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The Special Needs SCHOOL Survival Guide: Handbook for Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities & More! Paperback – February 1, 2016
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It didn't take me long to realize that this book is a real gem. As a professional and a parent raising three boys on the autism spectrum, I can confidently say that this is must have guide for any parent looking for a concise, simple to follow guide for navigating the special education world. This book leaves the reader with the feeling of having a seasoned professional take you by the hand and leading you through an often overwhelming experience. - Brian R. King, LCSW Author of "Strategies for Building Successful Relationships with People on the Autism Spectrum: Let's Connect."
Every so often a book comes along that you know you have to recommend to the families and caregivers of the kids you work with. This wonderful, book by OT by Cara Koscinski is one of those must-have publications that everyone involved with your school-age client will benefit from reading from cover to cover and referring to again and again.
Easy-to-use and written in a warm, accessible way through a question and answer format,The Special Needs School Survival Guide advises parents and other caregivers step-by-step as they navigate the oftentimes confusing world of educating a child with special needs. It's also a great tool for teachers and therapists working in special needs programs since it provides quick reference to some of the very best activities and techniques used to help students thrive in the classroom.
In this terrific book,readers will get quick answers to questions about:
Dealing with IEPs, 504 plans and how to advocate for a student's needs
How to manage school-based therapies like OT, PT, and Speech
Ways to develop handwriting and fine motor skills
Tips to help students with autism, learning disorders, and ADHD
How schools can help students with sensory processing disorder
Managing difficult behaviors and handling transitions
In all, this is a great addition to any therapist's toolkit for helping children and their families!
Reviewed by Lindsey Biel, M.A. OTR/L
Author, Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens
Co-author, Raising a Sensory Smart Child, foreword by Temple Grandin
"This is one of those books that I wish I'd had seven years ago at the beginning of my autism journey. [...] Chapters include information on IEPs, therapy, handwriting, fine motor skills, autism, sensory issues, behavior, attention/organizing, and learning disorders. [...] I usually like to mention both pros and cons, but I honestly don't have cons about this book. Even the price is reasonable. When considering price, I often like to compare the price to something else I could buy with that money, or what I would have to pay for services or classes to learn about that topic/get the help I need. Fifteen dollars is not much to spend to get an incredible amount of help for your child with special needs." - Jenny Herman, Encouraging Others in the Special Needs Trenches "Packed with ideas for all things school-related, this is the handbook that will answer your questions about school accommodations, working with school personnel for government-assisted programs, autism, sensory processing disorder (SPD), learning disabilities, ADHD, individual education programs (IEPs), behavioral concerns, fine motor delays, trouble with transitions, homework concerns, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and more. In her introduction, Koscinski explains that she hopes this book give readers a feeling of empowerment. She provides up-to-date and comprehensive information and a lot of strategies, always explaining the why behind each technique. This book is a resource you will refer to frequently as your student with special needs progresses through school or as new needs arise or behavior issues crop up." -FriendshipCircle.org, 5 Books for Those Supporting Individuals with Autism and Sensory Issues
From the Author
This book is based on many years of research and experience working in the school system and with children who have special needs. I enjoy homeschooling my own children and implement accommodations and specialized techniques. Over the years, I have advocated for families in the school. Often, I review and help create IEP and 504 plans both as an advocate and as an occupational therapist.
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