TTC Course Resources
Special Needs Learning in the International School
Learning and the Brain
Provides information for conferences and news and events related to brain research and learning.
Discovery Education’s resource for educators including video streaming, curricular resources, professional development and assessment pieces.
Kennedy Krieger Institute Baltimore, MD
Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized facility dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research, and professional training. The website describes diagnosed disorders and definitions, symptoms, researchand available treatment programs.
Dr. Adele Diamond, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, the University of British Columbia.
There is a section on useful information for links dealing with special needs and links to help teachers and parents gain access and information.
Brain Gym® International is committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning.
Bam!radio – the voice of the education community
BAM! is an acronym for "body and mind." BAM! Radio was conceived in 2007 on the premise that the key to success in life for children and youth is nurturing a healthy mind in a healthy body, and that the two are connected. So to put children on the right track it's critical to nurture both. The website offers information for parents, teachers and directors.
Tools of the Mind – A Focus on Self Regulation
Metropolitan State College of Denver
The ALERT Program – How Does Your Engine Run? A self-regulation program helping students, parents and teachers promote self-regulation.
Professor Daniel Willingham
Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
His work on education; radio.tv podcasts, videos, articles, and his recent book, Why Students Don’t Like School are listed.
Dr. Edward L. Deci, the University of Rochester
This site provides information regarding Self-Determination Theory (SDT). This is a theory of motivation. It is concerned with supporting our natural or intrinsic tendencies to behave in effective and healthy ways.
Johns Hopkins University School of Education. This is an instructional model based on the tenets of research-based effective instruction of the arts into content at all grade levels.
Response to intervention integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems. With RTI, schools identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities.
The Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. The goal is to enable optimal student learning.
A web site with information and inspiration for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities.
Web site explaining the Arrowsmith School in Toronto, founded by Barbara Arrowsmith Young, one of the people whose case study was explored in The Brain that Changes Itself. The Arrowsmith Program is founded on neuroscience research and 30 years of experience demonstrating that it is possible for students to strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions through a program of specific cognitive exercises.
Designed to boost learning outcomes for students with learning difficulties, including Dyslexia and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. This is an 8-week subscription service utilizing games to help improve working memory in 7-16 year olds.
Specific Areas of Focus
Tips for parents & teachers when talking with children with attention issues – developmentally categorized
Strategies for addressing ADHD
Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children – Teri J. Bellis
International Dyslexia Association
Get Ready To Read
Scientific Learning (products for dyslexia)
Journey into Dyslexia (video documentary)
Math Learning Disability Resources
Learning Disabilities: General Websites
Council for Exceptional Children
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Council for Learning Disabilities
Mental and Emotional Health
Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
Visual Processing Disorder
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB): National Literacy Center
Visit Mom with Apps blog for a list of apps
Armstrong, Thomas (2011), The Power for Neurodiversity: Unleashing the advantages of your differently wired brain. Cambridge, MA: DeCapo/Perseus
Armstrong, Thomas (2012), Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life. Alexandria, VA: ASCD
Hendrickx, Sarah (2010), The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-diveristy Handbook: Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and related conditions. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Antonetta, Susanne (2007), A Mind Apart: Travels in a neurodiverse world. New York: Tarcher.
Disability Studies Quarterly, 30(1), (2010) “Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity”, http://dsq-sds.org/issue/view/43
Sacks, Oliver (1996), An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven paradoxical tales. New York: Vintage
Sacks, Oliver (1998), The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and other clinical tales. New York: Touchstone
Sacks, Oliver (2008), Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain. New York: Vintage
All Kinds of Minds & Schools Attuned (2014), http://www.allkindsofminds.org/discover-all-kinds-of-minds Q.E.D. Foundation
Searle, Margaret (2013), Causes & Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems. Alexandria, VA: ASCD
Tomlinson, Carol Ann (2013), Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom. Alexandria, VA: ASCD
Moss, Connie M. & Brookhart, Susan M. (2012), Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim for Understanding in Today’s Lesson. Alexandria, VA: ASCD
Sousa, David (2006), How the Special Needs Brain Learns 2nd Edition
Winebrenner, Susan (2009), Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom
Energizers - 88 Quick Movement Activities That Refresh and Refocus, K–6 – (2009), Northeast Foundation for Children
Martin, Lucy (2008), Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
Dweck, Carol (2007), Mindset, the New Psychology of Success
Doidge, Norman (2007), The Brain that Changes Itself
Marzano, Robert (2007), The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction
Barringer, M., Pohlman, C., Robinson, M. & Orfalea, P. (2010), Schools for All Kinds of Minds: Boosting Student Success by Embracing Learning Variation
Egan, Freedman, Greenberg & Anderson (2007), Is it a Big Problem or a Little Problem? When to Worry, When Not to Worry and What to Do
The Blind Advantage – Bill Henderson
Judy Willis, Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom – Judy Willis
Creating an Inclusive School, 2nd edition – Richard Villa and Jacqueline Thousand (ed)
Towards Inclusion: Planning Our Path: An Inclusive Audit Protocol. NFI Design Team – Kevin Bartlett, Kristen Pelletier, Ochan Kusuma-Powell, William Powell
In the Mind’s Eye – Thomas West
Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level – Sally Shaywitz
The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain – Fernette Eide and Brock Eide
My Dyslexia – Philip Schultz
Unicorns Are Real – Barbara Meister Vitale
Upside Down Brilliance – Linda Kreger Silverman
Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids – Alexandra Shires Golan
Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity -- biographies of successful individuals with dyslexia at http://dyslexia.yale.edu/successfuldyslexics.html
Dyslexia and the iPad: Overcoming Dyslexia with Technology. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – James R. Nuttall & Linda Nuttall,
Education Oasis (selection of 58 possible graphic organizers); www.educationoasis.com/curriculum/graphic_organizers.htm
Building the Reading Brain, PreK-3 – Patricia Wolfe and Pamela Nevills
Reading Strategies for Elementary Students with Learning Difficulties- W.N. Bender and M. J. Larkin
No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive Control: The Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive – Adam J. Cox
Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties – George McCloskey, Lisa A. Perkins and Bob Van Divner
Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention, 2nd Edition – Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses – John Breeding
Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World – Jeffrey Freed and Laurie Parsons
The Edison Gene – Thom Hartmann
The Gift of the A.D.D. Child – Laura Honos-Webb
The Myth of the A.D.D. Child – Thomas Armstrong
Conners’ Rating Scales, Revised: Technical Manual – C. Keith Conners
ADD/ADHD: A Guide for Teachers and Parents– Dr. Herb Marlow
Attention Girls! A Guide to Learn All About Your AD/HD – Patricia O. Quinn
Understanding Girls with AD/HD – Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ellen B. Littman and Patricia O. Quinn
Smart but Scattered – Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism – Beth Fouse and Maria Wheeler
School Success for Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome – Stephan M. Silverman and Rich Weinfeld
Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at School: Educating Students with NLD, Asperger Syndrome, and Related Conditions – Pamela B. Tanguay
Animals in Translation – Temple Grandin
Thinking in Pictures – Temple Grandin
The Way I See It – Temple Grandin
Emergence: Labeled Autistic – Temple Grandin
Developing Talents – Temple Grandin
HBO biography of the Temple Grandin’s life, Temple Grandin
Classroom strategies to support students with autism:
Just Give Him the Whale: 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise and Strengths to Support Students with Autism – Paula Kluth
“You’re Going to Love This Kid!”: Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms – Paula Kluth
Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think – Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, (http://www.icdl.com/)
Educational Leadership - October 2010 | Volume 68 | Number 2 Interventions That Work, Pages 40-45
Faces of Autism - Pamela Hudson Baker, Mary Murray, Carolyn Murray-Slutsky and Betty Paris
iTunes app Autism App -- comprehensive list of apps used by people diagnosed with autism
Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them – Ross W. Greene
Solving Thorny Behavior Problems: How Teachers and Students Can Work Together – Caltha Crowe
Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential – Rich Weinfeld, Linda Barnes-Robinson, Sue Jeweler & Betty Roffman Shevitz
Brain Research and Strategies:
Different Brains, Different Learnings: How to Reach the Hard to Reach – Eric Jensen
Helping Children Learn: Intervention Handouts for Use in School and at Home, Second Edition, Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., & Eric B. Pickering, Ph.D., with Spanish handouts by Tulio Otero, Ph.D., & Mary Moreno, Ph.D.
How the Brain Learns 3rd Edition – David A. Sousa
How the Special Needs Brain Learns 2nd Edition– David A. Sousa
Learning Outside the Lines – Jonathan Mooney and David Cole
Mindset, The New Psychology of Success - Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
The Brain that Changes Itself – Norman Doidge, MD
Differentiation and Use of Technology:
Differentiating Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities: Best teaching Practices for General and Special Educators 2nd edition- W. N. Bender
Technology and the Diverse Learner: A Guide to Classroom Practice – M. Bray, A. Brown, and T.D. Green
Identifying Children with Special Needs: Checklists and Action Plans for Teachers – G. Hannell
Parenting/Social Skills Support:
Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children – Bonnie Zucker
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, “Chronically Inflexible” Children – Ross W. Greene
Seven Steps to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills – Kristy Hagar, Sam Goldstein and Robert Brooks
Effective Parenting for the Hard-to-Manage Child – Georgia A. Degangi and Anne Kendall
Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning – Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel
Lonely, Sad and Angry: How to Help Your Unhappy Child – Barbara D. Ingersoll and Sam Goldstein
Girls on the Edge: the four factors driving the new crisis for girls -- Leonard Sax MD PhD, Basic Books, 2010
Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men -- Leonard Sax MD PhD
Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management:
Common-sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers Grades K-5 – J.A. Lindberg, D.E. Kelly, J. Walker-Wied and K.M.F. Beckwith
Common-sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers Grades 6-12 – J.A. Lindberg, D.E. Kelly, J. Walker-Wied and K.M.F. Beckwith
Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities – L.C. Martin
Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom – Susan Winebrenner
Teaching Students with Learning Problems, 7th Edition – Cecil D. Mercer and Ann R. Mercer
Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Every Teacher – J. Ysseldyke and B. Algozzine
Brain Gym – Paule E. Dennision and Gail E. Dennison
Smart Moves - Why Learning is Not All in Your Head – Carla Hannaford
Resources from Northeast Foundation for Children (General Classroom Management and Discipline/Developmental Stages/Morning Meetings):
Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 – Chip Wood
The First Six Weeks - Paula Denton and Roxann Kriete
Teaching Children to Care: Classroom Management for Ethical and Academic Growth, K-8 – Ruth Sidney Charney
The Morning Meeting Book – Roxann Kriete