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Assisting Students With Disabilities
A Handbook for School Counselors

Second Edition


© 2007 | 160 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with American School Counselor Association

"An excellent resource for anyone who supports students with disabilities. This complex subject is made practical and the TREAT model provides a great outline for solutions. I recommend this book as a road map to help students make successful transitions from grade to grade and beyond."
—Gary G. Gibson, Counselor/LD Specialist, Virginia Western Community College

Improve counseling service delivery to students with special needs!

Couched in the context of NCLB, the reauthorized IDEA, and the ASCA National Model, this essential handbook revisits the important role that school counselors play in the personal, social, academic, and career development of students with disabilities. Revised throughout, this new edition provides:

  • Clear explanations of changes shaping the legal context for working with students with disabilities
  • Tips for observing and gathering data on students who may be eligible for special services, as well as matching data with appropriate interventions
  • Guidelines for designing services collaboratively with other school staff and parents
  • Strategies for integrating the needs of individual students in comprehensive school counseling programs

The book's concluding chapters offer countless strategies for working with families of students with special needs, as well as suggestions for connecting professional school counseling practice with advocacy and systemic change. All school counselors feeling the weight of accountability will welcome this guide to help them meet the needs of students with disabilities proactively with enthusiasm, hope, and a renewed sense of competence.  

 
Foreword by Jay Trenhaile
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. The Legal Context for Working With Students With Disabilities
The Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA)  
Section 504  
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act  
Additional Laws Affecting Schools and School Counselors  
When Parents, Students, and School Personnel Disagree  
Concluding Comments  
 
2. Specific Learning Disabilities and the School Counselor's Role
Students With Specific Learning Disabilities: A Heterogeneous Group  
Learning Disabilities and Risk Factors  
Prereferral Activities  
Concluding Comments  
 
3. Knowing the Whole Child
Gathering Data About the Child  
Observation and Assessment Tools  
Reporting Findings  
Concluding Comments  
 
4. Matching Data With Appropriate Interventions
The TREAT Model  
Theories and Concepts  
Relationships  
Environment  
Adjunct Services and Supplemental Aids  
Treatable Goals  
Concluding Comments  
 
5. Building a Structure for Success
Identifying the Affected Skill or Curriculum Area  
Realistic and Measurable Goals  
Writing SMART Goals  
Career-Related Goals  
Life-Skills Goals  
Concluding Comments  
 
6. Forming Partnerships With Families
Parents and Families as Equal Partners  
Family Functioning  
Making Parents Feel Welcome  
Earning Parents' Trust  
Adapting Your Style  
Reasons Parents React Differently  
Sexuality  
Working With the Siblings of Children With Disabilities  
Family Diversity  
Concluding Comments  
 
7. Making a Difference in the Wider Circle of Caring
Leadership  
Advocacy  
Collaboration and Teaming  
Systemic Change--Beginning With YOU  
Concluding Comments  
 
Resource A: Professional Organizations
 
Resource B: ASCA Position Statement on the Professional School Counselor and Students With Special Needs
 
Resource C: ASCA's Ethical Standards for School Counselors
 
References
 
Suggested Readings
 
Index

"Counselors, parents, special educators, and college transition coordinators will benefit greatly from the wealth of practical information in this book, which gives readers focused methods for addressing how optimal outcomes can be attained in the face of limited time, energy, and resources. Highly recommended."

Narda N. Porter, ADA Coordinator
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

"An excellent resource for anyone who supports students with disabilities. This complex subject is made practical and the TREAT model provides a great outline for solutions. I recommend this book as a road map to help students make successful transitions from grade to grade and beyond."

Gary G. Gibson, Counselor/LD Specialist
Virginia Western Community College
Key features
  • Updated information that connects IDEA (2004), NCLB, and the ASCA National Model
  • Revised case studies to reflect current best practice and diversity in schools
  • More strategies for working with parents and families
  • Easy-to-follow guidelines for developing IEP plans with other multidisciplinary team members 
  • Updated references and websites  

Sample Materials & Chapters

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