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Homeschooling Your Struggling LearnerHomeschooling Your Struggling Learner
Kathy Kuhl

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A manual that parents of struggling learners will turn to again and again---or a fantastic introduction for those considering homeschooling their struggling learner--this detailed work covers the practical and theorized aspects of educating your child. Packed with resources to take advantage of, author Kathy Kuhl provides a full picture of the diagnosis's and difficulties (ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum, PDD, LD) of many children, and provides lists of professionals who can help you homeschool, therapies and treatments, goals, curriculum, teaching styles, adapting materials, and advice for teaching specific subjects. Stories from parents in similar situations are integrated throughout and lists of contacts or references are given at the end of each chapter. You'll be encouraged and inspired! 388 pages, softcover.
     

 
It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child With Learning Disabilities Find Social SuccessIt's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child With Learning Disabilities Find Social Success
Richard Lavoie
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As any parent, teacher, coach, or caregiver of a learning disabled child knows, every learning disability has a social component. The ADD child constantly interrupts and doesn't follow directions. The child with visual-spatial issues loses his belongings. The child with a nonverbal communication disorder fails to gesture when she talks. These children are socially out of step with their peers, and often they are ridiculed or ostracized for their differences. A successful social life is immeasurably important to a child's happiness, health, and development, but until now, no book has provided practical, expert advice on helping learning disabled children achieve social success.

For more than thirty years, Richard Lavoie has lived with and taught learning disabled children. His bestselling videos and sellout lectures and workshops have made him one of the most respected experts in the field. Rick's pioneering techniques and practical strategies can help children ages six to seventeen:

  • Overcome shyness and low self-esteem
  • Use appropriate body language to convey emotion
  • Focus attention and avoid disruptive behavior
  • Enjoy playdates and making friends
  • Employ strategies for counteracting bullying and harassment
  • Master the Hidden Curriculum and polish the apple with teachers
It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend answers the most intense need of parents, teachers, and caregivers of learning disabled children -- or anyone who knows a child who needs a friend.
     

 
The Learning Tree: Overcoming Learning Disabilities  From the Ground UpThe Learning Tree: Overcoming Learning Disabilities From the Ground Up
Stanley I. Greenspan, Nancy Thorndike Greenspan
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Raising the expectations of children with learning difficulties or differences, The Learning Tree uses the analogy of the tree to get at the root of children's problems with learning. Showing how missing fundamental developmental steps can interfere with learning, the authors put forth tips to help parents plan to strengthen essential skills. Casting the tree trunk as thinking skills from which grow the branches of reading, writing, math, and organizational skills, The Learning Tree will help you assess your child's skills, and provide the steps for strengthening skills even for children with sensory, processing, or other learning disorders. 275 indexed pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
     

 
The Learning Disabled Child: Ways Parents Can HelpThe Learning Disabled Child: Ways Parents Can Help
Suzanne H. Stevens
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For those who are interested in learning about learning disabilities and/or attention deficit orders, there are five kinds of books on the market: inspirational, self-help, scholarly, success stories and dire-warnings-of-what-can-happen books. None of the books ever seems to talk about LD/ADD people who are just plain okay. And there are many such individuals. The object of this book is to help parents raise their LD and/or ADD children so that they, too, can grow up to be okay-so that they will be happy, well-adjusted and successful adults despite the learning and behavior patterns that make them different. And for the LD and ADD adults who read this book, the object is to give you control. With knowledge and understanding, it is possible to take charge of your mental processing and direct your physical energy so that differences that have long been handicaps are converted to assets.
     

 
Six Success Factors for Children with Learning Disabilities: Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids with LD Succeed in School and in LifeSix Success Factors for Children with Learning Disabilities: Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids with LD Succeed in School and in Life
Frostig Center
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The collection of activities and resources in this book will guide students who learn differently toward a successful life. The lessons address the six attributes that have been identified by highly successful adults with learning disabilities as those qualities that helped them be successful. These Success Attributes are self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal setting, and emotional coping strategies.


     

 
Homeschooling the Child with Autism: Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals AskHomeschooling the Child with Autism: Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask
Patricia Schetter, Kandis Liighthall
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Homeschooling the Child with Autism answers parents' questions about teaching children with autism spectrum disorders at home. Homeschooling is a big decision that impacts the entire family. This book addresses social, behavior, and organization skills and contains tips, suggestions, and resources from real-life parents who have successfully homeschooled their children with ASD. Paperback.
     

 
How to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to LearningHow to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning
Carol Barnier
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Carol Barnier knows all about the "gift" of an ADHD child. Freeing parents of the expectation to "normalize" their child, she offers a wealth of idea to work within your child's best learning style in school, life, and public spheres. Practical ideas for teaching, keeping your child listening (and quiet!) in church, a number of active games, and information on really understanding what your child is experiencing is all wrapped up in this encouraging and uplifting guide to life & homeschooling with an ADHD/ADD child. 112 pages, softcover.
     

 
Special Needs Smart Pages: Advice, Answers, and Articles About Teaching Children with Special NeedsSpecial Needs Smart Pages: Advice, Answers, and Articles About Teaching Children with Special Needs
Joni & Friends
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Autism, Down syndrome, physical disabilities . . . children with special needs often don't fit into typical church programs. Yet it's critical that we help them discover their God-given value and unique gifts! This comprehensive resource includes Bible lessons, inspiring real-life stories, teacher devotionals, training articles, and more---plus a CD-ROM. 328 reproducible pages, softcover from Gospel Light.
     

 
Teaching Conversation to Children with Autism: Scripts and Script FadingTeaching Conversation to Children with Autism: Scripts and Script Fading
Lynn E. McClannahan, Patricia J. Krantz
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Teaching Conversation to Children with Autism describes scripts that parents and teachers can use to help children learn to initiate conversation, thereby improving communication. Drs. McClannahan and Krantz--authors of Activity Schedules for Children with Autism--have successfully used scripts and script-fading techniques based on their clinical observations and research, and founded on applied behavior analysis principles.

The authors begin by thoroughly explaining the script and script-fading processes and include many examples to support the instructions. A script is an audiotaped or written word, phrase, or sentence that often reflects the child?s preferences and interests. For very young children and nonreaders, scripts are paired with pictures of desired objects or activities.
     


 
Homeschooling the Challenging Child: A Practical GuideHomeschooling the Challenging Child: A Practical Guide
Christine Field
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Christine Field's Homeschooling the Challenging Child is full of encouragement and advice for those homeschooling children who are "challenging" for one reason or another. Covering an array of topics from discipline to a 'disorder primer' and information and hope for the moms, this practical guide is perfect for any family struggling or looking for more information on homeschooling challenging children. 244 pages, softcover.
     

 
The Homeschooler's Guide for Learning Problems: Practical Tips for Daily SuccessThe Homeschooler's Guide for Learning Problems: Practical Tips for Daily Success
Jill J. Dixon
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This overview of learning disabilities will help you define problems your students may be facing, as well as the causes and solutions. Checklists are included for various disorders. Written to help you discover what to do about the problem and how to work the processing deficit that is causing the problem, a wide range of information is quickly overviewed. 31 pages, comb-binding.
     

Teaching Tips & TechniquesTeaching Tips & Techniques
Kathryn Stout
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Simple and straightforward, this slim volume contains gentle advice and tips for teaching. From setting the tone in your classroom to what to expect from each grade, useful information and reminders will help beginning and even advanced educators keep on track. 106 pages, softcover.
     

 
The Special Educator's Resource Guide to 301 Diagnostic TestsThe Special Educator's Resource Guide to 301 Diagnostic Tests
Roger Pierangelo, George Giuliani
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This comprehensive guide to 301 diagnostic tests is the ultimate tool to select and interpret the most commonly used assessment measures for disabilities (as defined by idea 2004). Designed to be an easy-to-use resource, this book is filled with practical tools, information and suggestions. You'll explore the stages of evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, prescription and remediation. 484 pages, softcover.
     

 
The Survival Guide for Kids with LD: Learning DifferencesThe Survival Guide for Kids with LD: Learning Differences
Gary Fisher, Rhoda Cummings
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First published in 1990, The Survival Guide for Kids with LD has helped countless young people with LD - and the adults who care about them. Meanwhile, laws have changed and technology has advanced. This revised and updated edition retains the best of the original edition: the warmth, affirmation, and solid information kids need to know they're smart and can learn, they just learn differently.

It answers the many questions they have, like "Why is it hard for kids with LD to learn?" and "What happens when you grow up?" It explains what LD means (and doesn't mean); describes the different kinds of LD; talks about what happens in LD programs; helps kids deal with sad, hurt, and angry feelings; suggests ways to get along better in school and at home; and inspires them to set goals and plan for the future. Includes resources for parents and teachers.
     


 
Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners, Book 1: Basic Survival SkillsTeaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners, Book 1: Basic Survival Skills
DeAnna Horstmeier
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At last---a hands-on approach to math that is meaningful to visual learners and children with Down syndrome. Using manipulatives, games, and activities to teach and motivate, this method utilizes the calculator to help students gain an understanding of introductory math without memorization of facts and tables. It also helps develop skills needed for independent living. Appropriate for preschool through adult. 399 pages, softcover from Woodbine House.
     

 
Writing Skills Activities for Special ChildrenWriting Skills Activities for Special Children
Darlene Mannix
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Created for elementary special needs students who could use additional instruction in writing, this collection of 135 lessons will help students progress from simple to more complex writing abilities. With both creative and practical writing opportunities, students will enjoy learning to focus on writing words, sentences, paragraphs, and other writing tasks. Choose the activities that your students need to focus on; lessons include directions to both the teacher and the student with answers and a follow-up activity, in addition to the actual worksheets. 135 lessons and 269 illustrated activity sheets, softcover, reproducible pages. Please note that while the back of the book states that a spiral-bound format is available, this book is now only printed in the traditional, bound format.
     

 
Teaching by Design: Using Your Computer to Create  Materials for Students with Learning DifferencesTeaching by Design: Using Your Computer to Create Materials for Students with Learning Differences
Kimberly S. Voss
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Teaching by Design shows readers how to use the computer to design meaningful educational materials for children and adults with special needs. A synthesis of computer graphics, education, and crafting, this book represents the author's considerable expertise in customizing educational materials for her daughter with multiple disabilities as well as teaching other parents and teachers to create them too.

Full of instructions for designing and adapting materials and strategies for using them--including a time-saving CD-rom of templates--Teaching by Design is useful to parents and teachers of students of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. Design and customize lotto boards, interactive spelling cards, game pieces, playing cards, matching games, menus, fill-in-the-blank decals, handwriting transparencies, and more, to teach visual perception, math, language, communication, reading, handwriting, and self-help skills.
     


 
Reading Skills Problem SolverReading Skills Problem Solver
Wilma H. Miller
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Written by a nationally known authority, this comprehensive resource helps you quickly correct all types of common reading difficulties. Includes over 260 tested techniques and activity sheets for solving 35 problems in seven major skill areas, from poor visual memory and mastery of consonant sounds to difficulty identifying the main idea in a paragraph. Grades 3 and up.
     

Ephphatha! Open Up!Ephphatha! Open Up!
Disabilities in Ministries
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These thirteen lessons are designed to help children accept people with disabilities and treat them with compassion. Stories, skits, games and role-playing develop empathy, and enhances understanding of particular disabilities. 73 pages, softcover.
     

Survival VocabularySurvival Vocabulary
Gertrude Wedler
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Your special needs students can make 200 essential vocabulary words theirs for life! And they'll enjoy doing it with these high-interest activities. Ten units cover home, food, family, time, food stores, school, health, community, restaurants, and travel.

Each unit presents 20 words through 11 different learning approaches. Students become familiar with the new words - and experience immediate success - by filling in missing letters or finding words in a maze. Then they progress to more challenging activities like decoding messages and rewriting phonetic spellings. By the end of the unit, they're ready to use all 20 words in a story - and in their daily lives!

Many of the activities can be done in pairs for increased motivation and reinforcement. Six supplemental activities give students the added incentive of accruing earnings in a "Word Bank Book" and using them to buy classroom privileges.

Updated throughout, this revised edition includes new vocabulary words that reflect current issues and lifestyles. Teaching notes and complete answer keys are included. For children at a third-grade reading level. Softcover, 147 pages.
     


 
The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs, Third EditionThe New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs, Third Edition
Sue Schwartz
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You'll learn hundreds of ways to stimulate language development in young children with special needs in this now revised and updated 3rd Edition of The New Language of Toys. With more than 60 new toys, including brief play-themed conversations, photographs and resources will make it easier than ever to choose developmentally appropriate toys. Full color photographs included. 248 pages, indexed. Content focused on children ages birth-to-6 years old.
     

 

 
Empowering Your Child Who Has Special NeedsEmpowering Your Child Who Has Special Needs
Debbie Salter Goodwin
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Raising a child isn't easy, and when your child has special needs, empowering your child with strength, dignity, responsibility and independence can seem daunting. Learn how to accept realities and make choices within your new boundaries, help your child grieve a life of continual losses, learn to access and negotiate the medical maze, and more.
     

 
More Than a Mom: Living a Full and Balanced Life When  Your Child Has Special NeedsMore Than a Mom: Living a Full and Balanced Life When Your Child Has Special Needs
Amy Baskin, Heather Fawcett
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More Than a Mom explores how women can lead rich, fulfilling personal lives while parenting a child with special needs. The authors's skillful blend of research, personal experiences, and feedback from over 500 mothers across North America results in a book that is jam-packed with practical strategies, advice, and reassurance for mothers trying to create more manageable and fulfilling lives.
     

 
The Sibling Slam Book: What It's Really Like to Have a Brother Or Sister With Special NeedsThe Sibling Slam Book: What It's Really Like to Have a Brother Or Sister With Special Needs
Don Meyer
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Give teenagers a chance to say what's on their minds, and you might be surprised by what you hear. That's exactly what Don Meyer, creator of Sibshops and author of Views from Our Shoes did when he invited together a group of 80 teenagers, from all over the United States and abroad, to talk about what it's like to have a brother or sister with special needs. Their unedited words are found in The Sibling Slam Book, a brutally honest, non-PC look at the lives, experiences, and opinions of siblings without disabilities.
     

 
Let's Talk About It: Extraordinary FriendsLet's Talk About It: Extraordinary Friends
Fred Rogers
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How do you get to know someone in a wheelchair? Sometimes it's hard to know where to begin. But just because someone may not walk or talk the way you do, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. In his characteristically wise and gentle way, Mister Rogers challenges the sterotypes that often plague children with special needs, and celebrates six children who are extraordinary friends.
     

 
Siblings of Children with Autism: A Guide for Families, Second EditionSiblings of Children with Autism: A Guide for Families, Second Edition
Sandra L. Harris, Beth A. Glasberg
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Now in a brand new and expanded edition, Siblings of Children with Autism explores the basics of sibling relationships and the complexities that surface in families of children with autism. Chapters cover how to explain autism to siblings, how to get siblings to share their feelings and concerns, how to master the family balancing act, and how to foster play between siblings. New chapters have been added concerning what siblings actually believe or understand about autism at different ages and how autism continues to impact adult sibling relationships, careers, and caregiver roles. Throughout the book, there are stories about individual families, giving readers points of comparison and helpful insights along the way.
     

 
Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or  Sister with Special NeedsViews from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs
Don Meyer
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"I can't imagine having a plain old sister," writes Ryan Clearwater, age ten, in one of the 45 essays in Views from Our Shoes. Ryan and the other boys and girls whose essays are featured in this collection range in age from four to eighteen. They share their experiences as the brother or sister of someone with a disability--the good and bad aspects, as well as many thoughtful observations; they are siblings of people with a variety of special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, chronic health conditions, attention deficit disorder, hydrocephalus, visual and hearing impairments, Down and Tourette syndromes. These personal tales introduce siblings to others like them, perhaps for the first time, and allow them to compare experiences.
     

 
We'll Paint the Octopus RedWe'll Paint the Octopus Red
Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
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As six-year-old Emma anticipates the birth of her new baby brother or sister, she vividly imagines all of the things they can do together. They'll to to Grandpa's farm to feed the calves, ride in the back of the mini-van making faces at the cars that go by, fly on airplanes, and someday, they'll even go to Africa on a safari to see elephants and rhinos. And she can't wait to go to the art festival and show the baby how to paint a picture with a rubber octopus. Emma feels ready to be a big sister!
     

 

 
Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic SpectrumHope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum
Lynda Young
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Hope for Families of Children on the Autism Spectrum looks at the family as a whole, making every attempt to include all members in the experience of special needs children. Lynda discusses everything from doctor and dental visits to play times with friends. She explains how to handle crisis, how to recognize signs of frustration and excitement, provides resources including a glossary of terms, and all the while helps parents find calm in the midst of the daily struggle.
     

 
In Jesse's ShoesIn Jesse's Shoes
Beverly Lewis
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As a parent, you hope your child will be sensitive to those with special needs or disabilities, but that's not always the case. Author Beverly Lewis-herself the adoptive mother of children with disabilities-and illustrator Laura Nikiel have created a sensitive, realistic story that you can share with your child to help them understand that a physical or mental "disability," while making someone different, doesn't mean they are unworthy of friendship and respect.
     

 
I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak but Finds Her VoiceI Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak but Finds Her Voice
Elizabeth M. Bonker, Virginia G. Breen
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I Am in Here is the spiritual journey of a mother and an autistic daughter who refuse to give up hope, who celebrate their victories, and who keep moving forward despite the obstacles. Although she cannot speak, Elizabeth writes poetry that shines a light on the inner world of autism and the world around us. That poetry and her mother's stirring storytelling combine in this inspirational book to proclaim that there is always a reason to take the next step forward - with hope.
     

 
Another SeasonAnother Season
Gene Stallings, Sally Cook

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When the son of beloved Alabama football coach Gene Stallings was born with Down syndrome and a serious heart defect, doctors said he wouldn't live to see his first birthday. They urged Coach Stallings and his wife to institutionalize Johnny, but for Gene and Ruth Ann, that was not an option. Johnny quickly won everyone's hearts and proved the doctors wrong by living a full life. With intimate glimpses of family life and thrilling football anecdotes, this book is brimming with poignant lessons about defying the odds and finding joy in every moment.
     

 
The Unexpected Joys of Raising an Autistic Child I-IIThe Unexpected Joys of Raising an Autistic Child I-II
Emily Colson, Chuck Colson

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Emily Colson hunched over her 9-year-old son, Max, attempting to calm him as he had an emotional meltdown in the store aisle. As the other shoppers looked on, Emily felt overwhelmed and alone. Her autistic son's tantrums were a near-daily routine, but that didn't make dealing with her son's behavior any easier. On this broadcast, Emily is joined by her father, author and speaker Chuck Colson, as she discusses the trials and joys of raising a child with autism -- a neurological disorder that impairs the ability to communicate, process information and interact socially. Learn more about autism and how you can be supportive if you encounter a parent or family with an autistic child.
     

 
How to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to LearningHow to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning
Carol Barnier
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Carol Barnier knows all about the "gift" of an ADHD child. Freeing parents of the expectation to "normalize" their child, she offers a wealth of idea to work within your child's best learning style in school, life, and public spheres. Practical ideas for teaching, keeping your child listening (and quiet!) in church, a number of active games, and information on really understanding what your child is experiencing is all wrapped up in this encouraging and uplifting guide to life & homeschooling with an ADHD/ADD child. 112 pages, softcover.
     

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