Children’s Picture Book – Peter & Lisa: A Mental Illness Story

Peter and LisaPeter & Lisa: A Mental Illness Story
By Charles Katz & Linda Baron Katz
Publisher: Page Publishing
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-1634171434
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Peter & Lisa: A Mental Illness Story is a story about two people affected with mental illness, in particular depression and mania, and how they got better and recovered through the proper medication and support by family and friends.

This book manifests the true essence of love and support to help anyone overcome any storm that may pass.

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Charles and Linda Katz, husband and wife, raised in the Jewish faith, live in a religious Modern Orthodox Jewish community in Kew Gardens Hills, New York. Charles and Linda both suffer from mental illnesses. Both of them went through many difficult challenges as a result of their mental illnesses and struggled hard to achieve recovery. Since then, Charles and Linda have been committed to the cause of educating the community about mental illness. Linda is a Peer/Mental Health Advocate and is also the author of Surviving Mental Illness, My Story. Charles has helped Linda promote her book and gives charity to those organizations that do quality work for the mentally ill. Since Charles and Linda were unable to have children of their own, they decided the best way to contribute to children was through their writing. With Charles’s child-like personality and Linda’s knowledge on mental illness, the two accomplished to write this book to show how important it is for children to understand that with the right kind of help mental illness can be treated and people can live normal, healthy, happy lives.

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Medical English – American Hospital English (AHE)

American Hospital EnglishAmerican Hospital English (AHE)
By Laura Medlin
Publisher: Xlibris
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 978-1493162666
Pages: 295
Genre: Medical English

American Hospital English (AHE) is a picture dictionary-style book for anyone interested in the type of English language used in American hospitals. Arranged alphabetically, each of its 26 chapters is devoted to one letter of the English alphabet. The content of the images includes abbreviations, anatomy, clothing and personal hygiene, cultural trivia, descriptors, disease, equipment, food, medications, months of the year, numbers, procedures, shapes and signs. Each item is accompanied by a definition, phonetic spelling and sample sentence. Images are situated on one half of each page, with text on the other. An index in the back of the book can be used as a cross-reference tool and to help locate words quickly.

Many of the phrases resemble those that may be encountered during classes or examinations for various healthcare occupations. It can be useful as a reference tool or exercise book by professionals as well as non-professionals. It is designed to be an introduction to hospital work and language for all levels of native and non-native speakers of English.

About the Author:
American Hospital English AuthorLaura Medlin is a registered nurse who has worked in the clinical patient care setting for over 20 years.  She also has a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Laura lives and works in Northern California.



Education/Test Prep – How to Write a Killer SAT Essay

How to Write a Killer SAT EssayHow to Write a Killer SAT Essay
By Tom Clements
Publisher: Hit ‘Em Up
ISBN: 978-0578076652
Pages: 172
Genre: Education/Test-Prep

How to Write a Killer SAT Essay is the only award-winning book with dozens of real essays written by real students. The net is full of abstract information on WHAT to write about when constructing an SAT essay —  this book is full of information on exactly HOW to write it. The author includes dozens of top-scoring, detailed essays from students of his who have put his principles into practice.

When you see step-by-step instructions on HOW someone has put an essay together, it’s much more valuable than simply knowing “what” the principles of good writing entail. This book is also full of practical advice on the seven Rules of Engagement students need to know about when constructing an essay. These seven rules provide a clear and comprehensive writing methodology that every student can follow to obtain a top-scoring SAT essay.

A “Snapshot” chapter provides a complete sample essay from start to finish with all the component pieces highlighted and analyzed for impact. Examples of introductory paragraphs full of quotes and anecdotes are included along with an entire chapter of prefabricated content with student paragraphs from history, literature, pop culture, music, sports, movies, and technology. Finally, a chapter entitled “Spin the Prompt” demonstrates how to take any SAT prompt and “spin” it to the content examples you’ve prefabricated.

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About the Author:
How to Write a Killer SAT Essay AuthorTom Clements is a former college English teacher who has helped hundreds of students ace their SAT tests. In particular, his students dominate the SAT essay, consistently scoring in double digits. His recent book, “How to Write a Killer SAT Essay” received the prestigious Clarion Five-Star review. In addition to “owning” the essay, Tom’s students also dominate the SAT grammar section. Download his FREE “Killer SAT Grammar” game. Look for it in the App Store under “Killer SAT Grammar” or

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Education and Special Education – Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills: From Theory to Practice

Facilitating Early Social Communication SkillsFacilitating Early Social Communication Skills: From Theory to Practice
By Pamela Rosenthal Rollins, MS, CCC-SLP, EdD
Publisher: AAPC Publishing
ISBN: 978-1937473846
Published: September 2014
Genre: Education and Special Education

Facilitating Early Communication, Language, and Social Skills: From Theory to Practice, presents a developmental social-pragmatic approach to facilitating language and social communication in children. Reflecting the principles of the SCERTS model (Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports; Prizant et al.), it makes a major contribution to the training and support of young children on the autism spectrum, ages 3-5. While the focus is on the preschool environment, suggestions are provided for how to extend the approach to the home and other environments where the child spends time. The textbook is divided into five chapters representing the theoretical and organizational framework of social pragmatic intervention as well as 12 instructional units each focused on a particular theme chosen to be developmentally appropriate and functional in the lives of children such as bedtime, birthdays, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

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About the Author:
Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills AuthorPam Rollins, MS, EdD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor of communication disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She was a recipient of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s First Investigators Award (1995) and was twice named Callier Scholar of the Year (2001 and 2004). Dr. Rollins has dedicated more than 30 years to education, research, teaching and clinical practice towards understanding, identifying and treating children with ASD. Dr. Rollins has also authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters.

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Education, Health, Family – Make Social Learning Stick!

Make Social Learning StickMake Social Learning Stick!
How to Guide and Nurture Social Competence Through Everyday Routines and Activities
Author: Elizabeth A. Sautter, MA CCC-SLP
Publisher: AAPC Publishing
ISBN: 978-1937473839
Published: March 2014
Pages: 96
Genre: Education ,Health, Family

This book offers a “social learning diet” of concepts and actions that can be used in everyday life to increase verbal and nonverbal language, listening skills, understanding of hidden rules, perspective taking,executive functioning, and more. The activities are recipes for social and emotional learning for which parents, teachers, and therapists typically already have the ingredients. With close to 200 fun and easy activities, including contributions from leading experts, this book offers numerous ways to embrace teachable moments throughout daily routines without having to do extra work! Events like getting ready for school, preparing dinner,going to the doctor, and celebrating Thanksgiving become opportunities for teaching and reinforcing expected social behavior. Geared toward children in preschool through elementary school, the ideas are meant to inspire creativity that suits each specific child. Activities can be easily tailored to meet a child’s developmental level, needs, or challenges. Author, Elizabeth A. Sautter also included contributions from such experts as Michelle Garcia Winner, Kari Dunn Buron, Leah Kuypers, Pamela Wolfberg, and others, making this a must-have addition to any personal resource library.

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About the Author:
Make Social Learning StickElizabeth A. Sautter M.A., CCC-SLP,  is a certified speech-language pathologist and is an executive director at Communication Works in Oakland, CA. Although she specializes in social cognition and self-regulation intervention, Elizabeth is also experienced in other areas of autism, developmental disabilities, social cognitive deficits, and challenging behaviors seen in both children, and adults. In addition, her relationships with her sister and extended family members with special needs have made her work a lifelong endeavor. She has completed a mentorship and internship with Michelle Garcia Winner, Stephanie Madrigal, and Pamela Crooke, and has co-authored two popular children’s books about whole body listening, Whole Body Listening Larry at Home and Whole Body Listening Larry at School.

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