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Steps to Independence: Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs, Fourth Edition 4th Edition

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A wonderful book that breaks down skills . . . into manageable steps. Really helps us develop the building blocks towards independent living. --Susan Fitzgerald

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Alan J. Brightman, Ph.D., Founder, Apple Computer's Worldwide Disability Solutions Group, Saratoga, CA. Dr. Brightman created Apple Computer's Worldwide Disability Solutions Group as well as the Teenage Division of AT&T labs. He received his doctorate in education from Harvard University and received an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Massachusetts. He has produced a wide variety of media to combat the stereotypes associated with children with disabilities and children with chronic illness. Presently a private consultant working with education organizations around the United States, Dr. Brightman has served on the Board of Directors of Steven Spielberg's Starbright Foundation as well as Microsoft's Access Advisory Panel. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Melissa, and their two teenage sons, Alex and Jesse.

Bruce L. Baker, Ph.D., has been Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 1975, where he formerly chaired the clinical psychology program and presently conducts research on the development of mental disorders in young children with developmental delays. Dr. Baker received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Yale University in 1966, then taught at Harvard University for 9 years. During his career, he has developed many intervention programs for children with mental retardation and their parents. He is presently a consulting editor to five journals concerned with mental retardation and/or families, and he is involved with a number of professional and service organizations that focus on children and families. Dr. Baker lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jan, and their two children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing; 4th edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557666970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557666970
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 14, 2003
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No parent OR special education teacher should be without this book! Easy to read, and the content is excellent! Step-by-step approaches to teaching everyday skills to children with special needs, but would be just as valuable to ANY parent! After reading this book, I have found it easier to establish goals for my students and everyone is using the same approach to teaching everyday living skills (play, toileting, self-help, PLUS behavior management)! It is working fabulous! The students are learning more with less frustration! A must-have for your resource library!
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I love this book. I have a son with Down syndrome and I use this book to help him achieve independent skills like toileting (great chapter!) and self-help skills. Also has a great section on behavior. Very comprehensive. I recommend buying a copy for yourself and your child's teacher/aide!
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I've been looking for a book like this for quite some time. Here's what it covers:

Chapter 1: Setting Out

Chapter 2: Targeting a Skill

Chapter 3: Establishing Steps

Chapter 4: Picking Rewards

Chapter 5: Setting the Stage

Chapter 6: Teaching

Chapter 7: Observing Progress and Troubleshooting

Chapter 8: Get Ready Skills

Chapter 9: Self-Help Skills

Chapter 10: Toilet Training

Chapter 11: Play Skills

Chapter 12: Independent Living: Self-Care Skills

Chapter 13: Independent Living: Home-Care Skills

Chapter 14: Independent Living: Information Skills

Chapter 15: Plugging into the Personal Computer Revolution

Chapter 16: Behavior Problems

Chapter 17: Initiating a Behavior Management Program

Appendix A: Get Ready Skills

Appendix B: Self-Help Skills Inventory

Appendix C: Self-Help Skills Programs

Appendix D: Play Skills Programs

Appendix E: Information Skills Programs

Index
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By A Customer on April 14, 2002
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This book is great. Not only does each chapter breaks down into specific steps on how to teach everyday skills like toilet training, homecare skills (dressing, feeding) as well as behaviour management - it contains advice and charts on how to monitor and assess improvement in a systematic way. Also explains the use of rewards for motivation etc.
No doubt one of the most comprehensive and useful books I have bought. Has helped me construct a program to help my dyspraxic son establish a routine and confidence performing everyday skills consistently.
Recommended purchase!
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I do find this book helpful and it breaks many tasks down into manageable steps. It is comprehensive and easy to read. Be aware that the book uses a behaviorist model of teaching / training and rewards are an integral part of the teaching method. Those who are troubled by this approach may find the book less helpful. The book (as do most in the field) also assumes that the child is in a school or intervention program and does not address the somewhat differing needs of children who are homeschooled or receiving all their therapies at home.
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This book is a must have for parents struggling with training there children independence skills. It ofter so many easy to do exercise to get your little or big one independence. My 3 year old is finally bushing his teeth, because this book showed easy to do steps to get him going. I highly recommend this book to any parent struggling with training there children independence. It offers easy steps by step solutions in teaching your child what you have been trying to teach them for months . Try it, its a great training tool for independence.
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I have a 6 year old with a multitude of disorders. I am only on chapter 4 of this book, but I have begun to implement the strategies. I have never felt as confident in being able to teach her how to do things. The book refers to the parent as the teacher and the child as the student, talks about your 'classroom' as the setting you are teaching each skill in. There is an entire chapter about attention and when it is best to teach skills, how to know when your child will best be able to pay attention and ideas on how to get your child's attention. This book really breaks everything down into simple steps. I have read other books where I felt I couldn't apply the methods into my specific situation with my child, but this book is actually applicable to our situation. I highly recommend this book to anybody with any child who had difficult learning new things.
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By Customer on February 26, 2014
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I've been very frustrated with homeschooling my daughter and this book has been an answered prayer. I read a little every night and felt I could apply something the next day. I actually started the book at the center because of difficult behaviors. We are now working out the issues with better results and not so much frustration. Glad I found this book!!
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