Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities (What are the…
Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
What are Severe or Multiple Disabilities?
There are many descriptors of this in IDEA, but no particular section. This group includes students with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. This group also includes students who are deaf and blind. This group also includes any other mix of severe or multiple disabilities.
Some people hold that the IDEA definition is inadequate, preferring "individuals who require support in one or more major activities in order to participate in an integrated community and enjoy a quality of life similar to that available to all active citizens..."
What are the Characteristics of Individuals with Severe and Multiple Disabilities?
Significant cognitive limitations.
Learning must be made relevant and meaningful.
Typically socially and emotionally developmentally delayed.
Limited communication abilities can result in disruptive behaviors.
What is the Role of Assessment for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities?
"Standardized assessments are problematic for students with severe and multiple disabilities for an additional reason: the results of such tests fail to help teachers decide what to teach or how."
Authentic assessment is an ongoing process that occurs within the student's natural environment and includes observation of a student's performance as well as the necessary support for the student.
How Do Learners with Severe and Multiple Disabilities Receive Their Education?
Early intervention is extremely important.
Many receive education in segregated programs that focus on life skills, but this trend is changing to give students more access to the core curriculum.
What Are Recommended Educational Practices for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities?
Meaningful curriculum is relevant curriculum provided for each student according to interests, personal goals, and limitations in reaching those goals.
What Are The Perspectives of Parents and Families?
Some families view having a child with disabilities as a gift, but others may express more negative perceptions.
Consider cultural diversity.
What Trends and Issues Are Affecting the Field of Severe and Multiple Disabilities?
Integrated service delivery
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