impairment
Other Health Impairment
Specific Learning Disability
Speech or Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairment Including Blindness

Part 2:

For this section of the template, focus on gathering details about common, specific learning disabilities. These disabilities fall under the IDEA disability categories you researched for the chart above. Review the textbook and the topic study materials and use them to complete the chart.

Learning DisabilityDefinitionCharacteristicsCommon Assessments for DiagnosisPotential Effect on Learning and Other Areas of LifeBasic Strategies for Addressing the Disability
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
Language Processing Disorder (LPD)
Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
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