New Library Materials for May 2019
Raising a child with autism : a guide to applied behavior analysis for parents / Shira Richman. Jessica Kingsley Pub., 2001.
Description: “Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is increasingly recognised as a highly effective way of helping children with autistic spectrum disorders. It is based on a variety of methods and techniques which can be used to promote skills for daily living and change difficult behavior. In Raising a Child with Autism, Shira Richman explains how parents can adapt the practical techniques used in ABA for use at home, providing tips and guidelines to increase play skills, improve communication and sibling interaction and increase independence. The book also covers toilet-training, food selectivity, self-dressing and community outings, and includes an overview of the theory behind ABA as well as a list of resources for further reading. It offers parents a practical and effective way to help children with autism interact more successfully with family, friends and at school.”–Jacket.
What’s in it for me? / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. Boys Town Press, 
Description: Tired of being told what to do, Noodle asks what’s in it for him. He learns that turning “need to’s” into “I did it’s” will make him happier and more prepared. This is the sixth title in the Responsible Me! series by Julia Cook.–Publisher.
Audience: Grades K-6.
It’s my way or the highway : turning bossy into flexible and assertive / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Kyle Merriman. Boys Town Press, 
Description: Cora June learns that there is a difference between being assertive and being bossy, and that she can be a leader and still be flexible. This is the first title in The Leader I’ll Be! book series.–Publisher.
Audience: Grades K-6.
A flicker of hope / by Julia Cook ; illustrated by MacKenzie Haley. National Center for Youth Issues, 2018.
Description: “HOPE is our children’s window for a better tomorrow. In terms of resilience and well-being, hope is a critically important predictor of success. This creative story from the best-selling author of My Mouth is a Volcano!, and Bubble Gum Brain, reminds children that dark clouds can be temporary and asking for help is always okay. We all have times when we need to borrow a little hope from someone else. When your clouds get too dark, and too heavy to push away, Reach out and ask, “Can I borrow some light?” “I’m having a really bad day.” Everyone needs somebody sometimes, to help them find their way.”–Goodreads.
The Anti-Test Anxiety Society / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Anita DuFalla. National Center for Youth Issues, 
Description: Bertha Billingsworth (BB for short) is basically a happy person until she has to take a test. To her, the word test stands for Terrible Every Single Time, because that’s how she does on them, TERRIBLE! BB’s teacher comes to the rescue by inviting her to become a member of the Anti-Test Anxiety Society. She tells BB that TEST stands for Think Each Situation Through! She also ends up teaching BB the Dynamic Dozen (12 amazing test taking strategies), and convinces her to use her “GET TO” brain instead of her “HAVE TO” brain. Now when BB takes a test, she is calm and focused and thanks to her teacher, the Terrible now stands for Terrific!
Superflex and Focus Tron go to the rescue! : empower your Thinkable to defeat your Unthinkable / written by: Michelle Garcia Winner and the Superflex creative team. Think Social Publishing, c2018.
Description: “… introduces readers to the Thinkable Focus Tron. Wherever they are–at school, or home, in the community–Focus Tron helps Social Town citizens remember to use their focusing powers to stay connected to what they’re doing or what others are talking about. In the story, Sarah periodically get visits from the Unthinkable Brain Eater who distracts her thoughts away from her classwork, homework, and listening to the teacher. Thanks to a lesson from the Superflex Academy and assistance from Focus Tron and other Superflex pals, she learns strategies to keep her thoughts on track. This engaging book is part of our Superflex series, which is designed to help children learn about their own and others’ thoughts and behaviors, and practice strategies for self-regulation across a variety of situations. As kids learn strategies to defeat the Unthinkables and unexpected behavior, they strengthen their flexible thinking and are better able to self-regulate in challenging times. This illustrated storybook connects to and supports these Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts: using your Social Detective smarts to observe what’s going on ; social attention/observation: what are other kids doing/how are they reacting? ; using positive self-talk to keep trying ; Cranium Coach of the Five-Step Power Plan ; making a smart guess about what’s happening ; keeping body and brain in the group ; strategies to defeat Brain Eater: using a fidget, using a Superflex Distracter Shield (download yours below), breaking down big tasks into smaller pieces. Adults who are using the Superflex curriculum and concepts can use Superflex and Focus Tron to the Rescue! in several ways: to help children celebrate their ability to defeat Brain Eater when he appears ; to teach how calling upon Focus Tron can help them pause and think about options in times of uncertainty or distraction ; as a companion book to Brain Eater, to help children compare and contrast the inner workings of their brains in tackling everyday social challenges related to distraction and mental focus ; use the Focus Tron image as a visual reminder to students to stay focused or get focused within a situation. In situations where students find it fun to act out ONLY the negative powers of the Unthinkables, use Focus Tron to shift attention to the positive powers for defeating Brain Eater. Focusing exclusively on the negative powers prevents students from learning how to defeat the Unthinkable! Focus Tron can help when other Unthinkables invade a student’s brain alongside Brain Eater–One-Sided Sid, Body Snatcher, Energy Hare-y, etc.”–publisher’s website.
Superflex and Kool Q Cumber to the rescue! : empower your Thinkable to defeat your Unthinkable / written by: Michelle Garcia Winner and the Superflex creative team. Think Social Publishing, c2018.
Description: “… introduces readers to the Thinkable Kool Q. Cumber (we call him Kool, for short!). Kool helps Social Town citizens stay calm when problems happen, and use strategies they learn to figure out the size of a problem and the expected reaction size. In the story, Aiden and his classmates present science projects, but Aiden’s friend Sam becomes frustrated with problems throughout the day. As Sam feels his brain being invaded by Glassman, he uses the strategies he learned from Kool and the five Power Pals to calm down and have a reaction that matches the size of the problem. This engaging book is part of our Superflex series, which is designed to help children learn about their own and others’ thoughts and behaviors, and practice strategies for self-regulation across a variety of situations. As kids learn strategies to defeat the Unthinkables and unexpected behavior, they strengthen their flexible thinking and are better able to self-regulate in challenging times. This illustrated storybook connects to and supports these Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts: figuring out the size of the problem ; learning to match reaction size to size of the problem (expected behavior) ; social attention/observation: what are other kids doing/how are they reacting? ; Flexible Thinking ; using strategies to defeat Glassman: calming my body, breathing in, tightening all my muscles, breathing out and relaxing them; using positive self-talk, etc. ; the Five-Step Power Plan helps organize children’s thinking so they can more effectively problem solve what’s happening around them. This aligns with and supports the four steps in the Social Thinking Social Competency Model: attend, interpret, problem solve, respond.; using the Five-Step Power Plan to assess the social dilemma. Adults who are using the Superflex curriculum and concepts can use Superflex and Kool Q. Cumber to the Rescue! in several ways: to help children celebrate their ability to defeat Glassman when he appears ; to teach about and illustrate how calling upon Kool Q. Cumber can help them remember to match the size of their reaction to the size of a problem ; as a companion book to Glassman, to help children compare and contrast the inner workings of their brain in tackling everyday social challenges related to problem and reaction sizes ; in situations where students find it fun to act out ONLY the negative powers of the Unthinkables, use Kool Q. Cumber to shift attention to the positive powers for defeating Glassman. Focusing exclusively on the negative powers prevents students from learning how to defeat an Unthinkable ; Kool Q. Cumber can help when other Unthinkables invade a student’s brain alongside Glassman–Rock Brain, Worry Wall, and D.O.F. (Destroyer of Fun), etc..”–publisher’s website.
Attainment’s learning to work : a collection of stories about life and work / Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite, Laurel Beck Richardson. Attainment Co., c2009.
1 book and 1 CD-ROM
Description: “… provides engaging and age-appropriate reading material for adolescents and young adults who do not read conventionally. The 18 photo-illustrated stories are intended to be read with a partner —a same-age peer who is reading at grade level— a teacher or a parent. The work-themed stories feature a simple, consistent structure using repetitive phrases and sentences to help students focus on the text. Photos correspond closely to the stories’ content. The primary characters are people with disabilities shown in actual work settings: a medical facility, a garden center, and a fast food restaurant. An activity page encourages readers to talk about their own experiences using a review-and-discuss format. A comprehensive Instructor’s Guide is included as a PDF on the CD. The Guide describes the research-based framework and features additional activity pages. Also on the CD is a PDF of the 18 stories, plus a Classroom License that lets you print out stories for each student.”–publisher’s website.
Safety skills reader / Tom Kinney ; illustrated by Gabe Eltaeb. Attainment Co Inc, Ã2008.
1 book and 2 CD-ROMs
Description: “… features 26 illustrated stories covering essential everyday safety skills. Each four- to six-page story is wonderfully illustrated in a graphic novel style using adult characters with text written at a 3rd grade reading level—making it ideal for transition students with development disabilities. Teachers can read the story to the class and students follow along in their own book. Stories end with study questions and basic vocabulary definitions. Story titles include: Pedestrian Safety — Passenger Safety — Bicycle Safety — Getting Lost — Work Safety — Fire Safety — Bathroom Safety — Medicine Cabinet Safety — Kitchen/Dinning Room Safety — Mealtime — Putting Food Away/Doing Dishes — Doing Dishes by Hand — Dishwasher Safety — Clothes Washer/Dryer Safety — Garbage Disposal Safety …plus more.”–publisher website.
[CD-ROM 1]: Contains a printable PDF file of the entire book. To view the PDF, you need Acrobat Reader.
[CD-ROM 2]: Requires Windows 2000, 256 MB ram, 24 bit graphics.Mac OS 10.7 and higher. On disc: Win/Mac V. 2.4.4.
Attainment’s Social competency in the community : Do the right thing. Teacher’s guide / written by June Stride ; illustrated by Anthony Zammit. Title on second volume: Attainment’s Do the right thing : social skills reader. Attainment Company, Ã2009.
2 books and 2 CD-ROMS
Description: ” … a social skills reader designed and developed to assist young adults resolve relevant every day community dilemmas”–Page 7 (Teacher’s guide). Do the Right Thing Student Reader has 25 stories featuring Maria, Bianca, Alan and Jerome as primary protagonists. Each 6-page story begins with a vocabulary glossary and ends with comprehension questions. Engaging and realistic illustrations support the story line. Text is written in a clear, easy-to-read style, with no more than 100 words per page. Stories can be read aloud in class or students can tackle them independently. Topics include: stranger danger, hospital visit, dealing with an accident and preparing for a social event. A contemporary language arts curriculum for transition age students with a Student Reader, corresponding Teacher’s Guide with PDF and Do the Right Thing Software that reads the stories aloud to students. The software includes many other features including text highlighting, vocabulary word definitions, testing and a management system. … provides several additional worksheets per story that assess comprehension, vocabulary and the understanding of the underlying social skills. Use the PDF on the CD for easy printouts of activity pages and full-color stories.+–publisher website.
Attainment’s Connections in the workplace : social skills reader / written by June Stride ; illustrated by Anthony Zammit. Attainment Company, Ã2008.
2 books and 2 CD-ROMS
Description: “Connections in the workplace was written to connect special education readers to on-the-job expectations and situations, related vocabulary building and social skill development needed to negotiate real life challenges”–Page 8 (Teacher’s guide). [vol. 1]. Attainment’s Connections in the workplace — [vol. 2]. Attainment’s Connections in the workplace. Teacher’s guide.
One CD has text in PDF format; the other has a program.
Stepping out curriculum [kit] / Ilene M. Schwartz, Megan Best. 3rd ed. Attainment Co., Ã2019.
Kit: 1 facilitator’s guide (277 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm), 1 USB drive (reproducibles), 1 coin-flip booklet, 1 10 dollar book, 1 pocket book, 1 coin book cue, 1 (20-pack) cue card set, 1 workbook [textbook] (154 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm), 2 workbooks (sample consumables) ; in box (32 x 24 x 11 cm) + 1 Step Pad (device + guide, wrist strap, lanyard, overlay sheet).
Description: “… a comprehensive community-based instruction (CBI) curriculum that includes a task analysis for 18 community outings including grocery shopping, eating at restaurants, using the bank, and going to the movie theater. The included My Steps Workbook allows participants to practice prerequisite skills in the classroom before venturing out into the community. The worksheets can be easily photocopied or printed from the USB flash drive. Many of the worksheets in the Workbook include an enhanced version that can be used with the GoWorksheet Maker iPad App. When participants are ready to step out into the community, Stepping Out’s innovative cue system provides visual support for using money, budgeting, transportation, and more! Twenty laminated cues are provided. The StepPad and the Stepping Out with the StepPad overlays serve as additional support tools. The StepPad is a powerful, yet easy-to-use device for people who have difficulty completing multi-step tasks independently. Directions that you record are played back in sequence, one step at a time, to prompt the user on what to do next. The accompanying overlays with scripts contain an activity sequence for each outing. The Facilitator’s Guide provides scripted lessons for teaching prerequisite skills for outings, the integration of cues, and a task analysis for each of the 18 outings. Evidence-based strategies like model-lead-test and the system of least prompts are used throughout the curriculum. Teaching procedures and sample role plays are also embedded in the teaching scripts. In addition, outing checklists/data sheets are provided to assist in monitoring progress and promoting independence. Curriculum includes the Participant Workbook, 2 consumable Workbooks (Book 1 and Book 2), Facilitator’s Guide with flash drive, the StepPad, cue cards with convenient pocket book, and related outing overlays.”–publisher’s website.
Shape board. Revised version. American Printing House for the Blind, Inc., [198-?]
1 board + 25 pieces + instructions.
Description: Learn to discriminate, sort, and classify different geometric figures according to size, shape, color, or position on a pegboard. This revised board has proportional shapes that contrast brightly against the yellow pegboard and aids in understanding up, down, right, and left. Consists of 25 geometric figures and a board with three columns of five pegs. Includes five different shapes (square, rectangle, triangle, circle, and pentagon) in small, medium, and large sizes. Instructions in print and braille also included. Age Range: 4 and Up.
May 23, 2019