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From Chaos to Control

From Chaos to Control

Working with exceptional students has never been more challenging than it is today. In addition to providing individual instruction, teachers are faced, on the one hand, with ever-growing state, provincial, and federal regulations, and significant increases in family and social dysfunction, and, on the other, ever-decreasing funding and human resources.

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Title: From Chaos to Control: Understanding and Responding to the Behaviors of Students with Exceptionalities

Publisher: The Althouse Press

ISBN: 9780920354629

“From Chaos to Control” is actually a play on words. In this book, teachers, teachers’ aides and other support staff, administrators, and parents will learn how to “control chaos” effectively. Not only will readers learn to differentiate between typical and atypical behavior patterns, they will also learn intervention strategies that promote effective discipline, and most important, self-discipline. The authors provide specific information to help readers understand the reasons for students’ exceptionalities and how their special needs are identified. Drs. Johnson and Edmunds take great care in illustrating how to design and implement Functional Behavioral Assessment and how to use the data to develop Behavioral Intervention Plans that work. They emphasize a multimodal approach to effective classroom management and provide examples to help teachers establish appropriate classroom structure, design curricula that are applicable and meaningful, and build bridges between the classroom and the home. While acknowledging that there are no magic solutions when it comes to working with students with special needs, the authors go a long way in providing the necessary tools for making teaching exceptional students fun, exciting, purposeful, and most important, rewarding for both teachers and students.

Fred L. Johnson has worked for over twenty years with difficult children in his private practice and in public education—in both urban and rural schools. The author of two other books dealing with difficult behavior, Effective Discipline for the Difficult Child and Managing Difficult Classroom Behavior, Dr. Johnson holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville and in School Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. He has been an administrator for a private school and has taught psychology at several colleges. Dr. Johnson consults at the national level for Head Start and has taught over 5,000 seminars throughout the United States. His audiences have included members from every level of school personnel.

Alan L. Edmunds holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Educational Psychology. He is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Western Ontario, where he specializes in teaching and research about children with exceptionalities. Dr. Edmunds has worked with students with exceptionalities, their parents, and their teachers for more than twenty years. Having authored more than twenty refereed articles on educational psychology and special education, he is particularly committed to building and maintaining classroom environments that are conducive to excellent teaching and learning.



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