Parent Resources

Parent Resources for Children with Developmental Disabilities, including Autism

Parents of children with developmental disabilities, like autism, are looking for real solutions to empower their kids at home, work, school, and in the community. Our books and DVDs offer insights into behavioral disabilities, communication development for students with special needs, parent-teacher relationships and IEP and inclusion tips. Having knowledge at your fingertips provides reassurance and confidence when making choices for your child with a developmental disability. Parents of children with autism who display challenging behavior can benefit from the insights discussed in the Five Universal Principles of Positive Behavior Support. Parent resources offer the best research based methods to teach young ones with developmental disabilities essential communication skills, a common challenge for children with autism. Books offer IEP and inclusion tips and ideas for parent – teacher communication. For parents of students with special needs, IEP meetings are the core of their children's education. Good communication between parents and teachers help students with developmental disabilities achieve their goals at home and school.

GoTalk NOW

Turn your iPad into a GoTalk!

GoTalk NOW is a full-featured, customizable AAC app for the beginner to experienced communicator,
turning your iPad into a dynamic GoTalk in seconds, with an easy-to-use, touch-based editor.

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

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

IEP Workshop

How to build strong, supportive teacher-parent partnerships

Coauthor Mary Noe, St. John’s University professor and attorney, first got involved in special education when her son was identified at age six. It has since become her career. Noe and her coauthors have developed a parent-user-friendly guide to help both groups form a productive and successful partnership to benefit students with educational disabilities. Includes detailed definitions of special education terms, laws, and successful instructional techniques. Explains IEPs, IEP meetings, Response to Intervention, Parents Bill of Rights, Evaluations and much more. And it has many reproducibles to help you make it all happen.

Item No: IEW-02AF

Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism

Strategies to develop vital, functional communication skills

Teaching Communication Skills addresses communicative needs of children with autism and Asperger Syndrome as well as the needs of nonverbal and beginning communicators. This completely comprehensive book covers the widest range available of perspectives, methodologies, and strategies for working with students of all ages. An encyclopedic look at educational tools for working with your children and a unique resource that focuses on the most critical issue for individuals on the spectrum—that of communication.

Item No: TCS-02AF