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Developmentally Delayed

Birds of a Feather Play Together
Marilyn Krueger Children's Books
This booklet, put together through a collaboration between two British Columbia organizations, offers ten illustrated activities – simple assembly projects using household items – with instructions and a brief explanation of each activity’s beneficial aspects. It is for parents who want hands-on activities with their physically and/or developmentally delayed young children.

Parenting Children Who May Never Leave Home (CD)
This workshop explores the realities of parenting children with disabilities who may never be independent. It presents Canadian and American strategies for finding appropriate services and schooling for children and young adults, advocating for change, and facing the physical and mental realities of aging parents caring for adult children.

A Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome
Siegfried Pueschel Books
This sensitive guide highlights the important developmental stages in the life of a child with Down syndrome. Readers are offered reassuring guidance, with accurate, easily understood explanations and clear information about topics important to every family of a child with Down syndrome.

Understanding Learning Disabilities: How Difficult Can This Be (DVD)
Richard D. Lavoie leads a group of parents, educators, psychologists, and children through a series of exercises that cause frustration, anxiety, and tension; feelings all too familiar to children with learning disabilities. By dramatizing the classroom experience so vividly, Lavoie lets us see the world through the eyes of a child. Later, participants discuss strategies for working more effectively with learning disabled children.

Understanding Learning Disabilities: How Difficult Can This Be (VHS)
Richard D. Lavoie leads a group of parents, educators, psychologists, and children through a series of exercises that cause frustration, anxiety, and tension; feelings all too familiar to children with learning disabilities. By dramatizing the classroom experience so vividly, Lavoie lets us see the world through the eyes of a child. Later, participants discuss strategies for working more effectively with learning disabled children. This video comes with the booklet "Understanding Learning Disabilities: Discussion Leader's Guide."

When the Chips Are Down: Strategies for Improving Children’s Behavior (VHS)
Richard Lavoie, addressing an audience of parents and teachers at Georgetown University, offers his philosophies and techniques for working positively with children and setting standards they will follow in school and home settings. The video comes with a booklet that summarizes his points.

When Your Child Has a Disability: The Complete Sourcebook of Daily and Medical Care
Mark Batshaw Books
Batshaw and a team of experts offer advice on: pediatric care; behavior; nutrition and feeding; medications; rehabilitation therapies; child development; education and early intervention; genetic counseling; legal rights and benefits; and the transition to adult life.

The Child With Special Needs
Stanley Greenspan Books
This comprehensive approach to developmental challenges including autism, PDD, language and speech problems, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADD, and other related disorders helps parents and professionals “get beyond the label” and understand each child’s unique profile.

Children With Disabilities
Mark Batshaw Books
The revised edition of Children with Handicaps (1986) presents thorough, authoritative chapters on the basics of chromosomes, heredity, prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy, growth before birth, and the first weeks of life, and continues with in-depth, yet accessible coverage of all types of disabilities and their management. Useful to a wide audience of professionals and parents, and impressive in its scope and conciseness.

He's My Brother
Joe Lasker Books
This picture book for young children shows us Jamie, a boy with an “invisible handicap,” from the point of view of his loving older brother. Jamie is not retarded, but his uneven development and growth confuse him and those around him. He is slow to learn, physically clumsy, and often teased at school. He has many lovable characteristics, but also some annoying behaviors. This book helps the reader sympathize with Jamie and might help kids with similar difficulties feel not so alone.

It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success
Richard Lavoie Books
Drawing on three decades of experience in residential schools, Lavoie provides strategies for teaching friendship skills in the classroom, home and community for children age 6 through 17 with learning disabilities. He explores the causes and consequences of "social incompetence," then offers field-tested advice on how to help children work through daily social struggles and go from being picked on and isolated to becoming accepted and involved.

It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Learning Disabled Child Find Social Success (DVD)
Drawing on three decades of experience in residential schools, Lavoie provides strategies for teaching friendship skills in the classroom, home and community. He first explores the causes and consequences of "social incompetence," then he offers field-tested advice on how to help children work through daily social struggles and go from being picked on and isolated to becoming accepted and involved.

Living with a Brother or Sister With Special Needs: A Book for Siblings
Donald Meyer Children's Books
This sophisticated book for children, which addresses a wide range of disabilities, can be a resource for parents and teachers too. It focuses on the intensity of emotions that siblings of special needs children experience, and the hard questions they ask.

 
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