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:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Give Thanks

CeDIR will close for the Thanksgiving holiday
at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26th
and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1st.

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

The Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook: Ready-to-Use Strategies & Activities for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities by Joan M. Harwell just came out with its third edition. This book provides suggestions and ready-to-use materials for teachers and parents on helping students with learning disabilities of all ages learn and perform at their fullest potential. In this book is an overview of learning disabilities, diagnostic tools and remediation techniques, specific interventions, strategies for building academic skills, ways to increase motivation, solutions to common problems, and tips for working with parents.

Are you an Indiana resident and interested in this book? Contact us!

For those non-Indiana residents, find this book at your local library!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Social Skills Games

Social Skills Games for Children by Deborah M. Plummer is a handbook designed to promote successful social strategies for children aged 5 to 12. This book helps adults with understanding and encouragement of children's social skills and also includes a wide variety of activities for different sized groups.

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

If you're not an Indiana resident, click here to find this book at your local library.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Home Visitor's Guidebook

The Home Visitor's Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent & Child Development by Carol Klass just came out with its 3rd edition and is the ultimate professional development resource for early interventionists, social workers, and other practitioners who work directly with parents and children. This book contains updated material on assessment and evaluation, childhood illnesses, coping strategies for families, and much more.

Indiana resident? Interested in this book well then contact us!

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

Friday, November 14, 2008

Help in the inclusive classroom

We all need a little help now and then, and for educators in inclusive classrooms a little more help just arrived! A second edition of Brief References of Student Disabilities ...With Strategies for the Classroom has been published by Corwin Press. This updated reference provides information on common disabilities found in classrooms such as AD/HD, bipolar disorder, down syndrome, epilepsy and more! A brief description of each disability with common characteristics and background information is presented with a reading list, strategies for teachers, and organizations to contact for more information. In addition, the book provides readers with an overview of the laws concerning students with disabilities, a review of health disorders, and a list of children's book to help awareness and understanding. Indiana residents can contact us to check out this book, and others can go to to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fun with Messy Play

Getting messy is not only fun, but it can be educational too! Fun with messy play: Ideas and activities for children with special needs by Tracey Beckerleg is chock full of activities that can help to improve coordination, communication skills, social skills and cognitive abilities, as well as your child's self confidence . These exercises highlight movement or sensation that kids will be able to apply to everyday life. The great part about messy play is that it encourages sensory responsiveness while having fun, without being stressful for kids. This is an excellent resource for parents and professionals. Interested in checking it out? Indiana residents can contact us at 800-437-7924. Not an Indiana resident? Find this book at a library near you!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Freedom Scientific

Last week, Freedom Scientific released the latest version of its screen reader software, JAWS 10. This newest version of JAWS allows users access to iTunes 8, including support for the iTunes store, a big plus for music lovers! It also supports Microsoft Access 2007 for both braille and speech output, boasts better performance with Microsoft Outlook Calendar, and more!

Also from Freedom Scientific is a portable video magnifier called SAPPHIRE. This product contains a small camera and displays images on a brightly-lit 7" screen. SAPPHIRE can be used for reading lists in the grocery store, a menu at a restaurant, or even signing your name.

Check out these products plus Freedom Scientific's other products, their online newsletter, and more at

Tuesday, November 11, 2008