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.

Disorders of Written Language

Disorders of written language

Written language is the substance of most academic learning. Within this category are reading disabilities and spelling and composition disabilities.

Reading Disabilities or Dyslexia

Of all the skills children learn prior to and during their school years, reading is probably the most essential. Reading can enrich children's lives by opening up new worlds of people and places—worlds of adventure, sports, relationships, and knowledge. At a practical level, reading is the most efficient way to learn new subject matter, such as science and social studies, and more generally to understand a world that is broader than the child's own small world. Middle school children who read well are estimated to read about 10 million words during a school year; children ...

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