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Major Student Disability Categories - Chapter Summary
Work through this chapter at your own pace to review the major student disability categories. The chapter's lessons will show you how teachers can support students who have various types of disabilities, including traumatic brain injuries, emotional and behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. You'll also take a look at the concept of co-occurring conditions in special education. When you're finished, you should be able to:
- Recognize federal special education disability categories
- Accommodate students who have learning, intellectual, physical or multiple disabilities
- Work with students who have emotional, behavioral, communication and autism spectrum disorders
- Understand how to work with students who are dead, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision
- Teach students who suffer from traumatic brain injuries
- Assess the impact of co-occurring conditions in special education
To help you reinforce your understanding of these student disability categories, we've included interactive lessons quizzes and a chapter exam. If you need any extra help, feel free to reach out to our instructors online. The chapter can be accessed on any Internet-connected device, and it's available to study whenever you have free time in your schedule.
1. Federal Disability Categories for Special Education
Disabled students face unique challenges and may require special accommodations for education depending on their needs. This lesson will explore the different categories designated by federal disability guidelines for special education.
2. Students with Learning Disabilities
Working with students who have learning disabilities requires a unique awareness along with special accommodations. This lesson explores the issues faced by learning disabled students.
3. Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
Working with students who have emotional or behavioral disorders requires a unique awareness along with special accommodations. This lesson will explore the issues faced by these students and will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.
4. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This lesson will highlight issues that are relevant to teachers of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including causes, diagnosis, education and transition into adulthood. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.
5. Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Students with intellectual disabilities have unique characteristics and special needs. This lesson defines and explains the concept of intellectual disability and considers how these students may interact and learn differently in the classroom.
6. Students with Communication Disorders
Students with communication disorders have unique needs and may have issues with speech, language, hearing, or processing. This lesson will explore communication disorders in students and will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.
7. Students with Physical Disabilities & Other Health Impairments
Students with physical disabilities and other health impairments have unique needs. This lesson will discuss the specifics of life with a physical disability or health impairment and will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.
8. Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing requires a unique awareness along with special accommodations. This lesson explores the issues faced by the deaf and hard of hearing student.
9. Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
Working with students who are blind or have low vision requires a unique awareness along with special accommodations. This lesson will explore the issues faced by blind and low vision students and will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.
10. Teaching Students with Traumatic Brain Injury
Imagine waking up one day unable to remember what happened the day before, or having a difficult time reading a book. This lesson will explore a few teaching strategies that might help a student with a traumatic brain injury.
11. Teaching Students with Multiple Disabilities
A student with a disability has barriers to learning. Now imagine a student with multiple disabilities and how their unique problems put them at even more of a disadvantage. Let's look at some ideas for teaching students with multiple disabilities.
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Other chapters within the GACE Special Education General Curriculum (581): Practice & Study Guide course
- Instructional Strategies Overview
- Strategies & Tools for Special Education Teachers
- Teaching Strategies for Different Learning Styles
- Adapting the Classroom for Different Learning Styles
- The Learning Environment & Student Health
- Human Development & Disability Identification & Impact
- Individualized Education Plans & Special Education
- Transition Services & Planning
- Types of Assessment & Special Education Classrooms
- Special Education Rules & Legislation
- Teacher Responsibilities & Communication in SPED
- GACE Special Education General Curriculum Flashcards