ESE 631 W6 Survey of the Exceptional Child Essay

ESE 631 W6 Survey of the Exceptional Child Essay

ESE 631 W6 Survey of the Exceptional Child Essay

In an article from Beckman (2001) states, “Improved student learning requires teachers, schools, and districts to give up unproductive traditions and beliefs, replacing them with validated practices and a full understanding of the intent of the law. Successful student access to the general education curriculum is most likely when there is general acceptance” of best practices in special education and adherence to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

You are a special education teacher and your principal is concerned about the general education teachers being aware of special education laws and strategies for supporting students with disabilities in the general education classroom. With this in mind, the principal has asked you to put together an in-service presentation for the next faculty meeting (with mostly general education teachers) that reviews important components of special education, the law, and research-based strategies for instruction and inclusion.

The presentation should address the following components:

Overview of IDEA, least restrictive environment (LRE), and free and appropriate public education (FAPE)
Describe the purpose and main components of an individualized education program (IEP)
Describe accommodations and modifications that could support students with disabilities in the classroom
Compare and contrast learning disabilities (LD) and emotional/behavioral disabilities (EBD)
Compare and contrast LD and intellectual disabilities (ID)
Compare and contrast EBD and ID
Inclusion tips for each of the disability areas above (LD, EBD, ID)
The presentation should be 15 to 20 slides, not including title and reference slides. The presentation should have a professional appearance and provide images and other visuals to engage the audience. Further, each slide should include slide notes that elaborate on the content of the presentation slide. APA format should be used for all in-text citations and references. Utilize at least two scholarly sources in addition to your course text.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.


You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.