Thursday, September 30, 2010

Helping children adjust to change

Got a special child in your life who needs a little extra help adjusting to change? Pick up Harry the happy caterpillar grows: Helping children adjust to change. Follow along as Harry learns from his butterfly teacher that change can, indeed, be scary at times, but it can also be wonderful. When Harry's caterpillar friends all become butterflies and leave him behind, Harry is very sad. But with encouragement from his friends and his teacher, Harry perseveres and finds that being a butterfly really is wonderful!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Studying disability

Authors Elizabeth DePoy and Stephen French Gilson, both professors of social work and interdisciplinary disability studies at Ono Academic College in Israel, explore the history of disability in their book, Studying disability: Multiple theories and responses. This book begins by reviewing existing theories and examining how historical conceptions of disability have affected the lives and civil rights of people with disabilities. It concludes with a recommendation of a socially just community for everyone.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eliminating the "R" word


An article posted yesterday on CNN Health reports that Congress is interested in removing the words "retarded" and "retardation" from the language in health, education, and labor laws. The Senate and the House of Representatives have already approved the bill that makes this possible. It's now up to President Obama.

For more information, read the CNN article at

Monday, September 27, 2010

Insights into Sensory Issues

Looking for quality articles written by professionals, for professionals on the issues surrounding sensory integration? Need more information on sensory processing deficits and how to address them? The book, Insights into sensory issues for professionals is a compilation of the best articles from S. I. Focus magazine.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Superheroes on a medical mission!

In cool, comic-book fashion, Medikidz explain ADHD is a fun light-hearted approach to learning about a sometimes confusing disorder. Denise has ADHD and can't seem to focus on anything. She trashes her friend's room and ruins their game. Medkidz to the rescue! Medikidz take Denise to their human-shaped planet to help her learn how the brain works and how it works differently in people with ADHD. The use of medications and/or therapy is mentioned as ways to control the effects of this disorder.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Brain and Beyond

Brain Injury Association of Indiana's
2010 Fall Education Conference

The Brain and Beyond:
Research, Interventions, Services, and Coordination

OCTOBER 13-15, 2010

Greenwood, Indiana

Full conference brochure:

To register, go to

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New book on assessment

Just what is "formative" assessment? How is formative assessment designed? How are grades assigned using this type of assessment? Answers to these questions and more can be found in Robert Marzano's new book, Formative assessment & standards-based grading. Marzano explains how to design and interpret three different types of formative assessments, how to track student progress, and how to assign meaningful grades. Examples of teachers applying formative assessment in their classrooms are detailed.

Interested? Email us at to check it out. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Managing Money

Interested in ensuring that people with disabilities understand money management? Need help teaching a student how to balance a checkbook? Check out the book, Managing my money: Banking and budgeting basics. It offers the student clear instructions broken down into small steps and opportunities to practice what is being taught. Color-coded forms and large scale graphics help round out the instruction. Teacher pages are included that face the lesson pages as well as a CD-ROM with more forms that can be printed out. Learn how to:
  • Keep Records
  • Keep a Budget
  • Keep a Checking Account
Indiana residents can email us at to check out this book. Otherwise, try to find it in a library nearby.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Collaboration in education

Want to know how and why collaboration between education professionals can affect students and their learning? Interested in how schools can effectively teach the "whole child?" Pick up Effective collaboration in educating the whole child. It examines collaboration between teachers, administrators, student support specialists, community agencies, and service providers. With an emphasis on improving outcomes for students with disabilities and those on the cusp of needing services, this book provides answers in bite-sized pieces along with the research and success stories to back them.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

New guide on teaching/assessing low-achieving students

Want some help with setting and evaluating criteria for participation in alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS)? Looking at designing test forms for AA-MAS? Need to determine the impact of the AA-MAS on the state accountability system? The book, Teaching and assessing low-achieving students with disabilities: A guide to alternate assessments based on modified achievement standards, answers these questions and more. Written by a panel of experts, this book includes sections on identifying and understanding the population, understanding content and achievement standards, and technical considerations and practical applications.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New guide on intellectual disability

Beginning with a short lesson on the history on intellectual disabilities (formerly known as mental retardation), Dr. James Harris, M.D. offers his many years of wisdom in the book, Intellectual disability: A guide for families and professionals. An eminent authority on intellectual disability, Dr. Harris is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Mental Hygiene, and the founding Director of the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Harris provides information on assessment and diagnosis of intellectual disability, treatments for specific disorders, and the myriad of services that are available.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Blindness and the brain

After two surgeries to cure his blindness of 40 years, Mike May was frustrated with the results. The 43-year-old could see the outlines of his wife's face but not the details. Why couldn't he "see" more clearly with what doctors claimed was one perfectly-functioning eye? The answer was surprising: his brain.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Learning Tree

Using a tree as an example, Dr. Stanley Greenspan and his wife, Nancy Greenspan, explain the different stages of learning from birth through high school in their book, The learning tree: Overcoming learning disabilities from the ground up. The authors share this new approach to understanding learning from the roots of the tree to the branches, showing how to find missing developmental milestones that can interfere with learning. This book is for both parents and teachers. Finding and solving problems with learning early on will help the children in their care bridge those gaps and become more successful.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

News on aging with dementia

According to a story from NPR last week, new research shows that keeping an active mind while aging staves off dementia to a point, but after that point has been reached, the rate of decline increases dramatically. A study in Chicago looked at over 1,000 people age 65 or older who did not have dementia and rated their frequency of engaging in brain-stimulated activities. During follow-up sessions, decades later, the findings show surprising speed in the rate of decline for those who continued to engage in stimulating activities.

To find out more, read the article from NPR: