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Brief Reference of Student Disabilities
...With Strategies for the Classroom

Second Edition


August 2008 | 272 pages | Corwin

"The format is great! Teachers will love the easy-to-access information, which can serve as a springboard for more in-depth study."
—Debi Gartland, Professor of Special Education
Towson University

"The book is organized to help educators easily find information. There are also useful resources to help parents."
—Nicole Guyon, Special Educator
Westerly School Department, Cranston, RI

The ideal desktop reference for specific disabilities in the inclusive classroom!

This updated, detailed reference provides essential information for educators about common exceptionalities they are likely to encounter in an inclusive classroom. In easy-to-understand language, the book provides guidelines for creating safe learning environments, applying disciplinary measures, and defining parents' and educators' roles in developing Individualized Education Programs.

Presented alphabetically, each entry includes a definition of the disability, background information, characteristics, and a list of related readings, organizations, and agencies, with contact information. The author discusses a wide range of concerns, from ADHD, dyslexia, hearing impairment, and emotional disturbances to muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, aphasia, and cerebral palsy, and includes a review of health disorders such as asthma, diabetes, heart disorders, and hemophilia . The new sections in this second edition cover

  • A comparison of ADHD and bipolar disorder
  • Concise legal explanations and sources, with contact information and Web sites
  • The reauthorization of IDEA 2004, NCLB, and postsecondary transition

Brief Reference of Student Disabilities, Second Edition, also provides a compilation of common disability-related acronyms and a list of children's books dealing with disabilities to foster understanding and awareness.


 
A Cautionary Note
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. What Educators Need to Know About the Law
What the Law Provides

 
Discipline and Students With Disabilities

 
The Collaborative Team

 
 
2. How Teachers Can Create a Positive Learning Environment
Creating an Inclusive Environment

 
Teaching Students About Disabilities

 
Including Parents

 
 
3. Understanding the Parents of Exceptional Children
 
4. Disabilities and Health Disorders: Strategies for Educators
Aphasia

 
Asperger Syndrome

 
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

 
Auditory Processing Disorder

 
Autism

 
Bipolar Disorder

 
Cerebral Palsy

 
Down Syndrome

 
Dyslexia

 
Emotional Disturbance

 
Epilepsy

 
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

 
Gifted Students With Learning Disabilties

 
Head Injury

 
Hearing Impairment

 
Learning Disabilities

 
Mental Retardation

 
Muscular Dystrophy

 
Speech Disorders

 
Spina Bifida

 
Spinal Cord Injury

 
Tourette Syndrome

 
Visual Impairment

 
Visual Processing Disorder

 
 
5. Other Health Conditions
Asthma

 
Diabetes

 
Heart Conditions

 
Hemophilia

 
A Note About Medications

 
Behavior Interventions

 
 
Resource A: Acronyms
 
Resource B: Public Agencies Offering Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities and Their Families
State Education Departments

 
State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

 
Office of the State Coordinator of Vocational Education for Students with Disabilities

 
State Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilties Agencies

 
State Developmental Disabilities Councils

 
State Mental Health Agencies

 
Protection and Advocacy Agencies and Client Assistance Programs

 
Programs for Children With Special Health Care Needs

 
University Affiliated Programs

 
Directory of National Information Sources on Disabilities (NIS)

 
 
Resource C: Children's Books About Disabilities
 
Resource D: Associations to Contact
 
Resource E: Similarities and Differences: ADHD and Early Onset Bipolar Disorder
 
Bibliography
 
References
 
Index

“I have not encountered such a comprehensive and accessible guide to teaching students with disabilities. I often give this book as a welcoming gift to new teachers at my school.”

Joseph Staub, Resource Specialist Teacher
Thomas Starr King Middle School, Los Angeles, CA

“The format is great! Teachers will love the easy-to-access information, which can serve as a springboard for more in-depth study.”

Debi Gartland, Professor of Special Education
Towson University

“The book is full of useful information and is organized in such a way to help educators easily find information. There are also useful resources to help parents.”

Nicole Guyon, Special Educator
Westerly School Department, Cranston, RI

This book is also very usefull for our students, but we only have recommended literature in our course. Students should pick out titles according to their own needs and interest. We recomment a list of books to them. This book is one of the books they can choose. We recomment reading this title.

Dr Jan Marten Praamsma
Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sci, Utrecht University
February 15, 2012

Ease of use. Concise, clear and acurate information. The students love this book. These are adult learners who can use the information in the text without getting bogged down. The threads of knowledge that connect through the book are picked up by the students in their writing.

Ms Kathleen Ahern
Psychology, Community College of Vermont - Upper Valley
November 8, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: What Educators Need to Know About the Law


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