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2006 Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist

Learn how to quickly and easily identify students with disabilities in your classroom!

If you're a general education teacher with little or no experience in special education, identifying children and adolescents with potential disabilities may seem an impossible task. Until now! Drawing from her experience as an educational psychologist, and general education and special education teacher, Glynis Hannell offers guidelines to help you quickly recognize and categorize the specific characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, emotional-behavioral disorders, cognitive disabilities, speech or language impairment, health-related disabilities, and more.

Using the practical checklists and resources in this guide, teachers can quickly and accurately gather key information to determine whether or not individual students need specialized assessment, attention, and services while complying with ...

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

Two checklists are included in this section:

  • Autism
  • Asperger Syndrome
Definition of Autism: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Autism means a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age 3, that adversely affects a child's educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences. The term does not apply if a child's educational performance is adversely affected primarily because the child has an emotional disturbance….

A child who manifests the characteristics of “Autism” after age 3 could be diagnosed as having “Autism” if the [above] criteria are satisfied. (Sec. 300.7)

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