This concise and practical guide thoroughly presents the characteristics of children with specific mild exceptionalities in today's diverse classroom. Using an active, problem-solving approach that reflects how today's students learn, Dr. Sydney S. Zentall identifies the characteristics of children with mild exceptionalities that can be gleaned from observations, written descriptions, and personal interactions. Unlike many texts on this topic, which overwhelm students with extraneous information, The text focuses on the characteristics of these students within general education and special class settings. With this knowledge readers will better understand the implications of characteristics for accommodations and be ready to apply this knowledge with empirically based interventions.
Sydney S. Zentall is Professor of Educational Studies at Purdue University. Her academic degrees include a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in special education in the area of emotional/behavioral disorders, and a doctorate in the area of learning disabilities from the University of Pittsburgh. Her background experiences teaching children include both general and special education, and she has over three decades of experience educating teachers. Dr. Zentall is a national and international educational expert in the area of ADHD, and she has previously published books and numerous scientific articles in the areas of psychology, special education, and education. Dr. Zentall has also been the recipient of grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and from the Office of Special Education, and she is past president of the Division for Research of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
Preface Acknowledgements Dedication Section I. Introduction to Mild Exceptionalities 1. Formal and Legal Definitions of Exceptionalities 2. Informal Analysis of the Characteristic Behavior of Individuals Section II. Verbal and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (LD) 3. Verbal LD Spoken Language 4. Verbal LD Written Language 5. Math Disabilities and Nonverbal LD Section III. Cognitive Exceptionalities 6. Intellectual Disabilities 7. Dual Exceptionalities with Giftedness 8. Traumatic Brain Injuries Section IV. Attentional Disorders 9. ADHD Inattentive and Combined Subtypes 10. ADHD Hyperactive/Impulsive Subtype Section V. Social Disorders 11. Externalizing Behavioral Disorders 12. Internalizing Emotional Disorders 13. Autism Spectrum Disorders 14. Abuse and Addictions Section VI. Motor Disorders 15. Developmental Coordination Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, and Tourette Syndrome Appendix I: CEC Standards Appendix II: Case Study Glossary Index About the Author