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Learners with Mild Disabilities: A Characteristics Approach, 5th edition

  • Eileen B. Raymond

Published by Pearson (January 13th 2016) - Copyright © 2017

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ISBN-13: 9780133827118

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A non-categorical, characteristics approach to addressing high-prevalence mild disabilities.

Learners with Mild Disabilities: A Characteristics Approach focuses on high-prevalence disorders affecting school learners today, including mild intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and communication disorders, as well as on low incidence conditions that may manifest in the milder range, for example sensory, physical, health, or TBI. The author lays the foundation for addressing the needs of special learners and then focuses on learners from the perspective of alternative non-categorical frameworks. She describes students with disabilities and related conditions with respect to a variety of individual strengths and needs, considering their cognitive, language, academic learning, and social/emotional characteristics. Readers see how to apply these conceptual frameworks by analyzing a number of vignettes and extended case studies based on the experiences of real children and teachers. Designed as a primary text for use in undergraduate and graduate courses addressing the characteristics of learners with high prevalence or milder levels of disability, the text is also useful for the first specialized course in a special education program. It supports programs in inclusive education or the growing area of generic special education.


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Table of contents

Brief Table of Contents


Unit I Setting the Stage

Chapter 1 Perspectives on Disability

Chapter 2 Issues in Assessment and Identification

Chapter 3 Issues in Instruction and Placement


Unit II Who Are the Learners with Mild Disabilities?

Chapter 4 Learners with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Chapter 5 Learners with Learning Disabilities

Chapter 6 Learners with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders

Chapter 7 Learners with Difficulties in Attention, Communication, and Physical and Sensory Functioning

Chapter 8 Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Unit III What Are Learners with Mild Disabilities Like?

Chapter 9 Cognitive and Perceptual Characteristics

Chapter 10 Language Characteristics

Chapter 11 Academic Learning Characteristics

Chapter 12 Social–Emotional Characteristics 


Detailed Table of Contents


Unit I Setting the Stage 1

Chapter 1 Perspectives on Disability 3

Meet Benny 3Studying High-Prevalence Disabilities 5

Mild Does not Mean “not Serious” 7

The Power of Language 8

Labeling, Classifying, and Identifying 9

To Classify or Not to Classify 10

Additional Thoughts on Labeling 13

The Historical Context of Disability 13

Early History of Disability 14

The Middle Ages, the Renaissance,

and the Enlightenment 14

Disability Services in the United States (1800–1950) 16

Eugenics in Europe and the United States 17

The Testing Movement in Europe and the United States 18

Serving Children Identified as Having Disabilities 19

Disabilities in the United States from 1950 to the Present 19

Legislative and Legal Supports 22

Overview of the IDEA Principles 22

History of Rights Won in U.S. Courts 24

Special Needs Education Internationally 26

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