Thursday, December 18, 2008

Stop That!

Do you find yourself trying looking for new strategies to help address your child's noncompliance, aggression and repetitive actions? Then check out Beth Glasberg's new book "Stop that Seemingly Senseless Behavior" published by Woodbine House. This new volume in the popular "Topics in Autism" series uses a two part method to determine what the function of challenging behavior is and how it can be improved. Glasberg's methods are based on Functional Behavior Assessment [FBA]. In this volume you will find out how to prevent challenging behavior, customize interventions write behavior intervention plans and more. For more information about FBA, you can also check out Glasberg's other Book "Functional Behavior Assessment for People with Autism."

To check out these books and more on behavior related topics Indiana residents can call us at 800-437-7924, or email us at

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Universal Human Rights Month

Did you know that December is Universal Human Rights Month? Well now you do if you didn't already!

Know your rights or check them out here at this website on the Universal Declaration for Human Rights.

Check out these following new books pertaining to human rights:

The ABCs of the ADA: Your Early Childhood Program's Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act by Karren Ikeda Wood & Victoria Youcha. This book answers early childhood administrator's questions about legal issues surrounding inclusive programs and gives the reader everything they need to know to implement a successful plan that is in compliance with the ADA. The book also includes checklists, guidelines, and sample policy statements that programs can use to improve the physical accessibility of play areas, create parent handbook, operation manuals, etc.

Education for All: Critical Issues in the Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities
by Teresa Jimenez & Victoria Graf. This book is a result of the gathering of practitioners, advocates, policy makers, researchers, individuals with disabilities, and parents that gathered at Loyola Marymount University thirty years after the passing of the 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act to discuss the current practices in the field and make recommendations for the future.

If you are an Indiana resident and would like to borrow these books, contact us!

If you are not an Indiana resident, click here to go to WorldCat and find these books at your local library!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Accessibility with W3C

On December 11, 2008 W3C announced a new standard that will help Web designers and developers create sites that better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Following these guidelines will also often make your Web content more usable to users in general.

Check out the Guidelines here!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Advocacy Resource Book

Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What You Can Do Now To Advocate for Your Exceptional Child's Education by Rich Weinfeld and Michelle Davis teaches parents how to work with schools and achieve optimal learning situations and accommodations for their child's needs. The authors provide parents and professionals with concise, easy-to-understand definitions and descriptions of legal terms and school regulations, along with checklists, tips, questionnaires, and other tools.

Interested in this book and an Indiana resident? Contact us!

Not an Indiana resident? Find this book at your local library!

Friday, December 5, 2008

No More Meltdowns!

Meltdowns, every parent and teacher is familiar with them, but what do you do when your rewards and punishment system doesn't seem to be enough? Jed Baker, author of the Social Skills Picture Book series, has written a helpful guide for parents and educators to break through the "meltdown" cycle.

No More Meltdowns is separated into three sections: The Problem, The Solution and Plans for the Four Types of Meltdowns. In the first section Dr. Baker defines what a meltdown is and introduces the 4-step model for reducing meltdowns. In The Solution, in-depth explanations of each of the steps is presented. In the final section, the reader is practical advice for addressing each of the 4 types of meltdowns as well as tools to help make a personalized plan.

Not only is this book full of excellent advice, it is laid out in a reader friendly manner and includes quick reference guides presented in gray boxes that are easy to find and use so that readers can find the information they need quickly when they need it most!

Indiana residents interested in checking out No More Meltdowns can contact us at 800-437-7924. Not an Indiana resident? No worries find this book at a library near you with!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Books on Autism and Asperger's!

We just got in five new books on Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Check them out!

Basic Skills Checklists: Teacher-friendly Assessments for Students with Autism or Special Needs by Marlene Breitenbach is an easy-to-use, informal assessment tool that focuses on pre-academic, readiness, and academic skills expected from learners in the early elementary years. It contains simple, customizable charts making it easy to record a child's progress in various areas.

The Way I See It: A Personal Look Autism & Asperger's by Temple Grandin offers helpful do's and don'ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips regarding issues that parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face everyday.

Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why They Work When They Do, Whey They Don't When They Don't by Kenneth Aitken explores the main dietary approaches that have been advocated in ASDs. He lists the pros and cons for each one and recommends the Simple Restriction Diet.

How to Make School Make Sense: A Parent's Guide to Helping the Child with Asperger Syndrome by Clare Lawrence gives parents practical advice on how to make the most of the important partnership with educators and how to work with schools to ensure their children's needs are being met. Invaluable guide!

Counselling for Asperger Couples by Barrie Thompson is the first book to provide a complete model for counselling couples where one partner has Asperger Syndrome.

Are you an Indiana resident and interested in any of these books? Contact us!

Not an Indiana resident? Look up any of the titles on Worldcat to find if your local library has them!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Special Educator's Tool Kit

Looking for more ideas to make your classroom an enjoyable place of learning and discovery for ALL children? Well, look no further! CeDIR just got in a new book called, The Special Educator's Tool Kit. This book has ideas on tools to use for understanding child development, for educating special children, for classroom activities, and even for specifics such as handwriting. It also talks about differentiating instruction for each student, the potential need to modify the classroom itself, and the need for assistive technology for some students.

Interested? Hoosier residents can give us a call to check it out. If you're not an Indiana resident, check to find it in a library near you!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Conference on Self-Determination

Please save the dates! The Center for Self-Determination announced that the 2nd Annual International Conference on Self-Determination will be held May 3-5, 2009 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC. For more information, go to: