In this easy-to-navigate guide, leading experts present more than games and activities designed to support development in children from birth to age three. Your child's daily routines are transformed into learning opportunities that promote crucial abilities, like how to imitate others or use simple hand gestures to convey wants and needs.
As a parent, you are the most important person in your child's life. Now you can be the best teacher, too. 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. 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.
Lois believes that all persons on the spectrum can learn how to use technology in a way that is relevant to them. Lois also coaches adults on how they can use prompting and reinforcement techniques to help establish and generalize skills learned, until students are able to consistently demonstrate the skills in various environments home, school, etc. For those who are new to the wonderful world of apps, worry not! Lois provides helpful sections on how to get started, including: What about apps that released after this book was published?
Again — Lois has you covered! Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together. How can parents provide the best support for their child with autism — and ensure that the whole family's needs are met? It's a question faced by every parent of a child on the autism spectrum, and this book answers it with keen insight, reassuring honesty, and practical guidance. A psychologist and father of an adult son with autism, Dr. Robert Naseef has both personal and professional expertise to share with overwhelmed families.
Weaving wisdom from years of clinical practice with candid first-hand insights on parenting a child from birth through adulthood, Naseef helps parents:. A warm, down-to-earth, and practical guide for parents — and an enlightening read for the professionals who work with them — this book will be a valuable companion as families love and support their child with autism. One thing is for certain, parents of children with autism need support The role of grandparents cannot be overstated.
Grandparents have the power to make life more manageable for your children and your grandchild. You have the potential to enhance the whole family's ability to cope and to build a beautiful relationship with your grandchild. Filled with practical information, this book will undoubtedly give you the tools you need to provide stability, support and strength to your grandchild with autism. You will be empowered to be the best you can be. Autism Mothers Speak Out: Stories of Advocacy and Activism from Around the World.
From America to Australia, and stopping off in every continent in between, these stories from mothers of autistic children highlight changing attitudes to autism. Debunking the myth that autism is a result of bad parenting, this book radiates with the warmth of parent-child relationships and unites autism families across the globe. Covering everything from trips to the hospital, what to expect when the baby arrives and the fun, family times to look forward to, BABIES ARE NOISY is mindful of how children with autism think, learn and experience the world and is full of strategies for coping with the sensory issues and routine changes that a new baby brings.
Reflecting the real life situations that families with a child with autism find themselves faced with, this book can be read with parents and professionals to prepare the child for the arrival of their new sibling. Believe in My Child with Special Needs! Helping Children Achieve their Potential in School.
The Boy in the Moon: Walker Brown was born with a genetic mutation so rare that doctors call it an orphan syndrome: But if Walker is so insubstantial, why does he feel so important? What is he trying to show me?
What would it be like to see everyone as a friend? It also makes him enormously vulnerable. Eli lacks the innate skepticism that will help his peers navigate adolescence more safely — and vastly more successfully. Journalist Jennifer Latson follows Eli over three critical years of his life as his mother, Gayle, must decide whether to shield Eli entirely from the world and its dangers or give him the freedom to find his own way and become his own person.
More than a case study of a rare disorder, however, The Boy Who Loved Too Much is a universal tale about the joys and struggles of raising a child, of growing up, and of being different. Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations. Also included are specific guidelines for working with professionals, understanding the law and inclusion and planning for the future. All parents want the best for their child, and for parents of children with special needs, this can mean that their own well-being is neglected This book considers the challenges of caring for children with physical, developmental and mental health disorders and proposes methods such as learning to see events through your child's own eyes, celebrating their strengths and achievements and recognizing how others can help your child.
This is the moving memoir of the family that inspired the film Extraordinary Measures. Understanding death at any age is difficult.
Explaining death to a child with very little functional language is even more of a challenge. Cocoa's Collar is designed to help parents and caregivers give a child with limited language skills the information and support to deal with the death of a loved one. Combining simple speech strategies with grief coping methods, the book demonstrates how to help a child who is functioning at or below the developmental age of three years.
Using this information parents can create a social story regarding the circumstances facing their child. What does it mean when a child is having difficulty with developmental milestones like walking, talking, and learning to read and write? What are the signs that a disability might be present, and what next steps can parents take to help their child? Now streamlined and reorganized by key developmental milestones rather than by disability, this book responds perfectly to the needs of parents who don't have a diagnosis yet or want to explore challenges common across disabilities.
With reassuring warmth, good humor, and candor, Dr. Pellegrino offers practical guidance on what it means and what to do next when a child struggles with:. A go-to guide for families, and a highly accessible resource for professionals, this book will be a mainstay reference for everyone who picks it up. Keep it at your fingertips for a great developmental primer and the guidance you need to take first steps toward resolving a child's challenges.
The purpose of special needs planning is to create the best possible life for an adult with a disability. This book provides comprehensive guidance on creating a life plan to transition a special needs child to independence or to ensure they are well cared for in the future. Beginning with a vision of a meaningful life for the child, Hal Wright explains how to form a practical plan to reach these goals, how to mentor personal empowerment and task skills, and how to create circles of support to sustain a life plan.
Finally he talks the reader through important financial and legal considerations, including how to fund and manage a special needs trust. This book will be essential reading for all parents or guardians of a child with a cognitive, mental or physical impairment. It will also be of interest to attorneys, financial planners, insurance agents, trust officers and other professionals looking to better serve the special needs community. In Connected Kids , author Lorraine Murray introduces a range of mindful, heart-felt activities to that will help children to teens learn to relax, de-stress and feel centered.
You will discover how to develop bespoke tools that support children with special needs and those on the autism spectrum:. Constipation, Withholding and Your Child: Constipation, Withholding and Your Child is a positive, accessible guide to dealing with the common problems of stool withholding, soiling and wetting in young children. It gives insight into the perspectives of both children and parents, enabling a clear understanding of the issue.
Using friendly and informal language, the book examines the different causes of toileting problems, including the arrival of siblings and difficulties at school, and provides practical techniques and strategies to help children overcome these problems. It emphasises the importance of diet and offers advice on how to make using the toilet less frightening, the benefits of keeping a stool diary chart, and what laxatives and medications to use in different circumstances.
It provides tips on how to tackle inappropriate lavatorial behaviour sensitively and addresses the issues particular to children with special needs. This book is a reassuring, informative and non-patronising guide to help children overcome toileting problems. It is useful for parents and all professionals who work with children.
The Cookbook for Children with Special Needs: This fully-illustrated book introduces children with special needs to the fundamentals of food preparation, healthy eating and cookery skills. Recipes pitched at three increasing levels of difficulty cover a wide range of skills making the book suitable for all abilities. The importance of health and safety is emphasised throughout. Co-Parenting from the Inside Out: Voices of Moms and Dads.
Effective co-parenting, or sharing significant parenting time with an ex-spouse, is one of the best gifts separated parents can give to their children. The interviews in Co-Parenting from the Inside Out are with real moms and dads in diverse circumstances — including families of children with special needs, same-sex parents, parents with mental illness, parental alienation and high-conflict relations, and more. Their stories offer insights into wise decision-making, showing them making choices, sometimes struggling, and often growing, as well as practical strategies that strengthen families.
Parents can see that they are not alone as they navigate their feelings and build a future. While pain exists in most stories, there is also hope.
Co-parents often feel that they have become more confident and compassionate, and parent better than before. Karen Kristjanson has brought together real life co-parenting stories that inspire separated parents and help them understand co-parenting better, offering practical tips and tools that directly benefit diverse families.
Fathers' Stories of Parenting Disabled Children.
DIFFERENT DADS is a collection of inspiring personal stories written by fathers of children with a disability who reflect on their own experiences and offer advice to other fathers and families on the challenges of raising a child with a disability. The fathers featured represent a broad spectrum of experience: Their contributions reflect a wide range of cultures and parenting perspectives: What they all have in common are the challenges that face them and their families in raising a child with a disability.
Issues explored include the reactions of family, friends and colleagues, how to deal with the organizations and professionals that support families with a disabled child and the difficulty of being open about feelings in a culture that doesn't always expect men to have a sensitive or nurturing role.
Offering direct and thoughtful reflections, this book will be a valuable source of support and information for families with disabled children, and also for health and social care professionals who work with these families. A Different Kind of Perfect: Every parent dreams of having a happy, healthy child. What happens when these dreams are shattered by a physical or cognitive disability? The writings collected here are grouped into chapters reflecting the progressive stages of many parents' emotional journeys, starting with grief, denial, and anger and moving towards acceptance, empowerment, laughter, and even joy.
Their challenges are many. Differently Wired is a how-to, a manifesto, a book of wise advice, and the best kind of been-there, done-that companion. Divorce and the Special Needs Child: Going through a divorce is always tough, but when a child with special needs is involved it can be especially challenging. This book takes a clear and comprehensive look at every aspect of the legal divorce process, and addresses all of the legal issues that divorcing parents of children with special needs face.
Host Beth Greer interviews pediatric nutrition expert Judy Converse MPH RD LD, Food and optimal nutrition are crucial for your child's brain and body to grow and How becoming a Mom opened her eyes to the need for her to specialize While it can do many good things, why it is a fail for some kids. View Judy Converse, MPH RD LD'S profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest Functional and integrative pediatric nutrition expert passionate about empowering children to full Serving children with special needs and autism through the Early . Special Needs Kids Eat Right: Strategies To Help Kids On The Autism.
From agreeing upon child custody arrangements that meet the particular needs of the child, to making provision for child support payments, gathering together the documentation needed to prove a case, and dealing with financial issues such as debts and property distribution, no aspect of divorce is left uncovered. A set of checklists is included to ensure that parents consider everything they need to, and the book concludes with a useful list of further resources. Written by an experienced family lawyer and divorced mother of a child with autism, this book offers much-needed guidance to divorcing parents of children with a variety of special needs.
The Elephant in the Playroom: Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter.
Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human. The majority of our eating and drinking skills are developed in the first two years of life. Parents can help with this process by using appropriate feeding techniques from birth.
Every three months from birth, your baby will have a growth spurt in the area of feeding. Parents often receive very little instruction on ways to feed their children, yet good eating and drinking skills encourage the best mouth development and set up patterns for life. This book reveals secrets for better breast and bottle feeding, and feeding development for babies from birth to the toddler years. Floortime is a highly effective intervention approach for children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disorders. This guide takes the research-supported developmental approach to treatment and breaks it down into a curriculum of simple, sequenced strategies you can use right away to support the social and cognitive development of children and teens.
Quick instructions and examples for each method are laid out for easy viewing in the midst of a play session. Certified DIR Floortime experts explain the theoretical background and the basics of how to play and interact with children in ways that motivate them, make the most of their natural interests, and help them develop critical new social, emotional, and intellectual capacities.
Whether you're a professional or parent, this practical, ready-to-use Floortime guide is an essential addition to your intervention toolkit. From Isolation to Intimacy: Making Friends without Words. If you have no language, how can you make yourself understood, let alone make friends? In this new book she explores the nature of close relationships, and shows how these are based not so much on words as on the ability to listen, pay attention, and respond in terms that are familiar to the other person.
Her simple methods are accessible to anyone who lives or works with such people, and can transform lives and introduce a sense of fun, participation and of intimacy, as trust and familiarity are established. If your child rarely shows you that he or she loves you, it can be profoundly distressing. This is the experience of many parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder, and most fear that it reflects the truth. In fact the truth has generally more to do with the difficulty that young people with an ASD have in communicating like or love for someone physically and verbally.
They may not know how to go about expressing themselves in these ways, or understand that family members and friends can find the absence of demonstrative affection upsetting. This book provides carefully designed activities for parents to work through with their children to help them to understand and express affection.
Their child will learn to identify his or her own and others' comfort and enjoyment range for gestures, actions and words of affection and the different ways to express feelings for someone, appropriate to each relationship and situation. The activities are simple, straightforward, and very carefully structured, so that they can be undertaken at the pace that works for the individual family.
The book also guides the adult through the challenges faced by the child, leading to greater understanding and confidence in their relationship with their child, and increased ability to nurture the child's ability to form engaged relationships and friendships with others. Get Out, Explore and Have Fun! Many families with a child with autism or Asperger Syndrome feel that involvement in the community is not for them. This book sets out to change that, with a rich and varied menu of suggestions for how families can take full part in community life and support the strengths and interests of their child at the same time.
The book includes hints and tips for involving your family in the right community activities, from sport to science; information on museums, arts organizations and science institutions as venues for an enjoyable and enriching day out for the family. Handouts about autism are included, as well as handouts suggesting ways in which organizations and institutions can successfully include young people with autism in their activities.
It's a fact that children with disabilities are more likely than other children to be living in single-parent homes. If you're raising a child with disabilities on your own, whether by choice or circumstance, you'll find a wealth of support, affirmation, and practical ideas in this guide to living well. This is the first book for solo parents whose kids have a wide variety of disabilities physical, neuro-developmental, and psychiatric , and who are widowed, separated, divorced, single by choice, adoptive or foster parents, or military spouses with deployed partners.
The book's insightful personal narratives and the author's deconstruction of these to offer universal lessons from the basic e. Agencies, extended family, and friends will want a copy of this book, too, to support the solos they care about. Grandparenting a Child with Special Needs. When a new baby is born into a family, grandparents are excited about having a baby to enjoy and love.
If the child is born with a disability, it can be difficult to know how to react and how best to help the child and the family as a whole. This book provides guidance on how to grandparent a child with special needs and give every grandchild the love and care they deserve and parents the added support they need.
Grandparents of Children with Disabilities: Theoretical Perspectives of Intergenerational Relationships. This briefs offers a comprehensive view of the journey of grandparents of children with disabilities by employing a wide range of theoretical approaches such as intergenerational relationships, positive psychology, psychoanalytic views and models of stress. It presents a multidimensional view of grandparents, which begins with the general role of grandparents in the family and the transition to grandparenthood, as a major life event.
Finally, it reviews attitudes of professionals toward grandparents and concludes with suggested intervention strategies for working with families on intergenerational relationships. Growing an In-Sync Child: 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. Surviving the Special Educational Needs Jungle. Getting the educational provision you need for your special needs child can feel like an uphill struggle. Basing the book on her own experience of bringing up two sons with special educational needs, Ellen Power describes how she worked with — and in some cases challenged — the authorities to get the right education for her children.
Practical Interventions for Home and School. If a child is not meeting expected milestones it can be a source of great anxiety for parents and teachers. This forthright guide offers practical advice on how to recognize the signs of developmental delay, address difficulties effectively, and help the child to flourish.
By clearly explaining how children develop, drawing on the expertise of a number of specialists in the field and detailing straightforward interventions, the author enables parents and teachers to identify a wide range of problems and empowers them with the information they need to take action.
Concise and accessible, this book provides a wealth of useful advice on how to address developmental delay, and will prove invaluable to parents, teachers and other professionals working with children. How to Explain a Diagnosis to a Child: How to Explain a Diagnosis to a Child is a resource to guide parents and professionals through what can be a very sensitive process. This step-by-step guide includes templates and worksheets that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the child and their families embrace who they are, regardless of a diagnosis.
This guide may help answer those difficult questions regarding:. Sessions include various topics such as celebrating differences, reviewing strengths and challenges, identifying learning style, understanding relationships, addressing questions about a diagnosis and others. This guide may help to build a child's confidence and empower them to advocate for themselves. Born with a congenital heart defect that required surgery when he was a baby, Damon Weber lives a big life with spirit and independence that have always been a source of pride to his parents, Doron and Shealagh.
But when Damon is diagnosed with a new illness as a teenager, his triumphant coming-of-age tale turns into a darker and more dramatic quest: It is also a story of the perils of modern medicine and the redemptive power of art in the face of the unthinkable. Indian Head Massage for Special Needs: This complete manual introduces unique Indian head massage techniques to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, calm sensory overloads, improve sleep patterns, ease frustration and boost mental, physical and emotional wellbeing in people of all ages with special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Developed by Giuliana Fenwick through work with her son, and extensively trialled in schools and specialist colleges, this tailored Indian head massage is perfect for anyone looking to provide additional support to people with special needs, including parents and carers, teachers, teaching assistants and other school staff, complementary therapists and any other professionals working with people with special needs. Jesse Cooper was an honor-roll student who loved to windsurf and write poetry.
He also had severe cerebral palsy and was quadriplegic, unable to speak, and wracked by seizures. He died suddenly at age seventeen. In fiercely honest, surprisingly funny, and sometimes heartbreaking prose, Jesse's mother, Marianne Leone, chronicles her transformation by the remarkable life and untimely death of her child. Just One of the Kids: What can you do to create a family where every member pulls his or her own weight in appropriate measure , meets challenges, and has moments in the spotlight along the way?
Most parents of a child who has a physical disability want their child to have fun, be responsible, make friends, and take acceptable risks — in short, to feel like "just one of the kids" — and they want to make sure that the needs of the whole family are met, too. The advice from psychologists Kay Harris Kriegsman and Sara Palmer is valuable for any family with children who have a physical disability, from any cause.
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