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Activities for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Having Fun, Meeting Needs

Helen Sonnet, Ann Taylor

This valuable resource for people working with adults with learning disabilities provides over 60 sessions of fun and engaging activities that aim to entertain and stimulate the minds of people with learning disabilities.

The sessions are divided into different types of activity including cookery, arts and crafts, drama and dance, and outside events. A comprehensive collection of varied and enjoyable activities, this practical book also contains useful tips to ensure that sessions run smoothly. All the activities are tried and tested by experienced practitioners and include a key advising the level of help required, wheelchair user suitability and any related health and safety issues involved.

Ideal for use in social clubs or residential homes, this is an essential resource for professionals and volunteers working with adults with learning disabilities.

23x15cm  160 pages  $39.95  
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Bright Kids Who Can't Keep Up

Help Your Child Overcome Slow Processing Speed and Succeed in a Fast-Paced World

Ellen Braaten and Brian Willoughby

The authors have worked with thousands of kids and teens who struggle with an area of cognitive functioning called 'processing speed'—and who are often mislabelled as lazy or unmotivated. Whether it's completing homework, responding when spoken to, or getting dressed and ready for school, these kids simply take longer than others to get stuff done. Now parents have a crucial resource that demystifies processing speed and shows how to help kids catch up in this key area of development. By following the authors' specific pointers—illustrated with vivid stories and examples—parents can make daily routines less frustrating and more efficient, decide when and how to get a professional evaluation, obtain needed support at school, and build their son or daughter's skills for success. Helpful practical tools can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2’‘ x 11’‘ size.
Suitable for parents of 5-18-year-olds; also of interest to educators and mental health professionals.

24x14cm  207 pages  $29.95  
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Development of Working Memory in Children

Lucy Henry

Using the highly influential working memory framework as a guide, this textbook provides a clear comparison of the memory development of typically developing children with that of atypical children. The emphasis on explaining methodology throughout the book gives students a real understanding about the way experiments are carried out and how to critically evaluate experimental research.
The first half of the book describes the working memory model and goes on to consider working memory development in typically developing children. The second half of the book considers working memory development in several different types of atypical populations who have intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disorders. In addition, the book considers how having a developmental disorder and/or intellectual disabilities may have separate or combined effects on the development of working memory.

24x17cm  376 pages  $64.00  
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Discover Your Child’s Learning Style

Children learn in unique ways - Here's the key to every child's learning success.

Mariaemma Willis & Victoria Kindle-Hodson

Includes "learning style" assesments for all ages. Does your child learn best in the morning, afternoon or evening. Does his reading comprehension increase or decrease when music is played in the background? Does she prefer to study alone or with others? This book shows you how to assess and nurture your child's individual learning potential based on his/her talents, interests, disposition, preferred environment and so on. Help your child excel at school, and in life as well.

19x23cm  325 pages  $40.00  
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Enriching the Brain

How to Maximize Every Learner's Potential (Jossey-Bass Education (Hardcover) )

Eric Jensen

Highlights the brain's extraordinary capacity for positive change. Jensen questions the "deficit-ridden" models in current education, including the value of standardized testing. Suggesting that certain forms of schooling actually shortchange young brains, Jensen offers solutions. He calls for an enrichment-based educational framework that emphasizes customized schooling for every learner from underachievers to the gifted. He goes on to show how the way we teach, parent, or run our schools can dramatically enrich brain capacity. In fact, we can now enrich over 90 percent of all learners, including those in poverty, with special needs, in pre-school, and of course, the gifted.

23x16cm  330 pages  $33.95  
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Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents

A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention 2ed

Peg Dawson, Richard Guare

Concise and practitioner friendly, this bestselling guide has helped put executive skills on the map for school-based clinicians and educators. The book explains how these critical cognitive processes develop and why they play such a key role in children's behavior and school performance. Provided are step-by-step guidelines and many practical tools to promote executive skill development by implementing environmental modifications, individualized instruction, coaching, and whole class interventions. In a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding, the book includes more than two dozen reproducible assessment tools, checklists, and planning sheets.

The Publisher grants individual book purchasers nonassignable permission to reproduce selected materials in this book for professional use.

27x20cm  224 pages  $41.95  
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Focusing and Calming Games for Children

Mindfulness Strategies and Activities to Help Children Relax, Concentrate and Take Control

Deborah Plummer

This book uses a model of 'mindfulness play' to help children to achieve well-being, an approach designed by the author which encourages children to build awareness of their inner and outer worlds. Part One covers the theoretical and practical background, setting out how to facilitate play using the mindfulness play model, including consideration of the emotional environment. Part Two includes a wealth of games and activities, from 'Body focus' and 'Fidget flop' to 'Musical drawings' and 'Pass a smile'. The activities are suitable for use with groups and individual children aged 5–12, and can be adapted for children with specific attention and concentration difficulties, such as ADHD, and for older children.
This is an ideal resource for teachers, counsellors, social workers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, youth workers, parents, and carers.

24x17cm  151 pages  $38.95  
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From Violence to Resilience

Positive Transformative Programmes to Grow Young Leaders

Jo Broadwood and Nic Fine

How do you break the vicious cycle of violence that affects the lives of many young people today? Transformative programmes can help young people to change the way they think about themselves and their futures, and offer support to help them to become resilient and positive young leaders of their community.
This manual, based on approaches used successfully by Leap Confronting Conflict, is a guide to designing and setting up transformative programmes and targeted interventions with young people.
The manual is packed with exercises and activities and includes full guidance notes and tips on setting up and facilitating the workshops.

28x22cm  192 pages  $49.95  
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Growing an In-Sync Child

Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow

Carol Kranowitz, Joye Newman

A fresh and timely approach to understanding the profound impact of motor development on children of all ages and stages. This book provides parents, teachers, and other professionals with the tools to give every child a head start and a leg up.
Because early motor development is one of the most important factors in a child's physical, emotional, academic, and overall success, the In- Sync Program of sixty adaptable, easy, and fun activities will enhance your child's development, in just minutes a day. Discover how simple movements such as skipping, rolling, balancing, and jumping can make a world of difference for your child--a difference that will last a lifetime.

219 pages  $20.00  
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Help for the Struggling Student

Ready-To-Use Strategies and Lessons to Build Attention, Memory, & Organizational Skills

Mimi Gold

: Here is a unique picture book of learning solutions for teachers who are trying to help students struggling in three main areas of learning – attention, memory, and organization. For each area, it identifies specific problems such as difficulties with left to right scanning (an attention problem), presents an observed student behavior, explains the problem, and provides strategies and visuals to correct it, including illustrated worksheets.

27x22cm  305 pages  $39.95  
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How Do I Teach This Kid?

Visual Work Tasks for Beginning Learners on the Autism Spectrum

Kimberly A Henry

Provides special education teachers, therapists and parents with practicl, easy-to-implement ideas for creating over 80 different work tasks or boxes to be used to teach students to work independently and for an established length of time.
Contains classroom and home-tested ideas for addressing skills in six different areas: sorting, matching, reading, writing, mathematics, and motor tasks. The ideas are designed for early learners, ages two to ten.

28x23cm  111 pages  $36.00  
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I can problem solve - Kindergarten and Primary Grades

An Interpersonal Cognitive Problem-Solving Program

Myrna Shure



200 pages  $78.00  
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Interactive Learning Experiences, Grades 6-12

Increasing Student Engagement and Learning (2ND ed.)

David Smokler

Energize adolescents with memorable and engaging learing experiences! Based on brain-compatiible teaching principles, this updated edition shows how to use stimulating interactive learning experiences to connect teenagers with content. Teachers will find activities and ideas for introducing each learning experience and will discover how to design and assess their own.

23x15cm  152 pages  $39.95  
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Many Ways to Learn

A Kid's Guide to LD (2ND ed.)

Judith Stern and Uzi Ben-Ami

For a lot of kids, dealing with a learning disability can be like climbing a mountain. It can be difficult and overwhelming. But with the right tools, support, and guides, kids can successfully reach the top of their mountain.

This book provides easy-to-use tips, information, and strategies for kids to take on their disability, as well as empowering them to feel better and more capable.

23x18cm  112 pages  $15.95  
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Mind Maps for Kids

The shortcut to success at school

Tony Buzan

This book is pure good fun. Presented beautifully on quality paper and full of colour it is just so inviting. Mind Mapping is a breakthrough system of planning and note-taking that cut homework time in half and makes schoolwork fun. They make it easy to remember information, planning is a doddle and getting stuck for an answer a thing of the past. Tony Buzan shows kids how Mind Mapping can help kids to remember things, make clearer and better notes, revise, come up with ideas, unlock the imagination, save time, concentrate, and ace exams.

21x30cm  120 pages  $33.00  
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Mind Maps for Kids - Max Your Memory and Concentration

Tony Buzan

Mind Map genius Tony Buzan shows kids how easy it is to become the master of their memories and succeed at school with his unique combination of learning tools. Here he shares the amazing memory techniques behind his master mind and shows kids how they too can become champions of their own memories and enjoy greater self-esteem and success in everything they do.
This book shows how to
Memorize anything permanently
Absorb facts, figures and formulas with ease
Improve concentration and save time
Learn names, events, poems and lines
Recall information under pressure
Grow in self-confidence and ability.

25x19cm  118 pages  $35.00  
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Minds of Boys

Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life

Michael Gurian

The follow-up to the blockbuster bestseller "The Wonder of Boys," this enormously fascinating and practical book shows parents and teachers how to help boys overcome their current classroom obstacles by helping to create the proper learning environment

22x15cm  351 pages  $35.95  
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My Name is Bertie Poshkza

Karyn Prior, illus Julia Blanka

The story of Bertie Poshkza is written with aplomb and great sensitivity. Bertie lives with a wobbly, but amazing spirit. For children who doubt themselves because they feel, look, or act a little differently, it is a very reassuring story, told with humour and caring. It is an excellent entry point for discussing empathy, bullying, and how we are all unique.
It is also an Australian story, written and illustrated with our own talent!

21x15cm  74 pages  $16.00  
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No One to Play With

Social problems of LD and ADD children

Betty Osman

In the backyard at home or the playground at school, LD/ADD youngsters are often cruelly snubbed in informal play groups. To see a child socially isolated or rejected hurts caring adults, partly, perhaps, because memories of their own painful childhood experiences are stirred up. While it is neither possible nor even desirable to alleviate all the pain inherent in growing up, obviously we can't merely sit back and watch the child suffer. The right kind of intervention can have an impact. Children's "social quotients" can be raised just as intelligence quotients can be improved when the learning environment changes for the better. Social skills, like academic subjects, must be learned and can be taught. This compassionate, practical, readable guide describes everyday social problems and situations and offers invaluable advice on how to deal with them effectively. Among topics covered are: getting along with other kids; handling the social aspects of school; group techniques; and adolescent difficulties.

23x15cm  208 pages  $59.95  
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One in Eleven

Practical Strategies for Teaching Adolescents with a Language Learning Disability

Florence Gough, Mandy Brent & Susan Robinson

A whole-school approach that identifies LLD students and offers suggestions for teaching and learning strategies to address this difficulty in various school contexts, especially in subject areas. The emphasis on modifying the curriculum and employing explicit teaching strategies for these students is supported by many case-study examples and practical recommendations are made through the use of photocopy masters.

26x20cm  $59.95  
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Over 60 Techniques, Activities & Worksheets for Challenging Children & Adolescents

Susan Epstein

Over the past 30 years we have seen a rise in explosive, challenging and resistant behaviours in children and adolescents. What used to work with difficult kids may not now be working for professionals and parents alike. A new approach is needed that is tailored to the individual need and is directive, creative - and FUN.
This cutting-edge tips workbook will guide professionals in working with children, adolescents and families across multiple settings and treatment modalities. Inside, find easy to use worksheets, handouts and step-by-step tips and proven techniques to foster the working relationship required to elicit change and healing.
Suitable for those with anger and explosive behaviours, and ADD/HD, those who are depressed and traumatized, with executive function disorders, risky behaviours and others.

28x21cm  202 pages  $45.00  
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Overcoming Dyslexia

A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level

Sally E Shaywitz

Offers the latest information about reading problems and proven, practical techniques that, along with hard work and the right help, can enable anyone to overcome them. Here are the tools that parents and teachers need to help the dyslexic child, age by age, grade by grade, step by step.
--What dyslexia is and why some intelligent, gifted people read slowly and painfully --How to identify dyslexia in preschoolers, schoolchildren, young adults, and adults --How to find the best school and how to work productively with your child's teacher --Exercises to help children use the parts of the brain that control reading --A 20-minute nightly home program to enhance reading --The 150 most common problem words-a list that can give your child a head start --Ways to raise and preserve a child's self-esteem aqnd reveal his strengths --Stories of successful men and women who are dyslexic

23x16cm  414 pages  $26.00  
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Play Matters

Engaging Children in Learning: the Australian Developmental Curriculum - Early years at primary school

Kathy Walker

Play Matters provides information, examples and practical strategies for classroom teachers wishing to explore and implement the Developmental Curriculum (play and project based curriculum) into the learning environment.
Play is often viewed as the reward for when real work is complete. This is not how the term is used in the Developmental Curriculum. Play is part of the learning and work of children.
A play and project based curriculum has its foundations in the developmental perspective that recognises that children are not only biologically influenced in relation to their learning and development, but also shaped through the influences and experiences they are exposed to in their environments. It emphasises that learning is much broader and richer than just literacy and numeracy and is focusing parents, teachers and children on the 'whole' child.
This book highlights that the way young children learn in the early years of school, and the teaching and learning strategies that are required for this learning, are distinct and unique compared to the ways for older children and adults.
Aimed at early-learning and primary school staff, Play Matters provides examples describing experiences of schools using the play and project based approach as well as strategies for how to implement the approach.
Play Matters contains a CD of information sheets and key summaries, and forms for planning, observing, assessing and reporting. AUSTRALIAN

28x22cm  94 pages  $59.95  
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Positive Reinforcement

Activities and Strategies for Creating Confident Learners

Peter Clutterbuck

designed for schools that want to really focus on positive reinforcement of their students' confidence. Covers a wide range of issues which affect self esteem and self worth. Each topic has an introduction and an activity page and full instructions on carrying out the activity. All supplementary materials are supplied on a CD-ROM for ease of reproduction.

Part One deals with the child's self image. It explores developing self-awareness and helping the child to realize that it really is 'Good to be me.' The activities help children to understand their feelings and to understand why and how those feelings lead them to behave the way they do particularly the feelings of being excited, proud, surprised, hopeful, disappointed, worried and anxious.

Part Two covers children's beliefs and attitudes towards others. Building strong relationships with others has a huge impact on self confidence and these skills are developed in the same activity based way.

30x21cm  121 pages  $47.95  
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Projects & Presentations for K-6 Students

Preparing Kids to Be Confident, Effective Communicators [With CDROM]

Phil Schlemmer, Dori Schlemmer

Build children's proficiency with oral and written communication, promote social and emotional learning (SEL), and allow students to work toward standards while developing critical skills they'll need in later grades.

28x21cm  228 pages  $62.95  
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Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World

Strategies for Helping Bright, Quirky, Socially Awkward Children to Thrive at Home and at School

Katharine Beals

Does your child:

- Have impressive intellectual abilities but seem puzzled by ordinary interactions with other children?
- Prefer to spend time with adults or alone rather than with other kids?
- Have deep, all-absorbing interests or seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of certain subjects?
- Seem uncomfortable with unstructured play or social engagements?

If you answered "yes" to some or all of these questions, you may be raising a left-brain child. Bright, eccentric, and socially awkward, these are children whose talents and inclinations lean heavily toward the logical, linear, analytical, and introverted side of the human psyche--what is commonly referred to as the "left brain"--as opposed to the "right brain" which is our emotional, holistic, intuitive, and extroverted side. Left-brain kids are often found on the margins of the classroom and the playground, the ones who tend not to fit in with their peers but have rich interior and intellectual lives.
This book offers a new understanding of left-brain kids and practical strategies for nurturing and supporting them, both at school and at home.

23x15cm  232 pages  $30.00  
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Simple Low-Cost Games and Activities for Sensorimotor Learning

A Sourcebook of Ideas for Young Children Including Those with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Other Learning Differences

Lisa Kurtz

This practical sourcebook is packed full of fun, low-cost games and activities that encourage the development of motor skills, coordination and sensory tolerance in young children.
Using materials that are readily-available in most households or that can be purchased or homemade at a very low cost, these games and activities are appropriate for all children, including those with autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other learning challenges. The book includes clear descriptions of how to carry out each activity, helpful illustrations, and ways to adapt activities according to the child's individual needs. In addition, a comprehensive reference guide to the activities enables easy searching for games suited to the development of particular skills.
This sourcebook is the key to easy-to-understand, low-cost, and effective games and activities that will support the development of sensorimotor skills. It is a useful tool for parents, carers, therapists, and teachers of children with or without special needs.

23x15cm  176 pages  $33.95  
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Smart But Scattered

The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Peg Dawson , Richard Guare

Scientists who study child development have recently found that kids who are "smart but scattered" lack or lag behind in crucial executive skills—the core, brain-based habits of mind required to “execute” tasks like getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions. Drawing on this revolutionary discovery, school psychologist Peg Dawson and neuropsychologist Richard Guare have developed an innovative program that parents and teachers can use to strengthen kids’ abilities to plan ahead, be efficient, follow through, and get things done. Smart but Scattered provides ways to assess children’s strengths and weaknesses and offers guidance on day-to-day issues like following instructions in the classroom, doing homework, completing chores, reducing performance anxiety, and staying cool under pressure. Small steps add up to big improvements, enabling these kids to build the skills they need to live up to their full potential. More than 40 reproducibles are included.

The Publisher grants individual book purchasers nonassignable permission to reproduce selected materials in this book for professional use.

25x18cm  314 pages  $38.95  
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Smart But Scattered Teens

The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, Colin Guare

Executive skills are critical to success in life, but may be delayed in some teens and young adults--and parents are often at a loss for how to help. "Smart but Scattered Teens" is just what parents need. This is a highly useful guide for improving teens' executive skills and motivating them to use the skills they already have."--Patricia O. Quinn

25x18cm  293 pages  $36.95  
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Smart Kids with School Problems

Things to Know & Ways to Help.

Priscilla Vail

For the maths whiz who can't read, the budding artist who can't spell or solve a simple equation, the co-ordinated athlete with the undecipherable handwriting, school is a conundrum. This optimistic book provides specialist remedial programs as well as effective methods to break the cycle of anger, fear, pressure, self-doubt and frustration, making it possible to turn school failure into school success.

13x21cm  256 pages  $30.00  
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Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons

Phyllis Haddox & Elaine Bruner

SRA's DISTAR is one of the most successful beginning reading programs available to schools. Research has proven that children taught by the DISTAR method outperform their peers. Now, this program has been adapted for use at home. In only 20 minutes a day, this remarkable step-by-step program teaches your child to read--with the love, care, and joy only a parent and child cane share.

28x21cm  395 pages  $34.95  
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Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom

Ways to Challenge & Motivate Struggling Students to Achieve Proficiency with Required Standards

Susan Winebrenner

Proven, powerful strategies and techniques to help any student become a successful learner, regardless of whether they are considered, slow, remedial, LD, ESL or disadvantaged.
Over 50 reproducible forms and handouts plus extensive resources.

247 pages  $74.00  
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Visible Learning

A Synthesis of over 800 Meta-analyses Relating to Achievement

John Hattie

This unique and ground-breaking book is the result of 15 years research and synthesises over 800 meta-analyses on the influences on achievement in school-aged students. It builds a story about the power of teachers, feedback, and a model of learning and understanding. The research involves many millions of students and represents the largest ever evidence based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Areas covered include the influence of the student, home, school, curricula, teacher, and teaching strategies. A model of teaching and learning is developed based on the notion of visible teaching and visible learning.

A major message is that what works best for students is similar to what works best for teachers a " an attention to setting challenging learning intentions, being clear about what success means, and an attention to learning strategies for developing conceptual understanding about what teachers and students know and understand.

25x18cm  378 pages  $65.00  
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Working Memory & Learning

A Practical Guide for Teachers

Susan E Gathercole & Tracy Packiam Alloway

A good working memory is crucial to becoming a successful learner, yet there is very little material available in an easy-to-use format that explains the concept and offers practitioners ways to support children with poor working memory in the classroom.
This book provides a coherent overview of the role played by working memory in learning during the school years, and uses theory to inform good practice.
Topics covered include:
* the link between working memory skills and key areas of learning (such as literacy & numeracy)
* the relationship between working memory and children with developmental disorders
* assessment of children for working memory deficits
* strategies for supporting working memory in under-performing children
This accessible guide will help SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists to understand and address working memory in their setting

27x18cm  124 pages  $71.00  
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