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The Parent to Parent Handbook: Connecting Families of Children With Special Needs
The Parent to Parent Handbook: Connecting Families of Children With Special Needs
By: Betsy Santelli

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, perhaps you have also felt lost and wished you knew someone in a similar situation you could turn to for support. If so, you're not alone. Across the country, parents are providing emotional and informational support to other parents through a national network of Parent to Parent programs. In this comprehensive book, the authors share with you the ins and outs of developing and maintaining a strong, local Parent to Parent program that individually matches "veteran" supporting parents with those who are new to the challenges of caring for a child with a disability. Drawing on research about Parent to Parent groups and best practices in program development and training, you'll get the basics of setting up your own program, including guidelines for finding, preparing, and matching supporting parents with newly referred parents, ideas for organizing and incorporating your program, and evaluating its effectiveness, tips on accessing funding and promoting your program throughout the community, and useful forms and extensive lists of contacts and resources to get you started.

The Preschool Scientist: Using Learning Centers to Discover and Explore Science
The Preschool Scientist: Using Learning Centers to Discover and Explore Science
By: Robert A. Williams, Elizabeth A. Sherwood , Robert E. Rockwell , David A. Winnett
Gryphon House

With more than 100 activities, this manual gives children the opportunity to engage, experiment, create, and discover the exciting world of science. Using a unique inquiry-based approach, the activities explore science through learning centers and include targeted vocabulary, recommended children’s books, and tips for dual language learners, as well as strategies for adjusting the level of difficulty of the tasks.

The Pretenders: Gifted People Who Have Difficulty Learning
The Pretenders: Gifted People Who Have Difficulty Learning
By: Barbara P. Guyer, Ed.D.

This book tells the stories of eight people who never stopped trying. From humiliation in school and the anxiety of coping with everyday life unable to read street signs and menus, to shopping, driving, and working, these people lived in a world of dashed hopes and dreams — regardless of outward appearances — until they discovered their learning disability and unlocked their true gifts. Anyone who has ever endured a failure in school will appreciate the heartache of people who knew nothing but failure, yet held great potential.

Called "retarded," "lazy," "immature," "delinquent," and more, they managed to get by, all the while thinking that deep down they were worthless people—that everything anyone ever said about them was true. Except, as they would discover later in life, it wasn't. Proceeds from the sale of The Pretenders will be used to further the work of the H.E.L.P. Program.

The Read-Aloud Handbook : Third Revised Edition
The Read-Aloud Handbook : Third Revised Edition
By: Jim Trelease
Penguin (Non-Classics)
(1995)

Every child can become an avid reader, and this beloved, classic guide shows how to make it happen.

The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind
The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind
By: Alison Gopnik, Andrew N. Meltzoff , Patricia K. Kuhl

An informal and entertaining yet authoritative look at the science of babies minds. The three research psychologists, all of whom are parents, and two of whom, Meltzoff and Kuhl, are married to each other, write about child development as though they were speaking directly to parents they know. As their title indicates, the authors find parallels between babies and scientists: both, they say, formulate theories, make and test predictions, seek explanations, do experiments, and revise what they know based on new evidence. They show specifically how babies learn about people and objects, and how they acquire language.

The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal
The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal
By: Jonathan Mooney

Labeled "dyslexic and profoundly learning disabled with attention and behavior problems," Jonathan Mooney was a short bus rider — a derogatory term used for kids in special education and a distinction that told the world he wasn't "normal." Along with other kids with special challenges, he grew up hearing himself denigrated daily. Ultimately, Mooney surprised skeptics by graduating with honors from Brown University. But he could never escape his past, so he hit the road. To free himself and to learn how others had moved beyond labels, he created an epic journey. He would buy his own short bus and set out cross-country, looking for kids who had dreamed up magical, beautiful ways to overcome the obstacles that separated them from the so-called normal world.

*This book contains adult language.

The Source for ADD/ADHD
The Source for ADD/ADHD
By: Gail J. Richard, Joy L. Russell

This great new resource gathers all of the information on ADD/ADHD and organizes it for you in a succinct, useful format. First, get a quick overview of the myths and realities of ADD/ADHD. Each reality is then addressed in subsequent chapters including: definitions of ADD/ADHD; characteristics and diagnosis; neurology of learning within ADD/ADHD; medical, behavioral, and educational intervention; and the team approach. You'll also get a great reference list of resources, websites, and support groups.

The Source for Bilingual Students with Language Disorders
The Source for Bilingual Students with Language Disorders
By: Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin

Focus on teaching vocabulary and phonological awareness skills, the most important skills your bilingual students need for overall English proficiency and literacy. This resource gives you activities and materials based on a hierarchy of second language acquisition. You'll get teaching strategies, intervention activities, thematic vocabulary units, IEP goals and benchmarks, vocabulary pictures, vocabulary word cards, and reproducible treatment activities. A handy recording form is included to help you get baseline measures for vocabulary recognition and to check progress along the way.

The Source for Learning Disabilities
The Source for Learning Disabilities
By: Paula S. Currie, Elizabeth M. Wadlington

This is the definitive source for information on learning disabilities. Get new information about federal mandates, teaming, transitioning, and involving parents. You'll also have a thorough discussion of the social and emotional aspects of LD and a glossary of terms. Get well-organized information about five major disabilities: communication disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and attention deficit disorder (ADD). For each of the five disabilities, you'll have: definitions, characteristic charts, screening checklists, intervention tips and strategies, and a comprehensive list of resources.

The Source for Nonverbal Learning Disorders
The Source for Nonverbal Learning Disorders
By: Sue Thompson

The child with a nonverbal learning disability presents a puzzling and challenging profile to teachers, therapists, and parents. This resource translates the research into an understandable manual for the identification and treatment of children and youth with nonverbal learning disorders.

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