Provides up–to–date, user–friendly advice for writing goals and objectives consistent with current special education law
Addresses often neglected areas of functioning such as social cognition, critical thinking, and executive function, as well as least restrictive environment, assessment, and accommodations
Includes content–area specific sample goal and objective templates, teaching strategies, and useful resources
The authors guide readers through the process of creating thoughtful, intelligent IEPs that consistently deliver high–quality, need–based educational programming to exceptional students.
"Too often, IEPs contain meaningless goals that are useless to teachers and parents. In this book, the authors provide a framework for writing goals and short–term objectives that mesh with popular progress reporting schedules. This book should be required reading for every special educator and every parent of a child with special educational needs."
from the Foreword by Peter W. D. Wright, Esq., Wrightslaw
"I get asked all the time about how to write IEP goals for this population. I finally have the resource I need."
Peg Dawson, Ed.D., author, Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential
A previous version of this book, covering only autism spectrum disorders, was published as How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up?
PART ONE: ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE IEP.
1 Past Perspectives and Present Practices.
2 The Gold Standard for Setting Goals and Measuring Progress.
3 Setups for Successful Performance.
4 Methodology: No Longer a Sacred Cow.
5 Scaffolding Student Success.
6 The Case for Generalization.
7 Getting to the Heart of the Matter: How to Write Meaningful Goals and Objectives.
8 Measuring Student Performance: More than a Simple Numbers Game .
9 In the Shadow of No Child Left Behind.
PART TWO: MOVING FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE.
10 Tools for Assessment and Decision Making.
11 Comprehension: The Power That Fuels Expression.
12 The Many Different Faces of Expression.
13 All Things Social.
14 Executive Function: The Pinnacle of Cognitive Development.
15 Critical Thinking: An Essential Life Skill.
Appendix A: Tips for Teaching Skill Development and Generalization.
Appendix B: Helpful Teaching Resources.