According to a story on NPR yesterday, a memory care facility and nursing home in Mankato, Minnesota, has significantly reduced the need for anti-psychotic drugs through a program they call Awakenings. The program seeks to understand the cause of behaviors in elders with dementia and other cognitive disabilities and works to try to eliminate it.
Focused on increasing the credibility of research and evaluation, the fourth edition of Donna M. Mertens’ comprehensive Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods incorporates the viewpoints of various research paradigms into its descriptions of these methods. Providing specific advice on conducting research in culturally complex communities, the new edition has been updated to align with the American Psychological Association and the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation requirements. -book description
Designed for children eight and under, the one-of-a-kind app features a cute cast of silly pea and bean characters who guide users through playful recipes, star in food games and magically appear in videos. The app offers a play-by-play on creating the most popular “Imaginibbles” recipes from Bean Sprouts and the award-winning book it inspired: Bean Appetit: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food. -iTunes
Looking for support for an adult sibling of someone with a disability? From Woodbine House comes The Sibling Survival Guide. The book is edited by experts in the field of disabilities and sibling relationships and focuses on the topmost concerns identified in a survey of hundreds of siblings. It offers tips on how to talk to parents about plans for a sibling with a disability and a crash course in guardianship, medical and legal issues, and more.
Looking for an app to help your child learn how to brush properly? This award winning, free, NHS approved app, with no adverts, plays 2 minutes of music, taken at random or from a playlist, from your devices music library and has a visual display showing where to brush. -iTunes
Looking for a user-friendly guide to techniques for data-gathering for use with differentiated instruction? Data driven differentiation in the standards-based classroom provides step-by-step guidance on gathering data to improve classroom dynamics, pinpoint student learning styles, adjust lessons for different learners, and inform diagnostic teaching and assessment. -from the book description
StepByStep, created by an Occupational Therapist, helps assess and improve sequencing skills for kids and adults of all cognitive levels. Simply drag each step and arrange a sequence into the correct order. StepByStep uses fun and clearly-illustrated sequences of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), and Transfers. Recommended for Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, parents, and teachers. -iTunes
Looking for guidelines for implementing schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports? The PBIS team handbook is full of anecdotes from PBIS coaches. This resource offers customizable forms, checklists, and graphic organizers that will help chart, manage, and interpret data with ease. -from the book description
Now in its 3rd edition, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias: A practical guide discusses the symptoms, effects and treatments offered for older patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The author offers a look at case studies from his own clinical practice, offering humanity, insight, and knowledge to help inform and improve the habits and methods of clinicians. -from the book description
Want to make journaling a little easier for your students? Try myMemoir. This app provides 9 preset journal themes in a simple user interface. Displays date, time, and title for each entry and also
contains a calendar to keep track of entries.
The purpose of Handbook of effective inclusive schools is to summarize the research literature regarding how students might be provided classrooms and schools that are both inclusive and effective. Inclusive schools are defined as places where students with disabilities are valued and active participants in academic and social activities and are given supports that help them succeed. Effectiveness is addressed within the current movement toward multi-tiered systems of support and evidence-based practices that meet the demands of high-stakes accountability. -book description
Want to be your child's best advocate in education? Pick up The everything® parent's guide to special education. With it, you will learn how to evaluate, prepare, organize, and get quality services, no matter your child's disability. The handbook gives you the tools you need to navigate the complex world of special education and services.
Evidence-Based Practice and Intellectual Disabilities responds to the recent increased focus on, and need for, the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) in treating intellectual disabilities The book is not only for professionals working in community services but for clinicians and parents and carers as well.
It is the first book wholly dedicated to addressing EBP specifically in relation to intellectual disabilities and provides clinical guidelines based on the strength of evidence of treatments for a given problematic behavioral topography or disorder. -from the book description
Want to learn more about it? Email us at email@example.com to check it out or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.
This year's Istanbul Design Biennial showcases a typeface created specifically for dyslexic people by Dutch designer Christian Boer. Boer's typeface offers letters that are designed with heavier bottom portions and tails, where possible, in addition to heavier punctuation and bold capitals to help define the ending and beginning of sentences.
Looking for an app to help provide medical information in case of an emergency? ICE Standard applications - the #1 Emergency Information Apps on iTunes - can help save your life. They do this by putting your emergency health information on the lock screen of your phone so EMTs can get it as quickly as possible, and by working with Smart911™ so that if you call 911 while in a Smart911-enabled community, 911 operators get your medical information automatically. -iTunes
CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book provides meeting leaders with 60 comprehensive strategies for planning and executing masterful virtual meetings. In its twelve chapters, you'll find strategies and answers to these questions and more:
How do you keep engagement high in a virtual meeting?
How do you eliminate unnecessary virtual meetings?
What are the key features that differentiate various online meeting platforms?
How do you reduce the likelihood that your meeting will be derailed by technical issues?
What if only a few people are remote? Or, what if you, the meeting leader, are the only one remote?
Journal of an ADHD kid provides information in a frank, upbeat, conversational manner and offers thought-provoking questions designed to help readers recognize how ADHD/ADD affects them and then come up with better ideas for handling difficult situations in their own lives.
From facts about an ADHD diagnosis to whether to tell friends and teachers, and from understanding both the good and bad aspects of ADHD to what can help with the disorder, there's plenty of solid information, emotional support, and tips for kids and teens. -book description
Last month offered us a good bit of atmospheric change here in central Indiana. Autumn's colors peaked and fell to the ground. We also had the first snow flakes of the season, much to the chagrin of my Trick-or-Treaters. Brrr! Along with the weather changes, however, came a couple dozen new titles in the library. From autism spectrum disorders to hearing impairments to social skills, we received books and videos on many different topics.
Interested in helping your young child develop critical academic skills? Kid Awesome Kindergarten is designed with a carefully constructed curriculum path and with the power to adapt to your child, Kid Awesome Kindergarten assures kids are presented with critical material at the right speed and level. Your child will save kittens and puppies and best of all race ahead to build a foundation for English, Reading and Math achievement that can last a lifetime! -iTunes
Including Emergency Management in Independent Living Centers to Maximize Potential for Whole Community Preparedness
November 13th, 2014
Time: 2:30pm ET
Without cooperative and inclusive approaches to emergency preparedness and management, people with disabilities will be greatly impacted during all phases of disaster. This presentation will engage audiences on how offices of emergency management can work with disability organizations to increase inclusive emergency management practices within local communities. Additionally, this session will explore innovative ways disability organizations can organize to provide resources towards disaster systems.
Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers has compiled a list of five tools that can help students see or hear webpages more easily. From stripping sidebar content to text-to-speech options, the apps and extensions will help those with vision or hearing disabilities.
Designed to support professionals working within a multi-modal, A Practical Guide to Congenital Developmental Disorders and Learning Difficulties takes a collaborative approach to assessment and intervention processes. The book is suitable for health visitors, allied health therapists, nurses, teachers and social care practitioners. It is also a useful reference for students in these areas learning about child development and includes critical reading exercises; online searching tasks; self-assessment questions; reflective activities and document analysis prompts. -from the book description
Constant Therapy is an award winning solution that provides personalized therapy tools to people with cognitive, language, communication & learning disorders. People who have Aphasia, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), stroke, dementia, speech problems, reading, language or learning disabilities can access 12,000+ items across 60 categories & 10 difficulty levels.
Constant Therapy was designed by scientists at Boston University and is easy to use. Exercises are specifically customized for each person's unique needs - so the program adapts to your progress every day. -iTunes
This edition of Nolo's IEP Guide has been updated to reflect the latest laws, federal regulations, and court decisions that affect the IEP process, and includes fully up-to-date forms, sample letters, and resources to help you every step of the way. Plus, read an expanded section about "appropriate" education measures resulting from a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, and get new details on eligibility for special education services for your child. -from the book description
Looking at both disabilities and the penal system? Disability Incarcerated is an anthology of works examining the incarceration and segregation of people with disabilities in the United States and Canada.
Crash Course in Library Services to People with Disabilities will help librarians get up to speed in understanding what they can do to make library premises and holdings more accessible to people with disabilities. It provides basic information on different types of mental and physical disabilities a librarian might encounter, then offers a range of exemplary policies, services, and programs for people with disabilities—efforts that are in place and working across the country. -from the book description
AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation funded project, aims to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers by providing mentoring and funding for career development activities for students with disabilities computing-related fields.
Need to search for Medicare providers? This App allows users to find them through either their geo-location or inputting a city and state. Great for those who need to move to a different place or want to take that lifetime trip across the country!
Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's: An Emotional Journey offers insight, hope, and understanding for anyone who cares for a loved one with Alzheimer's. There are currently no treatments to halt the progression of this disease, making caregiving both essential--and difficult. The video discusses topics such as:
Caring for one who doesn't remember your name
Grieving the losses of their life, and yours
When an unexpected side of your loved one comes out
Rose Under Fire won the American Library Association's 2013 Schneider Family Book Award for its portrayal of the disabilities created by Nazi experimentation in World War II.
While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her? -book description
Looking for a good number puzzle game/investigation tool for your students? Check out Pick-a-path. Help Okta the Octopus reach the target (maximum, minimum, or a specific value) by choosing a path from the top of the maze to the bottom. Seven levels with seven puzzles will test your students' skills with powers of ten, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, and more.
Use The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol Workout Book to expand single words into phrases and sentences. The book includes 16 reproducible motor-speech coordination workouts to stabilize the pronunciation of consonant-vowel combinations, and promote rapid development of expressive language skills while controlling for oral-motor difficulty. -publisher
The art of being deaf: A memoir is an autobiography about Donna McDonald, an Australian who was placed in an oral deaf school when she was five years old. At age 45, with a successful career in social work policy, McDonald realized that she never had addressed the personal barrier she had constructed between her deaf-self and her hearing persona. In this book, she describes her long, arduous pursuit of finding out exactly who she was. -from the book description
Now in its 14th edition, Educating Exceptional Children introduces readers to thirteen disability categories and discusses the needs of children who are gifted and talented. This edition provides new material about such important hot topics as genetics, neurology, inclusion, assistive technology, and information processing.
Registration is underway for the final Indiana Employment Specialist Training for 2014. This six-day, face-to-face, basic training guides job developers, employment specialists and other professionals as they train, place, and include individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
Participants must attend and complete both parts of the training (all six days) to obtain ACRE certification. Training will take place at Easter Seals Crossroads, 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis.
Part One: November 4-6, 2014
Part Two: December 2-4, 2014
Employment Specialist Training instructors are members of the Indiana Supported Employment Training Team, which has now trained over 3,000 Indiana employment specialists. The trainings are coordinated by IIDC’s Center on Community Living and Careers.The registration deadline for this training is Friday, October 24.
Fall is here and with it comes another edition of the Center for Disability Information and Referral's biannual newsletter. This edition focuses on assistive technology. The newsletter highlights a book review, both national and Indiana-based websites, and a resource list of books that can be checked out from the CeDIR Library.
Looking for a way to secretly teach your kids geometry? Watch your kids learn geometry in a matter of hours, without them even noticing they’re learning! Whimsical characters and captivating puzzles motivate players to keep learning. Since the geometry in the game remains hidden, kids learn and gain confidence even if mathematics is a subject they don’t usually feel comfortable with. -iTunes
A Splash of Red is a children's book about a self-taught African American artist who was injured in WWI and never regained full use of his right arm. Despite his physical disability, he was eventually discovered as an artist and his works have been displayed in major museums.
Wondering what's new in the library? Each month, we update the list of items that have been cataloged during the previous month. In September, the library received a fair number of new books on topics ranging from ADHD and Autism to independent living and physical disabilities.
Looking for step-by-step procedures for planning, selecting, and tailoring interventions for at-risk learners? With a unique focus on how to individualize interventions using actual case examples, Essentials of planning, selecting, and tailoring interventions for unique learners offers guidelines for gathering and interpreting data in a manner that assists in identifying targets for intervention and rich discussion and information relating to specific academic, cognitive, and behavioral manifestations of students with learning difficulties in reading, math, writing, and oral language.
Do you have a child with ADHD who needs help getting up in the morning? The app Hey, You! Get Up... Get Dressed... Get Going... can help! Made for children ages 6-8, this fun app will get their bodies moving in the mornings with it's rhythmic music and catchy lyrics. It uses task delineation, multi-sensory techniques, and repetition with step-by-step directions that walk your child through the routine.
Fathers and Families Center will be hosting its 2nd annual Fatherhood Conversation Symposium on Saturday, November 15th in Indianapolis. They will continuing the theme Fathers of Children with Special Needs: A Call, A Conversation, A Celebration 2014.
Organized by disorder groups and theme, this second edition of Language Disorders in Children helps students easily make connections between theoretical information and clinical practice through a number of thoughtful features such as case histories, clinical decision trees, and hot topic discussions.
In this anticipated new edition of Single Case Research Methodology, David L. Gast and Jennifer R. Ledford detail why and how to apply standard principles of single case research methodology to one’s own research or professional project. Using numerous and varied examples, they demonstrate how single case research can be used for research in behavioral and school psychology, special education, speech and communication sciences, language and literacy, occupational therapy, and social work. -book description
My Service Dog is based on a true story of a boy that received a service dog to help with his Sensory Processing Disorder. Service dogs can help children with special needs make everyday interactions more manageable.
Miss You Can Do It offers an uplifting look at the efforts of Abbey Curran, a former Miss Iowa USA and the first woman with a disability to compete in the Miss USA Pageant®, to create a pageant for girls with various disabilities. The weekend-long event culminates in not just one winner but winners all around.
In Handbook for Dragon Slayers, young Princess Tilda had a dream of writing a book but instead finds herself fleeing from her kingdom in the company of two hopeful dragon slayers. Tilda never thought that the life of seeking adventures with magical horses and slaying dragons would be hers as she has a physical disability. So why is she now pointing a sword at a fire-breathing dragon?
According to an article on NPR's Shots, scientists have gained new insights into the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The article states,
"Past images of brain structures showed that the brains of people with ADHD mature later than those of people without the condition. Now researchers making use of data collected as part of something called the ADHD-200 Initiative (similar to the Human Connectome Project) have found that the growth of connections within and between key brain networks in children with ADHD lags behind what happens in other kids the same age."
Fit Brains Trainer has more than 360 games and unique training sessions that are designed to enhance memory, processing speed, concentration, problem solving and visual brain skills. The Fit Brains Index uses an innovative adaptive learning system to scale and measures cognitive performances across 5 major brain areas. Use personalized tools to track and improve training, and compare results with other people of the same age and gender.
Indiana University Health will host a free two-day workshop on Saturday, September 27th and Saturday, October 11, 2014 focusing on caring for the seniors in your life. Both sessions will be held at the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington.
Workshop topics will address:
What it means to be a caregiver;
Changing relationships in Alzheimer’s;
Communication/behaviors in Alzheimer’s;
End of life issues;
Dietary needs for older adults;
Resources in our Community: Where to go for help;
Having difficult conversations; and
Legal issues to consider.
Respite care will be provided. To register, contact Mary Boutain at (812) 876-3383, Ext. 505 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to register is Monday, September 22, 2014.
In Softening: Loving a Child with Special Needs, filmmaker Kelly O’Brien speaks honestly about her struggle to cope for the first five years following the birth of Teddy, born with extensive brain damage resulting from an in-utero viral infection. The rewards as well as the challenges of caring for him are evident in Softening, a lyrical cinematic diary O’Brien created to celebrate her son’s inherent beauty and the joy he brings to his family’s life. His big sister’s vast affection and his father’s poignant observation that all Teddy’s physical limitations fall away when he dreams help to dispel the fear and discomfort often surrounding the topic of disability. In leaving out the grittier details of Teddy’s daily regimen to focus on the moments of intimacy and play, the film also documents O’Brien’s gradual process of opening up emotionally—her softening—about her son’s difficult diagnosis.