This book provides an overview of the variety of special needs children have and reasons that they may place a child at risk. A unique aspect of this book is the extended discussion of the importance of professional collaboration and professional-parent partnerships. Each chapter has been written by an expert in the discipline, all of whom are individuals working with young children with special needs. This text focuses on the whole child rather than focusing on the child's disability and includes in-depth coverage of contemporary problems such as AIDS/HIV, FAS/FAE, and alcohol abuse. For professionals working in the field of special education.