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Catalog of Down Syndrome Books

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Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome: The Respond but Don't React Method

Author: David Stein
ISBN:1606132636
Publication Date:2016-07-06
List Price:$21.95
Lowest New Price:$13.87
Rank:18085
Description:
A child doesn't want to leave the toy store, so he stops and flops. Another bolts across a busy parking lot, turns and smiles at his mom. An eighteen-year-old student bursts into tears when asked to change activities at school. Sound familiar?

These and other common behavior issues in children with Down syndrome can quickly become engrained and may even persist into adulthood. No parent wants that to happen, and thankfully, help is available! Dr. David Stein, a psychologist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children's Hospital, shares his approach to behavior management in this new book for parents.

Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome examines how the brain of a person with Down syndrome works, how those differences impact behavior, and why bad behavior should not be viewed as a willful act. Governed by this new awareness, parents are in a better position to change and manage their child's behavior using these guiding principles:

  • Be proactive, not reactive
  • Be consistent
  • Use visual schedules & Social Stories to direct behavior
  • Develop a token reward chart
  • Keep gut reactions in check
  • Teach siblings to ignore bad behavior
  • Learn effective disciplinary techniques
  • Know when professional help is needed

Some of these parenting concepts are intuitive, others are not, but when they are followed consistently, children and teens with Down syndrome do their best behaviorally and the parent-child relationship remains as positive and loving as it should be.


Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parents' Guide

Author:
ISBN:1890627550
Publication Date:2008-09-19
List Price:$18.95
Lowest New Price:$6.50
Rank:42124
Description:
(2009 IPPY Award Winner: Silver Medalist, Parenting/Family category)

Babies with Down Syndrome, the trustworthy guide which has benefited thousands of families since it was first published in 1985, is completely revised and updated in a new, third edition. Covering the best practices for raising and caring for children with Down syndrome through age five, this book is invaluable to new parents who have welcomed a baby with Down syndrome into their lives.

This new edition incorporates the latest scientific, medical, educational research, and practical information available, as well as parents' suggestions and feedback. Existing chapters have been revised, some completely rewritten by new authors, and in keeping with its parent-friendly reputation, most of the book's contributors are parents of children with Down syndrome. Chapters cover:

What Is Down Syndrome?: A primer on the causes, characteristics, and diagnosis, including the latest information on genetics and prenatal testing;

Adjusting to Your Baby: Advice from an experienced mother on coping with common emotions and announcing the news to friends and family;

Medical Concerns & Treatments: An overview of possible health issues including celiac disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, reflux, and skin problems, with an emphasis on detecting signs early for needed treatment;

Daily Care: The gamut of care from feeding to bathing, with expanded information about toilet training;

Family Life: The impact on siblings and couples, discipline issues, and new material to help everyone understand that a child s behavior is a form of communication;

Development & Learning: Expectations about development plus new material on variability in development, learning styles, using reading to develop language, memory strengths and weaknesses, and using play to encourage learning;

Early Intervention: An overview of services and therapies for babies & toddlers with new information on the transdisciplinary approach, providing services in the natural environment, transitioning to preschool, and common questions & answers;

Legal Rights & Financial Issues: Explains your child's educational and legal rights, and financial information, including the latest on federal education and civil rights laws, sources of financial assistance, health insurance, trusts, and guardianship.

Full of new photos, parent statements, updated and expanded resources and reading lists, and a reprint of the inspiring essay, Welcome to Holland, this guide is everything parents need to build a bright and healthy future for their child with Down syndrome.


My Friend Has Down Syndrome (Let's Talk About It Series)

Author: Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
ISBN:9780764140761
Publication Date:2008-10-01
List Price:$7.99
Lowest New Price:$4.50
Rank:97824
Description:
The sensitively written Let’s Talk About It Books encourage preschool-age and early-grades children to explore their feelings, deal with problems that trouble them, and understand others who have problems of their own. Each title speaks to a particular concern that children might encounter in the course of growing up. All books in this series have appealing color illustrations on every page, and are available in both English and Spanish language editions. A short section at the back of each book offers related advice to parents. My Friend Has Down Syndrome explores this common chromosomal condition from a child’s perspective. Younger children may be confused and have many questions when they encounter kids who have Down syndrome. Here, in this reassuring story, two children, one with Down syndrome and one without, learn that they are both good at different things and that by helping each other overcome their fears and difficulties they can accomplish a great deal together.

Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Down Syndrome)

Author: Libby Kumin
ISBN:1606130668
Publication Date:2012-06-13
List Price:$27.95
Lowest New Price:$18.94
Rank:87100
Description:
Newly revised and updated, this compassionate and authoritative guide is based on Libby Kumin's thirty years of experience of working with children and adolescents with Down syndrome and their families. Dr Kumin draws on her vast experience to show parents how they can support and encourage their child's speech and language development from birth to age 6 (or when a child can form 2- to 3-word sentences). Parents and teachers learn how to work through characteristic challenges, including hearing loss, intelligibility issues, apraxia (difficulty planning oral-motor movements), or a slower pace of development. Families soon see that many children with Down syndrome are natural and willing communicators.

In a warm and conversational style, the author shares her professional expertise in parent-friendly terms. She uses specific examples of difficulties and successes to illustrate the concepts behind speech and language development, and includes the latest research supporting current early intervention and pre-school approaches that can be used at home and in schools.

This third edition features expanded information on the needs of children with apraxia, dual diagnosis of autism and Down syndrome, and updated terminology and information on special education law. An expanded chapter explains how technology and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can help with speech and language, foster communication, and provide inexpensive transitional language systems.

And there's an online supplement of over 30 helpful forms! Use these for assessment, developing treatment plans, and keeping detailed records of progress. Teachers, speech-language pathologists, and parents will appreciate the forms and organizing information for IEP meetings or periodic evaluations. Find these forms through a link on the book's page on the publisher's website, woodbinehouse.com


The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome: Advice, Information, Inspiration, and Support for Raising Your Child from Diagnosis through Adulthood

Author: Jennifer Jacob
ISBN:144059290X
Publication Date:2016-01-01
List Price:$14.99
Lowest New Price:$7.82
Rank:96075
Description:
Help your child succeed and thrive!

As a parent of a child diagnosed with Down syndrome, you may be feeling unsure of what to do next or where your child's journey will take you. In this book, authors Jen Jacob and Mardra Sikora share their experiences and guide you through life with Ds with expert advice from diagnosis to adulthood. Each page teaches you ways to support your child through major milestones; nurture their development; and ensure that they succeed behaviorally, socially, and cognitively. You'll also find valuable information on:
  • Sharing the news with loved ones
  • Transitioning into primary school
  • Developing your child's social skills
  • Discussing future opportunities, including employment and housing options
With The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome, you will have the tools you need to raise a happy, healthy, and thriving child.

Teaching Reading to Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Teachers (Topics in Down Syndrome)

Author: Patricia Logan Oelwein
ISBN:0933149557
Publication Date:1995-02-01
List Price:$24.95
Lowest New Price:$10.99
Rank:64252
Description:
Teach your child to read using the author's nationally recognized, proven method. From introducing the alphabet to writing and spelling, the lessons are easy to follow. The many pictures and flash cards included appeal to visual learners and are easy to photocopy!

Now includes refreshed Resources and a CD-ROM of Appendices. Print out these visual supports--picture and word cards, lotto games, charts, and more--as often as you want!


Down Syndrome Parenting 101: Must-Have Advice for Making Your Life Easier

Author: Natalie Hale
ISBN:160613020X
Publication Date:2011-11-18
List Price:$21.95
Lowest New Price:$13.50
Rank:142441
Description:
About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Award Winner, Favorite New Special-Needs Parenting Book!

Down Syndrome Parenting 101 is a savvy book for parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who shares life with a person with Down syndrome! It's full of uplifting advice and best practices gleaned from the author's personal and professional experiences raising a son, now an adult, and teaching educators and parents how to teach children with Down syndrome to read.

Down Syndrome Parenting 101 offers inspired takes on a host of important issues, from learning to recognize and celebrate your child's personality and gifts to finding a great teacher for him, and from insisting your child pull his own weight to giving your child his space as an adult. The author--equal parts mentor, humorist, enthusiast, and realist--takes readers by the hand and walks them through the various life stages, experiences, and people they will encounter with their child including: getting to know and fall in love with your child, interacting with medical professionals, literacy, discipline, school, transitioning, and independence.

Chapters are short, a plus for busy parents, and can be read individually or sequentially. Throughout, many characters--the author's son, friends, and students--appear, serving as anecdotal evidence in support of the author's points and adding to the storytelling effect. As an added bonus, the book includes a Foreword by Martha Beck, parent of a child with Down syndrome and author of the New York Times bestseller, Expecting Adam. Turn to this upbeat book for credible, realistic advice and for a dose of bibliotherapy when you need validation and perspective.

Also check out Natalie Hale's book for teaching money management skills:, Managing My Money.


In My World: Down Syndrome

Author: Gabriella Llano
ISBN:1477291881
Publication Date:2013-01-16
List Price:$14.95
Lowest New Price:$13.36
Rank:947680
Description:
Mika is a nine-year-old girl that sees the world differently than anyone else. Even though she is going through what every girl may one-day face, fighting with her best friend and feeling like an outcast, she is not like every other girl. Her mother, Ava and brother, Javi stand by her side while Mika struggles endlessly to feel normal, when instead she must embrace her uniqueness. Children with Down syndrome, like Mika, are angels that help us see the world with our hearts, instead of our eyes.

Gross Motor Skills for Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Down Syndrome)

Author: Patricia C. Winders
ISBN:1606130099
Publication Date:2013-12-04
List Price:$29.95
Lowest New Price:$21.51
Rank:107019
Description:
This thoroughly updated second edition is a cornerstone of Woodbine House's Down syndrome collection and an essential resource for thousands of parents and professionals.

In parent-friendly language, the author explains the many physiological reasons that children with Down syndrome experience delays in their gross motor development and presents a physical therapy treatment plan from birth to age 6. Over 400 photos accompany step-by-step instructions to help readers assess a child's gross motor readiness and teach skills for head control, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, using stairs, running, kicking, jumping, and riding a tricycle.

This second edition features additional activities, many new photos, info on transitioning from trikes to bikes, tips to address problems such as flat feet, and tendencies to watch for that can thwart development. Use this comprehensive and encouraging resource to get started working on your child's gross motor development and to supplement physical therapy.


Hi! My Name Is Avery: The Beauty of Down Syndrome in the Classroom (Demystifying Special Needs) (Volume 1)

Author: Mrs. Nicole Juarez
ISBN:1539920704
Publication Date:2017-04-20
List Price:$12.99
Lowest New Price:$10.66
Rank:332969
Description:
This book is intended to give a voice to Avery and others like her who have something to say, but are unable to verbally say it. Young children all over the world are at an impressionable age and with answers to their questions about others who are different they could learn to become kindhearted, understanding, and accepting children. This book is about a real child named Avery with Down syndrome and real experiences she’s gone through. If this book is understood by a school aged student, then we will be creating a world full of compassionate children. This is the first of five books to help demystify special needs to lower elementary aged students.

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