SPD 510 Benchmark-Case Study Assignment
Review the “Case Study: Stephen.”
In an essay of 1,000-1,250 words, use your foundational knowledge of the special education process and related issues to describe your recommendations for assisting the case study student. Include the following in your essay:
Detail the steps you recommend be taken, including the roles of the specific stakeholders who legally and ethically need to be involved in determining and implementing those next steps.
Explain the ethical dilemma in providing Stephen an education that will allow him to flourish, including why moving LRE placements is not an option at this time due to the standard special education process.
Incorporate the CEC Ethical Principals and Professional Practice Standards into your analysis and explanation.
Discuss the possible involvement of paraeducators, tutors, volunteers, or related service providers. If paraeducators, tutors, or volunteers were brought into the classroom to assist Stephen, what guidance and direction would you provide to those stakeholders?
Discuss legal, ethical, and quality requirements related to managing confidential student information when working with paraeducators, tutors, or volunteers.
Support your findings with 3-5 additional scholarly resources.
Case Study: Stephen
Stephen is a young
boy with autism who receives most of his education in
speaks in one-and two-word utterances and can say “book,” “food,”
“more,” “hi,” and “drink.” However, his
mode of communication is a picture-
Although Stephen has
demonstrated that he
enjoys group activities, he
his fellow students.
addition, he has begun pinching his teacher during
one-on-one instruction. After he engages in one of these behaviors, he yells, “It hurts!”
and starts laughing.
A behavior analyst has conducted a structured interview as part
assessment for Stephen. The teacher and parents’ responses indicate that the function of
Stephen’s aggressive behaviors is to seek
Keeping this information in mind, the
education teacher, Ms. Gonzales,
has recorded data regarding the
his behaviors, but with inconsistency as she is the only adult in
classroom. The special education teacher, Mr. Kuchar, has not been able to
time in the inclusion classroom to support Stephen and Ms. Gonzales and to
Stephen’s behavior. Ms.
Gonzales has requested
a meeting with
the Child Study Team to
possibility of changing
Ms. Gonzales frequently communicates with
Stephen’s parents and has mentioned a
possible placement change to them. Stephen’s parents do not want him to be pulled out
of the inclusion classroom even though other
Currently, there are
five other students
in the inclusion classroom who receive special education services
behavior issues. Stephen’s behaviors are the most severe. Ms. Gonzales does not feel
effectively meet Stephen’s needs
with regards to
his behaviors and keep the other
students from being
Mr. Kuchar agrees that Stephen needs
to be placed in
a different classroom to
his needs; however, he has realized
that there is inconsistent data collected thus far to
school principal also
agrees with the suggestion
change and has asked Mr. Kuchar to set up a meeting to discuss