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What Teachers Need to Know About Students with Disabilities

ISBN13: 9780864318695
Author(s): Peter Westwood
Publisher: ACER Press, 2009
SKU code: A5019BK
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The What Teachers Need to Know About series aims to refresh and expand basic teaching knowledge and classroom experience. Books in the series provide essential information about a range of subjects necessary for today's teachers to do their jobs effectively.

What Teachers Need to Know About Students with Disabilities provides a concise overview of the disabilities that teachers may encounter in their classrooms, and how these disabilities impact on students' learning and development. Containing up to date information, this title is a valuable resource for practising teachers, teachers in training and other school personnel such as guidance officers, school counsellors and classroom assistants.

Main topics include:

  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism and Asperger syndrome
  • Other pervasive developmental disorders
  • Physical and health impairments
  • Vision and hearing impairments
  • Language and learning disorders
  • Emotional and behavioural disorders.

The book is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all disorders and conditions. Instead, Peter Westwood describes the main features of a wide range of commonly occurring disabilities, the priority needs of individuals with these disabilities, and effective methods for teaching these students. Links to further reading and resources are provided.

Author(s): Peter Westwood
About the Author(s):

With over 45 years' experience in education, Peter Westwood has taught students of all ages from preschool to tertiary, and much of his classroom career was spent teaching students with special educational needs.

After some years serving in the School of Special Education and Disability Studies at Flinders University in South Australia, he is currently a Visiting Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong.

Peter has published many articles and books for teachers and for children.