Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians

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Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Revised by Carrie Scott Banks: by Sandra Feinberg, Barbara A. Jordan, Kathleen Deerr, Michelle Langa. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 325 p. Paper $60 (ISBN: 1-55570-791-00).

Ms. Banks brings her own personal experiences with disabilities and her expertise as the director of Brooklyn Public Library's The Children's Place for Children with Special Needs to this newly revised edition of Including Families of Children with Special Needs. Broader in scope than the 1999 edition, which addressed the needs of preschoolers and their families, this revision covers services to all children and youth and their families and/or caregivers. In addition, the focus has been expanded to include children with any type of disability, and information about Spanish-language resources and cultural competency is included.

Banks says in her preface that "this book will give you an overview of what frameworks, tools and materials are needed to successfully welcome children with disabilities into your library." This guide for providing services to children with special needs is divided into three sections. "Part One: Understanding Inclusion" begins with the definition of inclusion, including a discussion of the research that supports the benefits of inclusion. The following chapters cover the basic disability laws, developmentally appropriate services, resource-based practice and inclusion, and multiple intelligences and universal design. …

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