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Peterson, Kathryn; Ibañez, Vivian – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Food selectivity is the most commonly reported feeding problem in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD.) Schreck et al. (2004) surveyed 472 caregivers of children between 5 and 12 years of age. They found that 72% of those children diagnosed with ASD had feeding difficulties, significantly higher than same-age peers without ASD.…
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Guidelines, Food
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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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DiGennaro Reed, Florence D.; Blackman, Abigail L.; Erath, Tyler G.; Brand, Denys; Novak, Matthew D. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Failure to provide adequate teacher training related to a specific intervention or approach during consultation may be associated with a host of negative outcomes. Requiring teachers to implement an intervention with little to no training increases the probability that the intervention will not have the intended effect and subsequently will fail…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Behavior, Behavior Modification
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Wood, Charles L.; Kisinger, Kerry W.; Brosh, Chelsi R.; Fisher, Larry B.; Muharib, Reem – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Many teachers have difficulty supporting students with challenging behavior. Students who shout out, are frequently off task, have a tantrum, or don't follow directions can be disruptive and bring a teacher's lesson to a halt. Other students may struggle to communicate their needs. As a result, these students may engage in challenging behavior to…
Descriptors: Intervention, Behavior Problems, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Evidence Based Practice
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Bullock, Jennifer – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
What do special education practitioners want to learn and how do they want to learn it? These questions drove a recent Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey that revealed important insights that are already helping CEC tailor its programs to mirror the needs of practitioners across the field of…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Preferences, Special Education Teachers, Faculty Development
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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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Phillips, Lauren A.; Briggs, Adam M.; Fisher, Wayne W.; Greer, Brian D. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Elopement occurs when an individual runs away from or leaves a supervised area. Elopement is a dangerous behavior that requires diligence from school personnel in order to effectively reduce its occurrence. Using a step-by-step process to identify the reasons goal-directed elopement occurs and then implementing an intervention to effectively teach…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Intervention, Behavior Modification
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Apitz, Megan; Ruppar, Andrea; Roessler, Karli; Pickett, Kelly J. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Students with significant disabilities have intellectual disability and require individualized modifications, adaptations, and supports to access grade-level content (National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2013). This group of students presents a unique challenge for literacy instruction, particularly at the high school level. Teachers must…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Severe Disabilities, Literacy Education, Inclusion
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Collins, Lauren W.; Fulton, Lori – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Students with high-incidence disabilities (SWDs) experience academic challenges in multiple content areas (U.S. Department of Education, 2014). With growing recognition of the importance of science education in preparing students to be well-rounded, global learners in the 21st century, it is crucial that SWDs receive supports for succeeding in a…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Writing (Composition), Content Area Writing, Student Journals
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Swanson, Elizabeth; Wexler, Jade – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
One of the most efficient ways of learning essential content in the curriculum is through reading; however, accessing content through reading even some of the most basic texts for many students with disabilities is a challenge (C. Lee & Spratley, 2010). As a student enters secondary settings, text complexity, vocabulary demands, and curricular…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Disabilities, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education Teachers
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Ewoldt, Kathy B.; Morgan, Joseph John – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
A commonly used method for supporting the writing of students with learning disabilities (LD), graphic organizers have been shown to effectively support instruction for students with LD in a variety of content areas (Dexter & Hughes, 2011). Students with LD often struggle with the process of developing their ideas into organized sentences; the…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials
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Scruggs, Thomas E.; Mastropieri, Margo A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Beginning special education teachers today are highly likely to be asked to co-teach with general education teachers at some point in their career. Besides supporting their students, new special education teachers may be tasked with persuading their colleagues to try out both new methods of collaboration and unfamiliar models of instructional…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Team Teaching
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Coyne, Michael D.; Koriakin, Taylor A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Evidence based reading instruction and intervention are essential for students with disabilities. The authors recommend that elementary special education teachers emphasize both code-based and meaning-based skills as part of delivering intensive reading interventions, including providing explicit and systematic decoding and vocabulary instruction.…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Intervention, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Lewis, Timothy J.; Hatton, Heather L.; Jorgenson, Courtney; Maynard, Deanna – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
New--and often veteran--teachers find managing significant inappropriate student behavior a formidable challenge. Although more severe inappropriate behaviors, such as aggression, often receive attention in the professional literature, survey research has shown that the high frequency of milder inappropriate behaviors (e.g., disruptions,…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Behavior Modification, Functional Behavioral Assessment
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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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