Developmental and physical disabilities

Jeff Sigafoos*, Russell Lang, Tonya Davis, Mandy Rispoli, Kathleen Tait, Helen Cannella-Malone, Wendy Machalicek, Mark O'Raghallaigh, Giulio E. Lancioni

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Developmental and physical disabilities represent a significant and increasingly prevalent source of diversity in educational settings. Consequently, it is important for educators to gain a basic understanding of the learning and behavioral characteristics associated with the various types of developmental and physical disabilities. This chapter describes the most common types of developmental and physical disabilities that affect school-aged children and highlights their associated learning and behavioral characteristics. The specific disability categories described are: (a) attention-deficit, hyperactivity disorder, (b) autism spectrum disorder, (c) cerebral palsy, (d) intellectual disability, (e) learning disabilities, and (f) multiple disabilities. This general overview is intended to increase understanding of the educational needs of children with these types of developmental and physical disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDelving into Diversity
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Exploration of Issues of Diversity in Education
EditorsVanessa Green, Sue Cherrington
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781608763610
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


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