From the Publisher
“Sensitive and thorough.”—School Library Journal
“Excellent material.”—Voice of Youth Advocates
“Encouraging.... Parents of children with behavior challenges would benefit from reading this book.”—Children’s Literature
“Chock-full of information.”—School Library Journal’s Curriculum Connections
“A great book—very practical and helpful. Positive, encouraging, and supportive.”—Eleanor Guetzloe, Professor Emerita, Department of Special Education, University of South Florida
“Kids who use this book will not only make their own lives better, but also ease the lives of family adults, classmates, and teachers.”—Steven R. Forness, Ed.D., Professor, School Principal, and Chief Educational Psychologist, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
Finally, a book to help kids with challenging behaviors take ownership of their own behaviors. Described as "a book for kids with BD, ED, EBD or SED," this fresh look at a system for helping kids "make good choices and stay out of trouble" is written by a special education professor who has helped teachers and students manage behavior for years. The book targets the owner of the undesirable behavior by helping him or her identify their problem behaviors and their effect on their well-being as well as those around them. The variety of strategies used in the book provides choices for readers in helping themselves through this difficult period of their lives. Strategies used include real life stories of others with behavior problems, keeping a notebook or journal of feelings as well as behaviors, "idea" boxes with suggestions for changes, challenge activities, forms to keep track of goals and accomplishments and so on. Many of these techniques are used by teachers and counselors, but the strategy of placing one's success squarely on one's own shoulders bypasses the tendency of those with problems to ignore or over react to guidance from adults. The layout is reader friendly, and the text is encouraging while helping the reader to see how their behaviors undermine their goals in life. Parents of children with behavior challenges would benefit from reading this book, as well. It helps when everyone is on the same page, so to speak. A glossary, index and resources are included. 2003, Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 10 to adult.
Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Consider the youth with a behavior disorder. He or she has problems in school, perhaps in getting along in the classroom, making friends, or learning what is being taught. That youth would really like to get rid of the label, "BD," that has been given by the school but does not know how to go about doing it. This book, simply and in good detail, explains behavior disorder, its causes, how schools deal with it, and what steps students can learn to get control of their problems. The author provides skills and activities to learn and practice so that new behaviors can replace those that have resulted in getting students into trouble. Behavior modification techniques called "sandwiches" teach youth to deal with difficult people by sandwiching compliments with requests to get better results. McIntyre is a college special education professor, and he does a creditable job of explaining, advising, and encouraging young people to make good behavior choices. The book is attractively designed with cartoons, boxed sections, quotations from students, and a variety of fonts. This appearance, however, makes it look as if an upper elementary book. Nevertheless it is worth looking past the young look to focus on the excellent material. Those motivated to make better choices for how they behave in school or with friends and family will find much to help them. Learning how to do compliment "sandwiches" and request "sandwiches" can help everyone. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, Free Spirit, 176p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Further Reading., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 14.
Susan H. Levine
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-"They think I'm slow or stupid, but I'm not." "They tease me." "I feel dumb." "It stinks." These are the words of children with behavioral issues and disorders whom the author has known. Written with empathy toward his audience, McIntyre explains what behavior disorders are and discusses programs designed for children with learning disabilities. He also offers advice on dealing with feelings; ways to get along with family, friends, and teachers; and skills for dealing with difficult people. Topics and a variety of scenarios are clearly presented, with text boxes and cartoons interspersed throughout. A sensitive and thorough title for all collections.-Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.