Specific Disabilities

En español | In Spanish NICHCY offers brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability. Don't see the disability you were looking for listed below? Try our suggestions page. _____________________ Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity … [Read more...]

Categories of Disability Under IDEA

March 2012 In PDF In Spanish | En español The nation's special education law is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA. As part of making special education and related services available to children with disabilities in the public schools, IDEA defines the term "child with a disability." That definition includes specific disability terms, which are also defined by IDEA, as this webpage describes. The IDEA's disability … [Read more...]

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Fact Sheet 1 (FS1) June 2010 Aprox. 6 pages when printed. PDF version Sobre el autismo | About autism in Spanish __________________________________________________________ Ryan's Story What are the characteristics of autism? What are the disorders on the spectrum? How common is autism? What causes autism? ASD diagnoses in the future Is there help available? What about school? Tips for parents Tips … [Read more...]

Connecting with the Expertise of Special Education

Updated July 2012 Links checked, January 2013 Special educators have a tremendous amount of expertise to share, especially about individualizing instruction for students with specific kinds of disabilities and taking into account each child's special needs. Take advantage of the knowledge base that's built up over years of providing special education services to children with disabilities, starting with the section below on Special Education Websites. … [Read more...]

Behavior at School

November 2009 Links updated, May 2013 Behavior at school. What a gigantic topic, for families and schools alike. NICHCY is pleased to connect you with resources for helping children with disabilities with respect to behavior at school. School presents a unique challenge for children with behavior issues. Teachers need tools to use to help provide support and guidance.  Administrators need methods for creating a positive learning atmosphere … [Read more...]

Research-Based Resources on Specific Disabilities

Resources updated March 2013 Authors Dr. Barbara Smith & Kyrie Dragoo Research Analysts, NICHCY Here's a multitude of educational research connections you might find useful as you plan and deliver services to children with disabilities: Disability research, in general Research on AD/HD Research on Autism Research on Emotional/Behavioral Disturbance Research on Intellectual Disabilities Research on Learning Disabilities  Back … [Read more...]

Research Summaries

Re-designed November 2010 Updated January 2013 These days parents, educators, and policy makers are asking what the research evidence has to say about working with children who have disabilities. What classroom strategies, behavioral supports, and other educational interventions have strong foundations in scientific research to inform and guide practice?  This section of NICHCY's website is devoted to summarizing research in special education … [Read more...]

A Meta-Analysis of Intervention Research with Problem Behavior: Treatment Validity and Standards of Practice

NICHCY's Structured Abstract 60 describes the following: Title | A Meta-Analysis of Intervention Research with Problem Behavior: Treatment Validity and Standards of Practice Authors | Scotti, J.R., Evans, I.M., Meyer, L.H., & Walker, P. Source | American Journal on Mental Retardation, 96(3), 233-56. Year Published | 1991 Abstract Used meta-analysis to evaluate standards of practice (SOP) and validity of treatment outcomes in studies … [Read more...]

A Meta-Analysis of Video Modeling and Video Self-Modeling Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

NICHCY's Structured Abstract 72 describes the following: Title | A Meta-Analysis of Video Modeling and Video Self-Modeling Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders Authors | Bellini, S., & Akullian, J. Source | Exceptional Children, 73, 261-284. Year Published | 2007 Abstract This meta-analysis examined the effectiveness of video modeling and video self-modeling (VSM) interventions for children … [Read more...]

A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Social Skills Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

NICHCY's Structured Abstract 75 describes the following: Title | A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Social Skills Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Authors | Bellini, S., Peters, J., Benner, L., & Hopf, A. Source | Journal of Remedial and Special Education, 28(3), 153-162. Year Published | 2007 Abstract Social skills deficits are a central feature of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This meta-analysis of 55 … [Read more...]

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