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Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs: Raising and Teaching All Children to Become Resilient, Responsible, and Respectful (Positive Discipline Library) Paperback – 1 Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030758982X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307589828
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 875,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mr L. on 13 April 2014
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This book has some very interesting points and good ideas in the text, but it's quite difficult to read, it is worth reading through so would recommend
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Helpful, but... 17 Aug 2012
By Lily - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In theory, this book is wonderful and I certainly encourage parents and anyone who works with children with special needs to read it. There is indeed a lack of practical information on this subject and this is a very kind, positive method.

However, I do feel a little more hopeless as the day to day reality of being a parent of a wonderful, sweet, bright seven year old with multiple disabilities overwhelms me...and unlike the teachers of a child in the book who refused to be taught, I can't demand to be relieved by another parent after an hour because my patience has run out! I also can't let her run into the parking lot, lay on the floor of the grocery store throwing a tantrum for half an hour, physically harm other people or animals, not sit in a booster seat, or take an hour of negotiating and empathizing to leave the playground when it's 90 degrees out and naptime for her sister...all this, and cook and clean and work well enough at my own job to not get fired. What I'm saying is that I constantly encounter situations where it is totally unrealistic to not use physical force (and by that I mean restraining or carrying, not corporal punishment), threats, bribery or time outs to protect herself, others, or to be able to get on with our lives in a way that maintains some semblance of a predictable family life for myself, my spouse and our younger, typical child....and my own livelihood. The real world, and the rest of your life, will not wait for you to spend hour upon hour trying to break through to your beloved child, despite how beneficial it would almost certainly be if we all could devote our lives to doing so, 24/7.

And so while I will "take the bits that work, leave the rest" I am once again left feeling alone and isolated in this world of the relationship to my sweet girl, who is so incredibly stubborn that these techniques had me alternately laughing at the simplistic idealism and wistful, praying that it could make even a dent in the incredible challenges that we are presented with every time we want, OR NEED, her to do something she is not 100% thrilled about doing. I'm sure this would work much better in a school setting wnd indeed her school is very positive, but she stills has plenty of difficulty there when she is not getting her way, despite the option of the relaxation area, etc (things like wanting to have hot lunch instead of packed lunch and she can bring down the whole cafeteria)... What I'm saying is that there are a lot of great ideas that I really, really wish worked for us.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read for Special Educators 11 April 2011
By Michael Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I wish I read this book when I was in grad school! The "Mistaken Goal Chart" alone is worth the price. It really gave me pause to rethink difficult student behaviors and the beliefs that drive those behaviors. More importantly, it challenged me to respond in more effective ways. All children, including children with special needs such as those associated with autism, want to belong and feel significant.Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs: Raising and Teaching All Children to Become Resilient, Responsible, and Respectful
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great content, poor presentation 10 Aug 2011
By Julie Zamudio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a new special education teacher, I am very impressed with the information in this book. I am about to place my order on Amazon after looking through this book in my local library. But I'm sad to say that it is printed on extremely cheap paper. It looks like the kind of newsprint you find in low quality Sudoku books. I hope that they look at upgrading the paper in future editions.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Positive ways to deal with difficult situations- before they happen! (A mother's perspective) 1 Jun 2011
By M. Verdecchia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Before this book was even published, I read the Positive Discipline for Children up to three years old. My goal was to try and raise my special-needs daughter as typically as I could. I did not want to succumb to her special-needs and treat her 'special' but still wanted to give her love. All children need good order, routine, and discipline. This book deals with how to provide positive discipline to children who may need a little different perspective. Some things are cute at three- but not so cute at age ten or older.

My daughter has Aicardi's Syndrome and is on the milder end of the spectrum for this disorder, but is still moderately intellectually disabled. She is non-verbal- but is starting to communicate. This book has shown me how to focus on her strengths to help her overcome her weaknesses. How to deal with meltdowns should they happen, and help her to belong and feel loved in our society. Helps with alternate strategies like 'wheels' with choice for the kids to help give them some control over the situation yet avoid severe issues. It has tons of examples of real life scenarios for dealing with all sorts of special-needs children's from autism, to adjustment disorders, and more.

So far- I bought the book in March, and I can already see the difference. We had already implemented some PD from the first book, but this book with helped understand the mistaken goals and work to overcome them and avoid power struggles (which are starting to happen more and more at age three). It has really helped me to identify mistaken goals and see some things for ways of communication and innocent behavior and not willful misconduct (that I may have labeled as such before). It's taught me not to assume my child may understand, and ways to 'teach her' to handle situations. Melt downs will still happen, and change will not happen overnight, but this book has been really helpful in helping me change some of my perspectives and ways I handle things to more positive outcomes! I started early, to help train us to be better parents, and it is never to early to look into these books and classes. We have, for the most part, a well-adjusted daughter. We get compliments all the time on how well-behaved our daughter is, and I have to attribute some of that to these models of positive discipline!

contact me offline for any specific questions!

Maryalicia Verdecchia - maryaliciaverdecchia @ yahoo.com
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book for anyone working in schools 21 April 2011
By Melanie Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a Grade School Counselor I am finding this book to be a refreshing and "right on" aproach to working with Children with Special Needs. It gives me the tools to work with these students using dignity and respect for them as human beings who are just trying to navigate their way through the school day. Looking at the "belief behind the behavior" rather than using the typical behavioral approach of rewards, consequences and praise will truly give these students the life skills they need to be contributing and successful adults.
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