Monday, March 25, 2013

Highlighting some useful resources for Student Services

Children with Tourette syndrome: a parents' guide 
edited by Marsh, Tracy Lynne. (2007)
Families with newly diagnosed children find answers to their most pressing questions about this neurological disorder, as well as coping strategies and emotional support. It includes new information about the effects of Tourette syndrome at different stages of development from childhood into adulthood; coexisting conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, Asperger syndrome and learning disabilities. It provides an overview of the biochemistry of TS, what to expect from a medical workup and a discussion of more than 30 different drugs used to treat TS and related conditions. There are strategies for coping with the challenging characteristics of TS such as impulsivity, obsessive thoughts, attention and sleep problems and difficulties with sensory integration.  

Ready set remember: short- term auditory memory activities 
Mense, Beatrice. (2006)
This book helps teachers identify children with auditory difficulties in the age-range 5-8 before referring them to an appropriate health professional. When the child returns to the classroom, the book provides strategies and activities to encourage children's confidence and improve the ability to efficiently and effectively remember auditory information by practicing listening and sequencing tasks.

Skillstreaming the elementary school child: new strategies and perspectives for teaching prosocial skills
McGinnis, Ellen and Goldstein, Arnold P. (1997)
Addresses the social needs of students who display aggression, immaturity, withdrawal or other problem behaviours. It offers information for implementing the Skillstreaming approach, which utilises modelling, role-playing, performance feedback and transfer (homework). Students develop competence in dealing with interpersonal conflicts and learn to use self-control. Containing 60 skill lessons and including five skill groups: Classroom Survival Skills, Friendship-Making Skills, Dealing with Feelings, Alternatives to Aggression and Dealing with Stress. 

Social skills training: for children and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and social-communication problems  
Baker, Jed E. (2003)
70 of the skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social-communication problems. The presentation of each skill consists of a reproducible skill handout, as well as activity sheets listing ways teachers and parents can demonstrate, practice, reinforce the skill in the classroom and at home. 

Talkabout: a social communication skills package  
Kelly, Alex. (2001)
This easily photocopied manual provides professionals with a framework for the development of social skills. Piloted on adolescents with mild learning difficulties, it can be also be used for children and adults. Beginning with a basic assessment procedure to evaluate the client's and others self-awareness.

Treating anxious children and adolescents: an evidence based approach  
Rapee, Ronald M. (2000)
This handbook offers mental health professionals clear, detailed guidelines for effectively treating children and adolescents suffering from anxiety disorders.

Dr. Tony Attwood presents: Asperger's diagnostic assessment  
Attwood, Tony. (2007) 
2 DVDs (4 hours) + guide (76 p.)
Features of the DVDs include:
• A live interview with Brett who was undiagnosed and a separate interview with his parents
• Diagnostic Characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome
• Girls and Asperger's Syndrome
• How to explain the diagnosis with the child or adult
• Dealing with adult diagnosis

Bill Rogers managing behavior series - Consequences  
Rogers, Bill. (2004) 
1 DVD (42 min.)
Answers questions commonly asked by teachers: What about frequent offenders? How can a school address bullying? What consequences can be applied to swearing and other offensive behaviours? How to exit a child from the classroom? What to do if a child runs out of the classroom when they are corrected? How to use cool-off time?

Bill Rogers managing behavior series – Prevention  
Rogers, Bill. (2004) 
1 DVD (53 min.)
Explores: The four R's of classroom management, noise meters, class meetings, and models the skills of peer negotiation, rehearsal, reframing, planned encouragement, communicating calmness and collegial support. 

Bill Rogers managing behavior series – Repair & rebuild 
Rogers, Bill. (2004) 
1 DVD (53 min.)
Focuses on: restitution, mirroring, follow up meetings, hard class syndrome, attention deficit disorder, student motivation, playground management, re-entry after suspension and apologies.