Books and Products I Recommend

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different yet beautiful

I am excited to add this resource to my readers! I have been an avid reader and investigator of products for my entire career and feel that sharing my expertise with those who are looking for knowledge and help is meeting my mission.

I will be adding products as I have time to put together the information you need.  I hope you will find these products and books as helpful as I have in working with my families for the last 30 years.

No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior by Jed Baker.

This is the book that I should  have written by now!  Dr. Baker is exactly on the same page as I am in profiling why a child is acting (or behaving if you must) in a certain way.  He truly understands that children and adolescents are made up of layers that are neurologic and developmental in nature and that despite what we may think, they don’t get up in the morning and write out their to-do list with “Get my parents/teacher/principal angry and disappointed in me today.”

If you are struggling with a child or student who melts down (or has temper tantrums) more than you like, this is the book for you.


Executive Function In The Classroom by Christopher Kaufman

If you are a teacher or a school psychologist who wants to understand and help students with executive function problems, this book is a must. Dr. Kaufman has distilled his years of experience with the knowledge of many great experts on children and learning to develop this easy to read book.

In case you ask why you should see this as something that you should be focusing on with students, realize that one child in six has a neurodevelopmental disorder (Intellectual disorder, communication disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disorders, and motor disorders). These disorders don’t allow them to learn quickly and efficiently all that you are expected to teach them in a school year. By understanding EF and integrating these strategies into your teaching style and strategies, you will be increasing the likelihood of your students to meet more of the Common Core Standards.

Prevent, Teach, Reinforce by Glen Dunlap

The days of schools using the zero tolerance method of school discipline are slowly coming to an end, which is great news.  As the Children’s Defense Fund noted on September 27, 2014, zero tolerance did not improve behavior in school. Rather it increased the Cradle to Prison pipeline.  Several large school districts around the country, including, LA, are now looking into positive behavioral supports.

This is where Prevent, Teach, and Reinforce by Dr. Dunlap and his colleagues has distilled years of research and practice in real classrooms, into a resource that can be implemented in your classroom and your school. The book covers the 5 systematic steps that include input from the applied behavioral analysis approach, that will allow the student to alter his behavioral responses and be more receptive to help and remediation.

Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers by Linda Swindling

I love recommending books that on the surface may not appear to be helpful for working with children. In reality, there are people at all stages of our lives who create stress and turmoil for us.  This book as great strategies that Ms. Swindling teaches businesses to implement in order to detoxify the work environment.  Whether it be a Whiner, Complainer, Controller, or other person, she has useful and nonconfrontational strategies to keep you from absorbing their negative energy.

Consider this book to work with your kids, your significant other, your employees, or your fellow workers.  You don’t have to live in a world of energy drainers.

 Bringing ABA Into Your Inclusive Classroom by Debra Leach

What is the hardest thing for a teacher to do? Teach her students with the demands of children who struggle to be engaged in learning.  There can be various reasons. For one in six it consists of disorders in learning, attention, communication or autism. The teacher’s behavioral toolbox of strategies has not always been as useful for these students.  Until now.  Dr. Leach has been able to translate the research and protocols of applied behavioral analysis into clearly defined strategies to help at risk students with learning new material, with handling their emotions, and with social interactions, as just a few examples.

With our fully inclusive and large classrooms, this book will provide the general education teacher with valuable resources to be available for all of her students.

Transforming Anger to Personal Power: Curriculum by Susan A. Fitzell

Do you work with students in school on anger control?  My friend and colleague, Susan Fitzell, has 20 years of experience in education as a special education teacher. She worked with a school counselor to develop this curriculum for middle and high school interventionists.

Her program is unique in that it is built on feedback from the students and outcomes.  There is only one worksheet in the entire curriculum. The rest of the curriculum is built on the students’ desire to talk, think, share, and challenge.  The set up of this curriculum allows them to maintain their power as they learn how to channel it effectively.

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