Theme 2-Module 2
Mild/Moderate Disabilities

After completing this module you will be able to:

  • List the mild/moderate disabilities covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Describe characteristics of a student with learning disabilities.
  • Explain how the Response to Instruction Model is used to identify students with disabilities in schools

TO DO List- Due October 1st at 8:00 am

  1. View FAT City Workshop
  2. Participate in FAT City Workshop Google Presentation
  3. Complete IRIS Module on Response to Intervention
  4. Complete IRIS Module Assessment  
  5. Submit update on Professional Interview on Google Doc
  6. Annotated Bibliography- due October 8th, you may turn in when ready.

Response to Intervention-IRIS Module

Follow the Response to Intervention Module at the IRIS center. This module outlines how students with mild/moderate disabilities can be identified for services in the school district. The module will discuss the difference between two models that are in practice in our schools today. Once you have completed the entire module, click on the Response to Intervention Assessment to complete the assessment questions. All green buttons are links and will open in a new tab at the top of your browser window.

#2 How Difficult Can this Be?
F.A.T. City Workshop

View the F.A.T. City Workshop. This video can be access in CI Learn/ Blackboard in Theme 2-Module 2. After you have watched the video, share your reflections with your classmates on the Google Slides linked below. I have also posted an optional video "Beyond F.A.T. City" if you are interested.

Professional Interview Updates

#3 Additional Theme 2 Items

Be sure to go to the Theme 2 Final Assignment page and provide an update on your interview in the Google Presentation. Everybody needs to have an update posted by October 2. This is not your final write up, just an update to tell your classmates about your interview.

Second Annotated Bibliography

Your second Annotated Bibliography is due on October 8th. This entry should focus on an article that is related to Theme 2, Mild/Moderate Disabilities (Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Service Delivery of Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities). You may return to CI Learn to submit the Bibliography like you did for #1 or you may follow this link if you are ready.

Please take a moment to add a comment, relevant photo or video on the Comment Stream below about the module. This is optional, I would like to see how it works.

Click the link above to check your answers to the Mental Health Scavenger Hunt. If you were way off, submit a second response. If you have questions about specific answers post in Q&A Forum.

Comment Stream

2 years ago
2 years ago

There are different ways of seeing one picture. Students learn in different ways.

2 years ago

Thanks for posting Alexandra. I love the comic, very fitting for this module.

2 years ago

I am happy to "test" this for you - that way I can see how it works.

2 years ago

I watched "Beyond F.A.T. City" and it helped broaden my perspective on students with learning disabilities and the loneliness and sometimes terror they must feel just by going to school. Very informative and enlightening.

2 years ago

Julia, glad you went the extra mile and watched the additional video.

2 years ago
8 months ago

Hi; I'm a student in a Master of Arts in Teaching program and I am supposed to interview a parent of a child with a special need for the program and ask about the child's school experiences. If anyone is willing, please type detailed responses to the following interview questions, and send an e-mail to with the title, "Interview." Sending an e-mail signifies your giving of permission to use the transcript for my course. Thanks in advance!

Part 1: Demographics Name of person you are interviewing: Name of individual with the disability: Describe the disability: Age of the individual with the disability: Describe the relationship between the family member and the individual with the disability:

Part 2: Questionnaire Interview 1. How did you learn that _________ has a disability? (Who was present? When did this happen?) If you were giving advice to professionals who need to explain to a parent that his/her child has a special need, what would that advice be? 2. How did you feel when you received the diagnosis? 3. Have your feelings changed since the initial diagnosis? Describe. 4. What have been the positive aspects of having a child in the family with a disability? 5. What have been the problems or challenges you have experienced having a child with a disability? 6. How did your other children react to learning their brother/sister had a disability? What impact has __________ had on them? (if appropriate) 7. What kinds of support have been most helpful to you (family members, parent groups, neighbors, other)? How would you prioritize your family needs and the areas in which you feel that you need more assistance? 8. What have been your experiences in working with school personnel? What have they done that has been most helpful? What have they done that was least helpful or even harmful? 9. How could the school help your child transition to adulthood? 10. If I were to be __________’s teacher next year, what advice would you want to give me so that he/she has an optimal learning experience? 11. What would you want me to do/not do in terms of my interactions with you if I were __________’s teacher? 12. I am just learning about students with disabilities and how to work effectively with them in my classroom. What other information would you like me—and my classmates—to know about working with children with special needs?