Complete Guide to Special Education Expert Advice on Evaluations, IEPs, and Helping Kids Succeed

ISBN-10: 047061515X
ISBN-13: 9780470615157
Edition: 2nd 2010 (Guide (Instructor's))
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Description: In this book school psychologists Linda Wilmshurst and Alan Brue demystify the special education process-from testing and diagnosis to IEP meetings and advocating for special needs children. Walking readers step by step through the stages of  More...

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List price: $16.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 9/24/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.30" long x 1.05" tall
Weight: 1.584

In this book school psychologists Linda Wilmshurst and Alan Brue demystify the special education process-from testing and diagnosis to IEP meetings and advocating for special needs children. Walking readers step by step through the stages of identification, assessment, and intervention, the authors help readers to better understand special needs children's legal rights and how to become an active, effective member of a child's educational team.Compared with most books on the market, which are primarily written from attorneys' or parents' perspectives, this book fills an important niche by offering readers a unique psychological perspective. Grounded in more than 25 years of working with parents and educators, Wilmshurst and Brue provide significant insight into what they have learned about the special education process based on their capacity as translator and mediator of parent and teacher concerns. Knowing the shortcuts to take and the pitfalls to avoid, the authors serve as powerful allies to parents and teachers seeking the best education available for special needs children. The new edition covers Response-to-Intervention, a new process of identifying learning disabilities in the classroom; expanded coverage of autism/Asperger's and bipolar disorder; and a refreshed 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 other attorneys and advocates, to assist in the process of effective advocacy." -Special Education Law Blog"Families, teachers, counselors...administrators will find valuable tools, checklists, sample forms and advice in this comprehensive, practical and priceless resource." -Carolina Parent, Durham N.C."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

"Linda Wilmshurst (Eustis, FL) is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology) and is currently a Licensed School Psychologist in Florida . She has more than 30 years of clinical and school psychology experience and has taught in clinical and school psychology programs in universities, internationally.Alan Brue (Bethesda, MD) is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Director of Professional Standards for the National Association of School Psychologists, and has also worked as a school psychologist and university trainer."

About this Book
About the Authors
Introduction: Collaboration vs. Confrontation: Speaking the Same Language
Understanding Disabilities
Different Disabilities, Common Goals
What are the different disabilities and how are they defined?
Specifics about specific disabilities
Specific Learning Disabilities and Response-to-Intervention (RTI)
Psychological Assessments
Assessments of Intelligence, Achievement, Learning, Emotion, Behavior and Executive Functions
Evaluating children's difficulties: What, Why and How?
Introduction to Assessment: What's it all about?
What is Intelligence, and how is it assessed?
Assessment of Learning (Processing Problems) and Achievement
Assessment of Emotional Difficulties and Behavioral Problems
Executive Functions
Summary: The Psychological Report
A Sample Assessment and Psychological Report
Guidelines For Successful Interventions
Interventions and Supports to Address Executive Function Problems
Interventions to Boost Self Esteem, Social Competence & Social Skills
Interventions to Improve Student Behavior and Discipline
Guidelines for Boosting Homework, Studying, and Organizational Skills
Planning For Success And Monitoring Change
The IEP and Beyond: Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Collaboration
Transitions: Moving, Changing Schools, or Transitioning from Elementary to Secondary School
Special Education-Related Laws And Regulations
An Overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)
504 Plans: An Alternative to Special Education Placement
A Comparison of IDEA 2004 and Section 504, and a Brief Look at No Child Left Behind
Appendices
Educational Acronyms and What They Mean
Checklists for Child Problems
Sample 504 Plan
House Rules, Classroom Rules, and Positive Behavior Chart
Procedural Safeguards
Sample RTI forms
State Departments of Special Education
Helpful Websites for Parents and Teachers
Index

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