"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
"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.