This book assembles into one volume summaries of school-based intervention research that relates to those who deal on a regular basis with the growing body of students having high-incidence learning disabilities and/or behavior disorders: special educators, school psychologists, and clinical child psychologists. Chapter authors begin with an overview of their topic followed by a brief section on historical perspectives before moving on to the main section – a critical discussion of empirically based intervention procedures. In those instances where evidence-based prescriptions can legitimately be made, authors discuss best practices and the conditions (e.g., classroom environment, teacher expertise) under which these practices are most effective. A final section deals with policy issues.
Part I: Introduction. Morris, Mather, Introduction and Historical Perspectives. Braden, Shernoff, Why the Need for Evidence-Based Interventions? Part II: Students Having Behavioral Challenges. DuPaul, Rutherford, Hosterman, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Liaupsin, Scott, Disruptive Behavior. Schoenfield, Morris, Childhood Fears and Related Anxieties. Reinemann, Schnoebelen, Depression and Related Difficulties. Part III: Students Having Learning Challenges. Fahey, Oral Language Problems. Mather, Urso, Teaching Younger Readers with Reading Difficulties. Wexler, Edmonds, Vaughn, Teaching Older Readers with Reading Difficulties. Berninger, Written Language During Early and Middle Childhood. Montague, van Garderen Mathematics Instruction. Dehn, Cognitive Processing Difficulties. Gildroy, Deshler, Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Gregg, Lindstrom, Accommodation of Instructional Testing Situations. Part IV: Issues Related to Teaching Students Having Learning and Behavioral Challenges. Ortiz, Issues Unique to English Language Learners. Pfeiffer, Blei, Serving Gifted Students with Learning and Behavioral Challenges. Kauffman, Mock, Tankersley, Landrum, Service Delivery Models. Part V: Commentary on Teaching Students Having Learning and Behavioral Challenges. Brooks, Goldstein, Perspective and Commentary: The Power of Mindsets, Creating Classrooms that Nurture Resilience.
Linda Mason (U. of Illinois) – "I agree that no such book exists as proposed by Drs. Morris and Mather and agree that there is a need for this volume. I generally found Drs. Morris and Mather’s book plan to be thorough and well developed. As noted, a more comprehensive review of academic interventions, especially for elementary-aged students, would strengthen the intervention section. Also, a major issue in the fields of learning disabilities and behavior disorders is the identification or often misidentification of students, and that issue should be included in the volume. In conclusion, I believe this book will make a unique contribution to the field of special education and I would most certainly purchase it for my personal use as well as use it in my own teaching. I recommend this book be developed for publication."
John Lloyd (U. of Virginia) – "I find the general structure of the proposed title sensible for the most part. Conceptualizing the map of issues, a tough task, requires a broad scope and a balance between topical and categorical approaches. The editors might want to consider sections on causes and on characteristics with chapters paralleling those in other sections. Such an addition would, of course, cause a frightening increase in the size of the book or require a reduction in the number of chapters in each section. I wonder why the two chapters in the Issues section were only two – nothing on identification, prevention, etc… The editors are well qualified, many of the proposed chapter authors are outstanding, and the emphasis on evidence-based practice quite welcome…. I suspect the market (beyond libraries) will primarily be professors and graduate students in advanced classes."