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1. The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth by Stanley I., Md. Greenspan, Serena, Ph.D. Weider, Robin Simon, Serena Wieder, Robin Simons,Hardcover: 496 pages, Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing
Nature or nurture. One of the most intense debates in understanding the development of the human mind is whether cognitive ability is based in genetics or developed through learning experiences. While biology clearly plays a part, recent neuroscience research shows that the interactions experienced during infancy and childhood can actually change the physical structure and wiring of the brain. Does this mean many children with developmental and learning disorders, such as autism, PDD, language and speech problems, ADD, Down syndrome and others--can make greater progress than previously thought? This pioneering work strongly supports this prospect.

2. Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers (3rd Edition) by Marilyn Friend, William D. Bursuck, Paperback: 544 pages, Allyn & Bacon
Over the past several years, the trend toward educating students with special needs in inclusive settings has, if anything, accelerated. Many students who a decade ago might have spent some (or most) of their school days working in separate settings with special education teachers and other specialists now receive much or all of their instruction on general education classrooms. As a result general education teachers need more than ever before to understand the nature of special education, the characteristics of children with special needs, strategies to work effectively with them. and techniques for forming partnerships with special educators and parents. This book takes a non-categorical approach and emphasizes best practices for teaching students with disabilities in inclusive settings. The focus is on identifying and adapting factors in inclusive settings in order to meet students' instructional needs and developing collaborative working relationships to enhance student success. This resource is an industry best-seller, written by well-know speakers and writiers. Teachers at all levels.

3. Assessing Learners with Special Needs: An Applied Approach (4th Edition) by Terry Overton, Paperback: 592 pages, Publisher: Prentice Hall
The fourth edition of this popular book is again written specifically for the majority of future teachers-those who will teach in public school special education classrooms. This book offers everything these teachers will need in order to assess pupils with mild to moderate disabilities-and presents these complex concepts in a straightforward, step-by-step manner complete with practice exercises for every step, case studies, and plenty of measurement examples, and it includes the most recent federal mandates of the 1997 IDEA Amendments. This book addresses every pertinent issue, from calculating chronological age scores and raw test results, to effectively writing educational objectives required for IEPs. It also covers cultural and linguistic diversity, functional behavior assessment and the legal requirements for educational/behavioral planning. For teaching professionals in Special Education.

4. Steps to Independence: Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs, Third Edition by Bruce L. Baker, Alan J. Brightman, Jan B. Blacher, Louis J. Heifetz, Stephen P. Hinshaw, Diane M. Murphy, Jan Blacher, Paperback: 383 pages, Brookes Publishing
Now in its third edition, this step-by-step guide to teaching everyday skills to children with special needs has been a popular resource for more than 20 years. Updated with even more practical teaching tips than in previous editions and an expanded section on behavior problem management, this friendly, parent-oriented book covers toilet training, play, self-help skills, information skills, advanced living skills, and more. In addition to helpful features such as sample activities, case examples, skills inventories, and cartoon illustrations, this easy-to-use sourcebook contains a new chapter devoted to computers that offers advice on using technology to enhance children's learning.

5. The ADD/ADHD Checklist by Sandra F. Rief, Paperback: 272 pages, Jossey-Bass
Written by a nationally known educator with two decades of experience in working with ADD/ADHD students. For fast, reliable information about attention deficit disorder, parents and teachers need only to refer to The ADD/ADHD Checklist. This unique resource is packed with up-to-date facts, findings, and proven strategies and techniques for understanding and helping children and adolescents with attention deficit problems and hyperactivity, all in a handy list format.

6. The Right Side of Learning, Parent-Child Study Guide by Melanie West, Paperback: 102 pages, CreateSpace
This ground-breaking book is a powerful, simple, step-by-step guide for parents of a struggling learner, and to helping you and your child understand right-brained learners. It is filled with powerful learning tools that your child can use to immediately improve school performance. Both you and your child will be amazed at how fast, fun and effective right brain learning strategies can be. If your child works hard for minimal gains, performs inconsistently on tests, or is experiencing Dyslexia, Attention Deficit, or other language processing disabilities, this guide will demonstrate learning strategies that really work!
About the Author:  Melanie West, M.A., is America's leading authority on right brained learning for children. As a psychologist in Los Angeles, she has worked closely with children for over 15 years. Using the latest research on how the brain learns, files and stores information, Melanie tested and implemented new learning methods with thousands of children experiencing attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. She discovered that right brain dominant children learn differently. Her breakthrough new methods have been implemented in her Learning Institute and have helped thousands of children and adults discover the brain's potential for learning - igniting deep, meaningful patterns of thinking. Melanie lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband and two children. 

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