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The General Educator's Guide to Special Education

Third Edition
Edited by:


March 2009 | 256 pages | Corwin

"This is a great resource for general and special education teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals looking for answers when working with students with special needs. What a wonderful guide for supporting our day-to-day work."
—Heidi Rinke, Special Education Teacher
Wheaton Area Schools, MN

The essential guide for teaching effectively in the inclusive classroom!

Through IDEA 2004, students who are eligible to receive services to meet their special needs are guaranteed certain rights and benefits in the general education classroom. The third edition of this user-friendly handbook offers easy-to-implement strategies, recommendations, and answers to questions that help general education classroom teachers provide the best support for all students.

In addition to an all-new section that outlines the basics of the Response to Intervention (RTI) model, this resource presents research-based intervention ideas to sustain student progress and describes:

  • Instructional approaches for the 13 recognized disability categories under which students may be eligible to receive special education services
  • An easy to follow, step-by-step explanation of the special education process
  • Ready-to-use classroom accommodation and modification options to ensure appropriate student access to the general education curriculum
  • The transition process for students with special needs

Accessible, up-to-date, and comprehensive, The General Educator's Guide to Special Education provides much-needed guidance to new and veteran teachers as they meet the diverse needs of their students.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
I. Federal Special Education Disability Categories
Autism  
Deaf-Blindness  
Deafness  
Emotional Disturbance  
Hearing Impairment  
Mental Retardation  
Multiple Disabilities  
Orthopedic Impairment  
Other Health Impairment  
Specific Learning Disability  
Speech or Language Impairment  
Traumatic Brain Injury  
Visual Impairment  
 
II. The Special Education Process
Special Education Flow Chart  
Explanation of the Special Education Process  
Traditional Formal Assessments  
Explanation of Test Scores  
Non-Traditional and Progress Monitoring Assessment  
Section 504  
Special Education Acronyms and Abbreviations  
 
III. Access to the General Education Curriculum: Accommodations, Modification, Strategies, and Assistive Technology
Accommodations  
Modifications  
Assistive Technology  
 
IV. Meeting the Needs of All students: Response to Intervention
The "Very Basic" Steps of RTI  
Three-Tier System  
Intervention Strategies  
Language Arts Strategies  
Whole Class Strategies  
Reading Comprehension  
Written Expression Strategies  
Written Mechanics Strategies  
Whole Group Response  
Keeping Students on Track  
Behavior Interventions  
Behavior Management Strategies  
 
V. Transitions for Students With Disabilities
Educational Transitions  
What Is a Transition Portfolio  
Secondary Transition Needs From High School to Adulthood  
 
Medication Resources
 
References
 
Index

"This is a great resource for general and special education teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals looking for answers when working with students with special needs. What a wonderful guide for supporting our day-to-day work."

Heidi Rinke, Special Education Teacher
Wheaton Area Schools, MN

"This book is an extremely valuable resource containing practical and realistic information that can be applied continuously to the challenges in the classroom. It is a refreshing perspective that sheds new light on meeting special needs."

Colleen Deal, Third-Grade Teacher
J.E. Pearson Elementary School, Wheaton, MN

"What a great resource! This is a quick and handy tool of communication between special education and the general education arena."

Kim Erdahl, K-6 Teacher
Cyrus Math, Science, & Technology School, MN

"A well-organized and user-friendly text offering essential information and instructional strategies to educators working with children with special needs.”

Susan B. Neuman, Professor, and Christine Meyer, Doctoral Student
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

I wanted a book that could be used for reference after the course was over. I wanted less philosophy and more practical info and this text did just that.

Professor D Morris
International Education, Framingham State College
December 5, 2011
Key features

This user friendly resource:

· Defines and provides educational approaches for the 13 IDEA recognized special education categories under which students may be deemed eligible to receive special education services.

· Provides a general-educator friendly, easy to follow, step by step explanation of the Special Education Process

· Offers classroom accommodation and modification ideas, ready for immediate use, to ensure children are receiving appropriate access to the general education curriculum.

· Outlines the basics of the Responsive to Intervention (RtI) model and descriptively presents research-based intervention ideas that can be instantly implemented to support student progress.

· Encourages the need for and implementation of a smooth and appropriate transition for students with special needs.

The General Educator's Guide to Special Education has been revised and changes have been made to remain current with the ever-changing field of education. The "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" coupled with "The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" (IDEA) have placed a resounding responsibility on teachers to meet the educational needs of all students while keeping informed of the laws, requirements and best practices in education. The purpose of the third edition is to provide a user-friendly handbook for those who are responsible for and required to ensure that every child is making appropriate growth and progress within the school setting. The information in this new edition is neither complex nor complicated. It is simply arranged in a way that provides easy to implement strategies, suggestions, and answers to questions that will help general education classroom teachers provide the best possible support to all students.

Educational research is continually being conducted to support and provide educators with current, up-to-date, best practice teaching tools and methods to assist educators in successfully exceeding the challenging task of meeting the needs of all students. This newly revised resource not only provides complete descriptions and resources for the 13federally recognized Special Education disability categories, but also provides a very detailed description of the Special Education eligibility process. It also includes complete descriptions of research-based intervention strategies to support ensure access to the general education curriculum as well as provides key points and guidance for successfully implementing an effective Response to Intervention (RTI) model. This book is to be used a resource for teachers who are looking to make their classroom as effective and efficient as possible for all students.

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