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Recommendations and reviews of books for teachers on children's special needs, including autism, sensory integration, behavior management, classroom discipline, language, special education, and more. In addition to these excellent special needs books for teachers reviewed here, you may wish to check our book reviews for specific children's disabilities, such as autism, sensory integration, special education procedures, speech and language special needs, and more.

 1-2-3 Magic for Teachers: Effective Classroom Discipline Pre-K through Grade 8
by Thomas W. Phelan and Sarah Jane Schonour

"This book is a great resource for new and experienced teachers. Thomas Phelan and experienced teacher Sarah Jane Schonour provide clear descriptions of behavior management techniques, adaptations to various circumstances and plenty of real life examples, so it is easy to understand and modify to your own classroom. Specific questions that teacher often have about implementing these behavior management techniques are also answered." (Allison Martin)
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Helping Children with Autism Learn, Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals
by Bryna Siegel

An exceptional resource for anyone who is interested in helping children with autism. There is a wealth of information in this 498 page book - based on research and professional experience.
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Out of Sync Child Sensory Integration Dysfunction

The Out-of-Sync Child : Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Integration Dysfunction
By Carol Stock Kranowitz

"Discussions of the three categories of sensory function are provided - tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive - along with examples of children who have difficulties with these sensory functions in a preschool or home setting. The book concludes with a lengthy description of exercises and activities that a parent or therapist can do with a child to assist them in becoming less bothered by sensory issues. Teachers and therapists will also find the diagnostic checklists of sensory dysfunction and the sensory integration activities to be extremely beneficial." (Allison Martin)
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Out of Sync Child Has Fun

The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids With Sensory Integration Dysfunction
By Carol Stock Kranowitz

This book contains nearly 300 pages of activities, exercises, games and projects for children with various sensory integration needs. Touch, hearing, balance and movement, vision, body position and even the sense of smell are all addressed. Key occupational and physical therapy issues are included, such as fine motor, gross motor, crossing the middle line, and bilateral movement. (Allison Martin)
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Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning, Development And Sensory Dysfunction In Autism Spectrum Disorders ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar Disorder
by Polly Godwin Emmons, Liz McKendry Anderson

"This well written book provides examples of problems related to sensory integration dysfunction at school and home, along with ways to anticipate and ameliorate them. The authors demonstrate how teachers can be detectives to understand via observation what is going on with these children, as not only the children's reactions but their observations and communication are unlike other children their age. A great resource for teachers, providing both a helpful overview and many specific examples of ways to assist children with serious sensory dysfunction." (Allison Martin)
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Bonding While Learning: Activities to Grow Your Relationship While Preparing for Reading Success
by Gary Kosman and Grace Chiu

"This large format book provides a number of practical activities to share with toddlers and preschoolers to encourage speech, early reading, and interactive communication. Letters, sounds, listening skills, decoding, and more are encouraged through games and exercises which are easy to set up at school. Bonding and personal interaction are also encouraged through give and take lessons between parent or teacher and the young child. This is a great resource for young children with special needs, including speech, dyslexia, or autism." (Allison Martin)
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Asperger's Syndrome : A Guide for Parents and Professionals
By Tony Attwood

"Encouraging and highly informative, Tony Attwood's Asperger's Syndrome is hands down the best single guide to Asperger's Syndrome available. If your child has (or may have) Asperger's Syndrome or high functioning autism, this book will answer many of your questions."
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Classroom Success for the LD and ADHD Child

Classroom Success for the LD And ADHD Child
Suzanne H. Stevens

"Stevens provides a wealth of experience, both from a teachers' point of view and as a therapist, for helping your learning disabled child not only survive the school sytem but benefit from the process." (Allison Martin)
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Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Integration Issues
by Lindsey Biel, Nancy Peske

"An indepth and comprehensive guide to almost all aspects of raising a child with sensory integration issues. Even if you have read one or two other books on sensory integration you will find this book helpful. number of great resources here including a sensory integration checklist, camps, and suggestions for therapists and teachers." (Allison Martin)
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Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration Theory

Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration
Carol Stock Kranowitz and Stacy Szklut

"This CD provides a nice introduction to sensory integration and therapy for teachers and others working with children with sensory integration issues, with an overview of sensory integration and answers to typical questions.." (Allison Martin)
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Order Does my child have a speech problem? Language Processing Problems: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
by Cindy Gaulin
Self-published guide to language processing in chidren.
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