CELEBRATE THE CHILDREN
SUGGESTED READING LIST
Books/Workbooks/Catalogs/Curriculum: Most of these books
can be purchased from Amazon.com
- The ICDL Clinical Guidelines-This is the Individual Relationship-based Intervention(DIR)
handbook. A collaboration of authors have provided a comprehensive
information guide to the variety of disciplines used by DIR.
In addition to a full overview of the DIR model (with essential
charts and diagrams) written by Drs. Greenspan and Wieder, this
book contains complimenting chapters by occupational therapists,
speech therapists neurologists, etc.. This book should serve
as the framework for DIR intervention programs. www.icdl.com
- The Child with Special Needs-Greenspan & Wieder. Addison Wesley
An eloquent understanding of the DIR approach for parents and
professionals. This book elaborates on the theory outlined in
the ICDL Guidelines to provide a deeper understanding.
- The Growth of the Mind: And the
Endangered Origins of Intelligence-Stanley
I. Greenspan. Perseus Books
Dr. Greenspan thoroughly explores a child's stages of development
and how this in jeopardy in today's world!
- Autism: An Inside-Out Approach-Donna Williams
- Autism and Sensing: The Unlost Instinct-Donna Williams
Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book About Autistic People-Jasmine
These are all must-read books by people with autism that can
help us interact better with them through a better understanding
of them and the world as they experience it.
- Physical Activities for Improving
Children's Learning and Behavior: A Guide to Sensory Motor Development-Billye Ann Cheatum and Allison A. Hammond www.kinetics.com
This book has a wonderful chapter on how sensory challenges effect
- Steps to Independence:A Skills Training
Guide for Parents and Teachers of Children with Special Needs-Baker and Brightman. This has some very step-by-step
practical guidelines for increasing independence and self help.
It includes a wonderful chapter on how to respond to undesirable
behaviors in order to reduce them.
- To Listen to a Child-T. Berry Brazelton. Addison Wesley
This is a must read for parents of all young children! Dr. Brazelton
beautifully illustrates the normal issues of growing up and suggestions
for healthy parent-child relationships to support those issues
(and how not supporting them in a healthy way can lead to more
serious behavioral problems and developmental gaps in development).
This book compliments Dr. Greenspan's theory with solid behavioral
- Fresh Approaches to Working with
Children with Problematic Behavior-Adele
M. Brodkin, Ph. D.. Scholastic. This is a wonderful book about
setting a positive classroom environment and supporting the needs
of children who have difficulty with behavior. I really like
this book because it emphasizes respect and understanding of
children's individual differences and needs. It is a must read
for teachers who have children with special needs in their classroom.
- Children the Challenge- Rudolph Dreikurs, M.D. Plume www.penguinputnam.com
This is the most comprehensive behavioral book for parents(also
recommended for professionals) on this list. The techniques described
in this book reflect the beliefs and approaches used by Celebrate
Other titles by Dreikus include: Maintaining Sanity in the Classroom
and Discipline without tears. Both are excellent!!!!
- Visualizing and Verbalizing-Nanci Bell. Academy of Reading Publications 800-233-1819
An approach developed by Nanci Bell used to improve verbalizing
thoughts and abstract thinking. Strategies from this approach
should be used to target academic weaknesses such as abstract
thinking related to math and creative writing
- Thinking Goes to School- Furth & Wachs. Oxford Press. Exercises from
this program should be used to develop higher level thinking
skills and improve thinking and doing abilities (motor planning
- Growing Up Sad-Leon Cytryn. This is a valuable book that illustrates
the importance of good self esteem and independence as foundations
to healthy emotional development. It provides an understanding
of childhood depression and how to prevent it. This can be extremely
helpful when supporting school-age children with special needs.
- Teaching Children with Autism to
Mind Read-Howil, Baron-Cohen
& Hadwin. John Wiley & Sons
Exercises from this book should be used to teach theory-of-mind
- Understanding Other Minds: Perspectives
from Autism-Baron-Cohen, Tager-Flusberg,
Cohen. Oxford Medical Publications. This is a research-based
collection of articles on Theory-of-Mind.
- Teaching the Tiger-Dornbush & Pruitt. Hope Press. Strategies
from this book should be used to modify classroom instruction
and improve socialization. This manual provides a wealth of visual
supports for the school-age child including a description of
the "strategy book" used for many children in the Celebrate
the Children program.
- Gifted and Talented Workbooks available in bookstores. Lowell Publishing
Excellent workbooks for older children to facilitate higher level
- I Can Problem Solve for preschoolers, K-3, 4-6 by Myrna Shure.
Excellent step-by-step lessons that teach problem solving language
- Childswork,Childsplay Catalog 1-800-962-1141 www.childswork.com
An invaluable resource for buying social skills materials
- Thinking, Feeling, Behaving: An
Emotional Education Curriculum for Children-Ann Vernon, Research Press/Amazon.com
- What Does it Mean to Me?. -Amazon.com
Excellent social stories workbook for children with autism and
- Critical Thinking Workbooks - Frank Schaffer
23740 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
- Star Power for Preschoolers - Learning
Life Skills Through Physical Play-
Excellent group activities for building self esteem
- Let's Be Social - Communication
Skill Builders 602-323-7500
(3-6 years) Lessons and visuals - a nice start-up program for
running social skills groups
Celebrate the Children (New Jersey school program)
The Unicorn Foundation
Critical thinking resource guide