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Special People Special Ways


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This dynamic and comprehensive presentation is extremely valuable to all family members and professionals working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, mood and anxiety disorders, and other issues that impact social-emotional functioning. Learn how to: build an individual's social skills in crucial areas such as conversation, conflict resolution, emotion management, employment, dating, etc.; develop an effective behavior plan; manage and prevent meltdowns; help create peer acceptance; and assess social skills of individuals or groups.||Sheila Bailey's career started with Hallmark Greeting Cards. Her illustrating talent evolved rapidly into a successful freelance career. She has illustrated over 22 children's books. Sheila lives with her husband in Lake Oswego, Oregon


K-Gr 2-Maguire's attempt to generate sympathy and understanding for physically and mentally challenged individuals fails. In stilted verse, the author details various disabilities and emphasizes that "special" people need love and acceptance, too. The wording and rhymes in the text are often awkward: "Creams flow from small tubes/To soothe where it aches,/And many seek cures/For jitters and shakes." By portraying children with every imaginable handicap or infirmity including blindness, deafness, myopia, paralysis, and obesity, Bailey has diminished the effectiveness of the message. The chubby cartoon characters with oversized heads and plastered-on smiles are irritating rather than endearing. While the message is a worthy one, the delivery is unsuccessful on every level.-Esther C. Ball, Carver Elementary School, Newport News, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"Special People, Special Ways presents a positive image of persons with disabilities. It shares the message that even though each of us may have something different about us, we share many commonalities. Coupled with the colorful illustrations, the book conveys the message that although painful at times, being different can also be glorious."
Gerald J. Hime, Past President Council for Exceptional Children

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