Through My Eyes: A teacher's frank advice for navigating the challenges of life with a special needs child

Through My Eyes: A teacher's frank advice for navigating the challenges of life with a special needs child

by Jason Hufft


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Children with special needs have a right to life and the pursuit of happiness, but few people understand the difficulties they face. Through My Eyes is a guidebook for parents, caregivers and teachers to help them navigate the challenges of raising a child with a development disorder including autism or ADD. Through My Eyes is a passionate educator's frank advice and spiritual guidance for realistically assessing and shaping a child with special needs including character building requirements as well as growth and developmental needs. Through My Eyes is full of hope and encouragement for anyone connected to the task of providing compassionate and effective care to those who rely on assistance to manage day-to-day problems. Readers will find practical tips and resources to care for children who are frequently failed by a broken system, so that they can achieve their full intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and behavioral potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620202449
Publisher: Ambassador Emerald
Publication date: 01/10/2014
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Acknowledgements 15

Introduction 17

Part 1 The Conceptual Foundation, Disorders, and Diagnoses 23

Chapter 1 Attention Deficit Disorder 29

Chapter 2 Autism 49

Chapter 3 The Cases 67

Chapter 4 Characteristics Checklist 105

Chapter 5 Should I Medicate My Child? 117

Chapter 6 Labeling and Diagnosing: The Truth 121

Chapter 7 Cognitive Processes / Executive Functions 129

Chapter 8 Developmental Disorders and Violent Behavior 139

Chapter 9 A Personal Story 149

Part 2 Special Education: The System 163

Chapter 10 A Proposed Solution to an Undefined Problem 167

Chapter 11 Assessment and Measurements: Smoke and Mirrors 187

Chapter 12 Grading Without Grades: How Does It Work? 201

Chapter 13 The Language of Special Education: IEPs 211

Chapter 14 Where is the Area for Concern? 223

Chapter 15 Questions Every Parent Should Ask 233

Part 3 Pathways to Potential: A Vision of Hope 243

Chapter 16 A Vision of Hope: A Distinct Identity 249

Chapter 17 Spiritual Identity: Dismissal of Labels, Stickers, and Diagnoses 253

Chapter 18 Abilities, Talents, and Skills: A New Scale of Measurement 261

Chapter 19 Capturing and Sharing Your Image of Your Child 269

Chapter 20 Raising Children with Developmental Challenges 279

Chapter 21 Teaching Children with Developmental Challenges 291

Chapter 22 Managing Conflicts and Setbacks 301

Chapter 23 Life's Miracles and God's Presence 313

Conclusion 321

Glossary 325

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