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Working With Families and Community Agencies to Support Students With Special Needs

Working With Families and Community Agencies to Support Students With Special Needs
A Practical Guide for Every Teacher

© 2006 | 120 pages | Corwin

Discover the many valuable resources available to support students with special needs!

Working With Families and Community Agencies to Support Students With Special Needs addresses two of the most exciting facets of working with students with disabilities: "life-stage" issues (early intervention and effective transition) and collaboration (working with families and professionals). Ysseldyke and Algozzine explore the larger context of students' lives outside school, and how life-stage issues and collaboration interact with and influence instruction.

Including a pretest, posttest, and key vocabulary terms, this informative resource offers valuable answers to the following questions: ·

  • What types of transition services exist and when are they necessary?
  • What should educators know about early-childhood intervention?
  • What issues should be considered when working with families?
  • How can schools involve community agencies and businesses?
  • What options are available to students with special needs after high school?
  • What key program elements are critical to a student's success in the classroom and beyond?

A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher: the 13-Book Collection 
This collection equips educators with practical knowledge and methods that will help them to better engage students in exploring-and meeting-their fullest potential.

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About A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher
About the Authors
Self-Assessment I
Introduction to Working With Families and Community Agencies to Support Students With Special Needs
1.What Should Every Teacher Know About Early Childhood Intervention?
Federal Laws and Incentives  
Direct and Indirect Services  
Home-Based Programs  
Hospital- or Center-Based Programs  
Does Early Intervention Help?  
2.What Are Transition Services and When Are They Necessary?
Transition into School  
Transition During School  
Everyday Transitions  
Transition in General Education Classrooms  
Dropping Out of School  
Post-School Transition  
3.What Living Arrangements Are Available to Adults With Special Needs?
Group Homes  
Alternative Living Units  
Foster Homes  
Independent Living  
4.What Issues Should Be Taken Into Consideration When Working With Families?
How Exceptionalities Affect Families  
Effects on Family Structure  
Family Concerns  
Transition to School  
Post-School Transition  
Concerns of Families With Children Who Are Gifted  
What the Research Says  
Change Over Time  
Types of Family Involvement  
Overcoming Barriers to Home-School Collaboration  
5.How Should Schools Involve Community Agencies and Businesses?
Business Involvement  
Special Programs  
6.What Are the Keys to Success in the Wider Context?
Individualized Planning  
Commitment to Normal Life Experiences  
Compatible Physical Environment  
Commitment to Remedial Programming  
Encouraging Appropriate Behavior  
Lifelong Learning  
7.Working With Families and Agencies in Perspective
8. What Have We Learned?
Key Points  
Key Vocabulary  
Self-Assessment II  
Answer Key for Self-Assessments  
On Your Own  
Journals & Articles  

"The authors have presented an easy-to-read resource with self-assessments that can be used to help guide staff development on understanding basic tenets of special education and how parental invovlvement can be increased."

Principal Navigator, March 2007
Key features
  • Practical, accessible, research-based information and advice distilled from a highly-successful textbook
  • Numerous case studies
  • Practical, age-appropriate strategies for the classroom
  • Reflection/professional development exercises
  • Resources – books, articles, organizations
  • Linked to IDEA 2004

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