• Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      April 2016

      MyaGrace Wants To Get Ready

      a true story promoting inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      MyaGrace loves music and dancing. Her school is having a big dance and she wants to do with her friend Emily. She has so much to do to get ready. What should she wear? How should she fix her hair? What color should she paint her fingernails? Will she get ready in time? (MyaGrace has Autism, Cerebral Palsy and intellectual disabilities. She was adopted from India.)

    • Children's & YA
      April 2019

      Welcome Home, Pearl

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      Jacob’s life is full of changes. Besides starting school soon, he is about to become a big brother.Even before his sister is born, Jacob can sense that she is going to need some very special care. At times, Jacob's parents are unable to answer all of Jacob’s questions, but fortunately, his grandma is there for him. Together the family ponders how they can best prepare for helping Jacob’s disabled sister.Jacob loves his sister Pearl dearly. He is happy to discover that she seems to hear his voice and feel his touch on her skin. Their life together is ready to begin.

    • Children's & YA
      April 2019

      Pearl’s Life

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      Everyone in the family has a lot to learn when the seriously ill baby Pearl comes home.Even though taking care of his sister is difficult, Jacob wants to help her in any way he can. In fact, he turns out to the one who is best at soothing little Pearl. He knows how to stroke her head and sing to her more softly than anyone.The big brother wants to take Pearl with him to all the important events at school.“I don’t mind if the other children have never seen a baby like Pearl. I can explain to them what she’s like,” Jacob says.The entire family, including Pearl, indulges in the warmth and scents of summer.

    • Children's & YA
      April 2019

      Pearl, Our Butterfly

      by Tuula Pere (author), Catty Flores (illustrator)

      Jacob’s second year at school is coming to an end. In class, they learn about the short life of butterflies. Jacob wants to make a butterfly, whose wing markings resemble the big eyes of his severely disabled sister Pearl.The big brother knows that he must soon say good-bye to his sister, who is spending more and more time in the hospital. With his grandma, Jacob explores his most difficult thoughts, when his parents are too tired to talk. Their joint walks in nature are a consolation, even after Pearl’s life has ended.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Two Left Feet

      by Graham Howells

    • Adventure
      April 2015

      The Game Master

      by Ian D Copsey

      What is it like to be someone else – especially your most hated enemy? Why do they think and do things differently? Tired of arguing over which of them was the best gamer, Josh and Alex stumbled upon a new video game shop, run by an enigmatic and amiable Japanese shopkeeper. He was to be their Game Master in this virtual reality video game that had no game controls. Little did they know it was a game that would change their lives, of their friends… and enemies… forever. “Oh! This game is no ordinary game,” The Game Master explained, “It reads your thoughts, seeks out your weaknesses to give challenges that are right just for you, the challenges you need to help you grow.” "It can read our minds?" puzzled the boys. As they progressed through the game’s levels they found out more about themselves and the lives of everyone around them. Mysteriously, the Game of Life began to spread its influence beyond Josh and Alex’s lives and to their friends. From Josh and Alex switching roles with each other in the game, campfire frolics and ghostly stories from their teachers, the boys learned more about their friends around them. The Game Master’s zany antics as he hosted a T.V. game show, “Hiro’s Happy Heroes” in the Game of Life, released a string of rib tickling gags, teases and tantalising tattles. The climax of the Game of Life came from the school Rube Goldberg challenge in which each grade had to join as a team to build their own whacky, madcap contraption. Would Josh and Alex be able to manage to get the two bullies in the class to work within the team? Patiently, with impish humour, the Game Master guides them through the different levels to a final intriguing twist.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      February 2015

      Plan A is for Autism

      using the AFFECTs model to promote positive behaviour

      by Caroline Smith

      This practical resource provides a systematic process for helping teachers and others to promote positive behaviour in children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. This text provides an original multi-element approach leading to planned individual interventions. Drawn from the author’s extensive knowledge of autism, it enables those living and working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to jointly plan for change. This resource will: provide an overview of the behaviours of children with autism explore the underlying reasons why children with autism act and react as they do consider quite carefully who is impacted by the behaviour of the child with autism,with outcomes for emotional well-being explore how to make a difference in the shorter term by using the Two Time approach help you to implement a unique and individual intervention plan for the child with autism using the AFFECTS plan.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      December 2015

      The Blob Visual Emotional Thesaurus

      by Ian Long

      This unique visual thesaurus is designed to help writers of all ages to develop their emotional literacy.The book focuses solely upon emotions. Spanning circa 140 emotional words it is divided into three sections: ranges of emotions (offering a visual spectrum to be referred to by writers unsure of the intensity of feelings) synonyms (each image has similar images and words underneath it along with a sentence to help a new writer see how it can be embedded into a story) antonyms – opposite pairs of feelings that are useful when wishing to create contrast in a storyline The Blob Visual Emotional Thesaurus will be a vital reference for every classroom and can be used individually or in whole class activities.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      December 2015

      The Sky's the Limit

      A Workbook for Teaching Mental Wellbeing to Young People with SEN

      by Victoria Honeybourne

      This significant new resource is designed to support young people with special education needs (SEN) understand what is meant by mental wellbeing and learn skills and strategies to support their mental health. This resource: Provides a visual analogy which enables children and young people with special educational needs to express and discuss their mental wellbeing through Establishing a personal identify Increasing self-esteem Identifying, labelling and learning to self-regulate emotions Developing increased resilience and confidence to approach challenges and new experiences Provides information and activities for teachers and other adults to enable them to feel increasingly confident in exploring concepts of mental wellbeing with young people. Uses methods and techniques from the field of positive psychology to create a solution-focused approach It has been designed to be easily used by anyone working with children or young people in a range of settings: teachers, teaching assistants, support workers, professionals from various fields, or parents and carers. The resources is intended to be used as an early intervention or preventative strategy in schools and other settings and it aims to be an empowering tool which enables young people to express their feelings and learn about themselves, rather than a tool which intends to ‘solve’ or ‘fix’ mental health difficulties.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      April 2016

      Wordless Picture Books and Guide

      Sentence and Narrative Skills for People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

      by Kulvinder Kaur

      This series of wordless picture books aims to help children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) to develop their expressive sentence and narrative skills, through learning to tell each story. There are 10 stories that will be separated into two levels, geared towards advancing the child from simple to intermediate and complex sentences. The stories are written in the style of a film scroll and contain familiar events to ensure the story is understandable. The general formula of each story is a disruption (often humorous) in familiar routines followed by resolutions. The accompanying guide will have strategies on how to teach and progress the child through each level and stage, and will have an additional skills section. Although this resource is primarily for SLCN, they could also be used for early years and reception.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      August 2014

      I Want To Be Like Poppin' Joe

      a true story of inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      Dylan has an awesome friend. His friend, Poppin’ Joe pops and sells popcorn. Poppin’ Joe has a very fun job. It’s noisy fun! Dylan learns from Poppin’ Joe how to do a job you love. (Dylan has Down Syndrome. Joe has Down Syndrome and Autism.)

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      August 2014

      Kaitlyn Wants To See Ducks

      a true story of inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      Kaitlyn loves ducks. Her family loves all the animals. Seeing those apes and lions and elephants and goats and giraffes and bears, just isn’t what Kaitlyn wants to do. What’s a girl to do, when it’s family day at the zoo? (Kaitlyn has Down Syndrome.)

    • True stories (Children's/YA)
      September 2015

      Reese Has a Halloween Secret

      a true story of inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      Reese has an awesome secret. He has so much fun sharing clues with his friends. They have to wait until Halloween to discover his wonderful surprise. But it’s worth the wait! (Reese was born with a cancerous tumor on his spinal cord.)

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      October 2015

      Yo quiero ser como Joe Palomitas

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Dylan tiene un amigo estupendo. Su amigo Joe Palomitas hace y vende palomitas de maíz. Joe Palomitas tiene un trabajo muy divertido. ¡Es una diversión ruidosa! Dylan aprende de Joe Palomitas cómo hacer un trabajo que le encante. Dylan has Down Syndrome. His friend, Poppin' Joe has Down Syndrome and Autism.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      March 2015

      Kaitlyn queire ver patos

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Kaitlyn ama los patos. A su familia le encantan todos los animales. Pero ver monos, leones, elefantes, cabras, jirafas y osos, no es exactamente lo que Kaitlyn quiere hacer. ¿Qué debe hacer una niña durante un día familiar en el zoológico?

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      October 2015

      Yo no sé si quiero un perrito

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Parece que todos los niños quieren un perrito. ¡Pero no Ethan! Él es feliz jugando con sus autos. Sus hermanos mayores tienen una idea diferente. Ellos convencen a mamá y a papá de conseguir un perrito. Es bueno que Ethan esté ahí cuando descubren que su idea no funcionó de la forma que pensaban.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      June 2015

      Marco y yo queremos jugar al béisbol

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Isiah y Marco comparten su amor por el béisbol. ¿Quién va a golpear la pelota más lejos? ¿Quién va a golpear la pelota más alto? ¿De quién será la pelota que golpee el granero? A estos primos les gusta bromear y jugar, cuando es el abuelo quien está lanzando.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      June 2015

      MyaGrace quiere hacer música

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Todos en la familia de MyaGrace hacen música. MyaGrace toca el piano, pero no es lo mismo. Ella quiere unirse a su familia cuando están haciendo música. ¿Cómo va ella a resolver esto? Afortunadamente, MyaGrace conoce a la persona indicada para ayudarla.

    • True stories (Children's/YA)
      February 2016

      Reese tiene un secreto de Halloween

      Una historia real que promueva la inclusión y la autodeterminación

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell, Karen Diaz Anchante

      Reese tiene un secreto increíble. Él se divierte mucho dándole pistas a sus amigos. Ellos tienen que esperar hasta Halloween para descubrir su maravillosa sorpresa. ¡Pero la espera vale la pena!

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      March 2016

      OE Wants It To Be Friday

      a true story of inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      OE is counting down the days until Friday. It’s her favorite day of the week. Each day she has fun, but she knows she will have fabulous fun on Friday. She can’t wait for her special time with Dad and her coach, Austin.( OE was born in Russia. She and Austin both have Cerebral Palsy. They use wheelchairs and communication devices.)

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