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100 Learning Games for Special Needs with Music, Movement, Sounds and...Silence

by Johanne Hanko

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. This user-friendly activity book will be an ideal resource for use in special education schools, inclusive mainstream classrooms, day-care, residential and respite settings, or at home.

100 Learning Games for Special Needs with Music, Movement, Sounds and Silence (PDF)

by Johanne Hanko

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. This user-friendly activity book will be an ideal resource for use in special education schools, inclusive mainstream classrooms, day-care, residential and respite settings, or at home.

101 Inclusive and SEN Maths Lessons: Fun Activities and Lesson Plans for P Level Learning

by Claire Brewer Kate Bradley

Create an inclusive classroom for all through engaging maths activities such as Shape Bingo, Cake Splat! and Fruity Fractions, all of which have been matched to the UK National Curriculum P Levels 4 - 8. Tailored to the specific P Level, each lesson plan includes a learning objective, the resources needed, the main activity, a plenary and a consolidation activity to help support children's understanding. When working with children, and especially those with SEN, lessons need to meet their interests as well as their needs by containing visual stimulus, movement and fine and gross motor skills, and the activities in this book have been specifically designed with this in mind. This straightforward and practical book offers you 101 creative classroom activities for teaching maths to pupils who are achieving at P Levels 4 - 8 and Key Stage One as well as mapping the range of additional skills they will acquire.

101 Inclusive and SEN Maths Lessons: Fun Activities and Lesson Plans for P Level Learning (PDF)

by Kate Bradley Claire Brewer

Create an inclusive classroom for all through engaging maths activities such as Shape Bingo, Cake Splat! and Fruity Fractions, all of which have been matched to the UK National Curriculum P Levels 4 - 8. Tailored to the specific P Level, each lesson plan includes a learning objective, the resources needed, the main activity, a plenary and a consolidation activity to help support children's understanding. When working with children, and especially those with SEN, lessons need to meet their interests as well as their needs by containing visual stimulus, movement and fine and gross motor skills, and the activities in this book have been specifically designed with this in mind. This straightforward and practical book offers you 101 creative classroom activities for teaching maths to pupils who are achieving at P Levels 4 - 8 and Key Stage One as well as mapping the range of additional skills they will acquire.

101 Tips for Parents of Children with Autism: Effective Solutions for Everyday Challenges

by Ethan B. Miller Paul J. Callahan Arnold Miller Theresa Smith

Do you need help dealing with your child's tantrums, inappropriate behavior or communication issues? Then this is the book you've been waiting for. Based on the principles of the Miller Method, this book is filled with effective tips for solving behavioral issues promptly in day-to-day situations. Miller's insights, compiled here and expanded upon by Theresa Smith, are based on an understanding of the cognitive and sensory needs of children with autism and how this can underlie certain disordered behaviors. This practical how-to guide will help you to identify causes of distress, foster friendships, increase focus, toilet train, stop tantrums and handle inappropriate conduct. This will provide essential daily support to parents, families, carers and teachers of pre-adolescent children on the autism spectrum. The book is targeted toward the most affected ASD children.

101 Tips for Parents of Children with Autism: Effective Solutions for Everyday Challenges (PDF)

by Theresa Smith Paul J. Callahan Ethan B. Miller Arnold Miller

Do you need help dealing with your child's tantrums, inappropriate behavior or communication issues? Then this is the book you've been waiting for. Based on the principles of the Miller Method, this book is filled with effective tips for solving behavioral issues promptly in day-to-day situations. Miller's insights, compiled here and expanded upon by Theresa Smith, are based on an understanding of the cognitive and sensory needs of children with autism and how this can underlie certain disordered behaviors. This practical how-to guide will help you to identify causes of distress, foster friendships, increase focus, toilet train, stop tantrums and handle inappropriate conduct. This will provide essential daily support to parents, families, carers and teachers of pre-adolescent children on the autism spectrum. The book is targeted toward the most affected ASD children.

22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's Syndrome

by Rudy Simone Maxine Aston

Although having Asperger Syndrome (AS) can make romantic relations difficult, having a fulfilling relationship with an Asperger man is certainly not impossible. A woman in love with a man with AS may interpret his difficulties with communication and socialization as a lack of interest in the relationship. He may vacillate between being gentle and caring to seeming cold and distant. She may find his behaviour hard to understand, resulting in feelings of loneliness, isolation, and confusion. This book shows how to overcome these difficulties and maintain a loving relationship with an AS partner. From an unwillingness to show affection in public or even sleep in the same bed to problems holding down a job, this book looks at 22 common traits that women may discover when they are dating, living with or married to a man with Asperger's Syndrome. Rudy Simone explores the complications of Asperger's relationships with honesty and understanding, drawing on research and personal experience to inform and advise women with AS partners. She offers helpful tips for improving the relationship and finding fulfillment both individually and as a couple. This book will help women to understand the male Asperger's mind and, equally, it can help men with AS to see things from their partner's perspective. It will also be of interest to counsellors working with couples where the male partner has Asperger's Syndrome.

22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's Syndrome (PDF)

by Rudy Simone Maxine Aston

Although having Asperger Syndrome (AS) can make romantic relations difficult, having a fulfilling relationship with an Asperger man is certainly not impossible. A woman in love with a man with AS may interpret his difficulties with communication and socialization as a lack of interest in the relationship. He may vacillate between being gentle and caring to seeming cold and distant. She may find his behaviour hard to understand, resulting in feelings of loneliness, isolation, and confusion. This book shows how to overcome these difficulties and maintain a loving relationship with an AS partner. From an unwillingness to show affection in public or even sleep in the same bed to problems holding down a job, this book looks at 22 common traits that women may discover when they are dating, living with or married to a man with Asperger's Syndrome. Rudy Simone explores the complications of Asperger's relationships with honesty and understanding, drawing on research and personal experience to inform and advise women with AS partners. She offers helpful tips for improving the relationship and finding fulfillment both individually and as a couple. This book will help women to understand the male Asperger's mind and, equally, it can help men with AS to see things from their partner's perspective. It will also be of interest to counsellors working with couples where the male partner has Asperger's Syndrome.

60 Social Situations and Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict and More: Seeing the Big Picture

by Lisa Timms

Teenagers and older children on the autistic spectrum are, like the rest of us, surrounded by complex social codes and rules that govern everyday interaction. Interpreting these and reading social cues such as sarcasm, idioms and body language often presents a real challenge, but this book of realistic and thought-provoking stories can help. Designed with both parent and child in mind, every story outlines a real-life situation that young people on the spectrum are likely to encounter. Each of these is followed with questions such as 'what else might he have done?', 'how do you think she felt?' and 'why do you think they were upset?', along with practical tips for parents on how to facilitate constructive discussions. As children consider these questions with adults, they begin to put themselves into someone else's shoes and are encouraged to think about how their actions and behaviour may affect those around them, gaining invaluable skills and understanding that will be transferable to everyday life situations. Packed with 60 stories exploring real-life situations, this book will be an essential tool for parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone else wishing to enable young people on the autistic spectrum to improve their social skills.

60 Social Situations and Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict and More: Seeing the Big Picture (PDF)

by Lisa Timms

Teenagers and older children on the autistic spectrum are, like the rest of us, surrounded by complex social codes and rules that govern everyday interaction. Interpreting these and reading social cues such as sarcasm, idioms and body language often presents a real challenge, but this book of realistic and thought-provoking stories can help. Designed with both parent and child in mind, every story outlines a real-life situation that young people on the spectrum are likely to encounter. Each of these is followed with questions such as 'what else might he have done?', 'how do you think she felt?' and 'why do you think they were upset?', along with practical tips for parents on how to facilitate constructive discussions. As children consider these questions with adults, they begin to put themselves into someone else's shoes and are encouraged to think about how their actions and behaviour may affect those around them, gaining invaluable skills and understanding that will be transferable to everyday life situations. Packed with 60 stories exploring real-life situations, this book will be an essential tool for parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone else wishing to enable young people on the autistic spectrum to improve their social skills.

An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism: A Handbook for Parents and Carers

by Kenneth Aitken

The concept of a single condition known as 'autism' is quickly becoming outdated, and is now understood to be an umbrella term for a variety of predominantly genetic conditions. This can be confusing for parents of children who have been diagnosed as having an 'autism spectrum disorder'. An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism provides parents with a complete overview of the main genetic disorders associated with autism, including those linked to growth differences, cardiovascular issues, neurodevelopmental problems, immune dysfunction, gastrointestinal disturbances and epilepsy. Kenneth Aitken demystifies the umbrella term 'autism' by alphabetically listing these conditions along with information about how common they are, their causes, signs, and symptoms, and for many, appropriate methods of treatment and management. Information on support groups and sources of further information are also included to help parents obtain any additional support they need, and keep up to date with new developments in research and practice. This is a must-have book for any parent or carer who feels confused by their child's diagnosis, or who seeks a better understanding of the many genetic conditions linked to autism.

An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism: A Handbook for Parents and Carers (PDF)

by Kenneth Aitken

The concept of a single condition known as 'autism' is quickly becoming outdated, and is now understood to be an umbrella term for a variety of predominantly genetic conditions. This can be confusing for parents of children who have been diagnosed as having an 'autism spectrum disorder'. An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism provides parents with a complete overview of the main genetic disorders associated with autism, including those linked to growth differences, cardiovascular issues, neurodevelopmental problems, immune dysfunction, gastrointestinal disturbances and epilepsy. Kenneth Aitken demystifies the umbrella term 'autism' by alphabetically listing these conditions along with information about how common they are, their causes, signs, and symptoms, and for many, appropriate methods of treatment and management. Information on support groups and sources of further information are also included to help parents obtain any additional support they need, and keep up to date with new developments in research and practice. This is a must-have book for any parent or carer who feels confused by their child's diagnosis, or who seeks a better understanding of the many genetic conditions linked to autism.

ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGIES TO FACILITATE READING

by The Xavier's Resource Center for the Visually Challenged

This information booklet has been prepared as a supplementary tool for the Reading Without Seeing seminars conducted across the country which focus on live demonstration of assistive technologies for those with visual impairment. It aims at providing awareness on various assistive technology devices and its effective use in different scenarios.

Accessing The Curriculum For Learners With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Using The Teacch Programme To Help Inclusion (PDF)

by Signe Naftel Marie Howley Gary Mesibov

This brand new edition of Accessing the Curriculum for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders will provide educators with the principles and practices of Structured Teaching and how to apply these to enable learners to access the curriculum, whatever that curriculum may be. This unique resource is intended to be essential reading for schools and settings who are keen to implement Structured Teaching as an approach to including learners on the autism spectrum in teaching and learning. With a wide range of helpful advice and support, this book: demonstrates how to make use of the approach to address diverse needs, overcome barriers to learning and achieve successful differentiation; uses case studies and examples that illustrate how the approach is applicable across Early years, Primary, Secondary and vocational curricula; provides the physical structure, schedules, work systems and visual information necessary to illustrate use of these components to promote curriculum access, with an emphasis on understanding and meaning. This new edition is fully updated to include examples of new technologies and is suitable for use in a range of international educational contexts. It also includes a brand new chapter on blending Structured Teaching.

Achieving Successful Transitions for Young People with Disabilities: A Practical Guide

by Jonathan Monk Jill Hughes Natalie Lackenby

This best practice guide provides a blueprint for managing seamless transitions between services for young people aged 16-25 with additional needs, including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, complex health needs and sensory impairments. The authors cover a wide range of transitions, including moving from children's to adult's services, from school to college, leaving education and gaining work experience and employment and supporting young people to live independently. They include key information on policy and legislation, the statutory duty of local authorities and health, housing and education agencies, and describe the impact of the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans. With a wealth of practical, common sense guidance for navigating this complex area of work in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner, the book will guide practitioners and students step-by-step through the process of managing transitions, highlighting best practice and providing evidence-based models to ensure the best possible outcomes for service users and their families. An essential resource for all those involved in supporting young people with additional needs through transitions, including social workers and social work students, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, health professionals and special education teachers.

Achieving Successful Transitions for Young People with Disabilities: A Practical Guide (PDF)

by Natalie Lackenby Jonathan Monk Jill Hughes

This best practice guide provides a blueprint for managing seamless transitions between services for young people aged 16-25 with additional needs, including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, complex health needs and sensory impairments. The authors cover a wide range of transitions, including moving from children's to adult's services, from school to college, leaving education and gaining work experience and employment and supporting young people to live independently. They include key information on policy and legislation, the statutory duty of local authorities and health, housing and education agencies, and describe the impact of the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans. With a wealth of practical, common sense guidance for navigating this complex area of work in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner, the book will guide practitioners and students step-by-step through the process of managing transitions, highlighting best practice and providing evidence-based models to ensure the best possible outcomes for service users and their families. An essential resource for all those involved in supporting young people with additional needs through transitions, including social workers and social work students, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, health professionals and special education teachers.

Acting Antics: A Theatrical Approach to Teaching Social Understanding to Kids and Teens with Asperger Syndrome (PDF)

by Tony Attwood Cindy Schneider

`The ideas are excellent and well laid out… This is an innovative approach to social skills training for students with Asperger's Syndrome who will tolerate acting, and for a group leader with energy and commitment to drama.' -Speech and Language Therapy in Practice `Schneider's enthusiasm for the subject and her passion to improve life skills of young people is very evident and encourages the reader to progress…As a catalogue of practical ideas with built-in resources, this is a useful book for support groups and families wishing to create a theatre group. Acting Antics has an easy-to-read format and includes activities that can be initiated with minimum preparation and resources.' -Children Now Magazine, 2007 This fun and inspiring step-by-step program provides the full set of tools for developing social understanding in children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) through drama. Cindy B. Schneider explains how the central processes in acting - including making and interpreting inferences from non-verbal cues, taking another's perspective, and formulating language - can be highly effective ways of addressing social cognition deficits in children with AS. Acting Antics contains a wide repertoire of activities and ideas for immediate application at home, in the classroom, in therapy workshops or social groups, ranging from initial warm up techniques, through paired activities, to larger group scenes and staging a show. Helpful appendices provide questionnaire forms to enable both the child and the program leader to assess and monitor the child's understanding of their roles, along with reproducible scripts and suitable scene designs. This complete, practical program provides a wealth of enjoyable educational ideas for parents, teachers, and therapists of children with Asperger Syndrome.

Active Citizenship And Disability: Implementing The Personalisation Of Support ( (PDF)

by Allison S. Defranco Janet E. Lord Andrew Power

This book provides an international comparative study of the implementation of disability rights law and policy focused on the emerging principles of self-determination and personalisation. It explores how these principles have been enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and how different jurisdictions have implemented them to enable meaningful engagement and participation by persons with disabilities in society. The philosophy of 'active citizenship' underpinning the Convention - that all citizens should (be able to) actively participate in the community - provides the core focal point of this book, which grounds its analysis in exploring how this goal has been imagined and implemented across a range of countries. The case studies examine how different jurisdictions have reformed disability law and policy and reconfigured how support is administered and funded to ensure maximum choice and independence is accorded to people with disabilities.

Actively Seeking Inclusion: Pupils With Special Needs In Mainstream Schools

by Julie Allan

A study of the ways in which special needs students are treated by mainstream educational institutions and how those ways can and need to be changed.

Adam's Alternative Sports Day: An Asperger Story

by Jude Welton

'This is a very useful book for any staff involved in teaching students on the autism spectrum. Its strength is its easy-to-read structure and the engaging illustrations, lists and notes. It meets the needs of many students and adults who find it hard to understand and cope with competition and unstructured events. I can strongly recommend this book to pupils between the ages of 6 and 13 years. It is a good idea for teachers or parents to read it to children and allow them to participate in the activities. It is also a good read for children who do not have Asperger's syndrome as it will help to develop their awareness.' - Good Autism Practice Nine-year-old Adam dreads Sports Day - he usually comes last in the races and never gets chosen for the team events. So he is delighted when Mr Williams, the head teacher, announces that this year there will be an Alternative Sports Day with some very different challenges. There will be quizzes, riddles to solve, and a treasure hunt - all the things that Adam enjoys. At last he'll have a chance of winning something. But as the competition runs high, how will Adam feel if his best friend Josie beats him to the Challenge Cup? And what will they do when they discover that James, the new boy in the class, is cheating? A fun and absorbing children's story, Adam's Alternative Sports Day also offers insights into how a child with Asperger Syndrome copes with the ups and downs and everyday challenges of school.

Adam's Alternative Sports Day: An Asperger Story (PDF)

by Jude Welton

Nine-year-old Adam dreads Sports Day - he usually comes last in the races and never gets chosen for the team events. So he is delighted when Mr Williams, the head teacher, announces that this year there will be an Alternative Sports Day with some very different challenges. There will be quizzes, riddles to solve, and a treasure hunt - all the things that Adam enjoys. At last he'll have a chance of winning something. But as the competition runs high, how will Adam feel if his best friend Josie beats him to the Challenge Cup? And what will they do when they discover that James, the new boy in the class, is cheating? A fun and absorbing children's story, Adam's Alternative Sports Day is suitable for children aged 7 and over. 'This is a very useful book for any staff involved in teaching students on the autism spectrum. Its strength is its easy-to-read structure and the engaging illustrations, lists and notes. It meets the needs of many students and adults who find it hard to understand and cope with competition and unstructured events. I can strongly recommend this book to pupils between the ages of 6 and 13 years. It is a good idea for teachers or parents to read it to children and allow them to participate in the activities. It is also a good read for children who do not have Asperger's syndrome as it will help to develop their awareness.' - Good Autism Practice

ADD and Me: Forty Years in a Fog (PDF)

by Ken Patterson

'I'm always in a fog. I just don't seem to think very well. I am a man who has Attention Deficit Disorder and I invite you to take an impromptu trip through my life. But put on your fog lights and hold on for the ride.' - Ken Patterson In his personal account of life with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), award-winning author Ken Patterson richly illustrates the way in which the symptoms of ADD curtail the ability of an intelligent man to succeed in the most ordinary of life's events. Through episodes of childhood, educational experiences, employment, military career, and relationships, he reveals the subtle complexities of coping with situations most people take for granted. This entertaining and compassionate book unsparingly describes a life distorted by impulsivity, distractions, obsessions, and anger. Illuminating, and deeply insightful, it will fascinate anyone who has come into contact with ADD.

Additional Educational Needs: Inclusive Approaches To Teaching

by Sue Soan

Teaching a class of learners with many different additional educational needs can be challenging to the extreme. Based on the latest national legislation and the importance of achieving 'inclusive communities' within schools, this book provides succinct and practical information on working with children with a full range of additional educational needs. This book: covers unfamiliar areas beyond the typical SEN spectrum - such as gifted and talented, bilingual learners and supporting children in care appropriate for every key stage and educational setting includes case studies, discussion questions and key issues to help develop reflective practice Makes close links with the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) standards. Accessible and user-friendly, this book will be essential reading for all students of education including teaching assistants, trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers on a range of learning support courses (Foundation Degree, BA QTS and PGCE). "

Additional Educational Needs: Inclusive Approaches To Teaching (PDF)

by Sue Soan

Teaching a class of learners with many different additional educational needs can be challenging to the extreme. Based on the latest national legislation and the importance of achieving 'inclusive communities' within schools, this book provides succinct and practical information on working with children with a full range of additional educational needs. This book: covers unfamiliar areas beyond the typical SEN spectrum - such as gifted and talented, bilingual learners and supporting children in care appropriate for every key stage and educational setting includes case studies, discussion questions and key issues to help develop reflective practice Makes close links with the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) standards. Accessible and user-friendly, this book will be essential reading for all students of education including teaching assistants, trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers on a range of learning support courses (Foundation Degree, BA QTS and PGCE). "

Addressing the Unproductive Classroom Behaviours of Students with Special Needs

by Steve Chinn

*Shortlisted for the 2011 NASEN Award 'Book to Promote Professional Development'* Certain classroom behaviours can signify an underlying learning disability. This book will help you recognise potential indicators of Asperger Syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD/HD, physical disabilities and speech and language disorders; explores the benefits of different interventions; and offers practical strategies for improving pupils' behaviours, social skills and self-esteem. This book contains: - A simple-to-use screener for initial identification of a pupil's specific learning disability - A practical and simple structure for monitoring classroom behaviours and creating an Individual Behaviour Plan - Tried-and-tested teacher strategies for common areas of concern, such as problems staying on task, inability to work on group tasks and failure to seek help when needed - Key educational theories to help teachers understand and influence classroom behaviours, and further develop classroom management skills for addressing the behaviours of special needs pupils. 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.

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