Reaching Students with Diverse Disabilities: Cross Categorical Ideas and Activities

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Currently, special educators are being asked to address varied needs of children with disabilities placed together in cross categorical settings. This handy guide provides educators with a clear understanding of IDEA definitions for learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, mental retardation, and autism. From there, readers will learn the key strategies that work best for each grouping of students and how to enhance the curriculum or created lessons for cross categorical groups. This unique book offers teachers a means to be an effective special educator across the spectrum of their duties.

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Editorial Reviews

Sarup Mathur
The authors have presented a wide spectrum of examples showing how to integrate instruction with diverse student needs with an easy access to instructional activities for use in lesson and activity planning. I found this book extremely engaging, relevant, and stimulating toward creating new options to teach educationally diverse students in single settings. Based upon "real life" school situations, this book provides fresh ideas applicable to practice while drawing readers' attention to emerging needs of students with special needs.
Martha Vaché
Working with students with multiple disabilities in the same classroom can be both challenging and rewarding. Even though students have varying disabilities, they have many common needs. [This book] provides a wealth of strategies and activities that can be used for varied special needs students. The use of codes letters for each type of disability plus numbered activity codes provides a concise way of relating instructional strategies to disability types.
Mary Beth Schafer
Providing educational services to meet the diverse needs of a group of students within a single disability can be extremely challenging. When a special education teacher provides services through a cross-categorical model—students with many different disabilities—the needs can seem overwhelming. However, in their newest book, noted educators and authors Mary McGrath and Beverly Johns share ideas, activities and strategies for service delivery under this model.

From assessment, reading, and math, to behavior management and professional communications, this book has new and creative options for professionals serving students through a cross-categorical model. Furthermore, these tools are not just for special education teachers. General education staff and paraprofessionals will also find them practical and easily implemented in a variety of programs to support positive behaviors and academic achievement while meeting new educational performance outcomes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578868117
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Z. McGrath taught for 31 years with the Bloomington, Minnesota Public Schools primarily in the area of special education. She writes and presents workshops to educators, parents, and the general public. Beverley H. Johns is the author of seven published books, an active in a number of state and national organizations, and was the 2000 recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award of the International Council for Exceptional Children.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Strategically Blending the Basics Chapter 2 Language Activities to Bridge the Categorical Gap Chapter 3 Inclusive Math: Activities for Adding Everybody Chapter 4 Bringing Students Together on Basic Information Chapter 5 Affecting the Affect: Socially, Emotionally, Behaviorally Chapter 6 Being a Specialist at School and in the Community Chapter 7 Coping with the Paperwork and Time Crunch Chapter 8 Going with the Flow: From IEP to Implementation

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