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An Introduction to Dyslexia for Parents and Professionals

Alan M Hultquist

This practical guide provides basic need-to-know information for parents and professionals and answers frequently asked questions about dyslexia and related learning disabilities.
Addresses many of the issues surrounding dyslexia, including possible causes and subtypes, means of testing, remediation and the controversial question of “staying back” to repeat a grade. Example case studies illustrate these issues in context. The author identifies possible classroom accommodations for dyslexic students in a range of subject areas. The book also includes a list of useful resources that will help parents explain dyslexia to children, as well as a glossary of technical terms. This complete introductory guide to dyslexia is a must-read for parents, especially parents with children who are newly diagnosed, and for all those who work with dyslexic children and their families.

22x16cm  112 pages  $32.00  


A Complete Guide for Parents

Gavin Reid

Parents with a dyslexic child have only had professional references to turn to for much-needed adviceauntil now. The first guide written expressly for parents, Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents provides the unique insights of a noted educational psychologist on what sort of supportive role parents can play in the life of their dyslexic child. The book includes a description of dyslexia, how its identified and assessed, examples of different approaches parents can adopt, and a range of useful resources.

22x15cm  226 pages  $43.95  

Fun With Messy Play

Ideas and Activities for Children with Special Needs

Tracey Beckerleq

Funny smells, sticky hands and squishy textures are all part of the way in which children develop sensory awareness. Fun with Messy Play is an exciting activity book that heightens the sensory perception of children with special needs through the imaginative use of everyday 'messy' materials like baked beans, condensed milk, jelly or glue. The activities in this book are fun for children and help to improve their co-ordination, communicative and cognitive abilities, as well as their self-esteem and social skills. Each exercise focuses the child on a movement or sensation that they will later be able to apply to everyday life. By allowing children to explore their senses while having fun, messy play provides a relaxing therapy that encourages sensory responsiveness without placing stressful expectations on the child.

23x17cm  160 pages  $36.95  

Getting the Picture

Inference and Narrative Skills for Young People with Communication Difficulties

David Nash

Young people with communication difficulties often struggle in social situations, as without adequate inference, narrative and sequencing skills, correctly interpreting and responding to other people can be a real challenge. This fully photocopiable resource has been designed to improve these skills in the way this population can often learn best - visually.

This book is brimming with thought-provoking illustrations of different people in different places, all of which are accompanied by a series of questions designed to encourage prediction and inference skills. Participants are asked to consider everything from who the person in the picture is, what they might be doing, and where they might be going, to how they may be feeling and why. Questions can either be completed individually or brainstormed as a group, and there are three types of illustration to work with - single person, picture sequence, or large scenes containing several interactions. The final section teaches important sequencing skills by providing muddled picture narratives that need to be ordered.

This book will be a valuable tool for speech and language therapists/pathologists, occupational therapists, special educators, parents and anybody else looking to help young people with communication difficulties to understand and connect with the world around them.

22x28cm  109 pages  $43.95  

Guiding Your Teenager with Special Needs Through the Transition from School to Adult Life

Tools for Parents

Mary Korpi

When teenagers with special needs transition from school to adult life, both they and their families are faced with many new decisions and challenges. This book provides practical advice and valuable information to help families prepare themselves and their teenager for that transition, allowing it to happen as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.
Highlights the impact of moving from the special education system to the reality of adult life and employment and emphasises the need for young adults to develop self-advocacy skills by being included in all decisions and discussions about their future. The first part of the book focuses on specific techniques parents can incorporate into the family's everyday routines that will enhance the development of essential life skills. The second part provides families with vital information on programs and support services available to adults with special needs. It also stresses the importance of developing an effective transition plan to help the teenager explore avenues that are suitable to his or her personal goals and abilities.
An essential guide to this critical transition period, this book is invaluable reading for families of teenagers with disabilities who are preparing to move on from school life.

21x14cm  144 pages  $35.95  

Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism

Practical Steps to Overcome a Fear of Speaking

Angela McHolm

Often described as "social phobia's cousin" and misdiagnosed as autism, selective mutism is a debilitating fear of speaking in some situations experienced by some children. The disorder usually presents in children before the age of five, but it may not be recognized until the child starts school. When requested to speak, children with selective mutism often look down, blush, or otherwise express anxiety that disrupts their engagement with people and activities. Selective mutism is related to social anxiety and social phobia, and more than 90 percent of children with selective mutism also manifest symptoms of one of these problems. This book is the first available for parents of children with selective mutism. It offers a broad overview of the condition and reviews the diagnostic criteria for the disorder. The book details a plan you can use to coordinate professional treatment of your child's disorder. It also explains the steps you can take on your own to encourage your child to speak comfortably in school and in his or her peer group. All of the book's strategies employ a gradual, "stepladder" approach. The techniques gently encourage children to speak more, while at the same time helping them feel safe and supported. Angela E. McHolm, Ph.D., is director of the Selective Mutism Service at McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, ON. The Selective Mutism Service offers outpatient psychiatric consultation to families and professionals such as school personnel, speech and language pathologists, and mental health clinicians who support children with selective mutism. She is assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences in the Faculty of HealthSciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON.

23x15cm  171 pages  $27.00  

Psychology of Dyslexia

A Handbook for Teachers: WITH Case Studies CD-ROM 2nd ed

Michael Thomson

This new edition looks at the description and definition of dyslexia, and its assessment, as well as the history of the concept and current findings. Aspects of cognitive psychology and their relationship to dyslexia are also covered.
The CD Rom has 20 case studies.

23x15cm  236 pages  $77.95  

Resources for Educating Children with Diverse Abilities (4TH ed.)

Birth through Eight - 4th Ed

Penny Low Deiner

The Resources book provides essential information about children with a variety of diverse abilities that educators will be teaching in today's schools. It provides information about the disabilities themselves and ways to plan for and includes these children in regular educational settings.

21x28cm  736 pages  $89.95  

Social Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs (2ND ed.)

Darlene Mannix

A flexible, ready-to-use activities program to help special students in grades 6-12 The updated new edition of this valuable resource offers an exciting collection of 200 ready-to-use worksheets to help adolescents build the social skills they need to interact effectively with others and learn how to apply these skills to various real-life settings, situations, and problems. The book provides 20 complete teaching units focusing on 20 basic social skills, such as being a good listener, "reading" other people, and using common sense. Darlene Mannix, MA (La Porte, IN), has 26 years of experience as a classroom teacher and is the bestselling author of numerous books for special educators, including Social Skills Activities for Special Children (978-0-87628-868-9), Life Skills Activities for Special Children (978-0-87628-547-3), Writing Skills Activities for Special Children (978-0-7879-7884-6), and Character Building Activities for Kids (978-0-13-042585-0).

27x21cm  368 pages  $49.95  

Special educator's book of lists

Roger Pierangelo

This unique time-saving resource for the special education teacher provides 192 reproducible lists brimming with useful facts that cover essential assessment, diagnosis, remediation, legal, and procedural information.

614 pages  $61.95  

Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Problems (6th Edition)

Candace S. Bos and Sharon Vaughn

The latest edition of this bestselling text," Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Problems" provides practical, immediately-useful strategies for teaching students, managing professional responsibilities, and collaborating with family and other educators. This book is based-on current research on the best practices for providing instructional and support services to students with learning and behavior behavior in a variety of settings. The sixth edition contains more applied teaching strategies than ever before. There is also an increased integration and emphasis on the topics of progress monitoring and assessment, diversity and English language learners, and family involvement, discussion of which are highlighted by icons throughout the text.

22x28cm  565 pages  $96.95  

Teaching and the Adolescent Brain

Jeb Schenck

Using cognitive neuroscience to rethink traditional teaching methods and strategies.

25x20cm  377 pages  $44.95  

Verbal Behavior Approach

How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders

Mary Barbera

The Verbal Behavior (VB) approach is a form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and works particularly well with children with minimal or no speech abilities. In this book Mary Lynch Barbera draws on her own experiences as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and also as a parent of a child with autism to explain VB and how to use it. This step-by-step guide provides an abundance of information about how to help children develop better language and speaking skills, and also explains how to teach non-vocal children to use sign language. An entire chapter focuses on ways to reduce problem behavior, and there is also useful information on teaching toileting and other important self-help skills, that would benefit any child.
This book will enable parents and professionals unfamiliar with the principles of ABA and VB to get started immediately using the Verbal Behavior approach to teach children with autism and related disorders.

23x17cm  199 pages  $37.95  

What Is Dyslexia?

A Book Explaining Dyslexia for Kids and Adults to Use Together

Alan Hultquist

Designed to help adults explain dyslexia to children, this book provides information about all the most common types of dyslexia: trouble with sounds, trouble remembering how letters and words look, trouble finding words, and mixed dyslexia. Deals with the basic facts and adopts a style which is accessible to children without talking down to them. The book includes clear examples which children will be able to understand, as well as activities for parents to do with their children. The author emphasises that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and that having dyslexia is okay.
This book will be valuable for parents of children with dyslexia, as well as other adults working with children with dyslexia.

25x18cm  95 pages  $23.95