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

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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.

About the Author

Pat Thomas has written 25 books, including "Cleaning Yourself to Death," "Overcoming Headaches," and "Alternative Therapies for Pregnancy and Birth," She regularly writes health columns for "Here's Health," "The Guardian," and "Health and Fitness,"
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Series: A First Look At...Series
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 1 edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764121189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764121180
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This book is a great introduction to disabilities for elementary children. It talks about what a disability is and gives examples of seen and unseen disabilities. The message of the book is that all kids can be good friends to each other, regardless of ability or disability. Colorful realistic illustrations. We used this book during our school's disability awareness week for kindergarten through second grade.
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As a Special Education Teacher, I was really looking for a book to read to my daughter. Stay away from this book. The pictures do not align with the text (e.g what kid looks like they would have a hard time on the playground), there is opinions that are built in that were not good (e.g. paraprofessionals doing too much for kids) and the way it is written just doesn't make me want to read it to my daughter. I recycled after it came since I didn't even want anyone at Goodwill to get it.
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Could we PLEASE get it about the word SPECIAL?? Read this book! Special means segregated classrooms with unqualified teachers, closets used as scream rooms, restraint, compliance oriented training, segregated sheltered workshops, sub-minimum wage. Horror and isolation and abuse. People have names. And we hate the word special.
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By Maria on February 13, 2013
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Don't call me special is delightful picture book that introduces disabilities meaning to children in preschool through early elementary. The title itself rejects the idea of calling people with disabilities "special" .This book is useful to use with normal kids because it answers all their concerns and questions about why some people look different to them. In addition, it recommends children to not assume things that may not be true about people with disabilities. This book explains for kids that not all people are similar in everything, and all people have strengths and weaknesses; also, it explains that all people may need help if they found difficulties to do things. In this book, a little reader will explore different kind of disabilities and the type of helpful equipment they use. Don't call me special discusses the situation of students with disabilities and where they go to study in past and current time, and how is different between today and in years ago. In a lovely manner, the book asks children to help and accept their peers who have disabilities because they feel angry and sad when they are teased. Furthermore, it tries to make children to realize that having disability is not big matter because in the end people with disabilities could be better than normal people in doing or learning things. Finally, the benefit of this book that it advises children to work and play together because that will help children with disabilities to grow and do what they want without the feeling that they are different from the others.

The good thing about this book, it provides questions to the children to react with the story.
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