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Don't Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability (First Look at Books) Paperback – November 17, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Series: First Look at Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 1 edition (November 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764121189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764121180
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 9.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This picture book introduces key concepts and ideas about disability in an accessible and imaginative way... Issues such as preconceptions, forms of disability, types of school, learning disabilities and attitudes towards disability are explored using a gentle but effective style. -- Booktrusted 20021001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

This delightful picture book explores questions and concerns about disability in a simple and reassuring way. Younger children can find out what a disability is, and learn how people deal with their disabilities to live happy and full lives.

Written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, these superb information books promote interaction among children, parents, and teachers on personal, social, and emotional issues.

More About the Author

Pat is a trained psychotherapist, naturopath and journalist. After working as a journalist and broadcaster in the USA, she now works in the field of child development and writes for various publications including 'Practical Parenting'.

Customer Reviews

I love reading this book to my son and he loves hearing me read it.
Meredith
The book is intended to help typical children address concerns they have for students they share a classroom with that may have learning or physical disabilities.
Lin
This book shows that everyone has his own "problem" and we can live all together!!
Betina Ferreira

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Lin on October 21, 2007
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I love this book. First I'd like to point out that this is a children's book - for children. Don't Call Me Special is intended for the typical child audience. The title itself is refreshing and pulls away from the idea that "Special Needs" children are different. We donate this book to our childrens' school libraries and have asked and been granted that our county libraries carry this book. This book is not a book about specific disabilities or about rights for your child. This information can be found in other books, at your local support group, through state agencies and your local schools. What this book DOES do is open dialog for elementary school typical children. We read this book in many of our childrens' elementary school classrooms. The first thing that the book points out to children is that we are all different and that each of us has things we are good at and things we need help with (and to not assume things just because a person has a disability). The secondary lesson is to explain why children who have disabilities get help and what some of that help is. I feel this information helps demystify where children with disabilities go if and when they leave the classroom and why they get additional help in school. To me, reading this book in the classrooms with typical students helps those students realize that having a disability is no big deal. This book is not intended to help those with disabilities. The book is intended to help typical children address concerns they have for students they share a classroom with that may have learning or physical disabilities. Get this book and use it as a tool to open up a great discussion!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By dcp on August 23, 2010
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I'm sure you've all heard the expression "Don't judge a book by it's cover". Well that's just what I did this time and it was a mistake. It was the title that fooled me. I am a person with disabilities and I hated being called special as a kid. Now I'm a childcare professional for children with and without disabilities and I thought this book might come in handy. Unfourtunately I found it very disapointing. The information is way too general and there's no real story. There's no central character or plotline for the intended audience (preschool/early elementary) to relate to. When I was asked to read this book to an inclusive kindergarten class, I completely lost their attention after 3 pages. I honestly found the book to be a little patronizing for them and for me. (especially the "how to use this book" page in the back)There are much better children's books out there about disabilities. Don't waste your money on this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Rogers Methodist Church on June 9, 2008
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With our new state regulations this will be perfect! The book was even better than I though it was going to be. Thanks so much
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I nice book that helps a child to understand to treat people equally, was purchased for a daycare but would be useful to enhance any child's learning
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By Central ATL on December 18, 2013
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I bought this book to read to my son's preschool class to help explain disabilities to them. The book is well written for the age group. It was a little long, but the children were able to understand the concepts. Very happy with the purchase.
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This book has already been read to a couple of foster children and they love it. I have children from foster families in my centre all the time this book will be used again and again.
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We should all take a hint from the title and stop using the term "special needs". The needs of children with different medical diagnoses (which is what a disability is)are not special, they have the same needs we all have but they may need to be met in a different way. That is the message that needs to get out there.
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By Sparky on April 22, 2013
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Good information on how to talk to kids with special needs to make them not feel different from everyone else.
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