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Describes how to guard against misdiagnosing gifted children and adults, and how to treat gifted persons with and without dual diagnoses.
The weirdness never stops! A. J. has to go see Miss Laney, the speech teacher, which makes no sense at all because he already knows how to talk. Miss Laney has him say weird tongue twisters and forces him to be the lead in the third-grade play, Romeo & Juliet. And you'll never guess in a million hundred years who's going to play Juliet. Will there be kissing? Ew, disgusting!
Annie Sullivan was little more than a half-blind orphan with a fiery tongue when she arrived at Ivy Green in 1887. Desperate for work, she'd taken on a seemingly impossible job--teaching a child who was deaf, blind, and as ferocious as any wild animal. But if anyone was a match for Helen Keller, it was the girl who'd been nicknamed Miss Spitfire. In her efforts to reach Helen's mind, Annie lost teeth to the girl's raging blows, but she never lost faith in her ability to triumph. Told in first person, Annie Sullivan's past, her brazen determination, and her connection to the girl who would call her Teacher are vividly depicted in this powerful novel.
he personal odyssey of a man with a disability, this passionate book tries to tell as well as analyze what it is like to have a disability in a world that values vigor and health. Zola writes, "Missing Pieces is an unraveling of a social problem in the manner of Black Like Me. Like its author, I, too, am a trained social observer, but for me 'passing' was not an issue. For I already have the stigmata of the disable - the braces, the limp, the cane - though I have spent much of my life denying their existence." The author started out in the role of a social scientist on a seven-day excursion to acquaint himself with an extraordinary experiment in living - Het Dorp, one of the few places in the world designed to promote "the optimum happiness" of those with severe physical disabilities. Neither a medial center nor a nursing home, Het Dorp is a village in the western-most part of the Netherlands. What began as a sociological attempt to describe this unusual setting became, through the author's growing awareness, what can only be called a socio-autobiography. Resuming his prior dependence on a wheelchair, the author experienced his own transformation from someone who is "normal" and "valid" to someone who is "invalid." The routine of Het Dorp became his: he lived in an architecturally modified home, visited the workshops, and shared meals, social events, conversation, and perceptions with the remarkably diverse residents. The author confronts some rarely discussed issues - the self-image of a person with a chronic disability, how one fills one's time, how one deals with authority and dependence, and love and sex. Missing Pieces offers striking insights into an aspect of the human condition shared by nearly 30 million Americans. It is must reading for the general reader, as well as for the rehabilitation counselor, social worker, or social scientist. Author note: Irving Kenneth Zola (1935-1994) was Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University and a founding member and counselor at the Boston Self-Help Center. Nancy Mairs is the author of seven books, including Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Disabled, and most recently, A Troubled Guest: Life and Death Stories. She lives in Tucson with her husband, George.
Although beeing in a wheelchair will make the trip difficult, Darcy feels called to go with members of her church on a mission to Guatemala where she and her sister help a deaf orphan.
The Misunderstood Child, Fourth Edition: Understanding and Coping With Your Child’s Learning Disabilitiesby Larry B. Silver
The fully revised and updated must-have resource to help you become a supportive and assertive advocate for your childIn print for more than twenty years, The Misunderstood Child has become the go-to reference guide for families of children with learning disorders. This newly revised edition provides the latest research and new and updated content, including:* How to identify and address specific disabilities, from dyslexia to sensory integration disorder* New information on the genetics of learning disorders* Expanded sections on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)* The most recent neurological discoveries about how the brain functions in children with learning disabilities* Insights about other neurological disorders common among individuals with learning disabilities, such as anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, anger-control problems, depression, and tic disorders* Resources, Web sites, and organizations that can aid the treatment process and offer support for both parent and childFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
An original Jewish folktale about a girl who knits, a deaf woman, and a piece of blue yarn. When her family invites a deaf woman and her baby to stay, Ruthie, a talented knitter of mittens, wonders how the mother will know if her child wakes in the night. The surprising answer inspires Ruthie to knit a special gift that offers great comfort to mother and baby--and to Ruthie herself. With language and imagery reminiscent of stories told long ago, this modern Jewish folktale will resonate with those who love crafts, anyone who's encountered someone who is physically challenged--and with everyone who has ever lost a mitten in the depths of winter.
This book provides practical information for teachers and other educational professionals who want to learn how to use the iPad to meet the needs of all learners.
This is one of the first works to begin formalizing the structured discovery method of O&M instruction.
Caitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon was killed in a school shooting, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful. Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn't know how to do that. Then she comes across the word closure--and she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be so black and white after all.<P><P> Winner of the National Book Award
Modular Instruction for Independent Travel for Students Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired: Preschool Through High Schoolby Doris M. Willoughby Sharon L. Monthei
Modular Instruction For Independent Travel For Students Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired: Preschool Through High School is a flexible, practical guide for teaching cane travel to students of preschool age through high school.
This is the true story of Mojo a blind friesian horse who overcame many obsticles to become a member of a quadrille. He used his other senses to move around his environment.
Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just beginning. With a vibrant cast of vividly realized characters, Moloka'i is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death.
Nine-year-old Leslie tells how her mom does everyday tasks while being blind, from keeping track of her daughter at nursery school to going to soccer games, to the movies, and canoeing.
The mother of a fourteen-year-old suicide victim tells her heartrending story and offers advice and warnings to parents of teenagers. Not only is this book for parents or relatives who have experienced the agony of a teen suicide but also for every teacher, principal, pastor, Sunday School teacher, counselor anyone who works in any way with children from elementary school through high school. This book is a reading MUST for every parent who has a child on some type of long term prescribed medication for hyperactivity or any type learning disability, no matter how minor or severe. What the doctors DON'T (or WON'T) tell you is revealed in this shocking account.
The author of "Mommy, What is Dead?", Nikki Sian-Leigh Aksamit, has added "Mommy, What is Deaf?" as the next book in her "Mommy, What is...?" series. Aimed at preschool age children, "Mommy, What is Deaf?" explains sound, the definition of "deaf", and all the reasons why some people can not hear. With straight forward text, and uncomplicated drawings, young children easily understand how the ears work, and why in some people they do not. Kids are also challenged to "feel" the sounds around them, as deaf people do.
This book explains the impact on the family of someone getting a successor dog guide, and also many of the tools that blind people use.
While battling her own depressive cycle after her old dog dies, Bo stays in a sub-acute facility out on the Kumeyaay reservation. The facility is run by Indians who specialize in this care. While there, Bo meets and become friends with a schizophrenic young man waiting for his meds to stabilize. He is murdered, but his young son, known as Moonbird is still there. Bo leaves the facility and steps back into her CPS investigative role and becomes involved with murders, the Indian culture, medical mega-business and plots within plots. As usual, just when you think you have it figured out, Padgett surprised you again. Many of the prior characters from the series are not present here. However, Estrella is now pregnant, and there is the continuation of the relationship between Bo and Dr. Andrew LaMarche.
In this riveting and thought-provoking memoir about her family, her son Ansel, and his progressive disability, Penny Wolfson embarks on a quest that explores special education, giftedness, prenatal testing, and the genes she shares with her mother, sisters, and son. While Moonrise is an eloquent narrative of one family, it also asks profound questions about our genetic selves.
Solid, practical advice on how to cope with the many personal challenges mothers of children with disabilities face at home, at work, and within themselves. A "how to" guide for living a balanced, fulfilling life with advice from moms who have been there -- this includes the authors' experiences and insights, and tips from dozens of other moms of kids with special needs who filled out the authors' questionnaire. Jam-packed with useful steps you can take to make your life more manageable, and ultimately more fulfilling. The book addresses 2 main concerns: Taking Care of Yourself (at home physically, emotionally, practically, spiritually/psychically); Taking Care of Business. Target Audience: Mothers of children with developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, etc.) or chronic health concerns.
Joan Brock was a teacher at an Iowa school for the blind when her life was nearly prefect. Then tragedy struck not once but twice. Most people would have wallowed in self pity and asked "Why me?" This courageous woman decided to face her challenges and ask "Why not me?" Her story is to say the very least inspirational.
: True Stories of People Who Learned Life's Ultimate Lesson Author profiles the many business heroes who inspired him to continue his career through his battles with cancer and multiple sclerosis.
From the book: In these remarkable pages are the profound, life-affirming words of Morrie Schwartz (the hero of Tuesdays with Morrie) as he faced his own imminent death. In 1994, at the age of seventy-seven, Schwartz learned he had A L S, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Undaunted, the former professor embraced his illness, choosing to live passionately and calmly until the end. He also embarked on his greatest teaching adventure: sharing his evolving knowledge of living while dying. With warmth, wisdom, and humor, Morrie reveals how to...live fully in the moment...tap into the powers of the mind to transcend physical limitations...grieve for your losses...reach out to family and friends... develop an inner space for meditation and spiritual connection. It's never too late to become the kind of person you'd like to be. Morrie shows the way in his magnificent legacy of love, forgiveness, transcendence, and redemption, a guide to living fully to the end of your days.
Morris Frank lost his sight in 1924, when he was only sixteen. But it wasn't just his sight that he lost--he lost his independence, too. Morris didn't want to be led around by a paid helper or find work making brooms, as was expected of blind people then. He wanted to lead a normal life.One day in 1928, Morris's dad read him an article about Dorothy Harrison Eustis, an American dog trainer living in Switzerland. She had been training dogs for police and army work, but had recently visited a German school where dogs were taught to help soldiers who had been blinded in World War I. Thrilled with this new possibility, Morris set off on his own to Switzerland to meet with Dorothy Eustis and her head trainer, Jack Humphrey. Morris had big ambitions-not only did he want to learn how to work with a guide dog, but he also wanted to start his own guide dog school in America! Morris began training with his dog, Buddy. While he struggled-stepping on Buddy's paws, not paying attention to her cues, and even walking into a gatepost-Buddy waited patiently at his side, allowing him to learn. At last Morris felt ready to return to America with Buddy at his side. But his biggest adventure still lay ahead-founding The Seeing Eye, an organization that has trained thousands of dogs to help other blind people lead independent lives.
"Moses and his school friends are deaf, but like most children, they have a lot to say. They communicate in American Sign Language, using visual signs and facial expressions. This is called signing. And even though they can't hear, they can enjoy many activities through their other senses. Today, Moses and his classmates are going to a concert. Their teacher, Mr. Samuels, has two surprises in store for them, to make this particular concert a special event."