Cognitive and Intellectual Disabilities: Historical Perspectives, Current Practices, and Future Directions provides thorough coverage of the causes and characteristics of cognitive and intellectual disabilities (formerly known as mental retardation) as well as detailed discussions of the validated instructional approaches in the field today. Features include:
This comprehensive and current introductory textbook is ideally suited for introductory or methods courses related to cognitive and intellectual disabilities.
"I am most impressed by the high quality of the information and broad range of coverage of this text, which, while thorough and rigorous, has many appealing features and a writing style that is easy to understand and reader-friendly. I plan to use this book in my own work, as it provides an up-to-date source that helps the reader understand the importance of inclusion and social justice as well as effective instructional settings and practices for intellectually disabled students."
--James McLeskey, Professor, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida
"An essential text, Cognitive and Intellectual Disabilities provides a complete foundation in special education, grounded in an historical perspective of pivotal events, research, and legislation that have shaped the field. The guiding questions and additional online sources will challenge readers to evaluate and apply the information presented. This book equips future teachers with the knowledge needed to effectively implement best practices for educating students with disabilities."
--Fred Spooner, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Chapter 1: Historical Concepts and Perspectives
Chapter 2: Definition and Classification of Cognitive/Intellectual Disabilities
Chapter 3: Assessment for Identification
Chapter 4: Genetic and Chromosomal Factors
Chapter 5: Environmental and Psychosocial Causes
Chapter 6: Cognitive and Learning Characteristics
Chapter 7: Educational, Psychological, and Behavioral Characteristics
Chapter 8: Societal, Family, and Multicultural Characteristics
Chapter 9: Instructional Assessment
Chapter 10: Instructional Content
Chapter 11: Instructional Procedures
Chapter 12: Instructional Settings
Chapter 13: Future Directions