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Sayeski, Kristin L.; Earle, Gentry A.; Davis, Rosalie; Calamari, Josie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
For many, the terms dyslexia and Orton Gillingham (OG) go hand in hand, yet much is misunderstood about both terms. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin and results in difficulty with accurate or fluent word recognition, reading, and spelling. OG is an approach to teaching individuals with dyslexia to read…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Special Education, Literacy Education, Reading Instruction
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Lindstrom, Jennifer H. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
There is often confusion about the terms used to label or describe a reading problem. Clinicians and researchers use different terminology than the schools. For example, medical professionals, psychologists, and other practitioners outside of the school often use the term "dyslexia," "reading disorder," and "specific…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Reading Difficulties, Compliance (Legal), Eligibility
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Fowler, Susan A.; Coleman, Mary Ruth B.; Bogdan, William K. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
The "State of the Special Education Profession" survey was commissioned by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Pioneers Division and supported by CEC. It provides a current snapshot of the state of the special education profession and serves as a foundation for CEC leadership and program development. The goal of the survey is to…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teaching (Occupation), Individualized Education Programs
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Blackwell, William H.; Stockall, Nancy – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
It is the responsibility of special educators to understand and interpret the results of high-stakes assessments for educational purposes and for communication to parents. To help teachers understand and accurately communicate high-stakes testing results, the authors describe a set of research-based strategies in the "RISC" process:…
Descriptors: Test Interpretation, High Stakes Tests, Test Results, Special Education
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Sam, Ann M.; Kucharczyk, Suzanne; Waters, Victoria – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Educators continually encounter new challenges that require different tools or ways to utilize current tools in novel ways. Common challenges when working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may include addressing interfering behavior, developing communication systems, increasing social opportunities for students, and addressing…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Losinski, Mickey; Ennis, Robin Parks – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Childhood cancers are the second leading cause of death among children. Common childhood cancers include leukemia (34%), brain tumors (23%), and lymphomas (12%; Kaatsch, 2010). Fortunately, survival rates related to these diseases have been increasing (Phillips et al., 2015). There are approximately 388,500 survivors of childhood cancers, with…
Descriptors: Cancer, Children, Special Needs Students, Special Education
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Monahan, Jessica; Lombardi, Allison; Madaus, Joseph – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
College and Career Readiness (CCR) is broadly defined as the ability of an individual to be successful in postsecondary education and employment. Although the definition of CCR continues to develop within policy and research, scholars suggest that both academic and nonacademic skills are crucial components. Recently a CCR framework for students…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Disabilities, Postsecondary Education
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Hsiao, Yun-Ju; Higgins, Kyle; Diamond, Lindsay – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
The emphasis on parents in addressing the needs of children with disabilities is of great importance as education enters the second decade of the 21st century. This involves a movement from parents being passive recipients of decisions being made about their child by those outside of the family (e.g., teachers, service providers) to being…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Empowerment, Disabilities, Student Needs
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Trump, Cary E.; Pennington, Robert C.; Travers, Jason C.; Ringdahl, Joel E.; Whiteside, Erinn E.; Ayres, Kevin M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Applied behavior analysis (ABA), or the application of behavioral principles to important social issues, has long served a crucial role in programming for special education students. Its procedures have been well established in the research literature and many deemed as evidence-based practices for students with and without disabilities.…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Special Education, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Collins, Belva C.; Lo, Ya-yu; Park, Gwitaek; Haughney, Kathryn – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Response-prompting procedures are a form of systematic direct instruction based on the principles of ABA. Researchers have identified six specific and distinct response-prompting procedures for teaching both academic and functional skills: (1) graduated guidance; (2) most-to-least prompting; (3) system of least prompts; (4) progressive time delay;…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Prompting, Direct Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Capin, Philip; Vaughn, Sharon – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Significant numbers of adolescents and young adults do not adequately understand complex texts, impeding their school success, access to postsecondary learning, and opportunities within an increasingly competitive work environment. National data (National Assessment of Educational Progress [NAEP], 2015) have shown improvements among fourth- and…
Descriptors: Reading Improvement, Social Studies, Reading Difficulties, Reading Comprehension
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Allsopp, David; Lovin, LouAnn H.; van Ingen, Sarah – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Special educators can play an essential role in the development of students' understanding of and capacity to do mathematics. Whether a special education teacher's goal is to help kindergartners develop counting skills or to support 10th graders in constructing geometric proofs and whether instruction will occur in co teaching, consulting, or…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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Harris, Karen R.; Graham, Steve; Aitken, A. Angelique; Barkel, Ashley; Houston, Julia; Ray, Amber – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Students with disabilities often find writing extremely challenging (Harris & Graham, 2016). Special educators can, however, promote tremendous gains in students' ability to write by understanding common challenges students face and mastering specific teaching techniques. Students' writing success depends on reducing how much attention and…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Spelling
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Burke, Meghan M.; Decker, Janet R. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
This article clarifies what extended school year (ESY) is and who is eligible for it. It also describes, how it looks different for individual students, where and when it can be provided, and how to determine whether students are eligible. To illustrate common challenges in determining ESY, vignettes are provided based on four students' cases.…
Descriptors: Extended School Year, Eligibility, Vignettes, Special Education Teachers
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Rossetti, Zachary; Sauer, Janet Story; Bui, Oanh; Ou, Susan – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Although there has been a consistent vision for multicultural education and family collaboration in teacher preparation programs for decades, collaborative partnerships between culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) families and their children's educators remain elusive (Harry, 2008; Trent, Kea, & Oh, 2008). Family engagement in special…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Partnerships in Education, Special Education, Family Involvement
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