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Fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher has ADHD and can usually use her bubbly charm to cover up her problems. But when her biological father appears from nowhere and tells her she'll be spending time with him in Florida, Jessie finds she'll need more than charm this time. In fact, a mysterious book might be the answer to her problems
Stories of seven disabled youngsters between the ages of nine and nineteen who use wheelchairs in their fully active lives at home, at school, and on vacation.
Han (political science, Wellesley College and health policy, Harvard U. ) investigates how people without many educational, financial, and civic resources become engaged to participate in politics. Many studies show the most people who participate in politics are interested in it, have the resources, and are asked; she looks at people who have none of that, but dive in anyway. She covers the challenge of political equality, theoretical foundations, issue publics and the distribution of political motivation, an empirical look at issue publics and participation, pathways to participation, and looking ahead. Her case studies come from a wide range of issues, organizations, and campaigns. Annotation c2010 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
`This book achieves what it sets out to do - provide clear guidance to parents and professionals on key aspects of movement in the early years. The book however does more than that - it emphasises that movement in the early years is not the territory of experts, but through the use of this book, the assessment of movement development of activities and programmes are within the range of all - class teachers and parents. I strongly recommend that this book is available in every school' - Educational Review `This book provides a good overview of issues in movement and development and learning, and will stimulate the interested reader to explore this topic further' - Early Years `This book will be a useful addition to any primary staff room bookshelf. It is a practical book based on sound theory. It will provide ideas for the non-specialist teacher and for parents anxious to help. The suggestions will provide a good framework for the staged assessment and support for young children for whom there is a cause for concern' - Support for Learning `For anyone involved in the development of any young child, this should be essential reading. The book is very informative and readable by parents, teachers and students and is simply illustrated with case studies' - Dyslexia Contact `As a behaviour advisory teacher I will certainly be influenced by reading this, and I know our local occupational therapists would be overjoyed if she knew all teachers read books like this' - Special Children `It is always good to be able to welcome a book on such a key factor as movement in early childhood development, and this text has been written to support parents and practitioners who wish to understand how movement contributes to all aspects of learning -intellectual, social and emotional, as well as physical' - Marian Whitehead, Nursery World `This book is an excellent introduction for anybody trying to understand how movement affects child development. It clearly explains the importance movement has on how young children learn and feel. The information and insights in this book can be found elsewhere but I have yet to find such breadth and depth of information on supporting children with movement difficulties as clearly written and accessible as this book' - Spare-Chair `The book is very informative and readable by parents, teachers and students and amply illustrated with case studies' - Judith Stansfield, SEN ICT Consultant Movement is a key factor in young children's development and it can affect how they learn and how they feel. Do you work with young children who have difficulties in this area? This book shows you how to observe a child as they move to allow for early identification of any problem and then tells you how to help. Dyspraxia (DCD) is on the increase in young children and less confident and easy movement can play a part in other specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and with hyperactivity (ADHD). Included is advice on: } observing, analyzing and assessing movement development } building confidence } helping with handwriting } supporting mathematical development Why not ask the child to pop bubble paper as one way of promoting finger awareness? Carefully taught activities can be easy to plan and fun to carry out and there are lots of suggested activities set out in the book. Early years practitioners in nurseries, schools, playgroups and EYDCPs will find this book clear and useful; it also offers advice to parents. Christine Macintyre was formerly Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University and is now a freelance consultant. Kim McVitty is a nursery school teacher.
A book about the author's coming of age alongside disability activists and artists with disabilities, reflecting the sociological evolution from disability rights to disability culture. It features many of the artists and groups that emerged in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1980s, including Axis Dance Company, Bruce Curtis, CJ Jones, David Roche, Cheryl Marie Wade and Wry Crips Disabled Women's Theater.
Paraplegic newscaster Hockenberry speaks as a thought-provoking journalist, an insightful iconoclast and a man defined, but never confined by a wheelchair.
It's Poetry Month! And Ms. Coco, who runs the gifted and talented program, is poetry crazy! She cries when she sees a sunset! She thinks boys should have feelings! She talks in rhyme! All the time! Will A.J.'s life ever be normal again?
This book compiles the accounts of eight women who developed dissociative identity disorder or DID (also called multiple personality disorder, or MPD) as a means of surviving horrific child abuse. The narratives focus on the process of healing and becoming integrated. In addition to traditional psychotherapy, these women report receiving help from spiritual healers and hypnotherapists.
Written by two clinical psychologists with contributions from two neuropsychologists -- each an MS specialist -- Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Cognitive Challenges answers all questions patients may have about their condition, including: A definition of cognition and discussion of the processes that underlie human thought The emotional and social impact of cognitive changes The neuropsychological evaluation of cognitive symptoms Detailed overview of treatment options Vignettes describing the real-life experiences of people with cognitive dysfunction Extensive references to the scientific literature Combining detailed, referenced advice with hands-on strategies for living, this is the only book to provide in-depth information about cognitive dysfunction. It will be an invaluable reference to patients, families, and caregivers, as well as to health professionals who care for people with MS.
Reece is the last of six siblings to be fostered. Having been in care for four months his aggressive and disruptive behaviour has seen him passed from carer to carer. Although only 7, he has been excluded from school, and bites people so often that his mother calls him 'Sharky'. Cathy wants to find the answers for Reece's distressing behaviour, but he has been sworn to secrecy by his mother, and will not tell them anything. As the social worker prepares for the final hearing, he finds five different files on Reece's family, and is incredulous that he had not been removed from them as a baby. When the darkest of family secrets is revealed to Cathy, Reece's behaviour suddenly starts to make sense, and together they can begin to rebuild his life.
This second in the Sir John Fielding mystery series involves a mass murder and the determining of the guilt of the man holding a bloody axe. At the same time a new religious sect is causing problems in London, taking their vengeance out on the Jews.
Murphy's Boy: He Was a Frightened Boy Who Refused to Speak - Until a Teacher's Love Broke Through the Silenceby Torey L. Hayden
He sounded like a lost case right from the beginning. A fifteen year old boy who had not said a word since he was seven. And that wasn't the worst of it. When therapist Torey Hayden accepted this assignment others had long dismissed as futile, she knew she was in for a major challenge. But when she actually confronted Kevin, an institutionalized, retarded boy on the brink of manhood, who hid under tables, who feared highways and door hinges and spirals on notebooks and odd bits of string, who feared water too much to bathe and nakedness too much to change his clothes, she saw that bringing him back would take a miracle. And when the miracle happened, and Torey managed to penetrate Kevin's terrible silence, it was only to discover, lurking beneath a past littered with violence and mental cruelty, a dreadful secret, made all the worse by the bureaucracy that had recorded it, then filed it away.
Musical talent in Western culture is regarded as an extraordinary combination of technical proficiency and interpretative sensitivity. In Music, Disability, and Society, Alex Lubet challenges the rigid view of technical skill and writes about music in relation to disability studies. He addresses the ways in which people with disabilities are denied the opportunity to participate in music. Elaborating on the theory of "social confluence," Lubet provides a variety of encounters between disability and music to observe radical transformations of identity. Considering hand-injured and one-handed pianists; the impairments of jazz luminaries Django Reinhardt, Horace Parlan, and "Little" Jimmy Scott; and the "Blind Orchestra" of Cairo, he shows how the cultural world of classical music contrasts sharply with that of jazz and how musicality itself is regarded a disability in some religious contexts. Music, Disability, and Society also explains how language difference can become a disability for Asian students in American schools of music, limiting their education and careers. Lubet offers pungent criticism of the biases in music education and the music profession, going so far as to say that culture disables some performers by adhering to rigid notions of what a musician must look like, how music must be played, who may play it, and what (if any) is the legitimate place of music in society. In Music, Disability, and Society, he convincingly argues that where music is concerned, disability is a matter of culture, not physical impairment.
You don't have to be an opera fan to appreciate this beautifully written memoir by world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli. Born among the vineyards of Tuscany, Bocelli was still an infant when he developed glaucoma. Music filtering into his room soothed the unsettled child. By the age of twelve he was completely blind, but his passion for music brought light back into his life. Here Bocelli reveals the anguish of his blindness and the transcendent experience of singing. He writes about his loving parents, who nurtured his musical interests, the challenges of learning to read music in Braille and of competing in talent shows, his struggles with law school, and his desire to turn an avocation into a way of life. He describes falling in love and singing in piano bars until his big break in 1992, when a stunned Pavarotti heard him sing "Miserere." The international acclaim and success that have followed Bocelli ever since have done nothing to dull his sense of gratitude and wonder about the world. No classical music fan can afford to be without this engaging and humble memoir of a fascinating and triumphant star. ANDREA BOCELLI wrote this memoir himself on a special Braille computer, without a ghostwriter. He chose to tell his own life story through the eyes of a boy called Amos, a charming and unusual device characteristic of this modest man. Bocelli lives in Monte Carlo and summers in Tuscany.
Stepping effortlessly from myth to cutting-edge science, Mutants gives a brilliant narrative account of our genetic code and the captivating people whose bodies have revealed it--a French convent girl who found herself changing sex at puberty; children who, echoing Homer's Cyclops, are born with a single eye in the middle of their foreheads; a village of long-lived Croatian dwarves; one family, whose bodies were entirely covered with hair, was kept at the Burmese royal court for four generations and gave Darwin one of his keenest insights into heredity. This elegant, humane, and engaging book "captures what we know of the development of what makes us human" (Nature).
Callie is very proud of her brother Charlie. He's good at so many things--swimming, playing the piano, running fast. And Charlie has a special way with animals, especially their dog, Harriett. But sometimes Charlie gets very quiet. His words get locked inside him, and he seems far away. Then, when Callie and Charlie start to play, Charlie is back to laughing, holding hands, having fun. Charlie is like any other boy--and he has autism. In this story, told from a sister's point of view, we meet a family whose oldest son teaches them important lessons about togetherness, hope, tolerance, and love.
Oh, BRRRRROTHER! Hi. I'm Julie Welsh. My nine-year-old brother is always cooking up schemes. . . and I get blamed because I'm older. Eleven, to be exact. But Frankie has his good points too, as I told Mrs. Kaplan, my 89-year-old pen pal, who lives in Kansas. I write Mrs. Kaplan about everything. Even my secrets. She was the first one I told about my juvenile arthritis. Mrs. Kaplan understands everything. She has arthritis too. I was feeling tired and achy all the time, and discouraged. Then Mrs. Kaplan gave me ideas about running for student council, and though I could barely lift my legs, Frankie made me want to compete in a fun run. Just when I thought my life was a permanent time-out, you'll never believe what happened. . . .
Sammy does not go to school with his older brother-Sammy has to go to school on a special bus. The brothers cannot play in the park together-Sammy lies under the tree and watches the leaves. <P><P>Sammy's brother is angry because Sammy is autistic and does not know how to be a "normal" brother. Then, one day, Sammy's older brother realizes that he should not demand everything on his own terms and that Sammy's way of doing things may not be so bad after all. Simply written and beautifully illustrated, this moving book realistically portrays being a sibling of an autistic child. Ages 4-8.
From the Book Jacket: Buddy is the best dog a boy could have. He and his master are always together. They play ball, and go for walks, and take good care of each other. Nothing can separate them. They're a team. "This easy to read, first-person narrative of an unusual friendship demonstrates the desires of the handicapped to be independent and to be treated like everyone else. Graceful watercolor illustrations... are a perfect accompaniment to this entertaining and informative book." -School Library Journal With picture descriptions. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
Teased by the school bully because of his Halloween costume, underachieving Hank, with the help of his friends, exacts revenge by creating the scariest and grossest haunted house ever and inviting the bully to visit.
"A success story . . . proof that one can rise above the disease and defy its so-called limitations on the brain."--Daily Beast Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the "dummy class" in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, did Schultz realize that he suffered from the same condition. In his moving memoir, Schultz traces his difficult childhood and his new understanding of his early years. In doing so, he shows how a boy who did not learn to read until he was eleven went on to become a prize-winning poet by sheer force of determination. His balancing act--life as a member of a family with not one but two dyslexics, countered by his intellectual and creative successes as a writer--reveals an inspiring story of the strengths of the human mind.
Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the "dummy class" in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, did Schultz realize that he suffered from the same condition. In his moving memoir, Schultz traces his difficult childhood and his new understanding of his early years. In doing so, he shows how a boy who did not learn to read until he was eleven went on to become a prize-winning poet by sheer force of determination. His balancing act "life as a member of a family with not one but two dyslexics, countered by his intellectual and creative successes as a writer "reveals an inspiring story of the strengths of the human mind.
The author says that when he became blind, he thought it would be a great nuissance, and indeed it was. He maintains that the greatest problem for blind people is society's fixed notions that blind people are utterly helpless and utterly tragic, and he describes how he and other blind people have dealt with this problem. One of the key parts of his rehabilitation was his training at The Seeing Eye. This book is old, but still relevant in many ways.
"My Four Worlds" is the autobiography of a blinded war veteran. Smart Eze, was born in Nigeria, began his education, but was unable to attend college due to financial reasons. Then the Biafran-Nigerian civil war erupted, and he became a Biafran soldier. He was blinded in a bomb explosion at age 23. He was taken to Austria for medical treatment, but remained totally blind. However, he received training in braille, cane use, and other skills. He eventually attended university and earned a Ph.D. He has worked for the United Nations and traveled around the globe. In 2012, he was in the USA training and receiving a guide dog for the blind from Guide Dogs of the Desert in California.
Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring.<P><P> The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) who helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces. The son is, of course, James, damaged perhaps beyond repair by years of crack and alcohol addiction-and by more than a few cruel tricks of fate.<P> James embarks on his post-rehab existence in Chicago emotionally devastated, broke, and afraid to get close to other people. But then Leonard comes back into his life, and everything changes. Leonard offers his "son" lucrative--if illegal and slightly dangerous--employment. He teaches James to enjoy life, sober, for the first time. He instructs him in the art of "living boldly," pushes him to pursue his passion for writing, and provides a watchful and supportive veil of protection under which James can get his life together. Both Leonard's and James's careers flourish...but then Leonard vanishes. When the reasons behind his mysterious absence are revealed, the book opens up in unexpected emotional ways.<P> My Friend Leonard showcases a brilliant and energetic young writer rising to important new challenges--displaying surprising warmth, humor, and maturity--without losing his intensity. This book proves that one of the most provocative literary voices of his generation is also one of the most emphatically human.
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