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Prater, Mary Anne; Dyches, Tina Taylor – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2008
The authors of this article have collectively read and researched the portrayal of disabilities in juvenile literature for nearly 25 years. The authors have therefore generated their list of the top 25 children's and young adults' books that portray characters with disabilities. This article briefly describes each of the books on the top 25 list…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Disabilities, Adolescent Literature
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Mulrine, Christopher F.; Prater, Mary Anne; Jenkins, Amelia – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2008
Teachers face many challenges in their daily effort to meet the needs of and ensure success for a diverse group of students, including students who are inattentive and have trouble staying focused and on task. All students, especially those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), need exercise; it assists them with concentration and…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Classroom Environment, Student Needs
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Dyches, Tina T.; Prater, Mary Anne; Jenson, Jennifer – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2006
The authors read all of the books that received Caldecott Medal and Honor status awarded between 1938 and 2005 and found that 11 included a character with a disability. For each book, they analyzed characterizations of those with disabilities and generated tips for using the book to teach about disabilities. They argue that accurate portrayals of…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Disabilities, Literature Appreciation
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Prater, Mary Anne; Johnstun, Marissa; Munk, Jo Ann – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2005
Books can be used to teach others about disabling conditions. We located 29 children and adolescent fiction books that portray a human character with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In this article we present an overview of these books and describe how teachers can use them to teach their students about ADHD. Additionally we…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Fiction, Childrens Literature, Books
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Prater, Mary Anne – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2003
Strategies to help students with disabilities succeed in inclusive classrooms are explained using several mnemonics. These include 14 steps to modify the learning environment by using a SHE WILL SUCCEED mnemonic and examining the classroom by using a CRIME mnemonic (Curriculum, Rules, Instruction, Materials, and Environment). (Contains…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools
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Prater, Mary Anne; Sileo, Nancy M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2001
This article discusses using fiction and nonfiction juvenile literature to teach about HIV/AIDS in concert with preventive curricula and to integrate books that happen to have characters with HIV/AIDS within other curricular areas as thematic units in the classroom. A list of relevant biographical and fictional books is included. (Contains…
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Books, Childrens Literature, Curriculum Development
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Prater, Mary Anne; Pancheri, Christina – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 1999
Presents basic information on Ritalin, a frequently prescribed stimulant medication for students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A quiz evaluates the reader's knowledge level and is followed by an explanation of the correct answers. Also considered are pros and cons of Ritalin use, teachers' and parents' responses to the quiz, and…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Behavior Change, Classroom Techniques, Drug Therapy