Parents' Complete Special Education Guide: Tips, Techniques and Materials for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and Life

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This practical guide gives you all the important and pertinent information necessary to survive, and interpret, the myriad rules and regulations surrounding the educational, social, vocational, and environmental needs of your disabled child. Step-by-step, it explains each phase of the child's educational development, from early childhood interventional and procedures for school-aged disabled youngsters, through how to work with the special education process, placement, individual education plans, and practical ...
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Overview

This practical guide gives you all the important and pertinent information necessary to survive, and interpret, the myriad rules and regulations surrounding the educational, social, vocational, and environmental needs of your disabled child. Step-by-step, it explains each phase of the child's educational development, from early childhood interventional and procedures for school-aged disabled youngsters, through how to work with the special education process, placement, individual education plans, and practical education law. Included are many specific suggestions and tools, such as forms, letters and checklists, to familiarize you with paperwork you may encounter or initiate. And five appendices are packed with useful information including a glossary of special education terms, forms used by the Committee on Special Education, organizations for special children, various types of special education tests, book publishers and more. In short, Parents' Complete Special Education Guide gives you a comprehensive hands-on resource filled with practical information, tools, and advice to help you ensure that your child receives the best and most appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.
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VOYA - Sandra Stewart-Cole
A very broad subject is tackled in The Parents' Complete Special Education Guide. This large format paperback contains much useful information for parents of a child with special education needs. Highlights include a very clearly written and well-laid out child development guide for ages zero to five years. Besides the usual child growth mode, a list of suggested activities for parents is included. The screening process is discussed at length from when and which children should be screened, to reviewing the evaluations of the screening itself. Medications for different disorders are described, along with potential side effects and a table of medications with brand and generic names. The transition from special education to adult living is covered quite well, and includes a student transition action plan with a timeline that begins with junior high and runs through adulthood. Because the subject matter is so broad, some areas of special education are glossed over. Most of the eight pages devoted to gifted education are lists of Nearly one-fourth of the book is comprised of very useful appendices. Glossaries of medical, educational, and physical therapy terminology are included, so that a parent could look up what an educator means by dysorthographia (the learning disability that affects a child's ability to spell). Another appendix lists developmental stages and the approximate age at which a normal child achieves that ability. IQ tests, gifted characteristics and suggested school activities for the gifted. An entire chapter devoted to "Practical Parenting Tips" glosses over the basics, with some emphasis on the specific problems parents of special education students may face. Because of the amount of helpful information included, I would highly recommend this book to parents of children with special needs and any library with a parenting collection. Glossary. Index. Biblio. Further Reading. Appendix.
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The authors of this practical guide each have over 25 years of experience in the field of special education, Pierangelo as a classroom teacher, psychologist, and administrator, Jacoby as a special education teacher and school principal. They open with a discussion of child development, screening procedures for suspected disabilities, and early (preschool) intervention. In subsequent chapters, they describe individual education plans, related counseling and therapy services, and 12 major types of disability. To conclude, the authors deal with common medication information, practical parenting suggestions, and the transition of special students to adult life. The five appendixes contain a wealth of information, including a glossary of special education terms, forms used by the Committee on Special Education, organizations and publications for special children, and various types of special education tests. Their guide gives parents all the pertinent information they need to navigate the many rules and regulations involved in the special education process. Highly recommended for public libraries.Barbara S. Meagher, Central Connecticut State Univ., New Britain
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876286142
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 5/15/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

About This Book
Ch. 1 An Introduction to Special Education 1
Ch. 2 Child Development Information 7
Ch. 3 Screening Procedures for Suspected Disabilities 21
Ch. 4 How Can You Observe Your Child for Suspected Disabilities 33
Ch. 5 Preschool Special Education 43
Ch. 6 The Special-Education Process 49
Ch. 7 Individual Educational Plans 99
Ch. 8 Related Services 111
Ch. 9 Specific Disabilities 123
Ch. 10 Common Medication Information 193
Ch. 11 Practical Parenting Suggestions 207
Ch. 12 The Transition of Special-Education Students to Adult Life 227
Ch. 13 Appendices 247
Index 321
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