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Boyfriends & Girlfriends: A Guide to Dating for People with Disabilities

Everyone knows that dating can be a little intimidating! This hi-lo book for teens & adults offers expert advice and explains the dos and don’ts of dating. It validates their normal and age-appropriate desire for romance and companionship.

Everyone knows that dipping your toe in the dating pond can be a little intimidating without first seeking some expert advice! And that’s exactly what Terri Couwenhoven delivers in her new book written expressly for teens and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Boyfriends & Girlfriends explains the dos and don’ts of dating and validates their normal, age-appropriate desire for companionship and romance.

The book covers the biggest questions and smallest concerns of every would-be dater, including:

Who is an appropriate dating partner & who is not
How to read signals & judge whether the interest is mutual
How to ask someone out on a date
How to turn down a date
How to handle rejection
What sexual feelings are
How to work through problems in a relationship
What to do when a relationship is not working
Written and illustrated for a hi/lo reader, Boyfriends & Girlfriends is perfect for anyone who is already in a relationship, ready to start one, or still only dreaming about it. The guide is also an informative read for parents, counselors, and other support providers.
Also by Terri Couwenhoven:
The Girls’ Guide to Growing Up
The Boys’ Guide to Growing Up
Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality

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Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome, 3rd Edition

Full of strategies & activities to improve fine motor skills for children & adults at school & home. Covers sensory issues, skills for computer & cell phone use, etc.

The popular book, Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome is now available in a completely revised third edition. The author, an occupational therapist and parent of an adult with Down syndrome, describes how the characteristics of Down syndrome can impact the acquisition and progression of fine motor skills. She presents a thorough overview of the building blocks of fine motor development, from infancy through to adulthood:

Early arm and hand control
Bilateral coordination
Use the book’s step-by-step activities to build daily living skills for home and school:
Scissor skills
Pencil grasp development
Pre-printing, printing & cursive writing
Keyboard skills
Computer & tablet skills
Dressing, grooming, and feeding skills
Throughout the book, 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 list” 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.

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Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome

Stop & flop, bolting, transition difficulty. Address these and other common behavior issues in children with Down syndrome using the author’s effective and proactive approach to behavior management.

A child doesn’t want to leave the toy store, so he stops and flops. Another bolts across a busy parking lot, turns and smiles at his mom. An eighteen-year-old student bursts into tears when asked to change activities at school. Sound familiar?

These and other common behavior issues in children with Down syndrome can quickly become engrained and may even persist into adulthood. No parent wants that to happen, and thankfully, help is available! Dr. David Stein, a psychologist and founder of New England Neurodevelopment, LLC, in Concord, Massachusetts, shares his approach to behavior management in this new book for parents.

Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome examines how the brain of a person with Down syndrome works, how those differences impact behavior, and why bad behavior should not be viewed as a willful act. Governed by this new awareness, parents are in a better position to change and manage their child’s behavior using these guiding principles:

Be proactive, not reactive
Be consistent
Use visual schedules & Social Stories to direct behavior
Develop a token reward chart
Keep gut reactions in check
Teach siblings to ignore bad behavior
Learn effective disciplinary techniques
Know when professional help is needed
Some of these parenting concepts are intuitive, others are not, but when they are followed consistently, children and teens with Down syndrome do their best behaviorally and the parent-child relationship remains as positive and loving as it should be.

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Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits, 3rd Edition

Bestselling & comprehensive guide to helping teens manage symptoms at home & school is updated with the latest diagnostic criteria, research, and proven strategies.
The award-winning, best-selling guide for parents and professionals to understanding and helping teens with attention deficit disorders will soon be available in a third edition. Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits is the one-stop source of up-to-date, scientifically accurate, and reassuring information written by parent, teacher, school psychologist, mental health counselor, and advocate Chris Dendy. Her book looks at key areas–academics, dating, driving, socializing, and greater independence–that make adolescence potentially more difficult for kids with ADD, ADHD, or Executive Function Deficits (EFD).

Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits gives parents guidance on everything from understanding the diagnosis to treatment options, and from behavioral and academic issues, to parent involvement and self-advocacy. The new edition includes new and expanded information on:

latest diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5
new research on attention deficits and executive function deficits and treatment options; the link between ADHD and EFD
new medications and research on treatment effectiveness
“concentration deficit disorder” or “slow cognitive tempo,” a new diagnosis that some experts are advocating for to describe a subset of kids with inattentive ADHD (low energy, daydreaming, slow processing of info)
using technology (apps, smartphones, tablets) to help teens compensate for ADHD-related difficulties
“flipped classrooms” (teachers send videos of lectures/explanations of concepts home for kids to watch for homework and then have kids do written work in class so they can provide feedback as they work)
updates on educational laws/regulations that affect students with ADHD
The author recommends a combination approach to treatment which includes using medications, behavior and academic interventions and accommodations, ADHD education, and exercise. In addition, she discusses the role of executive function problems and how they relate to teenagers’ difficulties with organizational skills, long-range planning, and staying on task. Throughout, are the voices of teens, families, and professionals who share their experiences and insights. Armed with the book’s comprehensive facts and strategies, parents, educators, and therapists can be proactive, working together with teens to build resilience and a hopeful future.
Also by Chris Dendy:
Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits

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My Heart Can’t Even Believe It

In this touching and deeply honest memoir, a journalist and mother of a child with Down syndrome chronicles her personal transformation, asking tough questions and facing her fears.

Read an essay by the author in The New York Times

Read an article by the author in The Seleni Institute’s Advice and Support column

Listen to a radio interview with the author at KBAQ, 89.5 fm

Listen to a podcast with the author at Like a Mother

Watch an interview with the author on Zona Politics , (interview starts at minute 11.33)

Read an article by the author in Brain, Child, the magazine for thinking mothers

Read an interview with the author on Tucson Weekly

Read an article by the author in Working Mother magazine

Watch an interview with the author on Arizona PBS’ Books & Co.

Read an article about the author’s daughter and the book at The Arizona Republic

Enjoy the book trailer

Listen to the author on NPR station KJZZ as she reflects on possibility of ‘fix-it pill for Down syndrome

Read an interview with the author on Elizabeth Maria Naranjo’s blog
Read a Q&A with the author on azcentral (The Arizona Republic)
Read the author’s guest post on Love that Max blog

Phoenix New Times announces My Heart Can’t Even Believe It

All parent stories about raising a child with Down syndrome are special and unique, but in the hands of a good writer, they can have the power to reach, change, and resonate far beyond family and friends. And that is the case with My Heart Can’t Even Believe It, by journalist, blogger, and NPR contributor Amy Silverman.

Amy bravely looks at her life, before and after her daughter Sophie was born, and reflects on her transformation from “a spoiled, self-centered brat,”—who used words like retard and switched lines at the Safeway to avoid a bagger with special needs—into the mother of a kid with Down syndrome and all that her new identity entails. She describes her evolution as gradual—one built by processing her fears and facing questions both big and small about Sophie, Down syndrome, and her place in the world.

Funny, touching, and honest, this wonderful book looks at a daughter and her power to change minds and fill hearts with love so deep that, as Sophie once remarked to her mom, “I love you so much my heart can’t even believe it!” Theirs is a story worth reading.
Check out the new Book Club Guide available for free, courtesy of the author!

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Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism

Teach discrimination skills葉he foundation to future learning蓉sing the authors’ evidence-based curriculum and strategies.

Discrimination skills enable us to tell one object from another, understand that different things have different names, and use those names to perform a wide range of cognitive and language skills, including following spoken instructions, communicating, and reading. Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism outlines a systematic, evidence-based curriculum to promote children’s learning. Based on the authors’ thirty years of research, the user-friendly text and illustrative case studies cover:

Delivering effective instruction (repeat trials, brisk pacing, child’s active participation, reinforcement)
Types of discrimination skills (understanding differences, matching like to like, matching words to objects, following spoken-word instructions)
Prompting and prompt fading
Prerequisite skills (imitation, readiness to learn)
Overcoming barriers to learning (lack of scanning, low motivation)
Assessing a child’s entry level to the curriculum
Curriculum sequence, specific discrimination skills instruction, and remedial strategies
Parents and educators can use this book to teach the foundational discrimination skills that help children become more proficient and independent in a variety of ways—using picture activity schedules and augmentative and alternative communication systems such as PECS, mastering more complex academic skills, and applying learning across many situations in their daily lives.

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10th Anniversary Edition Gifts

New edition of the classic collection of personal stories by mothers of children with Down syndrome includes new essays and updates on the children featured in the award-winning first edition.

This commemorative 10th anniversary edition of Gifts includes 10 new personal stories, along with “where are they now” updates on many of the children and families featured in the first edition. Gifts is the much-loved collection of over sixty essays written by mothers who share their truths about raising children with Down syndrome. Powerful then and powerful now, it affirms over and over that a life with an extra chromosome is one worth living.

The contributors to this collection have diverse personalities and perspectives, and draw from a wide spectrum of ethnicity, world views, and religious beliefs. Some are parenting within a traditional family structure; some are not. Some never considered terminating their pregnancy; some struggled with the decision. Some were calm at the time of diagnosis; some were traumatized. Some write about their pregnancy and the early months after giving birth; some reflect on years of experience with their child.

The writers’ diverse experiences point to a common truth: The life of a child with Down syndrome is something to celebrate. These women have a message to share—not just with other mothers but with genetic counselors, obstetricians, and the rest of us. In particular, Gifts, 10th Anniversary Edition, provides new parents with a source of up-to-date, positive, and realistic insight that is too often missing when they are facing a pre-or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Also by Kathryn Lynard:
Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World

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Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners

New, expanded edition gives parents and teachers high-interest, hands-on strategies and ideas for teaching math to learners of all ages for the general education curriculum & daily living.

Children and adults with Down syndrome need math for the real world—counting with meaning, adding the scores in a game, and tracking time in order to keep to a schedule. Written in a straightforward and user-friendly style, the new second edition of Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome provides strategies and activities that are relevant to daily living, are concrete and practical, offer hands-on practice, and provide opportunity for successful completion. It covers:

Prenumber Concepts
Recognition & Writing of Numbers
Time & Measurement
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division
Calculator Use
The included appendices, available to photocopy, are chockfull of over 150 activities—worksheets, games, and teaching aids—to practice math skills. Parents and teachers can use the comprehensive coverage of math concepts to tailor lessons to students’ needs at home and in the community, incorporate goals into IEPs, and help students access the general education curriculum.

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Whole Child Reading: A Quick-Start Guide

For busy parents, tutors & teachers, follow the author痴 strategies and recommendations for using high-interest, individualized materials to hook beginning & struggling readers.

Discover the keys to teaching children and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities how to read for meaning. Written for today’s busy parents and teachers, this easy-to-use guide explains how to “go in through the heart” to hook beginning and struggling readers with high-interest, individualized materials—flashcards, personal books, and modified trade books. The simple strategies described are designed to “teach to the brain” and are based on research about how we learn most easily and naturally.

The methods in the book can be adapted for learners of any age who are reading at a third grade level or below. One of the main strategies is “Fast Flash,” which involves making flash cards of the words the child is learning and then showing them to him or her as quickly as possible. Another strategy is “Sandwich Style,” a motivating method of alternating fun reading activities with less-fun, but equally important ones.

The crux of the instructional method described in Whole Child Reading is to teach the child to sight read for content before focusing on phonetics. The book emphasizes providing new or struggling readers with books that are intensely interesting to them about topics they love in order to get them excited about reading. With the help of plentiful illustrations, author Natalie Hale explains how best to motivate new readers using a combination of home-made and adapted materials.

Whether or not you have any formal teaching experience, you can easily work the reading activities described in Whole Child Reading into your child’s routine at home. If you have at least five minutes a day to spend on reading, you have enough time to get started using Whole Child Reading!

Also from Natalie Hale:
Down Syndrome Parenting 101: Must-Have Advice for Making Your Life Easier