1st Edition

Collaboration A Multidisciplinary Approach to Educating Students With Disabilities

By Cynthia G. Simpson, Jeffrey Bakken Copyright 2011
    414 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This practical resource for teachers, professionals, and parents addresses collaboration, effective communication, and how to work with families. Information also is included on the many different professionals involved in the education of students with disabilities, such as occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, school psychologists, intervention specialists, and more. Each chapter is written by actual professionals in that area and addresses roles and responsibilities of the authors' job, how they communicate with teachers and parents, and the direct services they provide to students and teachers. With a focus on how everyone must work together to meet student needs, this is an essential text for special education professionals.

    Foreword Section Collaboration and Consultation: The First Steps Chapter 1 Collaboration and Consultation: The First Steps Section 2 Effective Communication in Collaboration and Consultation Chapter 2 Effective Communication in Collaboration and Consultation Section 3 Working Collaboratively With Families Chapter 3 Working Collaboratively With Families Section 4 School Services: Working Together Chapter 4 General Educator Chapter 5 Special Education Teacher Chapter 6 Paraeducators Chapter 7 School Psychologist Chapter 8 Speech-Language Pathologist Chapter 9 Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Chapter 10 School Nurse Chapter 11 ABA Consultant Chapter 12 Educational Diagnostician Chapter 13 Assistive Technology Specialist Itinerant Services Chapter 15 Audiologist Chapter 16 School Social Workers Chapter 17 Professional School Counselor Chapter 18 Physical Educator Chapter 19 Orientation and Mobility Chapter 20 Physical and Occupational Therapists Chapter 21 Principal Section 5 High School Years and Beyond Chapter 22 Transition Specialists Chapter 23 Employment Support Facilitator (Job Coach Chapter 24 College Mentoring Programs Chapter 25 Resident Assistant Section 6 Bringing It Together: The Full Circle Chapter 26 Bringing It Together: The Full Circle Glossary of Terms About the Editors About the Authors


    Cynthia G. Simpson, Ph.D., has more than 16 years of experience in the public and private sector as a preschool teacher, special education teacher, elementary teacher, educational diagnostician, associate professor of education, and administrator. She maintains an active role in the lives of children and young adults with exceptionalities as an educational consultant in the areas of assessment, inclusive practices, and transition planning. She currently is an associate professor and program coordinator for special education in the College of Education at Sam Houston State University.

    Jeffrey P. Bakken, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Special Education at Illinois State University. He has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and graduate degrees in the area of special education-learning disabilities from Purdue University. Dr. Bakken is a teacher, consultant, and scholar. His specific areas of interest include transition, teacher effectiveness, assessment, learning strategies, and technology.