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.

Introduction to Mild Exceptionalities
Introduction to mild exceptionalities

Chapter 1 begins with a societal look at exceptionality, focusing on categorizing and labeling groups and subgroups of children. A brief overview of the legal requirements that form the basis of disability categories is presented, followed by a discussion of the debate that surrounds identifying and labeling students and descriptions of how children differ in basic traits (e.g., in sensory and learning processes, personality) that form the basis for exceptionalities.

Labeling follows primarily from the legal and educational definitions of the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act of 2004 (IDEA), with added information from the medical/psychological classification system of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (fourth text-revised edition), or DSM-IV-TR. In this text, the words disability and ...

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