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Book Review: The Special Needs School Survival Guide

4th August, 2014

carabookBook by Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L
Review by Lindsey Biel, M.A. OTR/L
Every so often a book comes along that you know you have to recommend to the families  and caregivers of the kids you work with. This wonderful, self-published book by OT by Cara Koscinski is one of those must-have publications that everyone involved with your school-age client will benefit from reading from cover to cover and referring to again and again.
Easy-to-use and written in a warm, accessible way through a question and answer format, The Special Needs School Survival Guide advises parents and other caregivers step-by-step as they navigate the oftentimes confusing world of educating a child with special needs. It’s also a great tool for teachers and therapists working in special needs programs since it provides quick reference to some of the very best activities and techniques used to help students thrive in the classroom.

  • In this terrific book, readers will get quick answers to questions about:
  • Dealing with IEPs, 504 plans and how to advocate for a student’s needs
  • How to manage school-based therapies like OT, PT, and Speech
  • Ways to develop handwriting and fine motor skills
  • Tips to help students with autism, learning disorders, and ADHD
  • How schools can help students with sensory processing disorder
  • Managing difficult behaviors and handling transitions

In all, this is a great addition to any therapist’s toolkit for helping children and their families!
 Feature Contributor / Reviewer:  Lindsey Biel, M.A. OTR/L
Author, Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens  ; Co-author, Raising a Sensory Smart Child, foreword by Temple Grandin

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