Friday, April 29, 2016

Raising your spirited child: A guide for parents whose child is more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and energetic

"In Raising Your Spirited Child, Third Edition, parenting expert Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D, offers ALL parents a glimpse into what makes their children behave the way they do. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, this invaluable guide offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling the toughest times." -publisher

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fine motor skills for children with Down syndrome: A guide for parents and professionals

"Throughout Fine motor skills for children with Down syndrome, the author suggests ways to incorporate fine motor skill development opportunities into as many day-to-day activities as possible, recognizing how impractical it is to constantly be in therapy mode with a child. Suggestions for gift ideas are offered in Grandma's and Grandpa's lists at the end of each chapter.

"With expanded and updated information on fine motor skills and computer and personal electronic device use, keyboarding skills, postural support, sensory processing, and the adult years, readers will have at their fingertips a cornucopia of information and guidance to support the fine motor development of children and adults." -publisher

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Art of Aging Workshop

The Art of Aging:
Life Enrichment Through the Arts

Saturday, May 21, 2016

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Indiana Memorial Union on the IU-Bloomington campus

As part of the 2016 Creative Aging Festival to be held next month in Bloomington, the Institute’s Center on Aging and Community will sponsor a one-day workshop focusing on best practices for engaging older adults in creative, arts-related enrichment activities.

Artists in all genres including activities directors, direct care workers, nurses, and administrators in long-term care, senior housing managers and personnel, social services professionals, volunteers, and students in gerontology should plan to attend.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Learning to be kind and understand differences: Empathy skills for kids with ad/hd

"Learning to be kind and understand differences: Empathy skills for kids with ad/hd is a practical guide that aims to teach kids with AD/HD how to better get along with their peers, understand what they are feeling, and learn to recognize and talk about the feelings of other people. Includes interactive activities, a "Message to Readers," and "Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors." -publisher

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Articulation Station

"Created by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Articulation Station is a full featured articulation application to help children as well as adults learn to speak and pronounce their sounds more clearly. Beautiful high quality images represent target words to be practiced in fun-filled activities with the assistance of a Speech-Language Pathologist, teacher or parent.


Articulation Station is the only articulation application offering practice at the WORD, PHRASE, SENTENCE and STORY levels all in one app! These activities are so fun your kids will love practicing their sounds and forget they are actually "working" on their articulation." -iTunes

To learn more about this app, please visit:

Friday, April 22, 2016

Alzheimer’s Association Education Conference

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host its statewide education conference on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Indianapolis Marriott North.  Whether you are a professional, family caregiver, friend, or someone who would like to learn more about the disease, this conference has something for you! Attendees will learn from a variety of presenters to better understand the disease and how to best care for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

Registration fee is $110.00 for professionals and $60.00 for families, care partners, friends, and students. 5.25 CEUs will be available for social workers and health facility administrators through the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Google Chrome's Accessibility Features

Looking for a way to make Chrome more accessible? Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers has created a quick video tutorial on making the browser more accessible in under two minutes.

Take a look at:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Design for a Small (Aging) Planet

Bloomington Farmer’s Market (City Hall Atrium)
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9 am – 12 noon 

This year, Design for a Small (Aging) Planet will feature the creative work of students in two interior design classes at Indiana University. One class is conceptualizing the re-configuration of an empty Shower’s Furniture Factory building as a “senior arts colony.” A second class is working on improvements to the design of everyday products. 

Students will be in place to help explain their work and solicit desired feedback from an interested public. 

For more information, contact Phil Stafford, Center on Aging and Community, Indiana University, or 812-855-2163.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dyslexia and Talent

Jack Laws is a naturalist and an artist. He also has dyslexia. In a presentation he delivered at the 2013 Conference on Dyslexia and Talent, Laws offers support and encouragement to those with dyslexia. To watch the video of the presentation, please visit:

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Monkey Preschool Lunch

Looking for an app that works on cognitive, language and fine motor development in young children? Monkey Preschool Lunch is a fun game app that allows little ones to flex their minds and their fingers. They can learn about colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes, matching, and differences in this 7 games app, and they can earn sticker rewards along the way.

To learn more about this app, please visit:

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Screening of the Film "Where Hope Grows"

The Down Syndrome Family Connection (DSFC) has reduced the cost associated with attending the reception following the screening of the film Where Hope Grows on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the IU Fine Arts Building Theater.

The film is about a baseball player (Kristoffer Polaha) whose professional career was cut short due to personal problems and is suddenly awakened and invigorated by a young man with Down Syndrome (David DeSanctis) who works at the local grocery store. This film is rated PG-13.

The VIP reception will immediately follow the film screening and feature special guest David DeSanctis, the star of the film who happens to have Down syndrome. Reception tickets are available on the web. The cost is $20.00 for two tickets and includes reserved seating for the film, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and dessert. The reception will be held next door to the theater in the atrium of the School for Global and International Studies building. For more information, contact the DSFC at (812) 720-9630 or visit

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Essential play therapy techniques: Time-tested approaches

"Highly practical and user friendly, [Essential play therapy techniques: Time-tested approaches] presents 58 play therapy techniques that belong in every child clinician's toolbox. The expert authors draw from multiple theoretical orientations to showcase powerful, well-established approaches applicable to a broad range of childhood problems." -publisher

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Kids with disabilities and social media

Students with disabilities can definitely benefit from the use of social media, according to an article on "But the internet can be a dangerous place, especially for kids who may struggle with communication." Kortney Peagram, a psychologist working to reduce cyberbullying, has developed a few guidelines for parents and teachers to help kids with disabilities and their online social skills.

To read the entire article, please visit:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Eyeglasses for Down Syndrome

Children with Down syndrome often need eyeglasses to correct their vision, but the unique shape of their faces can sometimes make it difficult to find glasses with the proper fit. According to an article in, one mother has decided to change that.

To read the article, please visit:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The parent's guide to Down syndrome

In The parent's guide to Down syndrome: Advice, information, inspiration, and support for raising your child from diagnosis through adulthood "authors Jen Jacob and Mardra Sikora share their experiences and guide you through life with DS with expert advice from diagnosis to adulthood. Each page teaches you ways to support your child through major milestones; nurture their development; and ensure that they succeed behaviorally, socially, and cognitively."

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Windows 10 Accessibility Handbook

Windows 10 accessibility handbook: Supporting windows users with special visual, auditory, motor, and cognitive needs will help you "[l]earn everything you need to know about making Windows 10 easier to use, see, hear, touch, or read, whether you are using it yourself, setting it up for another person, teaching others about ease of use at work or in the home, or working with a variety of people with specific needs in the community."

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

Monday, April 4, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Voice Dream Reader

"Read with your ears! Voice Dream Reader is a widely acclaimed desktop-class app that reads articles, documents and books out loud. With advanced text-to-speech and a highly configurable visual layout, it can be tailored to suit every reading style and level." -iTunes

For more information, please visit:

Friday, April 1, 2016

What's New?

Wondering what's new in the library? Each month, we take a look back at the new items we acquired and list them for you. March looks like it was mostly about education and research.

Take a look at: