Books for Teens, Young Adults and Kids with Special Needs, Including Parent Resources

Our graphic novels for teens with developmental disabilities are engaging stories that explore social situations, job skills, and dealing with emotions. Teens with special needs will enjoy the graphic novel style and easy to read stories that cover real life scenarios - like learning how to recognize feelings and how to appropriately respond to life’s situations at work, school, home, and in the community. Other books help students with special needs learn daily life skills with step by step picture directions. Many people with developmental disabilities can perform activities independently by following picture directions. Step by step picture directions for nonreaders are fun to use with an illustrated "You Will Need" check list plus step by step instructions. Resource books for parents offer reassurance and tips to enrich the lives of their children with developmental disabilities. Parents will enjoy books that offer ideas forming teacher/parent partnerships or how to set legally correct IEP goals. Our special education books are a great tool for parents to help their children with developmental disabilities get the most out of an education and develop essential skills that will enrich their lives.

From Gobbledygook to Clearly Written Annual Goals

Writing clear, measurable annual IEP goals is a difficult skill to master. The good news is that goal writing is easy once the steps are revealed. In her latest book, Dr. Barbara Bateman takes actual goals, which were poorly written and turns them into productive ones. You learn to simplify the process by focusing on just four ideas: Observable behavior, measurable criteria, a given or condition for success and a final test.

Item No: IP-25AF

Job Coaching Strategies

For supported employment success

Job Coaching Strategies is a concise, goal-oriented staff development program. The manual and DVD follow the chronology of a successful job placement—from getting to know your client to maintaining employer relations. The manual features real-life examples to illustrate techniques and strategies, and provides useful forms like functional assessments and work site analysis.

Item No: JC-17AF

Toward a Science of Education: The Battle Between Rogue and Real Science

Whether you know it or not, there’s a battle raging out there in our public schools. The battle between rogue and real science.

Former special education department chair at the University of Virginia, James Kauffman has been on the front lines of this skirmish for a good part of his career. According to Kauffman, “science has been neglected and abused in education too often in favor of pseudo-science, whereas a real science of education is our best and only hope for our childrens’ future.”

Item No: TSE-02AF

Could John Stuart Mill Have Saved Our Schools?

Coauthors Siegfried Engelmann and Douglas Carnine are foundational 20th and 21st century thinkers on the subject of instructional best practices. Engelmann shaped and codified Direct Instruction, the most effective method of teaching reading, math, and other subjects, as validated by more than 100 experimental studies.

The authors' contention is that if the details of instruction are in place — well designed sets of examples and adequate practice — student learning can be accelerated far beyond what is currently being achieved in schools. Their ideas, as presented in this book, are in tune with John Stuart Mill's System of Logic.

Item No: JSM-02AF

Learning to Get Along Book Set

Read together, learn together!

Enjoy one, enjoy them all. These eight engaging and attractively illustrated books, from Free Spirit Publishing, offer a broad range of contexts in which to explore social skills and positive behaviors. Diverse characters in real-life situations make these books a valuable tool for parents and children ages 4 to 8 as they establish common vocabulary and processes for dealing with social experiences.

Item No: LG-08AF

Focus on Feelings

Learn to recognize essential emotions in typical social situations

PDF SampleFocus on Feelings is a collection of photo-illustrated stories for the teen or young adult reading at a second grade level or below. The well-written and carefully conceived social scenarios incorporate true-to-life experiences that reflect modern times and attitudes.

Multiple Pricing Options Available.

Safety Skills Reader

Essential everyday safety skills in the home and community

Safety Skills Reader is ideal for self-study for the teen or young adult reading at a second grade level or below. Its carefully conceived and well-illustrated stories cover 26 scenarios and a wide variety of essential everyday safety skills in the home and the community that need to be mastered before taking on the challenge of independent living.

Multiple Pricing Options Available.

Working with Troubled Children

How to recognize behavior problems early and find solutions fast

The authors write, "The lives of young people with behavior problems tend to be among the least satisfying of all...their happiness and quality of life, their academic and social progress in school, their employment, and their adult life course will compare unfavorably to those of others." In addition, their families suffer, their teachers often become dismissive of their chances, and peers tend to avoid them. Coauthor James Kauffman, former head of the Education Department at the University of Virginia, says it doesn’t have to be that way.

Item No: WT-02AF

IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers

Parent how-to guide to optimizing IEP meeting results

Written by two parents, IEP and Tips is full of helpful hints for other parents of children who have disabilities such as their own. Intended primarily for parents, it features 127 tips to optimize the results of your child's IEP process. Coauthors Anne Eason, an inclusion attorney, and Kathleen Whitbread, an associate professor,ook at inclusion research and reflect on their experiences with their own children who have disabilities. Promotes parent advocacy with legal advice and hands-on knowledge to help your children succeed in and out of school.

Item No: TIP-01AF

Five Universal Principles of Positive Behavior Support

Insightful solutions for children who have behavioral disabilities

Provides helpful insights into the behavior of children. A parent of a child who has disabilities, Dr. Annemieke Golly also has worked successfully with many students who had displayed challenging behaviors. As a teacher with over 20 years of classroom experience, an author, and a behavioral expert Golly provides parents with the supports to guide their children through their early struggles so they can find successful paths in life.

Item No: UP-02AF