Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The early intervention guidebook for families and professionals: Partnering for success

The early intervention guidebook for families and professionals is a 224-page guide to early intervention for both families and professionals. The author is a professor and program coordinator of early childhood special education at Hunter College in New York. This second edition offers recent research and related implications for practice, specific tips that the family professional partnership can implement right away, a new chapter that describes how families and professionals, university instructors, and inservice providers can use the book, and more.

The book focuses on the family-professional partnership and is great for coursework, in-service professional development, and families investigating early intervention options. How children learn and develop is covered along with family functioning and priorities, and planning for ''what's next.''

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Indiana Disability History Project

Are you interested in first-hand stories of Hoosiers with disabilities and their advocates? The Institute’s Center on Aging and Community’s Indiana Disability History Project is documenting the challenges and victories of Hoosiers who’ve worked for disability rights. The project is also looking at the “everyday” lives of people with disabilities, and how those experiences have changed over the years.

There is now an Indiana Disability History Facebook page ( where you can share your stories and find excerpts of video interviews and other thought-provoking information from disability history.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Convo Mobile

"Video chat naturally in the kitchen, out in the backyard, or when doing your food shopping. It’s video chat wherever you’re comfortable!

* Deaf-to-Deaf: Call any videophone
* VRS: One-click call
* Easy connect: 3G, 4G or WiFi" -iTunes

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Ready, set, breathe: Practicing mindfulness with your children for fewer meltdowns and a more peaceful family

Ready, set, breathe is a 224-page guide to the art of staying mindful and in the moment to combat your child's meltdowns as, or even before, they occur. Written with children from 2 to 10 years old in mind, the book is authored by a writer and mom with a MSW and PhD in social work. The author's knowledge and humor is evident as she clearly shares stories of her own children and their use of mindfulness practices as a family.

This guide aims to shows parents how to calm themselves and their child and stay in the present moment in order to stop or even avoid meltdowns altogether. Written in two parts, the book offers tips and strategies to teach your child how to calm down while learning about how to stay calm yourself. Part 1: Getting Into A Mindful Mind-Set discusses the ways in which mindfulness can help your child as well as acknowledging that it all begins with the parent. Part 2: Sharing Mindfulness With Your Child shares simple but effective games, activities and strategies to teach children how to focus, calm down, and deal with stress.

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions is a 224-page guide where parents get advice from two licensed clinical social workers on using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to support their intensely emotional teenagers—especially those who exhibit disruptive or dangerous behaviors. DBT is a type of therapy that involves increasing four different sets of skills that parents can utilize in order to minimize teenagers’ unwanted behaviors.

The book has essentially three parts: chapters 1 through 4 offer insight into foundational skills and concepts on understanding and accepting teens, chapters 5 through 8 provides information on specific behavioral issues that may arise because of a teen’s emotions as well as safe and effective responses to those behaviors, and chapters 9 and 10 discuss ways parents and families can stay healthy in the face of unwanted behaviors as well as ways to explain those behaviors to other family members. The book is written to provide clear explanations and practices enabling parents to intervene whether or not a teen is in DBT treatment. It seeks to help parents understand, in a non-judgmental manner, how their own lack of understanding and behavior toward their teens can reinforce their child’s behavior.

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Your Vote is Your Voice!

The voting guide, Your Vote is Your Voice!, is now available in hard copy through the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. This 52-page booklet provides information on voting including key dates, access requirements for polling places and voting machines, how to check to make sure you are registered, how to find out who your candidates are and research their records, different ways to cast your ballot, voter identification requirements, helpful resource groups and more.

To download your personal copy, visit:

To order a hard copy, visit:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Supporting positive behavior in children and teens with Down syndrome: The respond but don't react method

In Supporting positive behavior in children and teens with Down syndrome, the author, a pediatric psychologist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children's Hospital, offers 150 pages of help and support for parents and caregivers of children and teens with Down syndrome. With tips and strategies, some of them intuitive and some not, this book can help families and professionals who work with them.

After a look at the brain and the differences that are present in an individual with Down syndrome, the book discusses how those differences affect behavior and why it is important to see behavior as a form of communication as opposed to a willful act. Terms that are used by behaviorists are explained using scenarios as examples. The author then introduces his behavior management system which includes using visuals, a token economy system, and redirection. A chapter on siblings and their needs is followed by a chapter on using the behavior management system in the school and community. Thoughts on discipline and transition are discussed as well as a chapter on resources.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Tinycards - Flashcards

Tinycards is a memorization flashcard app that has animated decks you can customize. Pre-loaded decks offer a chance to learn about the solar system, countries in Africa, vocabulary words in different languages or you can create your own decks with the subjects that you need to work on. "Trending decks" are popular decks that others are working on.

To learn more about this app, please visit:

Friday, August 19, 2016

Caring for a loved one with dementia: A mindfulness-based guide for reducing stress and making the best of your journey together

Caring for a loved one with dementia: A mindfulness-based guide for reducing stress and making the best of your journey together is a 200-page guide to supporting those who support people with dementia. Written by a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in bringing new, innovative solutions to the field of dementia care, this book offers a mindfulness-based dementia care (MBDC) program to help caregivers meet their own needs and lower their own stress levels while caring for a loved one. The author offers strategies she used herself while caring for her own mother.

In the first part of the book, readers will learn more about dementia and which professionals to turn to for more help. The connection between dementia care challenges and stress are explored along with the way in which mindfulness can benefit the caregiver. Basic mindfulness practices are discussed along with the importance of acknowledging grief. Readers will also learn how to integrate mindfulness into communication and response to challenging situations. Self-care and the fruits that can be reaped from this program are discussed.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tactile tools help students with vision impairments

In an article from, folks at the D’Arcy Lab in the Chemistry Department at Washington University in St. Louis are working with 3D printers to help students with vision impairments. A partnership between the Missouri School for the Blind has resulted in the creation of didactic tools to increase the students' ability to measure objects and understand spatial orientation.

To read the entire article, please visit:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FSSA Resource Guide

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has put together a resource guide of services in the state containing information about programs provided and administered by FSSA.  The guide also gives direction on how Hoosiers qualify to receive state assistance from a variety of programs including:

• Early Care & Education
• Employment
• Financial Services
• Food / Nutrition
• Health Coverage
• Home- & Community-Based Services for the Aged, Blind and Disabled
• Mental Health / Addictions
• Transportation
• Housing

The guide can be found in its entirety at:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Paralympics begin in September

The 2016 Olympic games are just about over, and the Paralympics are set to start on September 7th. According to the Paralympics website, "Around 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will travel to Rio to compete in 528 medal events in 22 different sports." The website has information on the athletes that are set to compete as well as the adapted sports and rules.

Check it out at:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Duolingo

Want to learn another language for free? Duolingo offers more than 20 languages to learn in a single app! Learn a new vocabulary in stages and get extra help in weak areas. This fun game-style app lets you level up and even compete with friends. It keeps track of your points and offers an incentive for purchasing bonus lessons with "lingots" that you win by gaining experience points and leveling up.

Want to learn more about it? Please visit:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Two trainings available from About Special Kids

A Life with Stress, Balance and a Plan
August 24, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bloomington, IN

Parents of children with special needs live with added emotional, medical, social and financial challenges. These extenuating circumstances can often lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, marital and family problems and health issues. This training will focus on identifying types of stressors, identify coping mechanisms and providing ways to incorporate them into everyday life, and the importance of good communication.

For more information and to register for this training, please visit:

My Child Has Special Needs:  Now What?
August 24, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Finding out that your child has special needs can be overwhelming. Some common reactions can be “What do I do now?  Where do I start?”  This training provides families with a brief overview of how to find support for your child and family, find information and services, find coverage to pay for services, and will help you start thinking about the future.  This training is geared to help parents map out the next steps for their child and family. 

NOTE:  This is a training for family members. This is not intended for professionals.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Voting Guide

Wondering about your rights as a voter in this election season? CeDIR has developed a voting guide that has links from the agencies that make up the Developmental Disabilities Network. There you can check to see if you are currently registered to vote, find out how to register if you aren't, learn about accessibility at polling places and more!

Please visit the guide at:

Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE) works to promote positive outcomes for all deaf and hard of hearing children through information, services, and education. It provides direct services and facilitation of services to children birth through school exit. The CDHHE is available to provide support, resources, and professional development that are specific to Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, adhere to all federal, state, and local laws, follow current evidence-based best practice, and align with national and statewide trends at no cost in the following areas: accommodations, assessment, assistive technology devices, audiology, auditory skill development, direct communication opportunities with peers and adults, eligibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing services according to state law, equal access in the educational setting, language development, Least Restrictive Environment, provision of educational services and related services, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

For more information, please visit the CDHHE website at

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Direct behavior rating: Linking assessment, communication, and intervention

Direct behavior rating: Linking assessment, communication, and intervention is 306 pages of guidance on using Direct Behavior Rating (DBR) as a tool for behavior support. The authors are all three prolific writers and researchers interested in the field of educational evaluation and assessment.

Educators in grades K-12 can learn the benefit of linking assessment to communication and intervention to support their students while working on positive behaviors and self-management. Strategies are offered to help provide educators with ways of using DBR in conjunction with multi-tiered systems of support. It is easy to use and can make a difference in informing intervention decisions school-wide. Step-by-step guides, worksheets, checklists, and forms all work together to help make this accessible tool useful for all types of administrators and teachers.

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

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Ollie's Handwriting & Phonics

Ollie's Handwriting & Phonics isn't just a tracing app to work on handwriting and fine motor skills. It's also a great spelling and reading tool to help kids with and without disabilities get the practice they need to master these skills. Free materials are also available to download from the website.

Learn more about this app at:

Friday, August 5, 2016

What's New?

Wondering what's new in the library? Each month we take a look back at the new items that were received the previous month. Looking for assistive technology, attention deficit, autism, or transition topics? Check out the list at:

Then give us a call at 800-437-7924 or send us an email at to request delivery!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Barrier free real estate: Achieving freedom at home

From a realtor with over 17 years of experience in the industry comes a 128-page guide called Barrier free real estate: Achieving freedom at home. This guide offers a look at accessible housing for the homeowner, visitability for guests with disabilities, and thoughts on modifying homes to make them more accessible for people with disabilities. The author specializes in barrier free real estate in the Toronto, Ontario area.

Beginning with thoughts on how architecture can be enabling or disabling, the book looks at what existing architecture can be barriers for people with physical disabilities and goes on to describe how they can be modified so that everyone can benefit. Making homes accessible so that guests with disabilities can comfortably visit and so that older folks can age in place are important aspects of barrier free real estate and are discussed in the book. Tips for finding a house or condo to make accessible and ideas on renovations are covered as well as some thoughts on assistive technology to make the home more livable.

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The teacher's pocket guide for positive behavior support: Targeted classroom solutions

The teacher's pocket guide for positive behavior support: Targeted classroom solutions has 160 pages of targeted behavior intervention and support. The authors have a combined 50 years of experience training teachers in positive behavior support in the classroom and offer this tier II training that can be used when Tier I support isn't working.

The authors include advice, strategies, and case studies along with anecdotes that can help teachers answer questions such as how targeted supports differ from universal supports, how targeted supports are used in the classroom, how to adjust targeted supports based on student progress, and more. At the end of each chapter is a conclusion that pulls together ideas learned so far.

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

Monday, August 1, 2016

Mobile App Monday - Paper by FiftyThree

Paper by 53 lets you create notebooks by pulling together notes, photos, and sketches and organizing them in one place. It also let you share your notebooks in PDFs, Keynote and Powerpoint presentations. Useful for working on fine motor skills, it could also be a great tool for those who don't use words to communicate but can draw a picture.

To learn more about this app, please visit: