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Including Children with Special Needs: A Handbook for Educators and Parents (Handbooks for Educators and Parents Series)

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Overview

Designed to meet the needs of parents and general educators, this work is based on the many questions heard from teachers, families, and school administrators who are working with special needs children in regular classrooms. A general section reviews the situation overall, including an explanation of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which serves as the blueprint for educating the special needs student. A second section is specifically for teachers, which includes information on instruction for linguistically and culturally diverse students. In addition, there are specific Tips for Teachers that provide practical advice. A third section is for parents and includes ways for families to advocate for their child. Tips for Parents provides practical information for working with children, teachers, and schools. This handbook gives a school or family the basics and more for successfully integrating a special needs child into all facets of school life.

In 1997 the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) was passed, which ensured that all children with special needs have a right to education in the least restrictive environment. Designed to meet the needs of parents and general educators, this work is based on the many questions heard by teachers, families and school administrators who are working with special needs children in regular classrooms. A general section reviews the situation overall including an explanation of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which is the blueprint for educating special needs students. A second section is specifically for teachers, which includes information and instruction for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Additionally. there are Tips for Teachers that provide practical advice. A third section for parents includes ways for families to advocate for their child. Tips for Parents includes practical ways to work with children, teachers, and schools. This handbook gives families and schools the basics and more for successfully integrating the special needs child into all facets of school life.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This book is designed to meet the needs of parents and general educators in their newly defined roleā€¦.The authors of the 13 chapters of this book take a comprehensive view of inclusion that encompasses all students with diverse learning needs."

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The Education Digest

"Passed in 1997, the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) ensures that all students with special needs have a right to education in the least restrictive environment. In this volume, 13 contributions from educators address some of the issues involved when integrating the special needs child into all facets of school life."

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Reference & Research Book News

"Ranging from discussions of teaching in inclusive classrooms to self- and parent advocacy, the essays in this volume provide an overivew of special education in the contemporary school. Separate sections devoted to teachers and parents address their experiences and questions, and offer suggestions on how to make their schools and homes more supportive and inclusive. Lists of further print and media resources are provided. Solid research combined with practical advice."

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School Library Journal Curriculum Connections

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313333774
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Handbooks for Educators and Parents
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

DIANE SCHWARTZ is Director of Special Education and Early Childhood masters degree programs, Department of Counseling, Research, Special Education and Rehabilitation, Hofstra University. She is a founder of the New Interdisciplinary School, and worked for the New York City Board of Education and United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Inclusion 3
2 The special education process : services and accommodations 25
3 Evaluating students for eligibility 50
4 Individualized educational plan (IEP) 83
5 Instructional techniques to facilitate inclusive education 115
6 Including students who are linguistically and culturally diverse 132
7 Including students with emotional/behavioral problems 163
8 Related services 176
9 The changing roles of teachers and teaching in inclusive settings 202
10 Parent participation in inclusive schooling 241
11 Promoting competency, independence, and self-advocacy 257
12 Technology and assistive technology 282
13 Effective inclusive schools 304
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