Neurodiversity In The Classroom
184 pages
ISBN: 9781416614838

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Neurodiversity In The Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies To Help Students With Special Needs Succeed In School And Life

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Thomas Armstrong

A new concept on human diversity has emerged over the past 10 years that promises to revolutionise the way educators provide services to students with special needs: neurodiversity. Just as we celebrate diversity in nature and cultures, so too do we need to honour the diversity of brains among our students who learn, think, and behave differently.

In Neurodiversity in the Classroom, best-selling author Thomas Armstrong argues that we should embrace the strengths of such neurodiverse students to help them and their neurotypical peers thrive in school and beyond. By looking at the positive strengths of your students with special needs, you can help those students flourish, ensure their success, and align their instruction to educational standards. Armstrong shows you the steps you need to take to establish a more favourable, productive learning environment for five special needs categories:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Emotional and behavioural disorders

Explore the strengths, talents, and abilities of students with these special needs, and learn how to construct a positive day-to-day learning experience that fits the unique needs of each child. Armstrong explains why applying these strength-based concepts makes it easier to align instruction of special needs students with common core standards. And he provides you with examples of how to teach and assess specific English language arts and mathematics standards for students with different special needs. Even if you rarely deal with special needs students, taking account of your students' neurodiversity is an essential new insight for your practice.