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AID: Autism Inventory of Development™: An Assessment Tool for Parents and Professionals. Roya Ostovar, $26.50

The Autism Inventory Development (AID) was designed to be a tool to gather critical information for the process of assessing for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The critical informational areas the AID covers include the following:

  • Family History
  • Child History
  • Medical History
  • Developmental Milestones
  • Communication
  • Cognitive and Executive Functioning Abilities
  • Social Functioning
  • Sensory Integration and Processing
  • Behaviors

The AID was created with two purposes in mind. First, it was created for clinicians to obtain a comprehensive record of a child’s history to assist in the diagnostic process. Second, and equally important, it was created for parents, caregivers, and/or family members to create a record for themselves that holds critical and important historical information for the individual being assessed. Avoid lost forms and unanswered questions with this indispensable aid in autism assessment and diagnosis.


Alternative Approaches to Assessing Young Children, 2nd Edition. Angela Losardo & Angela Notari-Syverson, $55.95

In today's climate of increased accountability and diversity, alternative assessments for young children are more important than ever. That's why the timely new edition of this bestselling textbook is a must for all educators as they prepare to work with children who are culturally, linguistically, or developmentally diverse. This introductory text has been carefully updated to reflect 10 years of evolution in demographics, research, technology, and legislation. Pre- and in-service educators of children birth–8 years will:

  • learn about six popular alternative assessment methods: naturalistic, focused, performance, portfolio, dynamic, and curriculum-based language
  • explore the advantages and limitations of each approach
  • effectively link assessment with intervention
  • get clear and specific guidelines for before, during, and after assessment
  • discover successful strategies for teaching in inclusive environments
  • implement a transdisciplinary framework to ensure comprehensive, multidimensional assessment approaches

The included CD-ROM makes this book an invaluable resource, with more than 2 dozen printable forms for data collection, observation, progress monitoring, IEP/IFSP development, and more.

Grounded in the most current research and best practices, this essential new edition will help pre- and in-service educators capture the full picture of all young children's strengths and needs and provide them with appropriate, individualized instruction.

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ASQ-3 User’s Guide. Jane Squires, Elizabeth Twombly, Diane Bricker & LaWanda Potter, $69.50

The complete guide to implementing the ASQ-3, this user-friendly manual gives early childhood professionals clear instructions on every step of the screening process.


Assessing Children's Well-Being: a Handbook of Measures. Sylvie Naar-King, Deborah Ellis & Maureen Frey, $68.95

Behavioral medicine has now matured as a field to the point where all recognize that different populations are presented with different issues. This practical and comprehensive reference guide is the first to sort, present, and review all the measures that can be used to evaluate the behavioral, cognitive, and emotional aspects of children's health. It organizes the measures under eight general headings, such as quality of life, adherence, pain management, and patient satisfaction. Each chapter begins with a leading authority's overview of the underlying theoretical construct and any concerns about how to measure it. Descriptions and reviews of relevant instruments follow; these include information on administration, scoring, psychometric properties, and ordering, as well as comments by the instruments' developers.

Assessing Children's Well-Being: a Handbook of Measures will be welcomed by all those professionals and scientists who seek to assess and effectively address the complex interactions between physical health and mental health in children.


Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs: a Context-Based Approach, 2nd Edition. Susan Benner & Joan Grim, $72.70

ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS helps prepare teachers for the task of evaluating the skills of infants, toddlers, and preschool children with developmental delays and those considered at risk to experience developmental delays or difficulties.

A child’s environment is a critical consideration when focusing on assessment, and authors Susan Benner and Joan Grim explore the important issues of family resources, health, multidimensional environmental influences, economic deprivation, and domestic violence on infant and child development. This textbook conveys a sense of respect for parents, the powerful influence assessment results can and do have in the lives of young children with special needs, and an understanding of the complexity of child development, progression, and measurement.

This fully revised edition includes updated versions of assessment, and the newest assessment tools that teachers will come across. ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, 2ND EDITION now includes expanded discussion on progress monitoring and response to intervention, functional behavioral analysis, pros and cons of norm-referenced testing, web-based gathering tools, ELL students, and screening for autism.

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Authentic Assessment for Early Childhood Intervention: Best Practices. Stephen Bagnato, $32.50

Meeting a crucial need, this book provides clear recommendations for authentic developmental assessment of children from infancy to age 6, including those with developmental delays and disabilities. It describes principles and strategies for collecting information about children's everyday activities in the home, preschool, and community, which provides a valid basis for intervention planning and progress monitoring. Throughout, the book emphasizes the importance of enlisting parents as partners with practitioners and teachers in observation and team-based decision making.


Autism Intervention Every Day! Embedding Activities in Daily Routines for Young Children and Their Families. Merle Crawford & Barbara Weber, $39.95

Children with autism often don't get a diagnosis in their first few years of life — but if a very young child is exhibiting red flags, what should professionals and parents do in the meantime? This book has accessible, real-world solutions for use with children birth to three, with or without an autism diagnosis. A follow-up to the bestselling Early Intervention Every Day!, this practical guide is packed with simple, highly effective suggestions for strengthening critical skills during daily routines, from dressing in the morning to getting ready for bed. Early interventionists and other professionals will learn how to coach families in weaving these activities into everyday life with their child, so that intervention continues long after the professional goes home. Discover how to:

  • Recognize red flags for autism spectrum disorder
  • Help children build a foundation for learning to interact, communicate, and participate in routines
  • Strengthen skills that are especially challenging for children with autism, such as regulation, flexibility, and social communication
  • Support families on the journey from pursuing a diagnosis to accessing services
  • Implement concepts and teaching strategies based on applied behavior analysis (ABA)
  • Address common challenges that occur during daily routines and activities
  • Monitor progress to ensure that the strategies are helping children reach their IFSP goals
  • Promote children's participation across settings: in homes, preschools, and other community settings

The Carolina Curriculum for Infants & Toddlers with Special Needs. Nancy Johnson-Martin, Susan Atermeier & Bonnie Hacker, $73.50

The Carolina Curriculum for Preschoolers with Special Needs. Nancy Johnson-Martin, Susan Atermeier & Bonnie Hacker, $73.50

The Carolina Curriculum is an assessment and intervention program designed for use with young children from birth to five years who have mild to severe disabilities. With the new editions of this proven curriculum, professionals in home, school, or center-based environments will have an easy-to-use, criterion-referenced system that clearly links assessment with intervention and lets them work closely with the child's teachers, family members, and other service providers. While The Carolina Curriculum has been updated, reorganized, and refined by user feedback, the program works the same as it always has, ensuring that users of the previous editions can start using the new ones right away.

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The Child’s World: the Comprehensive Guide to Assessing Children in Need. Jan Horwath, Editor, $52.95

This new and updated edition of the best-selling book on assessing children in need and their families integrates practice, policy and theory to produce a comprehensive and multidisciplinary guide to all aspects of assessment. Practitioners from different disciplines will be able to identify the developmental needs of children, assess parental capacity and evaluate the impact of family, economic and environmental factors on the ability to meet the needs of the child.


The Dancing Dialogue: Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children. Suzi Tortora, $42.95

Children’s nonverbal cues can uncover critical information about their emotional, social, physical, communicative, and cognitive development. Designed for use with children from birth to seven years of age, and equally effective for those with and without special needs, this book reveals how to skillfully observe children’s nonverbal cues and develop a keen awareness of the feelings and messages behind them... Whether used in an early intervention program, in a classroom, or with individual caregivers and their children, this is an innovative, effective way to assess and enhance the development of young children.


The Early Childhood Education Intervention Treatment Planner. Julie Winkelstein & Arthur Jongsma, $71.99

The Early Childhood Intervention Treatment Planner helps mental health practitioners reduce paperwork and increase time spent with their clients by providing treatment plan components and treatment goals for the most common problems encountered while treating young children ages 3-6. It is applicable to treatment in a school setting; in traditional child therapy; or for therapy used as an adjunct to treatment for medical problems that can delay development.

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Early Intervention Every Day! Embedding Activities in Daily Routines for Young Children and Their Families. Merle Crawford & Barbara Weber, $39.95

Effective early intervention doesn't stop when the provider leaves the family's home. That's why every interventionist needs this practical sourcebook, packed with research-based strategies for helping parents and caregivers take a consistent, active role in supporting young children's development. Targeting 80 skills in six key developmental domains for children birth to three, this reader-friendly guide gives professionals dozens of ready-to-use ideas for helping families and caregivers embed learning opportunities in their everyday routines. Early interventionists will turn to this book again and again for strategies that enhance child development, strengthen attachment, and help children with developmental delays participate fully in family life.


Early Intervention Games. Barbara Sher, $19.95

A resource of fun games for parents or teachers to help young children learn social and motor skills.

Barbara Sher, an expert occupational therapist and teacher, has written a handy resource filled with games to play with young children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other sensory processing disorders (SPD). The games are designed to help children feel comfortable in social situations and teach other basic lessons including beginning and end, spatial relationships, hand-eye coordination, and more. Games can also be used in regular classrooms to encourage inclusion and all the games utilize common, inexpensive materials, and include several variations and modifications.


Early Intervention with Multi-Risk Families: an Integrative Approach. Sarah Landy & Rosanne Menna, $59.95

Helping families who live in environments with multiple risk factors, including poverty, domestic violence, teen parenthood, mental illness, and substance abuse, requires that professionals and paraprofessionals work together to provide the best possible interventions. This much-needed book shows service providers how to help these multi-risk families by using an integrative model that brings together the most effective intervention techniques from a variety of theoretical approaches, parenting strategies, and innovative programs.

Professionals will learn how to effectively engage parents if they are resistant to intervention, and they’ll discover specific, practical ways to help parents. Extended case studies vividly illustrate key points and techniques and present an integrated model of intervention, making this an ideal professional development resource for psychologists, social workers, early childhood educators, home visitors, and other service providers. The book is also an excellent resource for university and colleges that train early intervention practitioners who work with families in multi-risk environments.

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The Early Intervention Workbook: Essential Practices for Quality Services. Lynda Cook Pletcher & Naomi Younggren, $48.95

Discover the seven key principles and associated practices for effective early intervention services — and start putting them into action today! This easy-to-use workbook reveals not only what every EI professional should be doing in their practice, but also how to do it, with practical tips, activities, and strategies they can use to improve their work with children and families right away. Based on specific recommendations from a workgroup of today's top researchers, this comprehensive resource walks readers through every key step of the early intervention journey with children birth to three, from the crucial first meeting with a family to the child's transition out of intervention. Perfect for group training sessions or independent study, it's a great workbook to fill in, learn from, and then keep close at hand as a quick and easy reminder of best practices.


Life Skills Progression: an Outcome and Intervention Planning Instrument for Use with Families at Risk. Linda Wollesen & Karen Peifer, $51.95

For use with at-risk families of children from birth to 3 years of age, the Life Skills Progression™ (LSP) is the only reliable, field-tested tool that provides the critical data home visiting programs need to demonstrate their effectiveness and receive support and funding. Generating a broad, accurate portrait of the behaviors, attitudes, and skills of both parents and children, the LSP helps professionals establish baseline client profiles, identify strengths and needs, plan interventions, and monitor outcomes to show that interventions are working.


LINKing Authentic Assessment and Early Childhood Intervention: Best Measures for Best Practices, 2nd Edition. Stephen Bagnato, John Niesworth, Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, $69.50

How can early childhood professionals make informed decisions while selecting assessment materials that meet recommended practices? This essential reference, the only book with professional ratings and reviews of 80 authentic, widely used assessment tools for children birth-8, is a key assessment guide for every early childhood program. This invaluable book will help professionals ensure high-quality services for children with and without disabilities.

Professionals will have the clear and concise guidance they need to choose appropriate assessment tools that link to their programs, help design interventions that meet children's individual needs, and give all young children the start in life they deserve.

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Mental Health in Early Intervention: Achieving Unity in Principles and Practice. Gilbert Foley & Jane Hochman, $57.95

For effective assessment and intervention with infants and young children, professionals need to incorporate psychological, medical, and family factors — but too often, infant mental health and early intervention are dealt with separately rather than together. Integration of these two fields is the goal of this urgently needed text, ideal for introducing mental health concepts to supervisors and students in early intervention and teaching mental health professionals more about early intervention. An ideal textbook and professional development resource for early intervention practitioners — and a useful source of insight for mental health professionals — this comprehensive book fully prepares readers to integrate two interdependent fields and improve practices in both.


Neurogenetic Syndromes: Behavioral Issues and Their Treatment. Bruce Shapiro & Pasquale Accardo, $64.95

This cutting-edge volume sheds new light on neurogenetic syndromes using a promising clinical perspective: examining behavioral and psychological phenotypes, with a strong focus on the influence of genetics. Linking science with practice like no other current text on this topic, this comprehensive book combines the latest research of two dozen leading experts and shows how these advances in knowledge apply to treatment and therapy.


Positioning for Play: Interactive Activities to Enhance Movement and Sensory Exploration, 2nd Edition.  Rachel Diamant & Allison Whiteside, $96.95 (Birth to 3 years)

Young children learn best from engaging in regular movement and activities with family and friends in a supportive environment; the child develops motor, sensory, cognitive, language, communication, and social skills. This expanded collection of practical reproducible activities is designed for use by early interventionists, early childhood educators, occupational therapists, physical therapist, speech pathologists, and community health nurses who work with families with young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays. The activity sheets, grouped into ten sections according to developmental position, are designed to illustrate ways that caregivers can hold, position, and play with a child while using toys, objects, materials, and family members that are available. Furthermore, the sheets demonstrate proper body mechanics for both child and caregiver. Space is provided for notes.

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Routines-Based Early Intervention: Supporting Young Children and Their Families. R.A. McWilliam, $53.50

Routines-Based Early Intervention gives professionals a detailed framework for early intervention that addresses families' individual needs and helps children participate in daily routines. With the step-by-step guidance on each part of the routines-based intervention model, professionals will reach their key goals during visits to homes and child care settings.


Six Simple Ways to Assess Young Children. Sue Gober, $61.95

Educators of young children will benefit from this easy to read guidebook that offers assessment methods that can be easily implemented into any program. Its principles are clearly presented, as the book explores the important role assessment plays in teaching children. Specific instruction is also given on creating portfolios, what they should look like, and how they facilitate teaching. Perforated pages of samples, developmental checklists, and instructional forms are included in the appendices for easy reference and use.


Understanding Newborn Behavior & Early Relationships: the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook. J. Kevin Nugent, Constance Keefer, Susan Minear, Lise Johnson, & Yvette Blanchard, $72.50

Giving babies a “voice” helps parents understand their baby’s unique strengths and needs. This observational tool and handbook, complete with beautiful four-color photographs by a Pulitzer prize-winning photographer, gives professionals a systematic way to help parents respond with confidence to their baby’s individual needs—and build positive parent-professional relationships in the process. Flexible, easy to integrate into everyday practice, and based on more than 25 years of research … this system is just what clinicians in hospital, clinic, or home settings need to help new mothers and fathers get to know their baby, increase their confidence and competence as parents, and support their child’s growth and development.

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Complete Booklist

Assessment Tools

AEPS -Assessment, Evaluation and Programming System

AEPS for Infants and Children Volume 1—Admisistration Guide, Diane Bricker (ed), $88.50

AEPS Volume 2—Test: Birth to Three Years & Three to Six Years, Diane Bricker (ed), $115.00

AEPS Volume 3—Curriculum for Birth to Three Years. Diane Bricker (ed), $107.95

AEPS Volume 4—Curriculum for Three to Six Years, $107.95

AEPS forms (Complete Set on CD-ROM), $362.50

AEPS Birth to Three Forms—Child Observation Data Recording Form I, pkg/10, $36.95; Child Progress Record I, pkg/10, $29.95; Family Report I, pkg/10, $36.95

AEPS Three to Six Forms—Child Observation Data Recording Form II, pkg/10, $36.95; Child Progress Record II, pkg/10, $29.95; Family Report II, pkg/10, $36.95

AID: Autism Inventory of Development™: An Assessment Tool for Parents and Professionals. Roya Ostovar, $26.50

ASQ – Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3):

ASQ-3—Ages & Stages Starter Kit: Social-Emotional. Squires, Bricker & Twombly, $310.00 (includes User’s Guide, Questionnaires & CD-ROM)

ASQ-3 User’s Guide (Ages & Stages Questionnaires, 3rd Edition). Jane Squires, Elizabeth Twombly, Diane Bricker & LaWanda Potter, $69.50

ASQ-3 Questionnaires package, $254.25 (includes CD-ROM with PDF format Questionnaires)

ASQ-3 Quick Start Guide, $34.95

ASQ-3 Scoring & Referral DVD. $66.50

ASQ – Social Emotional Questionnaires (ASQ-SE):

ASQ-SE Starter Kit. Squires, Bricker & Twombly, $393.50 (includes User’s Guide, Questionnaires & CD-ROM)

ASQ-SE Questionnaires package, $197.95 (includes CD-ROM with PDF format Questionnaires)

ASQ-SE User’s Guide. $56.50

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HELP - Hawaii Early Learning Profile Resources

HELP Activity Guide (0-3): Comprehensive Strategies Essential for Planning Intervention, $53.95

HELP at Home (0-3): Reproducible, Ready-to-use Parent Handouts, $139.95

HELP Charts (0-3): Complete Visual Tracking of Progress/for Working with Parents, $5.50

HELP Checklist (0-3): Assessment Skills by Domain & Age Sequence, $5.50

HELP Family Centred Interview: Help Families Assess their Concerns, Priorities and Resources, $3.15

HELP Strands (0-3): Developmental Assessment, $5.50

HELP Strands 0-3 PLUS: Curriculum Based Assessment, $5.85

HELP 3-6 Activities at Home, $98.95

HELP 3-6 Assessment Manual, $88.95

HELP 3-6 Curriculum Guide, $62.95

HELP 3-6 Assessment Strands, $5.65

HELP 3-6 Charts, $5.50

HELP 3-6 Checklist, $5.50

H.E.L.P.  (Hawaii Early Learning Profile): When a Parent Has Disabilities. Parks, et al, $63.95

Inside HELP: Administration and Reference Manual for the Hawaii Early Learning Profile. Stephanie Parks, $99.95

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Additional Assessment & Intervention Resources

Alternative Approaches to Assessing Young Children, 2nd Edition. Angela Losardo & Angela Notari-Syverson, $55.95

The Art and Practice of Home Visiting: Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs & Their Families. Ruth Cook & Shirley Sparks, $41.95

Assessing Children's Well-Being: a Handbook of Measures. Sylvie Naar-King, Deborah Ellis & Maureen Frey, $68.95

Assessment of Childhood Disorders, 4th Edition. Eric Mash & Russell Barkley, $93.50

Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs: a Context-Based Approach, 2nd Edition. Susan Benner & Joan Grim, $72.70

Authentic Assessment for Early Childhood Intervention: Best Practices. Stephen Bagnato, $32.50

Autism Intervention Every Day! Embedding Activities in Daily Routines for Young Children and Their Families. Merle Crawford & Barbara Weber, $39.95

The Child’s World: the Comprehensive Guide to Assessing Children in Need. Jan Horwath, Editor, $52.95

Childhood Mental Health Disorders: Evidence Base and Contextual Factors for Psychosocial, Psychopharmacological and Combined Interventions. Ronald Brown, et al, $61.95

Diagnostic Classification 0-3: Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood. Serena Wieder (ed), $93.50

The Early Childhood Education Intervention Treatment Planner. Julie Winkelstein & Arthur Jongsma, $71.99

Early Intervention Every Day! Embedding Activities in Daily Routines for Young Children and Their Families. Merle Crawford & Barbara Weber, $39.95

Early Intervention Games. Barbara Sher, $19.95

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Early Intervention with Multi-Risk Families: an Integrative Approach. Sarah Landy & Rosanne Menna, $59.95

The Early Intervention Workbook: Essential Practices for Quality Services. Lynda Cook Pletcher & Naomi Younggren, $48.95

Essentials of Conners Behavior Assessments. Elizabeth Sparrow, $43.95

LINKing Authentic Assessment and Early Childhood Intervention: Best Measures for Best Practices, 2nd Edition. Stephen Bagnato, John Niesworth, Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, $69.50

Mental Health in Early Intervention: Achieving Unity in Principles and Practice. Gilbert Foley & Jane Hochman, $57.95

Neurogenetic Syndromes: Behavioral Issues and Their Treatment. Bruce Shapiro & Pasquale Accardo, $64.95

Positioning for Play: Interactive Activities to Enhance Movement and Sensory Exploration, 2nd Edition.  Rachel Diamant & Allison Whiteside, $96.95 (Birth to 3 years)

Routines-Based Early Intervention: Supporting Young Children and Their Families. R.A. McWilliam, $53.50

Six Simple Ways to Assess Young Children. Sue Gober, $61.95

Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment 2: a Functional Approach to Working with Young Children. Toni Linder, $69.95  

Transdisciplinary Play-Based Intervention 2: Guidelines for Developing a Meaningful Curriculum for Young Children. Toni Linder, $64.50

Understanding Newborn Behavior & Early Relationships: the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook. J. Kevin Nugent, Constance Keefer, Susan Minear, Lise Johnson, & Yvette Blanchard, $72.50

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Curriculum & Programming Resources

An Activity-Based Approach to Developing Young Children's Social Emotional Competence. Jane Squires & Diane Bricker, $39.95

Carolina Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs. Nancy M. Johnson-Martin et al, $73.50 - Assessment Log/Progress Charts (Pkg/10), $39.95

Carolina Curriculum for Preschoolers with Special Needs. Nancy Johnson-Martin et al, $73.50 - Assessment Log/Progress Charts (Pkg/10), $26.50 - Assessment Log/Charts 12 Months – 3 Years, $39.95

The Dancing Dialogue: Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children. Suzi Tortora, $42.95

Learning Language and Loving It: a Guide to Promoting Children’s Social, Language & Literacy Development in Early Childhood Settings. Elaine Weitzman & Janice Greenberg, $54.00; DVD $65.00

Life Skills Progression: an Outcome and Intervention Planning Instrument for Use with Families at Risk. Linda Wollesen & Karen Peifer, $51.95

Sensory Integration and Self-Regulation in Infants and Toddlers: Helping Very Young Children Interact with their Environment. G. Gordon Williamson & Marie Anzalone, $24.95

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