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Book review: Teaching Children and Adolescents with Special Needs
With emphasis on inclusive education, "Teaching Children and Adolescents with Special Needs" is a valuable book that has been written in informal and personal tone to become comprehending to all teachers to have the directions to address to the enhanced diversity in their classrooms.
The each chapter has a few activities to provide practice to the teachers and prospective special educators for essential skills to effect inclusion in the classroom.

Authored by Juddy L. Olson and Jennifer C. Platt, the book has been divided into three parts - Foundations of Instruction; Instructional Techniques; and Factors Affecting Instruction. In all, the book has 12 chapters.

The authors maintain that the students with special needs often display one or more of these characteristics: inadequate academic achievement, inappropriate school behaviours, poor attending behaviours, poor memory, poor meta-cognitive skills, poor self-concept, and inadequate social skills.

The book has been made interesting by using visual aids such as tables, figures, diagrams, photographs and illustrations. These semi-concrete aids are helpful in clarifying various educational concepts. The suggestions given in the book are particularly useful in teaching children with mild disabilities.

The book published by Pearson Merill Prentice Hall that runs into 432 pages, if read carefully or transacted effectively could be helpful to teachers to make a difference in the lives of students, say the authors. The book can work as relevant resource material for the teachers to teach children inclusively and equitability in the classroom.

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