be an effective advocate, you need to learn about the educational techniques and
methods that are proven to work with the child's disability. |
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.
Education & Children with Disabilities
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
Care: A System for Understanding and Helping Children With Learning Problems at
Home and in School by Mel Levine.
problems inflict the greatest harm when they are misunderstood," says Mel
Levine in his excellent chapter on assessment and planning.
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."
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
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."
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."
Children with Autism by National Academy Press
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
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.
Auditory Processing Disorders - Mostly Management by Gay Masters, Nancy
Stecker, Jack Katz (ed.)
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.
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.
to be a Para-Pro: A Comprehensive Training Manual for Paraprofessionals by
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.
Quality School: Managing Students Without Coercion by William Glasser. (3rd
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."
book should be required reading by every school administrator, teacher,
board member and university faculty involved in the training of teachers.
Information about The
Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years
by Susan Hall, Louisa Moats, and Reid Lyon.
needs shouldn't take a back seat to adult professional egos."
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
a Struggling Reader by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats
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.
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 childs self-esteem. She provides exercises, teaching
aids, information on computer programs, and many other invaluable resources.
to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Cook Moats
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.
Theory & Practice of Remedial Instruction by Diana Brewster Clark and Johanna
Margaret Kay, Pennsylvania Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist
gives high marks to Dyslexia:
Theory & Practice of Remedial Instruction.
Why Johnny Can't Write - A Handbook for Parents and Teachers by Diane Walton
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.
Beacon Teaches Touch-Typing
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.
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.
to Reach and Teach ADD/ADHD Children: Practical Techniques, Strategies, &
Interventions for Helping Children With Attention Problems and Hyperactivity
by Sandra F. Rief.
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.
best practical reference book for educators who work with students with Tourette
Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, and/or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder."
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
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.
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!
Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas.
to Develop a Superpower Memory: More Money, Higher Grades, More Friends by
Lorayne's Page-A-Minute Memory Book