Monday, June 18, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Bugs and Buttons

Looking for a game app to help your child with fine motor skills and education? Want one that progressively adapts to your child's skill level? Bugs and Buttons is designed to be self paced with each activity offering simple visual instructions. The game also has two play modes: children can choose to be automatically guided or explore and play.

• Counting
• Fine motor skills (i.e. pinching)
• Path finding
• Patterns
• Sorting
• Tracking
• and more...

Want to learn more about it? Visit:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Proposed changes to REPA II

Jill Shedd, Associate Dean for Teacher Education at Indiana University-Bloomington, hosted a webinar yesterday on proposed changes to the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA II). This proposal will greatly impact teachers, administrators, parents of children with disabilities, advocacy groups, and those involved in teacher education. Below you will find the link to the recorded webinar and the downloadable documents.

On June 21st at 9:00 a.m. there will be a Public Hearing at the Indiana Department of Education in Indianapolis. If you have concerns about these proposed changes to the teacher rules, you are invited to attend this hearing and make your voice heard.

If you have any questions, please email Kharon Grimmet, Associate Instructor, Doctoral Candidate Indiana University - Bloomington at

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Systematic Instruction for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

Systematic instruction for students with moderate and severe disabilities was developed by a seasoned educator who has trained thousands of teachers. This textbook offers the nuts-and-bolts of the systematic instruction process which has its roots in applied behavior analysis. It includes sample lesson plans, chapter objectives, reflection questions, and a glossary. Practical materials, including 20 blank data collection sheets and quick step-by-step charts of instruction procedures, make this an invaluable resource for in-practice educators.

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Count Me In! K-5

Count Me In! K-5: Including learners with special needs in mathematics classrooms is research-based and field-tested. In this book, elementary teachers will find help creating programs for students with special needs. Case studies and teacher viewpoints are included as well as research on disability and solutions to managing learning environments.

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Helping Children with Selective Mutism and Their Parents

Got a child in your class who is unwilling or refuses to speak? Helping Children with Selective Mutism and Their Parents: A Guide for School-based Professionals can help. Written for guidance counselors, teachers, principals and deans, school psychologists, and school-based social workers, this book educates readers about the nature of selective mutism and its most common clinical manifestations (such as social anxiety, oppositional behavior, and communication difficulties). Offering methods to determine the form and function of a child's chronically mute behavior, the book provides evidence-based strategies to enhance a child's verbal participation at school and in other social and academic activities.

To check out this title, email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mobile App Monday - My DPS

The Digital Problem Solver (DPS) originally appeared in The Social Express™ as a tool for the characters to use to identify emotions and coping strategies. Users quickly requested a real DPS to use outside of the software. My DPS is a customizable application that enables children to select a feeling and a coping strategy to calm themselves. My DPS features eight feelings including:
• Bored
• Surprised
• Mad
• Annoyed
• Happy
• Scared
• Sad
• Frustrated

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Transforming Behavior

Looking for a proven, flexible, and cost-effective way to address challenging behavior, social skills development, and family conflict? Transforming behavior: Training parents and kids together is a ready-to-use group therapy program, ideal for clinicians working in a range of settings with children 8-12 and their parents. The book has 22 adaptable modules (11 for children, 11 for parents) to help children learn positive social skills and emotional regulation, and to help parents learn successful techniques for responding constructively and consistently to difficult behaviors.

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

What's food got to do with it?

Everybody has to eat, but not everybody knows how to cook or which foods are nutritionally sound. If you're working with young adults with disabilities, pick up What's Food Got to Do With It? It's part theory, part teacher's guide and part cookbook. It includes recipes, vignettes, and life lessons related to cooking.

Interested? Email us at to check it out.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Flight of the Gin Fizz

Flight of the Gin Fizz is a story about a man who found his passion in mid-life. It's a story about history and airplanes and deafness. In his fifties, Henry Kisor learns how to fly and, for the maiden voyage of his new thirty-six year old plane, decides to reenact the first coast-to-coast flight that Cal Rodgers took back in 1911. This story is for pilots, passengers, and armchair travelers alike and leaves readers with a new appreciation of life’s possibilities.

Interested? Email us at to check out this title or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Feeding Challenges in Young Children

Young children's feeding issues can be a complex challenge for early childhood professionals, especially since most get little to no training addressing this key developmental area. Feeding challenges in young children: Strategies and specialized interventions for success is a comprehensive resource that provides early childhood educators and interventionists with specific, practical, research-based guidance on resolving a wide range of feeding issues. The book also comes with a CD that has many helpful, printable tools for addressing feeding challenges.

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Mobile App Monday -- First Words

Looking for a pre-literacy app? Try First Words. This version is for education professionals and speech language pathologists. Professional uses the same intuitive interface that is so easy for preschoolers, kindergartners, and kids with special needs to use. Kids will love the beautifully drawn pictures and matching entertaining sounds while learning how letters correspond to sounds and how letters sounds form words.

To learn more about this app, visit:

Friday, June 1, 2012

What's New

Did you turn over the calendar page this morning? I did, and that means it's time for a new What's New page! Visit the following page to find out what new items were received in the library last month.

Happy June!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Children's Mental Health Training Institutes

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is offering Training Institutes on improving mental health services for children, adolescents, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families. The biennial Training Institutes are co-sponsered The Annie E. Casey Foundation and are designed for a variety of individuals including state, tribal, territorial, and local administrators, planners, providers, clinicians, care managers, families, youth, advocates, managed care organizations, educators, evaluators, technical assistance providers, and others concerned with improving services for children, youth, and families.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Step up to support those with epilepsy!

June is the month to step up and support those affected by seizure disorders in Indiana. Three different walks will be taking place again this year.

Here are the details:

LivRite Fitness 5K Walk/Run
Benefiting the
Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Shadyside Park
Anderson, IN

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Race: 9 a.m.
For more information and to register online, click here.

North Central Indiana Epilepsy Walk
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Central Park
Mishawaka, IN
Registration: 8 a.m.
Walk: 9 a.m.
For more information and to register online, click here.

Central Indiana Epilepsy Walk
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Carmel West Monon Center
Carmel, IN
Registration: 9 a.m.
Walk: 10 a.m.
For more information and to register online, click here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Accessibility webinars

AccessibilityOnline represents a collaborative training program between the ADA National Network and the US Access Board. The program includes a series of free webinars and audio conferences on different topics of accessibility. Sessions are held on a monthly basis and cover a variety of topics concerning accessibility to the built environment, information and communication technologies, and transportation. For a listing of the upcoming webinars, visit:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Holiday Weekend

In observance of the Memorial Day weekend, the library will close today at 3:15 and will re-open at 8:00 on Tuesday, May 29th.

Happy holiday!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I'm Walking as Straight as I Can

Remember Cousin Geri from the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life? Now Geri Jewell shares with us her book, I'm Walking as Straight as I Can. It's a memoir of her struggle not only with cerebral palsy but also with her sexuality. She talks about her traumatic birth to her rise to stardom and her fall to rock bottom. This inspiring story is told with grace and humor.

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wonderstruck: A novel in words and pictures

In the amazing book, Wonderstruck, two independent stories are told--Ben's in words, Rose's in pictures. Ben is a boy who just lost his mother to a car accident and longs for the father he never knew. When Ben has an accident of his own, he becomes deaf in one ear. Rose is also deaf, but her story starts fifty years before Ben's. How do their stories become intertwined? Pick up the book and find out!

Email to check out this title or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Chalk Walk

Looking for an app to help children with their fine motor skills? Chalk Walk is a fun, drawing app that will help children to develop the pincer grip. This app can help prepare kids for the pencil-and-paper tasks they encounter in school.

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