Systematic Instruction for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

Author: Belva C. Collins Ed.D.; Foreword Author: Mark Wolery Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 232 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598571936
Price: $49.95

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To ensure the best outcomes for students with moderate and severe disabilities, K–12 educators need to understand what constitutes good instructional practices and how to apply them in any classroom, with any curriculum. All the how-to guidance they need is in this accessible text on systematic instruction, a highly effective teaching approach rooted in applied behavior analysis.

Developed by a seasoned educator who has trained thousands of teachers, this one-of-a-kind textbook fully prepares teachers to use systematic instruction procedures to link core content with critical life skills. Future educators will discover evidence-based methods that help them

  • collect accurate screening and baseline data before instruction
  • effectively use specific systematic instruction procedures
  • make instruction more efficient by weaving nontargeted information into lessons
  • improve students' communication skills through naturalistic language strategies
  • expertly organize and deliver small-group systematic instruction
  • enhance instruction with assistive technology
  • plan successful instructional schedules for students across settings and teachers
  • maximize instruction time by involving peers, paraprofessionals, and service delivery personnel
  • help students maintain new skills and generalize them to other settings

An ideal textbook for a wide range of teacher preparation courses, this student-friendly book includes sample lesson plans, chapter objectives, reflection questions, and a glossary. And the practical materials—including 20 blank data collection sheets and quick step-by-step charts of instruction procedures—make this an invaluable resource for in-practice educators.

A comprehensive guide to the why and how of systematic instruction, this is the accessible text teachers need to succeed in inclusive classrooms and improve outcomes for students with moderate and severe disabilities.


Review by: Erik Carter, Vanderbilt University
"Powerful and practical strategies for connecting students with significant disabilities to high-quality instruction . . . comprehensive and accessible, yet firmly anchored to research-based practices."
Review by: Marti Snell, University of Virginia
"Will guide teachers through the complex steps of applying systematic instruction in classrooms, schools, and communities."
Review by: Harold Kleinert, Professor, Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Kentucky
"A tremendously needed and highly readable text on research-based strategies for teaching students with moderate and severe disabilities."
Review by: Kevin Ayres, The University of Georgia
"Exactly what a methods textbook should be . . . does an excellent job of covering systematic instructional procedures and provides clear and detailed examples of implementation. This is sure to become a foundational textbook in behavioral methods of instruction courses and will serve as a fantastic resource for teachers in the field."
Review by: Dr. Debra Leach, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Winthrop University
"Every teacher of students with disabilities should be well-versed in the use of the systematic instruction procedures shared in this book."

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword: Mark Wolery
  1. Using Effective Practices to Teach Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
  2. Developing Data Sheets and Collecting Baseline Data
  3. Using Graduated Guidance, Most-to-Least Prompting, and System of Least Prompts Procedures
  4. Using Time Delay and Simultaneous Prompting Procedures
  5. Increasing the Efficiency of Instruction through the Addition of Nontargeted Information and through Instruction in Small Group Formats
  6. Using Naturalistic Language Strategies
  7. Facilitating Maintenance and Generalization
  8. Teaching Functional Core Content
  9. Working with Peers, Paraprofessionals, and Staff
  10. Setting Up Instructional Schedules and Classroom Environments
  11. Teaching with Technology
Appendix A. Procedural Flowcharts
Appendix B. Blank Data Collection Sheets
Appendix C. Resources from the Professional Literature
Appendix D. Glossary

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