Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities, 6th edition

  • David L. Westling
  • Erik W. Carter
  • M Alexandra Da Fonte
  • Jennifer A. Kurth


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A comprehensive, clear approach helps readers learn to apply effective instructional strategies that meet the unique needs of students with severe disabilities 

Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities presents thorough coverage of the major issues pertinent to teaching students with severe disabilities in a way that helps teachers easily understand and apply concepts in their own classrooms. Lauded as a book unparalleled for its level of currency and reality, the authors draw on their own personal experience and a broad array of professional literature to help make even the most complex research findings on severe disabilities understandable and usable in the real world of education today. Focusing on both methodology and curriculum, the authors present concise information that helps readers develop an understanding of the strengths and needs of individuals with severe disabilities, current service philosophies, and effective instructional practices for teaching these students. Thoughtful attention is paid to alternative assessments, the role of the paraprofessional, multicultural concerns, the effects of peer relationships, the use of assistive technology, early intervention, and more.

Restructured to focus on essential information and practical instructional strategies, the 6th Edition incorporates the expertise of two new authors and up-to-date coverage of the latest topics in the field.    

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Table of contents

PART ONE: Important Considerations Prior to Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities
1. Students with Severe Disabilities: Descriptions, Characteristics, and Possibilities
2. Philosophies and Practices for Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities
3. Collaboration among Educators, Professionals, and Families
PART TWO: General Instructional Procedures
4. Assessment and Planning for Instruction
5. Teaching Students to Learn, Generalize, and Maintain Skills
6. Evaluating Student Progress
7. Supporting Inclusive Education
PART THREE: Specific Instructional Procedures and Supports
8. Providing Support for Health and Medical Needs
9. Assessment and Instruction of Communication Skills
10. Teaching Personal Care Skills
11. Teaching Academic Skills
12. Teaching Home and Community Skills
13. Fostering Friendships and Recreational Involvement
14. Providing Behavior Support to Improve Challenging Behavior
PART FOUR: Special Considerations
15. Using Assistive Technology
16. Meeting the Needs of Young Children
17. Transitioning to Adulthood

Published by Pearson (January 18th 2020) - Copyright © 2021