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.

Attentional Disorders
Attentional disorders

The IDEA category of other health impairment (OHI; see Figure IV.1) provides the umbrella under which the subtypes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are defined. These subtypes are ADHD-IN, the inattentive subtype; ADHD-C, the combined subtype; and ADHD-HI, the hyperactive/impulsive subtype. (Note that Figure IV.1 includes other disabilities, in addition to ADHD, that fall under the OHI category. These include Tourette's syndrome, which is discussed in Chapter 15 on motor disorders.)

The percentages of the subtypes, as shown in Figure IV.2, indicate that the majority of children with ADHD (inattentive subtype plus the combined subtype) are characterized with inattention, and most research into ADHD has been conducted with the combined subtype (Wilens, Biederman, & Spencer, 2002). Young children express the hyperactive/impulsive ...

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