AEPA Special Education: Orthopedic Impairments/Other Health Impairments Exam

The Special Education: Orthopedic Impairments/Other Health Impairments test measures your knowledge according to the Arizona Academic Standards. Success on the test indicates that you are qualified to teach this subject in Arizona public schools. The test content is drawn from four subareas based on AEPA learning objectives: Understanding Students with Orthopedic Impairments (15% of the test); Assessing Students and Developing Individualized Education Programs (20%); Promoting Student Development and Learning (45%); and Working in a Collaborative Learning Community (20%).


Test-takers should know fundamentals of these topics. For instance, the first subarea requires knowledge of orthopedic impairments and their relation to learning and development. Test-takers should know how to assess and place students with orthopedic impairments, as well as how to develop and implement education programs for such students (including program and service delivery options). The test includes content on establishing a learning environment that meets the physical needs of students, facilitates the transition from school to adult life, and promotes important skills (e.g., communication, social, and functional skills) for students with orthopedic disabilities. Finally, the test measures knowledge of establishing partnerships within and outside school to enhance learning, in addition to knowledge of the history, philosophy, roles, and legal and ethical issues relevant to special education.

AEPA Special Education: Orthopedic Impairments/Other Health Impairments Practice Questions

Special Education: Orthopedic Impairments/Other Health Impairments

1. Which of the following is NOT a symptom of Marfan syndrome?

A: long fingers
B: weakness of the heart
C: short legs
D: irregular spinal curvature

2. Which of the following professionals helps students with orthopedic impairments acquire self-care skills and fine motor coordination?

A: assistive technology specialist
B: physical therapist
C: occupational therapist
D: orthopedist

3. An involuntary convulsion or muscle contraction is known as a(n) _____.

A: spasm
B: athetosis
C: seizure
D: disruption

4. Which of the following is NOT an example of orthopedic disability?

A: dyslexia
B: epilepsy
C: cerebral palsy
D: juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

5. What is the name for the strange feeling an individual may get before the onset of a seizure?

A: halo
B: tremor
C: premonition
D: aura

Answer key

1. C. Because Marfan syndrome is accompanied by heart problems, individuals who are diagnosed with the condition are cautioned against vigorous exercise.
2. C. Occupational therapists seek practical solutions to the problems faced by disabled people.
3. A. Spasms can be repetitive and very painful.
4. A. Dyslexia is a learning disability and is not considered to be a structural or physical disability.
5. D. Epileptics and migraine victims often say that an aura feels like a cool breeze or a bright light.