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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.

The Special Educator's Comprehensive Guide to 301 Diagnostic Tests
The Special Educator's Comprehensive Guide to 301 Diagnostic Tests
By: Roger Pierangelo, George Giuliani

This important resource is an update of the best-selling book The Special Educator's Resource Guide to 109 Diagnostic Tests. The greatly expanded second edition contains 301 new and enhanced tests, which are vital to understanding assessment in special education. Designed as an easy-to-use, hands-on resource, the book is filled with practical tools, information, and suggestions. Step-by-step, this practical guide explores the various stages of evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, prescription, and remediation.

The Special Educator's Survival Guide
The Special Educator's Survival Guide
By: Roger Pierangelo

Written for educators who work with special children and teens, this second edition of a best-selling classic offers a practical guide to every facet of the special education teacher's job, from teaching in a self-contained classroom or resource room to serving on a multidisciplinary team. This easy-to-follow format, takes you step by step through the various stages required to understand the referral process, parent intakes and conferences, evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, remediation, placement, individual education plans, classroom management, medication, educational law, and more.

The Trouble With Black Boys: ...And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education
The Trouble With Black Boys: ...And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education
By: Pedro Noguera
Jossey-Bass
(2009)

"In this compelling series of essays, Noguera cites research and his own personal experience — as a minority, a father, and an educator — to explore the myriad ways that young black and Hispanic males are expected to run afoul of middle-class American norms and often do. He argues that public schools…are the only institutions with the access and resources to turn around troubling social trends. He points to research comparing the disciplinary tactics of public schools and prisons, institutions that have far too much in common with so many male minority students dropping out of schools and landing in prison. A thoughtful look at issues of race and educational equity." — Booklist

The Twice-Exceptional Dilemma
The Twice-Exceptional Dilemma
By: National Education Association

Twice-exceptional children—those with both a disability and a gift or talent — present education proffesionals and families with significant challenges. This guide focuses on the identification considerations, common characteristics, obstacles and learning difficulties, roles and responsibilities for educators to ensure the academic success of the largest group of twice-exceptional children — those who have a disability and are also academically gifted.

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