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This presentation is designed to show how finding the answer to the question “What Rocks Your Boat?” can be a key to success for young children with disabilities in the early childhood classroom. Evidence about the role of child preference in learning will be presented. Participants will learn easy to use child and classroom assessment tools to individualize teaching in the context of the well-engineered classroom. Presentation of basic prompting strategies to sustain high levels of success will provide further daily use strategies for teaching children in the midst of the busy daily activities and routines of the early childhood classroom. Discussion and small group breakout sessions will be used to provide participants opportunities to share their own favorite strategies. And in recognition of the daily challenges involved in running the early childhood inclusive classroom, participants will also be asked to share their greatest challenges. Strategies and challenges will be compiled and posted on the Institute website to grow the implementation toolboxes for the practitioner and the policy maker.