April 2018

Disability Resource Library April Newsletter

Since Monday, April 16th is National Stress Awareness Day, we decided to support our health care professionals and health promotion experts in their efforts to increase public awareness about the causes and cures for stress. This month we are highlighting resources in our library specifically related to challenging behaviors and successful interventions. We are excited to introduce Dr. Claire St. Peter, Associate Professor of Psychology at WVU, as this month's Child's Champion. So take a deep breath, relax and enjoy this month's issue as we take a step toward a more stress-free life.

Featured Resources

All featured resources are available to borrow from the DRL
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Learning to Listen: Positive Approaches and People with Difficult Behavior

By Herbert Lovett, Ph.D.

cover of Learning to Listen

This nontechnical text describes how the interactive process of "learning to listen" provides practical alternatives to overly controlling behavior modification techniques. Written for support and other service providers working with people with intellectual disabilities, this book includes compelling and detailed case studies that illustrate possible positive approaches and reveal how people with disabilities can take control of their lives.

Check out Learning to Listen

You Can't Come to My Birthday Party

by Becky Evans

Children's conflicts over toys, space and friendship create many challenges for teachers and parents. This book presents a six-step process adults can use to support young children at these tense and emotional times. It includes more than 50 actual stories of conflict experiences from preschools, elementary schools and homes. Through these stories and accompanying photos of conflict resolution in action, readers can see and hear real children resolving disputes successfully, guided by adults using the six-step process.

Check out You Can't Come to My Birthday Party!

SOS Help for Parents and SOS Ayuda Para Padres

by Lynn Clark, Ph.D.


Dr. Lynn Clark introduces successful methods for improving your child's behavior and for reducing stress in your life. In this book, you will learn essential child rearing rules, how to avoid four common child rearing errors, primary methods for increasing good behavior, major methods for stopping bad behavior, active ignoring, Grandma's Rule, how to avoid nine common time-out mistakes, helping your child express feelings and much more. The Menu of solutions for 46 problem behaviors guides you in selecting the best methods for handling the most challenging behaviors.

SOS Help for Parents

Sensory Issues in Learning & Behavior (DVD set)

by Carol Kranowitz

Sensory Processing Disorder (SDP), or the inability to respond "appropriately" to ordinary sensory experiences, affects as many as 1 in 6 children. In this 3-hour DVD of a live presentation. Carol Kranowitz offers sensory strategies and activities that are applauded around the world. Carol discusses research in SDP and shares her 25 years of teaching experience. For every kind of sensory need, she has a story that illustrates how a child may behave. Carol suggests new techniques that work, as well as fun and functional activities that are sure to be a hit with your young child or student.

Check out Sensory Processing Disporder DVD Set

Children & Youth

Zipper the Kid with ADHD

by Caroline Janover

Cover of Zipper

"Stop tapping!" groans Zipper's sister. "Can't you EVER sit still?" It seems Zack (better known as Zipper) is always getting into trouble. A smart, athletic 5th grader, Zipper speaks and acts before he thinks. His impulsivity drives his friends and family crazy. When Zipper earns the money to rent a drum set, he begins to turn his life around. "Youngsters with ADHD will really relate to Caroline Janover's novel. The author has written a wonderful story which entertains as well as teaches.- Harvey Parker, Ph.D

Check out Zipper

Navigation Tips

Stress is an unavoidable part of parenting. No parent is immune from it but you can trouble shoot some of it and manage the rest. The following techniques may just help make your life as a parent a bit easier.

  • Establish support systems: Find another parent who can mentor and support you
  • Take time to do fun things: Spend time with your child just having fun.
  • Corral the chaos: Get organized and establish routines for the family
  • Seek out professional help: Counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists have strengths suited to assist you with particular problems.

You will never be able to eliminate stress entirely, but that doesn't mean you're powerless. For information about Circle of Parents, a parent to parent support group in your area, contact the Paths For Parents Program.

A Child's Champion

a photo of Dr. Clair St. Peter

Meet Dr. Clair St. Peter of St. Peter Balance Lab and Associate Professor of Psychology at WVU. She has been working with children who engage in severe behavior since 2001. Her goal is to provide better supports to children who struggle to manage their behavior so that they can be more successful across all areas of their life. She has been heavily involved with making meaningful changes to public education systems, including the Monongalia County public school system. Over 200 West Virginia children have received behavioral services and more than $2 million in grants and contracts have been awarded as a result of Clair's efforts. “Seeing the change in children's behavior inspires me daily. It's amazing to see a child who was struggling to manage behavior become a peer role model.” We are pleased to name Dr. Clair St. Peter as April's Child's Champion. You can find out more about her at www.clairestpeter.com.

Paths for Parents Program

Paths for Parents

Navigating systems as a parent or caregiver of a child with disabilities can be confusing and overwhelming. The Paths for Parents program provides information and support through three unique services in effort to empower parents in becoming real partners within the medical home.Services in this program include: The Disability Resource Library, Parent Network Specialists, and Nutrition Services. To learn more, visit http://p4p.cedwvu.org/.

The Disability Resource Library (DRL) provides educational information and resource materials to individuals with disabilities, family members, and practitioners throughout the state of West Virginia.Resources available to loan include:

  • Fiction and Non-fiction Books (children, adolescent and adult)
  • Reference Materials
  • DVDs
  • Assistive technology devices & adapted toys
  • Teaching and training curricula
  • Demonstration kits and Medical models
  • Disability Awareness Puppets

With two locations and knowledgeable staff, the Disability Resource Library is committed to supporting parents, educators, and the general public in finding appropriate, quality materials and services related to disability.The libraries are free of charge for the general public throughout the state and provide an online request and mail-out service.