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.

Informal Analysis of the Characteristic Behavior of Individual Students

Informal Analysis of the Characteristic Behavior of Individual Students

Informal analysis of the characteristic behavior of individual students

We turn now to the analysis of the actual behavior of the children we observe. This can be thought of as a cross-disability or noncategorical approach, because it goes beyond the label to the individual. It is important because labels or categories given to specific children can be inaccurate, may involve multiple categories, or may not yet have been determined. Furthermore, this analysis will provide a deeper understanding of a child's individualistic expression of disability within specific settings. Thus, this chapter complements the standardized test scores and normative comparisons discussed in Chapter 1.

There are two general methods related to the assessment of individuals. The first method is ...

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