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Lesson: Cognitive Disorders

Author: joelle dahl
Subject Area: Other
Grade Level: 1 - 12


In this lesson, several case studies will be looked at and students will learn about ways students with cognitive disorders are dealt with. As well as stronger knowledge about what they have learned in each of the previous assignments.


Students will better learn how things work in the world of those with cognitive disorders and also, better understand what is going on in chapter 5 of the text.


Background Builder Background

Title: Case Study #1 URL:
Directions: There is a case study at the very end of chapter 5 in the text. It is titled, First Person, Meredith in her own words. Read this as a warm up as to what is to come.

Title: DPI Website URL: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/cd.html
Directions: Read the Eligibility Checklist and write down the top things to look for when deciding if a student qualifies for special education or not.

Title: Case Studies #3-6 URL: http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/mrcases.htm
Directions: Read over these cases and compare them to that of a child.

Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:
Standard Deviation a quantity calculated to indicate the extent of deviation for a group as a whole.
Adaptive Behavior The ability of an individual to meet the standards of personal independence as well as social responsibility appropriate for his or her chronological age and culture group.
Educable Mentally Retarded Classification of a perosn with a mild mental retardation who typically develops functional academic skills at a 3rd or 4th grade level; IQ range generally between 50/55 and 70/75.
Trainable Mentally Retarded Classification of a perosn with moderate retardation who is capable of learning self-care and social skills; IQ range generally between 35/40 and 50/55.
Level of Support A classification scheme for individuals with mental retardation that is based on the type and extent of asisstance required to function in various areas.
Natural Supports Asisstance rendered by family members, friends, teachers, and coworkers.
Formal Supports Asisstance provided by government social programs, habilitation services, or advocacy groups.
Etiology A term frequently used when describing the cause of a disability.

Activity: Case Study # 2



Students will gain the ability to better read and assess as well as answer questions about case studies.


Activity: The Special Education System and Cognitive Disorders



Students will understand how the system works with parents and families of Special Needs students.


Do the 3 Worksheets that are on this page after reading all of the information.

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