Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Special Education. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there’s a lot you can do to help. The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial “executive skills”--the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements--this empowering book shows how.

  • Author: Peg Dawson
  • Publisher: Guilford Press; 1st edition (January 2, 2009)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1593854454
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.9 x 10 inches


2. Applied Behavior Analysis

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

This text provides an accurate, comprehensive, and contemporary description of applied behavior analysis in order to help readers acquire fundamental knowledge and skills Applied Behavior Analysis provides a comprehensive, in-depth discussion of the field, offering a complete description of the principles and procedures for changing and analyzing socially important behavior. The 3rd Edition features coverage of advances in all three interrelated domains of the sciences of behavior–theoretical, basic research, and applied research–and two new chapters, Equivalence-based Instruction (Ch. 19) and Engineering Emergent Learning with Nonequivalence Relations (Ch. 20). It also includes updated and new content on topics such as negative reinforcement (Ch. 12), motivation (Ch. 16), verbal behavior (Ch. 18), functional behavioral assessment (Ch. 27), and ethics (Ch. 31). The content of the text is now connected to the BCBA® and BCABA® Behavior Analyst Task List, 5th Edition.   Table of Contents PART 1: INTRODUCTION AND BASIC CONCEPTS 1. Definition and Characteristics of Applied Behavior Analysis 2. Basic Concepts and Principles PART 2: SELECTING, DEFINING, AND MEASURING BEHAVIOR 3. Selecting and Defining Target Behaviors 4. Measuring Behavior 5. Improving and Assessing the Quality of Behavioral Measurement PART 3: EVALUATING AND ANALYZING BEHAVIOR CHANGE 6. Constructing and Interpreting Graphic Displays of Behavioral Data 7. Analyzing Behavior Change: Basic Assumptions and Strategies 8. Reversal and Multielement Designs 9.  Multiple Baseline and Changing Criterion Designs 10. Planning and Evaluating Applied Behavior Analysis Research PART 4: REINFORCEMENT 11. Positive Reinforcement 12. Negative Reinforcement 13. Schedules of Reinforcement PART 5: PUNISHMENT 14. Positive Punishment 15. Negative Punishment PART 6: ANTECEDENT VARIABLES 16. Motivating Operations 17.  Stimulus Control PART 7: VERBAL BEHAVIOR 18. Verbal Behavior PART 8: DEVELOPING NEW BEHAVIOR 19. Equivalence-based Instruction 20.  Engineering Emergent Learning with Nonequivalence Relations 21. Imitation, Modeling, and Observational Learning 22. Shaping 23. Chaining PART 9: DECREASING BEHAVIOR WITH NONPUNISHMENT PROCEDURES 24. Extinction 25. Differential Reinforcement 26. Antecedent Interventions PART 10: FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT 27.Functional Behavior Assessment PART 11: SPECIAL APPLICATIONS 28. Token Economy, Group Contingencies, and Contingency Contracting 29. Self-Management PART 12: PROMOTING GENERALIZED BEHAVIOR CHANGE 30. Generalization and Maintenance of Behavior Change PART 13: ETHICS 31. Ethical and Professional Responsibilities of Applied Behavior Analysts

  • Author: John Cooper
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3rd edition (July 25, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Education
  • ISBN: 978-0134752556
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 2.1 x 11.1 inches


3. How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

First published in 1995 as How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, this new edition reflects evolving best practices, practitioners' experience, and Tomlinson's ongoing thinking about how to help all students access high-quality curriculum; engage in meaningful learning experiences; and feel safe and valued in their school. Written as a practical guide for teachers, this expanded 3rd edition of Carol Ann Tomlinson's groundbreaking work covers the fundamentals of differentiation and provides additional guidelines and new strategies for how to go about it. You'll learn What differentiation is and why it's essential How to set up the flexible and supportive learning environment that promotes success How to manage a differentiated classroom How to plan lessons differentiated by readiness, interest, and learning profile How to differentiate content, process, and products How to prepare students, parents, and yourself for the challenge of differentiation We differentiate instruction to honor the reality of the students we teach. They are energetic and outgoing. They are quiet and curious. They are confident and self-doubting. They are interested in a thousand things and deeply immersed in a particular topic. They are academically advanced and "kids in the middle" and struggling due to cognitive, emotional, economic, or sociological challenges. More of them than ever speak a different language at home. They learn at different rates and in different ways. And they all come together in our academically diverse classrooms.

  • Author: Carol Ann Tomlinson
  • Publisher: ASCD; 3rd edition (March 22, 2017)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1416623304
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches


4. Taking Charge of ADHD, Fourth Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

The leading parent resource about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment has now been revised and updated with the latest information and resources. Prominent authority Russell A. Barkley compassionately guides you to: *Understand why kids with ADHD act the way they do. *Get an accurate diagnosis. *Work with school and health care professionals to find needed support. *Implement a proven eight-step behavior management plan. *Build your child's academic and social skills. *Restore harmony at home. New to the fourth edition are a chapter on health risks associated with ADHD, the latest information on the causes of the disorder, current facts on medications, a new discussion of sibling issues, advice for parents who might have ADHD themselves, downloadable practical tools, and much more.

  • Author: Russell A. Barkley
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; Fourth edition (June 12, 2020)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1462542673
  • Dimensions: 7 x 1.02 x 10 inches


5. Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

In this galvanizing book for all educators, Kristin Souers and Pete Hall explore an urgent and growing issue--childhood trauma--and its profound effect on learning and teaching. Grounded in research and the authors' experience working with trauma-affected students and their teachers, Fostering Resilient Learners will help you cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings. The authors--a mental health therapist and a veteran principal--provide proven, reliable strategies to help you * Understand what trauma is and how it hinders the learning, motivation, and success of all students in the classroom. * Build strong relationships and create a safe space to enable students to learn at high levels. * Adopt a strengths-based approach that leads you to recalibrate how you view destructive student behaviors and to perceive what students need to break negative cycles. * Head off frustration and burnout with essential self-care techniques that will help you and your students flourish. Each chapter also includes questions and exercises to encourage reflection and extension of the ideas in this book. As an educator, you face the impact of trauma in the classroom every day. Let this book be your guide to seeking solutions rather than dwelling on problems, to building relationships that allow students to grow, thrive, and--most assuredly--learn at high levels.

  • Author: Kristin Souers
  • Publisher: ASCD (January 26, 2016)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1416621072
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches


6. Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

Topics such as race , gender , politics , religion , and sexuality are part of our students' lives, yet when these subjects are brought up at school teachers often struggle with how to respond. How do we create learning conditions where kids can ask the questions they want to ask, muddle through how to say the things they are thinking, and have tough conversations? How can we be proactive and take steps to engaging in the types of conversations where risk is high but the payoff could be even greater? Being the Change is based on the idea that people can develop skills and habits to serve them in the comprehension of social issues. Sara K. Ahmed identifies and unpacks the skills of social comprehension , providing teachers with tools and activities that help students make sense of themselves and the world as they navigate relevant topics in today's society. Each chapter includes clear, transferrable lessons and practical strategies that help students learn about a targeted social comprehension concept. From exploring identity and diversity to understanding and addressing biases and microaggressions, Sara demonstrates how to address real issues honestly in the classroom while honoring and empowering students. Dealing with social issues is uncomfortable and often messy, but you can build habitats of trust where kids and adults can make their thinking visible and cultivate empathy; where expression, identity, and social literacy matter. There is no magic formula for making the world a better place. It happens in the moments we embrace discomfort and have candid conversations. **** "I am convinced that every class of kids I work with is filled with change agents who will make this world the one we teach toward. I believe that my students will carry the work of doing right by this world into their own lives. I'll bet you believe this about your kids, too." -Sara K. Ahmed

  • Author: Sara K. Ahmed
  • Publisher: Heinemann; Illustrated edition (March 22, 2018)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Education
  • ISBN: 978-0325099705
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.43 x 9 inches


7. Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

Keep up with the latest on the highly respected multisensory teaching approach to literacy with this new fourth edition, a complete update of the bestselling textbook adopted in colleges and universities across the country. The most comprehensive text available on multisensory teaching, this book prepares today's educators to use specific evidence-based approaches that improve struggling students' language skills and academic outcomes in elementary through high school. Educators will get rich background information on the systems and structures of the English language, plus a deep dive into the what and how of Structured Literacy Instruction. They'll also find practical strategies and guidelines on all aspects of language and literacy instruction, including planning effective lessons, connecting research with practice, conducting and interpreting assessment, understanding the emotional side of learning disabilities, and more. An essential reference and professional development resource to keep and use for years to come, this book gets educators ready to be thoughtful, skilled, and compassionate teachers of reading and language arts. WHAT’S NEW: New chapters on pre-kindergarten literacy, executive function, and math learning disabilities Content now aligns with the 2018 IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and prepares students for the IDA certification exam Updated with the latest research in the field New insights and guidance on technology woven throughout the book Online companion materials and resources for many chapters More student-friendly features (see below) SELECTED TOPICS COVERED: structured literacy instruction * oral language development * pre-k literacy * alphabet knowledge * phonemic awareness * decoding * spelling * handwriting * fluency * vocabulary instruction * reading comprehension * composition * assessment * executive function * math learning disabilities * effective learning environments * lesson planning * instruction for English language learners * instruction for older students and high-functioning adults STUDENT-FRIENDLY FEATURES: Chapters now include learning objectives, an end-of-chapter Knowledge and Skill Assessment, reflection questions interspersed throughout, and new vignettes and case studies. The online companion materials feature sample lesson plans, answer keys, and other resources for further reading and reference. Listed by the National Council on Teacher Quality's 2020 Teacher Prep Review as one of 10 textbooks that comprehensively and rigorously cover the scientific basis and instructional elements of the five essential components of effective reading instruction! Explore the companion activity book!

  • Author: Judith R. Birsh
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing; 4th edition (September 1, 2018)
  • Genre: Education & Teaching, Schools & Teaching
  • ISBN: 978-1681252261
  • Dimensions: 7 x 10 inches


8. No More Teaching Without Positive Relationships (Not This but That)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

Teachers know the importance of strong relationships with their students, but sometimes connecting with them feels challenging. No More Teaching Without Positive Relationships reviews the teacher-student relationship research and provides practices for building relationships that make a difference. To learn, students need positive relationships with their teachers. So what gets in the way and how can we do better? Since there is no one way to make every relationship positive, authentic, sustainable, and trusting, the authors provide a range of strategies for building and maintaining connections with students. They also discuss critical considerations such as: Learning about students' backgrounds and interests Communicating with parents and caregivers Developing culturally responsive content Understanding the importance of race and ethnicity Building and protecting students' self-esteem Positive teacher-student relationships do not just transform student learning-they also create more stimulating and caring classrooms. A true relationship is dynamic, often requiring a change in behaviors and mindsets. It can be intense work, but it is the kind of work that can change a student's life.

  • Author: Jaleel R. Howard
  • Publisher: Heinemann (March 13, 2020)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Education
  • ISBN: 978-0325118130
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches


9. Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, & Dignity in Today's Schools

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

Real students, real stories, and real solutions Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, & Dignity in Today’s Schools pairs real-life stories about children, their families, and their educators with the most recent evidence-based research on inclusion of students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. The 9th Edition highlights the important themes of ensuring students’ progress using research-based instruction and the ethical principle of dignity. New chapters examine educational progress and long-term outcomes; school-wide supports; cross-cutting instructional approaches; and diversity and social justice. With its focus on real students, stories, and solutions, Exceptional Lives gives readers a comprehensive view of the rewards, challenges, and triumphs involved in special education today. Also available with MyLab Education By combining trusted author content with digital tools and a flexible platform, MyLab personalizes the learning experience and improves results for each student. MyLab Education gives teacher candidates opportunities to apply theory to practice ― better preparing them for success in their future classrooms. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MyLab Education does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MyLab Education, ask your instructor to confirm the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MyLab Education, search for: 0134893638 / 9780134893631 Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, & Dignity in Today’s Schools plus MyLab Education with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0134984323 / 9780134984322 MyLab Education with Pearson eText -- Access Card -- for Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, & Dignity in Today’s Schools 0134984331 / 9780134984339 Exceptional Lives: Practice, Progress, & Dignity in Today’s Schools

  • Author: Ann Turnbull
  • Publisher: Pearson; 9th edition (March 1, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Education
  • ISBN: 978-0134984339
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.85 x 10.85 inches


10. 7th grade Math Workbook: CommonCore Math Workbook

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Special Education - August 2021

School bulk orders can get up to 50% discount along with access to the industry's leading UNIK LMS system, absolutely FREE! Contact us at 925-361-0573 or • Practice online for free at 7th Grade Common Core Math: Practice Workbook | Practice Questions, Answers & Explanations | Recommended by Teachers | Ace Academic Publishing • Based on Common Core State Standards: Similar to a standardized exam, you can find questions of all types, including multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true or false, match the correct answer and free-response questions. • High Standards of Questions: Each of these questions are divided into Chapters and Sub-Topics. The contents of this Math workbook include multiple chapters and units covering all the required Common Core Standards for this grade level. • Recommended by Teachers: These carefully written questions aim to help students reason abstractly and quantitatively using various models, strategies, and problem-solving techniques. • Identifying trouble spots and fixing it: This workbook will help students overcome any deficiencies in their understanding of critical concepts and also will help you identify the specific topic that students may require additional practice. • Practice all types of questions including free response: The book is comprised of multiple tests for each topic so that your child can have an abundant amount of test on the same topic. • Includes 2 Comprehensive Full-Length Tests: to practice the entire syllabus to prepare for the common core standardized exams. • Includes detailed step-by-step answers: The detailed answer explanations in the back of the book help the students understand the topics and gain confidence in solving similar problems and take the Common Core Standardized Exam with Confidence. Prepaze Educational Workbooks: Partnering with Prepaze, Ace Academic Publishing brings exclusive educational content to the workbooks.

  • Author: Ace Academic Publishing
  • Publisher: Ace Academic Publishing; V1.0 edition (September 20, 2018)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics
  • ISBN: 978-1949383058
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.62 x 10 inches