Tuesday, 23 August 2016

New from Woodbine House

Maryanne Bruni, Woodbine House, 2016
The popular book, Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome is now available in a completely revised third edition. The author, an occupational therapist and parent of an adult with Down syndrome, describes how the characteristics of Down syndrome can impact the acquisition and progression of fine motor skills. She presents a thorough overview of the building blocks of fine motor development, from infancy through to adulthood:
  • Early arm and hand control 
  • Stability 
  • Bilateral coordination 
  • Sensation 
  • Dexterity 
... Woodbine House

Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome: The Respond but Don't React Method
David Stein, Woodbine House, 2016
... common behavior issues in children with Down syndrome can quickly become engrained and may even persist into adulthood. No parent wants that to happen, and thankfully, help is available! Dr. David Stein, a psychologist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, shares his approach to behavior management in this new book for parents.

Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome examines how the brain of a person with Down syndrome works, how those differences impact behavior, and why bad behavior should not be viewed as a willful act. Governed by this new awareness, parents are in a better position to change and manage their child’s behavior using these guiding principles:
  • Be proactive, not reactive
  • Be consistent
  • Use visual schedules and Social Stories to direct behavior
  • Develop a token reward chart
  • Keep gut reactions in check
  • Teach siblings to ignore bad behavior
  • Learn effective disciplinary techniques
  • Know when professional help is neededSome of these parenting concepts are intuitive, others are not, but when they are followed consistently, children and teens with Down syndrome do their best behaviorally and the parent-child relationship remains as positive and loving as it should be 
... Woodbine House
Note - Woodbine House does not accept online orders from Australian buyers, but their titles are widely available from other booksellers.

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