Adoption Information
Education/School Issues/Special Education

Adopted Child in the Classroom, The (Audiotape)
Lois Melina Audiotapes
This presentation is designed for parents to give to teachers to help them be more sensitive to the needs of adopted children and to consider adoptive family issues when designing lesson plans and assignments.

Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
L. Anne Babb Books
Completely frank and remarkably compassionate, this detailed, comprehensive guide is designed to be used by adoption professionals and adoptive parents, to help them get started, keep going, and locate whatever additional information and support they need. It covers such key topics as how to manage finances, advocate within the educational system, and cope when things go wrong. Tables, checklists, and frequent references to additional resources add value to this informed advice to adoptive parents.


Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers
Lansing, Nancy Wood, Ng Books
This book, from "Families Adopting In Response," addresses a wide range of school situations faced by adoptive families including parent-teacher communication, transcultural considerations, Special Education, graduation, older child adoption, and more.


Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Student at School, The: A Survival Guide for Teachers and
Counselors
John Taylor Books
This guidebook is designed to help teachers, counselors and administrators to work cooperatively with parents of ADHD students to identify and address the problems that school presents. Topics include Communicating of students’ progress through daily reports; Assisting with medication; Improving students’ self-esteem; Improving study skills; Homework problems; and others.


Best of Adopted Child: Issues Children Face in School
Lois Melina Journals/Newsletters
This collection of articles from"Adopted Child" from 1982 to 1994 includes pieces on teasing, disclosing the adoption, hyperactivity, attitudes toward academics, and learning disabilities.

Educational Law and Advocacy (VHS)
Ed-Net Series Videotapes
Michael Bailey, a professional with Community Partnerships Project and himself a parent of a child with a disability leads a panel that includes special education professional, Steve Alexander, and an experienced adoptive parent of a child with a disability, Jacqueline Ford. The panelists attempt to clarify Oregon educational law and explain what parents need to know in order to successfully advocate for their children’s educational needs without alienating the school personnel with whom they are involved.


Educator’s Diagnostic Manual of Disabilities and Disorders
Roger, and George Giuliani Pierangelo Books
This guide provides short descriptions of nearly a thousand disabilities and disorders that might qualify students for services under IDEA 2004, and, in a few cases, it relates their significance to classroom practice.


Education - Special Education
F.A.S.: The School Years (VHS)
Altschul Group Videotapes
This program concentrates on the importance of meeting the needs of children with F.A.S. at both the classroom and school district levels. It stresses that students with F.A.S. or F.A.E. are not necessarily mentally retarded but may process information differently. Practical ways of helping these children learn despite their differences are presented. Parents, teachers and other experts offer their views on the importance of getting to know the child’s teachers and educating them about the child’s needs. Useful for parents and teachers alike. (AVAILABLE in SPANISH - "Los Años Escolares - Series del Síndrome del Alcoholismo Fetal")


Fragile X Syndrome: Medical and Educational Approaches Toward Intervention (Audiotape)
Belle Curve Records Audiotapes
This 90-minute audio cassette contains a discussion of medical and educational approaches toward the treatment of individuals with Fragile X Syndrome. This discussion includes a framework for understanding sensory integration theory as it applies to the child's functional roles as family member, student and member of the community.

Education - Special Education Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head
Carla, Ph.D. Hannaford Books
The body’s role in thinking and learning is presented in a readable format, thoroughly supported by scientific research. Hannaford, a neurophysiologist and educator, tells us why we must move and shows us how to move to fully activate our learning potential. Her insights will be of immediate value to learners of all ages, from the gifted to the so called learningdisabled.

From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide
Pam Wright Books
This book from Wrightslaw (see www.wrightslaw.com ) teaches you how to plan, prepare, organize -- and get quality special education services. You learn about organizing your child’s file, devising a master plan for your child’s special education, roles of experts, writing smart IEP goals, and much more. Appendixes list information on hundreds of information groups, state departments of education, and legal and advocacy. It includes dozens of worksheets, forms, and sample letters that you can tailor to your needs. (*Plus 118 pages of appendixes)


How to Compromise with Your School District without Compromising Your Child
Gary Mayerson Books
This book discusses ways educational bureaucracies work— or more importantly, don’t work —for children with special needs. It offers “must-do’s” and “must don’ts” in advocating for your child; strategies on how to prepare for an IEP meeting; what to do when children don’t get crucial services; and how to avoid due process.

IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers
Ann and Kathleen Whitbread Eason Books
Learn how to prepare for IEP meetings, create legally correct and educationally sound IEPs, ensure access to the general curriculum, track educational progress, and form effective parent-school partnerships. Features more than 100 tips to help parents, teachers and administrators share goals and develop healthy working relationships.


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.

Keeping A Head in School: A Young Student's Book About Learning Abilities and Disorders
Mel Levine Children's Books
This student’s book about learning abilities and learning disorders, written for adolescents and pre-adolescents, should appeal also to older and younger students. It attempts to empower students with learning disorders to advocate for themselves, to see themselves as resilient beings, to use adults effectively as resources, to deploy their strengths, and to preserve and cherish their own individuality.


Education - Special Education Learning Disabilities and Your Child
Lawrence Greene Books
This "Survival Handbook" explains how to diagnose learning disabilities ranging from dyslexia and hyperactivity to language disorders and tuning out. It offers helpful advice on choosing the right school or program for your child and on getting the support you need. Anecdotes, where parents and children speak out, as well as step-by-step programs that you can begin right now, make this unique book a vital guide for parents and teachers of learning disabled children.

All Kinds of Minds: A Young Student's Book About Learning Abilities and Disorders
Mel Levine Children's Books
The first chapter introduces us to five young people with different “kinds of minds” (Attention Deficit, Reading Disorder, Memory Problems, Language Disorder, Social and Motor Skills Problems). The next five chapters each highlight, anecdotally, one of those kids, showing how his or her mind works. The final chapter provides practical information and techniques for children and the adults who work with them, in each of the categories mentioned.


Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD: How to cut through red tape and get what you need from doctors, teachers, schools, and healthcare plans
Peter S. Jensen Books
Dr. Jensen, a child psychiatrist and the father of a child with ADHD, pools his own experience with that of over 80 other parents to help readers troubleshoot the system without reinventing the wheel -- from breaking through bureaucratic bottlenecks at school and advocating for your child’s healthcare needs to getting the best from home and family life.

Middle School Years, The: Achieving the Best Education for Your Child Grades 5-8
Michelle A. Hernandez Books
This is a handbook to help parents of Middle Schoolers help their children through the social pressures and escalating schoolwork that characterize this crucial and challenging time in their lives.


Motivating the Uncooperative Student: A Guidebook for School Counselors
John Taylor Books
This booklet is designed to help school counselors, teachers, administrators and mental health professionals to identify and remediate the resistive student. Strategies are included for those students with physical conditions that slow learning (such as ADD), attitudinal problems, rebellious natures, etc.

Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice
Howard Gardner Books
This book brings together previously published and original work by Gardner and his colleagues at Project Zero to provide a coherent picture of what we have learned about the educational applications of MI theory from projects in schools and formal research over the last decade.


Parents' Complete Special Education Guide: Tips, Techniques and Materials for Helping Your Child
Succeed in School and Life
Roger Pierangelo Books
This book, though published in 1996, a year before important changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), contains many practical tips for working with your child and her or his school to get the best for your child from birth through transition to adulthood.

Parent's Guide to Special Education, A
Linda Wilmshurst Books
In addition to information on IDEA and 504 law and types of evaluations, this easily understood, practical guide includes chapters on parent-teacher communication and school meetings, coping with stress, building your child’s self-esteem and increasing social competence. 73 pages of Appendixes include sample 504 plans, IEP forms, behavior charts, procedural safeguards, helpful resources, and more.


Positive Prescriptions for Negative Parenting: The Counselors Guide to Assisting Troubled
Parents and Children
John Taylor Books
This booklet is designed as a quick reference manual for school counselors, educators, school administrators, and mental health professionals. It features step-by-step guidelines for identifying and counterering twelve common destructive parenting styles.

Read-Aloud Handbook, The (Sixth Edition)
Jim Trelease Books
This book tells you why, how, when, and what to read aloud to your children. The why (it helps your kid, helps your relationship with your kid, and it’s fun) is reason enough to make a habit of it. The “how” includes a list of do’s, don’ts, tips on luring kids away from TV, etc. When? Now! The what includes a 104 page list of recommended read-aloud books (not all good books are ideal for reading aloud) based on type, topic, and age level.


Students Like Me: Teaching Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (VHS)
Videotapes
This video gives elementary and special education teachers a clear understanding of what Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is, how it affects children’s learning and behavior, and what can be done to modify classroom environments and teaching methods to allow children with FAS to learn.

Succeeding Against the Odds: How the Learning Disabled Can Realize Their Promise
Sally Smith Books
This book delivers hope and guidance to anyone whose life has been challenged by a learning disability. Blending more than 25 years of personal experience and accounts of success from people with learning problems, the author has created a practical and compassionate guide for the learning-disabled and their relatives, teachers, and friends.
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Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration (Audiotape)
Belle Curve Records Audiotapes
This tape and accompanying 42-page booklet with reproducible checklists is for you to share with any teacher willing to make an attempt to understand why problems in sensory integration affect learning, to learn useful strategies for helping these kids engage and focus, and to improve the educational and social performance of kids with SI challenges.

Teacher's Guide to Attention Deficit Disorder, A
Daniel G. Amen Books
This guide provides teachers with the latest information on the diagnosis and treatment of ADD and how to effectively intervene in the classroom, with students and with their parents. Sophisticated brain imaging studies highlight the biological nature of ADD and provide insights into effective interventions. Specific brain-based strategies are given to help ADD students be more effective every day.

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. This DVD comes with the booklet "Understanding Learning Disabilities: Discussion Leader's Guide."

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."


Watch for the Rainbows: True Stories for Educators and other Caregivers of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Frances M.E. Kapp Books
We now have the September 2002 revised first edition. This book is a compilation of true stories about children with FAS. The stories are clustered by subjects such as, The Joy of Creativity, Physical Feat Without Fear, Dealing with Stress, Extroverted Children, The Issue of "Lying," and Teaching Strategies.

When Listening Comes Alive
Paul Madaule Books
This is a book about listening at all stages of life – for parents-to-be, hard-working professionals, teachers, early childhood educators and parents seeking help for learning disabled children or difficult teenagers. It describes the “Tomatis Listening Method,” a series of techniques designed to develop and improve listening skills throughout life.


When Your Child Has LD (Learning Differences): A Survival Guide for Parents
Gary Fisher, Ph.D. Books
This book discusses the issues of parents with children struggling with Learning Differences. In clear, understandable language, the authors explain: five types of LD; some possible causes and early signs of LD; ways your child’s LD can affect your child’s social and emotional well-being, and your family harmony; your child’s legal rights – and your rights as a parents of a child with LD; how to advocate for your child, work with the school, and get help outside of school, and more.

Worth the Trip (VHS)
This is a hopeful and practical outline of suggestions for helping children prenatally affected by alcohol. Intended for parents, teachers and any professional working with kids, it is supportive of caregivers and clearly cherishes the children in the process. The video comes with a booklet that offers tips and further advice on working more successfully with these children.


Wrightslaw: Special Education Law (CD-ROM)
This "Complete Reference to Special Education Legal Rights and Responsibilities" shows you what the law says about IEP requirements and IEP teams, evaluations, reevaluations, and independent evaluations, rights and responsibilities of parents and schools, and much more. NOTE: The entire text of this CD ROM is also available as a book of the same title.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition
Peter W. D. & Pamela Darr Wright Books
Full text of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 and IDEA 2004 regulations with analysis and commentary; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; No Child Left Behind Act; Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); McKinney- Vento Homeless Act; Decisions in special education cases from the U. S. Supreme Court; References and resources.

How to Talk So Kids Can Learn At Home and in School
Adele Faber Books
This book offers parents and teachers unique strategies, down-to-earth dialogue, and interesting cartoons to help them help school age children handle the everyday problems that interfere with learning.

I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla
Marguerite A. Wright Books
This book is intended to teach parents and educators of black and biracial children how to reduce racism’s impact on a child’s development "from preschool through adolescence" and, in doing so, to raise emotionally healthy children. It is divided into three parts; "That Magical Place: Race Awareness in the Preschool Years;" "The Waning of Racial Innocence: The Early School Years;" and "Reality Bites: Race Awareness in Middle Childhood and Adolescence."

Lucy's Family Tree
Karen Halvorsen Schreck Children's Books
In this illustrated older child’s book, Lucy’s family doesn’t “match” and being different bothers her. A family tree project at school brings Lucy’s feelings about her adoption into the open, and she begins to explore what really makes a family. As she comes to understand that being different is part of life, Lucy finds a way to make a family tree that celebrates her past as well as her present.

Me and My Families (VHS)
This video, a musical play celebrating similarities and differences between families, focuses on three kids, one adopted as an older child, one whose parents are divorcing, and another whose family is more traditional. They all want to fit in and have friends, but life isn’t usually that simple. Despite its cheery surface, it addresses real issues with clarity and compassion.

Me and My Families: A Handbook on Adoption and Foster Care for School Professionals
Lynne & Sheelah Edwards & Sodhi Books
This booklet for teachers and other school personnel is intended to help educators create a learning environment that is sensitive to the needs of all children while attending to the particular needs of adopted and foster children. In each of seven chapters it describes an issue, classroom situations that raise the issue, suggested responses, and messages children need to hear when we respond to the issue.

Organized Student, The: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond
Donna Goldberg Books
Here are hands-on strategies to help parents identify and teach organizational skills – assessments about your child’s learning style, study habits, and school requirements; guidelines for taming that overstuffed binder and keeping it under control; a 4- step plan for purging and reassembling a backpack or locker; instructions for organizing an at-home work space; special tips for kids with learning disabilities.

The Read-Aloud Handbook
Jim Trelease Books
This book tells you why, how, when, and what to read aloud to your children. The why (it helps your kid, helps your relationship with your kid, and it’s fun) is reason enough to make a habit of it. The “how” includes a list of do’s, don’ts, tips on luring kids away from TV, etc. When? Now! The what includes a 104 page list of recommended read-aloud books (not all good books are ideal for reading aloud) based on type, topic, and age level.

Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers
Lansing, Nancy Wood, Ng Books
This book, from "Families Adopting In Response," addresses a wide range of school situations faced by adoptive families including parent-teacher communication, transcultural considerations, Special Education, graduation, older child adoption, and more.

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
Barbara Coloroso Books
Everything you always wanted to know about bullying but were afraid you’d get beat up if you asked. This book examines bullying from a number of fresh angles – different types, how to recognize it, how to protect your child, etc – and contains a strong focus on bullying at school and what to do about it.

Family Diversity in the Classroom: The Adopted Child (VHS)
Arizona's Children Association Videotapes
Through conversations with adopted children, their families, and education professionals, this video demonstrates ways to address family issues in the classroom that are helpful to adopted children and respectful of their unique sensibilities. It focuses on three observations: certain class assignments can be traumatic for adopted children; adoptive families need teachers as partners; and certain adoption terms can be painful to adopted children and their families.

Fundamentals of Home Schooling: Notes on Successful Family Living
Ann Lahrson-Fisher Books
This book offers insight to help parents learn how to nurture joyful learning through play, encourage through conversation, nourish student interest and a love for learning, enjoy a satisfying homeschooling lifestyle, and launch their students into college, work, and adulthood.

How To Do Homework Without Throwing Up

Trevor Romain Children's Books
Targeted at elementary and middle school children, this book emphasizes the importance of doing your homework. Through the use of jokes and cartoons, it teaches valuable homework skills such as how to make a homework schedule, how to get help with your homework, and especially how to get excited and motivated about doing it.
Rhythms of Learning: Creative Tools for Developing Lifelong Skills
Chris Brewer Books
This book details the importance of rhythm and music for self-development and education. Aimed at the teacher or practitioner, it explores scientific discoveries and describes new and old music therapy techniques.

Teaching With Love & Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom
Jim & David Fay & Funk Books
The “Love and Logic” techniques that Jim Fay and Foster Cline developed for parents is adapted for use by classroom teachers.

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.

 
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