Friday, August 26, 2016

Ready, set, breathe: Practicing mindfulness with your children for fewer meltdowns and a more peaceful family

Ready, set, breathe is a 224-page guide to the art of staying mindful and in the moment to combat your child's meltdowns as, or even before, they occur. Written with children from 2 to 10 years old in mind, the book is authored by a writer and mom with a MSW and PhD in social work. The author's knowledge and humor is evident as she clearly shares stories of her own children and their use of mindfulness practices as a family.

This guide aims to shows parents how to calm themselves and their child and stay in the present moment in order to stop or even avoid meltdowns altogether. Written in two parts, the book offers tips and strategies to teach your child how to calm down while learning about how to stay calm yourself. Part 1: Getting Into A Mindful Mind-Set discusses the ways in which mindfulness can help your child as well as acknowledging that it all begins with the parent. Part 2: Sharing Mindfulness With Your Child shares simple but effective games, activities and strategies to teach children how to focus, calm down, and deal with stress.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions is a 224-page guide where parents get advice from two licensed clinical social workers on using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to support their intensely emotional teenagers—especially those who exhibit disruptive or dangerous behaviors. DBT is a type of therapy that involves increasing four different sets of skills that parents can utilize in order to minimize teenagers’ unwanted behaviors.

The book has essentially three parts: chapters 1 through 4 offer insight into foundational skills and concepts on understanding and accepting teens, chapters 5 through 8 provides information on specific behavioral issues that may arise because of a teen’s emotions as well as safe and effective responses to those behaviors, and chapters 9 and 10 discuss ways parents and families can stay healthy in the face of unwanted behaviors as well as ways to explain those behaviors to other family members. The book is written to provide clear explanations and practices enabling parents to intervene whether or not a teen is in DBT treatment. It seeks to help parents understand, in a non-judgmental manner, how their own lack of understanding and behavior toward their teens can reinforce their child’s behavior.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Your Vote is Your Voice!

The voting guide, Your Vote is Your Voice!, is now available in hard copy through the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. This 52-page booklet provides information on voting including key dates, access requirements for polling places and voting machines, how to check to make sure you are registered, how to find out who your candidates are and research their records, different ways to cast your ballot, voter identification requirements, helpful resource groups and more.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Supporting positive behavior in children and teens with Down syndrome: The respond but don't react method

In Supporting positive behavior in children and teens with Down syndrome, the author, a pediatric psychologist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children's Hospital, offers 150 pages of help and support for parents and caregivers of children and teens with Down syndrome. With tips and strategies, some of them intuitive and some not, this book can help families and professionals who work with them.

After a look at the brain and the differences that are present in an individual with Down syndrome, the book discusses how those differences affect behavior and why it is important to see behavior as a form of communication as opposed to a willful act. Terms that are used by behaviorists are explained using scenarios as examples. The author then introduces his behavior management system which includes using visuals, a token economy system, and redirection. A chapter on siblings and their needs is followed by a chapter on using the behavior management system in the school and community. Thoughts on discipline and transition are discussed as well as a chapter on resources.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Tinycards - Flashcards

Tinycards is a memorization flashcard app that has animated decks you can customize. Pre-loaded decks offer a chance to learn about the solar system, countries in Africa, vocabulary words in different languages or you can create your own decks with the subjects that you need to work on. "Trending decks" are popular decks that others are working on.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Caring for a loved one with dementia: A mindfulness-based guide for reducing stress and making the best of your journey together

Caring for a loved one with dementia: A mindfulness-based guide for reducing stress and making the best of your journey together is a 200-page guide to supporting those who support people with dementia. Written by a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in bringing new, innovative solutions to the field of dementia care, this book offers a mindfulness-based dementia care (MBDC) program to help caregivers meet their own needs and lower their own stress levels while caring for a loved one. The author offers strategies she used herself while caring for her own mother.

In the first part of the book, readers will learn more about dementia and which professionals to turn to for more help. The connection between dementia care challenges and stress are explored along with the way in which mindfulness can benefit the caregiver. Basic mindfulness practices are discussed along with the importance of acknowledging grief. Readers will also learn how to integrate mindfulness into communication and response to challenging situations. Self-care and the fruits that can be reaped from this program are discussed.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tactile tools help students with vision impairments

In an article from, folks at the D’Arcy Lab in the Chemistry Department at Washington University in St. Louis are working with 3D printers to help students with vision impairments. A partnership between the Missouri School for the Blind has resulted in the creation of didactic tools to increase the students' ability to measure objects and understand spatial orientation.

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