August 2018

Disability Resource Library August Newsletter

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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 and 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.

Featured Resources

All featured resources are available to borrow from the DRL
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The Picky Eater Project

American Academy of Pediatrics

Parents will love this one-of-a-kind book that can transform even the most finicky eaters into fledgling foodies. Focusing on kids' participation, interactive strategies, kitchen experiments, and delicious kid-friendly recipes, the book is based on a six-week plan that makes shopping and cooking fun. The Picky Eater Project addresses both the importance of healthy childhood nutrition and family harmony. It offers tips and troubleshooting, recognizing that it takes planning and perseverance to make behavior changes stick, but that it can happen.

Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development

American Academy of Pediatrics

Created to benefit all professionals who serve adolescents, Reaching Teens provides communications strategies to effectively engage with today's teenagers. This groundbreaking multimedia resource combines text and video to show how recognizing, reinforcing, and building on inherent strengths supports positive youth development.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book and Plush Set

cover of The Very Hungry Catepiller book and a photo of the plushie

Eric Carle's classic tale is of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week - and then changes into a beautiful butterfly! Cleverly die-cut pages help teach the days of the week, counting, and much more!

Check out the Very Hungry Caterpillar.


SoundMoovz is a motion activated wearable device. You can simply connect SoundMoovz to the app via Bluetooth and make music by moving! All you have to do is activate the bands via the app and select your sound. The bands can be worn on your ankles or shoelaces too. Moving your wrists or ankles activates SoundMoovz Bandz to send a Bluetooth signal to the SoundMoovz App on your hand held device and the sound instantly plays. You can even change the sensitivity for more reactive beats dependent on the rhythm you want to create.

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An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet your child's unique, individual needs. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP. The purpose of it is to set reasonable learning goals and to state the services that the school system will provide for your child. As a parent of a child with special health care needs, it is important to learn how to effectively work with schools to meet the needs of your child. If you want to learn more about IEPs, contact our Disability Resource Library staff.

A Child's Champion

a photo of Dr. Shane

Dr. Joseph Shane, PhD, BCBA-D (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) is our August Child's Champion. At the CED iASD clinic, he provides BCBA supervision to graduate students and case-management for clients. Dr. Shane started working with children with autism and related developmental disabilities as an undergraduate student at Western Michigan University. In 2016, he moved to West Virginia where, in addition to providing supervision and case management at the clinic, he also provides in-home services and family training through West Virginia Birth to Three. He says sometimes the day to day work can be difficult and even frustrating, both for the children and those working with them, but to see the incredible growth children can make over time and the skills they acquire is very rewarding. Dr. Shane shared a quote that reminds him that sometimes it takes many attempts before we succeed, and if we don't give up, we shouldn't lose hope. "A failure is not always a mistake; it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying." - B.F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity, 1972.