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30 Innovative Ideas for the Inclusive Classroom: 30 key ideas necessary to start making inclusion work effectively.

Adventures in the Mainstream – Written by a father about his son, Ned, who has Down syndrome, during his transition years from high school to work.

A Good Life – A guide to help you plan for the future of your loved one with a disability.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs – Stories of love and understanding for those who care for children with disabilities.

Classroom Language Skills for Children with Down Syndrome – This book covers a child’s language needs through middle school.

Communicating Partners – Offers an innovative approach to working with late-talking children that focuses on developing relationships through mutual understanding.

Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities – A positive manual on ways to ensure children who have been labeled lead real lives.

Down (Syndrome) But Not Out: A Journey from Grief to Joy – A parent’s emotionally filled journey and the trials, tribulations, and blessings that come with raising their son who has Down syndrome.

Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome – Covers all aspects of early speech-language development and the impact of intelligibility issues, hearing loss, and apraxia (difficulty planning oral-motor movements).

Fine Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome – Describes fine motor development required for skills such as feeding, cutting, and handwriting in children with Down syndrome from birth through age 12.

From Disability to Possibility: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms – This book leads the way presenting the specific kinds of teaching, classroom practices, and support approaches that will make this new model of possibility a reality.

From Emotions to Advocacy – The Special Education Survival Guide (Wrights Law) – Includes comprehensive index, appendices, and bibliography to provide you with the information, skills, and tools needed to obtain the services needed for your child.

From the Heart: On Being the Mother of a Child with Special Needs – Nine mothers explore the terrain of raising children with special needs.

GIFTS – Mothers reflect on how children with Down syndrome enrich their lives.

Gross Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome – Covers how factors such as low muscle tone, increased flexibility, and temperament affect gross motor development. It features over 100 activities for parents and professionals to practice with their infants and children through age 6.

Helping Children with Down Syndrome Communicate Better – This book covers speech and language issues for children with Down syndrome ages 6-14.

I Just Am – This is a story about a young man with Down syndrome and his thoughts and feelings regarding his disability.

Lives Touched by Down Syndrome – A collection of stories about lives changed by knowing someone with Down syndrome.

Married with Special Needs Children-A Couples Guide to Keeping ConnectedThis book offers guidance and expertise for couples who are raising a child with a developmental disability or serious medical condition. For parents who are looking for ways to strengthen their marriage, prevent future strife, or resolve relationship difficulties.

Medical & Surgical Care for Children with Down Syndrome – Covers medical conditions – from heart disease to skin conditions – that are common among children with Down syndrome, as well as dental care, nutrition, sexuality, and alternative therapies.

Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome – An upbeat, thoroughly readable guide, providing parents, mental health professionals, teachers and caregivers the keys to understanding how to promote mental wellness in people with Down syndrome.

More than a Mom – Practical advice, insights, and tips for mothers on how to lead more manageable and fulfulling lives while parenting a child with special needs.

My Friend Has Down Syndrome – A story about two children who meet at summer camp and the warm friendship that develops despite the fact that one of them has Down syndrome.

My Friend Isabelle – A charming tale for children that encourages you to think about what makes a friendship special.

Negotiating the Special Education Maze – This book covers the Individualized Education Program (IEP), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

No Child Left Behind (Wrights Law) – Find answers regarding the NCLB statute, regulations, and publications from the U.S. Department of Education.

Roadmap to Holland – How a mother found her way through her son’s first two years with Down syndrome.

Safe and Secure – Six steps to creating a good life for people with disabilities.

Sexuality: Your Sons and Daughters with Intellectual Disabilities – Helpful advice for dealing with this complex issue.

Signing for Kids – Fully illustrated and a fun way for kids to learn sign language.

Signs for Me – Basic sign vocabulary for children, parents, and teachers.

Special Education Guide – A parent’s guide that offers practical tips and strategies on how to make the system work to ensure the educational success of their child.

Special Education Law (Wrights Law) – Designed to meet the needs of school psychologists, child advocates and attorneys, school administrators, and especially the needs of parents and teachers.

Spirit, Courage, and Resolve – A Special Olympics Athlete’s Road to Gold.

Stars of Success – A teaching guide that helps you understand how children with Down syndrome learn.

Steps to Independence – Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs – Help your child develop skills in 7 areas: Get-ready, self-help, toilet training, play, self-care, home care, and functional academics.

Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality – This book covers relevant issues and concerns for children of all ages. Each chapter highlights important points with key messages, teaching activities, parental pauses, and anecdotes.

Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome Book 1 – A guide to understanding computation, number concepts, measurements, place value, time, counting, addition, subtraction, shapes, and money.

Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome Book 2 – This edition focuses on more challenging skills such as multiplication and division, fractions, and decimals.

Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome – Offers easy-to-follow lessons to help teach your child with Down syndrome how to read.

The Best Worst Brother – A follow up from “We’ll Paint the Octupus Red.” Siblings will relate to Emma’s experiences with her 3-year old brother who has Down syndrome.

The Child Who Never Grew – A personal account from a mother raising a child with mental retardation in the 1950’s.

The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook – Covers all aspects of nutrition and healthy living for children and adults with Down syndrome: Breast and Bottle Feeding; Basic Nutrition and Physiology; Celiac Disease; Diabetes; Alternative Therapies; Food and School; Weight Management; Fitness and Exercise; and Cooking and Menu Planning.

The Joy of Signing – Illustrated guide for mastering sign language.

The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs – Sample toy dialogues show parents how to play purposefully with their child to provide language learning opportunities and stimulate language development.

The Sibling Slam Book – Teenagers share their thoughts on what it’s really like to have a brother or sister with special needs.

Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child with a Disability – Nineteen fathers offer their perspective on raising children with disabilities.

Views from Our Shoes – Siblings (ages 4-18) share their experiences about what it’s like growing up with a brother or sister who has Down syndrome.

Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives – This book is a guide to effective writing of accurate and measurable IEP goals and objectives.