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This area provides a comprehensive list of books that we feel are of interest to the TelAbility community. Use the search interface below to search by keyword or category for books related to your area of interest. If you find books that interest you click on [buy me] for online ordering. We are constantly reviewing and adding new books so please check back often.

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A Place for Me : Including Children With Special Needs in Early Care and Educational Settings, Phyllis A. Chandler

A reviewer on Amazon.com has written "This book is a good place to start for Early Childhood Educators who are beginning to grapple with issues surrounding inclusion. As more and more children with special needs are joining typically developing children in mainstream child care settings, teachers and parents are discovering a need to evaluate their assumptions about what impact these children may have on their program. This book teaches that inclusion need not be difficult- it can be easily acheived and is beneficial to all involved [Buy Me]
Abuse and Neglect : The Educator's Guide to the Identification and Prevention of Child Abuse, Barbara Lowenthal

Abuse And Neglect by Barbara Lowenthal (professor in the Department of Special Education, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois) is a serious and straightforward look at the classroom teacher's role in identifying, preventing, and intervening in cases of child maltreatment. Chapters soberly and explicitly discuss different forms of child abuse and neglect, how to spot them, legal remedies, and optimal courses of action. Abuse And Neglect is an absolute must-read for teachers of all walks, from public and private school instructors to Sunday School and Community Center teachers. Abuse And Neglect is highly recommended for teacher education academic reference collections and school district teacher in service training reading lists. [Buy Me]
Allie the Allergic Elephant, Nicole S Smith

A useful book about the most common type of food allergy. Written for children ages 4-8, this humorous book helps children understand that some foods can hurt other children and that peanuts can "hide" in lots of different kinds of foods. [Buy Me]
Alternative Assessment : Measuring Outcomes and Supports for Students With Disabilities, Harold L. Kleinert andJacqui Farmer Kearns

In issue focused chapters readers learn how to develop student's self-determination and social skills, implement alternate assessments, and demonstrate student abilities across multiple environments. Readers will also learn how to help students with disabilities gain access to general curriculum standards, and involve parents, families, peers, communities, and the students themselves in tailoring assessments to fit students skills, needs and IEP objectives. [Buy Me]
Ants in His Pants, Cartoons by Michael F.Giangreco, Illustrations by Kevin Ruelle

With wit, humor and profound one liners, the 110 cartoons give a lighter look at the often comical and occasionally harsh truth of the ever-changing field of special education. [Buy Me]
Book CoverAssessing Infants and Preschoolers With Special Needs, Mary E. McLean, Donald B. Bailey Jr, and Mark Wolery

Examines assessment issues, considerations, and procedures that can help pinpoint intervention needs. Key topics include: assessment of family concerns, resources, and priorities presenting the latest information on strategies for complying with recent legislative mandates. Emphasis throughout on family-centered assessment and assessment in natural environments that reflects current thinking about inclusion (i.e.: infant cognitive development, preschool cognitive skills, motor skills, communication skills, social interaction skills, play skills, and self-care skills). For early childhood special educators and other professionals who work with infants and preschoolers. [Buy Me]
Book CoverAttention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in the Classroom : A Practical Guide for Teachers, Carol A. Dowdy, et al.

A complete guide to how to deal effectively with students who have attention deficits in their classroom. [Buy Me]
Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Transactional Developmental Perspective, Amy Wetherby, Barry Prizant

With this cross-disciplinary reference you will have it all- a thorough explanation of the communication and language difficulties characteristic of autism as they relate to development and research based strategies that reflect the individuality of a child with autism. [Buy Me]
Battle Cries: Justice for Kids with Special Needs, Miriam Edelson

In Battle Cries, author Miriam Edelson lays out a throrough map of the current services and supports available to children with special needs and their families, followed by a discussion of the impediments these families face in the effort to achieve true inclusion in society. Drawing in part on the current Swedish model of care, she offers a strategy for achieving significant improvement to existing Canadian practices and thus a brighter, more hopeful future for our most vulnerable children. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Miriam Edelson is a social activist, mother and writer living in Toronto. Her literary non-fiction and commentaries have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, CBC Radio and This Magazine. Her first book, My Journey With Jake: A Memoir of Parenting and Disability was published in April 2000. [Buy Me]
Beginning Literacy With Language : Young Children Learning at Home and School, David K. Dickinson and Patton O. Tabors

Through research gathered in the Home School Study of Language and Literacy Development, the authors share with you the relationship they've found between the critical, early parent-child and teacher-child interactions and children's kindergarten language and literacy skills. You'll explore both the home and school environments of these children at ages 3, 4, and 5. You'll see how families talk to their young children during everyday activities like book reading, toy play, and mealtimes. You'll also examine children's conversations throughout the classroom day and consider how teachers strive to support children's development. In each chapter, you'll see how the data was collected,read actual transcripts of parent-child and teacher- child interactions,recognize how these interactions relate to later development,get suggestions for supporting children's language and literacy development, andlearn how these findings play out in the lives of four of the children in the study. Find out how young children's home and classroom experiences during the preschool years are related to their kindergarten language and literacy skills, and discover the kinds of conversations that make a difference. [Buy Me]
Best and Promising Practices in Developmental Disabilities, Alan Hilton, Ravic Ringlaben

A reference guide for implementing practices in settings that serve students with developmental disabilities. [Buy Me]
Bilingualism and Special Education : Issues in Assessment and Pedagogy, Jim Cummins

This valuable data-based work should be read by everyone involved in special education. It raises a number of important and timely questions about diagnostic methods and tests as well as appropriate classroom structure and curricula. [Buy Me]
Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs, Judy Winter

Written by the mother of a boy with cerebral palsy, this book is full of information about special needs parenting that focuses on positive parenting, while addressing everyday practical matters using a proven, motivational, how-to approach. [Buy Me]
Caring for Infants & Toddlers in Groups : Developmentally Appropriate Practice, J. Ron Lally

This popular guide is designed to help caregivers, program directors, coordinators, administrators, families and leaders in the field of early care and education recognize the special knowledge and skills needed to offer a nurturing group care environment to very young children. [Buy Me]
Child Care and the ADA : A Handbook for Inclusive Programs, Victoria Youcha Rab et al.

Designed for educators and administrators in childcare settings, this how-to-guide offers a straightforward discussion of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and including children with disabilities in community programs. [Buy Me]
Book CoverChildren and Youth Assisted by Medical Technology in Educational Settings : Guidelines for, Stephanie Porter (Editor)

A collaborative, interactive process involving parents, students, teachers, lawyers, nurses and doctors has created this new second edition that reflects the reality in schools, the tension, the dilemmas, the weakness, and the strengths. [Buy Me]
Collaborative Teams for Students with Severe Disabilities, Beverly Rainforth and Jennifer York-Barr

This book's second edition provides in-depth guidance on assesment, curriculum development, and intruction for students with severe disabilities. Includes updated information on changes in practices, legislation, and terminology. [Buy Me]
Book CoverEducating Students Who Have Visual Impairments With Other Disabilities, Sharon Sacks and Rosanne K. Silberman (Editors)

Practical and informative, this multi-disciplinary text shows you how to develop effective educational strategies for students who have visual impairments with other disabilities, including hearing impairments, learning disabilities, orthopedic disabilities, neurological disabilities, and emotional and behavior disorders. [Buy Me]
Book CoverEverybody Has A Song, Evan and Barbara Chesler

This video, featuring Henry Winkler, successful actor, advocate, producer and children's book author, explains learning disabilities to children. In the video Winkler uses examples of very successful people that children know to model success in spite of LD. Winkler also motivates children to be successful, and to develop their unique strengths. The video also lets other children learn how to value the learning styles of all students- even those who learn differently. "Everybody has a Song" should be included in all classrooms, and it should be a "must see" for all children. [Buy Me]
Functional Curriculum for Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Age Students With Special, Paul Wehman and John Kregel

A much needed new resource on developing, implementing, and maintaining functional curricula for children and youth. a necessary tool for every educator. [Buy Me]
Getting Services for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum, Matthew Foley, DeAnn Hyatt-Foley

Written by two parents of a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Decribes their experiences in accessing educational services and information. Gives practical advice. [Buy Me]
Book CoverGuiandose Por La Intrincada Senda De La Educacion Especial : Una Guia Para Padres Y, Winifred Anderson et al.

Una gran ayuda para los padres de familia Latinos con hijos que tienen necesidades especiales que estan buscando informacion y orientacion en el sistema de educacion especial. [Buy Me]
If You've Ever Wanted to Crawl in the Closet With an Oreo: Tips for Parenting a Child With Special Needs, Martha Kate Downey

Martha Kate Downey, the mother of a child who has been given a laundry list of neurological diagnoses, has written a soothing, gentle and helpful volume for parents and caregivers who are just learning about and adjusting to life with a special needs child. The book's focus is on special needs kids who have been diagnosed with neurological or autistic spectrum disorders such as Asperger Syndrome, HFA or Tourette Syndrome, but certainly not exclusive to that cluster of differences (or "flavors" as Downey would say). While not a scholarly or research-oriented work, those who are struggling to help a special needs child and communicate with teachers, doctors, counselors, social workers, etc., will find Downey's work full of practical, take-a-deep-breath advice from someone who has been through the process from discovery to diagnoses to problem solving. Even a parent who has been coping with a child's special needs diagnosis for several years will find valuable reminders about the importance of taking care of his or her own needs, as well as strategies for coping with the changing needs of a growing, special needs child. [Buy Me]
Book CoverIn Time and With Love : Caring for the Special Needs Baby, Marilyn Segal, Ph.D.

For families and caregivers of preterm and handicapped children in their first three years. More than 100 tips on adjusting and coping, nursing, dressing, social skills, games and activities, discipline, decision making, and much more. [Buy Me]
Including Students With Severe and Multiple Disabilities in Typical Classrooms : Practical Strategies for Teachers, June E., Phd Downing, Joanne Eichinger, and Maryann Demchak

Dr. Downing offers teachers practical information in sections devoted to each stage of education from preschool to high school & within each section offers specific tips on how to modify both the environment & the curriculum. She also addresses common concerns such as dealing with disruptive behavior & a lack of adequate planning time or support staff resources. [Buy Me]
Inclusion : 450 Strategies for Success : A Practical Guide for All Educators Who Teach, Peggy A. Hammeken

Includes step by step guidelines to help tailor an inclusive education program or improve and expand existing inclusive education programs.Arranged by topic for quick reference. [Buy Me]
Book CoverInclusive Child Care for Infants and Toddlers : Meeting Individual and Special Needs, Marion O'Brien

This educational book gives child care providers the practical guidance they need to serve infants and toddlers with and without disabilities in an inclusive setting. Students preparing for careers in child care and professionals working in settings that welcome children of all abilities will find this resource to be a valuable tool for providing high-quality services to their young clients. [Buy Me]
Infants and Toddlers in Out-Of-Home Care, Debby Cryer, Thelma Harms

This thorough and evidence-based text gives you all the critical information you need to develop the best out-of-home child care for children in their first three years. [Buy Me]
Book CoverKeys to Parenting a Child With Attention Deficit Disorder (Parenting Keys), Barry E. McNamara and Francine J. McNamara

Newest in the popular Barron's Parenting Keys series. Attention Deficit Disorder, also known as ADD, is a complex problem for parents and educators. This book shows how to work with the child's school, effectively manage the child's behavior, and act as the child's advocate. There are also answers to the most commonly-asked questions about the disorder. [Buy Me]
Keys to Parenting a Child With a Learning Disability (Barron's Parenting Keys), Barry E. McNamara and Francine J. McNamara

A practical course of action for parents who suspect a learning disability in their child. Includes methods of special education, and integration into community activities. [Buy Me]
Book CoverKeys to Parenting the Child With Autism (Barron's Parenting Keys), Marlene Targ Brill

Parents of children with autism will find answers to many of their most pressing questions in this volume--part of the helpful Barron's Parenting Keys series. The book covers advice on medication and nutrition, behavior management, legal rights to early intervention programs, educational placement, assistive technology, and other resources for children with autism. [Buy Me]
Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors : A Guide to Intervention and Classroom Management, Sam Goldstein Ph.D. and Nancy Mather Ph.D.

Building Blocks model provides an innovative framework to help educators understand the reasons why students in K-12 struggle and provides proven strategies to help students learn. The Building Blocks model is practical, supported by research, and easy to implement. It identifies ten areas important to school success (the building blocks), divided into three levels: the foundational level includes attention and impulse control,emotion and behavior, self-esteem, and learning environment blocks; the symbolic processing and memory level contains the visual,auditory, and motor skills blocks; and the conceptual level comprises using strategies and thinking with language and images. A detailed questionnaire for each block helps identify a student's strengths and limitations, cultivate their strengths, address the weaker areas, and develop appropriate accommodations and instructional interventions. Each chapter contains proven teacher strategies to give educators direct information to meet students' individual needs. Once educators understand the causes of students'classroom challenges, educators can design individualized and effective interventions. [Buy Me]
Learning Language and Loving It, Elaine Weitzman

This book is designed for early childhood educators, special educators, and speech-language pathologists. It addresses the range of factors that affect children's language learning in an early childhood setting. It also discusses ways to help children, especially those who are delayed or at risk of delay in social and/or language skills, participate fully in everyday interactions. It includes information on how adults can enhance children's language skills, gives "do's" and "don't's" for professionals, and offers two observation guides for evaluation of children's social, play, and language skills. [Buy Me]
Looking After Louis, Lesley Ely

Louis has autism, but through imagination, kindness, and a special game of soccer, his classmates find a way to join him in his world. Then they can include Louis in theirs. [Buy Me]
Mealtime Participation Guide, Marsha Dunn Klein and Suzanne Evans Morris

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Meeting Early Intervention Challenges : Issues from Birth to Three, Lawrence J. Johnson, et al. (Editors)

Essential to early interventionists, early childhood educators, and service providers in their efforts to meet the requirements of federal legislation and deliver quality services to children and families. [Buy Me]
Negotiating the special education maze : a guide for parents and teachers, Winifred Anderson, et al.

An easy to understand, step by step guide for parents of children special needs and the teachers and professionals who assist them. [Buy Me]
Nick Joins In, Joe Lasker

A story about a yooung boy who uses a wheelchair and his first days at school. While Nick wonders whether or not he'll fit in, he makes a good friend and ends up saving the day at recess. Recommended for ages 4-8. [Buy Me]
Book CoverParenting a Child With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Jane N. Hannah

Written by an educator and a social worker who parent children with AD/HD, this book teaches parents to work in a collaborative effort with the child and educators to overcome the disorder. Information is given on testing, diagnosis, and techniques for intervention. [Buy Me]
Play and Imagination in Children with Autism, Pamela J. Wolfberg

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Book CoverPreemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies, Dana Wechsler Linden, Emma Trenti-Paroli, and Mia Wechsler Doron

Preemies is the only resource of its kind -- a comprehensive "Dr. Spock"-like reference that is both reassuring and realistic, delivering up-to-the-minute information on medical care in a warm, caring, and engaging voice. Authors Dana Wechsler Linden and Emma Trenti Paroli are parents who have "been there." Together with neonatologist Mia Wechsler Doron, they answer the dozens of questions that parents will have at every stage -- from high-risk pregnancy through preemie's hospitalization, to homecoming and the preschool years -- imparting a vast, detailed store of knowledge in clear language that all readers can understand. [Buy Me]
Preschool Inclusion, Claire C. Cavallaro, Ph.D., and Michele Haney, Ph.D.

This accessible manual provides you with ready-to-use, field-tested strategies for including young children with disabilities in early childhood programs. [Buy Me]
Promoting Social Communication : Children With Developmental Disabilities from Birth to Adolescence (Communication and Language Intervention Series, 1, Howard, Phd Goldstein, and Louise A. Kaczmarek

This book provides foundations for the application of intervention designs to enhance the development of communication skills across the life span. It includes four case study chapters showing creative applications and strategies. For psychologists and special educators. [Buy Me]
Purposeful Play: Early Childhood Movement Activities on a Budget, Renee M. McCall and Diana Craft

This book provides ideas for early childhood educators on how to make play materials out of unusual items from gutters and coat hangers. A great resource for providers and programs on a tight budget. [Buy Me]
Signs and Strategies for Educating Students With Brain Injuries: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Schools, Marilyn Lash, Sue Pearson, & Gary F. Wolcott

This book gives a basic overview of the consequences brain injuries can have upon a child?s learning, behavior and adjustment in school. It discusses planning for the child?s initial return to school after an injury and changes over time. A special section on transition strategies helps prepare the student for moving from teacher to teacher, grade to grade and school to school with lots of worksheets for families and educators. [Buy Me]
Taking Seizure Disorders to School, Kim Gosselin

Written for ages 4-8 this book is designed to teach children about seizures. [Buy Me]
Book CoverTeachers Ask About Sensory Integration: Audio Cassette and Companion Booklet, Stacey Szklut with Carol Stock Kranowicz

Carol Stock Kranowitz interviews expert occupational therapist Stacey Szklut about how to teach children with sensory integration problems. This full-length audio tape includes narration by public health physician Dr. David Silver. A 60-page companion booklet includes classroom checklists, idea sheets, sensory profiles, and extensive resources customized for the classroom teacher. [Buy Me]
Teaching 4- to 8- Year Olds, Carollee Howes

This paperback provides early childhood educators with research-based information and developmentally appropriate teaching practices in classroom community, literacy, mathematics and multiculturalism. Produced in conjunction with the National Center for Early Development and Learning. [Buy Me]
Teaching Communication Skills to Students with Severe Disabilities, June E. Downing, PhD.

Developed by a highly recommended expert, this practical guide has the comprehensive, research-based information you need to help students with disabilities realize the benefits of effective communication. This book shows you how to analyze environments for their communicative value, assess the communication skills of students from preschool to high school, teach specific skills such as gaining attention and requesting, work with students who use ACC, and guide peers and adults in supporting students with disabilities. [Buy Me]
Teaching Students With Mental Retardation : Providing Access to the General Curriculum, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Deanna J. Sands, H. Earle Knowlton, and Kozleski

The title states it all. [Buy Me]
Teaching Young Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders to Learn: A Practical Guide for Parents and Staff in Mainstream Schools and Nurseries, Liz Hannah

Targeted at those who live and work with children ages three to seven who have autistic spectrum disorders. Accompanied by cartoon drawings, the content includes key information and a range of strategies. [Buy Me]
Teaching the Young Child With Motor Delays : A Guide for Parents and Professionals, Marci J. Hanson and Susan R. Harris

Provides information to parents on how motor development influences other areas of development. [Buy Me]
The ABA Program Companion: Organizing Quality Programs for Children with Autism, J. Tyler Fovel, M.A.

A resource specifically designed to assist educational teams organize and implement Applied Behavioral Anaylysis programs. [Buy Me]
The Child Care Provider: Promoting Young Children's Development, Carol Klass

Along with the latest research and informaiton on child development, this resource is filled with practical case studies and vignettes depiciting child-caregiver interactions that helpyou learn to convert everyday situations into opportunites for teaching and development. [Buy Me]
The Child With Special Needs : Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth, Stanley Greenspan, and Serena Wieder

Covering a range of disabilities, the volume describes how to create an individual profile of a child's disabilities, the volume describes how to create an individual profile of a child's developmental level and functional abilities, including reponse to touch and sound, auditory processing, motor planning, and perceptual motor abilities in ordr to develop an apporpriate treatment program. [Buy Me]
The Diverse Classroom Connecting for Student Success, Judith A Pauley

A guide to connecting, and teaching, different personality types in the classroom. [Buy Me]
The Educator's Guide to Feeding Children with Disabilities, Dianne Lowman, Suzanne McKeever Murphy

Comprehensive and team-focused, this book provides you with the information you need to design and implement effective feeding plans for children with disabilities at school. [Buy Me]
The Grandparent's and Other Relative Caregiver's Guides, Children's Defense Fund

The Children's Defense Fund has created four helpful guides, written specifically for kinship caregivers. The booklets are written in question and answer format and include information on important issues affecting the children in their care, federal programs, eligibility requirements, and how to enroll the children they are raising. There are four booklets: * Grandparent's and Other Relative Caregiver's Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities * Grandparent's and Other Relative Caregiver's Guide to Child Care and Early Education Programs * Grandparent's and Other Relative Caregiver's Guide to Food and Nutrition Programs for Children * Grandparent's and Other Relative Caregiver's Guide to Health Insurance for Children There is no charge for single copies of each guide. To order please contact the Children's Defense Fund at (202) 662-3568 or childwelfare@childrensdefense.org [Buy Me]
The Paraprofessional's Guide to the Inclusive Classroom : Working As a Team, Mary Beth Doyle

This book is designed so paraprofessionals and the professionals they support can explore their relationships, roles, and responsibilities together. Many team-building activities and worksheets guide the team in defining the paraprofessional's responsibilities. Although the concepts aren't simple, the writing style is accessible to all readers. Perfect for community college courses and staff development for paraprofessionals. [Buy Me]
The Parent to Parent Handbook : Connecting Families of Children With Special Needs, Betsy Santelli, Florence Stewart Poyadue, and Jane Leora Young

In communities around the world, Parent to Parent programs are matching parents seeking information and emotional support in one-to-one relationships with experienced parents whose children have similar disabilities. In this book two moms join forces with one of the leading experts on Parent to Parent programs to show you how these valuable programs work and can help you. [Buy Me]
Book CoverThe Special-Needs Reading List : An Annotated Guide to the Best, Wilma K. Sweeney

This ambitious sourcebook, a successor to the publisher's Reader's Guide for Parents of Children with Mental, Physical, or Emotional Disabilities [RBB S 1 90], seeks to carve out a niche for itself as a "where to look first" guide. Because of what the author calls "an information explosion in the sabilities field," the guide is selective rather than comprehensive. The books, newsletters, journals, and other information sources that are included were chosen because they are up to date, accurate, written for parents, and affordable. [Buy Me]
The Transition Handbook: Strategies High School Teachers Use That Work, Carolyn Hughes, Erik Carter

With this new handbook, you'll have over 500 research-based, teacher-tested, transition support strategies at your fingertips- with plenty of options for tailoring approaches to individual student's needs and preferences. [Buy Me]
Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives, Barbara B. Bateman, Ph.D., J.D. and Cynthia M. Herr, Ph.D.

Written by nationally recognized leaders in special education. Presents a way to approach the task that is simple, clear, useful, quick and legally correct. Includes examples for early childhood through high school and beyond. Recommended for anyone involved in special education. [Buy Me]
Book CoverYou, Your Child, and 'Special' Education : A Guide to Making the System Work, Barbara Coyne Cutler

Shows parents how to obtain the educational services their child rightfully deserves. [Buy Me]

 
     
 

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