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Beyond Baby Talk (Second Edition) A fully revised and updated version of the ultimate guide to language development for parents!

(From Shop@ASHA HomepageLanguage is about so much more than just words, and healthy communication is the foundation of a child’s ability to succeed emotionally, socially, and academically. The first 8 years of life represent a critical period of language and literacy development, and parents/caregivers are a child’s primary role models as he or she begins to acquire speaking, reading, and writing skills. Fully revised, Beyond Baby Talk is here to guide readers through the easiest and most engaging ways to instill strong communication skills in children and to provide fun for caregivers and children along the way.

Beyond Baby Talk highlights all of the essential steps and checkpoints to gauge a child’s progress, as well as easy methods to:
     • Evaluate and monitor a child’s spoken language development.
     • Enhance a child’s literacy skills for improved spelling, reading, and writing abilities.
     • Understand and navigate environmental influences on language development such as television, texting, and slang.
     • Recognize the signs of language and literacy progress problems—and know when to seek professional help.

New Features in this updated book include:
     • Expanded Age Range: Now from Birth to 8, With an Emphasis on Literacy
     • Two new chapters
     • Reading, Writing, and Spelling: Helping Your Child Achieve in School
     • Fads, Scams, and Myths: Knowing What to Look For
     • Completely Revised and Updated Chapters and References
     • New Information About Home Computers, Mobile Phones, Texting, Apps, and Other Technology


Best Practices: Learning To Live With Asperger's by David Finch

NPR: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband. Traces the author's battle with Asperger Syndrome, describing his adult diagnosis and the painstaking and often whimsical exercises he uses to preserve his family and build social skills.


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Bestseller book Sometimes I Just Stutter, a 40-page book, is available for the Kindle and as a free e-book from the Stuttering Foundation, is written for children ages 7-12. It covers a range of topics: why stuttering varies across situations and days, common feelings and emotions children have because of stuttering, how to handle teasing, and who can help. In the book are sample letters children can use to write to their teachers, parents, grandparents, siblings, and other relatives that make it clear that stuttering is no joke. While many letters discuss negative experiences with stuttering, some children write about how they've learned to cope with stuttering. They share how speech therapy is helping them, what they want listeners to do when they stutter, and that it is OK to stutter. Says Lisa Scott, Ph.D., of The Florida State University, "I have been using this book in therapy with all my school-age clients. We read it together, then discuss or write how the experiences of the characters in the book are similar to or different from the child's own experiences." For more information about this wonderful book, call 800-992-9392 or Download / Purchase Here








Included Students with Autism and Access to General Curriculum: What Is Being Provided? by Whitney Moores-Abdool in Issues in Teacher Education, v19 n2 p153-169 Fall 2010 Abstract: Public education has worked to address the needs of all students with disabilities, although it has been a gradual process. The most pivotal change in public education for students with disabilities in general education classrooms dates to the implementation of the federal law, Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, which is now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The law itself has undergone several revisions over the years from 1975 to 2004, including but not limited to: (1) disability category changes; (2) age group modifications; (3) a name change; and (4) expansion of services. One of the most significant revisions of IDEA pertinent to autism was in 1990 when it was added as a disability category, having not been included in the law previously. While IDEA has been a driving force for change in the education of students with disabilities, another federal law, The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has also contributed to educational changes for students with disabilities. NCLB has stressed not only access to the general curriculum, but also access to all state mandated tests for students identified for special education. NCLB requires state mandated assessment in the major subjects of math, reading, writing, and science. As a result of the combined requirements of IDEA and NCLB, general education teachers are required to adapt their instructional strategies in the general education classroom to accommodate students with disabilities. Research studies that examine how general education teachers adapt their instructional strategies to accommodate students with disabilities are few; and fewer still are studies focused on general education teachers' use of instructional strategies for students with autism. Given the scarcity of studies examining access to the general curriculum for students with autism, this literature review looks at the following: (1) a description of the landscape of curriculum modifications and instructional accommodations for students with autism; (2) a review of research conducted on the meaning and degree of access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities, since there were none specifically for students with autism; and (3) specific studies on the inclusion of students with autism. Publisher Website 


The Big Book of Exclamations by Teri Kaminski-Peterson

The Big Book of Exclamations by Teri Kaminski-Peterson, pediatric speech pathologist, is an educational children's book designed to promote speech sound development, and imitation of gestures, sounds, and words. Unlike most books, it doesn't have a story to read. Instead, along the bottom of each page, there are prompts which teach parents/caregivers how to act out the illustrations and interact with children using gestures, sounds, and words. This twenty-four page book is also filled with information intended to help parents understand speech and language development, and also provides resources for those seeking advice. Review posted on their website: "I work with a group of toddlers ranging in age from 18 to 30 months. I use this book almost every day for our "circle" time. I have found the book to be very helpful with every day words for these children. They ask for the "no no puppy book" all the time, and they cry when I tell them we can't read it right away! The children love the make all the animal noises and they also love to perform all the actions. I strongly suggest this book to anyone who has children that are learning gestures, sounds, and words." Kristin - Playhouse Childcare Center.










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Yoga for Stuttering 2009

Yoga for Stuttering: Unifying the Voice, Breath, Mind & Body to Achieve Fluent Speech (Paperback) by J.M. Balakrishnan (Author) Yoga for Stuttering takes a fresh approach based on ancient methods. Author J.M. Balakrishnan combines an understanding of the neurological aspects of stuttering with yoga methods long used in India for remediation to form a new, natural method for improving vocal fluency. The book presents three related branches of yoga and their accompanying practices, nada yoga (chanting and vocalization), hatha yoga (yoga poses), and raja yoga (guided meditations), providing the reader with sets of voice, breathing, and physical exercises to help relax the body and mind, relieve chronic tension, and achieve fluent speech. The book features photos and illustrations to make the method easy to follow, and no prior knowledge of yoga is required. Yoga for Stuttering was created to meet the needs of those who have not obtained relief through traditional methods and is aimed at both speech pathologists and individuals looking for a holistic, drug-free approach to the condition. 






Baby Signs 2009  
Baby Signs 2009

Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk The Essential Parenting Guide--NOW COMPLETELY UPDATED AND EXPANDED! Authors: Child development experts Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D. Editorial Review From Library Journal: After studying baby sign language with a grant from the National Institutes of Health, Acredelo (psychology, Univ. of California, Davis) and Goldwyn (psychology, California State Univ., Stanislaus) conclude that babies who are taught to use signs to express basic ideas (e.g., fingers to the lips for eat, fingers raised in a V for bunny) before they can say the words are both happier because they can communicate with others and more adept at speaking once they begin to acquire language. This is not a scholarly exegesis of their findings but a practical, easy-to-use guide to teaching baby signs. The authors begin with an explanation of their findings and then offer a portfolio of suggested signs in which simple pictures are accompanied by description, memory aid, and suggested situations for use.






Language Development:Foundations, Processes and Clinical Applications, 2009  
Language Development:Foundations, Processes and Clinical Applications, 2009

Language Development: Foundations, Processes, and Clinical Applications As the number of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals in the United States continues to increase annually, Language Development: Foundations, Processes, and Clinical Applications will help your students understand language development in terms of each individual child s communication needs. This comprehensive resource, written by experts in the field, offers an accessible overview of language development by discussing the typical course of language development within the clinical context of language assessment and intervention. Clinical practice applications will help your students prepare for the clinical challenges they will face in their professional careers. This resource focuses on our role of responsibility to children who are challenged in learning to communicate, and in doing so, bridges the biological, environmental, technological and professional aspects to advancing the development of professionals and children alike. Language Development: Foundations, Processes, and Clinical Applications features chapter objectives, dialogues, case studies, key terms, and study questions, as well as a glossary.






The Transporters DVD for children with autism. The idea behind THE TRANSPORTERS is to help children to learn about emotions in a way that they enjoy. THE TRANSPORTERS features characters like toy trains and cable cars because children with autism tend to like mechanical objects that have highly predictable movement, while they shy away from people’s faces, which they find unsettling and unpredictable. By grafting real actors’ faces onto vehicles, the DVD attracts children with autism to look more at human faces and makes it fun and enjoyable to recognize and understand emotions. The DVD took almost three years of research and production effort to create and it has involved children with autism at every stage. A new study to be published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders from Cambridge University has found that after watching the DVD for just 15 minutes a day for four weeks, most children with autism caught up with other children in their ability to recognize emotions. Parents who have used the DVD have reported noticeable improvements and stronger emotional bonds with their children. Professionals have noted children commenting on other people’s feelings, often for the first time. Video sample here.

Speech Class Rules (Kindergarten through Middle School) ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association) Certified Speech-Language Pathologist Ronda M. Wojcicki has recognized the need for information regarding speech therapy in the public schools and has created a children s book to address the problem head on... Speech Class Rules - An Introduction to Speech Therapy for Children. This fully illustrated children s book serves as a tool for parents, educators, and Speech-Language Pathologists to introduce and explain the concept of speech therapy while entertaining readers. For further info go to: About the Author Ronda M. Wojcicki received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders from James Madison University in 1996 and her Master of Science in Speech Pathology from the University of Hawaii in 2000. She is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist who has practiced in both the public school and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

Infant Pathways to Language Methods, Models, and Research Directions Edited by John Colombo, Peggy McCardle, Lisa Freund (Psychological Press) The recent progress in cognitive neuroscience, and the importance of genetic factors and gene-environment interactions in shaping behavioral functions in early childhood, have both underscored the primacy of early experience and development on brain development and function.

Handbooks from Psychology Press

Language Disorders from a Developmental Perspective Essays in Honor of Robin S. Chapman, Edited by Rhea Paul The last 25 years have witnessed an explosion of research at the intersection of typical language development and child language disorders. A pioneer in bringing these fields of study together is Robin S. Chapman, Emerita, University of Wisconsin. This contributed volume honors her with chapters written by former students and colleagues, who track in their own research the theme of psycholinguistic contributions to our understanding of the nature and remediation of child language disorders.

Handbook of Child Language Disorders Edited by Richard G. Schwartz  This Handbook is a comprehensive reference source for clinicians and researchers and can be used as a textbook for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students in speech-language pathology, developmental psychology, special education, disabilities studies, neuropsychology and in other fields interested in children's language disorders.

Anomia: Theoretical and Clinical Aspects by Matti Laine, Nadine Martin, gives a thorough and up-to-date examination of the research and treatment of naming disorders in neurological patients. It covers both theory and practice and provides invaluable reading for researchers and practitioners in speech and language disorders, neuropsychology and neurology, as well for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students in the field.

Understanding Developmental Language Disorders Edited by Courtenay Frazier Norbury, J. Bruce Tomblin, Dorothy V.M. Bishop This book, with its focus on both theory and practice, will be invaluable to students and researchers of speech-language pathology, psychology, psychiatry, linguistics and education. It will also be of interest to practicing speech-language pathologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, educational psychologists, and teachers and parents of children with developmental language disorders.

See Sam Run: A Mother's Story of Autism by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe A new book, published May 2008 by University of North Texas Press. Amazon reviewers George Getschow, Writer-in-Residence, Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas writes, "This is a book written from the heart by a mother nearly driven to madness by her son's maniacal behavior. But she slowly learns how to pay attention to what makes Sam tick, what makes Sam run. And as her journey of discovering what ails Sam unfolds, many parents will find themselves hooked." Another reviewer, Dianne Aprile, Spalding University states that "See Sam Run is well written and poignant as well as emotionally satisfying for the reader. The author's narrative voice is strong, intelligent and authentic. Her story is one that is important to get out." Customer reviews included that of parent whose positive review said, "This book took me on a familiar journey thorough the haze of denial, the thick fog of despair that descends when denial is no longer possible, then through the maze of discovery trying to find a professional who would listen without condescension or judgment, and provide the help we needed. What a relief to learn that I am not the only mother who has harbored those thoughts and feelings, faced the cold, bare truth, and fought and clawed her way through that maze. The picture this narrative paints of Sam's day to day life helped me clarify and map our own journey. I cried traveling back through those painful memories. I cried for my son and Sam, for Peggy and Mark and me. Taking the journey with and through another helped heal the scars."

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm Framed with both humor and compassion, the book defines the top ten characteristics that illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. Ellen's personal experiences as a parent, an autism columnist, and a contributor to numerous parenting magazines coalesce to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum.

Hegde's PocketGuide to Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology, Hegde's PocketGuide to Communication Disorders, and Hegde's PocketGuide to Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology by M.N. Hegde may be very familiar to SLP students preparing for their orals and certification. Now in paperback, they provide a functional trilogy for those who love compendiums of SLP information at their fingertips. Although expensive, they professionalize any SLP's library. 

Biology and Knowledge Revisited: From Neurogenesis to Psychogenesis Edited by Sue Taylor Parker, Jonathan Langer & Constance Milbrath. Notably, this edition includes a chapter by former Colorado resident Elizabeth Bates, to whom the book is dedicated. Dr. Bates died in 2003 while this book was being prepared. Her chapter (7) is titled "Plasticity, Localization and Language Development". See announcement of her death and brief biography. The book is the current edition of an edited series sponsored by the Jean Piaget Society, provides a scholarly examination of language from neurological and psychological vantage points utilizing references from classic theorists in psychology, neurology and biological evolution. 

Bilingual Education: An Introductory Reader By Ofelia Garcia, Colin Baker, 2005 The book contains a comprehensive selection of outstanding and influential articles on bilingual education in the USA and the rest of the world. It is designed for instructors and students, with questions and activities based on each of the 19 readings for students to engage in active learning. About the Author Dr Ofelia García is professor of bilingual education in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies and co-director of the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies. Her publications include Policy and Practice in Bilingual Education. Extending the Foundations, co-edited with Colin Baker. Dr Colin Baker is Professor of Education at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is the author of many books and articles including Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (Multilingual Matters, 4th edition, 2006). He is Editor of the International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education 

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison Publisher Comments: Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them) — had earned him the label "social deviant." No guidance came from his mother, who conversed with light fixtures, or his father, who spent evenings pickling himself in sherry. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on. After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed him a gig with KISS, for whom he created their legendary fire-breathing guitars. Later, he drifted into a "real" job, as an engineer for a major toy company. But the higher Robison rose in the company, the more he had to pretend to be "normal" and do what he simply couldn't: communicate. 

Unstrange Minds by Richard Grinker Selected as Library Journal Best Books, 2007 (December issue): Anthropologist Grinker’s affecting investigation communicates a much-needed truth: autism is both a disease (biological) and an illness, i.e., a life-altering experience completely at odds with society. Hope then comes like a bullet via vignettes of parents from America to Korea who’ve adapted to their children’s “unstrange” worldviews. 

Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, by actress Jenny McCarthy 

( One morning, Jenny McCarthy was having a cup of coffee when she sensed something was wrong. She ran into her two-year-old son Evan’s room and found him seizing. In that moment, Jenny went from being the mother of an average toddler to being in the midst of a medical odyssey. Doctor after doctor misdiagnosed Evan until—after many harrowing, life-threatening episodes later—one amazing doctor discovered that Evan is autistic. 

Though Evan finally had a diagnosis, Jenny didn’t know what to do next and she soon found herself alone without any resources except for her determination to help her son. Jenny eventually realized that she’d have to become a detective. She spoke with many doctors, parents, governmental agencies, private foundations, and essentially earned a Phd in “Google Research.” At last, she discovered an intense combination of behavioral therapy, diet, and supplements that became the key to saving Evan from autism. And, now in this book, she creates a roadmap for parents who are concerned about their own child. 

Jenny does more than just reveal the winning formula that worked for Evan. Her story shares the frustrations and joys of raising an autistic child and shows how with love and determination a parent can shape their child’s life and happiness.

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp donned "the baby whisperer" by NY Times. See NY Times review. In his latest book, “The Happiest Toddler on the Block,” Dr. Karp tries to teach parents the skills to communicate with and soothe tantrum-prone children. In doing so, however, he redefines what being a toddler means. In his view, toddlers are not just small people. In fact, for all practical purposes, they’re not even small Homo sapiens."