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Teaching Students With Mental Retardation
A Practical Guide for Every Teacher



May 2006 | 136 pages | Corwin
Students with mental retardation often struggle tremendously to complete the same tasks that many of their peers do without any difficulty - but with special assistance their struggles to learn can be highly successful. In Teaching Students With Mental Retardation, special and mainstream teachers will find highly effective strategies for enhancing the academic and social skills of students with mental retardation in their classrooms.

Offering a pre-test, post-test, and key vocabulary terms, this exceptional resource also discusses:

o Common causes of mental retardation such as genetic conditions, problems during pregnancy and birth, and health problems

o Diagnosing mental retardation

o Cognitive, academic, physical, behavioural, and communication characteristics of mental retardation

o Methods for improving the functional academic, social, self-care, and work skills of students with mental retardation

o Instructional approaches for students with severe disabilities

o Influential trends and issues such as prevention of mental retardation and transitioning from school to work

 
About A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
Self-Assessment I
 
Introduction to Teaching Students With Mental Retardation
 
1.What is Mental Retardation?
Definition  
Prevalence  
 
2.What Causes Mental Retardation?
Genetic Conditions  
Problems During Pregnancy & Birth  
Health Problems  
 
3.How is Mental Retardation Diagnosed?
Significance of Adaptive Behavior in Diagnosis  
 
4.What Characteristics Are Associated With Mental Retardation?
Cognitive  
Academic  
Physical  
Behavioral  
Communication  
 
5.How Should Teachers Teach Students With Mental Retardation?
Improving Functional Academic Skills  
Improving School Adaptive Behavior  
Improving Work Skills  
Improving Leisure Skills  
 
6.What Should Every Teacher Know About Teaching Students With Severe Disabilities?
Definition  
Prevalence  
Curriculum Considerations  
Instructional Approaches  
 
7.What Trends and Issues Influence How We Teach Students With Mental Retardation?
Prevention of Mental Retardation  
Transitioning From School to Work  
 
8.Mental Retardation in Perspective
Recent Advances  
The Importance of Environments  
Inclusion  
 
9. What Have We Learned?
Key Points  
Key Vocabulary  
Self-Assessment II  
Answer Key for Self-Assessments  
On Your Own  
 
Resources
Books  
Journals & Articles  
Organizations  
 
References
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

About the Series

Introduction

Chapter 1


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