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Teaching Students With Mental Retardation

Teaching Students With Mental Retardation
A Practical Guide for Every Teacher

March 2006 | 136 pages | Corwin

Learn what effective teachers do to support students with mental retardation in and out of the inclusive classroom!
Students with mental retardation often struggle tremendously to complete the same tasks that many of their peers do without any difficulty-but with special assistance their struggles to learn can be highly successful. In Teaching Students With Mental Retardation, special and general educators will find highly effective strategies for enhancing the academic and social skills of students with mental retardation in their classrooms.

Offering a pretest, posttest, and key vocabulary terms, this exceptional resource also discusses:

  • Common causes of mental retardation such as genetic conditions, problems during pregnancy and birth, and health problems
  • Diagnosing mental retardation
  • Cognitive, academic, physical, behavioral, and communication characteristics of mental retardation
  • Methods for improving the functional academic, social, self-care, and work skills of students with mental retardation
  • Instructional approaches for students with severe disabilities
  • Influential trends and issues such as prevention of mental retardation and transitioning from school to work

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 Mental Retardation
1.What is Mental Retardation?


2.What Causes Mental Retardation?
Genetic Conditions

Problems During Pregnancy & Birth

Health Problems

3.How is Mental Retardation Diagnosed?
Significance of Adaptive Behavior in Diagnosis

4.What Characteristics Are Associated With Mental Retardation?





5.How Should Teachers Teach Students With Mental Retardation?
Improving Functional Academic Skills

Improving School Adaptive Behavior

Improving Work Skills

Improving Leisure Skills

6.What Should Every Teacher Know About Teaching Students With Severe Disabilities?


Curriculum Considerations

Instructional Approaches

7.What Trends and Issues Influence How We Teach Students With Mental Retardation?
Prevention of Mental Retardation

Transitioning From School to Work

8.Mental Retardation in Perspective
Recent Advances

The Importance of Environments


9. What Have We Learned?
Key Points

Key Vocabulary

Self-Assessment II

Answer Key for Self-Assessments

On Your Own


Journals & Articles


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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