The Complete Guide to Special Education is filled with valuable tools, checklists, sample forms, and sound advice. In addition, this new edition includes information on Response to Intervention (RTI), which offers a new approach to identifying learning disabilities in the classroom; expanded coverage of autism spectrum disorders and bipolar disorder; and a fully revamped Resources section.
Praise for the First Edition
"This book tackles [special education] issues in a readable way without oversimplification...I certainly recommend this book to parents, and even to attorneys and advocates, to assist in the process of effective advocacy."
—Special Education Law Blog
"Families, teachers, counselors [and] administrators will find valuable tools, checklists, sample forms, and advice in this comprehensive, practical, and priceless resource."
—Carolina Parent magazine
"This is one book that all parents should have in their personal library to better understand special education."
"As a writer and educational specialist who has learning disorders, I found this book indispensable."
About This Book ix
About the Authors x
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
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
Alan W. Brue, Ph.D., NCSP has worked for many years as a school psychologist in Georgia, providing a wide range of services to metro–Atlanta school districts. A nationally certified school psychologist and university trainer, Brue has extensive knowledge of assessment, special education laws, and school organization.