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Assisting Students With Disabilities
A Handbook for School Counselors

Second Edition


February 2007 | 160 pages | Corwin
This new edition revisits the important role that school counsellors play in the personal, social, academic, and career development of students with disabilities.

While school counsellors play a critical role in the planning and distribution of services to students with special needs, they may have very little training in this area. Baumberger and Harper's essential handbook has been updated throughout to help counsellors work confidently and competently with students who may require special services. The specific model they originally developed is even more useful today as counsellors document the ways in which they connect student data with appropriate interventions. The book chapters provide:

• Clear explanations of recent changes shaping the legal context for working with students with disabilities

• Tips to help counsellors identify students eligible for special services

• Suggestions for designing realistic, measurable IEP goals

• A number of case studies that walk readers through effective counselling responses

• Insight into gaining parents' trust, involving families positively in schools, and counselling siblings of students with disabilities

• Strategies for integrating the individual needs of students with disabilities into comprehensive school counselling programs

Every school counsellor feeling the weight of accountability will welcome this guide to measurable, improved service delivery for students with special needs.

 
Foreword by Jay Trenhaile
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. The Legal Context for Working With Students With Disabilities
The Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA)

 
Section 504

 
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

 
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act

 
Additional Laws Affecting Schools and School Counselors

 
When Parents, Students, and School Personnel Disagree

 
Concluding Comments

 
 
2. Specific Learning Disabilities and the School Counselor's Role
Students With Specific Learning Disabilities: A Heterogeneous Group

 
Learning Disabilities and Risk Factors

 
Prereferral Activities

 
Concluding Comments

 
 
3. Knowing the Whole Child
Gathering Data About the Child

 
Observation and Assessment Tools

 
Reporting Findings

 
Concluding Comments

 
 
4. Matching Data With Appropriate Interventions
The TREAT Model

 
Theories and Concepts

 
Relationships

 
Environment

 
Adjunct Services and Supplemental Aids

 
Treatable Goals

 
Concluding Comments

 
 
5. Building a Structure for Success
Identifying the Affected Skill or Curriculum Area

 
Realistic and Measurable Goals

 
Writing SMART Goals

 
Career-Related Goals

 
Life-Skills Goals

 
Concluding Comments

 
 
6. Forming Partnerships With Families
Parents and Families as Equal Partners

 
Family Functioning

 
Making Parents Feel Welcome

 
Earning Parents' Trust

 
Adapting Your Style

 
Reasons Parents React Differently

 
Sexuality

 
Working With the Siblings of Children With Disabilities

 
Family Diversity

 
Concluding Comments

 
 
7. Making a Difference in the Wider Circle of Caring
Leadership

 
Advocacy

 
Collaboration and Teaming

 
Systemic Change--Beginning With YOU

 
Concluding Comments

 
 
Resource A: Professional Organizations
 
Resource B: ASCA Position Statement on the Professional School Counselor and Students With Special Needs
 
Resource C: ASCA's Ethical Standards for School Counselors
 
References
 
Suggested Readings
 
Index

"Counselors, parents, special educators, and college transition coordinators will benefit greatly from the wealth of practical information in this book, which gives readers focused methods for addressing how optimal outcomes can be attained in the face of limited time, energy, and resources. Highly recommended."

Narda N. Porter, ADA Coordinator
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

"An excellent resource for anyone who supports students with disabilities. This complex subject is made practical and the TREAT model provides a great outline for solutions. I recommend this book as a road map to help students make successful transitions from grade to grade and beyond."

Gary G. Gibson, Counselor/LD Specialist
Virginia Western Community College

Sample Materials & Chapters

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