These free downloadable booklets have been written for parents, child care professionals, educators and health professionals supporting children with a range of disabilities. This includes Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Emotional and Behavioural Disorders, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, ADD/ADHD and Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. They cover a range of practical strategies which educators and parents can use at home and school to develop the child’s skills. 

Getting started!!! Using visual systems to promote communication

Having a communication difficulty can limit a child’s ability to participate in everyday activities. When a child can’t get their message across, they usually become frustrated. Whatever a child’s age, it is important to address this frustration. Visual systems can provide the child with an effective method for communicating needs, wants, information, feelings and ideas. Strategies for promoting the child’s speech and language skills have also been provided.

This book has been put together by Dolly Bhargava (speech pathologist) with staff and families from Carson Street School.

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Getting started!!! Using visual systems to promote play

Play is how children learn to socialize, to think, to solve problems, to mature and most importantly, to have fun. Play connects children with their imagination, their environment, their parents and family and the world.   Some children have difficulties with developing play skills.  This booklet focuses on the play space model which outlines various techniques and skills that can be used to help your child MOVE forward in developing play skills.  Information on the various stages of play, strategies, materials and visual systems that can be used are provided.

This book has been put together by Dolly Bhargava (speech pathologist) with staff and families from Carson Street School.

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Getting started!!! Using visual systems to support the development of self-esteem

Self esteem is about the way we see and value ourselves. Self esteem affects how we learn, work, relate to ourselves, to others, and to life in general. Students with disabilities face a unique range of challenges that are associated with having a disability. Just how well a student contends with day to day challenges will depend on the strength of their self esteem. For this reason, supporting students with disabilities to explore and enhance their self-esteem is always a high priority. Eight building blocks that are important for the student to develop and maintain a high level of self-esteem will be discussed in this manual. 

This book has been put together by Dolly Bhargava (speech pathologist) with staff at Armadale Education Support Centre.

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Getting started: Balanced timetable the key to student engagement

The growing number of students disengaging from schools is a growing societal concern. Simply telling or encouraging the student to re-engage is seldom enough. Hence, as educators this means changing the nature of what happens in our classrooms. This resource discusses the use of a ‘Balanced Timetable’ to enable re-engagement.  A ‘Balanced Timetable’ is a customised timetable that takes into account the student’s abilities, interests and learning styles so that they can learn effectively and progress.

This book has been put together by Dolly Bhargava (speech pathologist) with staff and families from Carson Street School.

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Getting started!!! Using visual systems to provide positive behaviour support

Classroom behaviour problems are a principle source of frustration, stress and burnout for both new and experienced teaching staff. Teachers often report feeling poorly equipped to deal with misbehaviour, often pointing to their lack of experience, training and assistance in establishing positive and productive classroom environments. Hence, the aim of this step by step manual is to bridge this information gap by developing your understanding, ability to prevent, and address the challenging behaviour in effective ways.

This book has been put together by Dolly Bhargava (speech pathologist) with staff and families from Carson Street School.

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Getting started: Rainbow of emotions and emotional management

Learning how to manage  emotions is not just a matter of luck or chance most student needs explicit teaching. Without guidance, there is a mismatch between the emotion the student is experiencing and their knowledge of how to manage the situation constructively. Emotional management problems underlie behavioural problems .  The aim of this booklet is to help the student learn how to identify, express and manage their emotions in a socially acceptable manner by using the Rainbow of Emotions App for the iPad on the iTunes App Store (available here).

This book has been put together by Dolly Bhargava (speech pathologist) with staff and families from Carson Street School.

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Crime Prevention Education: Helping Children with Intellectual Disabilities make Smart Choices

Crime Prevention Education: Helping Children with Intellectual Disabilities make Smart Choices has been produced with funding received by School for Parents (Carson Street School) from 2015 SGIO Community Grants Program. The free resource has been developed for educators who support children with Intellectual Disabilities. The aim of this educational resource is to deter criminal behaviour in children with Intellectual Disabilities through developing their understanding of the concept of right vs. wrong, learning how to choose the right friends and stay away from the wrong people.

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Getting started!!! Supporting and guiding communication development of students who are pre-intentional and intentional communicators

The importance of communication in all of our lives cannot be denied. In fact, communication is perhaps the most essential lifelong skill. For the majority of students, the development of communication through the early stages to more complex stages occur rapidly and without much effort; however, for students with profound Intellectual disability may progress through the communication stages slowly or remain at a particular stage for a long time. They are dependent on their communication partners (i.e. parents, educators, peers and others) to support and guide their communication development.  This resource provides a range of communication strategies to promote communication skill development. 

This book has been put together by Dolly Bhargava (speech pathologist) with staff and families from Burbridge School, Carson Street School and Kenwick School

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GETTING STARTED!!! Developing a Positive Identity

A positive sense of identity is developed over a lifetime as we all experience the many highs and lows that are part of the journey through life. As educators our role is help our student understand who they are, accept their whole self and help them learn the skills they need so that they can feel more capable when faced with any of life’s many challenges.  This book will discuss the various components and strategies that can be used together to guide the student to develop a positive sense of their identity.

This book has been put together by Dolly Bhargava (speech pathologist) with staff and families from Carson Street School.

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Making changes through goal setting

This workbook aims to guide caregivers through a series of questions to help set goals for their child and create the road map to guide their child achieve the goal.

This workbook has been put together by Dolly Bhargava (speech pathologist) for the Developmental Disability Council of WA (DDWA).

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Personalised Learning Support Plans Used in Education

This book provides parents with information on the variety of support plans used in schools to support students with disabilities. Included are several example Individual Education Plans for a child’s academic, emotional and social needs.

This workbook has been put together by Dolly Bhargava (speech pathologist) for the Developmental Disability Council of WA (DDWA).

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Teaching Students with Sensory Impairments: Strategies for mainstream teachers.

This resource is the result of an international, collaborative effort among educators in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, who work with students with vision or hearing impairments. The aim is to provide a resource for professionals, parents, and university students involved in fully including students with sensory impairments in our educational systems. The main links from the home page include:

Inclusion

Definitions, Identification, and Professionals

Technological and Medical Interventions

Teaching Strategies and Accommodations

Social Skills

Counseling

Activities

Working with Families

Research and Reflections

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