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Assisting Students With Disabilities

Assisting Students With Disabilities
A Handbook for School Counselors

Second Edition

December 2006 | 160 pages | Corwin
This new edition revisits the important role that school counsellors play in the personal, social, academic, and career development of students with disabilities.

While school counsellors play a critical role in the planning and distribution of services to students with special needs, they may have very little training in this area. Baumberger and Harper's essential handbook has been updated throughout to help counsellors work confidently and competently with students who may require special services. The specific model they originally developed is even more useful today as counsellors document the ways in which they connect student data with appropriate interventions. The book chapters provide:

• Clear explanations of recent changes shaping the legal context for working with students with disabilities

• Tips to help counsellors identify students eligible for special services

• Suggestions for designing realistic, measurable IEP goals

• A number of case studies that walk readers through effective counselling responses

• Insight into gaining parents' trust, involving families positively in schools, and counselling siblings of students with disabilities

• Strategies for integrating the individual needs of students with disabilities into comprehensive school counselling programs

Every school counsellor feeling the weight of accountability will welcome this guide to measurable, improved service delivery for students with special needs.

Foreword by Jay Trenhaile
About the Authors
1. The Legal Context for Working With Students With Disabilities
The Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA)

Section 504

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act

Additional Laws Affecting Schools and School Counselors

When Parents, Students, and School Personnel Disagree

Concluding Comments

2. Specific Learning Disabilities and the School Counselor's Role
Students With Specific Learning Disabilities: A Heterogeneous Group

Learning Disabilities and Risk Factors

Prereferral Activities

Concluding Comments

3. Knowing the Whole Child
Gathering Data About the Child

Observation and Assessment Tools

Reporting Findings

Concluding Comments

4. Matching Data With Appropriate Interventions
The TREAT Model

Theories and Concepts



Adjunct Services and Supplemental Aids

Treatable Goals

Concluding Comments

5. Building a Structure for Success
Identifying the Affected Skill or Curriculum Area

Realistic and Measurable Goals

Writing SMART Goals

Career-Related Goals

Life-Skills Goals

Concluding Comments

6. Forming Partnerships With Families
Parents and Families as Equal Partners

Family Functioning

Making Parents Feel Welcome

Earning Parents' Trust

Adapting Your Style

Reasons Parents React Differently


Working With the Siblings of Children With Disabilities

Family Diversity

Concluding Comments

7. Making a Difference in the Wider Circle of Caring


Collaboration and Teaming

Systemic Change--Beginning With YOU

Concluding Comments

Resource A: Professional Organizations
Resource B: ASCA Position Statement on the Professional School Counselor and Students With Special Needs
Resource C: ASCA's Ethical Standards for School Counselors
Suggested Readings

"Counselors, parents, special educators, and college transition coordinators will benefit greatly from the wealth of practical information in this book, which gives readers focused methods for addressing how optimal outcomes can be attained in the face of limited time, energy, and resources. Highly recommended."

Narda N. Porter, ADA Coordinator
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

"An excellent resource for anyone who supports students with disabilities. This complex subject is made practical and the TREAT model provides a great outline for solutions. I recommend this book as a road map to help students make successful transitions from grade to grade and beyond."

Gary G. Gibson, Counselor/LD Specialist
Virginia Western Community College

Julie P. Baumberger

Julie P. Baumberger is an associate professor at the Ross School of Medicine (Dominica, West Indies), where she has a joint appointment in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and the Counseling Center. She also teaches for Capella University in the Harold Abel School of Psychology. As a licensed professional counselor, psychological examiner, and school counselor, Dr. Baumberger worked for many years as a school counselor in both elementary and secondary schools. She later maintained a private practice counseling children, youth, and adults. Her current research and scholarly interests include youth and adults with disabilities, school... More About Author

Ruth E. Harper

Ruth E. Harper is Professor of Counseling and Human Resource Development at South Dakota State University, where she coordinates the college student personnel track. Harper has been a counselor and administrator at the postsecondary level for many years. Harper’s research and writing focuses on college student mental health issues, American Indian college students, and career counseling. More About Author

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