Characteristics of and Strategies for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities, 6th edition

  • Martin Henley
  • Robert F. Algozzine
  • Roberta S. Ramsey

Characteristics of and Strategies for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities

ISBN-13:  9780205608386

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Describes the characteristics of students with mild disabilities, and clearly explains the best teaching practices for inclusive education, behavior management, social skill instruction, and modifying classroom instruction for students with mild disabilities, including learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities and emotional disturbance.


This new edition includes an elaboration of Response to Intervention (RTI), which since the last edition has become a focal point of research and literature among general and special educators.  This is a dynamic progression of cooperation between general and special education - primarily due to changes in the federal law regarding how students with learning disabilities are identified.



Highlights of the New Edition:

  • Re-organized to present the overview of mild disabilities earlier in the sequence of chapters(now chapter 2).  This chapter includes new information on Asperger’s Syndrome, pervasive developmental delay and non-verbal learning disabilities, as well as expanded information on ADHD.
  • Response To Intervention (RTI).  New information on RTI and how it creates opportunities for general education reading specialists to establish preventive reading programs for at-risk students.  Included is specific scientifically based reading strategies identified by the National Institute for Literacy (Chapter 5).
  • Contains updated information on IDEA ’04 and No Child Left Behind with an emphasis on how these laws affect teaching, assessing and managing the behavior of students with mild disabilities.
  • New information on using technology with students with mild disabilities.


Table of contents

Chapter One

Foundations of Special Education

Chapter Outline

Roots of Special Education


Ending Handicappism

        Litigation and Legislation

Federal Laws

        Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

        No Child Left Behind Act

Who Receives Special Education?

        Physical/Sensory Disabilities

        Cognitive Disabilities

        Academic Disabilities

        Communication Disabilities

        Emotional Disabilities

How Many Students Receive Special Education?

Students with Mild Disabilities

        Learning Disability

        Mild Intellectual Disability

        Emotional Disability


        Advantages of Labeling

        Disadvantages of Labeling

What to Teach Students

        Individual Education Plan

Where to Teach Students

How to Teach Studens





Chapter Two

Students with Mild Disabilities

Chapter Outline

Cross Categorical Characteristics

          Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

          Pervasive Developmental Disorder

          Asperger’s Syndrome

          Nonverbal Learning Disability

Causes of Mild Disabilities

          Organic Causes

          Environmental Causes

At-Risk Populations

Due Process Procedures




          Response to Intervention      



Published by Pearson (July 25th 2008) - Copyright © 2009