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Zimmermann, Leah M.; Reed, Deborah K. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
The ability to comprehend informational texts is critical to students' academic success in a range of content areas. However, informational texts pose challenges to the reading comprehension of adolescents with or at risk for learning disabilities (LD). One such challenge is the use of multiple text structures in a single text. Text structure…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Reading Comprehension, At Risk Students, Adolescents
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Diamond, Lindsay Lile; Hsiao, Yun-Ju – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
This article introduces a center-based direct instruction lesson using picture-based situation cards paired with a problem-solving poster that teachers can implement within the classroom to proactively teach the skill of problem-solving to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Decision Making, Preschool Children, Visual Aids
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Chang, Ya-Chih; Shire, Stephanie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
This article provides practitioners with a guide to (1) understand the developmental emergence of play skills in young children to inform developmentally appropriate instructional decisions (e.g., toy choices); (2) set up the play space to support social play; and (3) use key strategies from an evidence-based intervention for young children with…
Descriptors: Play, Evidence Based Practice, Intervention, Autism
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Roberts, Garrett J.; Solis, Michael; Chance, Becky – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
The research illustrated throughout this article supports the cycle of creating reading and behavior goals, monitoring of goals, and reflecting on goals to improve future goals. This article provides examples of how teachers of small-group reading interventions can incorporate these brief and targeted self-regulation interventions as part of…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Reading Instruction, Intervention, Small Group Instruction
Swanson, Elizabeth; Stevens, Elizabeth A.; Wexler, Jade – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
Students in middle school social studies classes are expected to learn content through text. Unfortunately, many students, particularly those with disabilities, struggle to comprehend grade-level texts (NCES, 2017). Implementing high-quality, text-based discussions is no easy task, yet it provides a way to support students with disabilities in the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Disabilities, Middle School Students, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Walker, Jennifer D.; Barry, Colleen – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Social skills instruction (SSI) provides a promising avenue for teaching and promoting positive social interactions to students with high-incidence disabilities. Within SSI, a distinction can be made between social skills and social competence. Social skills are specific behaviors one must perform correctly within a specific social context or…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Skill Development, Social Development, Interaction
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Collins, Belva C.; Lo, Ya-yu; Park, Gwitaek; Haughney, Kathryn – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Response-prompting procedures are a form of systematic direct instruction based on the principles of ABA. Researchers have identified six specific and distinct response-prompting procedures for teaching both academic and functional skills: (1) graduated guidance; (2) most-to-least prompting; (3) system of least prompts; (4) progressive time delay;…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Prompting, Direct Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Phillips, Lauren A.; Briggs, Adam M.; Fisher, Wayne W.; Greer, Brian D. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Elopement occurs when an individual runs away from or leaves a supervised area. Elopement is a dangerous behavior that requires diligence from school personnel in order to effectively reduce its occurrence. Using a step-by-step process to identify the reasons goal-directed elopement occurs and then implementing an intervention to effectively teach…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Intervention, Behavior Modification
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Allsopp, David; Lovin, LouAnn H.; van Ingen, Sarah – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Special educators can play an essential role in the development of students' understanding of and capacity to do mathematics. Whether a special education teacher's goal is to help kindergartners develop counting skills or to support 10th graders in constructing geometric proofs and whether instruction will occur in co teaching, consulting, or…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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Harris, Karen R.; Graham, Steve; Aitken, A. Angelique; Barkel, Ashley; Houston, Julia; Ray, Amber – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Students with disabilities often find writing extremely challenging (Harris & Graham, 2016). Special educators can, however, promote tremendous gains in students' ability to write by understanding common challenges students face and mastering specific teaching techniques. Students' writing success depends on reducing how much attention and…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Spelling
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Collins, Lauren W.; Sweigart, Chris A.; Landrum, Timothy J.; Cook, Bryan G. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
During the first years of teaching, new special education teachers (SETs) face many unique challenges as they work to establish themselves as professionals. Upon entering the classroom on the first day of instruction, SETs are expected to be prepared, and they are presented with a daunting list of responsibilities and expectations, including the…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Barriers, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Responsibility
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Riccomini, Paul J.; Stocker, James D., Jr.; Morano, Stephanie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Proficiency in mathematics involves the seamless synchronization of conceptual understanding, procedural knowledge, computational fluency, and problem solving (NMAP, 2008). Clearly, fluency with mathematics facts is one element embedded within mathematical proficiency and important for students with disabilities to develop. As more and more…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Concept Formation, Mathematical Concepts
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Weng, Pei-Lin; Bouck, Emily C. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Price comparison is a functional mathematics skill involving purchasing, use of money, and budgeting, with the goal of selecting the best deal based on a person's financial resources (Browder, Spooner, & Trela, 2011). The operational definition of "price comparison" is to compare the magnitudes of the price numbers and then select…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts, Special Education Teachers
Breit-Smith, Allison; Busch, Jamie D.; Dinnesen, Megan Schneider; Guo, Ying – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Expository, or informational, text can be defined as a type of nonfiction that describes a topic categorically by moving from subtopic to subtopic with the intent to teach content or convey information (Maloch & Bomer, 2013). One vehicle for teaching the text structure and language of expository text to preschool-age children is through…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Preschool Education, Special Education, Reading Strategies
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Lane, Holly; Pullen, Paige Cullen – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Decoding practice significantly improves students' reading proficiency and is particularly beneficial for those who have or who are at risk for reading difficulties. Finding effective ways to provide decoding practice for struggling readers can be a challenge for teachers. Still, this goal is essential for developing reading proficiency. The…
Descriptors: Decoding (Reading), Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties
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