Thursday, March 31, 2011

I Know Someone with Down Syndrome

I know someone with Down syndrome is a book for kids who are interested in learning more about the condition. Using large print text and great pictures, the book highlights ways people with Down syndrome are different from those without it and also the ways in which we are all the same. Facts and fiction and a list of resources are also included at the end of the book.

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jumpstart RTI

Ready to get started with RTI? Jumpstart RTI: Using RTI in your elementary school right now can help. It provides evidence-based strategies and tips for getting RTI underway quickly in your school which can help readers at all levels, from those who are gifted to those who struggle. Forms are available online to download.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Visible Thinking

Not sure if your math students are really "getting" the concepts presented? Want to make math easier to visualize? Visible thinking in the K-8 mathematics classroom can help. This book offers an overview of what visible thinking is, why it is important, and how to implement it in the classroom. Grade-specific examples are also included. Visible thinking offers many benefits:
  • Interactive student-to-student learning
  • Increased class participation
  • Development of metacognitive thinking and problem-solving skills
Interested? Email us at to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Questions Anyone?

Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? Lyrics to a song? Maybe, but they're also the "Wh" questions that some children, especially some children with autism, have trouble answering. The app "Whquestions" from Smarty Ears can help parents and professionals work with children who have trouble with these questions. The app, designed by a speech and language therapist, features 300 questions and has audio recordings of each of them. Interactivity and tracking features are also included.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Latino siblings of children with developmental disabilities at risk

According to a new study from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, Latino siblings of children with developmental disabilities may be at risk for negative outcomes themselves. This study was published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and points to an elevated risk of conditions such as separation anxiety and agoraphobia. These siblings were also less likely to express their emotions, internalizing them instead.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Summer Camps

Winter is over (not counting this coming weekend), spring is here (truly, it is!), and summer is right around the corner. If you're like some, you're already starting to plan for the kids' summer break. The Indiana Department of Education has you covered. Their annual list of summer camps is online and available to help you decide which camp is the best for your children. This 13-page list offers names, programs and contact information for more than 40 camps in and around Indiana. There's sure to be something for everyone. Check it out at:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Developmental Disabilities Act Revisited

From the National Council on Disability comes, Rising Expectations: The Developmental Disabilities Act Revisited. It presents the findings from a year-long study of how programs resulting from the Developmental Disabilities Act have improved supports and services for people with developmental disabilities. It suggests that great strides have been made over the past 40 years, but there is still room for greater improvement.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dictionary of Developmental Disabilities Terminology

Now in its third edition, the Dictionary of developmental disabilities terminology boasts more than 4,000 jargon-free definitions of various
  • disorders
  • diagnoses
  • assessments
  • interventions
  • medications
  • organizations
  • programs
  • educational practices
  • public laws
Written for anyone who cares for or works with people with developmental disabilities and can also be used to complement courses on disabilities.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Today on Mobile App Monday

Looking for an easy way to create social stories for kids? Stories2Learn is a mobile app that can quickly create social stories showing various social cues. Users can easily build their own stories by adding pictures, audio, and text. It can also be used to create visual schedules for children who need extra help with organizing their time.

Stories2Learn comes preloaded with one story demonstrating the skills necessary to play a game with a friend. For more information, go to:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Diary of a social detective

Diary of a social detective is a fun, mystery-filled book for the older child (or parent of the child) who may struggle when trying to relate to peers. With chapters such as, "Too close for comfort: The case of back-away Bobby" or "It's not what you say but how you say it: The case of the back-talking ballerina," this book looks at ten social mysteries, lays out the facts for the reader to try to solve, and then cracks each case in clear language that points out the issues and gives suggestions for improving social behavior.

Interested? Send us an email at to check it out. You can also try to find this title in a library near you.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Bubbles!

Do you love popping bubble wrap? Know someone who needs the sensory stimulation? Bubble Snap may be the app for you! Pop bubbles one at a time or drag your finger across the screen for multiple pops. Find this free app at:

RTI for English learners

Got students who are learning English and content at the same time? Need help working with them? Check out Implementing RTI with English learners. This book is based on the idea that all teachers need to be able to teach language, including math teachers, science teachers, etc. Using Response to Intervention techniques can help. The book provides many classroom examples and focuses on four representative students from different countries and levels of English understanding.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Sensory Processing Disorders

In The Goodenoughs get in sync: 5 family members overcome their special sensory issues, each family member has some sort of sensory issue (including the dog!): Dad has sensory discrimination issues, Mom and the dog are sensory seekers, Carrie has difficulties with dyspraxia, Darwin is over-responsive to sensory stimulation and Edward is under-responsive.
Throughout the day, each family member has a sensory-related crisis and explains what he or she needs to do to function successfully. At the end of the day, they all get back in sync.

Interested? Send us an email at to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Assistive Technology for Learning

Developed for early childhood professionals, Assistive technology for young children: Creating inclusive learning environments is an easy-to-read guide to help those working with young children ages birth to five. The book gives advice on everything from homemade solutions to high tech ones and will help professionals
  • Learn how to select, implement, and purchase AT devices
  • Determine funding options for AT
  • Assess children's needs
  • Use AT to aid implementation of universal design for learning
  • And more!
Interested? Send us an email at to check out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Social Security Benefits

The 2010 edition of Nolo's guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & keeping your benefits is packed with information on this important subject. This 5th edition has new and updated descriptions of SSA regulations governing immune and digestive system disorders, updated information on the "ticket-to-work" program, the latest new SSA forms and instructions, plus updated figures, fees, and contact information.

Interested? Email us at, or try to find it in a library near you.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mobile App Monday

Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is a free voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking®. According to its website, Dragon Dictation is up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard! It creates voice-­to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, Email, or pasted into any application using the clipboard. Languages that this app supports are: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and it must have Internet access to work. For more information, go to:

Friday, March 4, 2011

CeDIR Citings

It's Spring! It's Spring! Or at least it will be in a couple more weeks. Until then, please enjoy our latest issue of our biannual newsletter, CeDIR Citings. This Spring issue is about new beginnings and focuses on resources for behavior supports.

To see the latest issue, go to:

Think you might have missed one? Back issues are archived on our website at:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New MAGic Large Print Keyboard

From Freedom Scientific: The new large print keyboard provides convenient access to commonly used MAGic® and JAWS® commands. Some of the new features include:
  • Bold, high contrast keys - U.S. English layout

  • Scroll wheel to control magnification level

  • 22 dedicated keys to instantly start MAGic and provide quick access to the most-used MAGic features

  • Dedicated keys for functions such as speech rate, Research It, the links list, and more

  • Three keys reserved for user assignment to favorite MAGic functions, applications, documents, or Web pages so they’re only a key press away
The keyboard works with current releases of JAWS and MAGic and has a special introductory price through August 1, 2011. For more information, check out Freedom Scientific's newsletter at:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Picky Picky Pete

Got a child with a sensory processing disorder? Looking for a book that can help him understand not only what he's feeling but also what those around him experience? Picky, picky Pete: A boy and his sensory challenges might be just what you're looking for! Written in rhyme, this fun illustrated book will show kids what it sometimes looks like to have over- or under-stimulated senses. It will also help them to see just how exasperated moms can get too!

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