Serving Students with Neurological Disorders: A Manual for Educators
AdvisorChalfant, James C.
Committee ChairChalfant, James C.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractDuring the past 20 years, the number of children and youth with neurological disorders attending schools has increased dramatically. There are two reasons for this increase. First, medical advances have resulted in more children and youth with neurological disorders surviving. Second, in the past, children with disabilities and health care needs were cared for in hospitals and residential institutions. Since 1975, however, federal legislation has mandated that all children with disabilities be provided a free appropriate public education in the nation's schools and in general education classrooms whenever possible.Unfortunately, school administrators and classroom teachers are not trained in how to accommodate students with neurological disorders. The medical literature provides information regarding the medical aspects of neurological disorders. However, neither the medical literature nor the educational literature provides the specialized knowledge and skills administrators and teachers need to plan for and provide appropriate educational and health related services to children with neurological disorders. This dissertation addresses the need to provide teacher and administrators with practical information about accommodating students with neurological disorders in schools.The purpose of this project was to develop a resource manual which describes the impact of students' neurological disorders on their education. This "user-friendly" resource manual can be used by teachers, administrators, and support staff in developing individualized educational programs for children and youth with neurological disorders. The manual focuses on six neurological disorders about which school personnel have limited knowledge. Section One includes a historical overview of the education of children with neurological disorders and the legislation which mandates that schools must provide all children with disabilities an appropriate education. Section Two describes each neurological disorder by presenting the definition of the disorder and its associated physical and cognitive conditions. Section Three addresses accommodations teachers can use in classrooms to meet the individual physical, cognitive and health care needs of these children.
Degree ProgramSpecial Education & Rehabilitation