Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs, Fourth Edition
Steps to Independence
Early Childhood
Already a trusted resource for thousands of families, this fourth edition gives parents of children from age 3 through young adulthood proven strategies for teaching children the life skills they'll need to live as independently as possible.
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66970 978-1-55766-697-0
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2004 376
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Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers. That's an important job—and this popular, highly respected guidebook makes it much easier. A trusted resource for thousands of families, this lively book gives parents of children from age 3 through young adulthood proven strategies for teaching children the life skills they'll need to live as independently as possible. Parents will start with a reader-friendly overview of the basics of teaching and then go deeper with a step-by-step guide to teaching seven different types of skills: get-ready, self-help, toilet training, play, self-care, home-care, and information gathering skills. In this fourth edition, they'll also find helpful updates and additions, such as

  • an expanded section on managing behavior problems, including guidance on identifying the problems, examining behavior, initiating a behavior management program, and encouraging alternative behaviors
  • a chapter on technology that reflects recent advances and shows how to benefit from using email, instant messaging, Internet communities, search engines, and software
  • a chapter on strengthening partnerships with other teachers in the child's life during IEP meetings, through classroom volunteer work, and in everyday communication with them

Based on years of work with parents and laced with humor, helpful illustrations, and vignettes, this is a must-have resource for families and all professionals who work with them.

I. Basics of Teaching (STEPS TO...)

  1. Setting Out
  2. Targeting a Skill
  3. Establishing Steps
  4. Picking Rewards
  5. Setting the Stage
  6. Teaching
  7. Observing Progress and Troubleshooting

II. Skill Teaching

  1. Get-Ready Skills
  2. Self-Help Skills
  3. Toilet Training
  4. Play Skills
  5. Independent Living: Self-Care Skills
  6. Independent Living: Home-Care Skills
  7. Independent Living: Functional Academic Skills

III. Behavior Problem Management

  1. Identifying Behavior Problems
  2. Examining Behavior
  3. Beginning a Behavior Management Program: Part One: Consequences
  4. Beginning a Behavior Management Program: Part Two: Antecedents and Alternative Behaviors

IV. Supporting Independence

  1. Computing: Now It's Personal
  2. Partnership With Your Child's Other Teachers

Appendices
A: Get-Ready Skills
B: Self-Help Skills Inventory
C: Self-Help Skills Programs
D: Play Skills Programs
E: Functional Academic Skills Programs

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: Support for Families - July 1, 2010
http://www.supportforfamilies.org/docs/Wishlist_for_librarywebpage2.pdf
: Beneath the Wings blog - October 2, 2008
http://beneaththewings.blogspot.com/2008/08/learning-versus-tests-stapler.html
Susan Fitzgerald, Parent of a child with special needs, Rockville, Maryland - July 21, 2008
A wonderful book that breaks down skills . . . into manageable steps. Really helps us develop the building blocks towards independent living.