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Thanks to a generous grant received in January 2005 from Autism Advocates of Indiana, The God Made Me Ministry at Church

at the Crossing is pleased to offer families and volunteers serving children with Special Needs this resource library.

Software Titles Available: System requirements for all software titles are: Windows PC with 133 MHz processor and CD-ROM drive; Windows 95, 98, ME, or XP; 64 MB RAM; and 250 MB free hard drive space. Boardmaker for Windows: Mayer-Johnson: An incredibly flexible and powerful tool to create and print symbol-based materials. Boardmaker is a communication and learning tool containing over 3,000 Picture Communication Symbols (PCS). It was designed by the staff at Erinoak of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada to enhance the language and learning process for students of all levels. This graphic database is a great tool for educators and speech and language pathologists. It also is a great aid to parents supporting Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) in the home. It includes over 100 templates for creating schedules, worksheets, custom-made games and activities, and much more. Boardmaker Symbol Addendum Library Bundle: Mayer-Johnson: Bundle includes addendums for 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004 including unique symbols not found in the core Boardmaker or Writing With Symbols Libraries, many of which were requested specifically by users. These addendum libraries are translated into all 40 languages included in Boardmaker and contain a printed picture index. The four addendums include over 4,000 additional symbols covering U.S. states, animals, history, entertainment, public signs, country symbols, country flags, bathroom skills, behavioral problems, science categories, behavior, food, health, school and grooming categories. PCS Sign Language Library Bundle: Three volumes of sign language symbols by Sally Long are available to add to Writing With Symbols and Boardmaker. Each volume includes: 1. an American Sign Language library (ASL), a Signed Exact English library (SEE), and a combination SEE/ASL library, 2. ethnic/gender selections for many symbols and tow skin-tone libraries (light and dark), 3. a set of the sign language libraries in metafile format that can be used with Writing with symbols, and 4. a picture index.

Make-A-Face Library: Design your own faces, people, emotions, characters, and more! This entertaining library of facial features allows you to quickly and easily create personalized faces and store them with your other Boardmaker symbols. Make a symbol for each person in the class, the characters in a story, or create one from you imaginations. Anyone can be "symbolized" with this library of facial components. Select from the following features: 5 skin tones, 8 hair colors, 170 hairstyles, 11 face shapes, 50 eye shapes, 50 mouth shapes, plus noses, necks, hats, sunglasses and more! AAC Devices Available: Go Talk 9+: The GoTalk Series of devices are lightweight, portable and durable communicators, which are ideal for taking into the community. They are easy to record and have good voice quality with adjustable volume control. The also feature record and levellock. GoTalk 9+ features include: a 23 oz. weight, 15 minutes of memory, new core message section with 5 keys at 17 seconds each, and 20 message keys with 5 levels at 18 seconds each. It is 9" X 12" X 1 1/8", including a built-in handle. Overlays slide in and out and may be stored inside, runs on two AA batteries. Book Titles Available: The Myth of the ADD Child: 50 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion: Thomas Armstrong: Myth of the ADD. Child is the first book of its kind to squarely challenge the mislabeling of millions of children as ADD., and to question the overuse of psychoactive drugs in treating children's hyperactivity. Not long ago, children who behaved in certain ways were called "bundles of energy," "daydreamers," or "fireballs." Now they're considered "hyperactive," "distractible," or "impulsive" - victims of the ubiquitous Attention Deficit Disorder. Tragically, such labeling can follow a child through life. Worse, the medications prescribed for ADD. may not only be unnecessary - they could be harmful. With this in mind, Dr. Armstrong provides fifty innovative, proven, and safe ways to help a child develop lifelong internal controls. His strategies involve every aspect of a child's development, from education and cognition to biology and culture. He also includes an easy-to-follow checklist to pinpoint the interventions that are best suited for a particular child, and hundreds of resources - books and organizations - that support the fifty strategies. This provocative book offers much needed practical help to both parents and professionals. Asperger Syndrome: Teresa Bolick, Ph. D.: Ten-to-eighteen year olds face many challenges, and adolescents with AS can have special difficulty navigating through the changes they encounter when they reach middle school. Friends, crushes, schoolwork-the day-to-day lives of teens present complicated issues. Child psychologist and AS specialist Teresa Bolick has solutions for overcoming the obstacles kids with AS face. Packed with practical advice and full of inspiring stories, Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence will be your guidebook as you help a teen with AS down the path toward happiness and success.

You'll learn effective techniques for raising a self-sufficient, self-confident teen, and will find inspiration in the dozens of success stories Dr. Bolick shares. Autism, Now What? The Primer for Parents: Abby Ward Collins and Sibley J. Collins: This book provides basic information parents need to start advocating for their children quickly with confidence. It also provides educators a solid understanding of autism in one quick and easy to understand resource. The authors are parents to a son with autism and understand on a personal level because the live and work with autism every day. Transforming The Difficult Child. The Nurtured Heart Approach: Howard Glasser, MA and Jennifer Easley, MA: This book describes the nurtured heart approach which has had astounding results in help challenging children to use their intensity successfully... without medication. Through his first book, Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach, Glasser offers advice on accentuating the positives while setting firm boundaries. The nurtured heart approach is about how to energize successes. Special Needs - Special Ministry: Group Publishing: Jesus told us to reach out to everyone and that includes children with special needs and their families but where do churches start? Ho can they become a welcome place for families whose children have special needs? How can you reach this under-served and sometimes, sadly, unwanted group of God's children? This book is a practical, real-world guide to help laypersons think through, step-by-step, the strategy, scope and purpose involved in developing a special needs ministry. With this book, churches will be prepared to build, launch, expand, or deepen a ministry to those with special needs. Caring for a Child with Autism. A Practical Guide for Parents: Martine Ives and Nell Munro: A comprehensive and readable guide answers the questions commonly asked by parents and caregivers following a diagnosis of autism, and discusses the challenges that can arise in home life, education and socializing. The authors cover a wide variety of therapies and approaches to autism, providing clear, unbiased information so that families will be able to evaluate different options for themselves. Throughout, the emphasis is on home and family life, and the everyday difficulties encountered by families of autistic children. Caring for a Child with Autism is an informative handbook written in association with the National Autistic Society, written for parents with a recently diagnosed autistic child. This is a thorough introduction to autistic spectrum disorders, to be consulted time and time again as new questions arise. It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping Children with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success: Richard Lavoie: Children with learning disabilities are socially out of step with their peers and often teased because of their differences. This groundbreaking book provides practical, expert advice to help learning-disabled children ages six to 17 achieve social success. Lavoie, who has taught children with learning

disabilities for over 30 years and has appeared in three PBS videos, discusses social issues common to children with ADD, attention disorders, anxiety, and visual spatial disorders. Then he provides proven methods to help these children through almost any social situation, including overcoming shyness and low self-esteem and adjusting to new situations. The intensity with which these children long for friends and acceptance, the exasperation they cause in others, the joy they feel in social connection, and the author's compassion are clearly evident throughout. Widening the Circle: Including Children with Disabilities in Preschool Programs: Samuel L. Odom: In this book, a distinguished group of early childhood special educators and researchers explores the barriers to and influences on inclusive education setting for young children. The chapters cover such timely topics as individualized instruction, social relationships of children with disabilities, collaborative relationships among adults, family perceptions of inclusion, classroom ecology and child participation, community participations, social policy, and cultural and linguistic diversity. Expert contributors, addressing each of these topics, draw useful implications for practitioners - providing helpful suggestions for modifying activities, materials, environmental supports, and teaching strategies. Based on a groundbreaking 5-year research study conducted by the Early Childhood Research Institute on Inclusion, this book is a must read for all professionals working in inclusive settings. Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child: Laurie Parsons: Requiring only ten minutes a day, the program revealed in this groundbreaking book provides an effective, step-by-step method for helping children with Attention Deficit Disorder develop their special skills and individual learning styles and excel in a classroom setting. Exceptional Teaching. A Comprehensive Guide for Including Students with Disabilities: Jim Pierson: "Of course these children are able to learn. The only question is, are we able to teach?" -Jim Pierson. Helping children with special needs reach their full potential has been the lifework of Jim Pierson. In exceptional teaching, he shares his knowledge so that others can become exceptional teachers. Since a national count began in 1976, the number of students in special education has grown by 51 percent, to a total of 11 percent of the public school population. With the right information and with administrative support, Pierson asserts that the needs of children with disabilities can be easily met. This book is a valuable tool aimed at enabling teachers, Pierson explains the characteristics of seventy-seven diagnoses so that teachers can identify the challenges, learn how to approach that child, know what teaching and discipline methods work best, and understand what can be expected for that child to accomplish. No Disabled Souls. How to Welcome People with Disabilities into Your Life and Your Church: Jim Pierson: A very personal book, Jim Pierson relates the stories of 14 different individuals with disabilities and explains how each of these has enriched his own life.

Children with Autism. A Parents' Guide: Michael D. Powers Psy. D.: When parents learn that their child has autism, they often feel helpless and bewildered. Their child appears to live in an isolated, almost impenetrable world which may seem impossible to bridge. To understand autism and overcome their fears, parents need both information and hope. Recommended as the first book on autism that parents and family should read, Children With Autism covers areas that are of special concern to parents. By providing upto-date information about autism, this comprehensive book will ease the fears and concerns of many parents struggling to understand and cope with their child's disorder. What's Wrong with Timmy?: Maria Shriver: Young Kate (now eight years old) and her mother, who first appeared in What's Heaven? return in this companion volume as Kate questions her mother about Timmy, a boy at the park who is mentally disabled and looks and acts differently from the other kids. Once again, journalist Shriver uses the narrative to model a difficult conversation between parent and child. In a calm tone Kate's mother delivers information, insight rooted in her Christian faith ("We all have to realize that God loves us just as we are") and anecdotes about children with disabilities and why it's "so important to treat Timmy like any other kid." Kate's uneasiness and curiosity allayed, she begins to build a friendship with Timmy and subtly invites her other pals to be equally accepting of him. Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual Spatial Learner: Linda Kreger Silverman: This is a fascinating book that parents and all educators should read. The author includes descriptions of different types of learners and offers suggestions and strategies for visualspatial learners, as well as, parents and teachers. Delicate Threads. Friendships between Children with and without Special Needs in Inclusive Settings: Debbie Staub Ph. D.: This book provides an insider's view of the social lives of children with and without disabilities. It successfully weaves the voices of children with critical information from the developmental literature. It reveals characteristics and patterns of these complex relationships and provides useful suggestions for families, teachers, and others interested in supporting children's relationships. Disability Awareness. 24 Lessons for the Inclusive Classroom: Kimberly A. Williams: This book presents many lesson plans for teaching regular education students about students with special needs. The author explains how to establish a peer support program and provides lesson plans covering a wide variety of topics. Inclusion at its best! Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide: Pam and Pete Wright: In this book, Pam and Pete Wright teach how to plan, prepare, organize and get quality special education services. This practical, user-friendly book includes hundreds of strategies, tips, references, warnings, and Internet resources. Use the appendices to find contact information for hundreds of disabilities information groups,

parent training and information groups, state departments of education, and legal and advocacy organizations. Wrightslaw: Special Education Law: Pam and Pete Wright: An invaluable resource for parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys. Never again will parents have to go to IEP meetings, mediation or due process without being fully informed and prepared. This book includes actual text of the laws and regulations along with The Wright's insightful and succinct explanations, observations, and guidance.