The Complete Guide to Special Education. Expert Advice on Evaluations, IEPs, and Helping Kids Succeed. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2215040
  • Book
  • 384 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This thoroughly revised and updated work explores the special education process—from testing and diagnosis to IEP meetings and advocating for children with special needs. Step by step, the authors reveal the stages of identification, assessment, and intervention. They explain the legal rights of children with special needs and show how to become an active, effective member of a child′s educational team, whether you are a parent or a teacher. School psychologists Linda Wilmshurst and Alan W. Brue provide significant insight into the special education process, drawing on their more than thirty–five years of working with parents and educators.

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."
Attention magazine

"As a writer and educational specialist who has learning disorders, I found this book indispensable."
ADDitude magazine

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About This Book ix

About the Authors x

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

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

References 267

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

Index 359

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Linda Wilmshurst, Ph.D., ABPP, an associate professor of psychology at Elon University in North Carolina, has more than twenty–five years of professional practitioner experience as a clinical and school psychologist working with children and families in a wide variety of settings.

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.

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