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Losinski, Mickey; Ennis, Robin Parks – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Childhood cancers are the second leading cause of death among children. Common childhood cancers include leukemia (34%), brain tumors (23%), and lymphomas (12%; Kaatsch, 2010). Fortunately, survival rates related to these diseases have been increasing (Phillips et al., 2015). There are approximately 388,500 survivors of childhood cancers, with…
Descriptors: Cancer, Children, Special Needs Students, Special Education
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Coy, Justin N.; Kostewicz, Douglas E. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Commonly used in research settings, noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) is a function-based intervention for decreasing challenging behaviors (Carr, Severtson, & Lepper, 2009). Function-based interventions effectively change behavior through detailed analysis of why the behavior occurs (Lane, Kalberg, & Shepcaro, 2009). Practitioners…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Developmental Disabilities, Stimuli, Classroom Environment
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Hager, Karen D. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Delivering high-quality instruction grounded in evidence-based practices is one of the most important responsibilities of special education teachers. However, simply implementing effective evidence-based practices is not enough to ensure positive results; the practices must be implemented with fidelity (Cook & Odom, 2013). Although there are…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Evaluation, Educational Technology
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Curtiss, Sarah L. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
The United States has a long, complicated history with sex education as, often, different stakeholders advocate dissimilar educational frameworks (Irvine, 2004). Although controversies remain in defining the boundaries of sex education, there is a movement both nationally and internationally to define sex education comprehensively (Haberland &…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Sex Education, Teaching Methods, Educational History
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Monahan, Jessica; Lombardi, Allison; Madaus, Joseph – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
College and Career Readiness (CCR) is broadly defined as the ability of an individual to be successful in postsecondary education and employment. Although the definition of CCR continues to develop within policy and research, scholars suggest that both academic and nonacademic skills are crucial components. Recently a CCR framework for students…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Disabilities, Postsecondary Education
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Hedin, Laura; DeSpain, Stephanie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Although different authors define the SMART acronym differently, an IEP-related interpretation of the acronym is as follows: specific, measurable, action verbs, realistic, and time limited. In addition to these features, well-written IEP goals reflect students' unique strengths and needs. This article discusses how educators can produce specific,…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Disabilities
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Francis, Grace L.; Duke, Jodi M.; Kliethermes, Andrew; Demetro, Kelsie; Graff, Heidi – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
As more students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) enroll in college after high school, the need for support becomes increasingly significant, particularly in the five key domains of academics, social interactions, independent living, executive functioning, and mental health. Apps can be used to offer low-cost, socially valid support to college…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Transitional Programs, Student Adjustment
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Collins, Lauren W.; Cook, Sara Cothren; Sweigart, Chris A.; Evanovich, Lauren L. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
There is a growing body of research that supports the use of performance feedback as a method of increasing teachers' use of effective practices (Cornelius & Nagro, 2014; Sweigart et al., 2016). Put simply, performance feedback involves a colleague or coach observing a teacher and providing specific feedback about the instruction to increase a…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Performance, Teacher Effectiveness, Disabilities
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Johnston, Susan S.; O'Keeffe, Breda V.; Stokes, Kristen – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
The ability to use written language to communicate receptively (i.e., reading) and expressively (i.e., writing) is important in school, work, and independent living. Students who struggle early with reading have difficulty catching up with their peers as they move through school and in academic areas that rely on reading proficiency. Individuals…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Physical Disabilities, Written Language, Reading Instruction
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Raley, Sheida K.; Shogren, Karrie A.; McDonald, Annette – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Being self-determined means acting or causing things to happen by setting and taking the steps necessary to achieve one's goals. Teaching self-determination skills has been linked to enhanced academic outcomes, improved transition knowledge and skills, employment, and increased community access. Almost every state or local education agency has…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Self Determination, Study Skills, Skill Development
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Hsiao, Yun-Ju; Higgins, Kyle; Diamond, Lindsay – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
The emphasis on parents in addressing the needs of children with disabilities is of great importance as education enters the second decade of the 21st century. This involves a movement from parents being passive recipients of decisions being made about their child by those outside of the family (e.g., teachers, service providers) to being…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Empowerment, Disabilities, Student Needs
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Estrapala, Sara; Rila, Ashley; Bruhn, Allison Leigh – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Students who misbehave represent a range of backgrounds, and behavior problems are likely to be present in both general and special education classrooms. To this end, thousands of schools across the country have adopted positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) as a way to prevent and respond to challenging behavior. PBIS is a federally…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Positive Behavior Supports, Intervention
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Bambara, Linda M.; Thomas, Amanda; Chovanes, Jacquelyn; Cole, Christine L. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often experience conversational or pragmatic language difficulties which can interfere with reciprocal and sustained social interactions with peers (Paul, Orlovski, Marcinko, & Volkmar, 2009). Peer mediated intervention (PMI), in which typical peers serve as mentors, is emerging as an effective high…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence
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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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Burt, Jonathan L.; Whitney, Todd – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Teaching a skill within the highly controlled conditions of one setting and promoting the transfer of that skill to a less-structured setting may seem like an unattainable goal. Yet this is the challenge presented by many individualized education program (IEP) IEP objectives that involve generalization of a skill acquired in a resource room to be…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Intervention, Generalization, Skill Development
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