Behavioural exceptionalities are defined by the Ministry of Education as follows:
Behaviour: 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
(In short, it depends, but you’ll know it when you see it 😉
Websites and Organizations for Behaviour Exceptionalities:
Centre for ADHD Awareness http://www.caddac.ca/
Sick Kids ADHD Clinic http://www.sickkids.ca/HealthInFocus/ADHD/index.html
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder www.chadd.org
Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada http://tourette.ca/
Shaping a Culture of Respect in Our Schools: Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships (2008)
Information about the Ministry’s Safe Schools strategy and related resources
Positive Behaviour Support Programs:
Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education. Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports http://www.pbis.org/
Bucket Fillers (School Wide Positive Behaviour Support) http://www.bucketfillers101.com/
Books on Behaviour Exceptionalities & how to deal with them
Brewer, R. & Mueller, T (2010) Strategies at Hand: quick and handy positive behaviour support strategies, Autism Asperger Publishing Company, Council for Exceptional Children, USA
Buron, K.D. (2006) When My Worries Get Too Big: a relaxation book for children who live with Anxiety, Autism Asperger Publishing Company, Council for Exceptional Children, USA
Dornbush, M. & Pruitt, S. (1995) Teaching the Tiger: a handbook for individuals involved in the education of students with Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Hope Press, CA USA This is an oldie but a CLASSIC for understanding ADHD
Kearney, K. (2007) Understanding Applied Behaviour Analysis: an Introduction to ABA for Parents, Teachers, and other Professionals, Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd, London
Alberta Education – Government of Alberta (2006) Focusing on Success: Teaching Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. http://education.alberta.ca/media/511987/focus.pdf
Jones, F. (2000) Tools for Teaching: discipline, instruction and motivation, Fredric Jones and Associates Publishing, USA
Lavoie, R. (2008) The Motivation Breakthrough: secrets to turning on the tuned-out child, DVD PBS Video
Packer, L. & Pruitt, S. (2010) Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers: Teaching students with Tourette’s, Bipolar Disorder, Executive Dysfunction, OCD, ADHD and more, Woodbine House Publishing, USA
Wong, H.K. (2004) The First Days of School: how to be an effective teacher. Ingram Book Company, USA
The Special Education Companion, 2002 (do you sense a theme here?)
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 Exceptionality’ you have 10 pages of characterisitics of these students, 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!
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