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Transition Portfolios for Students With Disabilities
How to Help Students, Teachers, and Families Handle New Settings



August 2002 | 144 pages | Corwin
Transition Portfolios for Students With Disabilities offers practical details on gathering critical information, including tips on what to include, sources, and timelines. It also shows you how to collect and include:

- Educational components, including learning style, physical influences, and environmental influences

- Accommodations to instruction, environment, or materials

- Medical information

- Students' communication styles

- Positive behaviour support plans

The authors also include a section on how to collect personal information about students, as well as sample mapping sessions as examples, and they provide easy-to-use charts and tables to help you develop a successful transition portfolio for your students with disabilities.

 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Gathering Information to Create a Transition Portfolio
Contents of a Portfolio  
Sources of Information  
Timelines for Developing a Portfolio  
Summary  
 
2. Collecting Personal Information About the Student
Information-Gathering Techniques  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
 
3. Including Medical Information in a Portfolio
Components of a Medical Section  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
 
4. Educational Programming
Educational Components of a Portfolio  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
 
5. Adaptations and Supports
Assistive Technology  
Individualized Accomodations to Instruction, Environment, or Materials  
Specialized Accomodations for Visual and Hearing Impairments  
Assistance From Other People  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
 
6. Special Considerations for Students With Physical Impairments
Appropriate Positioning of Students With Physical Impairments  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
 
7. Communication
Documenting the Student's Receptive and Expressive Communication  
Communication Opportunities  
Communication Partners and Communication Topics  
Teaching Communication Skills  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
 
8. Behavior Support and Reinforcement Strategies
Effective Reinforcement Strategies  
Functional Behavior Assessment  
Underlying Assumptions  
Completing a Functional Behavior Assessment  
Developing a Positive Behavior Support Plan  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
 
9. Teaming, Problem Solving, and Keeping Notes
Elements of an Effective Collaborative Team  
Getting Organized and Making Decisions  
Collaborative Problem Solving  
Writing It All Down  
Summary  
Additional Resources  
 
Final Thoughts
 
Appendix A: Suzie's Case Study
 
Appendix B: Steve's Case Study
 
Appendix C: Patrick's Case Study
 
References
 
Index

"This book on transition portfolios provides state-of-the-art information on transitioning needs of a wide range of students with disabilities, including those with the most complex needs. Filled with practical ideas and strategies, this book supports the efforts of teachers and families to help the student progress successfully through the educational experience." 

June Downing, Professor
California State University, Northridge

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MaryAnn Demchak

MaryAnn Demchak has worked in the field of special education for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, project director, and university professor. She has direct experience with individuals with severe, multiple disabilities and experience with those who have mild disabilities. Currently, she teaches courses in severe, multiple disabilities at the Univeristy of Nevada, Reno as well as directs a technical assistance project for students who are deafblind. She has numerous publications and conference presentations related to various special education issues (e.g., instruction of students with severe, multiple disabilities; planning for... More About Author

Robin G. Greenfield

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