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Young Exceptional Children

Young Exceptional Children

Gregory A. Cheatham University of Kansas, USA

eISSN: 2154400X | ISSN: 10962506 | Current volume: 22 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly
Written for teachers, early care and education personnel, educational administrators, therapists, families and others who work with or on behalf of children from birth through 8 years of age who have identified disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, or are at risk for future developmental problems, Young Exceptional Children (YEC) offers useful, friendly articles that help readers implement research-based strategies and interventions across many settings.
Each issue covers a variety of intervention strategies; you will find ideas to use in classrooms, in home based programs, with special populations, and in family home routines. YEC also reviews important topics, such as:

  • Adapting Physical Activities
  • Assessing Intervention Outcomes
  • Recommended Practices for Children with Autism
  • Addressing Challenging Behaviors
  • Culturally Sensitive Interventions
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Early Literacy Development Tools
  • Embedding Interventions within Family and Classroom Routines
  • Family-Friendly Interventions
  • Family-Guided Routines
  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Positive Behavior
  • Support Second Language Acquisition
  • Strategies For Successful Inclusion

Each issue also provides “From Article to Action,” which offers ideas for using selected YEC articles in each issue. 

The only journal that focuses on children with special needs from birth through 8 years old, each peer-reviewed issue presents practical ideas for parents and professionals that promote learning and development in the classroom and at home. Young Exceptional Children is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

Young Exceptional Children (YEC) is designed for teachers, early care and education personnel, administrators, therapists, family members, and others who work with or on behalf of children, ages birth to eight, who have identified disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, or are at risk of future developmental delays or school difficulties. One of the goals of the journal is to translate research findings into effective and useful strategies for practitioners and families. Thus, articles should have a sound base in theory or research, yet be reader-friendly and written for a broad audience.

Associate Editors
Margaret R. Beneke University of Washington, USA
Lindsay Dennis Florida State University, USA
Sarika Gupta The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Eva Horn University of Kansas
Janice Myck-Wayne California State University, Fullerton, USA
Cathy Qi University of New Mexico, USA
Managing Editor
Chelsea Waters University of Kansas, USA
From Article to Action
Camille Catlett FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA
Editorial Board
Kathleen Artman-Meeker University of Washington, USA
Rashida Banerjee University of Northern Colorado, USA
Erin Barton Vanderbilt University, USA
Ann Bingham University of Nevada-Reno, USA
Deborah A. Bruns Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA
Lynette Chandler Northern Illinois University, USA
Deborah Chen California State University, Northridge, USA
Natalie Danner Western Oregon University, USA
Sharon M. Darling Florida Atlantic University, USA
Laurie A. Dinnebeil University of Toledo, USA
Janice M. Fialka Dance of Partnership
Ariane Gauvreau University of Washington, USA
Jennifer Grisham-Brown University of Kentucky, USA
William Henninger University of Northern Iowa, USA
Kay Heo Chongshin University, Seoul, South Korea
Margarita Jimenez-Silva Arizona State University, USA
Gail Joseph University of Washington, Seattle, USA
NaYoung Kong University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA
Bernadette Laumann University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
David Lindeman University of Kansas, USA
Gayle Luze Iowa State University, USA
Jose Martinez University of Kansas, USA
Christine Marvin University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Rebecca McCathren University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Mary McLean University of Florida, USA
Michaelene M. Ostrosky University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Hyejin Park Arizona State University
LaShorage Shaffer University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
Mike Wischnowski St. John Fisher College, USA
Hasan Zaghlawan University of Northern Colorado, USA
Chun Zhang Fordham University, USA
Kathleen N. Zimmerman University of Kansas, USA
Division for Early Education Executive Board
Serra Acar Member-at-Large
Ted Burke President Elect
Tricia Catalino Member-at-Large
Angel Fettig Treasurer
Chelsea Guillen Member-at-Large
Eva Horn University of Kansas
Peggy Kemp Executive Director
Diana LaRocco Past President
Donna Miller Secretary
Ben Rogers Associate Director
Megan Vinh Vice President
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  • Young Exceptional Children uses an online submission and review platform. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SAGETRACK system powered by ScholarOne. From their account, a new submission can be initiated. Authors will be asked to provide the required information (author names and contact information, abstract, keywords, etc.) and to upload the "title page" and "main document" separately to ensure that the manuscript is ready for an anonymous review. The site contains links to an online user's guide (Get Help Now) for help navigating the site.

    Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA; 6th edition) guidelines and must not exceed 15 typewritten, double-spaced pages, including references (12-point font). Although APA recommends the inclusion of digital object identifiers (i.e., DOI #’s) in reference lists, authors should not include DOIs in reference lists unless the citation is only available OnlineFirst. Manuscripts can upload a maximum of 5 tables (double-spaced) and/or figures. The manuscript should include a cover page with the authors’ full names, professions degrees, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor: Gregory A. Cheatham (Greg); Additionally, prior to submission, authors should ensure that YEC has not previously published on the authors’ manuscript topic.Please note that this journal does not allow submissions from papers that are already available as a preprint.

    Submission of photographs, along with the manuscript, is mandatory. The authors will be required to sign a Photograph Release form, which will be provided to them when the manuscript reaches production.

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