Language and Discourse in Special Education
Interdisciplinary teamwork has significantly improved the education of children with special needs. Because the students' needs are complex, the responses of the diverse professionals working together to provide services must be equally multifaceted.
Language and Discourse in Special Education analyzes how interdisciplinary teams work in school settings, specifically how members convey their knowledge in collaboration with others. Results from an in-depth study conducted in a school for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities illustrate the evolution of team culture, from establishing a common language to sharing information to solving day-to-day problems. The book details how educators, therapists, and doctors integrate concepts from their distinct fields and apply this shared knowledge in dealing with students, the administration, and one another. These observations support theoretical models of how teams can most effectively address student needs and identify optimal conditions for meaningful collaboration.
Featured areas of coverage include:
The importance of interdisciplinary teamwork in special education
Methods used in analyzing language and discourse
Key words relating to the team's work with the students
Discourse events within the team and with the administration
A practical model for interdisciplinary teamwork
Language and Discourse in Special Education is an essential reference for researchers, professionals, and graduate students working with special needs students in child and school psychology, behavioral therapy (e.g., occupational, psychical, speech), social work, pediatric medicine, and allied mental health and medical fields.
School-Parent Collaborations in Indigenous Communities: Providing Services for Children with Disabilities
Poverty. Lack of social support. Limited access to education. High risk for health problems. Indigenous communities face an inordinate number of hardships. But when children have special needs, these problems multiply exponentially, making existing difficulties considerably worse.
School-Parent Collaborations in Indigenous Communities: Providing Services for Children with Disabilities begins with an in-depth overview of indigenous experience and psychology, and situates disabilities within the contexts of indigenous communities and education services. The pilot study at the core of the book, conducted among the Bedouins of southern Israel, shows this knowledge in action as special education personnel engage parents in interventions for their children. Going beyond facile concepts of cultural sensitivity, the model recasts professionals as cultural mediators between school and family. This practice-oriented information has the potential to improve not only the well-being of children and families, but of the greater community as well.
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