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College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities: Strategies and Tips to Make the Most of Your College Experience

by Vicky G. Spencer Cynthia G. Simpson

The complete handbook for college-bound kids with learning disabilities. Planning for college can be one of the biggest moments in a teen's life, but for those students with learning and other disabilities, the college experience can be fraught with frustration, uncertainty, and lowered self-confidence. College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities offers teens the confidence, strategies, and guidance they need to effectively choose a college, get prepared for university life, and make the most of their collegiate experience. The book covers pertinent topics such as understanding the rights and responsibilities of students with special needs, talking to professors and peers, getting involved, asking for and receiving accommodations, and utilizing one's strengths to meet and exceed academic standards. This unique reference book also includes advice from current college students with disabilities to empower future students and provide them with hope for success.

Teaching Children With Autism in the General Classroom

by Vicky G. Spencer Cynthia G. Simpson

Successful strategies for educating students with autism in the regular classroom. Recent special education legislation has led to a rise in inclusion classrooms, where students with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, are taught alongside their nondisabled peers. Teaching Children with Autism in the General Classroom provides an introduction to inclusionary practices that serve children with autism, giving teachers the practical advice they need to ensure each student receives the quality education he or she deserves. Promoting field-tested strategies and techniques, this book offers teachers sound advice for creating a classroom environment conducive to learning success for children with autism spectrum disorders. The easy-to-use tips and tools included also aide teachers in organizing and managing their classrooms to maximize instruction for students of all ability levels. Detailed resource guides and concise overviews of special education legislation also are provided to give general education teachers a solid background of knowledge about autism and the needs of students with the disorder.

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