Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Blindness and the brain

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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.

Read the entire NPR article at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129731859&sc=fb&cc=fp

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Learning Tree

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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.

Interested in checking out this book? Send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu. Or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

News on aging with dementia

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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: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129628082&sc=fb&cc=fp

Monday, August 30, 2010

Change the world

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Because we can change the world: A practical guide to building cooperative, inclusive classroom communities is a helpful guide for teachers or anyone who is interested in building school communities full of tolerance, acceptance, and social justice. This book discusses barriers to creating cooperative classrooms, including bullying, and how they can be overcome. It also suggests activities, songs, and literature to help in the process.

This second edition includes updated resources, an emphasis on differentiated instruction, and sections called "Reframing Our Work" to help teachers see how attitudes in the classroom can be changed--beginning with the teacher's.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu. Or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Friday, August 27, 2010

RTI for diverse learners

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Need help with implementing Response to Intervention with students from culturally diverse backgrounds? In her book, RTI for diverse learners: More than 200 instructional interventions, Catherine Collier addresses issues around culturally and linguistically diverse students who seem to have disabilities. Effectively utilizing the strategies Collier offers, schools can identify and respond to the needs of these students.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu, or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

RTI models

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Looking to contribute to RTI curriculum implementation teams? Need to be able to describe connections between RTI and special education decisions? Then pick up Response to intervention models: Curricular implications and interventions. Learn how to apply student progress data in order to adjust in the curriculum and how to successfully deliver high-quality core instruction to all students in the classroom.

Interested? Email us! Or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

RTI and secondary schools

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Need information about Response to Intervention in secondary schools? Want the latest research and current best practices? Looking to make RTI a success for teenage students? Check out How RTI works in secondary schools. Find out how to proactively implement RTI with real-world examples, visuals, and lists of resources. The book also provides real-world examples and instructional strategies for Grades 6–12

Interested? Email us! Or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What every school leader needs to know about RTI

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Margaret Searle explores Response To Intervention in her book, What every school leader needs to know about RTI. This book is an essential guide for school leaders who want to support, focus, and sustain their RTI goals. Searle tackles some of the tough questions teachers ask about RTI, such as
* Where do I find high-quality research-based interventions?
* How is RTI different from what we've tried before?
* How can we make this whole thing work without going crazy?

Interested? Email us. Not an Indiana resident? Try worldcat.org to find this book in a library near you.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Different learners

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In her book, "Different learners: Identifying, preventing, and treating your child's learning problems," author Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. offers hope for parents struggling with a child with learning disabilities. Healy breaks her book out into three parts: Brain Crisis, Your Unique Child, and Childhood and the Twenty-First Century, and then ends with a wealth of knowledge and resources in the appendices.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu. Or try worldcat.org to find this book in a library near you.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The everything parent's guide to ADHD in children

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Got a child with ADHD? Feeling a bit overwhelmed with the issues involved with the disorder? Here to help is author Carole Jacobs with a second edition of the book The everything parent's guide to ADHD in children: A reassuring guide to getting the right diagnosis, understanding treatments, and helping your child to focus. Jacobs takes an all-encompassing look at ADHD in order to help a parent understand the diagnosis, find the right treatment, help a child focus at home and at school, and more!

Interested in checking out this title? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu. Want to find it in a library near you? Try worldcat.org.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

DSPs to DC

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Direct support professionals are invited to join others in Washington, DC, on September 13th and 14th for the DSPs to DC conference. This conference, sponsored by American Network of Community Options and Resources, is designed specifically for DSPs. Topics such as, Hill Briefing: Developing a DSP Workforce, What Makes a Professional and Community Supports and Skills Standards will be offered.

Registration and Requirements

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Conference focusing on rural America

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The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (TA Center) is hosting a conference:
Practical Strategies to Address the Behavioral Health Needs of Children and Families in Rural America

September 21-23, 2010

Renaissance Glendale Hotel, Glendale, AZ

Find out what health care reform means to your rural communities. Learn more about how to implement effective strategies and policies that will benefit children and families in your rural community, including:
• Trends in rural behavioral health
• Innovations in Technology
• Partnerships for Healthy Rural Communities

For more information, go to: http://gucchdtacenter.georgetown.edu/Activities/Rural_BH_Symposium_2010.html

Monday, August 16, 2010

Driver Evaluation and Training Program

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Did you know that Easter Seals Cross Roads not only offers training to previous drivers requiring modifications to drive, but new drivers as well? Not only do they offer trainings, they also provide evaluations to for people with disabilities to assess their clients potential to drive. For more information, visit their website.