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Intellectual Disabilities and Skills in Teaching

Consider the limitation in intellectually functioning and adaptive behavior often presented by students with intellectual disabilities. What skills should teachers primarily focus on when working with these particular groups? What environments or educational settings would optimize student learning? Cite at least two sources.

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Teachers need to focus on the strengths of the student. A good place to start is with using the Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory, which gives eight different areas that people can be stronger in. Often there are combinations of several strength areas, and several weaker areas.

Here is the descriptions of each from http://www.springhurst.org/articles/MItheory.htm
Logical-Mathematical Intelligence - consists of the ability to detect patterns, reason deductively and think logically. This intelligence is most often associated with scientific and mathematical thinking.

Linguistic Intelligence - involves having a mastery of language. This intelligence includes the ability to effectively manipulate language to express oneself rhetorically or poetically. It also allows one to use language as a means to remember information.

Spatial Intelligence - gives one the ability to ...