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Mims, Aquilla; And Others – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1991
The value of homework for students with disabilities is examined, focusing on the relationship between the stages of learning (acquisition, proficiency, maintenance, and generalization) and the responsibilities of supervising individuals (special and regular education teachers and parents). Suggestions for effective use of homework assignments are…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Homework, Instructional Effectiveness
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Rowland, Bobbie H.; Robinson, Bryan E. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1991
This article discusses the phenomenon of "latchkey kids" with disabilities and the shortage of after-school care options for children with special needs. General factors for consideration in the complexity of child care needs are discussed by way of an introduction to the following four articles. (PB)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Parents
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Coleman, Mick; Apts, Sherry – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1991
This article explores potential risks faced by children with disabilities who are left at home alone. The importance of assessing children's needs and skills for safely staying home alone is stressed and suggestions offered for concepts to teach children, alternate methods of supervision, and other practical concerns. (PB)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Daily Living Skills, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Koblinsky, Sally A.; Todd, Christine M. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1991
Survival skills instruction for latchkey kids with special needs is discussed. Methods for cultivation of skills pertaining to physical well-being, accident prevention, emergency procedures, healthy lifestyles, and mental, social and emotional well-being are described. Sources of model programs and curriculum materials for self-care skills…
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Daily Living Skills, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Newman, Roberta L.; Tyler, Doris B. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1991
This article describes the characteristics of before- and after-school child care programs and deliniates the features needed to accommodate children with special needs. Potential ways to adapt current programs to fill this need and suggestions for design of future programs are discussed. Characteristics of effective programs are reviewed. (PB)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Daily Living Skills, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education
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York, Jennifer; And Others – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1990
To identify age-appropriate recreation and leisure activities for students with severe handicaps, 142 nondisabled seventh graders were surveyed. The survey identified favorite independent activities, activities with friends, activities with family, school activities, home activities, community activities, magazines, music groups, card and board…
Descriptors: Junior High Schools, Leisure Time, Recreational Activities, Severe Disabilities
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Lazzari, Andrea M.; Kilgo, Jennifer L. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1989
By recognizing the importance of early transitions for young children with handicaps and viewing transition as a lifelong process, professionals can guide parents in developing skills that can be applied to subsequent transitions throughout the child's life. Described are steps in the transition process, parents' transition skills, and expected…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Early Intervention, Parent Participation, Preschool Education
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Evans, Susan S. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1989
An ecological survey is used to collect information about a wide range of variables that can influence a student's problem behavior. The survey enables teachers and parents to identify the settings and conditions in which behaviors are displayed, in order to develop an appropriate behavior change program. (JDD)
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Disabilities, Ecological Factors, Elementary Secondary Education
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Wood, Frank H. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1988
Parents and educators can help special needs children develop skills for full, happy lives. Discussed are factors in successful adaptation of special needs learners to difficult environments, educators' challenges, and the complex interdependent nature of the task of educating special needs learners. Subsequent articles in this special issue are…
Descriptors: Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Disabilities, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education
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Simpson, Annette M. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1988
A coat was adapted for a 20-year-old severely handicapped woman to control her practice of "mouthing" her hands and clothing. Velcro strips attached to the coat held the student's arms down long enough to allow for differential reinforcement of appropriate behavior, which successfully reduced the rate of mouthing. (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems, Case Studies
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Raschke, Donna; And Others – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1988
The "PEZ" candy dispenser has been used effectively to deliver reinforcers to moderately handicapped preschool students who display desirable behaviors. Contingency management procedures are described for using the candy dispenser to deliver reinforcers and subsequently to fade out the edible reinforcer and have the colorful dispenser itself…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Classroom Techniques, Contingency Management, Food
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Schaeffler, Carol – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1988
Techniques for modifying toys for children with cerebral palsy to enhance active, independent use of play materials are described. The most successful techniques include stabilization; creating boundaries; and use of grasping aids, manipulation aids, and switches. Good positioning is emphasized to maximize controlled and relaxed movement and…
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Cerebral Palsy, Material Development
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Neubert, Debra A.; Foster, Jennifer – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1988
The article outlines a guide to help special educators, parents, and adult service providers assist learning-disabled individuals in exploring employment and postsecondary options and enhance the transition planning process. Steps include developing an employability profile, identifying occupational areas to explore, and conducting exploration…
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Community Programs, Education Work Relationship, Job Placement
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Grannis, Pamela D.; Peer, Gary G. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1985
Interactions among parents and teachers are viewed from a transactional analysis (TA) perspective. Crossed transactions are depicted and adult-adult exchanges are cited as the bases of good parent/teacher relationships. (CL)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Attitudes
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Teaching Exceptional Children, 1986
Asserting that the biggest mistake educators can make is to set themselves up as experts vis-a-vis parents as amateurs, Barbara and William Christopher emphasize the importance of continued education for the autistic individual and relate their experiences with the educational community as they sought help for their autistic son. (JC)
Descriptors: Autism, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship
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