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The Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers at Risk: How to Use Everyday Routines to Build Social and Communication Skills. Deborah Fein, Molly Helt, Lynn Brennan & Marianne Barton, $22.95

Suspecting that your baby or toddler may have autism spectrum disorder or another developmental delay can be scary and overwhelming. But there is a lot you can do to help, even while waiting for an evaluation or early intervention. With the right tools, everyday tasks can be terrific opportunities for building critical social and communication skills. Start at the kitchen table, bathtub, or shopping cart! In this easy-to-navigate guide, leading experts present more than 100 games and activities designed to support development in children from birth to age three. Your child's daily routines are transformed into learning opportunities that promote crucial abilities, like how to imitate others or use simple hand gestures to convey wants and needs. As a parent, you are the most important person in your child's life. Now you can be the best teacher, too.


Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers, 2nd Edition. Brigid Daniel, Sally Wassell & Robbie Gilligan, $39.95

Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers summarizes important current thinking on child development and applies it directly to practice. The book covers key issues such as resilience and vulnerability and the impact of protective or adverse environments. Different stages of development (infancy, school age and adolescence) are discussed, and attachment theory is used to offer insights into the impact of abuse and neglect on development. This book encourages practitioners to consider each child as an individual with unique circumstances, and links theory and practice in an imaginative and sympathetic way.


Comprehensive, Competence-Based Parenting Assessment for Parents with Learning Difficulties and Their Children. Maurice Feldman & Marjorie Aunos, $49.95

This book presents an innovative, empirically-supported approach to assessing parenting capacity of parents with learning difficulties that can lead to more humane, fair and accurate child custody decisions.  The authors are leading researchers and practitioners in this field having worked with hundred of these families.  Many professionals working with these families recognize that the current parenting capacity assessment approaches are based on outdated and invalid assumptions and methods.  This book addresses the unique assessment needs of these families and includes detailed background information, rationales and methods. Key topics include:

  • Parenting Interactional Model
  • Comprehensive Competence-based Assessment
  • Designing Parenting Capacity Assessments Based on Parenting Interaction Model
  • Court Testimony, Family Support Plans & Conclusions
  • Appendices
  • References

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Evidence-Based Practice in the Early Childhood Field. Virginia Buysse & Patricia Wesley, Editors, $48.50

Evidence-Based Practice in the Early Childhood Field defines the evidence-based practice movement and explains how it is empowering professionals to deliver the most effective interventions available. The authors examine how evidence-based practice is changing the way research is conducted and how various sources of evidence can be applied to solve real-world problems and used to inform critical policy decisions.


Families, Infants, and Young Children at Risk: Pathways to Best Practice. Gail Ensher, David Clark & Nancy Songer, $60.50

A clear, comprehensive text on the neurological and psycho-social development of children from birth to 8, this textbook helps readers fully understand child development, address the complex needs of children with disabilities and their families, and skillfully connect the latest clinical knowledge with everyday practice.


Home Visitor’s Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent & Child Development, 3rd Edition. Carol Klass, $73.95

The ultimate professional development resource for early interventionists, social workers, therapists, and other home visitors, this research-based guidebook is enhanced throughout with up-to-date references and new material on today's hot topics.

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Parenting and Theory of Mind. Scott Miller, $73.95

Parenting and Theory of Mind represents the conjunction of two major research literatures in child psychology. One is longstanding. The question of how best to rear children has been a central topic for psychology ever since psychology began to develop as a science. The other research literature is a good deal younger, though quickly expanding. Theory of mind (ToM) has to do with understanding of the mental world — what people (children in particular) know or think about mental phenomena such as beliefs, desires, and emotions.

Where do children's ToM abilities come from? In particular, how do children's experiences shape their development? If we know the formative experiences that underlie ToM, then we may be able to optimize this important aspect of development for all children. The last 15 or so years have seen a rapid expansion of the literature on the social contributors to ToM, including hundreds of studies directed to various aspects of parenting. These studies have made clear that parents can be important contributors to what their children understand about the mental world. This is the first book to comprehensively bring together the literature on ToM and parenting, summarizing what we know about how parenting contributes to one of the most important outcomes in cognitive development and outlining future directions for research in this growing area.


Pathways to Positive Parenting: Helping Parents Nurture Healthy Development in the Earliest Months. Jolene Pearson, $53.50

An essential resource for all professionals who work with families of infants, this valuable handbook serves as a parent educator’s guide to coaching and supporting new parents.

The curriculum provides professionals with innovative teaching techniques, and practical and effective strategies that are field-tested, science-based and can be applied immediately in work supporting the development of positive parenting skills. The book also includes information on important topics such as postpartum depression, tummy time, breastfeeding, safe sleep, and coping with crying.

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Prevent Teach Reinforce for Families: a Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support for Home and Community. Glen Dunlap, Phillip Strain, Janice Lee, Jaclyn Joseph, Christopher Vatland & Lise Fox, $59.95

The popular, research-based Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) model is used in schools and childcare settings nationwide to address challenging behaviors in children with and without disabilities. Now, with the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Families (PTR-F) model in this accessible guidebook, you can use this proven approach with families to help them resolve their child's challenging behavior in their own homes and communities.

Developed by top behavior experts, PTR-F is a highly effective intervention model that helps families prevent behavior problems in children ages 2–10, teach proactive communication and social skills, and reinforce positive behavior. In this expertly organized book, you'll discover how to take on the role of PTR-F facilitator to meet each family's unique needs, and you'll get a clear 5-step process for guiding families as they promote their child's positive behavior (see below). With this comprehensive, adaptable model of behavior support, you'll strengthen family engagement, set each child on the path to healthy social-emotional development, and improve quality of life for the entire family.


Promoting Positive Parenting: an Attachment-Based Intervention. Edited by Femmie Juffer, Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg & Marinus van Ijzendoorn, $48.95

Video-feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting (VIPP) is a brief and focused parenting intervention program that has been successful in a variety of clinical and non-clinical groups and cultures. The book opens with an introduction to the VIPP program and the theoretical background of this parenting intervention, followed by a narrative and meta-analytical review of the attachment-based interventions. The book continues with detailed descriptions and case reports of several intervention studies of the program. It describes the implementation and testing of a variety of VIPP based interventions highlighting different families in a variety of childcare settings, and in various countries including the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Raising Special Kids: a Group Program for Parents of Children with Special Needs, Facilitator's Manual. Jared Massanari & Alice Massanari, $17.95

Raising Special Kids: a Group Program for Parents of Children with Special Needs, Parent Guidebook. Jared Massanari & Alice Massanari, $32.95

This eight-session group program is a mutual support program that allows parents to share stories and explore what works and what doesn't in their unique relationships between their children and families. Each chapter presents a central theme that weaves together their own needs and the needs of their child. The program focuses on:

  • Encouraging parents to explore their own very intense emotional responses to raising a child with special needs.
  • Helping parents identify their lost dreams, express feelings that accompany loss, and, at the same time, deeply love the child now in their lives.
  • Helping parents experience the gifts that their child offers.
  • Encouraging parents to practice self-care and appreciate all that they do for their child.
  • Strengthening both the parent-child connection and the family as a whole.
  • Improving family communication and developing skills to help children reach optimal potential.

Raising Special Kids offers insights and guidance for any parent facing the challenges of raising a child with physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional special needs.


Relationship-Centered Practices in Early Childhood: Working With Families, Infants & Young Children at Risk. Gail Ensher & David Clark, $37.95

Developed by two respected early childhood authorities, this book is a must for all professionals serving families of children birth to age 8 who have disabilities or who may be at risk. Presenting a clear framework for effective relationship-centered care in natural environments, Ensher and Clark give readers the up-to-date information and guidance they need to develop relationship-centered care that improves both child and family outcomes.

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Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs, Revised Edition. Don Meyer & Patricia Vadasy, $48.95

When it comes to organizing workshops for siblings of children with special health and developmental needs, the enormously popular Sibshop model has been used in more than 200 communities in eight countries, and the long-awaited revision of this exemplary guide makes it easier than ever to create and run successful, cost-effective sibling support group programs.

Sibshop programs provide opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to obtain peer support and education within a highly recreational context. Organizers and families appreciate that the workshops take a wellness approach, and the siblings who attend the workshops appreciate that they're fun and engaging. Highly practical and user-friendly, Sibshops is filled with straightforward instructions, photocopiable forms, more than 100 fun games and activities, and sage guidance on how to start, fund, and run a Sibshop.

Essential for agencies that serve families of children with disabilities, social workers, parent-to-parent programs, early intervention programs, developmental disability councils, child life specialists, and parents, this guidebook offers an inexpensive and easy-to-implement solution to addressing siblings' needs in a way everyone can enjoy.


Your Guide to Nurturing Parent–Child Relationships: Positive Parenting Activities for Home Visitors. Nadia Hall, Chaya Kulkarni & Shauna Seneca, $68.95

Looking for an engaging way to nurture parent and child relationships? This highly practical, activity-based guide shows home visitors what to do and how to do it—and is virtually a training program in itself! Developed out of three different training curricula that have been extensively field-tested and used in workshops across the United States and Canada, this guide gives home visitors creative and proven tools to help parents strengthen their relationships with their children.

Because every child and family is different, the approaches outlined are flexible, adaptable, culturally sensitive, and appropriate for all families. Parents can be overwhelmed by personal challenges and stressors that compromise their capacity to do the best for their children. Let this be the home visitor's guide to harnessing parents' inherent strengths, building their parenting competencies, and empowering them with useful strategies.

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Complete Booklist

The Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers at Risk: How to Use Everyday Routines to Build Social and Communication Skills. Deborah Fein, Molly Helt, Lynn Brennan & Marianne Barton, $22.95

Best Beginnings: Helping Parents Make a Difference, 2nd Edition. Brenda Hussey-Gardner, $90.95

Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers, 2nd Edition. Brigid Daniel, Sally Wassell & Robbie Gilligan, $39.95

Comprehensive, Competence-Based Parenting Assessment for Parents with Learning Difficulties and Their Children. Maurice Feldman & Marjorie Aunos, $49.95

Evidence-Based Practice in the Early Childhood Field. Virginia Buysse & Patricia Wesley, Editors, $48.50

Families, Infants, and Young Children at Risk: Pathways to Best Practice. Gail Ensher, David Clark & Nancy Songer, $60.50

Home Visiting: Procedures for Helping Families. Barbara Hannah Wasik, et al. $157.95

Home Visitor’s Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent & Child Development, 3rd Edition. Carol Klass, $73.95

It Isn't Fair! Siblings of Children with Disabilities. Stanley Klein & Maxwell Schleifer, $30.95

Keeping the Baby in Mind: Infant Mental Health in Practice. Edited by Jane Barlow & P.O. Svanberg, $40.95

The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Special-Needs Children. S. Schwartz, et al, $25.95

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Parenting and Theory of Mind. Scott Miller, $73.95

Pathways to Competence: Encouraging Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children, 2nd Edition. Sarah Landy, $86.50

Pathways to Positive Parenting: Helping Parents Nurture Healthy Development in the Earliest Months. Jolene Pearson, $53.50

Prevent Teach Reinforce for Families: a Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support for Home and Community. Glen Dunlap, Phillip Strain, Janice Lee, Jaclyn Joseph, Christopher Vatland & Lise Fox, $59.95

Promoting Positive Parenting: an Attachment-Based Intervention. Edited by Femmie Juffer, Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg & Marinus van Ijzendoorn, $48.95

Raising Special Kids: a Group Program for Parents of Children with Special Needs, Facilitator's Manual. Jared Massanari & Alice Massanari, $17.95

Raising Special Kids: a Group Program for Parents of Children with Special Needs, Parent Guidebook. Jared Massanari & Alice Massanari, $32.95

Relationship-Centered Practices in Early Childhood: Working With Families, Infants & Young Children at Risk. Gail Ensher & David Clark, $37.95

Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs, Revised Edition. Don Meyer & Patricia Vadasy, $48.95

Sleep Better: a Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs, Revised Edition. V. Mark Durand, $33.50

Small Steps Forward: Using Games and Activities to Help Your Pre-School Child with Special Needs, 2nd edition. Sarah Newman, $27.95

You Make the Difference in Helping Your Child Learn. Ayala Manolson, $24.95; DVD format $54.00

Your Guide to Nurturing Parent–Child Relationships: Positive Parenting Activities for Home Visitors. Nadia Hall, Chaya Kulkarni & Shauna Seneca, $68.95

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See Also: Families of Children with Special NeedsSiblings of Children with Special NeedsEarly Years

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