Educating Exceptional Children,
15th Edition

Samuel Kirk, James J Gallagher, Mary Ruth Coleman

ISBN-13: 9780357625231
Copyright 2023 | Published
576 pages | List Price: USD $187.95

Learn about the strengths and challenges of working with special education students and their families with EDUCATING EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN, 15E, written by luminaries in special education today. You learn how to support the success of students who have disabilities or are gifted and talented. This edition's strength-based approach to student needs presents numerous instructional strategies. You explore the importance of a collaborative team approach and learn how to use the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework to address academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs. The latest research emphasizes how to apply this information in your own teaching, while student examples bring principles to life. Updates also review today's increase in online learning, the importance of "belonging" and strategies to enhance mindfulness in schools. Revisions examine the latest on genetics, neurology, assistive technology, information processing and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards.


1. Children and Youth with Exceptionalities and Their Families.
2. Children and Youth with Exceptionalities and Social Institutions: Government, Courts, and Schools.
3. Early Intervention Supports and Services.
4. Children and Youth with Intellectual Disabilities.
5. Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
6. Children and Youth with Learning Disabilities.
7. Children and Youth with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders.
8. Children and Youth with Emotional and Behavior Disorders.
9. Children and Youth with Communication, Language, and Speech Disorders.
10. Children and Youth with Gifts and Talents.
11. Children and Youth with Deafness and Hearing Impairments.
12. Children and Youth with Visual Impairments.
13. Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities, Health Impairments, and Multiple Disabilities.

  • Samuel Kirk

    Samuel Kirk, who wrote the first several editions of EDUCATING EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN, was a pioneer and “forefather” within the fields of special education and learning disabilities.

  • James J Gallagher

    James J. Gallagher is internationally respected for his research in the areas of giftedness, mental retardation and policy development, among other topics in special education. He was the first director of what was initially called the "Office for the Handicapped" within the Department of Education in Washington DC. Dr. Gallagher is the author of numerous scholarly articles and his work has provided a strong foundation for future advancements in special education. He earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

  • Mary Ruth Coleman

    Mary Ruth Coleman joined the author team of EDUCATING EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN on the 11th Edition. She is the author of numerous scholarly and practitioner-focused articles as well as curriculum and assessment materials. Dr. Coleman served as president of the Council for Exceptional Children in 2007. She earned her Ph.D. in special education and literacy studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • NEW "ASK THE EXPERTS" FEATURES HIGHLIGHT AN EDUCATION LEADER ADDRESSING IMPORTANT, CONTEMPORARY TOPICS. These engaging "Ask the Experts" discussions appear in every chapter as special education experts share their wisdom with the next generation of teachers. These essays focus on today's most pressing topics and are written in an inviting, conversational tone. Readers explore key ideas, such as race, college, the neurology behind disabilities and ADHD with narratives that encourage further class discussions.

  • ALL-NEW "HIGH LEVERAGE PRACTICES" (CEC/CEEDAR) APPEAR NEXT TO RELEVANT TOPICS. These High Leverage Practices features consistently appear next to specific topics when they are addressed, so the application is clearly visible. The full list of High Leverage Practices appears on the back cover of the text as a quick reference for students. You can ask students to incorporate these practices within their lesson plans or discuss their application in practice.

  • NEW "REMEMBER OUR SUPER POWERS!" FUN FEATURE CAPTURES THE VOICES OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS AS THEY SHARE THEIR TALENTS. Rather than focusing on the challenges that students with exceptions face, this encouraging feature celebrates their strengths or "super powers." This also provides a starting point for discussing how to emphasize students’ strengths instead of focusing on deficits.

  • SHORT NEW ESSAYS HIGHLIGHT TEACHING STUDENTS IN TODAY'S VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS. Teachers today have learned numerous lessons about virtual learning after the rapid pivot to online learning as a result of COVID-19. In these short essays, Dr. Jennifer Job shares lessons to carry forward as teachers regularly incorporate more online learning opportunities for students.

  • "MINDFULNESS MATTERS" SPECIAL FEATURES HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EMOTIONAL CLIMATE IN SCHOOLS. Each chapter incorporates specific, practical strategies to nurture mindfulness and create a school or classroom environment of calm that supports learning. Concrete strategies include topics such as creating mindful listening and learning environments, mindfulness in young children, identifying feelings and managing impulsivity, dealing with anger, the neurology behind mindfulness, connecting with others, releasing tension and understanding oneself.

  • THIS EDITION INTEGRATES FOUR KEY THEMES THAT IMPACT THE INSTRUCTION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN. First, the authors introduce bioecological factors that influence outcomes across a student’s life course. Second, the book highlights culturally relevant and responsive teaching methods and school environments. Third, the book discusses the intensive supports that address the learning, social, and emotional needs of each student. Fourth, the authors present strength-based approaches for students and their families.

  • EXAMPLES HIGHLIGHT CULTURALLY, LINGUISTICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN SPECIAL AND GIFTED EDUCATION. Students see how these groups are appropriately identified and disproportionately represented in special and gifted education. Students study critical topics such as the role of implicit bias in decision making, the increasing identification of Latinx youth as learning disabled, the need for bilingual and bicultural approaches and the underrepresentation of students of color in gifted education. The authors also discuss and model how to develop cultural competence.

  • UPDATES IN EACH CHAPTER HIGHLIGHT INFORMATION ON THE USE OF MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT (MTSS). The latest content demonstrates how the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support can positively impact a student's academic, social, emotional and behavioral success. Updates also emphasize how this framework can encourage collaborative teamwork to meet the student's needs.

  • COVERAGE OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING MODEL (IPM) HIGHLIGHTS DIFFICULTIES AND THEIR IMPACT ON LEARNING. Students learn how to use this model to identify the nature of difficulties a child is experiencing as well as determine how these difficulties are affecting the child's learning. The IPMs in this edition show common patterns of challenges and strengths for children with each exceptionality. Students also learn actions that can be taken to support each child's success.

  • SPECIAL NEUROLOGY AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT SECTIONS DESCRIBE HOW SPECIFIC EXCEPTIONALITIES AFFECT THE BRAIN. These interesting sections examine the impact of the exceptionalities discussed in each chapter. Recent scientific research findings integrated into the timely discussions help students better understand the neurological implications as the exceptional child learns.

  • ENGAGING "FOCUS QUESTIONS" BEGIN EACH CHAPTER AND PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE CONTENT TO FOLLOW. Students understand what they are about to study within the chapter. Each chapter uses the questions as an outline for the chapter's content. After reading the chapter, students should be able to check their comprehension by answering these focus questions.

  • "EXCEPTIONAL LIVES, EXCEPTIONAL STORIES" BOXES PRESENT ACTUAL STORIES OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. These fascinating and memorable stories give your pre-service teachers a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the children and families with whom they will work.

  • "EDUCATIONAL RESPONSES" SECTIONS SPOTLIGHT BEST PRACTICING FOR TEACHING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. These sections in each chapter comprise a special "handbook" of best teaching methods and techniques for helping children with disabilities, making this edition a valuable ongoing resource for future teachers. These sections are reorganized into two primary parts: organizational structures to support students with each exceptionality and curriculum and instruction for students with each exceptionality. Helpful tables in these sections are available as digital downloads.

  • CEC PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ARE ADDRESSED IN EVERY CHAPTER. Revised content addresses the latest Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards as well as Common Core Standards. A list of all of the standards appears on the inside covers of the text for easy reference. The authors also explore the impact of content standards, which have been adopted by most states, for children with exceptionalities

  • "MORAL DILEMMAS" BOXES PRESENT POSSIBLE, DIFFICULT SCENARIOS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION TODAY. These thought-provoking feature boxes take a candid look at ethical situations within today's special education settings to better prepare future teachers for the realities of the contemporary classroom.

  • "FUTURE CHALLENGES" SECTIONS DISCUSS DILEMMAS FACING TODAY'S PRACTICING PROFESSIONALS. These captivating sections preview specific areas that today's professionals still struggle with as the field of special education continues to evolve.

  • TEACHSOURCE VIDEOS FEATURE FOOTAGE FROM ACTUAL CLASSROOMS TO DEMONSTRATE CHAPTER PRINCIPLES IN ACTION. These videos, which are introduced in the Video Connection boxes in the book, help students apply key chapter content to real-life scenarios. Critical-thinking questions ask students to reflect on each case in relationship to the chapter's content.

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