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Behavior & Social Skills

The following are recommended books for parents and educators.

Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher
Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher
By: Rick Wormeli

The author lays out a clear vision of what responsive middle level teaching should be. This is a book for all reasons - help for the novice teacher, support for the mid-career teacher wanting to improve her craft, and inspiration and confirmation for the later-career teacher as well. Part I creates a culture of learning, leading to Part II and many specific ideas on promoting higher student achievement through innovative and accomplished practice. Part III cycles back to the middle school context - effective teams, teacher-student advisories, outdoor adventures, and working with parents.

Overcoming Underachieving: An Action Guide to Helping Your Child Succeed in School
Overcoming Underachieving: An Action Guide to Helping Your Child Succeed in School
By: Sam Goldstein, Nancy Mather

In Overcoming Underachieving two nationally recognized experts in children's school problems show you how to become your child's advocate, coach, and guide through the educational process. Using numerous case examples, they help you pinpoint your child's unique learning patterns and the problems that interfere with learning, behavior, and achievement. This information-packed book provides dozens of creative, parent-tested tools to help your child overcome difficulties with reading, math, handwriting, study skills, memorization, attention span, and many other problems that affect school success.

Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities
Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities
By: Henry B. Reiff

Filled with strategies, and resources, this book uses the author's groundbreaking research about successful adults with learning disabilities, to promote self-advocacy. This work is brimming with useful and practical information. It is easily understood and embraced by students with learning disabilities, their parents, guidance counselors, and stakeholders in the fields of both higher education and special education.

Socially ADDept: A Manual for Parents of Children with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities
Socially ADDept: A Manual for Parents of Children with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities
By: Janet Z. Giler

Socially ADDept helps parents teach the hidden rules of communication to children who are having social problems. The manual is in a workbook format and guides parents through each topic through a series of exercises and suggested dialogue. Some of the topics covered are how to handle teasing, use appropriate body language, comprehend jokes and sarcasm, and join groups effectively. Socially ADDept is easy to read and use.

The Behavior Disorder IEP Companion
The Behavior Disorder IEP Companion
By: Molly Lyle Brown

Save time planning and writing IEP goals! Useful in both the special ed and regular classroom, this comprehensive resource provides you with IEP goals, interventions, and strategies for your students with behavioral difficulties. Set a course for your students to succeed in the classroom and in daily social situations.

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
By: Barbara Coloroso

It's a deadly triad: bullies who terrorize, bullied kids who are afraid to tell, bystanders who watch, participate, or look away, and adults who dismiss the incidents as a normal part of childhood. Drawing on her decades of work with youth, this practical book by bestselling parenting educator Barbara Coloroso explains the three kinds of bullying, the differences between boy and girl bullies, four abilities that protect your child from succumbing to bullying, seven steps to take if your child is a bully, how to help the bullied child heal and effectively discipline the bully, how to evaluate a school's antibullying policy and much more.

The Unwritten Rules of Friendship
The Unwritten Rules of Friendship
By: Eileen Kennedy-Moore

This practical and compassionate guidebook enables parents to sharpen any child's social skills by pinpointing the child's particular social strengths and difficulties. Each chapter — from "The Shy Child" to "The Little Adult," from "The Short-Fused Child" to "The Sensitive Soul" — uses case studies that focus on the specific social conventions that certain children don't "get," and offers drills that parents and teachers can use to help children understand the unspoken underpinnings of social situations, the knowledge essential to building, sustaining, and repairing relationships.

Understanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior
Understanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior
By: Steven E. Curtis

When should you seek professional help for your child's behavioral, social, or learning challenges? Understanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior is the ultimate resource for assessing your child's behavior, learning when to intervene, and knowing how to seek further help for a struggling child. Whether a child is dealing with performance issues, anxiety, noncompliance, angry outbursts, or a host of other difficulties, this book offers a step-by-step method that walks parents through the often-complex process of treating a child's problems.

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