Including Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities in Typical Classrooms: Practical Strategies for Teachers, Third Edition

Author: June E. Downing Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 352 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557669087
Price: $46.95

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The bestselling resource from the most trusted name in special education gets a top-to-bottom update in this new third edition. Revised to reflect the realities of today's K-12 classrooms, this book gives teachers all the latest research-based, practical strategies for fully including students with sensory impairments and cognitive and physical disabilities. June Downing and a select group of expert contributors build on the popular previous editions, arming pre- and in-service educators with new and expanded material on hot topics such as
  • ensuring access to core content areas—language arts, math, science, and social studies
  • teaching effectively in the "age of accountability"
  • measuring student progresstoward state and national standards
  • easing transitions, both between schooling levels and between school and adult life
  • writing measurable IEP goals and objectives
  • encouraging peer-to-peer learning and support
  • understanding the legislative changes connected to NCLB and the latest reauthorization of IDEA
A helpful Q&A chapter gives teachers straightforward advice on addressing their most common challenges, and the appendices point educators to more resources on inclusion, instruction, and augmentative and alternative communication. A trusted guide and a widely used textbook since its first edition was published in 1996, this readily accessible book will help teachers maintain high expectations for students with severe and multiple disabilities and create successful inclusive classrooms where every child learns.


Review: Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch
"From understanding teaching accountability processes to easing transitions for students and writing mesaurable IEP goals, this is a powerful assessment tool for college-level education libraries."
Review by: Martha Thurlow, National Center for Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
"A treashure chest of concrete examples and practical strategies for making inclusion come alive."
Review by: Stephanie MacFarland, Teacher Preparation for Learners with Severe and Multiple Disabilities, The University of Arizona, Tucson
"Rich with descriptive examples and illustrations of individualized adaptations . . . a must for preparing high qualified teachers."

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Foreword - Martha E. Snell
  1. Educating Students with Diverse Strengths and Needs Together: Rationale for Inclusion
    June E. Downing and Joanne Eichinger

  2. Instruction in the General Education Environment: The Age of Accountability
    Joanne Eichinger, June E. Downing, and Sandra J. Hicks

  3. First Steps: Determining Individual Abilities and How Best to Support Students
    June E. Downing and MaryAnn Demchak

  4. The Preschool Student
    MaryAnn Demchak and June E. Downing

  5. The Elementary School Student
    June E. Downing

  6. The Middle School or Junior High School Student
    June E. Downing

  7. The High School Studen
    June E. Downing

  8. The Important Role of Peers in Inclusive Education
    June E. Downing and Joanne Eichinger

  9. Working Cooperatively: The Role of Team Members
    June E. Downing

  10. Are They Making Progress? Assessing the Skills of Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities in General Education Classrooms
    June E. Downing

  11. Some Common Concerns and Responses
    June E. Downing
Appendix A: Systematic Teaching Resources
Appendix B: Resources on Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Appendix C: Augmentative and Alternative Communication System Hardware Manufacturers
Appendix D: Videotapes/DVDs on Inclusion


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