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Alphabet Kids From ADD to Zellweger Syndrome:

A Guide to Developmental, Neurobiological and Psychological Disorders for Parents and Professionals New ed.

Robbie Woliver

From ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to ZS (Zellweger Syndrome)-there seems to be an alphabet disorder for almost every behavior, from those caused by serious, rare genetic diseases to more common learning disabilities that hinder children's academic and social progress.
Alphabet Kids have disorders that are often concurrent, interconnected or mistaken for one another: for example, the frequent combination of ASD, OCD, SID and ADHD. If a doctor only diagnoses one condition, he or she may have missed others. As the rates of these disorders dramatically rise, Alphabet Kids explains it all. Covers 70 childhood disorders, providing information on causes, cures, treatments and prognoses. Chapters include a comprehensive list of signs and symptoms, and the disorders are illustrated with often heartbreaking, but always inspirational true-life stories of a child with the particular disorder.
This comprehensive, easy-to-read go-to guide will help parents to sort through all the interconnected childhood developmental, neurobiological and psychological disorders and serve as a roadmap to help start the families' journey for correct diagnoses, effective treatment and better understanding of their Alphabet Kids.

24x18cm  478 pages  $39.95  

Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions

second edition

Ian Stuart-Hamilton

This dictionary aims to dispel any confusion that arises from the misinterpretation of language. It provides explanations of over 5000 idiomatic expressions and a useful guide to their politeness level. Each expression is accompanied by a clear explanation of its meaning and when and how it might be used.

23x16cm  256 pages  $34.00  

Asperger Syndrome 2nd ed

What Teachers Need to Know

Matt Winter

As awareness and diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS) increases, it is essential that every teacher has a familiarity with the condition and understands how best to support AS students. This fully revised and expanded edition is the ideal resource to point teachers in the right direction.

1. So what is Asperger Syndrome? 2. What signs might a child express? 3. What are some strategies for the classroom? 4. Can I help a child with their social skills? 5. How can I help them in the playground? 6. What should happen before the child changes class or school? 7. Should I make the child do homework? 8. How can the child be assisted with study? 9. What should the teacher aide be focusing on? 10. Who else in school needs to know? 11. Am I qualified to teach this child? 12. I want to know more. Where should I start?

14x22cm  127 pages  $29.95  

Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching for Children with Autism [With DVD ROM]

Aubyn Stahmer, Jessica Suhrheinrich, Sarah Reed, Laura Schreibman, Cynthia Bolduc

Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching (CPRT) enhances children's motivation and participation in learning; increases the number of learning opportunities they experience each day; and promotes mastery of targeted communication, play, social, and academic skills.

27x20cm  210 pages  $71.00  

Creative Expressive Activities and Asperger's Syndrome

Social and Emotional Skills and Positive Life Goals for Adolescents and Young Adults

Judith Martinovich

This forward-looking book focuses on building individual strengths and resilience, rather than modifying perceived weaknesses, through individualized therapy within a group context. Integrating psychological and educational theory with a variety of creative therapies, Judith Martinovich combines activities such as art making, drama, music, puppetry, yoga and photography with conventional cognitive-behavioural interventions to support individuals with AS.

22x15cm  287 pages  $32.95  

Educational Provision for Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Meeting their needs


Covers the range of intellectual ability from those having severe learning difficulties to those of above average intelligence. Practical advice for those working with children from pre-school to post-16 is given on - choosing the appropriate educational placement, creating an effective educational environment, working with staff and other children to maximum effect, writing effecting individual education plans, working with parents and families, enabling a smooth transition between classes and stages of education, life beyond school.

17x25cm  134 pages  $56.00  

High-functioning Autism / Asperger Syndrome in Schools

Assessment and Intervention

Frank Sansosti, Kelly A Powell-Smith, Richard J Cowan

Meeting a growing need for school-based practitioners, this book provides vital tools for improving the academic, behavioural, and social outcomes of students with high-funtioning autism or Asperger Syndrome.
Research-based best practices are presented for conducting meaningful assessments, collaborating with teachers, students and parents to prevent school difficulties and problem solve when they occur: and developing effective individualized eduation programs in a large-size format with lay flat binding to facilitate photocopying, the book features a wealth of practical prevention and inervention strategies, illustrated with oncrete examples. Over a dozen reproducibles, include interview formsd and observation sheets.

258 pages  $54.95  

How to Make School Make Sense

A Parents' Guide to Helping the Child with Asperger Syndrome

Clare Lawrence

Every child's education relies on a partnership between parents, professionals and, of course, the child. This book gives parents of children with Asperger syndrome (AS) practical advice on how to make the most of this important partnership and work with schools to ensure their child's needs are being met. The book explores how parents can prepare their child for school life and how they can work with teachers to improve the classroom environment, as well as the school environment as a whole, for their child and consequently for the benefit of all pupils. Strategies include peer education, the use of visual cues and rules and effective communication between parents, teachers and teaching assistants. This clear, accessible book will be an invaluable guide for parents of children with AS and will also be of interest to the teachers and educational professionals who work with them.

24x16cm  123 pages  $35.95  

Incorporating Social Goals in the Classroom

A Guide for Teachers and Parents of Children with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Rebecca A Moyes

This book provides practical, hands-on strategies to teach social skills to children with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome. It includes a detailed description of the social deficits of these children as they appear in the classroom difficulties with such things as understanding idioms, taking turns in conversation, understanding and using tone of voice and body language and ways to address them. Instruction is included in the book to enhance the development of appropriate, measureable, and meaningful individualized education plans (IEPs) to incorporate social goals. Lesson plans are included to facilitate the ability to 'teach' these social goals. Parents will find this text an excellent training tool to help develop social education curriculums for their children, and teachers will find it particularly helpful as an easy-to-read manual containing many 'nuts and bolts' strategies to utilize in the classroom.

25x17cm  192 pages  $29.95  

Key learning skills for children with autism spectrum disorders

A blueprint for life

Thomas Whitman, Nicole De Witt

Finding a way of simultaneously addressing the sensory, motor, emotional, communicative, cognitive and social needs of children on the autism spectrum can be a real challenge, and choosing from the vast array of options available is a daunting task. This book provides a blueprint for an educational intervention program that is evidence-based.

336 pages  $56.95  

Making It a Success

Practical Strategies and Worksheets for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sue Larkey

'Sue Larkey knows the problems associated with inclusion not only from her experience as a teacher herself, but also from her academic knowledge and qualifications and from her intuitive understanding of autism. She has a remarkable ability to identify and briefly explain the difficulties experienced by a child with autism in a regular classroom and to suggest realistic and practical strategies to improve abilities and behaviour. Her advice is succinct and wise. This book is precisely what teachers ask for and need.' - from the foreword by Tony Attwood
Providing easy to follow, proven strategies for common teaching challenges, Making it a Success is a user-friendly resource to help teachers and teaching assistants effectively integrate students with special needs into the classroom.
With photocopiable worksheets, creative ideas for activities and teacher notes, Sue Larkey presents effective ways of helping children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improve their social skills, reading, writing and maths, play and general behaviour. She provides solutions for dealing with constant questioning in the classroom as well as managing children's special interests and obsessions.
Making it a Success introduces strategies that are applicable not only to students with ASD but also to those with a range of special needs and is an essential resource for all those working in integrated classrooms.

29x21cm  64 pages  $29.95  

Making the Move

A Guide for Schools and Parents on the Transfer of Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) from Primary to Secondary School

K I Al-Ghani, Lynda Kenward

The transition from primary to secondary school is a time of great anxiety for most children. For children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) this anxiety can be overwhelming. Fear of the unknown, difficulty coping with monumental changes and the inability to imagine a favourable outcome, can all combine to make this unavoidable step in school life a time of great fear and dread. This book provides guidance for schools and parents on how to make the transfer from primary to secondary as easy as possible for children with ASDs. It advocates the need for scrupulous preparation of transfer arrangements because children with ASDs struggle to predict the outcome of any new situation.

30x21cm  96 pages  $43.95  

No More Meltdowns

Positive Strategies for Dealing With and Preventing Out-of-control Behavior

Jed Baker

Offers parents and teachers strategies for preventing and managing meltdowns that will improve your everyday relationships with the children in your life:
1) Managing your own emotions by adjusting your expectations
2) Learning strategies to calm a meltdown in the moment,
3) Understanding why a meltdown occurs, and
4) Creating plans to prevent future meltdowns.

22x15cm  150 pages  $26.95  

Practical Guide for Teachers of Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Secondary Education

Debra Costley, Elaine Keane, Trevor Clark, Kathie Lane

The book presents specific, ready-to-use classroom initiatives with example worksheets, checklists and timetables to help students keep organised with their school work. It also covers general obstacles such as social situations, anxiety, mental health issues and extracurricular activities and how adults can help. Guidance about the leaving school stage and how to ensure the teen is equipped to make the best possible decisions about their future is included.
Packed with useful information and examples, this book will be a lifesaving resource for teachers, and everyone else working in secondary education, who want to help their students with autism to stay focused and positive at school.

23x15cm  159 pages  $34.95  

Reaching and Teaching the Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Using Learning Preferences and Strengths

Heather MacKenzie

Reaching and Teaching Children with Autism provides a positive approach to understanding and educating children on the autism spectrum. The book gives greater insight into the perspective and behavior of a child with autism and explores how the child's learning preferences, strengths and interests can be used to facilitate learning and enhance motivation. Based on well-researched theory and extensive clinical experience, the author provides a comprehensive model for developing lifelong independent learning skills in children with autism between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. The book describes the underlying principles, learning preferences and strengths typical of children with autism and offers a detailed but flexible program structure based on these concepts. Easy to follow activities and approaches are described in each chapter, along with clear examples and illustrations. This accessible and practical book is an essential resource for parents, teachers, support workers, therapists and others concerned with learning and development in children with autism

27x17cm  272 pages  $37.95  

Success Strategies for Teaching Kids with Autism

Wendy Ashcroft, Sue Agiro, Joyce Keohane

The perfect handbook for any teacher looking for proven solutions for helping children with autism succeed, this book addresses the practical strategies in to build successful programs and services for kids with autism.
The authors, seasoned classroom teachers and consultants for a large public school autism support program, look at ways teachers can apply best practices for teaching special needs students on smaller budgets, tight schedules, and minimal materials. They offer more than 25 field-tested ideas for teachers to implement, covering topics such as managing difficult behaviors, teaching social skills, addressing language and communication difficulties, creating schedules, and organizing the classroom.
Including teacher-friendly overviews of the educational needs of students with autism and ideal teaching methods, the book also provides reproducible materials that teachers can copy and use immediately in their classrooms, along with photographs and detailed graphics that show their strategies in action. Features proven advice and strategies from experienced special educators Addresses the three main areas of need for students with autism: language, social skills, and behavior management Offers practical solutions to creating an autism-friendly classroom Provides a concise introduction to the educational needs of students with autism Includes guidance for both inclusion and self-contained classrooms.

25x18cm  242 pages  $38.00  

Take Control of Asperger's Syndrome

The Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Asperger's Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorders

Janet Price, Jennifer Engel Fisher

Drawing on their experiences as parents and teachers of kids with Asperger's syndrome (AS) and Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD), the authors provide tips on understanding the disorders, living with the symptoms, succeeding in school, completing homework, talking to others about strengths and needs, making friends and socializing, and using technology to connect with other kids with these disorders. By interviewing hundreds of kids who live with AS and NLD, the authors include ideas, information, and advice for kids, by kids just like them. This handy guidebook is sure to help any child or teen with AS or NLD navigate life's challenges with successful outcomes.

25x18cm  168 pages  $34.00  

Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators

Roger Pierangelo, George Giuliani

Create an appropriate learning environment to help children with ASD develop lifelong independence!
Written by experts in special education and psychology, this user-friendly resource summarizes current research and presents a comprehensive overview of how to teach students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The authors discuss intervention strategies for implementing effective educational programs that give youngsters with ASD the opportunity to learn and interact with their peers.
This practical book describes the characteristics of specific disorders, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified, and Asperger syndrome. Other topics include:
Specific instructional approaches
Behavioral, skill-based, and physiologically-based intervention models
A comprehensive team approach that includes parents
Assistive technology options
Support services for transition from high school to adult life
Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders addresses the most significant, everyday challenges that general and special education teachers face in reaching students with ASD.

25x18cm  224 pages  $54.95  

Teaching the Basics of Theory of Mind

A Complete Curriculum with Supporting Materials for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Social Difficulties Aged Approximately 5 to 9 Years

Krstina Ordetx

This manual contains a 12-week curriculum designed to incorporate a multi-sensory approach to developing the critical and basic aspects of Theory of Mind (ToM). The activities are designed to be used with children aged 5-9, who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or who have related social challenges.
By building on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles, this book shows how teaching ToM to young children can help them to better understand the emotions and actions of people around them. This curriculum has been designed to enhance the development of ToM and subsequently enhance social understanding in children who demonstrate challenges with pre-requisite skills that lead to successful social relationships and situations. As well as practical advice and supplementary materials such as worksheets and cut-out-and-use flash cards, this book includes reinforcement activities to be carried out at home with parents and care givers.

28x22cm  144 pages  $49.00  

Teaching Theory of Mind

A Curriculum for Children with High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Related Social Challenges

Kirstina Ordetx

This book provides teachers and other professionals with a highly effective, easy-to-follow curriculum for teaching children with high-functioning autism, Asperger syndrome and related social challenges to relate to and interact with others successfully by developing a solid, basic foundation in Theory of Mind (ToM).
Dr. Kirstina Ordetx provides an accessible overview of the key concepts of ToM, and explains how to assess each child's readiness for the curriculum, suggesting practical ways in which to support those who do not yet meet the minimum criteria. Twelve 60-90 minute lesson plans for use with small or large groups of children aged approximately 7-16 are then presented, each of which is accompanied by a photocopiable letter to provide parents and carers with suggested activities for practicing and reinforcing the concepts and skills learnt at home. The lesson plans are engaging and varied, and are grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an approach which is recognized as one of the most effective methods of providing developmental interventions to children on the autism spectrum. All of the supplementary materials needed to teach the curriculum are included in the book: a photocopiable assessment checklist, a photocopiable social skills poster, and over 200 cut-out-and-use flash cards.
Developed by the author over twenty years' of working with children with autism and related social challenges, and used effectively with many hundreds of students, this curriculum is an essential resource for teachers in special and mainstream education settings. It will also be of interest to other professionals involved in supporting this group, including behavioral therapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and school and guidance counsellors

28x21cm  $45.00  

Why Do I Have To?

A Book for Children Who Find Themselves Frustrated by Everyday Rules

Laurie Leventhal-Belfer

Why do I have to? looks at a set of everyday situations that provide challenges for children at home, with their friends and at school. Empathizes with children's wish to do things their way, explaining clearly why their way does not work and provides a list of practical suggestions for how to cope with these challenges and avoid feelings of frustration. This is the ideal book for children who have difficulty coping with the expectations of daily living, as well as for their parents and the professionals who work with them.

25x17cm  78 pages  $17.00