Disability Resource Library February Newsletter

National School Counseling Week is February 5-9, so we decided to focus our attention on the unique contribution that school counselors make in helping children be successful in school and plan for what happens after graduation. The resources and materials highlighted in this issue address some of the issues that school counselors face.

Featured Resources

All featured resources are available to borrow from the DRL
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Bullying and teasing

The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms
by Barbara Sprung and Merle Froschl

THe Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book

Teasing and bullying can affect a child's learning, physical health and emotional well-being. The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book uses activities, the classroom environment and family involvement to develop empathy in children and create a climate of mutual respect in the classroom. With over 40 activities that focus on feelings, teasing and bullying by cultivating friendship, community and positive feelings.

Disability Awareness Puppets & Scripts

Everyone wants to play, learn and have friends. The Disability Awareness Puppets help children understand that people with disabilities are much like they are. Life-size, endearing puppets deliver important messages of tolerance and inclusion. Each library location has a cast of six multicultural puppets that portray children with disabilities. Help dispel fears, myths, and misconceptions about persons with disabilities through the Disability Awareness Puppets and accompanying scripts. Available for loan as individual puppets or as a set. For information on scheduling a performance for your school or group, contact Vickie.Trickett@MTPocketsTheatre.com

Colin Fischer
by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz

Colin Fischer cover

Classmates constantly target high school freshman Colin Fischer. He cannot stand to be touched, hates the color blue, and needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. He struggles to understand jokes, and will sometimes bark when upset. After a crime is committed in the school cafeteria, Colin uses his observational skills and powers of logic to prove that the school bully wasn’t responsible. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormenter, is innocent.

Achieving your goals

Align Your Dreams with Your Power: How to Succeed with a Disability (DVD)
by Nancy Shugard

Take a fun, yet very educational, journey with Nancy Shugart as she defines the three keys that every successful person with a disability has learned to master. Hear her personal story of struggles and triumphs and the invaluable lessons she has learned about succeeding with a disability. Learn to achieve your life's dreams.

Check out Align Your Dreams with Power: how to Succeed with a Disability here.

Overcoming the Odds: Vocational Success Stories
By Ellen Rubenstein Bauer

Ellen Rubenstein Bauer, a job coach with over fifteen years of experience, profiles eight individuals who have succeeded in supported employment despite significant disabilities. Success was not easy. Overcoming the Odds shows that creative job coaches, employee sensitivity training, effective behavior management strategies and realistic workplace accommodations can make your most challenging students successful employees. A valuable resource for transition coordinators, job coaches and parents.

Children & Youth

Use adaptable toys to teach children that choices have a consequence. Begin by teaching cause and effect skills. A variety of adaptable switches are available for loan as well.

Navigation Tips

School counselors can give your child tips and support on solving problems and making good decisions. They know how to listen and help. If your child feels overwhelmed by classwork; is worried about a friend; feels like they don’t fit in; or is scared because parents are splitting up, your school counselor can be a great place to start. Your school’s website may explain more about the role of the counselor at your individual school and how to get a counseling appointment.

A Child's Champion

a photo of Heather Hines

Meet Heather Hines, Elm Grove Elementary School’s guidance counselor from Ohio County. This Nationally Board Certified Counselor manages her school’s Expanded School Mental Health program; a program that employs a full time therapist, expands services into the summer months, and takes place in a lower income housing complex. In her own words she describes her job and her passion for children. “I can’t change the world but I can certainly make their world a happier, healthier place. I truly care about my students and I’m pretty certain they know it. I treat them with love, respect, compassion and understanding. Our children suffer many traumas, whether it be divorce, poverty, abuse, addiction etc. I have the opportunity to work with these students and guide them; enhancing healthy coping skills, forming healthy relationships and thriving in structure and stability. I know I am just a piece of the puzzle, but I never lose hope that I am making a difference.” Heather Hines is a child’s champion.

Paths for Parents Program

Paths for Parents

Navigating systems as a parent or caregiver of a child with disabilities can be confusing and overwhelming. The Paths for Parents program provides information and support through three unique services in effort to empower parents in becoming real partners within the medical home.Services in this program include: The Disability Resource Library, Parent Network Specialists, and Nutrition Services. To learn more, visit http://p4p.cedwvu.org/.

The Disability Resource Library (DRL) provides educational information and resource materials to individuals with disabilities, family members, and practitioners throughout the state of West Virginia.Resources available to loan include:

  • Fiction and Non-fiction Books (children, adolescent and adult)
  • Reference Materials
  • DVDs
  • Assistive technology devices & adapted toys
  • Teaching and training curricula
  • Demonstration kits and Medical models
  • Disability Awareness Puppets

With two locations and knowledgeable staff, the Disability Resource Library is committed to supporting parents, educators, and the general public in finding appropriate, quality materials and services related to disability.The libraries are free of charge for the general public throughout the state and provide an online request and mail-out service.

The Disability Resource Library is a collaborative project between the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, West Virginia Birth to Three, West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Program, and the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED).

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