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The second edition of Functional Curriculum for Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Age Students with Special Needs has an expanded framework for a functional and longitudinal curriculum for children and adolescents with disabilities and other special needs. These is a stronger demand than ever to provide a curriculum with everyday usefulness and value in making the student more competent and independent. This book helps meet that demand. In addition to the focus on functional curriculum, this thorough book emphasizes demonstrating how to tie curriculum from the elementary to the middle school and on up into the secondary school as well as adulthood. Connecting the different curriculum levels so that there is a continuity of educational service for students and their families is a focus of this edition. The chapters in this book deal with areas of expertise that most students will need. For example, self-determination skills, functional academics, transportation, home and community living, as well as work preparation and socialization. The chapters have a heavy curriculum format that is designed to be as user friendly as possible to teachers, instructional personnel, therapists, and counselors, as well as other people in the special education, psychology, and rehabilitation fields with interest in this area. The editors of this book have assembled contributions from some of this nation's leading authorities in curriculum design; they have provided dozens of highly relevant tables, charts, and instructional programs for direct service providers. Each chapter is based on the most current research and contemporary thinking to help teachers and other professionals be current in their planning. This book contains thirteen chapters: (1) Principles of Curriculum Design: Road to Transition from School to Adulthood; (2) Designing Instructional Programs; (3) Self-Determination; (4) Accessing the General Curriculum Within a Functional Curriculum; (5) Functional Academics; (6) Financial Planning and Money Management; (7) Socialization, Peer Relationships, and Self-Esteem; (8) Preparing Students for Employment; (9) Travel and Mobility Training: An Essential Component of Increasing Student Choice and Self-Determination; (10) Community Participation; (11) Living at Home: Building Skills for Independence at Home; (12) Teaching Personal Care and Hygiene Skills; and (13) Health and Safety.