Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities eBook, 6th Edition

David L. Westling all

Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities eBook, 6th Edition

By David L. Westling, Erik W. Carter, Alexandra Da Fonte, Jennifer A. Kurth
In stock
Add to cart
David L. Westling all
Published Date
For courses in Severe/Multiple Disabilities or Moderate and Severe Disabilities.

A comprehensive, clear approach helps readers learn to apply effective instructional strategies that meet the unique needs of students with severe disabilities

Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities presents thorough coverage of the major issues pertinent to teaching students with severe disabilities in a way that helps teachers easily understand and apply concepts in their own classrooms. Lauded as a book unparalleled for its level of currency and reality, the authors draw on their own personal experience and a broad array of professional literature to help make even the most complex research findings on severe disabilities understandable and usable in the real world of education today. Focusing on both methodology and curriculum, the authors present concise information that helps readers develop an understanding of the strengths and needs of individuals with severe disabilities, current service philosophies, and effective instructional practices for teaching these students. Thoughtful attention is paid to alternative assessments, the role of the paraprofessional, multicultural concerns, the effects of peer relationships, the use of assistive technology, early intervention, and more.

Restructured to focus on essential information and practical instructional strategies, the 6th Edition incorporates the expertise of two new authors and up-to-date coverage of the latest topics in the field.

The full text downloaded to your computer

With eBooks you can:

  • search for key concepts, words and phrases
  • make highlights and notes as you study
  • share your notes with friends

eBooks are downloaded to your computer and accessible either offline through the Bookshelf (available as a free download), available online and also via the iPad and Android apps.

Upon purchase, you'll gain instant access to this eBook.

Time limit

The eBooks products do not have an expiry date. You will continue to access your digital ebook products whilst you have your Bookshelf installed.

  • The clear, jargon-free writing style helps readers better concentrate on and understand the material presented.
  • The streamlined presentation conveys critical information in a more concise, applied manner that helps readers develop an understanding of the strengths and needs of individuals with severe disabilities, current service philosophies, and effective instructional practices for teaching these students.
  • Content has been shortened or combined to 17 chapters (a reduction of four chapters from the previous edition), to focus on the information that is of the greatest value to current and future professionals.
  • Two new authors, Dr. Alexandra Da Fonte of Vanderbilt University and Dr. Jennifer A. Kurth of the University of Kansas, bring their expertise to the 6th Edition.
  • Chapter overviews prepare students for the content to follow.
  • Part 1 (Chapters 1–3) provides important considerations for teaching students with severe disabilities, including how this condition is defined and the potential of individuals with severe disabilities; philosophies that direct services and instructional practices; and the importance of and effective procedures for collaboration.
  • Part 2 (Chapters 4–7) presents general procedures that are relevant to all aspects of instruction, including assessing and planning for instruction, instructional methods (with a focus on systematic instruction), evaluating student progress, and supporting students in inclusive classrooms.
  • Part 3 (Chapters 8–14) drills deeper into strategies for specific areas, including addressing health and medical needs of students and teaching skills in communication; personal care; academics; home and community; and social, leisure, and recreation. The final chapter in Part 3 discusses providing support to improve challenging behavior.
  • Part 4 (Chapters 15–17) provides information about three key special considerations: using assistive technology, meeting the needs of young children, and transition planning and adult issues.
  • Up-to-date research is included in every chapter.
  • Questions for Reflection in each chapter are ideal for use as in-class or out-of-class assignments.
  • Includes coverage of critical topics such as: Participation in the general curriculum, assessment, academic instruction, assistive technology, working with parents and other family members, supporting learners in inclusive classrooms, and transition/adult issues.
  • Prepares students to teach at any level — from elementary school to independent living classes — and helps students understand the breadth and complexity of the special education field.
Table of contents
  • PART ONE: Important Considerations Prior to Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities
  • 1. Students with Severe Disabilities: Descriptions, Characteristics, and Possibilities
  • 2. Philosophies and Practices for Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities
  • 3. Collaboration among Educators, Professionals, and Families
  • PART TWO: General Instructional Procedures
  • 4. Assessment and Planning for Instruction
  • 5. Teaching Students to Learn, Generalize, and Maintain Skills
  • 6. Evaluating Student Progress
  • 7. Supporting Inclusive Education
  • PART THREE: Specific Instructional Procedures and Supports
  • 8. Providing Support for Health and Medical Needs
  • 9. Assessment and Instruction of Communication Skills
  • 10. Teaching Personal Care Skills
  • 11. Teaching Academic Skills
  • 12. Teaching Home and Community Skills
  • 13. Fostering Friendships and Recreational Involvement
  • 14. Providing Behavior Support to Improve Challenging Behavior
  • PART FOUR: Special Considerations
  • 15. Using Assistive Technology
  • 16. Meeting the Needs of Young Children
  • 17. Transitioning to Adulthood