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Interviews with authors

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Autism, Communication, & Developmental Disabilities

What are the 6 characteristics of a well-functioning organization that supports people with IDD? (02/12)
Q&A with the authors of A Leadership Guide for Today’s Disabilities Organizations: Overcoming Challenges and Making Change Happen

How do you individualize interventions for learners with limited communication? (01/12)
Q&A with the authors of AAC Strategies for Individuals with Moderate to Severe Disabilities

Do you have to pick sides when it comes to interventions for children with autism? (03/11)
Q&A with the author of Individualized Autism Intervention for Young Children: Blending Discrete Trial and Naturalistic Strategies

Take the quiz
How up to date are you on the latest disabilities terminology? (01/11)
Quiz of terms and concepts selected by the editors of Dictionary of Developmental Disabilities Terminology, Third Edition

How do you promote progress for students with significant cognitive disabilities? (07/10)
Q&A with the authors of Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: An Educator’s Guid

What distinguishes nursing care for individuals with IDD? (12/09)
Q&A with the editors of Nursing Care for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

How do you pick the best interventions for a child with speech sound disorders? (11/09)
Q&A with the editors of Interventions for Speech Sound Disorders in Children

Attention, Behavior, & Social-Emotional Development and Support

How can you better support LGBT youth and their families? (07/12)
Q&A with the editors of Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals

What can teachers do when students act up or seem down during class? (06/12)
Q&A with the authors of Recognize and Respond to Emotional and Behavioral Issues in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide

How can parents gain strength and confidence to deal positively with their child’s challenging behavior? (06/11)
Q&A with the author of Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child

What is important for teachers to understand about diagnosing and treating ADHD? (09/10)
Q&A with the authors of ADHD Diagnosis & Management: A Practical Guide for the Clinic & the Classroo

How can you reduce persistent problem behavior and improve the learning environment for everyone? (10/09)
Q&A with the co-author of Prevent–Teach–Reinforce: The School-Based Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support

Early Childhood & Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

How do you address feeding challenges in young children? (04/12)
Q&A with the authors of Feeding Challenges in Young Children: Strategies and Specialized Interventions for Success

How do you create adaptations that will help all toddlers in your program participate and learn? (03/12)
Q&A with the authors of CARA’s Kit for Toddlers: Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities

What are some common misconceptions about the needs of internationally adopted children? (12/11)
Q&A with the author of Supporting Development in Internationally Adopted Children

What are the key issues to be examined in developing a high-quality pre-K program? (07/11)
Q&A with the editors of The Pre-K Debates: Current Controversies and Issues

How can practitioners ensure child learning is happening—even in their absence? (02/11)
Q&A with the authors of The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook

How are new technologies revolutionizing the use of AT in early childhood? (12/10)
Q&A with the authors of Assistive Technology for Young Children: Creating Inclusive Learning Environment

What are some myths about dual language development? (11/10)
Q&A with the authors of Dual Language Development and Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning, Second Edition

What are the advantages of using authentic assessment for early childhood intervention? (10/10)
Q&A with the authors of LINKing Authentic Assessment & Early Childhood Intervention: Best Measures for Best Practices, Second Edition

How can you recognize the signs of stress in young children? (09/09)
Q&A with the author of Little Kids, Big Worries:Stress-Busting Tips for Early Childhood Classrooms

How can you cultivate young “scientists in waiting”? (08/09)
Q&A with the co-author of Preschool Pathways to Science (PrePS™): Facilitating Scientific Ways of Thinking, Talking, Doing, and Understanding

K-12 Education


For children with brain injury, how can you assess and monitor critical skills for learning? (03/10)
Q&A with the developers of the Pediatric Test of Brain Injury™ (PTBI™)

School & Classroom Management

How can teachers make classroom and paperwork organization more manageable? (11/11)
Q&A with the author of The Special Educator’s Toolkit: Everything You Need to Organize, Manage, and Monitor Your Classroom

What are the 7 characteristics of effective schools? (08/11)
Q&A with the authors of Schools that Make the Grade: What Successful Schools Do to Improve Student Achievement

Special Education, Inclusion, & Struggling Learners

What is cultural reciprocity in special education and why does it matter? (05/12)
Q&A with the authors of Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education: Building Family–Professional Relationships

What do general education teachers and special educators bring to the co-teaching equation? (09/11)
Q&A with the authors of How to Co-Teach: A Guide for General and Special Educators

How do you build an educational plan that reflects family priorities and optimizes learning outcomes? (04/11)
Q&A with the authors of Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children (COACH): A Guide to Educational Planning for Students with Disabilities, Third Edition

How do you spot (and correct) the weaknesses behind a child’s academic struggles? (02/10)
Q&A with the authors of Helping Children Learn: Intervention Handouts for Use in School and at Home, Second Edition

Reading, Writing, & Literacy

What are some keys to helping middle school student become stronger readers? (08/12)
Q&A with the authors of Effective Instruction for Middle School Students with Reading Difficulties: The Reading Teacher’s Sourcebook

How can you help a student struggling with higher-level reading skills (like comprehension)? (08/10)
Q&A with the authors of Ready to Read: A Multisensory Approach to Language-Based Comprehension Instruction

What is the key ingredient teachers need to ensure all kids can read? (05/10)
Q&A with the author of author of Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, Second Edition, and Speech to Print Workbook: Language Exercises for Teachers

How do you link reading assessment results with effective interventions? (01/10)
Q&A with the authors of Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction: Connecting Assessments to Effective Interventions

Math, Science, & Technology

Why is it so critical for teachers to promote spatial literacy in the classroom? (06/10)
Q&A with the author of Blocks and Beyond: Strengthening Early Math and Science Skills through Spatial Learning


Transition, College, & Employment

What can you do to help students with disabilities make a successful transition to adulthood? (10/11)
Q&A with the author of Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies for Transition