Academic journal article Exceptional Children

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Academic journal article Exceptional Children

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This issue of Exceptional Children contains articles that are likely to be of interest to a wide variety of readers. The individual articles in this issue are notable for their diversity of content, including such topics as infant-maternal interactions, kindergarten literacy interventions, and proportionality in identification. Additionally, the authors of these articles have employed a variety of procedures in developing their conclusions. We hope readers will find this issue particularly inviting, from a variety of perspectives.

In the first article, Vu, Babikian, and Asarnow provide the results of a meta-analysis of academic and language outcomes across four severity levels of post-traumatic brain injury, across different time points. They report some interesting conclusions, which vary by severity, as well as time and type of measurement. These findings may have important implications for school services for this population.

Zhang, Hsu, Katsiyannis, Barrett, and Ju analyzed data from a large sample of adjudicated youth with disabilities, and identified several patterns and factors associated with recidivism. Their article demonstrates the need for further study of these factors, along with potential interventions to reduce juvenile offenses and recidivism.

Rafdal, McMaster, McConnell, Fuchs, and Fuchs examined the effectiveness of Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) in an investigation involving 47 kindergarten classrooms, assigned to traditional or PALS conditions with two levels of teacher support. While some important gains were observed in PALS classrooms, level of teacher support appeared to exert little influence on outcomes. …

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