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Two children interacting with a computerThe MAP Video Collection was created in response to the need for easy access to videos that promote inclusion and support the needs of children with disabilities and/or special needs and their families. Most of the videos were gathered from other areas of the MAP website, but some are unique to this page.

If you have videos that you would like to recommend for inclusion here, please let us know at map@wested.org.

Inclusion Videos

Alex on Inclusion (Video)

Published: Mar 23, 2016 | 1:41 minutes
Alex talks about his perspective on inclusion.



Brandon’s Story: A Mother’s Voice (Video)

Published: May 4, 2015 | 8:15 minutes
This 2015 Telly Award winning video features Brandon’s mother as she talks about the importance and impact of early intervention on her son’s life and on her family. You’ll also hear from Brandon, who is a teenager and talented musician and enjoys inclusive settings at school.




DRaccess Video Library

Find these Inclusion Videos under the “General Interest” tab:


Edutopia: Inclusion Videos

Explore videos that showcase evidence-based learning practices in K-12 schools, and see our core strategies and key topics in action.

  • Five Minute Film Festival: Reaching Learners of All Abilities
    Edutopia has collected some videos and resources to help explore and explain some of the difficulties faced by many kids, and some strategies teachers and schools are using to engage them. Included are 8 well produced videos that address: Special Education, Inclusion and Learning Differences.

Everyone’s Welcome (Video)

Published: Jun 17, 2017 | 2 minutes
When it comes to differences children see things differently. In this video diverse sets children explain the difference between themselves and their friends.



Preschool Inclusion: Samantha (Video)

Published: Jun 17, 2010 | 10:15 minutes
This video highlights the experiences of Samantha and her family and the people who worked with them. Samantha was enrolled in Early Head Start at 18 months of age, transitioned to Head Start at age three, and was in the process of transitioning to kindergarten at the time this video was developed. Samantha’s story provides an opportunity to see how families can work collaboratively with Head Start, childcare, the public schools, and others agencies and service providers to realize their dreams for their children who have disabilities.


Results Matter Video Library

These videos, produced by the Colorado Department of Education and Larry Edleman, help providers better understand ways to use observation, documentation, and assessment to inform practice. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in educational and professional development activities.


Santa Clara County Office of Education Videos: Inclusion Collaborative at Work

The Inclusion Collaborative (IC) leads the effort to provide ALL children in Santa Clara County with quality learning environments. Its focus is the successful inclusion of children with special needs in child care, preschool programs, early learning environments, and the community through education, advocacy and awareness.

  • 2013 Hoffman Award Videos
    Five educational programs that significantly enhance student success were profiled at the 2013 Glenn W. Hoffmann Awards ceremony on April 24.

SEEDS Legacy Resources: Video Gallery Archive

Browse through the media library of archived video clips from the SEEDS Project website. View full videos or chaptered sections.


Seeds of Partnership

Seeds of Partnership provides assistance on behalf of the California Department of Education (CDE) to support the direction, initiatives and focused goals related to requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), federal reporting/monitoring activities, State Performance Plan (SPP) and Results Driven Accountability initiatives. A mainstay of the project focus is on parent and family engagement in education.

  • High Quality Early Learning Environment (HQELE)
    This comprehensive panoramic virtual tour emphasizes principles of a quality classroom design and incorporates key strategies on how to replicate highlighted elements. Early Childhood Special Education teachers, General Education teachers, and administrators are always looking to enhance their classroom environments to support all students. This tool provides the opportunity to gain valuable ideas to build upon existing philosophical and program practices, wherever a program or classroom may be on the Least Restrictive Environment continuum.

Shane’s Inspiration Inclusive Playgrounds

Shane’s Inspiration is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “to create inclusive playgrounds and programs that unite children of all abilities.” They provide a free forty-five minute webinar titled, The Power of Inclusive Play, that provides ideas on developing enriching outdoor opportunities for all children using your own outdoor space and items that are easily accessible. Shane’s Inspiration Lunch Box is an awareness program that includes guides and materials for facilitating workshops as well as curriculum and resources to help in providing inclusive outdoor spaces in your program or playground.


Social Training with Peers Helps Kids with Autism (Video)

Published: Mar 19, 2014 | 2:29 minutes
In a follow-up to their playgroup study, the Kansas University researchers created “Connecting Kids,” a series of child-friendly videos that help typically developing children understand and support friends and classmates who have autism.


Special Books by Special Kids

We built this video library to connect communities across the world, build camaraderie, and to celebrate neurodiversity. It is our hope that these videos will inspire change and lead a global acceptance movement.


SpecialQuest: Birth-Five | Early Childhood Video Library

The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library supports the inclusion of young children with disabilities birth–five and their families, in early care and education settings. The SpecialQuest materials and approach have been used with over 5,000 participants nationwide, refined over a period of ten years, and have been shown to create and sustain change. Materials on this website are provided at no cost with funding from the Office of Head Start.


TED Ed: Peer Helper (Video)

Published: Aug 2, 2017 | 8:19 minutes
When Brett Lewis signed up to be part of an inclusion program at his school that would partner him with peers in the special education department, little did he know that he would end up meeting his best friend.


TEDx Talk: Dan Habib (Videos)

  • Disabling Segregation (Video)
    Published: Apr 22, 2014 | 18 minutes
    Habib (creator of the documentary films Including Samuel and Who Cares About Kelsey?) used his 18-minute TEDx talk to make a powerful case for ending the systemic segregation of students with disabilities.
  • Thasya
    Published: Jun 26, 2012 | 13:20 minutes
    Thasya Lumingkewas, 8, has autism and thrives at Maple Wood Elementary School in Somersworth, NH. The school has implemented Response to Intervention (RtI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This film highlights the power of presuming competence, differentiated instruction and augmentative and alternative communication.

TEDx Talk: Jenna Kanell – A Bee Showed Me That Limits are Lies (Video)

Published: Oct 19, 2016 | 13:30 minutes
Jenna Kanell wrote and directed the short film “Bumblebees,” a project currently on the film festival circuit and among academic curricula of varying levels. It stars her younger brother Vance, who was born with eight sensory disorders and overcame the negative expectations of medical professionals.

Her TEDxTryon talk explores the concept of discarding the goal of “becoming” in favor of “unbecoming;” applicable to everything from assigned labels and ideals to societal norms. She hopes for you to come away inspired by a new way to embark on your own self-exploration.




We All Belong (Video)

Published: Apr 2, 2014 | 14:30 minutes
“We All Belong” is a documentary film exploring the issues of belonging and diversity in our classrooms. It profiles real parents and the dreams and fears they share. This film is a frank discussion of civil, human, and educational rights and offers a window into best practices and the struggle families face to achieve inclusion for their children. The film also examines the Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort, a parent-driven program created by NWDSA that empowers families to be active, informed partners on their children’s educational journey. We All Belong is ideal viewing for educators, parents and policy makers. The questions raised in this film could create answers that lead to more diverse classrooms and create success for all learners.


Inspirational Videos



ABC’s by a Toddler with Down Syndrome (Video)

Published: Jan 26, 2016 | 1 minute
One little boy’s sweet rendition of the alphabet is taking the Internet by storm after his grandmother shared a video of him singing on Facebook.


Adorable Asher is Changing the Face of Beauty (Video)

Published: Nov 1, 2016 | 1:15 minutes
After a modeling agency snubbed this adorable baby’s photos because he has Down syndrome, people around the world reacted. And now he’s got a job with OshKosh B’gosh!




Born This Way: Shining a Light on Down Syndrome (Video)

Published: Mar 21, 2017 | 2 minutes
We are celebrating World Down syndrome day together. As a community, as a family, we need to lean on one another every day. We hope you share the love and celebrate with us.


Bryan’s Story (Video)

Published: Apr 25, 2016 | 6:28 minutes

An 11 year old boy disabled with cerebral palsy calls plays for community football team. Bryan is non verbal and communicates with a Dynavox AAC device and eye gaze system. Wheelchair bound and in 6th grade at public school, Bryan contributes to his team in a positive way. Bryan’s life continues to be an inspiration. He died peacefully in his sleep a few months after this was posted in 2010.





Dad Meets Son with Down Syndrome at his Birth (Video)

Published: Mar 21, 2016 | 4 minutes
“Whatever happens, you will know that you’re loved.” The life and smiles of 5-year-old Arlo, who has Down syndrome. Special thanks to father and filmmaker Daniel Sheire.


Dad’s Video Supporting His Son With Down Syndrome (Video)

Published: Feb 24, 2016 | 4:13 minutes
A Canadian father is receiving support around the globe after posting a video of himself defending children with Down syndrome. Robb Scott, 41, of Truro, Nova Scotia, created the video on Feb. 20, 2016 after he said he overheard another father in a video store explaining to his son what Down syndrome was.




Fourteen Year Old Stand Up Comic (Video)

Published: Apr 19, 2013 | 7 minutes
Fourteen-year-old Jack Carroll generated a heavy dose of laughter during his performance on Britain’s Got Talent. Using his condition as the fodder for his jokes, he received a standing ovation for his irreverence.


Go Hammerheads! Winning with Autism (Video)

Published: Apr 16, 2015 | 7:45 minutes
Children with disabilities often can’t participate in team sports. A new documentary called “Swim Team” chronicles the Jersey Hammerheads, a swim team for kids with autism


Grant, a six year old with heart (Video)

Published: Nov 3, 2014 | 5:54 minutes
Meet Grant. He’s is six years old and has Diastrophic Dysplasia. He wants to share with you his own unique path to walk as a dwarf and prove he’s just like your average six-year-old kid!

From running and climbing to dancing and painting, little Grant knows just how to live life in pure fun. But make sure not to call him a “baby,” because even though he looks awfully similar to his one-year-old baby brother, he has a big heart with a big lesson to teach you. You’re going to love what this ham has to say!



I’m Tyler (Video)

Published: Jul 20, 2012 | 12:14 minutes
Tyler is a typical high school student who happens to have cerebral palsy and some other challenges. He has taken on a mission to educate the world about Ability Awareness. He believes that what a person, any person, CAN do is much more important than what he/she can’t. The people in Tyler’s life who have seen this and practiced Ability Awareness have made all the difference in the world to him. For more information, go to the I’m Tyler website.


Just Breathe (Video)

Published: Jan 26, 2015 | 3:41 minutes
This film is entirely unscripted. Children talk about their own neuro-scientific understanding of difficult emotions, and how they cope through breathing and meditation. It’s instructive for us all!


Latkovski Sisters (Video)

Published: Jun 30, 2013 | 3:32 minutes
Meet two young ladies who love to dance. With choreograpaher Jennifer Wood they’ve perfected this special number called “Reflections.” With a performance seen on the 2013 WHAS Crusade for Children telethon, here are sisters Quincy and Gracie Latkovski.



More Alike Than Different (Video)

Published: Mar 19, 2015 | 2:37 minutes
To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, siblings Lauren and Paul Costabile produced the short video below, called “More Alike Than Different.” In it, they asked kids with Down syndrome, as well as typically developing kids, some simple questions and recorded their answers.


My Name is Jude (Video)

Published: Mar 1, 2013 | 3 minutes
This is a video I created about our son, Jude and some of his experiences – both good and bad over the last couple of years and how several community facilities and programs, played an important part during that time.



Rare Disease Day (Video)

Published: Feb 16, 2015 | 2:16 minutes
Beautiful and artistic video done with shadows and hands that promotes awareness of rare diseases.





Tech High School – Uptown Funk Dance (Video)

Published: Jan 24, 2015 | 5 minutes
A video featuring the dance moves of a theater teacher and his students in Dallas demonstrates inclusion. Everyone participates!





The True Story of Kid President (Video)

Published: Feb 7, 2013 | 4:21 minutes
Have you seen the videos of Kid President? Here is the story of a resilient, creative young man who happens to have some challenges that he won’t let slow him down.



This Coffee Shop is Changing Lives: Bitty and Beau’s (Video)

Published: 3:39 minutes
You won’t find any coffee shop more welcoming or warmhearted than Bitty & Beau’s in Wilmington, North Carolina. Founded by owner Amy Wright and her husband, the shop is run by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in honor of the couple’s two children – Bitty and Beau – who have Down Syndrome.


This Kid Tried to Quit Band, Teacher Had Other Plans-Drums (Video)

Published: Feb 9, 2015 | 2:56 minutes
When an illness started taking away a student’s ability to play the drums, his band director made different plans. Find out what she did to make sure the music didn’t stop for this dedicated student.



We All Play for Canada (Video)

Published: 2016 | Length: 1 min
When a neighborhood kid steps up to make sure everyone is included, he demonstrates that when the best of us steps up, our nation stands a little taller.


What are you doing? A film about autism explained by kids (Video)

Published: Apr 25, 2012 | 3:35 minutes
“What are you doing?” is a short film, created by Autism Awareness, which aims to teach school aged children about acceptance and understanding of their peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The film addresses some of the fears children may have about ASD, answers their questions and helps show them how they can be a great friend to a classmate on the autism spectrum. The film includes enlightening interviews with the brothers, sisters, cousins and friends of children on the spectrum. These friends and family members share their thoughts and experiences on what it is like to share their life with someone on the spectrum.

Through beautiful imagery, engaging narrative and quirky animation, the film sends a message that children with autism should be accepted, supported and encouraged by their peers to be a part of their community.


When Is It Okay to Use the R-Word? (Video)

Published: Apr 14, 2015 | 3:48 minutes
If you’re still not sure when it’s okay to say the R-word, maybe it’s time to listen to the 6.5 million people who have intellectual disabilities in the United States alone.


When Kids Create Inclusion: Danimal’s Army: Pee Wee Football Team Take a Stand for a Friend (Video)

Published: Dec 11, 2013 | 6:24 minutes
Danny Keefe is a 6-year-old optimist with a speech disorder. And he doesn’t care what other people think. In fact, this spunky kindergartner wears a suit, tie, and fedora to school every day. He’s also the water coach for the Bridgewater Badgers, a pee wee football team comprised of a band of boys who have rallied around Danny in the hopes to make his life better.


World Down Syndrome Day (Videos)

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), observed on 21 March every year, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.


Assistive Technology Videos

AbleThrive

Curated resources from people, organizations, companies and hospitals all over the world to enable people with all abilities to thrive.


Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)

The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities participate fully in daily routines; have increased access to the general educational curriculum; improve their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college- and career-ready standards.

  • CTD Library
  • Isabel Needs Assistive Technology (Video)
    In this story, you’ll meet Marta, the mother of Isabel, a young girl with fine motor and learning disabilities. The video introduces viewers to assistive technology (AT) and takes them through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting during which AT is considered. This video is captioned in English and is “described” as well. FCTD and Dicapta invite you to view and share this video with your colleagues and the families you serve. This video was originally produced as a Spanish-language resource. Voice-over and captioning were added to provide access to larger audience.

Children Gain Independence with Powered Wheelchairs (Video)

Published: Jun 27, 2014 | 4:18 minutes
In the early 1980s, doctors told David Everard that his 18-month-old daughter would need an electric wheelchair. He was surprised and upset to find that a suitable chair didn’t exist for very young children – so he set about making one.


Giving Children Their Own Voice (Video)

Published: Jan 21, 2017 | 2 minutes
A look at a remarkable project by speech scientist Rupal Patel in that aims to give eight-year-old Leo True-Frost — who has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak — in Syracuse, New York, his own voice, using any sounds he’s still able to make combined with a matching donor voice from another person closer to his age.



Isabel Needs Assistive Technology (Video)

Published: May 15, 2013 | 11:40 minutes
In this story, you’ll meet Marta, the mother of Isabel, a young girl with fine motor and learning disabilities. The video introduces viewers to assistive technology (AT) and takes them through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting during which AT is considered. This video is captioned in English and is “described” as well. FCTD and Dicapta invite you to view and share this video with your colleagues and the families you serve. This video was originally produced as a Spanish-language resource. Voice-over and captioning were added to provide access to larger audience.


The Power of Assistive Technology Five Minute Film Festival (Videos)

Of the many ways that technology enhances our lives, one compelling example is assistive technology (AT) — tools to help people with learning or motor disabilities complete everyday tasks. Check out Edutopia curator Ashley Cronin’s new roundup on assistive technology for a comprehensive list of resources.


Autism Videos

3rd Grader Starts School Year with Speech About Autism (Video)

“Raise your hand if you know what autism is,” said Jackson. “Raise your hand if you know that I have autism. It makes some parts of my brain work really well and some parts my brain work not very well. Doctors don’t know what makes some brains have autism and some brains not have it. I have it, but Charley doesn’t, even though he’s my twin brother.”


Autism Speaks (Videos)

Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.


Bringing the Signs of Early Autism into Focus Video Tutorial (Video)

Published: Jun 11, 2013 | 9 minutes
The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have published a free online video to improve the recognition of the early signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among pediatricians, parents and early intervention providers. The tutorial consists of six video clips that compare toddlers with no signs of ASD to toddlers with early signs of ASD and includes an explanation of how the specific behaviors exhibited by each child are either suggestive of ASD or typical child development.


Imagine and Experience What It’s Like to Have Autism (Video)

Published: Jan 4, 2014 | 2:33 minutes
Many children with high-functioning autism (or Aspergers) want to have friends, but they simply don’t know how to go about it. They may not be able to understand others’ emotions, or read facial expressions and body language. As a result, they may be teased and often feel like social outcasts. The unwanted social isolation can lead to anxiety and depression.


Sesame Street & Autism (Videos)

Sesame Workshop created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities. At the same time, the project fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids.



Voices of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Video)

Published: 22 minutes
Is a collection of videos that explore the lives of individuals with ASD, with a focus on first person accounts and an exploration of what it means to live with ASD. The goal is to deepen understanding among individuals with ASD, their families, and communities through the sharing of personal stories.

The video library is a project of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic of JFK Partners, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Please check back from time to time as more videos will be added.


The Brain & Critical Needs of Young Children Videos

Brain Builders (Video)

Published: Feb 7, 2012 | 3:19 minutes
Brain Builders narrated by Jack Shonkoff is an animated video that explains how the brain is built.


Center on the Developing Child Harvard University: Multimedia Resources

  • Child Development Core Story (Videos)
    This educational video series on the importance of the early years was created by the Project for Babies, a former initiative of the University of Minnesota Center for Early Education and Development. The series features Regents Professor Megan Gunnar, Director of the Institute for Child Development at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. The series consists of five videos, each approximately three to seven minutes in length: Brain Architecture; Serve and Return; Stress; Pay Now or Pay Later; Resilience.
  • The Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive Care
    Published: Oct 31, 2013 | 6 minutes
    Using science as a guide, this interactive chart delineates four types of diminished responsiveness and their consequences in order to provide a useful framework for developing more effective strategies to protect vulnerable children from this complex challenge. The four short video clips below, each under a minute in length, are excerpts from the 6-minute video InBrief: The Science of Neglect. The chart is based on a graphic from The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain, a Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Video
    Published: Jun 19, 2015 | 5 minutes
    Science tells us that the foundations of sound mental health are built early in life. Early experiences—including children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers—interact with genes to shape the architecture of the developing brain. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications.
  • Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change
    Published: May 14, 2013 | 5:18 minutes
    This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change that describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health, and behavior.

Dr. Kathleen Gallagher: Assembly of the Healthy Child (Video)

Published: Sep 14, 2015 | 12:38 minutes
In her talk “Assembly of the Healthy Child: The Next Steps,” educational psychologist Kathleen Gallagher discusses how investing in high-quality early childhood programs, especially for children whose families live in poverty, can transform the wellbeing of entire communities.


Early Language and the Brain: Smart Talk (Video)

Published: Feb 21, 2014 | 5:29 minutes
The number of words a child hears in early life will determine their academic success and IQ in later life. By three, children from professional families hear 30 million more words than children on welfare.


For Our Babies: The Social Womb (Video)

Published: Sep 16, 2014 | 6:36 minutes
Written and narrated by J. Ronald Lally, this 6-minute animation depicts why young brains need continuing nurturance, protection and enrichment once a child is born – a setting where the growing brain can flourish. He describes the development of a “social womb” similar in function to the nurturance a fetus receives while in the womb. It provides concise and engaging rationale for important policy recommendations.

  • El vientre social: Cómo fortalecer el cerebro de los bebés
    “The Social Womb: Building Babies’ Brains” animation is now available to the public in Spanish. This 6-minute video, that I originally wrote and narrated in English, depicts the need for babies, once born, to be cared for in a “social womb” that provides the nurturance, protection, and enrichment essential to the healthy development of their still-growing brains. In this video, I present three key policy recommendations for ensuring creation of this kind of supportive setting: paid leave, home visiting, and high-quality infant care.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Unveils Early Literacy Toolkit at American Academy of Pediatrics Conference (Video)

Published: Oct 12, 2014 | 28:39 minutes
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discusses the role that pediatricians and parents can play in promoting young children’s early learning during her remarks on Sunday Oct. 12, 2014 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. Secretary Clinton announces the launch of the Academy’s updated early literacy toolkit for pediatricians and parents, Books Build Connections, as part of the AAP’s collaboration with Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation.


Talk with Me Baby

Published: Sep 21, 2015 | 2:38 minutes
The team behind Talk With Me Baby™ is a collaboration of six leadership organizations, all working to bring the concept of language nutrition into public awareness and educate caregivers on the importance of talking with their baby every day, in an effort to close the word gap. Talking with your baby helps grow your baby’s brain. Learn how early exposure to language can help a child build vocabulary, communicate better with adults, be ready for kindergarten and develop an essential life skill: the ability to read by the end of third grade.


TedX Talk: Nadine Burke Harris – How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime (Video)

Published: Sep 2014 | 16 minutes
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.


The Genius of Babies (Videos)

Curious what goes on inside a tiny human mind? They can’t talk (yet), but babies know a lot more than you think. Five TED Talks each explores the genius of babies from a different perspective.


The Surprisingly Logical Minds of Babies (Video)

Published: Mar 2015 | 20:18 minutes
How do babies learn so much from so little so quickly? In a fun, experiment-filled talk, cognitive scientist Laura Schulz shows how our young ones make decisions with a surprisingly strong sense of logic, well before they can talk.


Zero to Three: The Magic of Everyday Moments Video Series (Videos)

Each video shows in a clear and compelling way how parents can nurture key skills and attributes children need to be eager, competent learners and to form strong, healthy connections with others as they grow—all through everyday interactions and routines!


Cultural Competency Videos

En Breve: La Ciencia del Desarrollo Infantil Temprano (Video)

Published: Mar 22, 2011 | 3:57 minutes
(Brief: The science of early childhood development) This video and brief, translated into Spanish, address basic concepts of early childhood development and help illustrate why child development–particularly from birth to five years–is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society.


For Our Babies: The Social Womb (Video)

Published: Sep 16, 2014 | 6:36 minutes
Written and narrated by J. Ronald Lally, this 6-minute animation depicts why young brains need continuing nurturance, protection and enrichment once a child is born – a setting where the growing brain can flourish. He describes the development of a “social womb” similar in function to the nurturance a fetus receives while in the womb. It provides concise and engaging rationale for important policy recommendations.

  • El vientre social: Cómo fortalecer el cerebro de los bebés
    “The Social Womb: Building Babies’ Brains” animation is now available to the public in Spanish. This 6-minute video, that I originally wrote and narrated in English, depicts the need for babies, once born, to be cared for in a “social womb” that provides the nurturance, protection, and enrichment essential to the healthy development of their still-growing brains. In this video, I present three key policy recommendations for ensuring creation of this kind of supportive setting: paid leave, home visiting, and high-quality infant care.



One World Chorus sings One Love (Video)

Published: Sep 23, 2013 | 2:40 minutes
Aaron Nigel Smith and One World Chorus sings One Love by Bob Marley in honor of Playing for Change Day 2013.


Pathways.org: Educational Videos

All of the Pathways.org educational materials are shared freely on this website. The navigation is designed so that information can be found by searching for a specific age, topic, or type of material. Educational videos about child development with titles also available in Chinese and Spanish.


Preschool Inclusion: Samantha (Video)

Published: Jun 17, 2010 | 10:15 minutes
This video highlights the experiences of Samantha and her family and the people who worked with them. Samantha was enrolled in Early Head Start at 18 months of age, transitioned to Head Start at age three, and was in the process of transitioning to kindergarten at the time this video was developed. Samantha’s story provides an opportunity to see how families can work collaboratively with Head Start, childcare, the public schools, and others agencies and service providers to realize their dreams for their children who have disabilities.



Early Intervention Videos

Early Intervention Video Library

Looking for videos about Early Intervention? You’ve come to the right place!There is nothing as powerful as seeing early intervention (EI) in action or hearing about the impact of intervention from families and service providers! This video library is designed to be a central resource for EI videos which can be used for professional development, preservice preparation, public awareness, and individual study. These videos address a variety of topics and represent EI as provided in a variety of states. All videos embedded in this site are available as free resources. This video library is a collaborative project of the Early intervention-Early Childhood Professional Development Community of Practice (EI-EC PD CoP) and the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center.



Use of Technology with Evidence Based Early Intervention (Videos)

By Larry Edelman in collaboration with grantees with funding from the Ohio for the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, the series illustrates how video, video conferencing, and related technologies can improve access to, and the quality of, supports for families as well as better enable teams to practice evidence-based early intervention services. It is suggested that you watch the videos in order:

  1. An Overview of Using Technology to Support Families in Early Intervention
  2. Using Video to Enhance Play, Communication, and Relationships
  3. Using Instant Messaging and Video for Just-In-Time Support
  4. Using Video and Video Conferencing to Enable Team Meetings over Distances
  5. Using Facetime to Enhance Team Collaboration
  6. A Virtual Home Visit with Liam’s Family
  7. A Virtual Co-Visit with Straton’s Family
  8. Using Video as a Foundation for Reflective Supervision

Want to See Embedded Coaching? (Video)

We often hear from early intervention (EI) practitioners that they need more
videos that show recommended practices. In order to “do” it, or implement these
practices with families, it really helps to “see” it. Because practices are
something we do, we need examples to help us know if we are doing them correctly
too.


Social, Emotional & Behavior Videos

A New Understanding of the Childhood Brain (Video)

Published: May 19, 2017 | 2:43 minutes
This gorgeous animation explains the biology of childhood trauma and how therapeutic interventions can overcome the effects of toxic stress.


ACES Too High

ACES Too High is a news site that reports on research about adverse childhood experiences, including developments in epidemiology, neurobiology, and the biomedical and epigenetic consequences of toxic stress. We also cover how people, organizations, agencies and communities are implementing practices based on the research. This includes developments in education, juvenile justice, criminal justice, public health, medicine, mental health, social services, and cities, counties and states.

  • The Secret to Fixing School Discipline? Change the Behavior of Teachers
    Two kindergarteners at Cherokee Point Elementary School in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood get into a fight on the playground. Their teacher sends them to the principal’s office. Instead of suspending or expelling the six-year-olds, as happens in many schools, Principal Godwin Higa ushers them to his side of the desk. He sits down so that he can talk with them eye-to-eye and quietly asks: “What happened?” He points to one of the boys. “You go first.”
  • Five Minute Video Primer about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (Video)
    Published: April 5, 2016 | 5 minutes
    Many people have been asking for a short video that explains the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, the groundbreaking epidemiological research that revealed the link between childhood trauma and the adult onset of chronic disease, mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence.
  • England and Wales produce new animation about ACEs & resilience (Video)
    Published: May 1, 2017 | 5:43 minutes
    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are those that directly harm a child; such as physical, verbal and sexual abuse or physical or emotional neglect – as well as those that affect the environment where they grow up; including parental separation, domestic violence, mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug use or incarceration.



Center on the Developing Child Harvard University: Multimedia Resources

  • Child Development Core Story (Videos)
    This educational video series on the importance of the early years was created by the Project for Babies, a former initiative of the University of Minnesota Center for Early Education and Development. The series features Regents Professor Megan Gunnar, Director of the Institute for Child Development at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. The series consists of five videos, each approximately three to seven minutes in length: Brain Architecture; Serve and Return; Stress; Pay Now or Pay Later; Resilience.
  • The Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive Care
    Published: Oct 31, 2013 | 6 minutes
    Using science as a guide, this interactive chart delineates four types of diminished responsiveness and their consequences in order to provide a useful framework for developing more effective strategies to protect vulnerable children from this complex challenge. The four short video clips below, each under a minute in length, are excerpts from the 6-minute video InBrief: The Science of Neglect. The chart is based on a graphic from The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain, a Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Video
    Published: Jun 19, 2015 | 5 minutes
    Science tells us that the foundations of sound mental health are built early in life. Early experiences—including children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers—interact with genes to shape the architecture of the developing brain. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications.
  • Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change
    Published: May 14, 2013 | 5:18 minutes
    This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change that describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health, and behavior.

CSEFEL Videos

Promoting Social and Emotional Competence, Practical Strategies.


Dr. Bruce Perry on the importance of human connections

Dr. Bruce Perry discusses the disconnect between what our children need to thrive and what the modern world has to offer, emphasizing the importance of human connections at early stages in life. He also offers tools for parents to help their children develop healthy minds, nurture friendships, overcome traumatic experiences, and feel cherished. Drawing from his own experience as a parent, Dr. Perry further informs us how parents can evaluate themselves as friends, spouses, workers, etc. to become better role models for their children Living Smart by emphasizing the importance of human connections.


Edutopia: Social + Emotional Videos

Explore videos that showcase evidence-based learning practices in K-12 schools, and see our core strategies and key topics in action.


First Words Project: Social Communication Growth Chart Videos

The videos were developed by the FIRST WORDS Project at Florida State University to teach families of infants and toddlers between 9 and 24 months about the five domains of social communication development: Language, Play, Social Competence, Emotional Regulation, and Self-Directed Learning.


Georgia Education Leaders Release New Learning Climate Videos

Unless discipline focuses on teaching children how to act appropriately, they won’t learn anything from it. Creating a supportive school climate—and decreasing suspensions and expulsions—requires close attention to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students.

But all too often, preschools and early learning centers are left out of conversations about school climate and strategic planning for student discipline.

The Get Georgia Reading Campaign has released a new resource to educate childcare and school staff about embracing a new way of looking at behavior and discipline. Five videos, created for administrators, teachers, parents, policymakers—anyone with a stake in creating healthy classrooms in Georgia—show how to apply positive learning climate practices in everyday, real-life classroom scenarios:


Healthy Habits of Mind (Video)

Published: Oct 3, 2013 | 41:14 minutes

This film shows how kindergarteners in Oxford Elementary School in Berkeley, San Francisco are introduced to mindfulness in school. They practice mindful listening, mindful eating, mindful movement and yoga. Mindfulness is a way of being and one of the benefits is that it teaches how to pay attention. As a kindergartener your attention is required in order to learn how to read and write – often in an environment with a lot of external stimuli. Starting early with practicing these healthy habits of mind is a very good idea. Like learning to play an instrument it is much easier early on in life than later on in life. Includes interviews with Neuroscientist Richard Davidson and Mindful Schools Program Director Megan Cowan. Mindful Schools offers courses for educators, psychologists, and parents to learn mindfulness and use it with children and adolescents. Learn more at www.mindfulschools.org.



Just Breathe (Video)

Published: Jan 26, 2015 | 3:41 minutes
This film is entirely unscripted. Children talk about their own neuro-scientific understanding of difficult emotions, and how they cope through breathing and meditation. It’s instructive for us all!




Meditation Helps Lower Truancy and Suspensions (Video)

Published: Feb 21, 2012

Surrounded by poverty and escalating violence, a San Francisco middle school committed to peace and embraced a program of meditation that has made students feel safer, teachers more productive, and brought unity and purpose to the school. Click “like” if you enjoyed this video!




PBiS Rising Stars Preschool

What is PBiS? Learn how the Rising STARS Preschool at Thayer Central and Bruning-Devenport incorporate PBiS into their everyday routines.



Sesame Street in Communities: Traumatic Experiences

When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. Several factors can change the course of kids’ lives: feeling seen and heard by a caring adult, being patiently taught coping strategies and resilience-building techniques, and being with adults who know about the effects of such experiences. This website offers a variety of ways to bring these factors to life. It is available in both Spanish and English with a choice of information for parents and care givers or providers, holds videos, stories, printable activities, tip sheets geared toward different age groups (birth to 1, 2 to 3, and 4 to 6).



Teaching Pyramid: Success Stories (Videos)

Program wide implementation of the Teaching Pyramid has had a positive impact on children, teachers, families and communities. Video clips from interviews with teachers describe the changes that they’ve experienced.


TedX Talk: Nadine Burke Harris – How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime (Video)

Published: Sep 2014 | 16 minutes
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.




Training Videos

American Educational Research Association (AERA) “Ed-Talk” Videos

The 31 videos feature diverse, leading education scholars discussing cutting-edge research on a range of important education and learning issues. For example, NIEER Director W. Steven Barnett discusses the impact quality preschool can have on achievement gaps and Barbara Rogoff discusses the learning strengths of young children with diverse backgrounds. The videos are accompanied by 32 research fact sheets with the underlying findings and cumulative research that frame the Ed-Talks. This is an absolute treasure trove for professional development providers!


Building Inclusive Child Care (BICC) Universal Design for Learning

Link for video download found under “Related Links”
Inclusive child care seeks the full integration of children with disabilities into the child care and pre-school setting. Accomplishing this goal requires the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles as well as working closely with families. The BICC Universal Design for Learning video and accompanying checklist is funded by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council and administered by Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)

The goal of the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. This site has resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes.

  • Spanish Practice Guides for Use with Parents
    Parents who speak Spanish may use these products to provide their infants, toddlers, or preschoolers with fun and exciting literacy learning experiences. Practitioners working with parents who speak Spanish may also find these helpful.
  • CELL Videos
    CELL videos are designed for the teacher, parent, trainer, coach and home visitor. Each video introduces and illustrates a key component of the CELL Early Literacy Learning Model.

Center for Health Literacy Promotion (Video)

Promoting Health Literacy with Free Info & Cool Tools from Your National Library of Medicine, a series of three brief training videos, is now ready for your use. The videos were developed by Sandra Smith, PhD, at the Center for Health Literacy Promotion in collaboration with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region. They were funded by NIH through a contract with University of Washington. This three-part video training series is designed for social and health services providers and programs with limited time and money for training and materials. The brief videos (8-10 minutes) are intended for independent or small group learning and for use in staff meetings, trainings and other scheduled activities. Session 1 provides a tutorial on Medline Plus that is available in Spanish.


CompSAT

CompSAT is a competencies-based, self-assessment toolkit. One of the hallmarks of a profession is standards for best practice. In California, early childhood educators have established a comprehensive set of expectations for our profession, set forth in the California Department of Education Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies. CompSAT is the companion to the CA ECE Competencies. CompSAT guides early educators through a process of self-reflection and authentic assessment in the 12 competency areas detailed in the ECE Competencies.

  • Videos on the ECE Competencies
    One of the hallmarks of a profession is standards for best practice. In California, early childhood educators have established a comprehensive set of expectations for our profession, set forth in the California Department of Education Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies. The California Department of Education’s Early Education and Support Division produced videos to describe each of the 12 competencies detailed in the ECE Competencies. The videos are also on the CompSAT website that provides competencies-based, self-assessment toolkit.


DRaccess Video Library

Find these Inclusion Videos under the “General Interest” tab:


Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC): Media


Infant and Toddlers: A Video Collection

Featuring a collection of 200 short video clips, this site will provide users with a perfect window into the world of infants and toddlers and their daily experiences in child care. As well, users will see the wide range of tasks and roles that early childhood professionals take on each day. Finally, many of the clips highlight the importance of the partnerships that form between parents and the educators who care for their young children. Clips may be searched by criteria (e.g., develop-mental domain, activity language development, or educator strategies, like following the child’s lead), age of the children, or setting. It is also possible to find videos by doing a key word search.




General Videos

Alliance for Early Success

The Alliance for Early Success (formerly the Birth to Five Policy Alliance) is a catalyst for putting vulnerable young children on a path to success. As an alliance of state, national, and funding partners, our goal is to advance state policies that lead to improved health, learning, and economic outcomes for young children, starting at birth and continuing through age eight.

  • Multimedia: Waves for Change (in Early Childhood)
    The Alliance for Early Success is a catalyst for bringing state, national, and funding partners together to improve state policies for children, starting at birth and continuing through age eight.

Best Practices in Family Engagement Video Series

The Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement Video Series is designed to support each program’s efforts toward systemic and integrated engagement. Rooted in the Office of Head Start (OHS) Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework, the videos highlight examples of innovative approaches to engagement that foster strong relationships with families and lead to positive outcomes for children and families.



Dear Teacher (Video)

With a new school year starting, over 60 Brain Highways kids collaborated to write a “Dear Teacher” letter—which they then turned into a short (under two minutes) “Dear Teacher” video. School does greatly influence how kids are viewed by others and how they view themselves. So, while it may take years to change laws or how health care addresses mental health issues, these kids hope their message will be shared with as many educators as possible—knowing that teachers can truly make a huge difference, starting TODAY



Expect More Arizona

Expect More Arizona is a public-private partnership dedicated to making education the top priority in the state of Arizona. Expect more Arizona unites individuals and organizations that believe expectations must be much higher and sharing our commitment in making Arizona’s commitment, birth through career, the best in the nation. The path to higher expectations and educational excellence requires great teachers, motivated students, engaged parents, committed leaders and supportive communities – all working together to increase student academic achievement and ultimately their readiness to succeed in college and career.


First 5 California Early Intervention Efforts, April 21, 2014 (Video)

Published: April 21, 2014 | Length: 4:03 minutes(4:03 minutes)

Last year, First 5 county commissions invested over $43 million in screenings and interventions for developmental delays using tools recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Over 115,000 young children received comprehensive screenings and/or assessments, with 21,000 receiving follow-up services for identified special needs. One mother tells the story of how important it was for her have the results of the ASQ to get services for her child.


Home Visiting: A Closer Look

PEW Charitable Trust, funds home visiting programs. This video comes from the perspective a parent who benefitted from a home visiting program. It demonstrates the value of home visiting and celebrates positive outcomes.


IRIS Center Film Search Tool

This resource DOES NOT contain any media, but does list Motion Picture Portrayals of People with Disabilities

The ways in which individuals and groups are portrayed in popular media can have a profound effect on how they are viewed by society at large. This tool represents an attempt to catalogue the representation of people with disabilities in motion pictures and literature. Many of those representations are inaccurate, and some are offensive. Their inclusion in this tool is intended to stimulate discussion and should by no means be considered an endorsement of their accuracy or appropriateness.

Films in the search tool can be identified by topic area or by title, release date, or keyword.


Kids in the House

The Ultimate Parenting Resource offers over 8000 videos on a comprehensive range of topics for a variety of age ranges for every type of family. Well respected experts present positive, useful information in short videos. For example take a look at the videos from:

  • Dr. Dan Siegel , award winning author and lecturer. Dr. Siegel’s unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts easy to understand and exciting has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups of mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, and clergy. Or explore the various topics under:
  • Special Needs
  • Top Tips for How to Raise a Happy Child


My Own Book Shelf (Video)

Length: 8:36 minutes

This video was presented at the 2009 CEC Convention. My Own Bookshelf SoftTouch is a project designed to bring literacy into the lives of children with disabilities. The video shows volunteers scanning books, the children adding their voices to the stories, and the children with disabilities enjoying the stories by themselves and with other children using switches and sharing their books with others through the same access technology.This video illustrates the possibilities of using technology to integrate learning with all populations, and to create something entirely unique with relative ease.




Pathways.org: Educational Videos

All of the Pathways.org educational materials are shared freely on this website. The navigation is designed so that information can be found by searching for a specific age, topic, or type of material. Educational videos about child development with titles also available in Chinese and Spanish.


Signed Stories

Signed Stories has lots of great books to see in sign language and subtitles. Hearing family and friends can listen to the stories too. You can all watch together! Signed Stories has a very simple goal – to help improve the literacy of deaf children nationwide by allowing them to share in the joy of storytelling. It’s also designed to provide useful advice and guidance for the parents, cargivers and teachers of deaf children; and for the deaf parents of hearing children. Everyone – deaf or hearing – can use Signed Stories. Please keep coming back to see new books as they arrive, and please tell your friends and work colleagues about this free website.


Storyline Online

tories read by members of the Screen Actors Guild