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Teaching Students With Mental Retardation
A Practical Guide for Every Teacher



March 2006 | 136 pages | Corwin
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 mainstream teachers will find highly effective strategies for enhancing the academic and social skills of students with mental retardation in their classrooms.

Offering a pre-test, post-test, and key vocabulary terms, this exceptional resource also discusses:

o Common causes of mental retardation such as genetic conditions, problems during pregnancy and birth, and health problems

o Diagnosing mental retardation

o Cognitive, academic, physical, behavioural, and communication characteristics of mental retardation

o Methods for improving the functional academic, social, self-care, and work skills of students with mental retardation

o Instructional approaches for students with severe disabilities

o Influential trends and issues such as prevention of mental retardation and transitioning from school to work

 
About A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
Self-Assessment I
 
Introduction to Teaching Students With Mental Retardation
 
1.What is Mental Retardation?
Definition

 
Prevalence

 
 
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?
Cognitive

 
Academic

 
Physical

 
Behavioral

 
Communication

 
 
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?
Definition

 
Prevalence

 
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

 
Inclusion

 
 
9. What Have We Learned?
Key Points

 
Key Vocabulary

 
Self-Assessment II

 
Answer Key for Self-Assessments

 
On Your Own

 
 
Resources
Books

 
Journals & Articles

 
Organizations

 
 
References
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

About the Series

Introduction

Chapter 1


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