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Teaching Students With Medical, Physical, and Multiple Disabilities

Teaching Students With Medical, Physical, and Multiple Disabilities
A Practical Guide for Every Teacher

May 2006 | 136 pages | Corwin
If not properly addressed, a medical or physical disability that results in limited strength, mobility, vitality, and/or alertness can have as much of an adverse affect on a student's educational performance as a learning disability.

Including a pre-test, post-test, and key vocabulary terms, this highly informative guide discusses the issues teachers and school nurses need to be aware of in order to effectively support students with medical, physical, and multiple disabilities in the special or mainstream education classroom. Highlights include

o Cognitive, academic, physical, behavioural, and communication characteristics of numerous medical and physical conditions

o Helpful ideas for adjusting the classroom and school environments to suit the needs of students with medical and physical disabilities

o Strategies for adapting activities and materials for students with physical disabilities

o Assistive technologies designed to enhance communication or mobility

o Identification issues associated with multiple disabilities

About A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher
About the Authors
Self-Assessment I
Introduction to Teaching Students With Medical, Physical, and Multiple Disabilities
1.What Are Medical Disabilities?
Identification of Medical Symptoms

Prevalence of Medical Disabilities

“Other” Health Impairments

Special Health Problems

Medically Fragile and Technology Dependent Groups

2.What Are Physical Disabilities?
Orthopedic Impairments

Specific Impairments

Neurological Disorders

Traumatic Brain Injury


3.What Are Multiple Disabilities?
4.What Characteristics Are Associated With Medical, Physical, and Multiple Disabilities?





5. What Should Every Teacher Know About Teaching Students With Medical, Physical, and Multiple Disabilities?
Identifying Disabilities

Asking Questions

Identifying Key Areas of Assistance

Adapting Instruction

Facilitating Communication

Fostering Independence

6.Medical, Physical, and Multiple Disabilities in Perspective
Selecting Home vs. Institutional Care

Supporting Inclusion

7. What Have We Learned?
Key Points

Key Vocabulary

Self-Assessment II

Answer Key for Self-Assessments

On Your Own


Journals & Articles



It satisfied the requirements of topics for trhe course

Mrs Nonnie Wrenn
Early Childhood Education, Haywood Community College
February 21, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

About the Series


Chapter 1

For instructors

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ISBN: 9781412939010