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 How to Reach & Teach ADD-ADHD Children: Practical Techniques & Strategies for Grades K-8  By Sandra F. Rief. This book has lots of solid information and suggestions you can put to use today to help your distractable child concentrate on what he or she is supposed to be doing. Very user-friendly. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to benefit from this book.

 Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Teachers  by Patricia Logan Oelwein and Alison Oelwein (illustrator). This book isn't just for teaching children with Down Syndrome to read--it can be used with any child who has an intellectual disability. The lessons are based on a nationally known reading program, easily customized and easy to put together. Written in a user-friendly style with lots of pictures and samples.

 Communication Skills in Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents by Libby Kumin. Focuses specifically on how parents can maximize communication skills. The author traces the development of speech from infancy to adolescence and describes problems that might arise during each stage. She also suggests activities you can do at home to assist speech development and remediate problems along the way.

 Gross Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Patricia C. Winders. The author, a physical therapist with 16 years experience working with children with Down Syndrome explains over 100 activities that will help any child with motor difficulties increase coordination and gain strength.

 Yoga for the Special Child: A Therapeutic Approach for Infants and Children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Learning Disabilities by Sonia Sumar. From Library Journal: This book offers one more success story of a parent who refused to believe her disabled child could not be helped. But more importantly, it is a handbook for parents that demonstrates the use of  centuries-old yoga practices to benefit the special-needs child. Sumar's program, which she teaches throughout the world, draws on yoga's philosophy that intellect, mobility, and the senses are interdependent and that improved development in one area affects all areas. The book includes a  glossary, case reports (including that of Sumar's daughter), and clear, step-by-step instructions with illustrations. It also includes important dos, don'ts, and medical precautions. The success of Sumar's  program has been documented in education and psychology journals. An important addition to any
 special-needs collection.--KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Auburn, WA

 Reading by the Colors: Overcoming Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities through the Irlen Method by Helen Irlen. From Library Journal: Through the Irlen Method, certain adults and children with chronic learning problems can improve their reading abilities, according to a study by Irlen, an educational psychologist. Her treatment employs a series of colored overlays and lenses which remove certain obstacles from the reading process, thereby permitting those who suffer from Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS) to improve or eliminate their sight-reading problems. Irlen's book is the first to describe, in lay terms, what the treatment consists of, how it works, and what its limitations are. She includes a color-keyed self-test, as well as a list of clinics which offer SSS screening and treatment. Her book
is recommended for all types of libraries.--Samuel T. Huang, Northern Illinois Univ. Libs., DeKalb

 The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Dr. Ross W. Greene. From the Publisher: Drawing upon recent advances in
the neuro-sciences, Dr. Greene describes the factors that contribute to "inflexible-explosive" behavior in children and why the strategies that work for most children aren''t as effective for inflexible-explosive children. Then, with the help of "snapshots" from the lives of children, parents, and teachers with whom he has worked over the years, Dr. Greene lays out a sensitive, practical, effective, systematic approach to helping these children at home and school, including: reducing hostility and antagonism between the child and adults; anticipating situations in which the child is most likely to explode; creating an environment in which explosions are less likely to occur; focusing less on reward and punishment and more. This book was rated four and a half (out of five) stars by parents using Dr.Greene's book with their own children. You can read the reviews at the Barnes and Noble site by clicking on the book title above.

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