The Complete Guide to Special Education: Expert Advice on Evaluations, IEPs, and Helping Kids Succeed

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Provides an insider's view of the special education process for parents and teachers

This book explores the special education process-from testing and diagnosis to IEP meetings and advocating for special needs children. Step by step the authors reveal the stages of identification, assessment, and intervention, and help readers to better understand special needs children's legal rights and how to become an active, effective member of a child's educational team. Grounded in more ...

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Overview

Provides an insider's view of the special education process for parents and teachers

This book explores the special education process-from testing and diagnosis to IEP meetings and advocating for special needs children. Step by step the authors reveal the stages of identification, assessment, and intervention, and help readers to better understand special needs children's legal rights and how to become an active, effective member of a child's educational team. Grounded in more than twenty-five years of working with parents and educators, the authors provide significant insight into what they have learned about the special education. This book fills the gap in the literature for the millions of children receiving special education services and the parents who are clamoring for information on this topic.

  • Includes valuable tools, checklists, sample forms, and advice for working with special education students
  • Demystifies the special education process, from testing and diagnosis to IEP meetings and advocating for children



New editions covers Response-to-Intervention (RTI), a new approach to diagnosing learning disabilities in the classroom; expanded coverage of autism spectrum disorders and bipolar disorder; and a revamped Resources section.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470615157
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 209,742
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

About This Book

About the Authors

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

Part One: Understanding Disabilities

1 Different Disabilities, Common Goals 7

2 What Are The Different Disabilities, And How Are They Classified? 15

3 Specifics About Specific Disabilities 27

4 Specific Learning Disabilities And A Response To Intervention Approach 51

Part Two: Psychological Assessments

5 Evaluating Children's Difficulties: What, Why, And How? 63

6 Introduction To Assessment: What's It All About? 73

7 The Assessment Of Intelligence 89

8 Evaluation Of Academic And Processing Problems 111

9 Assessment Of Emotional Difficulties And Behavioral Problems 123

10 Executive Functions: What They Are, Why They're Important, And How They're Assessed 133

11 A Sample Assessment And Psychological Report 143

Part Three: Guidelines For Successful Interventions

12 Interventions And Supports To Address Executive Function Problems 153

13 Interventions To Boost Self-Esteem, Social Competence, And Social Skills 167

14 Interventions To Improve Behavior And Discipline 177

15 Guidelines For Boosting Homework, Studying, And Organizational Skills 193

Part Four: Planning For Success And Monitoring Change

16 The Iep And Beyond: Tips For Successful Parent-Teacher Collaboration 205

17 Transitions: Moving, Changing Schools, Or Transitioning From Elementary To Secondary School 219

Part Five: Laws And Regulations Related To Special Education

18 An Overview Of The Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act Of 2004 229

19 504 Plans: An Alternative To Special Education Placement 245

20 A Comparison Of Idea 2004 And Section 504, And A Brief Look At No Child Left Behind 259

References 267

Appendix A: Educational Acronyms And What They Mean 271

Appendix B: Checklists For Child Problems 287

Appendix C: Sample 504 Plan 303

Appendix D: House Rules, Classroom Rules, And Positive Behavior Chart 313

Appendix E: Procedural Safeguards 317

Appendix F: Sample Response-To-Intervention (RTI) Materials 327

Appendix G: State Departments Of Special Education 337

Appendix H: Helpful Web Sites For Parents And Teachers 347

Index 359

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    Very good if you have a special needs child

    We owned the first edition of this book. The second edition is even better! It is updated and includes many new chapters. I can't recommend this book enough. If you have a child with special needs (like we do) or teach children with special needs (like my aunt did), I know you will find this book helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2010

    Very detailed

    I bought the first edition earlier this year without knowing that a new one was coming out. I liked the first book but this one is much more comprehensive. I think it will be really helpful when I deal with my son's school. I haven't finished reading it but I'd definitely recommend it!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2011

    Excellent

    Excellent book! I have used it for a graduate class and this book is really helpful. Get it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    It's just what we needed. Wish we had purchased it sooner, befor

    It's just what we needed. Wish we had purchased it sooner, before we had all of our school meetings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Fabulous book, Highly recommend it to anyone with a special need

    Fabulous book, Highly recommend it to anyone with a special needs child

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