Transition Portfolios for Students With Disabilities
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Transition Portfolios for Students With Disabilities

How to Help Students, Teachers, and Families Handle New Settings



© 2002 | 144 pages | Corwin

"This book on transition portfolios provides state-of-the-art information on transitioning needs of a wide range of students with disabilities, including those with the most complex needs. Filled with practical ideas and strategies, this book supports the efforts of teachers and families to help the student progress successfully through the educational experience."
June Downing, Professor
California State University, Northridge

Students with mild to severe disabilities have special needs, including specific ways of learning and communicating. Teachers learn these cues and use them to effectively teach their students, but the lessons are often lost when the student moves to a new setting. This user-friendly guide helps teachers create a transition portfolio that will accompany the student to new classrooms and schools, and convey special needs, accommodations, and other vital information to a new team of teachers.

Transition Portfolios for Students With Disabilities offers practical details on gathering critical information, including tips on what to include, sources, and timelines. It also shows you how to collect and include

  • Educational components, including learning style, physical influences, and environmental influences
  • Accommodations to instruction, environment, or materials
  • Medical information
  • Students' communication styles
  • Positive behavior support plans

The authors also include a section on how to collect personal information about students, as well as sample mapping sessions. They also provide easy-to-use charts and tables to help you develop a successful transition portfolio for your students with disabilities.

 

About the Authors
Introduction
1. Gathering Information to Create a Transition Portfolio
Contents of a Portfolio  
Sources of Information  
Timelines for Developing a Portfolio  
Summary  
2. Collecting Personal Information About the Student
Information-Gathering Techniques  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
3. Including Medical Information in a Portfolio
Components of a Medical Section  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
4. Educational Programming
Educational Components of a Portfolio  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
5. Adaptations and Supports
Assistive Technology  
Individualized Accomodations to Instruction, Environment, or Materials  
Specialized Accomodations for Visual and Hearing Impairments  
Assistance From Other People  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
6. Special Considerations for Students With Physical Impairments
Appropriate Positioning of Students With Physical Impairments  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
7. Communication
Documenting the Student's Receptive and Expressive Communication  
Communication Opportunities  
Communication Partners and Communication Topics  
Teaching Communication Skills  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
8. Behavior Support and Reinforcement Strategies
Effective Reinforcement Strategies  
Functional Behavior Assessment  
Underlying Assumptions  
Completing a Functional Behavior Assessment  
Developing a Positive Behavior Support Plan  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
9. Teaming, Problem Solving, and Keeping Notes
Elements of an Effective Collaborative Team  
Getting Organized and Making Decisions  
Collaborative Problem Solving  
Writing It All Down  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
Final Thoughts
Appendix A: Suzie's Case Study
Appendix B: Steve's Case Study
Appendix C: Patrick's Case Study
References
Index

"This book on transition portfolios provides state-of-the-art information on transitioning needs of a wide range of students with disabilities, including those with the most complex needs. Filled with practical ideas and strategies, this book supports the efforts of teachers and families to help the student progress successfully through the educational experience." 

June Downing, Professor
California State University, Northridge
Key features
  • The authors have written the first book on transition portfolios although much has been written and researched over the last 2-3 years.
  • The book will provide sample portfolios across grades and abilities.
  • It will make a nice addition to a growing special education list, and one that has the potential to reach the largest demographic within that market.

 


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