The Ontario Ministry of Education defines a “Behaviour” Exceptionality as:
A learning disorder characterized by specific behaviour problems over such a period of time, and to such a marked degree, and of such a nature, as to adversely affect educational performance, and that may be accompanied by one or more of the following:
a) an inability to build or to maintain interpersonal relationships;
b) excessive fears or anxieties;
c) a tendency to compulsive reaction;
d) an inability to learn that cannot be traced to intellectual, sensory, or other health factors, or any combination thereof.
Special Education: a Guide for Educators (2002)
Click here for a link to the DSM-IV Criteria for ADHD
(This may be *somewhat* more accurate)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD and ADD
I will say that Alberta is further ahead than Ontario in recognising and supporting students with ADHD. So let’s start with Alberta!
Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada
The Special Education Companion, 2002
Possibly the BEST and most under-used document in Special Education! This document lists countless ways to help students under each Exceptionality Category. If you look at ‘Behaviour’ you have 10 pages of characterisitics of students with Behaviour Exceptionalities, issues, general teaching and learning strategies, program ideas, subject-specific strategies (reading, spelling, mathematics) and assessment strategies!
Do NOT write an IEP without reading this document! Parents and Teachers should use this resource to determine appropriate accommodations, modifications, and strategies for the classroom. Parents, please bring this to your teacher meetings to advocate for your child!
Note: This is a PERSONAL blog, not an official Ministry of Education website. This is a forum for sharing.
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