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Teaching Students With Communication Disorders

Teaching Students With Communication Disorders
A Practical Guide for Every Teacher

March 2006 | 104 pages | Corwin

Strengthen the spoken and written expression of students with speech and language disorders!

Communication disorders affecting speech and language rank as the second most common reason students receive special education. How can special and general education teachers help these students achieve successful outcomes academically and in their interpersonal relationships? What instructional approaches provide the most beneficial learning experiences, and help build confidence and self-esteem?

Teaching Students With Communication Disorders offers tools to help educators identify communication disorders, distinguish speech from language impairments, reduce common communication problems, and eliminate negative stereotypes. Providing a pretest, posttest, key vocabulary terms, and additional resources to help teachers and speech therapists increase their understanding about communication disorders and effective intervention strategies, this valuable resource highlights:

  • Criteria for identifying speech and language disorders
  • Cognitive, academic, physical, behavioral, and communication characteristics of common communication disorders
  • Appropriate teaching and class management strategies
  • Trends and issues influencing instructional approaches and the delivery of speech and language services

A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher: The 13-Book Collection 
This collection equips educators with practical knowledge and methods that will help them to better engage students in exploring-and meeting-their fullest potential.

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About A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher
About the Authors
Self-Assessment I
Introduction to Teaching Students With Communication Disorders
1. What Are Communication Disorders?
Speech Disorders

Language Disorders

Criteria for Identification

2. What Characteristics Are Associated With Communication Disorders?





3. How Do Teachers Teach Students With Communication Disorders?
Reducing Speech Problems

Reducing Language Problems

Reducing Interpersonal Problems

4. What Trends and Issues Influence how We Teach Students With Communication Disorders?
5. Communication Disorders in Perspective

Team Approach to Providing Services

Pulling Students Out of the Classroom

Combating Negative Stereotypes

Tips to Improve Communication

6. What Have We Learned?
Key Points

Key Vocabulary

Self-Assessment II

Answer Key for Self-Assessments

On Your Own


Journals & Articles



This is a simple introduction to language disorders with a basic introduction to how this can impact students' learning in the classroom. Many other books on the market are written for the Speech Language Clinician, rather than the classroom teacher, so much more time is devoted to clinical and therapeutic interventions in other texts.

Professor Laura Kieran
Curriculum Instruction Dept, Western Illinois University
December 14, 2012
Key features
  • Practical, accessible, research-based information and advice distilled from a highly-successful textbook
  • Numerous case studies
  • Practical, age-appropriate strategies for the classroom
  • Reflection/professional development exercises
  • Resources – books, articles, organizations
  • Linked to IDEA 2004

Sample Materials & Chapters

About the Series


Chapter 1

For instructors

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