Psychology: Exceptional Children

This assignment will be a 500-word essay (MAXIMUM-INCLUDING headings and in-text citations, but not including the title page and references).  It should be double space, 12pt font, Times New Roman.  The title page, running head, headings, citations and references will be in APA format.  It will include 2 peer-reviewed articles in addition to your textbook (Educating Exceptional Children, 14th edition, by Samuel Kirk).  Any information that is not general knowledge that you obtained from a source you are required to cite in order to avoid plagiarism.  This means you will likely be citing a source approximately every paragraph or every other paragraph.  You are required to put citations from your textbook and each of your articles within your paper at least one time according to APA format.  You are required to include your textbook and both of your articles in a reference section at the back of your paper in APA format. You are required to have a title page with your title, name and date.  You will have the following headings; Introduction to the Case, Assessment Recommendations, Treatment Recommendations, References (you can include your own subheadings if you like, under these headings).
You are required to introduce a thesis statement in the introduction, and argue it persuasively through the assessment and treatment sections.  Your thesis statement should center around the effectiveness one or more Tiers, according to the RtI model.  For example, “Intervention for Racheed will be most effective if Tier 3 specialist services are incorporated into his individualized education plan.” Or “Racheed will achieve better long term academic outcomes if appropriate accommodations allow him to experience inclusion in the general classroom (Tier 1), Or “Racheed will achieve better outcomes if his education program includes both inclusion (Tier 1) and intensive individualized treatment (Tier 3).
Chapter 7: Children with ADHD

  1. A) Write 1 paragraph (100 words MAX) about an imaginary 7-year-old child with ADHD. The child will be entering Grade 2.
  • Provide imaginary information about the naturalistic environments in which the child functions everyday (make up information about family, school, and culture).
  • Give the child 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses across the areas covered by the Information Processing Model (input, processing, output, emotional context and executive functions). These strengths and weaknesses should match with an ADHD profile.
  1. B) Write 100 words (MAX) describing 3 assessments you will use. Follow the Information Processing Model closely and make sure you have directly linked each assessment to a specific previously identified weakness or the child. Make it clear what area of weakness you are assessing with each test.

1) Give examples of informal assessments that you would conduct (collections of the child’s work or observations of behavior).
2) Give an example of a formal assessment (give the specific name of the test you would use).  3) Make sure you assess the context of the child (family, home, school strengths and weaknesses).

  1. C) Write 300 words (MAX) describing 3 treatment options you will suggest to address the child’s weaknesses.

1) Describe educational supports at each tier of the RtI model that address each of the child’s 3 weaknesses.
2) Include information from two peer-review articles about treatment options recently proven effective for children with ADHD.
Grading Rubric
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2 1.5 1 0.5
Literature Review and discussion      
Well organized, demonstrates logical sequencing from paragraph to paragraph. Well organized, but demonstrates illogical sequencing through paragraphs. Weakly organized with no logical sequencing through paragraphs. No organization, sequencing, or structure.
Detailed conclusions are reached from a synthesis of the evidence offered. Conclusions are reached from the evidence offered. There is some indication of conclusions from the evidence offered. No conclusions are made from the evidence offered.
Clear thesis statement. Thesis topic is persuasively argued through the literature review and discussion. Thesis statement is present and can be detected through the literature review and discussion. Thesis statement was present but thesis topic was not carried through the literature review and/or discussion. Thesis statement was not present and was not apparent from the literature review.
All sources are cited and referenced properly in APA format. Most sources are cited and referenced properly in APA format. (one or two minor errors allowed) Either citations OR references are not properly in APA format. Information is not cited or referenced correctly.
Grammar, Formal Language, Vocabulary, Spelling and Formatting
Font, spacing, title page and APA headings are correct. 3 of font, spacing, title page or APA headings are correct. 1 or 2 of font, spacing, title page or APA headings are correct. Font, spacing, title page and APA headings are incorrect.
There are 1 or no spelling or awkward/incorrect grammar. There are 3 or less spelling or grammatical errors. There are 5 or less spelling or grammatical errors. There are more than 5 spelling or grammatical errors.
Author includes professional vocabulary and terminology from sources and clearly defines them. Formal grammar and language are used throughout. Author uses professional vocabulary and formal language (more than 75% of the paper). Author occasionally professional vocabulary and formal language (more than 50% of the paper). Author uses simple vocabulary, informal language (slang), and does not use or clearly define new terms.

+ References
Total out of 15:

1 .75 .5 .25
Information is gathered from 2 peer-review sources and textbook. Information is gathered from one peer-review source and textbook. Information is gathered from non-peer-review sources and textbook. Only the textbook is used.