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47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code , Becky Carey

  A children’s picture book about the remarkable lessons to be learned from a little girl named Tessa, who was born with Down syndrome. 47 Strings is a beautifully illustrated book for children of all ages.
A Friend Like Simon , Kate Gaynot

  This is a special education childrens picture books that introduces autism. When an autistic child joins a mainstream school, many children can find it difficult to understand and cope with a student that is somewhat ‘different’ to them. This story encourages other children to be mindful and patient of the differences that exist and to also appreciate the positive contribution that an autistic child can make to the group. Ages 4-8 yrs
A Rainbow of Friends , P. K. Hallinan

  Friends come in all colors and sizes; they can be funny or serious, musical or athletic, outgoing or quiet. This book reminds children to celebrate their differences because that is what makes each of us so special. Ages 3-5 yrs
All My Stripes: A Story for Children With Autism , Shaina Rudolph

  "Nobody gets me, Mama!" In All My Stripes, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his "autism stripe." With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes - the unique strengths that make him who he is! Includes a Reading Guide with additional background information about autism spectrum disorders and a Note to Parents and Caregivers with tips for finding support. Foreword by Alison Singer, President, Autism Science Foundation. Ages 4-8 yrs
Benji, the Bad Day & Me , Sally J. Pla

  Nothing seems to be going right for Sammy today. At school, he got in trouble for kicking a fence, then the cafeteria ran out of pizza for lunch. After he walks home in the pouring rain, he finds his autistic little brother Benji is having a bad day too. On days like this, Benji has a special play—box where he goes to feel cozy and safe. Sammy doesn't have a special place, and he's convinced no one cares how he feels, or even notices him. But somebody is noticing, and may just have an idea on how to make Sammy feel better. Ages 5-8 yrs
Can Bears Ski? , Raymond Antrobus

  Little Bear feels the world around him. He feels his bed rumble when Dad Bear wakes him up in the morning. He feels the floor shake when his teacher stomps to get his attention. But something else is missing, like when his friends tell jokes that he isn’t sure he understands, or when all around him Little Bear hears the question, “Can bears ski?” Then, one day, Dad Bear takes him to see an “aud-i-olo-gist,” and Little Bear learns that he has been experiencing deafness and will start wearing hearing aids. Soon he figures out what that puzzling refrain is: “Can you hear me?” Little Bear’s new world is LOUD and will take some getting used to, but with the love and support of Dad Bear, he will find his way. In this lyrical picture book, award-winning creators Raymond Antrobus and Polly Dunbar draw on their own experiences to tell Bear's story. Ages 3-7 yrs
Daniel's New Friend , Becky Friedman

  Daniel and Miss Elaina are visiting Prince Wednesday’s castle for a play date. When they arrive they are so excited to meet a new friend—Prince Wednesday’s cousin, Chrissie! Daniel has so much fun playing with his new friend! Then he notices that Chrissie wears braces on her legs to help her walk. Even though Chrissie may walk differently than Daniel, she loves the color red and playing pretend just as much as he does! Daniel is thrilled to make a wonderful new friend!

This delightful story is perfect for helping little ones understand that despite small differences, anyone can become a new friend! Ages 3-7 yrs
El Deafo , Cece Bell

  Starting at a new school is scary, especially with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here, she’s different. She’s sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom but anywhere her teacher is in the school—in the hallway . . . in the teacher’s lounge . . . in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different . . . and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend? Ages 8-12 yrs
Emmanuel's Dream , Laurie Ann Thompson

  Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story—which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey—is nothing short of remarkable.

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.

Thompson's lyrical prose and Qualls's bold collage illustrations offer a powerful celebration of triumphing over adversity. Ages 4-8 yrs
Focus and Thrive: Executive Functioning Strategies for Teens: Tools to Get Organized, Plan Ahead, and Achieve Your Goals , Laurie Chaikind McNulty LCSW-C

  Executive functioning is the way we manage our daily lives, including organization, planning ahead, and getting started on important tasks. These abilities may be easier for some and more challenging for others to master. Focus and Thrive is full of practical tools to help teens uncover strengths and develop executive functioning skills like staying focused, getting organized, making plans, and managing time.

From creating a checklist to maintaining a daily routine, this supportive executive functioning guide can help you feel more confident in finishing everyday tasks at school, at home, at work, and beyond. Ultimately, this straightforward approach to building executive function skills will put you on the path to achieving your goals with focus and determination.
I Am Stronger Than Anger , Elizabeth Cole

  When children are angry, they can manifest their anger through bad behavior. They might shout, cry, throw things and roll on the floor or all of these things combined. That's why most parents need help managing their kids emotions and feelings.

Even if you have tried everything, this book is perfect for gaining a deeper understanding of children anger management and how to help kids control their emotions. We highly recommend it to parents. Ages 3-6y
I Am Stronger Than Anxiety , Elizabeth Cole

  All children worry from time to time and it is a normal part of growing up. But, when anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can greatly affect kids’ behavior. It may lead to a feeling of stress, exhaustion, isolation and many others. It is very important to be aware of these emotions and to know how to deal with them in a healthy way.

This activity book captures children's attention, provides kid-friendly entry points into understanding the essence of the feeling of anxiety, and is a perfect tool for educating them about how to overcome worries, fear and phobias.
Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism , Laurie Lears

  Julie can't wait to go to the park and feed the ducks with her big sister, Tara. There's only one problem. Her little brother, Ian, who has autism, wants to go, too. Ian doesn't have the same reactions to all the sights and sounds that his sisters have, and Julie thinks he looks silly. But when he wanders off on his own, she must try to see the world through his eyes in order to find him. Ages 4-8 yrs
It's Okay To Be Different , Todd Parr

  It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence.

It's Okay to be Different is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, and promote character growth. Ages 3-6 yrs
Just Because , Rebecca Elliott

  My big sister Clemmie is my best friend. She can't walk, talk, move around much, cook macaroni, pilot a plane, juggle or do algebra. I don't know why she doesn't do these things. Just because.' This heartwarming picture book about being perfectly loved, no matter what, tells of a brother's love for his sister. He is so enthusiastic about just how loving and special she is, and delights in telling us about all the fun things they do together. Only as his tale unfolds does the reader begin to realize that his sister has special needs... and by then we just accept as he does all the wonderful things about her. This amusing and often touching story encompasses the issue of disability in a charming celebration of sibling friendship to which all children can relate. 3 yrs+
Keep Your Ear on the Ball , Genevieve Petrillo

  Everybody wants to help Davey. "Let me open that." "Do you want to hold my hand?" Davey has one answer for all, "Thanks, but no thanks."
Davey is blind—and he is perfectly capable of doing everything on his own. His well-meaning classmates stop offering help when they see how able Davey is. They respect his self-reliance—until he tries to play kickball. After several missed kicks and a trampled base keeper, no one wants Davey on his team.
Working together, the children figure out a way to offer help that respects Davey's unique abilities and his desire for freedom. In this seamless tale, based on a true story, the children realize that interdependence can be just as important and rewarding as independence. Ages 6-8 yrs
Lemon the Duck , Laura Backman

  This gorgeous picture book is based on the inspirational story of Lemon the Pekin duck (as seen on MSNBC and in TIME for Kids), who was born in an elementary school classroom. Neurological issues make Lemon unable to walk, but with the support of a compassionate teacher and her students, Lemon is still able to become one happy duck! In the story, Ms. Lake and her class conduct an egg-hatching project in school and on the big day, welcome four little ducklings into the world. The students soon realize that the soft yellow one they named Lemon looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but can't stand up and walk like a duck. They worry that Lemon won't be happy if she can't do all the things ducks love to do, and work together to help Lemon thrive. Through caring for Lemon, the students share her in victories and learn that acceptance, love, and extra special care can go a long way. They also come to understand that her difference doesn't make Lemon any less special. Ages 4-7 yrs
Meet Will and Jake: Best Buds Forever , Community Living Kincardine & District

  Will and Jake are best buds. They have a lot of fun together, and like a lot of the same things. They are different in some ways though. Jake was born with an extra chromosome. This means he has Down syndrome, and he learns some things differently. That's okay though, Will doesn't mind and he appreciates what Jake brings to their friendship. This story explains a bit about Down syndrome to young readers, and shares the key message that we are all more alike than we are different and the world is a better place when we are all included. Meet Will and Jake shows that if you take the chance to get to know somebody for who they are, you might just gain a wonderful friend.
Moses Goes to a Concert , Isaac Millman

  Moses and his school friends are deaf, but like most children, they have a lot to say. They communicate in American Sigh Language, using visual signs and facial expressions. This is called signing. And even though they can't hear, they can enjoy many activities through their other senses. Today, Moses and his classmates are going to a concert. Their teacher, Mr. Samuels, has two surprises in store for them, to make this particular concert a special event.

You can learn sign language, too! At the end of the book are two full conversations in sign language and a page showing the hand alphabet. Ages 5-8 yrs
My Friend Has Autism but He Is No Different From Me , Dondee Gujilde

  "My Friend Has Autism but He Is No Different From Me" is a book for everyone. The story is about a young boy who has autism. He lives life just as you do. He is no different from me. He is no different from you. The book celebrates diversity by telling a story about a young boy who lives with autism. This is a great introductory children's book to inform readers about children living with autism. The story hopes to increase autism awareness and hopes to celebrate diversity within our community.
My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay , Cari Best

  Zulay and her three best friends are all in the same first grade class and study the same things, even though Zulay is blind. When their teacher asks her students what activity they want to do on Field Day, Zulay surprises everyone when she says she wants to run a race. With the help of a special aide and the support of her friends, Zulay does just that. Ages 4-8 yrs
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability , Shane Burcaw

  Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles’ growth. As a result, his body hasn’t grown bigger and stronger as he’s gotten older―it’s gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasn’t stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed. Ages 6-9 yrs
Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution , Judith Heumann

  Judy Heumann was only 5 years old when she was first denied her right to attend school. Paralyzed from polio and raised by her Holocaust-surviving parents in New York City, Judy had a drive for equality that was instilled early in life.

Judy went on to lead 150 disabled people in the longest sit-in protest in US history at the San Francisco Federal Building. Cut off from the outside world, the group slept on office floors, faced down bomb threats, and risked their lives to win the world’s attention and the first civil rights legislation for disabled people.

Judy’s bravery, persistence, and signature rebellious streak will speak to every person fighting to belong and fighting for social justice.
Susan Laughs , Jeanne Willis

  Told in rhyme, this story follows Susan through a series of familiar activities. She swims with her father, works hard in school, plays with her friends -- and even rides a horse. Lively, thoughtfully drawn illustrations reveal a portrait of a busy, happy little girl with whom younger readers will identify. Not until the end of the story is it revealed that Susan uses a wheelchair.

Told with insight, and without sentimentality, here is an inspiring look at one spunky little girl whose physical disability is never seen as a handicap. Ages 4-7 yrs
Taking Cerebral Palsy to School , Mary Elizabeth Anderson

  Chad explains what cerebral palsy is, how it affects him, how he treats it, and how he wants others to treat him.
Thank You, Mr. Falker , Patricia Polacco

  The real-life, classic story of a dyslexic girl and the teacher who would not let her fail. A perfect gift for teachers and for reading students of any age.

Patricia Polacco is now one of America's most loved children's book creators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha's dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we.
This inspiring story is available in a deluxe slipcased edition, complete with a personal letter to readers from Patricia Polacco herself. Thank You, Mr. Falker will make a beautiful gift for the special child who needs encouragement or any special teacher who has made a difference in the child's life. Ages 5-8 yrs
The Adventures of Hannah Bee - Living with Cerebral Palsy: Hannah Goes To School , Mrs Carly Frances Elms Th-Iosiophakis

  This is a story about a young girl as she navigates life whilst living with Cerebral palsy. The challenges she faces as well as the way she will overcome them. It is aimed at children from preschool upwards as it is important for young children to be exposed to children with disabilities. Children are not born biased, they are born with the capacity for empathy which needs to be nurtured and this book is the perfect way to start an age appropriate conversation about disability, special needs and acceptance. We need to instill in children from a young age that it is ok to be friends with children that are different, who look different, walk different or speak differently. They still might like the same things and have alot in common.
The Anxiety Toolkit for Teens: Easy and Practical CBT and DBT Tools to Manage your Stress Anxiety Worry and Panic , Teen Thrive

  “THE ANXIETY TOOLKIT FOR TEENS” is one of the most teen-friendly anxiety books you will ever come across that will give you the tools, practices, and strategies to address it head on.

This indispensable guide is loaded with useful information that’s easy-to-read, fun, and engaging while providing exactly what it says it will – a toolkit to understand and manage stress, anxiety, worry and panic.

Whether you’re a teen who wants to learn ways to handle anxiety on your own or one who works with a therapist and wants to add more to what you’re learning in sessions, a parent who wants to understand your teen’s anxiety better, or a therapist looking for resources to recommend to teens that they’ll actually enjoy using, this toolkit is for you.
The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens and Tweens , Yenn Purkis, Tanya Masterman

  This book explores what it feels like to be a young person on the autism spectrum and looks at all the brilliant things people on the autism spectrum can do.

Full of insights about being awesome and autistic, this book celebrates the strengths of understanding the world in a different way. It looks at all the reasons being you and thinking differently can be totally awesome! It also has tips for managing tricky situations such as meltdowns, sensory differences and anxiety. It includes fun activities and diary pages where you can write your thoughts and feelings to help you concentrate on your strengths and work on your challenges.

This book helps you develop the confidence to be who you are and help you live life with as little stress and anxiety as possible.
The Black Book of Colors , Menena Cottin

  Living with the use of one's eyes can make imagining blindness difficult, but this innovative title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers. This extraordinary title gives young readers the ability to experience the world in a new way. Ages 5-10 yrs
The Chance to Fly , Ali Stroker

  Thirteen-year-old Nat Beacon loves a lot of things: her dog Warbucks, her best friend Chloe, and competing on her wheelchair racing team, the Zoomers, to name a few. But there’s one thing she’s absolutely OBSESSED with: MUSICALS! From Hamilton to Les Mis, there’s not a cast album she hasn’t memorized and belted along to. She’s never actually been in a musical though, or even seen an actor who uses a wheelchair for mobility on stage. Would someone like Nat ever get cast?
But when Nat’s family moves from California to New Jersey, Nat stumbles upon auditions for a kids’ production of Wicked, one of her favorite musicals ever! And she gets into the ensemble! The other cast members are super cool and inclusive (well, most of them)— especially Malik, the male lead and cutest boy Nat’s ever seen. But when things go awry a week before opening night, will Nat be able to cast her fears and insecurities aside and “Defy Gravity” in every sense of the song title? Ages 8-12 yrs
The Friendship Puzzle: Helping Kids Learn About Accepting and Including Kids With Autism , Julie L. Coe

  Mackenzie does not understand why the new boy in her class will not respond when she attempts to make friends with him. Ages 5-6 yrs
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin , Julia Finley Mosca

  When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe.

In hardcover, The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin was the first book in the educational Amazing Scientists series about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists. In addition to the illustrated rhyming tale, you'll find a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Temple herself! - NSTA Best STEM Books for K-12 Selection
The Invisible Boy , Trudy Ludwig

  Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

From esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton, this gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource.

Includes backmatter with discussion questions and resources for further reading. Ages 6-9 yrs
The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic , Siena Castellon

  "Never be ashamed of being different: it is this difference that makes you extraordinary and unique."

This essential go-to guide gives you all the advice and tools you'll need to help you flourish and achieve what you want in life. From the answers to everyday questions such as 'Am I using appropriate body language?' and 'Did I say the wrong thing?', through to discussing the importance of understanding your emotions, looking after your physical and mental health and coping with anxiety and sensory overloads, award-winning neurodiversity campaigner Siena Castellon uses her own experiences to provide you with the skills to overcome any challenge.

With practical tips on friendships, dating, body image, consent and appearance, as well as how to survive school and bullying, The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide gives you the power to embrace who you are, reminding you that even during the toughest of teen moments, you are never alone.
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens , Marieke Nijkamp

  This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. With stories in various genres about first loves, friendship, war, travel, and more, Unbroken will offer today's teen readers a glimpse into the lives of disabled people in the past, present, and future.
Uniquely Wired: A Book About Autism and its Gifts , Julia Cook

  Zak is obsessed with watches. Before that it was trains. He owns hundreds of watches and is quick to tell everyone everything about them. Zak also has autism, so he sometimes responds to the world around him in unvconventional ways. As Zak describes his point of view, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviours and learn valuable lessons about patience, tolerance and understanding. Grades K-5
We'll Paint The Octopus Red , Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

  As six-year-old Emma anticipates the birth of her new baby brother or sister, she vividly imagines all of the things they can do together. Emma feels ready to be a big sister!

Then when the baby is born, her dad tells her that it's a boy named Isaac, and he has something called Down syndrome. As her dad shares this news, Emma senses his concern and wonders if Isaac will be able to go on all those adventures after all. While they talk, they come to the conclusion that he will certainly be able to do everything she's imagined. Finally she asks, "If Isaac has this Down thing, then what can't he do?" Her dad thinks about it, then tells her that as long as they are patient with him, and help him when he needs it, there probably isn't anything Isaac can't do.
Where Oliver Fits , Cale Atkinson

  Oliver has always dreamed about where he will fit. Will he be in the mane of a unicorn? The tentacle of a pirate squid? The helmet of an astronaut? When he finally goes in search of his perfect place, he finds that trying to fit in is a lot harder than he thought. But like any puzzle, a little trial and error leads to a solution, and Oliver figures out exactly where he belongs.

Where Oliver Fits is a sweet and funny story that explores all the highs and lows of learning to be yourself and shows that fitting in isn't always the best fit. Ages 3-7 yrs
Who Are You?: Ella The Enchanted Princess , Rosaria L. Calafati

  In a beautiful kingdom, hidden beyond the Enchanted Forest, lived a young princess named Ella. She was different from other princesses. Ella had no hair. She often tries to hide her head with scarves and headbands and doesn't like looking into mirrors. Ella always dreams of one day exploring beyond the majestic doors of the castle. However, to do that, she must pass through the Grand Hall, but there are so many dreaded mirrors on the walls. These mirrors are the guardians of the castle, and will not let anyone pass unless they are recognized.Join Ella on her first adventure through the Grand Hall! Why don't the mirrors know Ella, and what will she have to do to leave her room and explore? Ages 4-12 yrs
You're All Kinds of Wonderful , Nancy Tillman

  We’re not all the same. Thank goodness we’re not.
Life would be boring, and I mean… a lot.

And so, when we’re born, we’re supplied at the start
with our own bells and whistles to set us apart.

Think of your bells as the things you do best
things tucked away in your own treasure chest.

Part of growing up is discovering―and embracing―what makes us unique. From different abilities to different personalities, we are all wonderfully made with our own bells and whistles.

Once again, New York Times-bestselling author and artist Nancy Tillman takes a universal truth and makes it accessible for readers young and old. Ages 4-8 yrs
31 Days of Down Syndrome: A Handbook for Special Families , Cheryl Patterson, Ray Patterson

  Having someone in your family with special needs can be a challenge for some. With this book full of tips on how to cope with these needs and how to deal with other's reaction, this firsthand experienced family will guide you on your journey, specifically those with Down Syndrome. This experience, a sudden change in life, can be emotionally over-whelming, draining, and the most fulfilling moment a family can experience. The Patterson family provides real world experience of what is yet to come and help those realize that this is the more heart-warming event of their lives.
A Different Kind of Perfect: Writings by Parents on Raising a Child with Special Needs , Cindy Dowling

  Every parent dreams of having a happy, healthy child. What happens when these dreams are shattered by a physical or cognitive disability? A Different Kind of Perfect offers comfort, consolation, and wisdom from parents who have been there—and are finding their way through.

The writings collected here are grouped into chapters reflecting the progressive stages of many parents' emotional journeys, starting with grief, denial, and anger and moving towards acceptance, empowerment, laughter, and even joy. Each chapter opens with an introduction by Neil Nicoll, a child and family psychologist who specializes in development disorders.
Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities , Allison C. Carey, Pamela Block, Richard Scot

  Parents of children with disabilities often situate their activism as a means of improving the world for their child. However, some disabled activists perceive parental activism as working against the independence and dignity of people with disabilities. This thorny relationship is at the heart of the groundbreaking Allies and Obstacles.

The authors chronicle parents’ path-breaking advocacy in arenas such as the right to education and to liberty via deinstitutionalization as well as how they engaged in legal and political advocacy. Allies and Obstacles provides a macro analysis of parent activism using a social movement perspective to reveal and analyze the complex—and often tense—relationship of parents to disability rights organizations and activism.
Developing Differently: A Guide for Parents of Young Children with Global Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, Autism , Joshua Muggleton

  Parenting isn't easy, and parenting a child with a Global Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, or Autism can be challenging. However, a lot of parenting strategies are straightforward once you get your head around them. With the right knowledge, environment, interactions, responses and understanding, you can help reduce your child's anxiety, build their confidence, and help them develop learning and communication skills.
Based on his work as a Clinical Psychologist working with children developing differently, Dr Joshua Muggleton provides a comprehensive, step-by-step parenting plan that will support you to embed good practice at home from day one. The book outlines how to provide the right environment for your child to learn and grow, how to model and encourage new skills, how to organise routines, and how to make these strategies work in family life.
Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World , Deborah Reber

  It’s time to say no to trying to fit square-peg kids into round holes, and yes to raising them from a place of acceptance and joy.

A how-to, a manifesto, and a wise and reassuring companion for parents of neuroatypical children, who often feel that they have no place to turn, Differently Wired offers 18 paradigm-shifting ideas—what the author calls “tilts”—that will change everything, including how to Get Out of Isolation and Connect, how to Help Your Kids Embrace Self-Discovery, and how to Show Up and Live in the Present. And through theses “tilts,” how to stay open, pay attention, and become an exceptional parent to your exceptional child.
Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children , Rita Eichenstein PhD

  As diagnosis rates continue to rise for autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other developmental differences, parents face a maze of medical, psychological, and educational choices – and a great deal of emotional stress.

With compassion, clarity, and an emphasis on practical solutions, Dr. Rita Eichenstein's Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children walks readers through the five stages of acceptance (similar to the stages of grief, but modified for parents of special-needs kids). Using vivid anecdotes and suggestions, she helps readers understand their own emotional experience, nurture themselves in addition to their kids, identify and address relationship wounds including tension in a marriage and struggles with children (special-needs and neurotypical), and embrace their child with acceptance, compassion and joy.
Parenting Children with Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, Tactics for Raising Kids with Chronic Illness & Medical Conditions , Foster W. Cline M.D.

  Does your child have a health condition which requires special medical or dietary care? Whatever the health issue, you will learn the essential parenting skills you need to help your child comply with medical requirements, cope well with health challenges, and live a hope-filled life. Get practical and compassionate answers to your toughest questions as you discover effective ways to communicate about medical issues with children of all ages. This book will teach you how to: . Encourage your child to love life despite health challenges. . Handle refusal to take medication and do medical treatments. . Skillfully respond to your child's special emotional needs. . Avoid power struggles and other common parenting traps. . Promote responsibility without nagging or lecturing. . Navigate sibling, family and couple relationship issues. . Enable your child to make good self-care decisions.
Supporting Positive Behaviour in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism: Practical Strategies for Addressing Challenging Behaviour , Tony Osgood

  This highly practical book is an accessible and grounded handbook for addressing challenging behaviour in children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), including autism. It recognises that challenging behaviour does not appear out of nowhere and is meaningful for the person exhibiting it. Behaviour can be communicative and an important signifier of underlying sensory or environmental issues. Focusing on a person-centred approach throughout, the book has advice and strategies for working with the client's families, support staff and professionals. It also presents best practice for analysing and addressing challenging behaviour in various settings such as schools, hospitals and the home, all while stressing the need to keep the human story at the heart of any assessment and intervention. Each chapter features questions for discussion or reflection and exercises for the reader to complete.
The Cerebral Palsy Tool Kit: From Diagnosis to Understanding , Michele P Shusterman

  The Cerebral Palsy Tool Kit was created to help you sort through the initial emotions in response to your child or loved one receiving a diagnosis of CP and to answer your questions and concerns related to CP. It will guide you through the initial diagnosis period, direct you to other helpful resources and provide information to you about the different approaches to treating and managing CP.
The Out-of-Sync Child , Carol Kranowitz

  The groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)--and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents--now revised and updated.

Sensory Processing Disorder--a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The Out-of-Sync Child offers comprehensive, clear information for parents and professionals--and a drug-free treatment approach for children.

This revised edition includes new sections on vision and hearing, picky eaters, and coexisting disorders such as autism and ADHD, among other topics.
The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years , Carol Stock Kranowitz

  The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up will be the new bible for the vast audience of parents whose children, already diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, are entering the adolescent, tween, and teen years, as well as those who do not yet have a diagnosis and are struggling to meet the challenges of daily life. This book picks up where The Out-of-Sync Child left off, offering practical advice on living with SPD, covering everyday challenges as well as the social and emotional issues that many young people with SPD face.

Topics include strategies for coping with the sensory aspects of grooming, social lives and dating, playing sports and music, and other issues, as well as how to find support and help from loved ones, occupational therapy, and other resources. Carol Kranowitz's insights are supplemented by first-person accounts of adolescents and teens with SPD, sharing their experiences and hard-won lessons with readers and adding a powerful personal dimension to the book.
The Parent's Guide to Occupational Therapy for Autism and Other Special Needs: Practical Strategies , Cara Koscinski

  The Parent's Guide to Occupational Therapy for Autism and Other Special Needs: Practical Strategies for Motor Skills, Sensory Integration, Toilet Training, and More

With the help of this handy guide, you can bring tried and tested occupational therapy activities into your home and encourage your child to succeed with everyday tasks while having fun in the process.

This expanded edition of the award-winning book includes new advice on toilet training, coping with changes in routine, repetitive behaviors, self-regulation and much more. The simple explanations and easy exercises will soon make daily activities enjoyable and productive.
The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius , Kristine Barnett

  The extraordinary memoir of a mother's love, commitment and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed with severe autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius--and how any parent can help their child find their spark.
Today, at 13, Jacob is a paid researcher in quantum physics, working on extending Einstein's theory of relativity. Diagnosed at age 1 with severe autism, at 3 he was assigned to life-skills classes and his parents were told to adjust their expectations. The goal: tying his own shoes at 16. Kristine Barnett's belief in the power of hope and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we keep our minds open and learn to fuel a child's true potential changed everything.
Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience , Peter A. Levine Ph.D.

  In addition to arming parents with priceless protective strategies, best-selling authors Dr. Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline offer an antidote to trauma and a recipe for creating resilient kids no matter what misfortune has besieged them. Trauma-Proofing Your Kids is a treasure trove of simple-to-follow “stress-busting,” boundary-setting, sensory/motor-awareness activities that counteract trauma’s effect on a child’s body, mind and spirit. Including a chapter on how to navigate the inevitable difficulties that arise during the various ages and stages of development, this ground-breaking book simplifies an often mystifying and complex subject, empowering parents to raise truly confident and joyful kids despite stressful and turbulent times.
Untethered: Growing Up with My Autistic Son , Carolyn Cooper RN, PhD

  Mark is just four days old when Carolyn's pride in her baby shifts to concern. Why won't he make eye contact? Why doesn't he cry? Where is his appetite?As a worried mother, Carolyn grasps for answers, but in 1960s North Carolina, "autism' is not yet a household word. Untethered traces the extraordinary forty-year evolution of both Mark and Carolyn as they struggle with what was then considered a baffling new disorder. When Mark further slips within the fortress of autism, Carolyn faces the unthinkable--institutionalizing her son.At the same time, Carolyn's marriage starts to unravel, forcing her to abandon her identity as a people-pleasing housewife and enter the working world as a single woman. Facing a life she never wanted or bargained for, Carolyn sets out on a path of self-discovery.Courageous, hopeful, and provocative, Untethered shows the unvarnished reality of one mother's experience with autism. It also teaches us that life's heartbreaks can illuminate the way toward spiritual growth and love.
What I Wish I Knew Back Then: A Physical Therapist and Mother's Perspective of Raising her Child with Cerebral Palsy , Marsh Naidoo

  Parents confronted with their child receiving a diagnosis of developmental delay or disability are often devastated by this unexpected reality. The fear of this unknown, coupled with the historical and cultural stigmas associated with disability, leads to anxiety and isolation. This book is written by parents who share their struggles, practical insights, and strategies to empower and educate other parents on this challenging but not impossible journey. "What I Wish I Knew Back Then" is the brainchild of Raising Kellan, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by Marsh Naidoo, PT
When Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Hit Puberty: A Parents' Q&A Guide to Health, Sexuality and Relations , Freddy Jackson Brown, Sarah Brown

  Puberty, personal hygiene and sex can be difficult topics to broach with your child, especially when they have an intellectual disability or autism. The authors of this guide provide honest answers to challenging questions and provide solutions to the dilemmas that many parents face on a daily basis. Structured around issues related to puberty and emerging sexuality in children with disabilities or autism, such as physical changes, mood swings and sexual behaviour, the book presents case studies alongside practical guidance on how to overcome problems that commonly arise.

The book also explains laws relevant to disability and sexuality and suggests appropriate sex education programmes to meet the needs of differing degrees of disability.

  A great source of creative ideas and activities for children. Ideas for parents, educators and kids.
Different Roads to Learning, for children with developemental disabilities

  Different roads to learning is an on-line catalogue of speciality toys and learning materials for children with developmental delays. A sight with a variety of resources, including manipulative toys, activities and multimedia materials.
  http://www.difflearn.com Contact : 1-800-853-1057
DLTK's Crafts for Kids

  DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, colouring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favourite cartoon characters. The site is run by a mom of two girls (7 and 10 years old) and has been doing the site since the youngest was born.

  Free picture cards, fun stuff, game ideas, directions and products available on-line for printing. This site has a Face Expression Activity - that is FREE. It enables the operator to experiment with a 3D face to create a variety of facial expressions for different emotions.
Finding activities for kids with special needs

  Find out about activities in the Sudbury/Manitoulin District for children with special needs.
HELP! ...WE'VE GOT KIDS The Complete Children's Resource Directory.

  Products, services, activities, programs. If your child needs it, you'll find it here!
Including ME

  Offers teaching materials for educators and parents of children with Autism and other special needs. Among these is the series of Playsteps books, which offer simple sequences showing toy construction with Lego and Tinker Toys. Simple but effective idea to teach independent and shared play skills.
The Toy Theater

  Toy Theater is a collection of early learning activities to be used as another tool in the teachers toolbox. An eclectic "Theater" of learning toys, Toy Theater is a safe place to play and learn.
A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder

  A great up-to-date resource providing information about Autism diagnosis, treatment, and much more.

  The ABACUS website aims to serve as the best possible source of information so that parents, caregivers, and the general community can be informed consumers of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Ontario.

This website is produced with support from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
Asperger's Society of Ontario

  Education and information regarding Aspergers.

  Your universe for Aspergers help, advice, and information.
Autism Central

  A central location for information sharing and resources on ASD and developmental disabilities in Canada.
Autism Ontario

  Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of 31 Chapters throughout the Province of Ontario.
We are guided by a Board of Directors, composed primarily of parents of individuals with autism, plus a host of volunteers and respected professionals who provide expertise and guidance to the Society on a volunteer basis.
Autism Society of Canada (ASC)

  Autism Society Canada (ASC) is a national incorporated non-profit charitable organization. It was founded in 1976 by a group of parents committed to advocacy, public education, information and referral, and support for its regional societies.
Autism Speaks Canada

  Autism affects 1 out of every 110 children and 1 in 70 boys.

Autism prevalence figures are growing. Now, more than ever, we need answers.

At Autism Speaks Canada, we are dedicated to finding the missing pieces of the puzzle and to bringing hope to those living with autism every day.

With your support and through our programs of research, family services, public awareness and advocacy, we will achieve our goals.
Autistic Spectrum Disorders

  This website includes information about Autism and Asperger syndrome.
Ed Mahony - Information on Advocating For Your Child , Ed Mahony

  Ed Mahnoy's website provides information and guidelines for positive advocacy for a child on the Autism Spectrum. Information covered in this site includes;

Special Education Legislation
What really counts in IEPs
Understanding the reality of Ontario Schools
Approaches to working with staff that really work.
The legal framework surrounding special education: The Special Education Tribunal and the Ontario Human Rights
Commission - A review of key decisions.
Secondary schools
Geneva Centre for Austism

  Information and education regarding autism.

  MagnusCards is a free mobile application that can be used by parents and community partners to create digital social stories to build life skills for independent living and community involvement.
OASIS (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support)

  Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS). This web site provides articles, educational resources, links to local, national and international support groups, sources of professional help, lists of camps and schools, conference information, recommended reading, and moderated support message boards.
Ontario Autism Coalition

  The Ontario Autism Coalition formed in 2005 and has grown into an Ontario-wide organization with over 600 members. The OAC has organized over 20 rallies to draw public attention to the need for publicly funded programs that effectively meet the needs of individuals in the Autism community. We have also met with countless government policy advisors, senior provincial Cabinet Ministers and M.P.P.?s to make our case.
The Autism News

  General information site about Autism.
Abilities Magazine

  ABILITIES is Canada's foremost cross-disability lifestyle magazine. It is widely read by people with disabilities, their families, friends and professionals.
In addition to its subscriber base, ABILITIES is circulated to every organization across Canada committed to the advancement and well-being of people with disabilities, as well as thousands of professionals, corporations and government agencies.

Go to the website to subscribe or view past issues.

  ADDISS provides information and support for parents, sufferers and professionals in the fields of ADHD and related learning and behavioural difficulties. ADDISS' activity is supported by their Professional Board of expert advisers.
Cerebral Palsy Consortium

  The Cerebral Palsy Consortium (CPC) is an infrastructure aiming to facilitate social participation of children 0- to-18-years old. living with cerebral palsy.
Epilepsy Canada

  National site for families affected by Epilepsy. The site includes facts, information and guides for children and teens.
Family Alliance Ontario

  Family Alliance Ontario is an alliance of citizens that offers knowledge, tools and networking opportunities to individuals with disabilities and their families to assist them to realize a vision that includes having valued relationships, choice and control in their lives, and enables inclusion through meaningful contribution and participation in their communities.

For more information, please visit their website.
Fraser - Special Needs, Bright Futures

  Fraser is a nonprofit organization that assists children , adolescents and adults in the United States.
Their website offers helpful information about a variety of special needs. You can also view and print tip sheets regarding specific disabilities.
Inclusion Network

  A website about inclusion for children with various special needs. The website includes a list of resources, newsletters as well as workshops.
L'Arche Canada

  L'Arche is a unique vision of care giving and community building that fosters inclusion, understanding and belonging. In nearly 200 small homes and day settings across Canada, caregivers and volunteers from diverse cultures and backgrounds share deeply committed relationships with people with developmental disabilities. Every year L'Arche has a transformative impact on the lives of hundreds of young people who assist in L'Arche settings.
OASIS (Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs)

  Their mission is to facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources and information by liaising with government on behalf of their member organizations.
Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy

  The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy is a non-profit, charitable organization with a mandate to address the changing needs of people in Ontario with cerebral palsy.
Ontario March of Dimes

  Assistive Devices Progam: May provide partial funding for certain types of communication and mobility equipment.

Home and Vehicle Modification Program: May provide partial funding on certain home or vehicle modifications.

For more information please see The Ontario March of Dimes website.
Partners for Planning Resource Network

  Partners for planning is a future planning resource for people with a disability, their families, and caregivers. They also provide excellent online webcasts covering a variety of relevant topics. Visit their website to find out about upcoming webcasts.
Social Skill Builder

  This resource was founded by a speech language pathologists who has developed interactive CD-ROM computer programs that target understanding and use of every day social skills in children with a variety of disorders and delays.
Special Olympics Canada

  Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.
The Easter Seals Society

  Various Child, Youth and Young Adult Programs:
-Camp and Recreational Programs
-Financial Assistance
-Grant Programs

For more information please visit The Easter Seals Society website.
Welcome to the Neuro-Patient Resource Centre

  The Neuro-Patient Resource Centre of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is a part of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). We can help you to find good, reliable, up-to-date information on neurological diseases, disorders and treatments. The Centre is also able to give you information on resources at the MUHC and in the community.

  This is the place for kids, parents, student teachers, and teachers. 5000+ free printable pages and worksheets are available for a variety of different activities and subjects.
Ask Nanny

  This site provides help and advise to anyone caring for a child. A child development chart can also be found to help monitor your child's developmental milestones
Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development

  This web site is dedicated to providing the latest and best information on child mental health problems and the influences that shape the developmental health and well-being of children and youth.
Mayo Clinic

  The site provides information and services from the world's first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group medical practice. Manage your health with information and tools that reflect the expertise of Mayo's 2,500 physicians and scientists, learn how to access medical services, and discover Mayo's medical research and education offerings.
Mind Reading

  This is a unique reference work covering the entire spectrum of human emotions. Using the software you can explore over 400 emotions, seeing and hearing each one performed by six different people.

  This site is a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health. It provides access to full text journal articles.
Super Duper Inc.

  A great site. A supplier of speech and language materials with an extensive catalogue and FREE shipping to US and Canada.
  http://www.superduperinc.com Contact : 1-864-288-3426
211 Ontario

  Directory of accurate and up-to-date information on Ontario services provided by nonprofit, community-based organizations or the public sector.
Best Start Hubs

  Information relating to your local Best Start Hubs.
Ministry of Children and Youth Services

  In 2003, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services was created to make it easier for families to find the services to give kids the best start in life, make it easier for families to access the services they need at all stages of a child's development, and help youth become productive adults.

This site includes information about current developments within the ministry and programs and services funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
Ministry of Education

  We are the ministry that administers the system of publicly funded elementary and secondary school education in Ontario.
Ontario Early Years

  This web site is a place where you can find answers to frequently asked questions about Ontario Early Years Centres. It also features a library of information about the first six years of your child's life.
Reach for the Rainbows - Integrated Camp Programs

  Reach for the Rainbows partners with camps and provides a one-to-one support worker for children with special needs to enable the child to attend. Please visit their website to find out more about how the program works and for details regarding costs.
Canadian Mental Health Association

  The Canadian Mental Health Association is a nation-wide, charitable organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

  CHEO is a pediatric health and research center providing outstanding family-centered patient care, pioneering breakthrough research, and training the health care professionals of tomorrow.

  Your online mental health resource.
Kids Health

  This site provides information on a multitude of issues experienced by both children and youth. It includes links for parents, children and teens.
Kidsaid (by kids)

  Kidsaid is a safe place for kids to help each other deal with grief and loss. It's a place to deal with feelings in the e-mail support group, to share and view artwork and stories, and for parents and kids to ask questions and find answers.
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC)

  Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) is the national voice for persons with learning disabilities and those who support them. LDAC is dedicated to a level playing field for individuals with learning disabilities to enable them to function as citizens with equitable opportunities and to develop to their chosen potential. LDAC accomplishes these goals through public awareness about the nature and impact of learning disabilities, advocacy, research, health, education and collaborative efforts.
Mind Your Mind

  mindyourmind.ca is an award winning site for youth by youth. This is a place where you can get info, resources and the tools to help you manage stress, crisis and mental health problems. Share what you live and what you know with your friends.
National Institute on Drug Abuse

  NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

The site includes links for parents, youth, and professionals.
Triple P Parenting Program

  Whether you’re a parent, a practitioner or an organization that works with parents, the international award winning Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®, backed by over 25 years of clinically proven, world wide research, has the answers to your parenting questions and needs. We have the knowledge and evidence to prove that Triple P works for many different families, in many different circumstances, with many different problems, in many different places! Whether you’re the parent of a tantrum throwing toddler, a truant teenager or an organization that wants to implement Triple P across the country, this web site has the information and tools you need.
"All About Me" package

  This package can be downloaded and completed by parents to provide valuable information to their CHAP/respite worker regarding their child. It covers information about a child's needs, likes, dislikes, routines and more.
Please click on the web link to view/print the package.
Activities List

  This is a list of activities that take place in the Sudbury and Manitoulin District. The list is categorized by season and includes information about prices as well as well as costs for respite workers as some places offer free admission for support workers.
It is a comprehensive and helpful resource package that includes many activities that are free.

To view/print the package, please click on the web link.
FINDS Directory

  A comprehensive directory of resources for parents. The directory includes resources for a variety of different needs.
Handbook to Assist Parents in the Training of a Respite Worker

  This handbook will assist parents in ensuring a meaningful respite experience for themselves and their child. Parents will find information to help develop a profile of their child that will provide invaluable information to their respite worker. It will also help parents to define the type of assistance they are seeking as well as identifying the specific roles and responsibilities of their respite worker.
Please click on the following link to download a copy of the handbook.
Transitions Directory

  A community resource directory that can be helpful in preparing for the transition to adult services.

Adults 18+

For information regarding the Sudbury Manitoulin Adult Developmental Service System, please click here.

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