Interdisciplinary Connections to Special Education: Key Related Professionals Involved

ISBN: 978-1-78441-664-5, eISBN: 978-1-78441-663-8

ISSN: 0270-4013

Publication date: 19 November 2015


(2015), "Preface", Obiakor, F.E. and Bakken, J.P. (Ed.) Interdisciplinary Connections to Special Education: Key Related Professionals Involved (Advances in Special Education, Vol. 30B), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. ix-x.



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Interdisciplinary Connections to Special Education is divided into two volumes; Volume 30A, Important Aspects to Consider and Volume 30B, Key Related Professionals Involved.

Individuals with disabilities have been supported in the school system since 1975. Since then, the field of special education has changed drastically and currently, many professionals involved in educating individuals with disabilities were not previously involved. For students to benefit to their fullest potential, many key professionals need to be involved and key data needs to be collected to assure proper education and success for these individuals. What was done in the past has changed and current best practices involve many different professionals that were not even considered in the past. Through time, energy, growth, and research, practices have changed over time to now benefit students and their families at a level that was not previously considered.

This volume in Advances in Special Education focuses on Interdisciplinary Connections to Special Education: Key Related Professionals Involved. The volume is a comprehensive examination into connections that need to be made and the data and considerations that need to take place when trying to meet the individual needs of a student with disabilities. This volume addresses key related professionals that might be involved in providing information that could be influential in developing the individualized education program (IEP). This volume addresses key stakeholders that should be involved in the process of developing IEPs like nurses, art therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, musical therapists, adapted physical education specialists, deaf education specialists, nutritionists, audiologists, and vision specialists.

The volume is composed of 11 chapters written by university professors who are actively involved in teaching special education courses and engaged in research related to these topics. It should be used as a supplementary text for advanced undergraduate special education majors and graduate students who are looking for detailed and comprehensive information for their research papers or theses.