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Book, DVD, Software, CD & Video Reviews

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Videos: Autism & Asperger Syndrome: For those living or working with children diagnosed with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, Coulter Video offers several videos that relate in easy-to-understand terms and in a friendly format. Their newest releases are geared toward siblings.

 

I Before E (Except after C) by Judy Parkinson: Book CoverBridges4kids Featured Book: I Before E (Except After C); Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff - Hundreds of Memory Tricks You Learned in the Classroom!  "Thirty days hath September..." How many times have your relied on that old maxim to figure out a calendar? Or how about "Every Good Boy Does Fine" to remember the notes on the treble clef? These ingenious, practical memory techniques abound in I BEFORE E (EXCEPT AFTER C) with its hundreds of curious sayings. In this clever -- and often hilarious -- collection, you'll find engaging mnemonics, arranged in easy-to-find categories.

 

Know It All by Elizabeth King Humphrey: Book CoverBridges4kids Featured Book: Know It All: The Little Book of Essential Knowledge - Wish you were that person who could answer any question? Can’t find just the right thing to say to start a conversation at a cocktail party? This book offers hours of fact-finding pleasure with a huge collection of intriguing and useful facts, plus quizzes to improve your knowledge. You can gain valuable information about a myriad of subjects—with just a page or two devoted to each topic—presented in clear, easy-to-understand language. And, best of all, you will be on your way to becoming a Know It All!

 

Bridges4kids Featured Book: The Art of Learning - Josh Waitzkin knows the road to excellence. Catapulted into a media whirlwind as a child, the subject of the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, he has mastered both the rigorous mental game of chess -- winning his first National Championship at the age of nine -- and the strenuous physical challenge of martial arts, becoming a master of Tai Chi Chuan and earning the title of World Champion. His phenomenal success is due to the learning techniques he developed to bring both his mind and body to peak performance. In a riveting narrative that takes readers on his journey of discovery, conquering the high-pressure challenges of intensely competitive chess face-offs and heart-stopping martial arts wars, he reveals the inner workings of his methods, from systematically triggering intuitive breakthroughs to mastering the art of performance psychology. The Art of Learning is essential reading for those who want to reach the highest levels of achievement.

 

Spotlight Book: On Becoming Fearless: ...in Love, Work, and Life by Arianna Huffington - It's hard to believe that Arianna Huffington --- bestselling author, Internet entrepreneur, journalist, and mother --- is not fearless by nature. But as she reveals in her new book, she has learned to overcome the fears that have at every step threatened to impede not only her professional success but also her personal wellbeing. Smart, candid, and inspiring, this book is, as Arianna says, "a road map for achieving fearlessness in every aspect of our lives, a straight-to-the-point manifesto on how to be fearless." Available now at Amazon.com.

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My Brother Has Autism:

"In My Brother Has Autism, 8 year-old Melody describes experiences with her brother Michael who has autism. When we read Melody's book, we were surprised to learn how she views her brother. We were also surprised to learn that Michael, a talented artist, illustrated the book. My Brother Has Autism is useful to therapists, teachers, parents, and others who work with siblings of children with autism. As children read and discuss this book, they recognize things they have in common with their sibling - and discover positive qualities about their brothers and sisters with autism. My Brother Has Autism has been published as a paperback book and as an electronic book." - Review by Wrightslaw

 

Alpha Girls: Understanding the New American Girl and How She is Changing the World

In his new book, Dan Kindlon, PhD turns the notion that adolescent females are "psychologically disadvantaged" on its head.  Kinlon's research actually finds the opposite: today's young females are better equipped to succeed, athletically gifted and driven, have a stronger sense of self, and are often academically superior to their male peers.

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Movie & Documentary Reviews

Documentary Review: Murderball
Deborah K. Canja, Bridges4Kids, January 10, 2006
“More intense and nerve-racking than anything you’ve ever seen on Sports Center.” - Details
This gripping documentary chronicles the ongoing rivalry between Team USA and Team Canada in “murderball” – the original name for wheelchair rugby. Filmmakers were given a two and a half year all-access pass to the locker rooms, bedrooms, families and churches of several of the American athletes as they trained for and competed in Athens at the 2004 Paralympics. These are unforgettable athletes. As one filmmaker said, “The guys we got to know get up earlier, exercise longer, eat healthier, travel more, get hotter girlfriends, and most of them can kick our a**es.” Many are now training for the 2008 showdown at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. This is a great movie that will have you on the edge of your seat. Now out on DVD. Warning: Contains graphic language and some frank sex scenes.

 

Videos, Software & CDs Reviews

  

NEW! Kids on Wheels - a dynamic new magazine designed to “empower young wheelers” by building the self-esteem of children who use wheelchairs. "It’s about time. I loved this magazine just as I loved the documentary “Murderball” because it shows powerful visual images of people in wheelchairs leading active, fun lives. Each subscription includes a Kid’s Edition (to teach and entertain) and a Parent’s Edition (to inform and support) and each issue is packed with useful information. The 2006 Spring Issue features stories on service dogs, hyperbaric oxygen therapy for cerebral palsy, summer camp, building the perfect IEP, kids with osteogenesis imperfecta, the 2006 National Junior Disability Championships, interviews with regular “wheelers” and the coolest ads ever. My favorite? The one that shows a young girl in the midst of 3 other kids racing her chair out of the schoolhouse door and it says,” Even at my age I know what’s important in life. It’s not how many toys I have or how often I get to watch TV. What’s important is how many boys I beat to the playground!” Kids on Wheels is published quarterly by No Limits Communications Inc. A special introductory annual subscription is only $9.95. To order with a credit card call toll-free: 888 -850-0344 ext. 209 or order online at http://www.kidsonwheels.cc, or send check or money order to Kids on Wheels, P.O. Box 220, Horsham, PA 19044." Review by Deb Canja, August 4, 2006.
 

The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child: Helping Your Child Thrive in an Extroverted World - How can parents help their introverted children discover and cultivate these wonderful gifts? Help is here. Written by Dr. Marti Olsen Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage, The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child fully explains introversion as a hardwired temperament, not a disability, and tells just what parents need to do to help their child become the person he or she is meant to be—and succeed in an extroverted world.

 

Autism Asperger's Digest Magazine - A publication of Future Horizons, Inc. featuring original articles and material from sources around the world. Each issue covers the latest people, products, research, news & viewpoints emerging in the autism field.
 

Winners for Life: A Teenager's Guide to Success Using the Proven Power of Goal Setting -Winners for Life is a shining star in a seemingly dark world facing today's teenagers. This 86-page book sends a powerful message to today's youth: set goals and you will succeed! 

 

WordWindow (DVD) - WordWindow is a program designed to encourage infants and toddlers to discover and take part in early speech. Through the use of vivid graphics, sounds, human faces, voices and short video clips, your child will be delighted by this remarkable combination of sights and sounds.
 

eSchoolMaps: Editable Clipart Maps for Schools - This amazing cd-rom includes a complete collection of editable state, USA, country, regional and world maps in a variety of formats on CD-ROM for worksheets, lesson plans, school and web projects for teaches and students.
 

Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations - Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs challenges families and professionals to help children with special needs to reach their full potential by using a proven motivational, how-to approach.

 

Being in Control: Natural Solutions for ADHD, Dyslexia, and Test Anxiety (Book/CD-Rom) - Being In Control is a method of helping ADHD LD dyslexia and test anxiety naturally. The concept combines Integrative biofeedback research, all natural nutrition, seated yoga and relaxation/focusing techniques especially developed for the student.

 

Intricate Minds 2: Understanding Elementary School Classmates with Asperger Syndrome - Interviews with elementary school students and demonstrations designed to promote positive interactions between classmates and reduce harassment, bullying and isolation.
 
Intricate Minds 3: Understanding Elementary School Classmates Who Think Differently - Interviews with elementary school students and demonstrations designed to promote positive interactions between classmates and reduce harassment, bullying and isolation.

 

Kids Coins Reward System for Children - Kids Coins is a delightful reward system for children. Designed to teach discipline and structure, Kids Coins also leaves much needed room - and encouragement - for pretend play. The beautifully illustrated, finely crafted coins are sure to delight your child while teaching valuable lessons.

 

The Discrete Trial Trainer (DT Trainer) Software - The Discrete Trial Trainer (DT Trainer) software is a highly customizable, independent learning package that is sure to meet and even exceed your expectations. Based on Discrete Trial methodology within Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), your child with Autism, or other learning/retention disorder, will learn concepts on everything from counting to money exchange to telling time and from letter recognition to reading to answering WH questions (ie. who, what, where).

 

My Turn Your Turn - Award-winning singer-songwriter, Cathy Bollinger does a phenomenal job all around on her newest CD, My Turn Your Turn.

 

Intricate Minds: Understanding Classmates with Asperger Syndrome - "As I sat and watched student after student with Asperger Syndrome (AS) describe their feelings, it dawned on me that this is something that EVERY student who has a classmate with AS should see. The kids featured in the video were candid, open and honest. They really hit home."

 

(DVD) Surviving Due Process: When Parents and the School Board Disagree - Learn how attorneys for parents and schools prepare for due process hearings. See exciting direct examination and dramatic cross-examination of witnesses, objections and arguments between counsel, and rulings by the hearing officer. Learn about rules that must be followed, mistakes people make - and why the parents' case was nearly dismissed. Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board is based on an actual case about a young child with autism. With different evidence and witnesses, this could easily be a case about a child with a different disability or a different legal issue.

 

Asperger Syndrome Dad: Becoming An Even Better Father To Your Child With AS - "This program covers ten secrets dads can use to help a child with AS reach his full potential - and have fun along the way. The program features Drew Coulter (a young man with AS now in college) and his dad, Dan. Through interviews, videos and photos, the program uses Drew's experiences from early childhood through the present to offer practical advice on being the dad to your son or daughter with AS." [Coulter Video, $30]

 

Manners for the Real World: Basic Social Skills - We produced this video to show students from upper elementary through high school how to act during some of the most common interactions between people. It features clear, straightforward demonstrations of appropriate and inappropriate behavior -- and we added a dash of fun to keep those adolescent attention spans engaged.

 

Asperger Syndrome:  Transition to College and Work - Narrated by Drew Coulter, a student with Asperger's Syndrome. 57-minute VHS video describes how people with Asperger Syndrome can prepare for college and/or prepare to enter the workforce.

 

Asperger Syndrome: Success in the Mainstream Classroom (VHS) - Because of the many similarities between Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, many of the strategies described in this program should also work well in teaching children who are diagnosed with HFA, PDD-NOS and NLD.

 

Other Videos Available from Coulter Video.

 

Book Reviews by Jackie Igafo-Te'o

 

Safe and Secure: Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities - The authors of Safe and Secure: Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities went to great lengths to make sure that parents are fully informed of the options and many steps involved in planning for the future of a loved one with disabilities. 

 

Your Health and Wellness Record and Document Organizer - There is finally an intelligent childhood health journal to help busy parents feel more confident managing their child's health and wellness. Your Child's Health & Wellness Record and the companion Document Organizer were created by a health professional who has three children who have had various health issues, one with a learning disability. Input was provided by many physicians, medical specialists, other health and wellness professionals, and parents, including those whose children have complex health issues. The result is a health journal for every child ... from pregnancy on!

 

Winners for Life: A Teenager's Guide to Success Using the Proven Power of Goal Setting -Winners for Life is a shining star in a seemingly dark world facing today's teenagers. This 86-page book sends a powerful message to today's youth: set goals and you will succeed! 

 

Special Needs Trust Administration Manual: A Guide for Trustees - The Special Needs Trust Administration Manual is an invaluable guide for anyone who is managing a Special Needs Trust for a person with disabilities.

 

Growing Up Too Fast - In her latest book Growing Up Too Fast, Child Psychologist Dr. Sylvia Rimm guides parents through the secret lives of today's middle schoolers. Thousands of children were surveyed in order to produce this compilation of wisdom and first-hand accounts from "tweeners" on what it is like to be subjected to peer pressure, sex in the media, bullying, and dozens more fascinating topics.

 

Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning, Development and Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar Disorder - Understanding Sensory Dysfunction is a clear and comprehensive resource to identifying and addressing sensory dysfunction in children, using a range of practical strategies to help them reach their full potential at home, at school and in the community.

 

Planning for the Future: Providing a Meaningful Life for a Child with a Disability After Your Death - The completely revised and greatly expanded 5th edition of Planning for the Future: Providing a Meaningful Life for a Child with a Disability After Your Death discusses all the steps that parents should take to assure a secure and happy life for their disabled son or daughter.

 

Sillwee Wobbert Picture Books - The new and impressive ‘Sillwee Wobbert’ series of inspiring stories about health issues for young readers. With his heart shaped head, Robert (Sillwee Wobbert) is an universally engaging caricature that shows kids it’s OK to live, laugh, be silly and have fun with friends while taking proper care of oneself. He is born with a heart condition, but that doesn’t stop him from meeting friends, playing and being silly. His whimsical antics allow him to help his friend Vivian with a problem and ultimately inspires his new name.

 

Take Charge! Educational Coaching Kit - Take Charge! Educational Coaching is a twelve-lesson, strength-based methodology that provides educational and motivational strategies and hands-on tools for students who struggle to learn.

 

I'm Not A Brat & There's A Dragon In My Wagon - These two books of silly poetry, written by 35-year teaching veteran, storyteller and author, Arnot McCallum, will encourage kids of all ages to pick up a book and read.

 

Love, Jean: Inspiration for Families Living with Dysfunction of Sensory Integration - Captured in correspondence written by sensory integration pioneer A. Jean Ayres to her nephew Philip Erwin, Love, Jean provides hope, insight, and inspiration to parents of children who have been diagnosed with dysfunction of sensory integration.

 

Autism: Heartfelt Thoughts from Mothers - Autism: Heartfelt Thoughts from Mothers is a beautiful compilation of personal stories from mothers of children with autism. The stories contain words of wisdom, details of challenges that each mother has faced, ways they feel that they have been blessed, and resources that they found useful during their journey. Readers will gain insight into the world of Autism, as experienced first-hand by moms from around the world.

 

Kids Law: A Practical Guide to Juvenile Justice - In the book KIDS LAW, Attorney John W. Biggers combines years of experience and a passion for children to make a once difficult topic transform into an easy-to-understand, enjoyable read. Biggers explains everything from the crime to the arrest and from the trial to incarceration.

 

Helping Children With Autism Learn: A Guide to Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals

by Byrna Siegel

Click here to read the Bridges4Kids review of this book.

 

Jackie's Review of the 1-2-3 Magic Program

 

Tiny Ears Compilation CD - Tiny Ears is a unique compilation CD of educational, developing, entertaining and soothing sounds for infants and small children.

 

The Man Who Would be Dad

 

There's a Boy in Here: Emerging from the Bonds of Autism

by Judy and Sean Barron

Click here to read the Bridges4Kids review of this book.

 

For Pete's Sake! and A Workbook For Pete's Sake!

by Linda Verville and Melissa Pelletier

Click here to read the Bridges4Kids review of these two books.

 

Being in Control by Jason Alster - In this self-help book, Mr. Alster (a neurophysiologist from Israel) teaches natural techniques for children with ADHD (and other disabilities) instead of medication.  The aim of this book is "to help children overcome learning problems, to be more relaxed so that they may sit quietly and do homework and improve their concentration."  This book also contains tools for helping children to be more creative and to socialize better with other children.  I believe that Jason has done a superb job gearing this book toward its intended audience - the child with a disability.  By using pictures to explain the steps throughout the book, I believe that children will have no problem understanding and grasping the intended lessons.  I recommend this book for any child who is ready to take a more natural approach to dealing with a disability.  This book sells for $15.95 at Amazon.com.  Click here for more details

 

Also by Jason Alster: Be sure to check out "Creative Painting for the Young Artist" - now available at Amazon.com where you can purchase the book for $15.95 or view sample pages.  Creative Painting for the Young Artist is "A self help support book for the young person who wants to choose art as a subject or the youngster who thinks art is not for him. This book shows the steps one needs to be a creative artist early on. It includes how to get over the fear of failure, develop and artist statement, how to choose a subject to paint, develop an artist's mode of seeing, develop a composition, relaxation exercises for the young artist, art self critique and self promotion. The book also includes oil and pastel paintings by the author, his students, and grandfather. The book is also of value to art teachers and art therapists."

 

Spanish Resource for Autism: El Misterio del Transtorno Autista by Ismael Echevarria of Puerto Rico is an excellent Spanish-language resource for those seeking information about Autism.  Mr. Echevarria is the parent of a child with Autism who has vast experience in dealing with this disorder.  This book contains information per the DSM IV, how the family is affected, various articles on how to intervene with the autistic child and how to make the most of his strengths.  The main goal of this book is to assist in making sure that your child reaches his full potential.  El Misterio del Transtorno Autista was given high reviews by several professors at major Universities in Puerto Rico.  For more information about this book feel free to email Ismael at ismaeche@yahoo.com.  This book sells for $15.00 + $2.00 s/h.  Orders may be submitted to:  Ismael Echevarria, Jardines Del Caribe, 5278 Calle Rombiodal, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00728-3511

 

Cooking Made Easy - Until now, there has been a gap in the cooking resources available for people with developmental disabilities.  Picture cookbooks have assisted people who cannot read.  Standard recipes are understood by few.  But there has been no resource available for the many people who can read, but cannot understand standard recipe formats.  (Terms are confusing, steps are abbreviated or blended, instructions are not detailed enough, etc.)  Now, Cooking Made Easy fills that gap!  Using this cookbook, people who needed assistance cooking in the past can now cook independently.  Individual copies are $19.95 + S/H.  Discounts given for larger orders.  I was sent a copy of this cookbook for review and I absolutely loved it!  It was so nice to see just how simple it all was - step 1 is always "Wash Hands."  It is all in this book! JDI

 

The Autism Experience: Stories of Hope and Love
In January 2003, Karen Simmons, the CEO of Autism Today invited people to submit stories, poems and articles for possible publication in a new anthology "The Autism Experience, Stories of Hope and Love".  Her inbox was soon flooded with hundreds of submissions to be read and reviewed. Countless hours were spent narrowing down the choices and finally the cream rose to the top. Autism Today wants to thank all those who submitted stories and is proud to announce the release of their very first publication ever.  The book is ready to be shared with every one, including YOU. Don't miss out on reading this "chicken soupable" anthology on Autism.  Book sells for $19.95 at AutismToday.com.  To order, click here.

 

Book Reviews by Tricia & Calvin Luker
     

 

 

Choose a book to begin:

I wish I could Fly Like a Bird

Community Success and Plan Your Day

Free and Appropriate Public Education (5th Edition)

The Prospector and Goal Mine

Grief Dancers

Build a Happy Family

 Music therapy, Sensory Integration and the Autistic Child

     
 
 
The Man Who Would Be Dad by Hogan Hilling

 

Bridges4Kids review - This is a nice read for anyone who ever wondered "What was that guy thinking?" in relation to your own dad, husband, mate or boyfriend.  Hilling says things in his book that really "need said".  At one point I was shocked at the blatancy of his writing - such a no nonsense approach!  A pleasantly short read, I found it both enlightening and delightful.  I read it while preparing dinner in one evening.  Thanks for opening a window into the male world.  Jackie Igafo-Te'o


For more information about Proud Dads and Hilling's services as a motivational speaker visit http://www.prouddads.com and click on About Us and What We Do.

Below are some more reviews on Hilling's book:

I enjoyed the sincerity of your stories. It was clear these came from your heart. I also enjoyed the realness of your stories. Some were just about simple events that happened to you and your boys. No glamorous frills to spice up your book. The realistic tone in the narrative provided all the appeal needed to keep my reading. Roland M. Vieira from Seattle, WA, Proud Dad

This book is a beautiful reflection of one man's journey into fatherhood. Through very personal and candid reflections on the day to day joys and challenges of being a dad, Hogan paints a portrait of the "dad" side of parenting and the potential for what it can be. Beautifully and sensitively written. A Proud Parent from Pasadena, CA United States

Written with great warmth, Hogan's book helped me to appreciate my role as a father and inspired me to stay active in my child's life. Proud Dad: Orange County, CA

This book is a quick read and well worth it. It contains many great moments of what it is to be a father, and the thoughts that many of us have. I loved the journal writing style that allowed me to stop and reflect on the different sections. Proud Dad: Minnetonka, MN USA
 

“Accentuating The Positive: Looking and Living Beyond Your Child’s Disability”

Hilling’s inspirational stories of life with his disabled son, Wesley, will motivate you to greater levels of achievement as a parent. Hilling also provides workshops for dads, Proud Dads Open Discussion, and moms, What Dads Want Moms To Know, the title of his next book. For more information, contact Hilling at hilling1@cox.net or (714) 665-9476.

Hogan Hilling is a father of three children, author of The Man Who Would Be Dad, Capital Books, founder of Proud Dads, Inc., and instructor of expectant dad classes. He and his wife, Tina, live with their three boys, Grant, 17, Wesley, 15 (born with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome) and Matthew, 11 in Irvine, California.

Hilling has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s The Other Half with Dick Clark. and ABC “Fathers and Sons” Documentary. From1998 to 2000 Hilling appeared as a guest columnist on fathering issues for the Orange County Register. From 1993 to 2002 Hilling appeared in newspapers such as the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Portland Oregonian, and Christian Science Monitor. Featured speaker at the 2002 Lamaze International and Northwest Area Childbirth Educators Forum Conferences. 1995 Received California Courage to Care Award from Governor Pete Wilson. 1994 to 2000 Hilling served as an instructor for a monthly expectant fathers program at Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, California. 1992, Co-founded the Fathers Network of Orange County, a program for fathers of children with special needs.

Hilling was a stay-at-home dad for twelve years and has experience in working with working dads, stay-at-home dads, divorced dads, single dads, step-dads, teenage dads and dads of children with special needs.

Book Reviews by Kim Murphy

 

"Teaching Communication Skills to Students With Severe Disabilities", also by Dr. Downing at: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1557663858/ideallivescom
 
"Autism: Facts and Strategies for Parents" - This book gives a good description of Autism and provides plenty of strategies for parents to use when coping with this condition. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0127844570/ideallivescom  
 
"It's My Meeting: A Family/Consumer Pocket Guide to Participating in Person-Centered Planning" - This affordable, user-friendly guide addresses the focus person directly and provides the steps involved in person-centered approaches so that everyone can feel better prepared to participate in these meetings. Helpful for transition, rehabilitation, education, career and other planning. 20 pages.

 

Other Reviews Recommended by Kim Murphy: http://home.ptd.net/~rjd/autism/#books - Upon receiving Tara's diagnosis I have become an avid reader. We had the names of a ton of books tossed at us by various sources with no real descriptions of the contents. Also no such information was available at the time on the WWW so I decided to initiate this page for just that purpose. I figured that if I wanted the information then others would too. Recently John Wobus has added a Bibliography Page to his Autism Resources. What follows is a list of books that I've read, most recent on top to aid frequent visitors, linked to my review of it.

 

More Reviews

Bridges4Kids Food Review: Gak's Snacks Allergy-free Treats
Jackie D. Igafo-Te'o, Bridges4Kids, January 24, 2006

"Our mission is to make it easier for children and families with food allergies to enjoy baked goods like everyone else." These amazing treats are sure to delight everyone in your household. The entire facility, along with all products, are absolutely 100% free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat and dairy. When I first heard this, I honestly thought to myself "how good can they really be without containing several of the key baking ingredients that we all know and use so freely?" So, to find out, I did the ultimate taste test in my home. I gave two kinds of Gak's Snacks cookies to my husband and kids. The cookies were a huge hit. They wanted more! At that point, I had to try them. The cookies were absolutely bursting with flavor and freshness. Then came the true test...the apple coffee cake. I took this item to a family gathering during the holidays. My nephew Jared, who is severely allergic to eggs and dairy, was among those around the table at dessert time. He soon asked "Are there eggs or dairy in this cake, Aunt Jackie?" I had gotten so used to answering "Yes, Jared.  Sorry but you can't have this."  Not this time!  I was thrilled to say "Nope!  I checked the label and you can eat some, if you want to." He dug in...he raved...other family members soon followed. Thanks to Gak's Snacks, we were all able to eat the same dessert together. There was no separate dessert for Jared. You can learn more about Gak's Snacks or purchase some for your family at http://www.gakssnacks.com/default.aspx.

 

 

Book Review: 'The Dance of Defiance' - The headline above describes a movement of steps. As one dance partner moves, the other responds. The dance can be a fluid pattern of steps to beautiful music or a frustrating trial of errors. It depends on how the partners respond to one another. This headline is also the title of a newly published book by former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Nancy A. Hagener. The Dance of Defiance: A Mother and Son Journey with Oppositional Defiant Disorder takes readers on a journey as Hagener searches for answers to her son’s defiant behavior. Filled with heartwarming stories, honest insights, and enlightening discoveries, The Dance of Defiance is a story of hope.
 

Evidence of Harm - Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy - David Kirby explores the heated controversy over whether Thimerosal, a vaccine preservative made with 49.6 percent mercury, has contributed to the current epidemic of autism.

  • Parenting Kids with ADD/ADHD: Real Tools for Real Life - "This is an amazingly insightful manual on how to raise your child with ADHD. Dr. Al Winebarger touches on every aspect of helping your child in school and at home."

  • Learning After School: A Step-By-Step Guide to Providing an Academic Safety Net and Promoting Student Initiative - Asked why after-school programs were so important, former Education Secretary Richard W. Riley replied “children’s minds don’t close down at 3 PM and neither should their schools.” Now, a new book, Learning After School, offers a step-by-step guide for schools to maximize student learning by harnessing after-school time.

  • My Secret Bully - "A touching, inspirational story targeted for 5- to 11-year-olds, My Secret Bully instantly draws young readers into Monica's world where she is bullied by a friend and learns how to cope, survive, and thrive. Relational aggression is an act of emotional bullying hidden among tightly knit networks of friends. Instead of using knives and fists to bully others, emotional bullies employ relationships, words, and gestures as their weapons of attack. Emotional bullying is often dismissed as a normal rite of passage, but research shows it is as harmful as physical aggression, with devastating, long-term effects." Visit www.mysecretbully.com for more information about the book, the author, and relational aggression.

  • Bridges4Kids Book Review: The Monstrously Fun Fraction Book - Fractions aren't just fun—they're MONSTROUSLY fun! With over 300 pages of engaging worksheets and hands-on activities, this new supplemental resource will help turn all your students into math enthusiasts!

  • Bridges4Kids/Early On Review: The Eurps & Eurpsville - The EURPS are warm and whimsical alphabet letters with eyes, feet, personalities and phonics-based names. The characters appear in entertaining and educational children’s storybooks where together with Bipple, a human boy, they take children on magical educational adventures.

  • Bridges4Kids/Early On Review: Tiny Ears Compilation CD - Tiny Ears is a unique compilation CD of educational, developing, entertaining and soothing sounds for infants and small children.

  • Quirky Kids: Will My Child Ever Be "Normal"? - Boston pediatricians Perri Klass and Eileen Costello couldn't find a comprehensive book to give parents who feared their children had begun to veer off on a tangent, away from the "normal" developmental curve, so they wrote one: Quirky Kids: Understanding Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In.

  • The Autism Experience: Stories of Hope and Love

  • Allowed to be Odd - The hero of a best-selling new novel is a 15-year-old boy with autism—but that label never appears in the book.  Christopher John Francis Boone, the 15-year-old narrator of the new novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” knows lots of stuff, including the capitals of all the countries in the world and every prime number up to 7,057.

  • The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn From Each Other - Few occasions make teachers and parents more apprehensive than the fall conference, during which they warily eye one another, wondering what possible schemes are being hatched. Read the review of this book and a Q and A with the author from the September edition of Teacher Magazine.

  • Book Review: "Who Took My Shoe" - Bringing abstract ideas into focus: Mom writes book to help autistic son relate to his world.

 

 

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