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Achieving Best Behavior for Children with Developmental Disabilities: a Step-by-Step Workbook for Parents and Carers. Pamela Lewis, $24.95

Achieving good behavior and social skills in a child with developmental disabilities can often be very difficult, and methods that improve behavior in other children are often unsuitable or ineffective. Achieving Best Behavior for Children with Developmental Disabilities is an accessible workbook designed specifically for parents of children with developmental disabilities. This book will also be of use to teachers, school psychologists, occupational therapists, speech/language therapists, social workers and anyone working with children with developmental disabilities.


Addressing the Unproductive Classroom Behaviours of Students with Special Needs. Steve Chinn, $34.95

Certain classroom behaviours can signify an underlying learning disability. This book will help you recognize potential indicators of Asperger Syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD/HD, physical disabilities and speech and language disorders. The book also explores the benefits of different interventions; and offers practical strategies for improving pupils' behaviours, social skills and self-esteem.

This practical, accessible book is an essential tool kit for special educational needs coordinators, learning support staff and teachers in both primary and secondary schools.


Apps for Autism: a Must-Have Resource for the Special Needs Community, Revised 2nd Edition.Lois Jean Brady, $50.95

Speech Language Pathologist Lois Jean Brady wrote this book in order to educate parents, teachers, and other professionals about the breakthrough method she calls “iTherapy” — which is the use of Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and various apps (computer applications) in meeting students’ individual educational goals.

Lois believes that all persons on the spectrum can learn how to use technology in a way that is relevant to them. She shares important tips on how to use apps responsibly and effectively by maintaining a child-centered, team approach to teaching and learning, taking into account the individual’s interests, strengths/ challenges, vision, motor planning, attention, sensory processing, memory, cognitive ability, environment, and access to tools. Lois also coaches adults on how they can use prompting and reinforcement techniques to help establish and generalize skills learned, until students are able to consistently demonstrate the skills in various environments (home, school, etc.).

For those who are new to the wonderful world of apps, worry not! Lois provides helpful sections on how to get started, including: Choosing an iDevice, Basic iDevice Operations, Opening an Account, How to Download an App from iTunes, and more. What about apps that released after this book was published? Again — Lois has you covered! Just visit this book’s companion website for reviews of new apps that made the grade.

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Assistive Technology in Special Education: Resources for Education, Intervention, and Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition. Joan Green, $56.95

Families, teachers, and therapists who are searching for an update about how to use the latest technologies to help individuals who struggle with communication, literacy, and learning will benefit from the wealth of practical, well-organized information in this second edition of ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN SPECIAL EDUCATION. The indexed update presents an overview of the uses of technologies to help readers zero in on specific, powerful, cutting-edge resources they can use to enhance success. The book features new tools to improve and compensate for challenges relating to speaking, understanding, reading, writing, and thinking and remembering, as well as strategies to help students become more organized and efficient. The use of tablets (such as iPads and Smartphones), as well as cloud-based products, is highlighted. Online resources and social networking tools are presented to empower readers to learn about new products as they become available.


Assistive Technology: What Every Educator Needs to Know. Brian Friedlander, $15.95 (Laminated Reference Guide)

The difference between academic success and failure for students with disabilities may be the "access" to the general education curriculum that AT provides. A valuable tool for all educators working with special needs populations. This reference guide includes information on a wide range of AT hardware and software solutions to address a number of areas including Communication, Writing, Organization, Reading and Multimedia.


The Autism Fitness Handbook: an Exercise Program to Boost Body Image, Motor Skills, Posture, and Confidence in Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder. David Geslak, $29.95

Designed to address specific areas of difficulty for children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the 46 exercises in this comprehensive program are proven to improve body image, motor coordination, posture, muscular and cardiovascular fitness. The boost to confidence, relationships and general wellbeing resulting from this will be transformative for individuals with ASD and their families. Used extensively in homes, schools and specialist ASD programs, the exercises require minimal equipment and can be used in a wide range of settings. Accompanied by clear instructions and explanatory cartoon illustrations, they are easy for non-specialists to follow and can be used just as effectively with groups or individuals. 

Packed with helpful advice from the author, an ASD fitness specialist, as well as inspiring case studies and guidelines on adapting the exercises for different ages and abilities, this popular program contains everything needed to get minds and bodies active while having fun!

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Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Ontario Context: an Introduction. Kimberley Maich & Carmen Hall, $54.95

Accessible and engaging, Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Ontario Context provides students with a thorough introduction to the history of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as the contemporary understandings, interventions, and best practices that influence effective treatment approaches.

Drawing on evidence-based practice, Kimberly Maich and Carmen Hall provide concrete examples of localized research and practice within clinical, educational, and community-based settings that will enhance student comprehension of positive interventions. This introductory text features detailed examinations of ASD experiences across the lifespan and incorporates an extensive range of pedagogical tools, which will encourage reflection and deepen understanding.

Featuring chapter summaries, definitions of key terms, lists of further resources, and reflective questions, this highly accessible and pedagogically rich text is a vital reading not only for current and future practitioners specializing in ASD, but also for parents of children with ASD.


A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools, 2nd Edition. Lee Wilkinson, $33.95

Fully updated to reflect DSM-5 and current assessment tools, procedures and research, this award-winning book provides a practical and scientifically-based approach to identifying, assessing, and treating children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in school settings. Integrating current research evidence with theory and best-practice, the book will support school-based professionals in a number of key areas including:

  • screening and assessing children and youth with high-functioning autism spectrum conditions
  • identifying evidence-based interventions and practices
  • developing and implementing comprehensive educational programs
  • providing family support and accessing community resources
  • promoting special needs advocacy

Illustrative case examples, a glossary of terms and helpful checklists and forms make this the definitive resource for identifying and implementing interventions for pupils with ASD.

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Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language. Pat Crissey, $35.95

A special educator's tried-and-true strategies for teaching nonverbal communication to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. More than 100 activities break down elements of body language into teachable components. Through role playing, games, art activities, watching video clips, and using worksheets, quizzes, and charts, she shows busy educators, speech-language pathologists, and parents how to teach body language.

Choose from a range of scenarios to demonstrate to students such subtleties as knowing when a conversation is ending, what excitement looks like, or how to acknowledge someone with raised eyebrows. The companion CD-ROM includes many of the activities to print out for use in the classroom or for practice at home. 


Breaking Through: Using Educational Technology for Children with Special Needs. Barbara Albers Hill, $21.95

While one-on-one therapy is certainly beneficial, for some children, the process of developing social skills, manual dexterity, and educational competency presents much more of a challenge. Fortunately, the introduction of new and easy-to-use technological devices has created a quiet revolution in the field of special education.

Breaking Through explains the many dimensions available in these machines — animation, color, speech, music, reading, and games. Then, it examines how the interactive nature of these elements combine to capture the attention of children and draw them into any given activity. The book explores a range of individual learning differences — such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, low vision, Down syndrome, language impairment, and traumatic brain injury — and explains which type of programs are best suited for each challenge. Included are tips on adapting the device to a child’s specific condition, as well as practical safety advice. It also includes proven ways in which the programs can be integrated into home and school environments, as well as a consumer’s guide to available devices, attachments and software programs, making the book eminently helpful to both teachers and parents.


Children with Disabilities: Reading and Writing the Four-Blocks® Way. Karen Erickson & David Koppenhaver, $46.95

Children with disabilities require significant support and informed teachers to succeed. These ideas, strategies, and resources provide the means to truly meet the learning needs and preferences of the classroom. In addition, this book can help special education classrooms have success in reading and writing. This book includes variations for students with differing disabilities along with commonly asked questions that will help teachers be successful. Supports the Four-Blocks® Literacy Model.

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Children's Comprehension Problems in Oral and Written Language: a Cognitive Perspective. Edited by Kate Cain and Jane Oakhill, $59.50

This book presents cutting-edge research on comprehension problems experienced by children without any formal diagnosis as well as those with specific language impairment, autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, hearing impairment, head injuries, and spina bifida. Providing in-depth information to guide research and practice, chapters describe innovative assessment strategies and identify important implications for intervention and classroom instruction. The book also sheds light on typical development and the key cognitive skills and processes that underlie successful comprehension.


Commonsense Methods for Children with Special Educational Needs, 7th Edition. Peter Westwood, $62.95

This fully revised and updated seventh edition of Commonsense Methods for Children with Special Educational Needs continues to offer practical advice on evidence-based teaching methods and intervention strategies for helping children with a wide range of disabilities or difficulties. The advice the author provides is embedded within a clear theoretical context and draws on the latest international research and literature from the field. Coverage includes:

  • learning difficulties and disabilities
  • students with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, physical or health issues, and sensory impairments
  • gifted and talented students
  • developing social skills and self-management
  • behaviour management
  • teaching methods
  • literacy and numeracycurriculum differentiation and adaptive teaching
  • computer-based instruction and e-learning.

Peter Westwood also provides additional information and advice on transition from school to employment for students with disabilities, lesson study, e-learning, and computer-aided instruction, and reflects on the important changes made within the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).


Common-Sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers Grades 6-12. Jill Lindberg, et al, $46.20

Ideal for teachers new to special education, teacher trainers and mentors, this resource provides a clear-sighted focus to help you shape the structure of each teaching day and ensure success for all your learners with special needs!

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Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom. Joan D’Amico & Kate Gallaway, $35.95

This valuable sourcebook offers teachers key strategies on how to design and deliver effective instruction, measure success, and get students to work together. Covering topics such as decoding, vocabulary, blocking, using graphic organizers, mnemonics, literary elements, writing as a process, and doing research, it features dozens of ready-to-use language arts activities that are tied to core curriculum standards, and each activity has adaptations for students with different learning needs.


Direct Behavior Rating: Linking Assessment, Communication, and Intervention. Amy Briesch, Sandra Chafouleas, T. Chris Riley-Tillman, et al, $48.50

Grounded in state-of-the-art research, this practical guide comprehensively shows how to harness the potential of direct behavior rating (DBR) as a tool for assessment, intervention, and communication in schools. DBR can be used rapidly and efficiently in PreK-12 classrooms to support positive behavior and promote self-management. The authors and contributors provide concrete examples of ways to implement DBR strategies within multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). The evidence base supporting each strategy is reviewed. More than 30 reproducible checklists and forms include step-by-step implementation blueprints, daily report cards, and more. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8½" x 11" size.


"Don't We Already Do Inclusion?" 100 Ideas for Improving Inclusive Schools. Paula Kluth, $29.95

Are you trying to grow the inclusive schooling model in your community? Do you feel like you have tried everything to create change in your school? Do you want to “sharpen the saw” and become reenergized as an advocate or educator? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then this is the book for you!

Don’t We Already Do Inclusion is not only filled with ideas for teaching diverse learners, but is also focused on change itself and, more specifically, on how those concerned about inclusion can create change even when they are not in positions of power. The activities, examples, and illustrations are designed to help participants refine their vision and their skills when it comes to inclusion. The ideas are free or low cost, and many can be achieved by any number of stakeholders — including students and families. Learn tried and true techniques, as well as out-of-the box solutions such as involving traditional and social media, “shrinking” the change, phoning for help, advertising, and writing your way to progress.

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Drama Therapy and Storymaking in Special Education. Paula Crimmens, $37.95

Many aspects of drama therapy make it an ideal technique to use with students with special learning needs. This practical resource book for professionals covers the broad spectrum of students attending special needs schools, including those with attention deficit disorder, autism and Asperger syndrome, and students with multiple disabilities.


EDM: the Educator’s Diagnostic Manual of Disabilities and Disorders. Roger Pierangelo & George Giuliani, $54.99

The definitive resource for special educators, school psychologists, and child group study teams, this comprehensive guide provides all the information needed — including definitions, symptoms, characteristics, and types — for the most significant educational disabilities and disorders, presented in a user-friendly format... this book is ideal for coding and mapping to IEP. The very first manual created specifically for education professionals, this book addresses a range of disorders and relates their significance to classroom practice.


Educating Children with Life-Limiting Conditions: a Practical handbook for Teachers and School-Based Staff. Alison Ekins, Sally Robinson, Ian Durant & Kathryn Summers, $60.10

Educating Children with Life-Limiting Conditions supports teachers who are working with children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in mainstream schools by providing them with the core knowledge and skills that underpin effective practice within a whole-school and cross-agency approach.

Mainstream schools now include increasing numbers of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and this accessible book is written by a team comprised of both education and health professionals, helping to bridge the gap between different services. Recognising the complexity of individual cases, the authors communicate key principles relating to the importance of communication, multi-professional understanding and working and proactive planning for meeting the needs of any child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition that can be applied to a range of situations.

Reflective activities and practical resources are provided and are also available to download. This book will be of interest to teachers in mainstream schools, as well as teachers, and senior leaders in all school settings, school nurses, children’s nurses and allied health professionals.

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Educating Learners with Down Syndrome: Research, Theory, and Practice with Children and Adolescents. Rhonda Faragher & Barbara Clarke, $49.50

For individuals with Down syndrome, the extent of the effect of intellectual disability depends largely on the degree of provision of appropriate support and intervention. EDUCATING LEARNERS WITH DOWN SYNDROME brings together a number of expert contributors, whose chapters review recent findings in the field of DS education, highlight promising practices, and identify areas for future research.

While the emphasis is primarily on the school years, links to early intervention and to life post-16 are made, with chapters organized into three parts: conceptual overview of issues in learning and teaching, learning mathematics, and literacy development. The book importantly incorporates the voices of individuals with Down syndrome. These personal narratives add significance to the research mission of the text and demonstrate the authors' inclusive philosophy.


Educating Special Children: an Introduction to Provision for Pupils with Disabilities, 2nd Edition. Michael Farrell, $57.50

EDUCATING SPECIAL CHILDREN is the definitive guide to evidence-based practice and professionally informed approaches in provision for special children. Now in its second edition, this book outlines ideas of best practice that relate to various disabilities and disorders and helpfully discusses what might constitute effective provision. This book will be of interest to all students of special education, professionals and others interested in gaining an understanding in the challenging field of offering provision for special children.


Embracing Disabilities in the Classroom: Strategies to Maximize Students' Assets. Toby Karten, $30.99

How we treat others often influences how individuals feel about themselves. This book illustrates how educators can effectively promote sensitive, inclusive classroom practices that maximize success for students with disabilities. Embracing Disabilities in the Classroom provides content-rich interdisciplinary lessons accompanied by behavioral, academic, and social interventions that capitalize on student strengths. Inclusion expert Toby Karten demonstrates the impact of literature, self-advocacy, role playing, and strategic interventions on students' growth and achievement.

This practical resource provides special education and general education teachers, principals, and teacher leaders with both effective instructional strategies for curriculum delivery and responsive approaches to promoting positive attitudes toward disabilities. Given appropriate support and an accepting environment, all students are able to achieve, thrive, and succeed in school and in life.

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Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: a Path to Pride and Success. Margo Vreeburg Izzo & LeDerick Horne, $37.50

How can you empower students with invisible disabilities to manage their challenges, accept and advocate for themselves, and reach their goals and dreams? This guidebook has inspiring and informative answers. Told with the authentic voices of adults with hidden disabilities, this encouraging, eye-opening book will help you guide students on the Path to Disability Pride and support their success in the classroom and community. Personal stories blend with powerful strategies as the authors share reflections on their experience with disability — and offer up practical teaching tips and interventions based on the latest research. An essential resource for educators, families, and self-advocates, this book will help students with non-visible disabilities dare to dream big and unlock their full potential.

  • promote disability pride within students, schools, and communities
  • teach critical life skills, including social-emotional, executive function, reading, and coping skills
  • reduce the stigma of hidden disabilities
  • develop mentoring programs that connect students with advice and encouragement
  • assist college students as they navigate the challenges of campus life and classes
  • prepare young adults to launch fulfilling careers and responsible, self-determined adult lives
  • help students develop authentic and meaningful relationships with others
  • support students with a range of hidden disabilities, including ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, and emotional and behavioral disturbance

Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities: a Resource Book for Teachers and Teaching Assistants. Barry Carpenter, et al, $66.50

Children and young people with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CLDD) have co-existing and overlapping conditions which can manifest in complex learning patterns, extreme behaviours and a range of socio-medical needs which are new and unfamiliar to many educators. Their combination of issues and layered needs — mental health, relationship, behavioural, physical, medical, sensory, communication and cognitive — mean they often disengage from learning and challenge even our most experienced teachers.

This book provides school practitioners and leaders with an approach and resources to engage this often disenfranchized group of children in learning. The Engagement for Learning Framework has been developed and trialled by over 100 educational settings (both special and mainstream) with learners from early years to post-16. It gives practitioners from a range of disciplines a shared means of assessing, recording and developing personalized learning pathways and demonstrating progression for these children. The focus on inquiry means that however complex a young person’s needs, educators will be able to apply the approach.

This practical and engaging book provides literature, tools and case study examples outlining who children and young people with CLDD are, why their engagement for learning is important and how the Engagement for Learning Framework can be used effectively by teachers and other professionals to ensure the best possible outcomes for these children.

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Everyday Classroom Strategies and Practices for Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Jamie Bleiweiss, Lauren Hough & Shirley Cohen, $47.95

This practical approach to working with students with autism spectrum disorders helps to demystify the processes needed to help these students succeed and gives teachers the supports to plan appropriately for them. Adopted by several schools and districts, this timely resource clearly communicates how to create a classroom in which every learner succeeds with specific and easy-to-implement strategies for students who require minimal supports as well as those who require more intensive interventions. In compliance with current trends in education, it incorporates evidence-based practices, positive behavior supports, and uses Response to Intervention.


Executive Function in Education: from Theory to Practice. Lynn Meltzer, editor, $43.50

This uniquely integrative book brings together leading researchers and practitioners from education, neuroscience, and psychology. It presents a theoretical framework for understanding executive function difficulties together with a range of effective approaches to assessment and instruction. Scholarly and authoritative yet highly practical, the book provides guidelines for intervening at the level of the individual child, the classroom, and the entire school.


Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: a Guide for Parents and Professionals, 3rd Edition. Maryanne Bruni, $33.95

The popular book, Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome is now available in a completely revised third edition. The author, an occupational therapist and parent of an adult with Down syndrome, describes how the characteristics of Down syndrome can impact the acquisition and progression of fine motor skills. She presents a thorough overview of the building blocks of fine motor development, from infancy through to adulthood:

  • Early arm and hand control
  • Stability, Bilateral coordination, Sensation, Dexterity
  • Activities to build daily living skills for home and school
  • Scissor skills and Pencil grasp development, pre-printing, printing & cursive writing
  • Keyboard skills, computer & tablet skills
  • Dressing, grooming, and feeding skills

Throughout the book, the author suggests ways to incorporate fine motor skill development opportunities into as many day-to-day activities as possible, recognizing how impractical it is to constantly be in "therapy" mode with a child. Suggestions for gift ideas are offered in "Grandma's and Grandpa's list" at the end of each chapter.

With expanded and updated information on fine motor skills and computer and personal electronic device use, keyboarding skills, postural support, sensory processing, and the adult years, readers will have at their fingertips a cornucopia of information and guidance to support the fine motor development of children and adults.

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FISH: Functional Independence Skills Handbook. William Killion, $121.50 (Complete FISH Kit includes the Assessment and Curriculum Handbook and 10 Assessment Booklets)

The Functional Independence Skills Handbook, or FISH, is used for determining a person's ability to perform certain functional activities from daily life. It was developed for special education teachers, para-educators, and parents working with individuals with severe developmental disabilities. The objective of the program is a direct increase in personal independence in those with autism and other developmental disorders. This program would also be beneficial for children with cognitive deficits, school age through adult.

FISH is a criterion-referenced series of 421 tasks. The assessment instrument and lessons are organized according to seven domains: Adaptive Behavior Skills, Affective (or Emotional) Skills, Cognitive Skills, Sensori-motor Skills, Social Skills, Speech and Language Skills, and Vocational Skills.


Frequently Asked Questions about Response to Intervention: a Step-by-Step Guide for Educators. Roger Pierangelo & George Giuliani, $41.95

Increasingly, teachers are learning about the important role of Response to Intervention (RTI) in the success of every child. RTI is a multifaceted approach that provides immediate, relevant, and research-based services and interventions to students in general, compensatory, and special education. Written by two legal and special education experts, this concise, reader-friendly guide introduces educators to the purpose, core principles, legal basis, benefits, and application of this service delivery model.


From Gobbledygook to Clearly Written Annual IEP Goals. Barbara Bateman, $34.50

Writing clear, measurable annual IEP goals is a difficult skill to master. This plain-speaking guide shows you how to write clean, objective, productive goals that will guide students toward success.

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Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational Needs. Natasha Etherington, $24.95

A garden or nature setting presents the perfect opportunity for children with special needs to learn, play and strengthen body and mind. This book empowers teachers and parents with little gardening know-how to get outside and use nature to motivate young learners. Using a mindfulness approach, the book outlines the many positive physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional and social benefits of getting out into the garden and provides specially adapted gardening activities for a variety of needs, including those with:

  • Physical challenges
  • Developmental disabilities
  • ADHD and learning disabilities
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Behavioural difficulties including anger and aggression
  • Allergies and asthma

With a focus on the therapeutic potential of nature, the book shows that gardening can help reduce feelings of anxiety, provide an outlet for physical aggression, build self-esteem through the nurturing of plants and much more. With this practical program, teachers and parents can easily adopt gardening activities into their schedules and enjoy the benefits of introducing children with special needs to nature and the rhythms of the seasons.


Getting the Most Out of IEPs: an Educator’s Guide to the Student-Directed Approach. Colleen Thoma & Paul Wehman, $32.50

Student-directed IEPs are quickly gaining momentum in schools — the proven benefits include higher academic achievement, enhanced student motivation, and increased communication and self-advocacy skills for students with disabilities. Now for the first time, there's a book that gives elementary and high school educators in-depth how-to guidance on making student-directed IEPs work for students with a range of special needs.

Packed with practical advice, helpful examples, and IEP resources for students themselves, this guidebook puts into print the best ideas for developing meaningful student-directed IEPs while adhering to legal requirements and evidence-based practices. Teachers will learn how to support students—regardless of their current skills and abilities—as they increase their own level of direction across every facet of the IEP process.

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Getting Started: iPads 4 Special Needs. Sami Rahman, $27.50

The iPad can be a very powerful tool for the special needs user. This handbook addresses the everything you need to know — from which iPad to buy, to the multitude of accessories that may be necessary for the special needs user. This book will also guide you through goal setting, basic and advanced set up options, finding apps, maintenance and troubleshooting, and encouraging your user to interact with the iPad.


A Guide to Writing Social Stories™: Step-by-Step Guidelines for Parents and Professionals. Chris Williams & Barry Wright, $28.95

Social Stories™ are a widely used and highly effective intervention for supporting children on the autism spectrum, but it can feel overwhelming to follow all the rules put in place to create personalised stories. Developed with the input of parents and professionals, and informed by new Social Stories research, this is a comprehensive, clear, easy step-by-step guide to writing effective personalised Social Stories™ that give children social information, creating many benefits for them.

The book includes many examples of real Social Stories created for children by parents and teachers working together, and handy downloadable checklists that highlight the essential components of a Social Story, helping to ensure that each story you write achieves the best possible results.


How the Special Needs Brain Learns, Second Edition. David Sousa, $51.25

Offering practical strategies for progressive classroom work, How the Special Needs Brain Learns is an indispensable tool for teachers, school administrators and support staff who want to better understand the way children with learning challenges process and retain information.

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Identifying Children with Special Needs: Checklists and Action Plans for Teachers. Glynis Hannell, $49.95

If you’re a general education teacher with little or no experience in special education, identifying children and adolescents with potential disabilities may seem an impossible task. Glynis Hannell offers guidelines to help educators quickly recognize and categorize the specific characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, emotional-behavioral disorders, cognitive disabilities, speech or language impairment, health-related disabilities, and more. By identifying and understanding specific disabilities, teachers can then use specific tools to ensure that all students receive the services they need to succeed.


Identifying Special Needs: Checklists for Profiling Individual Differences, 2nd Edition. Glynis Hannell, $50.50

 Drawing from her experience as an educational psychologist, and special education teacher, Glynis Hannell offers guidelines to help teachers quickly recognize and categorize the specific characteristics of developmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, emotional-behavioural disorders, specific learning disorders, sensory impairments and other forms of special need. The practical checklists and resources in this fully revised new edition help both classroom and specialist teachers to:

  • Screen any student for possible special needs
  • Understand the causes and characteristics of various types of special needs
  • Request and prepare for an intervention or IEP team meeting
  • Link classroom observations to diagnostic criteria used by specialists
  • Create accurate and comprehensive profiles for individual students
  • Record each student’s unique pattern of development within a special needs ‘label’
  • Quickly record important information and avoid writing time-consuming reports
  • Coordinate information from several teachers or professionals
  • Monitor progress and track significant changes over time
  • Involve parents in observing and discussing their child’s pattern of strengths and challenges
  • Plan effective, inclusive intervention in the classroom setting
  • Follow up with recommended further reading, websites and professional references

Recognizing special needs and identifying each student’s unique profile of positive attributes and difficulties enables teachers and other educational professionals to ensure that all their students receive the support they need to succeed.

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The IEP Checklist: Your Guide to Creating Meaningful and Compliant IEPs. Kathleen Winterman & Clarissa Rosas, $48.50

How can you design effective IEPs that improve student outcomes and meet legal requirements? This one-stop IEP guide has the answers your team needs to create great IEPs and put them into action. You'll start with a solid introduction to IEPs: their purpose, their major components, and the legal mandates they need to meet. Then you'll get a comprehensive framework for IEP development, featuring a unique, in-depth checklist that breaks the whole IEP process into small, manageable steps and walks you through each one. Packed with invaluable planning tips, vivid examples, and practice activities, this book is your whole school team's step-by-step guide to meaningful, legally compliant IEPs that help students reach their goals.


The IEP from A to Z: How to Create Meaningful and Measurable Goals and Objectives. Diane Twachtman-Cullen & Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett, $35.95

This step-by-step guide shows teachers and parents how to get the right education plan in place for students with ADHD, Autism/Asperger's, Emotional/Behavioral Disturbance, and related conditions.

  • Provides easy-to-understand explanations of the special education process along with a wealth of sample effective IEPs
  • Explains what is most important for educators and parents to keep in mind during IEP development
  • Provides content area-specific sample goal and objective templates, general teaching tips for maintaining the IEP, and useful resources

From nationally recognized experts in the special education field, this book guides readers through the process of writing thoughtful, intelligent Individualized Education Plans that deliver high-quality, need-based educational programming to exceptional students.


Inclusive Assessment and Accountability: a Guide to Accommodations for Students with Diverse Needs. Sara Bolt & Andrew Roach, $37.95

Inclusive Assessment and Accountability provides step-by-step guidelines for choosing appropriate accommodations and alternative testing practices for all K-12 students with mild to severe disabilities as well as English language learners. The authors also outline strategies, including universal design principles for instruction and assessment, to ensure that students with diverse needs are given access to the general education curriculum.

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Inclusive Lesson Plans Throughout the Year: Early Childhood. Laverne Warner, Sharon Lynch, Cynthia Simpson & Diana Nabors, $34.95

Inclusive Lesson Plans Throughout the Year has over 150 lesson plans for teachers who have children with special needs in their early childhood classrooms. Perfect for both beginning teachers and veteran teachers, Inclusive Lesson Plans Throughout the Year helps new teachers develop plans for each day and provides veteran teachers with new ideas and approaches to add spark to their classroom teaching.


Individualized Supports for Students with Problem Behaviors Designing Positive Behavior Plans. Linda Bambara & Lee Kern, $64.95

Practical and comprehensive, this book focuses on the nuts and bolts of designing positive behavior support plans for students with such disabilities as mental retardation, autism, learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. Strategies are provided for addressing individual behavioral problems at all levels of severity. Filled with illustrative examples, the book shows how to conduct a functional assessment and develop an overall support plan, using a team-based approach … Featuring self-check questions to facilitate learning and problem solving, this is an invaluable classroom text and professional guide.


Instructional Practices for Students with Behavioral Disorders: Strategies for Reading, Writing, and Math. J. Ron Nelson, Gregory Benner & Paul Mooney, $28.50

Presenting a broad range of instructional programs and practices that are proven effective for students with behavioral disorders for K-3 teachers and special educators. Described are clear-cut strategies for promoting mastery and fluency in early reading, writing, and math, while tailoring instruction to each student's needs. A special chapter outlines instructional management procedures for enhancing student engagement and promoting positive behavior.


Instructional Practices for Students with Behavioral Disorders: Strategies for Reading, Writing, and Math. J. Ron Nelson, Gregory Benner & Paul Mooney, $28.50

Presenting a broad range of instructional programs and practices that are proven effective for students with behavioral disorders for K-3 teachers and special educators. Described are clear-cut strategies for promoting mastery and fluency in early reading, writing, and math, while tailoring instruction to each student's needs. A special chapter outlines instructional management procedures for enhancing student engagement and promoting positive behavior.

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Involving Parents of Students with Special Needs: 25 Ready-to-Use Strategies. Jill Dardig, $30.99 (PK - 12)

Research has shown that establishing strong communication link with parents and promoting family involvement can have positive and tangible effects on a student's success in school. In this teacher-friendly resource, Jill Dardig provides 25 read-to-use techniques for involving parents in the education of children with a wide range of learning needs — including cognitive, emotional/behavioural, social, sensory, and physical disabilities.


Literacy for Visual Learners: Teaching Children with Learning Differences to Read, Write, and Communicate. Adele Devine, $49.95

This book takes a fresh look at approaches to teaching reading, writing and communication skills. It presents a wealth of innovative ideas specifically designed to support visual learners, including those with autism spectrum conditions and special educational needs.

Some children are more responsive to visual stimulation than spoken words, and this book shows how to engage these children in literacy lessons by using strategies that cover everything from the latest assistive technology to getting creative on a limited budget. There are tips for sharing stories with children who find it hard to sit still, supporting reluctant writers, enabling the pre-verbal child to answer questions and helping the child who never stops talking to develop listening skills. The strategies are supported by practical resources, examples and case studies, to show how to instil in children the confidence to create and share their thoughts.

This is a must-have resource for special education teachers and coordinators, as well as speech and language therapists, looking for new strategies for teaching literacy.


Making Math Accessible to Students with Special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grades K-2. $33.50

Making Math Accessible to Students with Special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grades 3-5. $33.50

Making Math Accessible to Students with Special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grades 6-8. $33.50

Making Math Accessible to Students with Special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grades 9-12. $33.50

Increase your capacity to make mathematics accessible to all students. These comprehensive manuals offer tools and guidance that everyone in mathematics education can use to increase confidence and competence. Chapters address critical topics such as research-based instructional best practices, and alternative instruction and assessment practices. Reflective questions and tasks make these perfect for self-guided or group study. Appendices offer sample answers and additional supports.

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Meeting Special Educational Needs in Secondary Classrooms: Inclusion and How to Do It, 2nd Edition. Sue Briggs, $57.95

There are greater numbers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) now attending mainstream schools. This fully updated and revised edition of Meeting Special Educational Needs in Secondary Classrooms is written by an experienced teacher, adviser and consultant and explains the challenges that these children face. This is a practical book full of guidance for teachers and teaching assistants who support children with SEND in mainstream secondary classrooms. Now fully updated this book:

  • covers all aspects of teaching children with SEND, including planning, teaching and learning
  • promotes successful communication between teachers, parents and students
  • contains photocopiable resources and templates

With practical guidance on how to make the curriculum more accessible for children with SEND, this book will help teachers and TAs work together to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities more effectively.


Modifying Schoolwork: Teachers’ Guides to Inclusive Practices, 3rd Edition. Rachel Janney & Martha Snell, $36.50 (K-12)

Need quick, practical, ready-to-use guidance on teaching all students-and making appropriate modifications for kids who need extra support? Packed with field-tested strategies, case studies, and planning tools, this hands-on guide will help teachers deliver effective universal instruction in core content areas and create customized adaptations and flexible supports for students with diverse needs and abilities. Teachers will learn what really works in inclusion, and they'll discover how to seamlessly weave in modifications while encouraging each student's sense of belonging.


Moment to Moment: a Positive Approach to Managing Classroom Behavior. Joey Mandel, $24.95

Insightful and empowering, this book is based on the premise that some children need extra help and patience in developing social skills. It shows teachers how to build on these crucial skills, ranging from the ability to control speech and movement, through improving attention and concentration, to the ability to adapt to the social environment of the classroom. It gives teachers the tools to help children develop stronger character, sense of self, and emotional well-being, to give them the skills they need to deal with the emotional challenges they meet in school. Classroom games and activities to teach and support all students in key social skills and engagement complement this important book.


More Language Arts, Math, and Science for Students with Severe Disabilities. Diane Browder & Fred Spooner, $64.95

How can today’s educators teach academic content to students with moderate and severe developmental disabilities? This text has answers for K-12 teachers, straight from 37 experts in special and general education. This important text prepares teachers to ensure more inclusion, more advanced academic content, and more meaningful learning for their students. Teachers will have the cutting-edge research and recommended practices they need to identify and deliver grade-aligned instructional content—leading to more opportunities and better quality of life for students with severe disabilities.

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The Neuropsychology of Mathematics: Diagnosis and Intervention. Steven Feifer & Philip De Fina, $79.95

The Neuropsychology of Mathematics explores how young children learn and acquire basic mathematical skills from a brain-based educational perspective. There are discussions on three primary ways in which numbers are formatted in the brain, as well as the relationship between anxiety and mathematical performance during classroom learning situations.

The Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders: Diagnosis and Intervention. Steven Feifer & Philip De Fina, $79.95

The Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders discusses both language based and non-language based written language disorders from a brain-based education model of learning. It is intended for school psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, special educators and school administrators.


100 Learning Games for Special Needs with Music, Movement, Sounds and...Silence. Johanne Hanko, $31.95

Games and activities are a great way for children with special needs to learn important skills. This book provides inspiration and guidance for special education teachers, teaching assistants, parents and carers on how to use lively and engaging play ideas to foster learning and development.

Targeting key skills including listening, self-awareness, movement, creative thinking and relaxation, each game has been developed with the capabilities of children with special needs in mind. The appropriate age group is clearly identified, and possible variations for different abilities are provided. All of the instructions are easy to follow and there are cheerful illustrations throughout. Using music, dance, art, word games and breathing exercises, this book is packed with creative and enjoyable games that make learning fun.


PANDAS and PANS in School Settings: a Handbook for Educators. Edited by Patricia Rice Doran, $30.95

PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Strep) and PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) occur when an abnormal immune response produces brain inflammation, leading to unusual psychological symptoms in children. Symptoms can include OCD, tics, ADHD, anxiety disorders, sensory issues and marked personality changes.

This practical handbook explains how educators can distinguish between these symptoms and pre-existing conditions, and offers strategies for supporting students with PANDAS and PANS in school settings. Contributions from experts provide educators with the understanding needed to be able to collaboratively identify PANDAS and PANS, and carry out effective interventions. As the rate of incidence of PANDAS and PANS increases, this book will be an essential resource for school staff in getting to grips with these complex disorders and overcoming the challenges they present.

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Paraeducator’s Resource Guide. Nancy French, $13.95 (laminated resource guide)

This reference gives you, the paraeducators, with valuable information about roles, responsibilities, job supervision, classroom instruction, as well as positive behavioral interventions and support. It also guides you to ask the right questions when you need more detailed specific information.


The Paraprofessional's Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention. Betty Ashbaker & Jill Morgan, $53.95

The Paraprofessional’s Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention is a comprehensive guide to appropriate behavioral strategies in the classroom, based on the Least Restrictive Behavioral Intervention (LRBI) and Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies (PBIS). This highly practical book provides:

  • an increased understanding of the processes underlying student behavior in the classroom, including motivation
  • a wide range of strategies for establishing and promoting positive behavior, as well as counteracting and reducing negative behaviors
  • skills related to nationally recognized standards for paraprofessional competence
  • an understanding of widely accepted principles and practices such as Response to Intervention (RTI)

The Paraprofessional’s Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention illuminates research-based, practical strategies shown to be effective in a wide range of educational settings and which can be implemented immediately and with confidence.


Play for Children with Special Needs: Supporting Children with Learning Differences, 3-9, Second Edition. Christine Macintyre, $40.50

Play for Children with Special Needs enables practitioners to appreciate the contribution that play makes to the education of all children. Christine Macintyre emphasis the importance of creating an environment where children become confident, independent learners, increasingly able to use their imaginations, care for others and to take safe risks.

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Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs: Raising and Teaching All Children to Become Resilient, Responsible and Respectful. Jane Nelsen, Steven Foster & Arlene Raphael, $20.95

Every child deserves to lead a happy and fulfilling life. For parents and teachers of children with special needs, helping their child to not only negotiate daily challenges, but to live fulfilling, meaningful lives, can be the most difficult challenge they will face. Over the years, millions of parents and teachers have come to trust Jane Nelsen’s classic Positive Discipline series for its consistent, commonsense approach to childrearing. Now, the bestselling series addresses the specific challenges that parents and teachers of children with special needs face, and offers them straightforward advice for supporting them in positive ways. In these pages are practical solutions to challenges such as:

Learning to look beyond diagnostic labels • Believing in each child's potential regardless of his/her stage of development • Helping children integrate socially and interact with their peers • Coping with the frustration that inevitably occurs when a child is being difficult • Strengthening a child's sense of belonging and significance • And Many More!


The Power of Peers in the Classroom: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills. Edited by Karen Harris & Lynn Meltzer, $47.50

Peer support and social relationships have a tremendous influence on development, motivation, and achievement for all students, including struggling learners and those with disabilities. This highly practical book is one of the few resources available to guide classroom teachers and special educators in the application of peer-assisted instructional strategies in grades K-12. Expert contributors describe evidence-based approaches for building students' skills in reading, writing, math, and other content areas, as well as social competence and executive functioning. Sample lessons and more than a dozen reproducible tools are provided. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.


Practical Mathematics for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Delays. Jo Adkins & Sue Larkey, $44.95

This book provides practical strategies and tools for teaching key mathematics concepts to children with an autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. The authors emphasize the importance of incorporating a child's special interest into learning in order to help them engage fully with new concepts. Topics covered include colours, shapes, categories, numerals, sequencing, addition and subtraction and using money, and the book includes worksheets and activities for incorporating mathematics into daily living skills. This is an essential resource for teachers, teaching assistants and parents.

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Promoting Self-Determination in Students with Developmental Disabilities. Michael L. Wehmeyer, $31.50

Growing evidence suggests that self-determination is a significant factor in improving educational and transition outcomes in students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This volume reviews the breadth of available methods for teaching components of self-determination-including choice making, problem solving, decision making, goal setting, self-advocacy, and self-regulated learning-and provides best-practice recommendations that teachers can put to immediate use in the classroom.


Promoting Successful Transition to Adulthood for Students with Disabilities. Robert Morgan & Tim Riesen, $48.50

Comprehensively addressing the challenges of transition, this book provides practical knowledge and tools geared toward real-world educators. It presents clear guidelines for all aspects of team-based transition planning for individuals with various levels of disability, illustrated with vignettes of three secondary students who are followed throughout the book. The authors describe evidence-based practices for conducting assessments and promoting optimal outcomes in the areas of employment, postsecondary education, and independent living. Keys to family involvement, self-determination, interagency collaboration, and problem solving are highlighted. Several reproducible forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8½" x 11" size.


Recognize, Respond, Report: Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Special Needs. Lori Ernsperger, $39.50 (K-12)

Bullying in schools is a national problem that affects a high percentage of students with special needs. This ready-to-use guidebook gives K–12 educators, administrators, and school counselors the research-based interventions they need to stop bullying in its tracks — and prevent it before it starts. 

Using a simple framework of 3 Rs (Recognize, Respond, and Report), you'll master the core components of preventing and addressing bullying and disability-based harassment at the district level, classroom level, and individual level. Practical, proven strategies and tools blend with heartfelt, real-world advice from students who've experienced bullying themselves. An easy fit with your existing initiatives, whether you use PBIS or a commercial anti-bullying program, this essential resource will help you create a safe and secure learning environment for all students to reach their full potential. 

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Remember Your Manners. Jo Browning Wroe, $21.95

Reproducible stories and teaching posters, activities, role play ideas, and guided questions for teaching social skills and manners to children ages five an up. The book includes stories and activities about:

Those important magic words • making and keeping friends • meet-and-greet manners • good sportsmanship • honesty and truth-telling • learning to be responsible • learning to show respect • learning self-control • understanding your feelings • and more …


Resilience in the Classroom: Helping Students with Special Needs.  Lisa Medoff, $28.95

The number of children with special needs in our schools has grown exponentially over the past decade. The classifications range from dyslexia to ADHD, from non-English speaking students and children living in dire poverty, to students struggling with learning disabilities and emotional disorders. When faced with students who have so many different special needs, teachers might despair of how to engage and encourage the children in the classroom. Dr. Medoff offers insight into the process of reaching students as individuals, and demonstrates how educators can help students strengthen and grow in order to achieve on their own.


A Room with a Differentiated View: How to Serve ALL Children as Individual Learners. Joanne Yatvin, $26.75

In A Room with a Differentiated View, Joanne Yatvin shows you how the parts of your class can exceed the whole by presenting a practical and theoretically sound handbook that's loaded with exciting, workable, and easy-to-use systems, routines, and strategies that give children the freedom to manage their own learning and you the freedom to guide them each through it.

Differentiated instruction is good teaching, responsive to specific student needs and professionally satisfying for you. Embrace the diversity of learning styles in your classroom, read A Room with a Differentiated View, and find out how teaching to individuals will improve your class's performance as a whole.


Self-Regulation Training Board. Brad Chapin, $40.95

The SELF-REGULATION TRAINING BOARD is a great tool for any classroom, office or home. It provides a very concrete, practical way for children to learn and practice their Self-Regulation skills. The 11 X 17 Board and the moveable pieces are laminated. It can easily be pinned up in a designated area of the classroom or home. This tool reinforces the Self-Regulation Training framework. When processing a situation, children are able to mark where they felt their Physical Warning Signs on the green person. Next, they are able to place an Emotion in the box to indicate how they Feel. Finally, they can choose a skill they've learned to indicate how they will solve the issue. 

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The Sensory Detective Curriculum Discovering Sensory Processing and How It Supports Attention, Focus, and Regulation Skills. Paula Aquilla, $33.50

Understanding our sensory processing ability helps us to understand our likes, dislikes, and regulation style; i.e., the strategies we use to help keep ourselves in a calm, alert state. The calm, alert state is the state necessary for learning! Knowing how to stay regulated is a life skill. This ability enables us to function in different environments, in different situations, and with different people.

The Sensory Detective Curriculum is a resource that can be used in a school setting to enable children to learn more about themselves and others. It meets learning goals in science and social studies and can provide a platform to discuss how we behave and communicate with each other. Opening this discussion can help us understand how tensions can rise, how bullying can happen, and how children in our own classroom can feel lonely, isolated and misunderstood. The Sensory Detective Curriculum enables students to discover sensory processing and how it supports attention, focus and regulation skills. Learning adventures include: the neurology of sensory processing, how sensory processing supports the nervous system to pay attention and focus, how emotion is connected to sensory processing and regulation. Each chapter has fun activities for students to not only deepen their understanding but to apply this understanding to their own classroom.


Show Me! A Teacher's Guide to Video Modelling. Carol Dittoe & Heather Bridgman, $27.95

With the technology we have today (tablets, smartphones, applications), implementing video modeling is easier than ever! This book is meant to inspire readers to think about how they can use video modeling by providing many real-life examples of students who have used and found benefits from watching video to learn social skills, positive behaviors, and academics. A helpful planning guide is provided to help teams get started and more easily implement the video-modeling strategy.


Simple Low-Cost Games and Activities for Sensorimotor Learning: a Sourcebook of Ideas for Young Children Including Those with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Other Learning Differences. Lisa Kurtz, $29.95

This practical sourcebook is packed full of fun, low-cost games and activities that encourage the development of motor skills, coordination and sensory tolerance in young children. Using materials that are readily-available in most households or that can be purchased or homemade at a very low cost, these games and activities are appropriate for all children, including those with autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other learning challenges. The book includes clear descriptions of how to carry out each activity, helpful illustrations, and ways to adapt activities according to the child's individual needs. In addition, a comprehensive reference guide to the activities enables easy searching for games suited to the development of particular skills.

This sourcebook is the key to easy-to-understand, low-cost, and effective games and activities that will support the development of sensorimotor skills. It is a useful tool for parents, carers, therapists, and teachers of children with or without special needs.

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63 Tactics for Teaching Diverse Learners Grades 6-12. Bob Algozzine, Pam Campbell & Adam Wang, $27.99

This collection of evidence-based instructional strategies enables general and special education teachers, novice or experienced, to address the learning needs of all students in diverse, inclusive classrooms. The authors provide a practical, research-based teaching model that focuses on planning, managing, delivering, and evaluating instruction for middle and secondary students with or without disabilities.


Social Skills Games & Activities for Kids with Autism. Wendy Ashcroft, Angela Delloso & Anne Marie Quinn, $33.95

SOCIAL SKILLS GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM provides complete instructions for using fun, engaging games and activities to teach social skills to children with autism spectrum disorders. The games include directions for assessing skills such as asking for toys, getting the attention of others, reading nonverbal gestures, understanding perspectives, and cooperating to solve problems. Using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, the book takes teachers through motivating, prompting, shaping, modeling, and reinforcing social skills while playing the games and helping students learn to participate in other activities such as demonstrating the social skill in role plays and the natural environment. Perfect for teachers struggling to help their students with autism learn to interact socially with their peers, these games are sure to become a much-loved part of students’ daily routines.


Solution-Focused RTI: a Positive and Personalized Approach to Response to Intervention, Grades K-8. Linda Metcalf, $39.95

Linda Metcalf provides an effective approach to Response-to-Intervention using a "solution-focused" method, which emphasizes a student's strengths rather than his or her weaknesses. This important book guides educators to identify exceptions to students' learning problems and design personalized interventions that can help those students succeed. This book provides teachers with the basic building blocks of the solution-focused approach and offers step-by-step guidelines for identifying exceptions, designing interventions, and implementing a three-tiered Response-to-Intervention process.


The Special Education Almanac. Elaine Fletcher-Janzen & Cecil Reynolds, $77.99

A terrific resource for anyone working in special education, this is a practical and comprehensive reference that supports the everyday needs of professionals. Includes highly accessible summaries, tips, examples, best practices and references to the latest research on everything from IEP's to special education law, medications, measurements and testing, behavioral support and much, much more.

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Special Education in Ontario Schools, 7th Edition. Sheila Bennett & Don Dworet with Ken Weber, $43.95

The 2013 edition of this terrific resource has been fully updated to reflect the changes and continuing issues in Ontario's special education system since the 2008 edition. An indispensable guide for all educators in Ontario schools, this is a hugely practical, insightful and inspiring look at identifying and developing the strengths of children with differing abilities and needs.


The Special Educator's Comprehensive Guide to 301 Diagnostic Tests, Revised and Expanded Edition. Roger Pierangelo & George Giuliani, $35.99

This important resource is an update of the best-selling book The Special Educator's Resource Guide to 109 Diagnostic Tests. This greatly expanded edition contains 301 new and enhanced tests, vital to understanding assessment in special education. Designed as an easy-to-use, hands-on resource, the book is filled with practical tools, information, and suggestions. Step-by-step, this practical guide explores the various stages of evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, prescription, and remediation.


The Special Educator’s Toolkit: Everything You Need to Organize, Manage, & Monitor Your Classroom. Cindy Golden, $43.95

Reduce your stress and support student success with this practical toolkit for whole-classroom organization. A lifesaver for special educators in any K–12 setting, this book and CD-ROM set will help teachers expertly manage everything, from schedules and paperwork to student supports and behavior plans with this innovative approach to creating effective classrooms for students with all types of disabilities. Special educators will get step-by-step, ready-to-use guidance on managing six key aspects of their daily work:

  • Environment. Make the most of every inch of classroom space! Clean out clutter, arrange furniture to improve traffic flow, and construct classroom zones, work stations, and bulletin board displays that support learning.
  • Communication. Implement low-cost communication supports that meet student needs. Make simple picture symbol books, interactive schedules, labels for classroom areas and objects, and more.
  • Teaching Methods and Materials. Determine student needs, create schedules, simplify the IEP process, and pinpoint the best methods for teaching academic, vocational, behavioral, social, and life skills.
  • Behavioral Systems. Organize a successful behavioral system that motivates students, helps them improve behavior and social skills, and uses positive reinforcement techniques.
  • Data and Paperwork. Learn the secrets to creating a simple, logical, highly efficient system for managing paperwork—so more time can be spent on teaching.
  • Staff and Home Supports. Build trusting, respectful relationships with classroom staff and parents with stress-free strategies like team meetings and home communication notebooks.

For each of these critical areas, special educators will discover dozens of proven strategies, vivid examples, and clever tips and tricks to help them make immediate improvements in their classroom. The book includes a CD-ROM with more than 60 printable forms and tools to support learning, safety, and positive behavior. This is the ultimate guide for every special educator, from the first-year teacher setting up a new classroom to the seasoned veteran who wants a down-to-earth guide to current best practices.

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Special Needs in the Early Years: Supporting Collaboration, Communication, and Coordination, 3rd Edition. Sue Roffey & John Parry, $39.95

This highly popular and accessible text contains a wealth of information about how early years staff can work effectively with professionals and parents to help identify and meet a range of special educational needs. This book aims to explore the most effective ways of supporting the child and implementing that support across the child’s day to day life. With case-studies, checklists, suggestions for good practice and cartoons to illustrate and enrich the text throughout, this book is structured to be easily accessible and invaluable for those who are working in the Early Years sector.


Special Stories for Disability Awareness: Stories and Activities for Teachers, Parents and Professionals. Mal Leicester, illustrated by Taryn Shrigley-Wightman, $34.95

Special Stories on Disability Awareness provides stories that fire the imagination and promote disability awareness and discussion among children aged 4–11 about universal issues such as fear, loss, feeling 'different', bullying, exclusion, joy, success, friendship and emotional growth. The stories provide a safe environment for young children to discuss painful emotions as well as a tool for teachers, parents and professionals to understand the experiences of disabled children. Each chapter features an engaging story, linked discussion and learning materials as well as suggestions for activities and photocopy-ready handouts. All those who work in early education or support young children will find this an invaluable resource.


Specific Learning Difficulties: What Teachers Need to Know. Diana Hudson, $22.95

This book clearly explains what Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) are, and describes the symptoms of conditions most commonly encountered in the mainstream classroom: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and OCD. The author provides an overview of the strengths and weaknesses commonly associated with each of these conditions, as well as practical suggestions for modifying teaching materials and methods to make learning enjoyable, effective and accessible for students. There are also dedicated chapters on helping students with SpLDs to develop effective revision skills and exam techniques. 

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Starting a Conversation: School Children with Congenital Heart Disease. Jillian Roberts & Sheryle MacMath, $26.95

This book is for everyone who would like to learn about congenital heart disease. This book will inspire people to see the child, rather than the illness. This is the dream of these children. Starting a Conversation provides accessibility to the wealth of knowledge that has been generated by researchers so that teachers, school personnel, and parents can work together to create the best school environment possible. Together, a school environment can be established that supports, guides, and enriches the lives of children with congenital heart disease. Often, it is just a matter of starting a conversation.


Story Drama in the Special Needs Classroom: Step-by-Step Lesson Plans for Teaching through Dramatic Play. Jessica Perich Carleton, $25.95

Introducing drama to the learning experience is guaranteed to enrich a child's development, and is an especially effective approach for children with special educational needs, including those with autism spectrum disorders. This practical handbook offers teachers an array of simple and easy-to-implement theatrical techniques that will enhance students' learning and encourage artistic expression.

The author demonstrates how drama can be applied to a diverse range of school subjects and recreational settings. 'The Little Red Hen', for example, covers themes that are relevant to literacy (rhyming and rhythm), maths (counting seeds), science (discussing farming), and art lessons (designing costumes). Step-by-step lesson plans take teachers through every aspect of running fun and engaging story dramas, including warm ups, movement, songs and props. Handy tips throughout suggest ideas for developing the plays further and ways to adapt them according to the needs of the group.


Strategies to Support Children with Autism and Other Complex Needs: Resources for Teachers, Support Staff, and Parents. Christine Macintyre, $50.30

Strategies to Support Children with Autism and other Complex Needs bridges the gap between explaining what autism is and finding ways to interact through having a balance of play activities interspersed with more formal teaching of skills of everyday living. This highly practical text provides a bank of strategies that are specially designed to be matched to the developmental status of each child. These strategies are endorsed by academics who have monitored the children’s responses in communicating, pretending, playing, moving, and singing and describe how the children have responded positively over time. This book covers a variety of topics such as:

  • The importance of play for enhancing learning for children with autism and other complex needs
  • Evaluating different ways of developing communication
  • Transferring learning from one environment to another to aid memorizing
  • Understanding the impact of sensory hypo and hyperactivity on children’s learning
  • Developing a ‘Theory of Mind’
  • The importance of movement, music and having fun

Observation and assessment schedules are provided, along with clear and helpful evaluation forms which show staff in primary and early years settings how children on the autistic spectrum can be helped to make meaningful and encouraging progress.

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Supporting Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, 2nd Edition. Elizabeth Morling & Colleen O'Connell, $47.50

This practical resource contains a wealth of valuable advice and tried-and-tested strategies for identifying children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This fully updated text describes the different types of difficulties experienced by pupils with ASD and helps practitioners to understand their diverse needs. This fully updated new edition explores key topics, including:

  • organizing the classroom and support staff
  • home-school liaison and working with siblings
  • transition to adulthood
  • independence skills
  • whole school implications

This invaluable guide provides guidance and practical strategies for teachers and other professionals, helping them to feel more confident, and be more effective in supporting learners in a variety of settings. For professional development, this book also provides materials for in-house training sessions, and features useful checklists, templates and photocopiable/downloadable resources.


Supporting Children with Cerebral Palsy, 2nd Edition. Rob Grayson, et al, $47.50

Offering practical tips and tried-and-tested strategies from professional practitioners, this accessible guide provides advice on how to meet the needs of young people with cerebral palsy. This new edition presents all of the information practitioners will need to know to deliver outstanding provision for young people with cerebral palsy and support the inclusion of children and young people with cerebral palsy into mainstream schools. The far-reaching advice found within this guide includes:

  • Planning for a pupil with cerebral palsy
  • Accessing the curriculum, including specific advice on each subject area
  • Developing independence skills
  • Liaising between home and school
  • Making the transition into adulthood

With accessible materials, such as checklists, templates and photocopiable resources, this up-to-date guide will enable teachers and other professionals to feel more confident and effective in the support they can provide.


Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum in Primary Schools: a Practical Guide for Teaching Assistants. Cary Canavan, $57.50

Written to meet the needs of teaching assistants and learning support assistants, this book provides a practical toolkit for supporting students on the autistic spectrum in mainstream secondary schools.

The book offers a clear, jargon free explanation of autism spectrum conditions and examines the difficulties arising from these conditions and how they can impact on students’ learning. Addressing issues which arise on a daily basis, it is full of practical advice and strategies for supporting students socially and academically across all areas of the curriculum. Features include:

  • templates to scaffold students’ comprehension and learning in different subject areas
  • forms to help with information collection and evaluation
  • advice on supporting students through examinations
  • examples and case studies to illustrate how the strategies described work in practice

Packed with photocopiable resources that can be adapted to suit individual students’ needs, this book is essential reading for teaching assistants that want to help their students’ on the autism spectrum to reach their full potential.

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Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum in Secondary Schools. Cary Canavan, $53.95

Written to meet the needs of teaching assistants and learning support assistants, this book provides a practical toolkit for supporting students on the autistic spectrum in mainstream secondary schools.

The book offers a clear, jargon free explanation of autism spectrum conditions and examines the difficulties arising from these conditions and how they can impact on students’ learning. Addressing issues which arise on a daily basis, it is full of practical advice and strategies for supporting students socially and academically across all areas of the curriculum. Features include:

  • templates to scaffold students’ comprehension and learning in different subject areas
  • forms to help with information collection and evaluation
  • advice on supporting students through examinations
  • examples and case studies to illustrate how the strategies described work in practice

Packed with photocopiable resources that can be adapted to suit individual students’ needs, this book is essential reading for teaching assistants that want to help their students’ on the autism spectrum to reach their full potential.


A Survival Guide for New Special Educators, Grades K-12. Bonnie Billingsley, Mary Brownell, Maya Israel & Margaret Kamman, $35.95

Drawing on the latest research on special educator effectiveness and retention, this comprehensive, go-to resource addresses the most pressing needs of novice instructors, resource teachers, and inclusion specialists. This highly practical book is filled with checklists, forms, and tools that special educators can use every day to help ensure that all special needs students get the rich, rewarding education they deserve.

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Swivel to Success: Bipolar Disorder in the Classroom. Tracy Anglada, $18.95

A teacher’s guide to understanding and helping students with bipolar disorder succeed at school.


Systematic Instruction for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities. Belva Collins, $63.50

To ensure the best outcomes for students with moderate and severe disabilities, K–12 educators need to understand what constitutes good instructional practices and how to apply them in any classroom, with any curriculum. All the how-to guidance they need is in this accessible text on systematic instruction, a highly effective teaching approach rooted in applied behavior analysis.

This one-of-a-kind textbook fully prepares teachers to use systematic instruction procedures to link core content with critical life skills. Future educators will discover evidence-based methods that help them:

  • collect accurate screening and baseline data before instruction
  • effectively use specific systematic instruction procedures
  • make instruction more efficient by weaving nontargeted information into lessons
  • improve students' communication skills through naturalistic language strategies
  • expertly organize and deliver small-group systematic instruction
  • enhance instruction with assistive technology
  • plan successful instructional schedules for students across settings and teachers
  • maximize instruction time by involving peers, paraprofessionals, and service delivery personnel
  • help students maintain new skills and generalize them to other settings

An ideal textbook, this student-friendly book includes sample lesson plans, chapter objectives, reflection questions, and a glossary. And the practical materials—including 20 blank data collection sheets and quick step-by-step charts of instruction procedures—make this an invaluable resource for in-practice educators. A comprehensive guide to the why and how of systematic instruction, this is the accessible text teachers need to succeed in inclusive classrooms and improve outcomes for students with moderate and severe disabilities.

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Talkabout Sex & Relationships 1: a Programme to Develop Intimate Relationship Skills. Alex Kelly & Emily Dennis, $72.70

Talkabout Sex & Relationships 1 is a comprehensive toolkit for all therapists, educators and support staff who deliver relationship education to people with special needs. It is intended primarily to support groupwork but activities can be easily adapted to suit the needs of individuals with varying abilities.

The resource emphasises the importance of happy, healthy and positive relationships. It looks at the life cycle of a relationship from finding a partner, coping with problems, staying safe and maintaining a relationship to dealing with the potential ending of a relationship. This toolkit is the first in a two volume set, the second of which will focus on sex.


Taming The Data Monster: Collecting and Analyzing Classroom Data to Improve Student Progress. Christine Reeve & Susan Kabot, $40.95

Faced with increasing demands for accountability, teachers are having to base their instructional decisions and choice of interventions on data on student performance. This book shows how to make this otherwise daunting task much more manageable by means of case studies and countless evidence-based forms and graphs. Although this book often refers to students and classrooms, the data collection techniques are applicable to a wide range of environments, including clinics, job-training and actual job sites, and homes.  In addition, the data collection tools and procedures are relevant for use with a wide range of ages, from toddlers to adults.


Teaching Adolescents with Autism: Practical Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom. Walter Kaweski, $19.95

Award-winning educator Walter Kaweski offers secondary teachers practical strategies and heartfelt insights based on his extensive experience as an autism specialist, inclusion coordinator, and father of a son with Asperger syndrome. Students with special needs often require extra support as they adjust to middle and high school and the changes that accompany adolescence. Without support, this time can be overwhelming. TEACHING ADOLESCENTS WITH AUTISM offers hundreds of valuable ideas to help support students with diverse needs.

Each chapter offers numerous personal stories that illustrate and reinforce strategies in a tangible way. Important concepts are augmented with bulleted lists, tables, figures, photographs, and cartoons drawn by a student with autism. This unique book takes the mystery out of teaching adolescents with autism and inspires teachers to appreciate the individuality of each student.

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Teaching by Design: Using Your Computer to Create Materials for Students with Learning Differences. Kimberly Voss, $45.95

Teaching by Design shows readers how to use the computer to design meaningful educational materials for children and adults with special needs. A synthesis of computer graphics, education, and crafting, this book represents the author’s considerable expertise in customizing educational materials for her daughter with multiple disabilities as well as teaching other parents and teachers to create them too. Full of instructions for designing and adapting materials and strategies for using them, including a time-saving CD-ROM of templates, Teaching by Design is useful to parents and teachers of students of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. Design and customize lotto boards, interactive spelling cards, game pieces, playing cards, matching games, menus, fill-in-the-blank decals, handwriting transparencies, and more, to teach visual perception, math, language, communication, reading, handwriting, and self-help skills.


Teaching Children with High-Level Autism: Evidence from Families. Pamela LePage & Susan Courey, $43.95

TEACHING CHILDREN WITH HIGH-LEVEL AUTISM combines the perspectives of families and children with disabilities and frames these personal experiences in the context of evidence-based practice, providing teachers and professionals with vital information on how they can help children with high-level autism reach their full potential. Many children with high-level autism are capable of regulating their behaviors given the right interventions, and this cutting edge text explores multiple methods for helping such children succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally.


Teaching Disability Sport, 2nd Edition. Ronald Davis, $54.95

This book and DVD package guides readers through the stages of program planning, implementation, teaching assessment and evaluation of a disability sports curriculum. Teachers can choose from more than 150 games and activities in seven sports, all cross-referenced to functional profiles. The DVD contains video clips of activities as well as assessment forms and other reproducible materials.

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Teaching Exceptional Children and Adolescents: a Canadian Casebook. Nancy Hutchinson, $78.00

Teaching Exceptional Children and Adolescents presents 22 dilemma cases that are challenging, realistic and without any obvious or clear "right" answers. These case presentations will help teacher candidates and experienced educators alike in preparing to meet the challenges of a diverse classroom. Topics such as issues of equity, cultural diversity, child abuse, Asperger syndrome and more are discussed.


Teaching Gifted Children with Special Educational Needs: Supporting Dual and Multiple Exceptionality. Diane Montgomery, $57.95

Children with both giftedness and special educational needs are often found in the mainstream classrooms. This essential resource provides an overview of existing knowledge about dual and multiple exceptionality (DME), examining the needs of gifted and talented children from both the class teacher’s and SENCo’s perspectives. Diane Montgomery explores both the specialist interventions that some children will need at least for part of their school life, as well as the general inclusive provision that every school can develop to meet the needs of all children. Focusing on evidence-based identification throughout, chapters in this accessible book cover:

  • An analysis of the terms ‘giftedness and talent’ and the different methods that can be used for identifying them and assessing their limitations
  • Identifying and supporting a range of difficulties, syndromes and disorders such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, DCD, ASD, ADHD and SEBD
  • How to manage classroom behaviour, improve school ethos and create a DME-friendly school through inclusive teaching and learning

This invaluable resource will assist you in creating a DME friendly school, help to integrate learners with a range of difficulties and enable them and others to learn.


Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom: How to Recognize, Understand, and Help Challenged (and Challenging) Students Succeed. Myles Cooley, $51.99

When students have mental health issues and learning problems, how can educators recognize the symptoms, respond appropriately, and meet students’ learning needs while preventing or addressing disruptive behaviors?

Written by a clinical psychologist, this user-friendly guide describes mental health and learning disorders often observed in school children, explains how each might be exhibited in the classroom, and offers expert suggestions on what to do (and sometimes what not to do). The book looks at students with:

  • Anxiety Disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD); Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and School Refusal
  • Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Communication Disorders including difficulties with articulation; Receptive and Expressive Language Disorder; stuttering and social communication problems (also known as Pragmatic Language Disorder)
  • Learning Disabilities including reading, math and writing
  • ADHD
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-Injury

Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom is an essential tool for teachers, special education professionals, school counselors and psychologists, administrators, and teacher aides.

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Teaching the Moving Child: OT Insights that Will Transform Your K-3 Classroom. Sybil Berkey, $38.50

Because sensorimotor and environmental factors have a profound effect on children's learning, every teacher should know how to weave strategies from occupational therapy into their everyday instruction so all students can achieve their full potential.

A clear and reader-friendly guide from an OT with nearly 35 years of classroom experience, Teaching the Moving Child gives elementary educators the solid foundation of knowledge they need to:

  • maximize the link between movement and learning
  • meet the needs of students with sensory processing issues by modifying the classroom environment and task demands
  • improve students' writing skills (includes an easy-to-use, five-step process for handwriting instruction)
  • facilitate children's fine motor ability, including using pencils and scissors and drawing lines and shapes
  • optimize learning through strategic use of classroom seating, space, lighting, and visual and auditory stimuli
  • promote imaginative play as essential to every part of the learning process
  • recognize and minimize students' stress, especially during transitions and waiting times
  • decrease restlessness and increase attention through environmental planning strategies
  • collaborate skillfully with OTs to address sensorimotor issues before they become a barrier to learning

Teaching Tips for Challenging Behaviors. Kelly Gunzenhauser & Debra Kitzman, $14.50

Practical strategies to help teachers manage, monitor, document, and improve school success for students with and without specific disabilities. Includes tips for students with:

Underdeveloped motor skills • physical disabilities • speech issues • limited vocabulary • reading difficulties • poor organization skills • poor social skills • delayed emotional development  • aggression and anger • bullying tendencies • extreme shyness • and more …


Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students. Michelle Garcia Winner, $127.95

Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students is a social thinking curriculum to guide therapists, educators and parents who are exploring how to introduce social thinking to their students in a structured and thought out progression. Think Social is designed to assist children across the school ages who have been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, PDD-NOS, high-functioning autism, AD/HD, hyperlexia, non-verbal learning disability (NVLD) and when there is no clear diagnosis, but social challenges are present.

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Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching and Counseling Gifted Students. Beverly Trail, $33.95

Gifted students with disabilities, also referred to as twice-exceptional children, need strategies in order to find success in the regular classroom. This comprehensive text provides an overview of who these students are, how teachers can tap into their strengths and weaknesses, and what educational strategies should be implemented to help these students succeed in school and beyond. The book will guide a collaborative team step-by-step through the process of identifying students’ needs, selecting modifications and accommodations, and developing a comprehensive plan to meet the diverse needs of twice-exceptional children. By implementing the strategies suggested in this book, teachers of twice-exceptional gifted students can ensure these students do not just survive in the classroom, but thrive.


Understanding, Developing, and Writing Effective IEPs: a Step-by-Step Guide for Educators. Roger Pierangelo & George Giuliani, $34.95

Clear, helpful answers for educators involved in developing Individualized Education Programs. Ideal for teachers and administrators, this jargon-free text provides techniques, suggestions, and information for all aspects of the IEP process.


Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children: a Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals. Phil Christie, Margaret Duncan, Ruth Fidler & Zara Healy, $25.95

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) is a developmental disorder that is being increasingly recognized as part of the autism spectrum. The main characteristic is a continued resistance to the ordinary demands of life through strategies of social manipulation, which originates from an anxiety-driven need to be in control.

This straightforward guide is written collaboratively by professionals and parents to give a complete overview of PDA. Starting with an exploration into the syndrome, it goes on to answer the immediate questions triggered when a child is first diagnosed, and uses case examples throughout to illustrate the impact of the condition on different areas of the child's life. Early intervention options and workable strategies for managing PDA positively will make day-to-day life easier for the child, their family and peers. New problems faced in the teenage years and how to assist a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood are also tackled. The book concludes with a valuable resources list.

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Understanding and Supporting Pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties in the Secondary School: a Practical Guide. Rachel Hayes & Pippa Whittaker, $53.95

Learners with MLD form one of the largest categories of special educational need in mainstream secondary schools. In most schools, the vast majority of learners with MLD will be taught in mainstream classes much of the time. This book outlines a range of strategies and approaches for supporting these learners. It includes all the vital information practitioners need to know about Moderate Learning Difficulties. Key points covered include:

  • Definitions and identification of moderate learning difficulties
  • Teaching strategies and approaches
  • Developing key conceptual, literacy and social skills
  • Effective support from TAs
  • Theoretical perspectives on learning

Understanding and Supporting Pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties in the Secondary Schoolprovides an introduction to a wide range of ideas, arguments and perspectives about ways of understanding and supporting learners who are considered to have MLD. This is a much-needed source of knowledge for teachers, TAs, SENCos, Learning Mentors and anyone who supports children and young people with moderate learning difficulties and provides an honest and accessible approach.


Understanding and Teaching Emotionally Disturbed Children and Adolescents, 4th Edition. Phyllis Newcomer, $58.50

This informative text is written for both general and special education teachers as well as for counselors, social workers, and psychologists interested in helping children and adolescents make healthy emotional adjustments in the classroom and in life. Its content provides extensive information about types of emotional and social disorders and therapeutic approaches that may be used with children and adolescents in educational settings.


Universal Design for Learning in Action: 100 Ways to Teach All Learners. Whitney Rapp, $41.95

Need creative ideas for moving UDL from theory to practice? Get this must-have quick guide, ready for any teacher to pick up and start using now. Whitney Rapp, co-author of the acclaimed Teaching Everyone, walks you step by step through 100 UDL strategies that strengthen student engagement, learning, and assessment. Based on the latest research (but still practical and fun!), these highly effective ideas will help you address diverse learning needs and increase all students' access to the general curriculum. Essential for every educator who wants to know what UDL really looks like, sounds like, and feels like — and how to use this proven approach to teach and reach all learners.

100 UDL STRATEGIES FOR:

  • Classroom space and materials: The best uses of seating, lighting, bulletin boards, and more
  • Classroom management: From smoother schedules and meetings to effective transition areas
  • Technologies: Fresh ways to use blogs, videoconferencing, e-books, and more
  • Content instruction: Teach academic content with tools like music, drawing, mnemonics, and humor
  • Social interaction: Creative games and small-group activities that sharpen all kids’ social skills
  • Executive functions: Great ideas for templates, rubrics, graphic organizers, timers, and web-based materials
  • Transition to adulthood: Prepare students for the real world with charts, goal plans, and more
  • Assessment: New ways kids can show what they know — from adapted tests to family projects

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Using Storytelling to Support Children and Adults with Special Needs: Transforming Lives through Telling Tales. Edited by Nicola Grove, $48.50

This innovative and wide-ranging book shows how storytelling can open new worlds for learners with or without special educational needs. With sections that outline both therapeutic and educational approaches, this practical resource provides a highly accessible combination of theory and practice. Using STORYTELLING TO SUPPORT CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS will be of interest to all education professionals as well as therapists, youth workers, counsellors, and storytellers and theatre practitioners working in special education.


Visual Bridges for Special Learners: a Complete Resource of 32 Differentiated Learning Activities for People with Moderate Learning and Communication Disabilities. Julia Moor, $70.95

Teachers and trainers running activities for people with learning and communication difficulties face the daunting task of balancing a wide range of needs, abilities and preferences, whilst simultaneously being asked to meet measured outcomes, record progress and create their own resources. This book presents thirty-two original, engaging and highly visual learning sessions. The activities have been specifically designed to develop learning skills, self-awareness and awareness of others, explore representation, language and early literacy, and cooperation and teamwork. Each session is comprehensively described and includes worksheets, learning aims and suggestions for differentiation and extension activities for either group work or individual learning.

These activities will help to develop confidence and motivation by using highly visual resources to bridge the gap between language and cognition. They will be perfect for teachers and trainers running college classes and community education centres, day and residential care centres and training programmes. All the worksheets are included in colour on the accompanying CD.

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Visual Supports for Visual Thinkers: Practical Ideas for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Special Education Needs. Lisa Rogers, $52.95

Visual supports have been proven to be a highly effective way to communicate with, and teach, a student with an autism spectrum disorder or other learning difficulty. This book is packed with simple, effective tools to assist in the education of students with special education needs. They can be adapted to be used with young children and older learners with a range of educational needs, including nonverbal learners. Based on the author's years of teaching experience, the book covers how the classroom environment is laid out, how to use schedules and time planning aids, different education approaches and the teaching of social rules and appropriate behavior. All the visual supports are clearly explained alongside examples and photos showing them in use in the classroom. The supports are also included on the accompanying CD as blank templates.


When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs, 2nd Edition. Judy Galbraith & Jim Delisle, $32.50

Gifted kids are so much more than test scores and grades. Still, it’s sometimes difficult to see past the potential to the child who may be anxious, lonely, confused, or unsure of what the future might bring. This book, now fully revised with updated information and new survey quotes, offers practical suggestions for addressing the social and emotional needs of gifted students. The authors present ways to advocate for gifted education; help gifted underachievers, perfectionists, and twice-exceptional students; and provide all gifted kids with a safe, supportive learning environment.

Complete with engaging stories, strategies, Q&As, essays, activities, resources, and discussions of ADHD, Asperger’s, and the Common Core, this book is for anyone committed to helping gifted students thrive. Online digital content includes reproducible forms from the book.


Whole Child Reading: a Quick Start Guide to Teaching Students with Down Syndrome and Other Developmental Delays. Natalie Hale, $27.50

Discover the keys to teaching children and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities how to read for meaning. Written for today's busy parents and teachers, this easy-to-use guide explains how to "go in through the heart" to hook beginning and struggling readers with high-interest, individualized materials — flashcards, personal books, and modified trade books. The simple strategies described are designed to "teach to the brain" and are based on research about how we learn most easily and naturally.

The methods in the book can be adapted for learners of any age who are reading at a third grade level or below. The crux of the instructional method described in Whole Child Reading is to teach the child to sight read for content before focusing on phonetics. The book emphasizes providing new or struggling readers with books that are intensely interesting to them about topics they love in order to get them excited about reading. With the help of plentiful illustrations, author Natalie Hale explains how best to motivate new readers using a combination of home-made and adapted materials.

Whether or not you have any formal teaching experience, you can easily work the reading activities described in Whole Child Reading into your child's routine at home. If you have at least five minutes a day to spend on reading, you have enough time to get started using Whole Child Reading!

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The Whole Spectrum of Social, Motor, and Sensory Games: Using Every Child’s Natural Love of Play to Enhance Key Skills and Promote Inclusion. Barbara Sher, $19.95

Play is increasingly recognized by neuroscientists and educators as a vital component in brain development, academic success and learning social skills. In this inspiring and useful resource, Barbara Sher provides step-by-step directions for how to use children's natural interests at different stages of their development to help them develop a wealth of sensory-motor and social skills. All the games have also been designed to provide plenty of joyful opportunities for encouraging inclusion.

  • Offers strategies for helping all kids, but especially those with special needs, to develop social, motor and sensory skills
  • Filled with simple games using common materials that can be used by teachers, parents, and caregivers with both individual kids and groups
  • Provides explanations and examples of how the games can aid in a child's development
  • Offers parents and teachers a fun and easy way to include all children in activities that will engage all of their senses and promote important skills

Working with Traumatic Brain Injury in Schools: Transition, Assessment, and Intervention. Paul Jantz, Susan Davies & Erin Bigler, $70.95

Every day, children and adolescents worldwide return to the educational setting having sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The possible negative consequences of TBI range from mild to severe and include neurological, cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral difficulties. Within the school setting, the negative effects of TBI tend to persist or worsen over time, often resulting in academic and social difficulties that require formal and informal educational assistance and support. School psychologists and other educational professionals are well-positioned to help ensure students with TBI receive this assistance and support.

WORKING WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN SCHOOLS is a comprehensive practitioner-oriented guide to effective school-based services for students who have experienced a TBI. It is primarily written for school-based professionals who have limited or no neurological or neuropsychological training; however, it contains educational information that is useful to professionals with extensive knowledge in neurology and/or neuropsychology. This book is also written for parents and guardians of students with TBI because of their integral role in the transition, school-based assessment, and school-based intervention processes


YouCue Feelings: Using Online Videos for Social Learning. Anna Vagintt, $31.95

YouCue Feelings: Using Online Videos for Social Learning includes summaries and links to fabulous YouTube videos that will keep your students asking for more. There are also lots of structured activities to keep your discussions lively and fun. YouCue Feelings teaches emotional vocabulary, improves student ability to track changes in feelings, and builds comfort level to reflect on one’s own emotional experiences. So give YouTube a try — there’s lots of rich material there! Specifically written for therapists, teachers and parents of grade K-8 students.

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Complete Booklist

Achieving Best Behavior for Children with Developmental Disabilities: a Step-by-Step Workbook for Parents and Carers. Pamela Lewis, $24.95

Addressing the Unproductive Classroom Behaviours of Students with Special Needs. Steve Chinn, $34.95

Apps for Autism: a Must-Have Resource for the Special Needs Community, Revised 2nd Edition.Lois Jean Brady, $50.95

Assistive Technology in Special Education: Resources for Education, Intervention, and Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition. Joan Green, $56.95

Assistive Technology: What Every Educator Needs to Know. Brian Friedlander, $15.95 (Laminated Reference Guide)

The Autism Fitness Handbook: an Exercise Program to Boost Body Image, Motor Skills, Posture, and Confidence in Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder. David Geslak, $29.95

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Ontario Context: an Introduction. Kimberley Maich & Carmen Hall, $54.95

Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching. Julie Vargas, $86.50

A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools, 2nd Edition. Lee Wilkinson, $33.95

Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language. Pat Crissey, $35.95

Breaking Through: Using Educational Technology for Children with Special Needs. Barbara Albers Hill, $21.95

Children with Disabilities: Reading and Writing the Four-Blocks® Way. Karen Erickson & David Koppenhaver, $46.95

Children with Exceptionalities in Canadian Classrooms. Margret Winzer, $183.15

Children's Comprehension Problems in Oral and Written Language: a Cognitive Perspective. Edited by Kate Cain and Jane Oakhill, $59.50

Commonsense Methods for Children with Special Educational Needs, 7th Edition. Peter Westwood, $62.95

Common-Sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers Grades 6-12. Jill Lindberg, et al, $46.20

Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom. Joan D'Amico & Kate Gallaway, $35.95

Direct Behavior Rating: Linking Assessment, Communication, and Intervention. Amy Briesch, Sandra Chafouleas, T. Chris Riley-Tillman, et al, $48.50

"Don't We Already Do Inclusion?" 100 Ideas for Improving Inclusive Schools. Paula Kluth, $29.95

Drama Therapy and Storymaking in Special Education. Paula Crimmens, $37.95

EDM: the Educator's Diagnostic Manual of Disabilities and Disorders. Roger Pierangelo & George Giuliani, $54.99

Educating Children with Life-Limiting Conditions: a Practical handbook for Teachers and School-Based Staff. Alison Ekins, Sally Robinson, Ian Durant & Kathryn Summers, $60.10

Educating Learners with Down Syndrome: Research, Theory, and Practice with Children and Adolescents. Rhonda Faragher & Barbara Clarke, $49.50

Educating Special Children: an Introduction to Provision for Pupils with Disabilities, 2nd Edition. Michael Farrell, $57.50

An Educator's Guide to Special Education Law, 2nd Edition. Brenda Bowlby, Catherine Peters & Martha MacKinnon, $63.00

Embracing Disabilities in the Classroom: Strategies to Maximize Students' Assets. Toby Karten, $30.99

Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: a Path to Pride and Success. Margo Vreeburg Izzo & LeDerick Horne, $37.50

Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities: a Resource Book for Teachers and Teaching Assistants. Barry Carpenter, et al, $66.50

Everyday Classroom Strategies and Practices for Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Jamie Bleiweiss, Lauren Hough & Shirley Cohen, $47.95

Executive Function in Education: from Theory to Practice. Lynn Meltzer, editor, $43.50

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Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: a Guide for Parents and Professionals, 3rd Edition. Maryanne Bruni, $33.95

FISH: Functional Independence Skills Handbook. William Killion, $121.50 (Complete FISH Kit includes the Assessment and Curriculum Handbook and 10 Assessment Booklets)

Frequently Asked Questions about Response to Intervention: a Step-by-Step Guide for Educators. Roger Pierangelo & George Giuliani, $41.95

From Gobbledygook to Clearly Written Annual IEP Goals. Barbara Bateman, $34.50

Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational Needs. Natasha Etherington, $24.95

Getting the Most Out of IEPs: an Educator's Guide to the Student-Directed Approach. Colleen Thoma & Paul Wehman, $32.50

Getting Started: iPads 4 Special Needs. Sami Rahman, $27.50

A Guide to Writing Social Stories™: Step-by-Step Guidelines for Parents and Professionals. Chris Williams & Barry Wright, $28.95

How the Special Needs Brain Learns,2nd Edition. David Sousa, $51.25

Identifying Children with Special Needs: Checklists and Action Plans for Teachers. Glynis Hannell, $49.95

Identifying Special Needs: Checklists for Profiling Individual Differences, 2nd Edition. Glynis Hannell, $50.50

The IEP Checklist: Your Guide to Creating Meaningful and Compliant IEPs. Kathleen Winterman & Clarissa Rosas, $48.50

The IEP from A to Z: How to Create Meaningful and Measurable Goals and Objectives. Diane Twachtman-Cullen & Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett, $35.95

Inclusive Assessment and Accountability: a Guide to Accommodations for Students with Diverse Needs.Sara Bolt & Andrew Roach, $37.95

Individualized Supports for Students with Problem Behaviors: Designing Positive Behavior Plans. Linda Bambara & Lee Kern, $64.95

Inspiring and Creative Ideas for Working with Children: How to Build Relationships and Enable Change. Deborah Plummer, $27.95

Instructional Practices for Students with Behavioral Disorders: Strategies for Reading, Writing and Math. J. Ron Nelson, Gregory Benner & Paul Mooney, $28.50

Involving Parents of Students with Special Needs: 25 Ready-to-Use Strategies. Jill Dardig, $30.99 (PK - 12)

Literacy for Visual Learners: Teaching Children with Learning Differences to Read, Write, and Communicate. Adele Devine, $49.95

Making Math Accessible to Students with Special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grades K-2. $33.50
Making Math Accessible to Students with Special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grades 3-5. $33.50
Making Math Accessible to Students with Special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grades 6-8. $33.50
Making Math Accessible to Students with Special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grades 9-12. $33.50

Meeting Special Educational Needs in Secondary Classrooms: Inclusion and How to Do It, 2nd Edition. Sue Briggs, $57.95

Modifying Schoolwork: Teachers’ Guides to Inclusive Practices, 3rd Edition. Rachel Janney & Martha Snell, $36.50 (K-12)

Moment to Moment: a Positive Approach to Managing Classroom Behavior. Joey Mandel, $24.95

More Language Arts, Math, and Science for Students with Severe Disabilities. Diane Browder & Fred Spooner, $64.95

Negotiating the Special Education Maze: a Guide for Parents & Teachers. W. Anderson, et al, $25.95

The Neuropsychology of Mathematics: Diagnosis and Intervention. Steven Feifer & Philip De Fina, $79.95

The Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders: Diagnosis and Intervention. Steven Feifer & Philip De Fina, $79.95

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100 Learning Games for Special Needs with Music, Movement, Sounds and...Silence. Johanne Hanko, $31.95

PANDAS and PANS in School Settings: a Handbook for Educators. Edited by Patricia Rice Doran, $30.95

Paraeducator’s Resource Guide. Nancy French, $13.95 (laminated resource guide)

The Paraprofessional's Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention. Betty Ashbaker & Jill Morgan, $53.95

Play for Children with Special Needs: Supporting Children with Learning Differences, 3-9, Second Edition. Christine Macintyre, $40.50

Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs: Raising and Teaching All Children to Become Resilient, Responsible and Respectful. Jane Nelsen, Steven Foster & Arlene Raphael, $20.95

The Power of Peers in the Classroom: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills. Edited by Karen Harris & Lynn Meltzer, $47.50

Practical Mathematics for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Delays. Jo Adkins & Sue Larkey, $44.95

Pre-Referral Intervention Manual (PRIM): the Most Common Learning and Behavior Problems Encountered in the Educational Environment, 4th Edition. Stephen McCarney et al, $79.95

Promoting Self-Determination in Students with Developmental Disabilities. Michael Wehmeyer, $31.50

Promoting Successful Transition to Adulthood for Students with Disabilities. Robert Morgan & Tim Riesen, $48.50

Recognize, Respond, Report: Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Special Needs. Lori Ernsperger, $39.50 (K-12)

Remember Your Manners. Jo Browning Wroe, $21.95

Resilience in the Classroom: Helping Students with Special Needs. Lisa Medoff, $28.95

A Room with a Differentiated View: How to Serve ALL Children as Individual Learners. Joanne Yatvin, $32.75

Self-Regulation Training Board. Brad Chapin, $40.95

The Sensory Detective Curriculum Discovering Sensory Processing and How It Supports Attention, Focus, and Regulation Skills. Paula Aquilla, $33.50

Show Me! A Teacher's Guide to Video Modelling. Carol Dittoe & Heather Bridgman, $27.95

Simple Low-Cost Games and Activities for Sensorimotor Learning: a Sourcebook of Ideas for Young Children Including Those with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Other Learning Differences. Lisa Kurtz, $29.95

63 Tactics for Teaching Diverse Learners Grades 6-12. Bob Algozzine, Pam Campbell & Adam Wang, $27.99

Social Skills Games & Activities for Kids with Autism. Wendy Ashcroft, Angela Delloso & Anne Marie Quinn, $33.95

Special Educator's Complete Guide to 301 Diagnostic Tests: How to Select & Interpret Tests, Use Results in IEPS, and Remediate Specific Difficulties, 2nd Edition. Roger Pierangelo & George Giuliani, $35.99

The Special Education Almanac. Elaine Fletcher-Janzen & Cecil Reynolds, $77.99

Special Education in Ontario Schools, 7th Edition. Sheila Bennett & Don Dworet with Ken Weber, $43.95

The Special Educator's Book of Lists. Roger Pierangelo, $49.99

The Special Educator's Comprehensive Guide to 301 Diagnostic Tests, Revised and Expanded Edition. Roger Pierangelo & George Giuliani, $35.99

The Special Educator's Survival Guide, 2nd Edition. Roger Pierangelo, $42.99

The Special Educator’s Toolkit: Everything You Need to Organize, Manage, & Monitor Your Classroom. Cindy Golden, $43.95

Special Needs in the Early Years: Supporting Collaboration, Communication, and Coordination, 3rd Edition. Sue Roffey & John Parry, $39.95

Special Stories for Disability Awareness: Stories and Activities for Teachers, Parents and Professionals. Mal Leicester, illustrated by Taryn Shrigley-Wightman, $29.95

Specific Learning Difficulties: What Teachers Need to Know. Diana Hudson, $22.95

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The Whole Spectrum of Social, Motor, and Sensory Games: Using Every Child’s Natural Love of Play to Enhance Key Skills and Promote Inclusion. Barbara Sher, $19.95

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