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To be an effective advocate, you need to learn about the educational techniques and methods that are proven to work with the child's disability.

Most children with disabilities need remediation. Remediation is intensive, structured educational training or tutoring, usually conducted one-on-one or in very small groups.

When children receive remediation, symptoms of their disability become less severe. Children with dyslexia learn to read, write, and do arithmetic. Children with autism learn to communicate. Remediation is hard work but it's worth it. 

Special Education & Children with Disabilities

A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine.

The key to sculpting "a mind at a time" is recognizing each child's intellectual, emotional, and physical strengths and teaching to these strengths.

Dr. Levine uses stories about creative, clumsy, impulsive, nerdy, intuitive, loud-mouthed, and painfully shy kids to describe specific mind systems (attention, memory, language, spatial ordering, sequential ordering, motor, higher thinking, and social thinking). Levine also includes scientific research to show readers how these neurodevelopmental systems contribute to a child's success in school. Learn more about A Mind at a Time

Educational Care: A System for Understanding and Helping Children With Learning Problems at Home and in School by Mel Levine. 

"School problems inflict the greatest harm when they are misunderstood," says Mel Levine in his excellent chapter on assessment and planning. 

In Educational Care, Dr. Levine describes the process of "demystification" -
"Needless suffering occurs whenever children grow up disappointing themselves and the adults who care for them . . . these children come to question their own worthiness as they compare themselves to others . . . So much is at stake." 

"Children who experience too much failure too early in life are exquisitely vulnerable to a wide range of complications . . . they are especially prone to behavioral and emotional difficulties that are more severe than the learning problems that generated them."  More about Educational Care

You, Your Child, and 'Special' Education: A Guide to Making the System Work by Barbara Coyne Cutler
"Must read for parents of "special" children. "I read this book when my husband and I battled our school district for services for our autistic son. I recommend it to the parents." 

"It not only tells you what schools can and can't do, it tells you how to get and hold their attention and gives samples of letters, etc. We learned to have a 3rd party witness at meetings with school representatives from this book."


Educating Children with Autism by National Academy Press

Children with autism have difficulty interacting with other people, communicating ideas and feelings, and imagining what other people think or feel. Although education is the main form of treatment, many educators are poorly equipped to deal with these children. This book focuses on effective educational practices, programs, and strategies.

In Educating Children with Autism, you learn:
· How children's specific diagnoses should affect educational assessment and planning
· How to support the families of children with autism
· Features of effective instructional and comprehensive programs and strategies
· How to better prepare teachers, school staffs, professionals, and parents to educate children with autism.

Pete has used this book as an exhibit in autism cases.

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals.  

Lovaas or ABA therapy is ". . . the only treatment backed up with empirical research data known to "recover" 47% of these children. It is a credible and effective treatment option that we experienced with success. There is hope for these children and this book shows how." 

Central Auditory Processing Disorders - Mostly Management by Gay Masters, Nancy Stecker, Jack Katz (ed.) 

Pamela Martens, SLP from San Diego writes: "There is a wonderful book that I HIGHLY recommend for professionals and parents - Central Auditory Processing Disorders-Mostly Management.

"It gives the reader an overview of CAPD, neuroscience background and the relationship between CAPD and ADHD. The book covers a variety of strategies and approaches to remediation. This is an incredible resource. Very approachable reading too." More information about Central Auditory Processing Disorders.

How to be a Para-Pro: A Comprehensive Training Manual for Paraprofessionals by Diane Twachtman-Cullen.
This practical manual is filled with tips and strategies to help the paraprofessional handle problems and challenges. Learn about the 4 categories of educational support; a blueprint for adjusting caregiver support; how to solutions to problem situations; take home messages, includes reproducible data and record keeping forms, more.

The Quality School: Managing Students Without Coercion by William Glasser. (3rd ed.) 

The author of Reality Therapy argues that we can save our schools only by retooling the way we teach. "Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is." 

"We need to squeeze all blame, all coercion and all criticism out of people-related business. Not until we realize that schools are in a people business will we ever be able to make meaningful changes." 

This book should be required reading by every school administrator, teacher, board member and university faculty involved in the training of teachers. Information about The Quality School

Reading & Writing

Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years by Susan Hall, Louisa Moats, and Reid Lyon. 

"Children's needs shouldn't take a back seat to adult professional egos." 

"Best practices" in education, as in other fields, should not only be reasonable but mandatory." 

"Parents must know, understand and advocate for 'good instruction'. Teaches parents about reading research -- a 'reader friendly' way to get acquainted with proven research based methods of reading instruction." Read reviews of Straight Talk About Reading

Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats

Because parents and children lose valuable years waiting for school systems to test for reading disability, Hall and Moats offer a program for getting parents involved in their children's reading lives. This book provides a four-step plan for identifying and resolving deficiencies, and advice for those whose kids received poor instruction during the early years.

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Overcoming Reading Problems at Any Level by MD Sally Shaywitz

Dr. Shaywitz demystifies reading difficulties and explains how a child can be helped to become a good reader. She instructs parents in what they can do year-by-year, grade-by-grade, step-by-step for a dyslexic child.

She lays out a home program for enhanced reading; guides parents in choosing the best school for their child and in working with teachers; and suggests ways of raising and preserving the child’s self-esteem. She provides exercises, teaching aids, information on computer programs, and many other invaluable resources.

Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Cook Moats

This thorough, well-written book ties theory to classroom practice, transcribing the process of learning how to read - from speech to print! Working through the exercises will enable you to recognize, understand, and solve problems that children encounter when learning to read and write.

Dyslexia: Theory & Practice of Remedial Instruction by Diana Brewster Clark and Johanna Kellogg Uhry

Dr. Margaret Kay, Pennsylvania Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist gives high marks to Dyslexia: Theory & Practice of Remedial Instruction.

Dysgraphia: Why Johnny Can't Write - A Handbook for Parents and Teachers by Diane Walton Cavey

Learn the early warning signs of dysgraphia, things to do at home, how to get help. This book includes useful information about performance characteristics of dysgraphic students, writing samples, praise and accommodations.

Mavis Beacon Teaches Touch-Typing 

We live in the information age. Children must learn to touch-type - NOT hunt and peck. If you have a middle school child who hasn't learned to touch-type, your child needs to spend 30 minutes a day Mavis Beacon

Mavis Beacon is a gem  - she is effective, organized, and keeps her students on task. She measures progress objectively and provides diagrams of their progress. Mavis is kind and patient. She never loses her cool - even with teenagers.


How to Reach and Teach ADD/ADHD Children: Practical Techniques, Strategies, & Interventions for Helping Children With Attention Problems and Hyperactivity by Sandra F. Rief. 

Includes management techniques that promote on-task behavior and language arts, & multisensory instruction strategies to maintain attention and keep students involved. Read reviews of How to Reach & Teach ADD/ADHD Children.

"The best practical reference book for educators who work with students with Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, and/or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder." 

"It's definitely not just for the special educator - counselors, social workers, school psychologists, classroom teachers, and paraprofessionals will find it a useful resource." Learn more about Teaching the Tiger

Being born with a poor memory doesn't mean having to live with a poor memory forever. It means that you need to learn techniques to improve your memory - and practice these techniques until they are automatic. 

Harry Lorayne describes a simple system to strengthen poor memories. This system is based on visualization. His system works because most people who have poor memories learn and remember when things are presented visually. Here are three good books by Harry Lorayne. Try one - just one! 

The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas. 

How to Develop a Superpower Memory: More Money, Higher Grades, More Friends by Harry Lorayne. 

Harry Lorayne's Page-A-Minute Memory Book

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