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  • ABC for You and Me - PreSchool-A simple concept book with wonderful full-color photographs. Each picture shows a child with Down's syndrome posing with an object that represents a letter of the alphabet. The items will be easily recognized by the intended audience: K is for kite, H is for hug, Q is for quilt, and W is for wagon. Upper and lowercase letters are highlighted at the top of each page in a square of color, while the word representing the object runs across the bottom of the page in large type. The photographs, viewed against a white background, appear to jump out on the page. In each picture, the smiling child or children are engaged with the object, evoking a joyful mood. Both genders and a number of ethnic groups are included. This is a terrific concept book for preschoolers with the added bonus of exposing them to a group of children not usually seen in picture books.
  • Adolescents With Down Syndrome: Toward a More Fulfilling Life - Expanding the scope and depth of the classic The Young Person with Down Syndrome, the authors have incorporated significant scientific advances into their new volume on the issues that adolescents with this disability face. Written for health care professionals, psychologists, other developmental disabilities practitioners, educators, and parents, it covers biomedical concerns; behavioral, psychological, and psychiatric challenges; and education, employment, recreation, community, and legal concerns. Contributions from leading experts lend experience and perspective to this multidisciplinary resource.
  • Babies With Down Syndrome: A New Parent's Guide - Now in its second edition, Babies with Down Syndrome continues to be the definitive reference. This edition features expanded, up-to-date on pre-natal testing, daily care, medical care, early intervention, special education, advocacy, and disability lay, including the latest on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The resource guide has been completely updated and expanded to include both national and international organizations that serve people with Down Syndrome.
  • Baby and Toddler Learning Fun: 50 Interactive and Developmental Activities to Enjoy with Your Child - Focusing on the topics of colors, letters, numbers, shapes, and reading, you learn how to use simple materials from around the house to play and learn with your young child.
  • Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome - Written by two young men with Down's Syndrome, this book will open eyes and touch the heart. The interview style is involving as the authors discuss their friendship, having Down's Syndrome, marriage, children, becoming independent, and their hopes and dreams for the future. They speak openly about how people have treated them differently because of their disorder and how they feel about it. The book is occasionally a challenge to read since the authors speak in unusual syntax. Black-and-white photographs from family albums appear in a center insert. Curious teens and friends and family members of the disabled will feel the emotions of these two remarkable young men and learn how they work to cope and to succeed.
  • Constructive Parenting - Reading about self-esteem development in Constructive Parenting helped me help my twin daughters play together better.
  • Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook: A Guide to Promoting Healthy Lifestyles - It is a very useful resource for parents, teachers, and dietitians who work with people with Down syndrome.
  • Friends at School - A delightful, heart-warming book featuring children of mixed abilities busily working and playing at school. This book illustrates the true meaning of the word inclusion. It shows that given the opportunity, children readily accept each other's differences. Emphasizes in a relaxed, natural way that even though some children may look different and have different abilities, all children like to do the same things.
  • I Can, Can You? - PreSchool-K–A board book with color photos of children and variations on "I can…. Can you?" The youngsters are all actively engaged: feeding themselves, playing with blocks, swimming, etc. They are clearly happy and reveling in their newfound abilities. Only the back cover mentions that all of the babies and toddlers in the photos have Down syndrome. The book is probably most reassuring for preschoolers who have Down syndrome, as many disabled children never see kids like themselves in picture books.
  • Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program - This book shows you how to play with your preschooler and facilitate development at the same time. All the games use simple materials from around the house or no materials at all.
  • Parent Involvement Begins at Birth: Collaboration Between Parents and Teachers of Children in the Early Years - Explaining that birth is the right time to begin fostering children's learning and development, this text is intended for the early childhood caregiver and administrator. The book presents a three-part strategy to form a parent involvement program that will provide a population of students ready to learn and achieve as soon as they begin school. Parts I and II teach schools how to reach parents as soon as their children are born so that they can enlist them as facilitators of their children's development. Written from the perspective of the whole child, Part III describes the education of the children from birth to age five. Finally, Part IV provides activities, clear objectives, and procedures for parents to interact with their children to enrich the child's development. For professionals working in early childhood education.
  • Russ and the Firehouse - Russ, a five-year-old with Down syndrome, visits his uncle's firehouse and gets to help with the daily chores.
  • Special Kind of Hero: Chris Burke's Own Story - The heartwarming story of a youngster who, despite a congenital deficiency, has been able to realize his full potential and attain amazing success because of a nurturing home environment. Burke, who was born with Down syndrome and is severely handicapped, has gained national recognition as Corky on the television series, ``Life Goes On.'' Three short chapters are in his own words and the rest of the third-person narrative recounts his parents refusal to institutionalize him and his family's unfaltering effort to shower love, support, and approval on the happy-go-lucky boy. It is an intensely personal biography that can be read for pleasure and inspiration.
  • Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child With a Disability - The author of each essay has a child with special needs. Some with problems that we can't even imagine having to deal with. Each has taken the time to express how the birth and life of his child has changed his life. These fathers are truly special.
  • We'll Paint the Octopus Red - Kindergarten-Grade 3-Emma isn't happy to learn that she will soon be a big sister. After talking with her father, however, she thinks of "at least a million things my new brother or sister could do with me," and she eagerly awaits her sibling's arrival. When Isaac is born, the family is confronted with the fact that he has Down Syndrome. Emma's father explains that Isaac will still be able to do all of the things that Emma has thought of; he will just do them at a slower pace. The story ends on a high note with an excited Emma and her father visiting Isaac and her mother in the hospital. A well-thought-out question-and-answer section completes this bibliotherapeutic title.

 

 

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