The Learning Commons has a variety of titles on subjects such as Autism, Dyspraxia, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and more!

Homeschooling the child with Asperger syndrome : real help for parents anywhere and on any budget

Packed with inspiring ideas and tips that can be used with any curriculum and on any budget, Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome explains how to design a varied study programme built around the child’s own interests, making use of simple material as well as computers and on-line resources. Parents planning to homeschool their child with Asperger Syndrome will appreciate Lise Pyles’ encouraging and practical advice, including step-by-step instructions on how to assess and improve body language and social skills, accommodating the child’s need for ritual or perfectionist tendencies, and how to develop handwriting and coordination skills.

Beating Dyspraxia with a Hop, Skip and a Jump: A Simple Exercise Program for Home

Children with dyspraxia often have reduced motor skills including balance, timing and coordination. It is no wonder then, that they will do everything in their power to avoid gym class! By encouraging children with dyspraxia to take part in an easy and fun exercise program, teachers and parents can help them to overcome their symptoms and enjoy physical activities. Geoff Platt’s highly effective program aims to improve strength and fitness by focusing on familiar activities such as running, jumping and ball play. These simple exercises can be taught by anyone and no specialist supervision or equipment is required. This book demonstrates how regular exercise routines that are tailored specifically to the needs of children with dyspraxia can make a real difference, improving muscle activation, neural control and overall movement skills. This practical guide will be essential resource for parents, Physical Education teachers, and other teachers of recreation and games classes who are looking to help children with dyspraxia to reduce weakness and improve motor skills.

Can I Tell You about Dyspraxia?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

Meet Marco – a boy with dyspraxia, which is sometimes called Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD). Marco invites readers to learn about dyspraxia from his perspective, helping them to understand what it is and what it feels like when he sometimes struggles to control his movement and co-ordination. He talks about the challenges of having dyspraxia and lets readers know how he can be helped and supported. This illustrated book will be an ideal introduction for young people, aged 7 upwards, as well as parents, friends, teachers and professionals working with children with dyspraxia. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

The long way to simple, 50 years of ideas to live, love and laugh as a person with FASD

Stephen Neafcy has lived for over 50 years with brain damage caused by Fetal Alcohol. His journey of not having a clue what was wrong in his life lasted until he was 43 when he was diagnosed. The revelation of knowing what was wrong, provided the courage to carry on and begin to help others. The Long Way to Simple – 50 years of ideas to live, love and laugh as a person with FASD is more than just his story, it is a life program for young adults following in his footsteps. Steve provides us with Hope.

Socially curious and curiously social, a social thinking guidebook for bright teens & young adults

This anime-illustrated detailed guidebook helps teens and young adults with social thinking as they sail the stormy seas of dating, texting, lies & everyday relationships. ‪Parents‬, ‪educators‬, & ‪‎therapists‬ will benefit from this guidebook as well and consider it a valuable resource to help young adults navigate social interactions.

Ten things every child with autism wishes you knew

Ellen’s personal experiences as a parent of children with autism and ADHD, a celebrated autism author, and a contributor to numerous publications, classrooms, conferences, and websites around the world coalesce to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum. This updated edition delves into expanded thought and deeper discussion of communication issues, social processing skills, and the critical roles adult perspectives play in guiding the child with autism to a meaningful, self-sufficient, productive life.

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Consequences Game

The game of consequences is a fun way to introduce or reinforce the idea that there is a consequence for all actions and behavior. Each card has an everyday task or behavior that results in a forward or backwards move.

Roll the Dice to see how many stones you may travel. Follow the colorful stone path to the park, take a ride on the slide, go for ice cream and end at WATERLAND!! Ages 3 and up

* play in 15 minutes or less
* Play matching game option

My Feelings Game

Ages: 4 years and up

What scares your child? What makes him or her feel happy, frustrated or angry? This inspirational game encourages you and your child to explore these emotions in fun, active (and sometimes very silly) ways. The game features seven basic feelings that players will first identify, then explore by drawing cards.

As they play, children will discover how to recognize feelings in themselves and in others, and to cope with them in socially appropriate ways. And they’ll have way too much fun to realize that they’re developing valuable life skills!

Social Skills Board Games

This great value set of 6 board games models good social skills and behaviour. The six games include morals, manners, empathy, friendship, showing emotions and managing emotions. Each game supports the development of social and emotional skills and the consolidation of those already learnt. A comprehensive approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpins effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of all who learn and work in schools. Ideal for use in Emotional Literacy.

Expanding Expression, A Multi-Sensory Approach for Improved Oral Language and Writing.

What makes Expanding Expression unique?
We use a simple multi sensory approach that guarantees quick results. This tool can be used for general descriptions, writing from prior knowledge, autobiographies/biographies, summarizing and more.
The Expanding Expression Tool (EET) helps to build the following language skills:

Oral expression
Written expression
Vocabulary comprehension
Defining and describing
Making associations
Stating functions of objects
Categorization
Similarities and differences
Students quickly learn each symbol and consistently describe and define objects and items providing 6-7 details in an organized manner.
Entire schools have adopted the program to facilitate improved expression and comprehension. It is being used with students in preschool through high school in both general and special education classrooms.
It allows students to quickly progress from word to phrase to paragraph to multi-paragraph levels.

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