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Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

by Diane M Browder and Fred Spooner Guilford Publications
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This essential text and practitioner guide is unique in its emphasis on fostering academic learning as well as life skills. In-depth chapters cover reading, mathematics, science, and social studies, as well as health care needs, communication and social skills, daily living, and job skills. The expert authors present research-based best practices for assessing each student's needs and crafting individualized education plans that build a strong foundation for life in the community. User-friendly features include engaging vignettes, sample lesson plans, and reproducible checklists and forms. The text is a contemporary follow-up to Diane M. Browder's widely adopted Curriculum and Assessment for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities.

COURSE USE: Will serve as a text in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses such as Methods for Students with Severe Disabilities.

I. Educational Foundations
1. Introduction, Diane M. Browder, Fred Spooner, and Irene Meier
2. Alternate Assessment, Diane M. Browder, Fred Spooner, and Shawnee Wakeman
3. Standards-Based Individualized Education Plans and Progress Monitoring, Diane M. Browder, Fred Spooner, and Bree Jimenez
4. Evidence-Based Practices, Fred Spooner, Diane M. Browder, and Pamela J. Mims
II. Adapting General Education Content
5. Literacy, Diane M. Browder, Fred Spooner, and Lynn Ahlgrim-Delzell
6. Comprehension across the Curriculum, Diane M. Browder, Fred Spooner, and Candice Meyer
7. Mathematics, Diane M. Browder, Fred Spooner and Katherine Trela
8. Science, Fred Spooner, Diane M. Browder, and Bree Jimenez
9. Social Studies, Diane M. Browder, Fred Spooner, and Tracie-Lynn Zakas
III. Life Skills and Quality of Life
10. Sensory, Physical, and Health Care Needs, Fred Spooner, Diane M. Browder, and Pamela J. Mims
11. Communication Skills, Diane M. Browder, Fred Spooner, and Pamela J. Mims
12. Social Skills and Positive Behavior Support, Fred Spooner, Diane M. Browder, and Victoria F. Knight
13. Personal and Daily Living Skills, Fred Spooner, Diane M. Browder, and Joshua Baker
14. Community and Job Skills, Diane M. Browder, Fred Spooner, and Sharon Richter
15. Transition to Adult Living, Fred Spooner, Diane M. Browder, and Nicole Uphold


"Browder, Spooner, and colleagues provide an outstanding overview of the major trends and issues in educating students with moderate and severe disabilities. I am particularly impressed with the chapters on teaching core academic concepts and skills, which include many 'best-practice' suggestions for teachers and other educators. I feel certain this book will become an important resource for many teachers who administer alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards. This would be a great textbook for a school psychology course on working with students with developmental disabilities because it provides multiple concrete examples to support the understanding of graduate students who may have limited experience with this population."--Andrew Roach, PhD, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, Georgia State University"Current and practical. One of the book's particular strengths is its commitment to ensuring that students are provided access to the general curriculum, their IEPs are standards based, and their instructional programs address all of their needs. The text is replete with case studies and thoughtful reflections on the critical questions that special educators face every day. The value of such best practices as universal design, student-directed learning, behavior analysis, and choice making is strongly advocated throughout. This book would be perfect for an introductory course in severe disabilities."--Martin Agran, PhD, Department of Special Education, University of Wyoming "Browder and Spooner’s text represents the cutting edge in both the science and art of teaching students with moderate and significant cognitive disabilities. Teachers and teacher educators will find this volume to be a significant and useful resource."--Jacqueline F. Kearns, EdD, Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky "Up to date, comprehensive, and thoughtfully sequenced, this book should be at the top of the list for any course on teaching students with moderate or severe disabilities. An outstanding text!"--Craig H. Kennedy, PhD, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University
Diane M. Browder, PhD, and Fred Spooner, PhD, both at: College of Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte