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.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorders

For comparison purposes only, this chapter considers two subtypes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) concurrently: Asperger syndrome (AS) and autism. Students with autism are at the low end of the IQ distribution, with low cognitive and language development (Mayes & Calhoun, 2003). These children would be considered within an intense intervention program or as moderately to severely disabled and thus would not typically be presented in a text addressing mild exceptionalities. However, they provide a basis for understanding the milder symptomology of AS at the middle to higher end of the IQ distribution, with normal cognitive and language development (Mayes & Calhoun, 2003). For example, children with autism display abnormal ritualistic stereotyped behavior (known as stereotypies), such as a ...

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