For Parents and Professionals
Bridging the Gap: Raising a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder
Author Rondalyn Varney Whitney, a pediatric occupational therapist, is the mother of Zac, a child who suffers from nonverbal learning disorder, or NLD. By definition, NLD is a neurological defect in children who are unable to recognize the nonverbal clues that make up 50 percent of communication. In Bridging the Gap, Whitney seamlessly weaves practical professional advice throughout the account of her passionate involvement with her son. She writes, "I believe that NLD, now thought to be as prevalent as dyslexia, is a difference and not a flaw." She also warns parents and teachers that kids with NLD are likely to be misdiagnosed as lazy or defiant, so she urges readers to consider both the strengths (high intelligence and advanced verbal skills and memory) and weaknesses (low visual, spatial, and motor skills and deficits in social communication) of these kids.
Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
Product Description: This book provides a research-based framework and practical strategies for vocabulary development with children from the earliest grades through high school. The authors emphasize instruction that offers rich information about words and their uses and enhances students' language comprehension and production. Teachers are guided in selecting words for instruction; developing student-friendly explanations of new words; creating meaningful learning activities; and getting students involved in thinking about, using, and noticing new words both within and outside the classroom. Many concrete examples, sample classroom dialogues, and exercises for teachers bring the material to life.
Building a Foundation for PreSchool Literacy
Product Description: The second edition of this book presents the core content and best practice strategies needed to provide preschoolers with effective early literacy instruction. Each chapter explains why the instructional strategies should be used and offers illustrations on how the strategies have been used in early childhood classrooms by outstanding teachers of language and literacy. Topics include phonological awareness, creating a print-rich environment, planning an effective daily schedule, storybook read-alouds, professional development, and assessment.
Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms, Grades 5-12
Product Description: Jeff Zwiers explains the functions and features of academic language that every teacher (language arts, history, math, & science teachers, etc.) should know for supporting academic reading, writing, and discussion. Major topics and themes include how language-building activities (discussions, small groups, etc.) can support content understanding; how we can build on students' diverse ways of understanding, learning, and communicating about the world; and how we can more effectively model and scaffold academic language in our teaching and assessment.
Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher's Manual
Product Description: Using the manual's list of 7,923 terms, school and district teams can choose the most important vocabulary terms they want to teach to all students. All vocabulary terms are extracted from national standards documents, across 11 subject areas, and are organized into four grade-level intervals: Kâ€“2, 3â€“5, 6â€“8, and 9â€“12. Included in the manual are all the tips and guidelines teachers need to implement this approach. Student notebook also available.
Building Parent Engagement in Schools
This book offers a different way of thinking about parent outreach, particularly in schools with high minority and/or ELL populations. The authors argue for "engagement" as opposed to "involvement," in which parents become leaders, active participants, and stakeholders in the school community. They suggest that this approach can in fact energize the school staff and families and profile a number of successful efforts including home visits, family literacy programs, community gardens, and community organizing.
Building Your Baby's Brain: A Parent's Guide to the First Five Years
It seems every day research gives us new information on how a baby's brain grows. This clearly written booklet on brain development explains what scientists know about it and shows how a few simple things adults do each day can help forge the connections in a child's brain. Includes sections on vision, hearing, touch, and feelings. Filled with helpful charts and illustrations.
Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know
Designed for parents who suspect their child may have some type of communication problem. Explains what is considered 'normal' for a child's development then describes symptoms of various common disorders. Demonstrates how to distinguish between a problem that will probably be outgrown, from one that requires outside help. Also explains how to get help, what tests are likely to be done and how to understand the diagnosis. Includes activities parents can do with their children at home to help them progress.
This book presents an argument promoting learning language through a combined Chomsky/Piagetian perspective. This book is a classic among developmental psychologists.
Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide
This revised and updated third edition of Betsy Hearne's classic guide stands as the lodestar for navigating through the bewildering array of books for young readers. Hearne surveys everything from picture books, pop-up books, classics, and books for beginning readers to young adult titles, poetry, folktales, and factual books, with an annotated list of recommended titles accompanying each chapter. A gold mine of common sense and sound advice, her guide remains an indispensable tool for choosing books for children of all ages.
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