Celebrate the Children Suggested Reading List

Most of the books on this list can be purchased on www.Amazon.com

The ICDL Clinical Guidelines-This is the Individual Relationship-based Intervention(DIR) handbook.  A collaboration of authors have provided a comprehensive information guide to the variety of disciplines used by DIR. In addition to a full overview of the DIR model (with essential charts and diagrams) written by Drs. Greenspan and Wieder, this book contains complimenting chapters by occupational therapists, speech therapists neurologists, etc..  This book should serve as the framework for DIR intervention programs.   www.icdl.com


The Child with Special Needs-Greenspan & Wieder.  Addison Wesley

An eloquent understanding of the DIR approach for parents and professionals.  This book elaborates on the theory outlined in the ICDL Guidelines to provide a deeper understanding.


The Growth of the Mind: And the Endangered Origins of Intelligence-Stanley I. Greenspan.  Perseus Books

Dr. Greenspan thoroughly explores a child¹s stages of development and how this in jeopardy in today¹s world!


The Affect-based language Curriculum by Stanley Greenspan and Diane Lewis available on www.icdl.com. This is a invaluable resource of goals to help assess a child¹s developmental needs and design a treatment program based on DIR.


There is a Boy in Here-Sean and Judy BarronŠA MUST READ!!!

This book illustrates a boy¹s life with autism.  It goes through many experiences of his life first from his mother¹s perception and then from his.  Sean gives logical explanations to many seemingly odd behaviors that we often observe in people with autism.

Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone  by Douglas Biklen (NY University Press) This is a collection of essays by autistic people with some interesting reflections on autism treatment experiences, research and presumed competence of autistic people

Autism: An Inside-Out Approach-Donna Williams

Autism and Sensing: The Unlost Instinct-Donna Williams

Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book About Autistic People-Jasmine Lee O¹Neill

These are all must-read books by people with autism that can help us interact better with them through a better understanding of them and the world as they experience it.


Building Bridges through Sensory Integration, Second Edition-Ellen Yack.  This is an excellent book for teachers on how to help young students through sensory integration activities.

Answers to Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration-Carol Stock Kranowitz.  This book is a very user-friendly resource with checklists for the classroom and strategies for helping students in the classroom.


How Does Your Engine Run? by Mary S. Williams-This is a wonderful program to help children identify their own sensory needs and acheive with self-regulation


The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids With Sensory Integration Dysfunction-Carol Stock Kranowitz.  Another great book to help parents and teachers with ideas for fun, sensory integration activities.

Physical Activities for Improving Children¹s Learning and Behavior: A  Guide to Sensory Motor Development-Billye Ann Cheatum and Allison A. Hammond www.kinetics.com   This book has a wonderful chapter on how sensory challenges effect behavior.


"Brain Gym (Teachers Edition)"-Paul E. Dennison.  This book outlines exercises for supporting specific areas of functioning, such as thinking and motor planning.


"Brain Gym: Simple Activities for Whole Brain Learning (Orange)"


Hanen Programs for Parents  www.hanen.org

It Takes Two To Talk ­ The Hanen Program® for Parents

More Than Words ­ The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Target Word® ­ The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children Who Are Late Talkers

Learning Language and Loving It  - The Hanen Program® for Early Childhood

Steps to Independence:A Skills Training Guide for Parents and Teachers of Children with Special Needs-Baker and Brightman. This has some very step-by-step practical guidelines for increasing independence and self help.  It includes a wonderful chapter on how to respond to undesirable behaviors in order to reduce them.

To Listen to a Child-T. Berry Brazelton.  Addison Wesley

This is a must read for parents of all young children!  Dr. Brazelton beautifully illustrates the normal issues of growing up and suggestions for healthy parent-child relationships to support those issues (and how not supporting them in a healthy way can lead to more serious behavioral problems and developmental gaps in development).  This book compliments Dr. Greenspan¹s theory with solid behavioral understanding.


Fresh Approaches to Working with Children with Problematic Behavior-Adele M. Brodkin, Ph. D..  Scholastic.  This is a wonderful book about setting a positive classroom environment and supporting the needs of children who have difficulty with behavior.  I really like this book because it emphasizes respect and understanding of children¹s individual differences and needs.  It is a must read for teachers who have children with special needs in their classroom.


Children the Challenge- Rudolph Dreikurs, M.D.  Plume www.penguinputnam.com

This is the most comprehensive behavioral book for parents(also recommended for professionals) on this list.  The techniques described in this book reflect the beliefs and approaches used by Celebrate the Children.

Other titles by Dreikus include:  Maintaining Sanity in the Classroom and Discipline without tears.  Both are excellent!!!!


Visualizing and Verbalizing-Nanci Bell.  Academy of Reading Publications 800-233-1819

An approach developed by Nanci Bell used to improve verbalizing thoughts and abstract thinking.  Strategies from this approach should be used to target academic weaknesses such as abstract thinking related to math and creative writing

Thinking Goes to School- Furth & Wachs. Oxford Press.  Exercises from this program should be used to develop higher level thinking skills and improve thinking and doing abilities (motor planning and sequencing).


Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head-Carla Hannaford.  Another book on ³Moving and Thinking² which includes Brain Gym.

Growing Up Sad-Leon Cytryn.  This is a valuable book that illustrates the importance of good self esteem and independence as foundations to healthy emotional development.  It provides an understanding of childhood depression and how to prevent it.  This can be extremely helpful when supporting school-age children with special needs.

Teaching Children with Autism to Mind Read-Howil, Baron-Cohen & Hadwin.  John Wiley & Sons

Exercises from this book should be used to teach theory-of-mind


Understanding Other Minds: Perspectives from Autism-Baron-Cohen, Tager-Flusberg, Cohen.  Oxford Medical Publications.  This is a research-based collection of articles on Theory-of-Mind.


Teaching the Tiger-Dornbush & Pruitt. Hope Press. Strategies from this book should be used to modify classroom instruction and improve socialization.  This manual provides a wealth of visual supports for the school-age child including a description of the ³strategy book² used for many children in the Celebrate the Children program.


"Navigating the Social World: A Curriculum for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and Related Disorders"-Jeannie McAfee


Do-Watch-Listen-Say: Social and Communication Intervention for Children with Autism-Kathleen Ann Quill


Gifted and Talented Workbooks available in bookstores.  Lowell Publishing

Excellent workbooks for older children to facilitate higher level thinking skills

I Can Problem Solve  for preschoolers, K-3, 4-6  by Myrna Shure. 

Excellent step-by-step lessons that teach problem solving language and skills


Childswork,Childsplay Catalog 1-800-962-1141   www.childswork.com

An invaluable resource for buying social skills materials

Thinking, Feeling, Behaving:  An Emotional Education Curriculum for Children-Ann Vernon,  Research Press/Amazon.com


What Does it Mean to Me?.  Amazon.com

An excellent social stories workbook for children with autism and asperger¹s

Frank Schaffer - Critical Thinking Workbooks

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Star Power for Preschoolers - Learning Life Skills Through Physical Play- Andrew Oser

Excellent group activities for building self esteem


Let¹s Be Social - Communication Skill Builders 602-323-7500

(3-6 years) Lessons and visuals - a nice start-up program for running social skills groups


Vocabulary Cartoon of the Day
 180 reproducible Cartoons that help kids build a robust and prodigious vocabulary.
Marc Tyler   Teacher stores or Scholastic 1800-scholastic                    
The Laughing Classroom
Everyone¹s guide to teachers with humor and play
Diane Loomans and Karen Kolberg   www.neworldlibrary.com <http://www.neworldlibrary.com/>             

Cinderella Outgrows the Glass Slipper and Other Zany Fractured Fairy Tales                        

Five funny plays with related writing activities and Graphic organizers that motivate kids to explore plot, character and settings.
J.M. Wolf   Teacher stores or 1800-scholastic         
20 sensational Art and Writing Projects , Grade 2-4          
Visual prompts that inspire art projects and creative writing.
By Dena Schutzer       Teacher stores or 1800-scholastic
40 Graphic Organizers
Build comprehension during independent reading
Uses graphic organizers to improve reading , literature and comprehension skills.
    Ex: story sequence
           Character analyses
By Anina Robb        Scholastic Teaching Strategies                                             
Math Brainteasers           Grades 6-and up 
102 critical thinking exercises to challenge students and build problem solving skills
           Ex:  Sharpen problem solving skills
                 Shows problem solving techniques
                 Planning strategy
Good Year Books,
Parsippany, NJ   1-800-321-3106 
by April Blakely       www.pearsonlearning.com <http://www.pearsonlearning.com/>                 

Critical Thinking Problem Solving                                Grade 4
Fun puzzles with a cartoon character teaching critical thinking with logic problems
                                               by Joy Hayes and Marion M. Sebastian Judy/ Instruco
Better Than Book Reports    Grade 2-6
Over 40 creative responses to literature
    Ex:  Time lines
           Comparing-Contrasting Map
            Puzzle Story
Christine Boardman Moen  Scholastic Professional Books        

Teaching With Favorite Newberry Books 4-8 grade
Engaging discussion, questions, vocabulary builders, writing prompts and great literature activities.
    Ex:   Dioramas
           Time Lines
Aides in the interpretation of theme, concept, and the development of plot.
 by Lori Licciardo-Musso     Scholastic                                                   
Story Writing
Engaging Mini- Lessons and Activities, Reproducible and graphic organizers, and Rubrics .  Checklists to help you teach the elements of the great writing.
Introduces story writing as an exciting and enjoyable process in small steps
     Helps develop
                      Set and characters
                      Create plot
                      Organize story
                      Use sensory details
Karen Kellahr     Scholastic Professional                                                

Short Reading Passages and Graphic Organizers to build comprehension
Each story is paired with a graphic organizer that targets a specific skills such as ­ Find the main idea
                Understanding cause and effect
                Comparing and contrasting
                Sequencing events
A fun and visual way to build reading skills
by Linda Ward Beech    Scholastic Professional 







The Unicorn Foundation    www.saveachild.com

Critical thinking resource guide   www.criticalthinking.com   www.thinkingpublications.com

Social Skills/Emotions   www.childswork.com


Celebrate the Children

Summary of Instructional Materials

(List of catalogues at back)

Social Skills

We use mainstream materials in our groups that are supplemented with teacher made videos, posters, and books.  These ²homemade² materials are written in simple terms, which allows for greater understanding of the concepts being taught.  These materials are highly motivating  and the students have an easier time relating to the situations and characters of the story.


Emotions cards (simple faces of different emotions)

Lakeshore Feelings and Faces Game

Photo Emotions (LDA)  1-800-521-3218

Emotions videos (students/adults acting out emotions)




Problem solving games from Child¹s Work, Child¹s Play:


Play Skills

Creative Drawing


Obstacle Course

We incorporate fine motor, gross motor and motor planning into our obstacle course activities.  The obstacle course can have as many steps as your students are able to sequence.  Activities should include jumping, crawling, crashing, and writing.  Below, we have listed some basic materials needed.




Thinking Goes to School


The activities chosen from this book are modified to meet the needs of our students.  Each day a different category is targeted and a specific activity is completed.  Below are some materials that have been used during these activities.


Sensory Toys

The materials listed below are used during various classroom activities.


Child¹s Work Child¹s Play  800-962-1141


OT Ideas   973-895-3622

Therapy Skill Builders   800-211-8378

Lilly¹s Kids   800-285-5555

Play With a Purpose   800-533-0446

Creative Learning   973-927-6868