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«Sally Patton UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION BOSTON Copyright © 2004 by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. All rights ...»

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Cincinnati: Thomson Learning, 2001. Good for sensitivity training.

Includes a questionnaire for assessing disability awareness.

Webb-Mitchell, Brett. Dancing with Disabilities: Opening the Church to All God’s Children. New York: United Church, 1997. Discusses why people with disabilities are often not welcomed in churches.

Webb-Mitchell, Brett. God Plays Piano, Too: The Spiritual Lives of Disabled Children. New York: Crossroad/Herder and Herder, 1993. Children with emotional and mental challenges share their life stories, worlds, and spiritual perspectives.

Webb-Mitchell, Brett. Unexpected Guests at God’s Banquet: Welcoming People with Disabilities into the Church. New York: Crossroad/Herder and Herder, 1994. A Christian perspective on why the church is called to minister to people with disabilities.

Children’s Spirituality and Religious Education Armstrong, Thomas. The Radiant Child. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical, 1985.

How to recognize and foster children’s natural spiritual development.

Child Spirit Institute: www.childspirit.net. An organization dedicated to understanding and nurturing the spirituality of children and adults.

Myers, Barbara Kimes, and William R. Myers. Engaging in Transcendence: The Church’s Ministry and Covenant with Young Children. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1992. Transforming information on how we minister to children.

Natural Child Project: www.naturalchild.org. Provides resources for treating all children with dignity, compassion, and understanding.

Nieuwejaar, Jeanne Harrison. The Gift of Faith: Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children. 2nd ed. Boston: Skinner House, 1999. A Unitarian Universalist author and minister writes about why it is important for children to be part of a faith community.

239 Resources Pearce, Joseph Chilton. The Magical Child: Rediscovering Nature’s Plan for Our Children. New York: Plume, 1992. Guidelines for understanding the spiritual nature of children.

Spirituality for Kids: www.spiritualityforkids.com. Excellent curriculum for teaching children to expressing their own spirituality.

Tribes: www.tribes.com. Advice on how to transform environments to help children learn and relate to each other.

Books for Children and Youth Garth, Maureen. Starbright: Meditations for Children. San Francisco: Harper,

1991. Wonderful meditations that engage the imagination.

Lite, Lori. A Boy and a Bear: The Children’s Relaxation Book. Plantation, FL:

Specialty, 1996. A young boy and polar bear learn relaxing breathing techniques while climbing a snow-covered mountain.

Walsch, Neale Donald. The Little Soul and the Sun: A Children’s Parable.

Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads, 1998. A story for young children.

Adapted from Conversations with God.

Different Learning Styles Armstrong, Thomas. In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child’s Multiple Intelligences. New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 2000. Good information on how children learn.

Armstrong, Thomas. Seven Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Multiple Intelligences. Rev. ed. New York: Plume, 1999. Good, easy-tounderstand information on multiple intelligences theory, including the two most recently identified.

Armstrong, Thomas: www.ThomasArmstrong.com. Focuses on multiple intelligences and attention-deficit disorder.

Gardner, Howard. The Disciplined Mind: Beyond Facts and Standardized Test, The K–12 Education That Every Child Deserves. New York: Penguin,

2000. An assessment of the typical American school system and excellent ideas for improvement.

Gardner, Howard. Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice. New York:

Basic, 1993. A good and readable overview of multiple intelligences theory and how it is used.

Lazear, David. Eight Ways of Knowing. 3rd ed. Arlington Heights, IL: Skylight Professional Development, 1998. Another easy-to-understand book on the multiple intelligences.

Markova, Dawna. How Your Child Is Smart. Berkeley, CA: Conari, 1992. A discussion of the different ways children learn that is not based on multiple intelligences theory.

MI Immersion: www.surfaquarium.com/mi_overview.htm. Information from several sources about Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.

240 Welcoming Children Project SUMIT: www.pzweb.harvard.edu/SUMIT. Schools using multiple intelligences theory.

Project Zero: www.pzweb.harvard.edu. Provides ways to enhance learning, thinking and creativity in the arts, humanities, and sciences; based on the multiple intelligences theory of Howard Gardner.

Family and Parenting Byronchild: www.byronchild.com. A magazine dedicated to conscious parenting and conscious living.

Chopra, Deepak. The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents. New York: Crown,

1997. Chopra’s basic spiritual philosophy as it pertains to parenting.

Doe, Mimi. Ten Principles for Spiritual Parenting: Nurturing Your Child’s Soul.

New York: Harper Perennial, 1998. One of the best and most well known books on spiritual parenting.

Edelman, Marian Wright. The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours. Boston: Beacon, 1992. A message for teaching and creating a better world for our children.

Exceptional Parent: www.eparent.com. A magazine for parents and families of children with disabilities.





Fuchs-Kreimer, Nancy. Parenting as a Spiritual Journey: Deepening Ordinary and Extraordinary Events into Sacred Occasions. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 2002. How to find the spiritual in everyday occasions.

Gill, Barbara. Changed by a Child: Companion Notes for Parents of a Child with Disability. New York: Doubleday, 1997. Offers wonderful, healing insights on what it means to parent a child with a disability.

Kabat-Zinn, Myla, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting. New York: Hyperion, 1997. Excellent advice and ideas on parenting from a Buddhist perspective.

Klein, Stanley D., and Kim Schive. You Will Dream New Dreams: Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilities. New York: Kensington, 2001. Inspiring essays by parents about what it is like to parent a child with disabilities.

Klein, Stanley D., and Maxwell J. Schleifer. It Isn’t Fair! Siblings of Children with Disabilities. South Hadley, MA: Bergin and Garvey, 1993. An exploration of sibling relationships when one child has a disability.

McHugh, Mary. Special Siblings: Growing Up with Someone with a Disability.

New York: Hyperion, 1999. Good practical advice from the perspective of a sibling about how to handle the emotions and struggles of having a brother or sister with disabilities.

PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights): www.pacer.org.

Provides information, resources, training, and assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

241 Resources Parents Leadership Institute: www.parentleaders.org. Provides resources for parents to connect with family members to solve problems.

Safer, Jeanne. The Normal One: Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling. New York: Bantam Dell, 2003. Especially for siblings of children with mental illness.

Snow, Kathie. Disability Is Natural. Woodland Park, CO: Braveheart, 2001.

Common-sense techniques for raising children with disabilities.

Recognizes that disability is a natural part of the human experience.

Spangler, David. Parent as Mystic, Mystic as Parent. New York: Riverhead,

1998. Inspiring ideas on what it means to parent from a spiritual place.

Spiritual Parenting: www.spiritualparenting.com. The website of Mimi Doe, a well-known author and lecturer on spiritual parenting.

Inclusive Communities Asante, Shafik. When Spider Webs Unite: Challenging Articles and Essays on Community, Diversity and Inclusion. Toronto, Canada: Inclusion, 1997.

Inclusion from the perspective of an African American.

Community Works! www.community-works.net. Dedicated to working toward communities in which each individual is cherished.

Connect for Kids: www.connectforkids.org. Project by the Benton Foundation to make communities better places for families and children.

Family Village: www.familyvillage.wisc.edu. Promotes the integration of people with disabilities; provides many references to welcoming religious communities.

Inclusion Press: www.inclusion.com. Dedicated to creating inclusive communities for everyone. Provides information about Judith Snow’s work and ideas.

Pearpoint, Jack, and Judith Snow. From Behind the Piano: The Building of Judith Snow’s Unique Circle of Friends, and What’s Really Worth Doing and How to Do It: A Book for People Who Love Someone Labeled Disabled (Possibly Yourself). Toronto, Canada: Inclusion, 1998. A truly inspirational book on inclusive communities.

Philia: www.philia.ca. An organization dedicated to creating caring communities that include all citizens, including those with disabilities.

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network: www.plan.ca. Working toward safeguarding the future of people with disabilities.

TASH: www.tash.org An international association of people with disabilities advocating for equity, opportunity, and inclusion.

General Spirituality and Education

Dyer, Wayne W. There’s A Spiritual Solution to Every Problem. New York:

HarperCollins, 2001. A wonderful look at overcoming life’s problems from a place of spirit.

242 Welcoming Children HeartMath Institute: www.heartmath.org. Explores and researches the relationship between the heart and the brain. Provides training strategies for thinking with the heart, which will be useful in helping adults and children cope with stress.

Kaufman, Barry Neil. Happiness Is a Choice. New York: Ballantine, 1991. Suggests ways to change beliefs and make choices to be happy. Associated with the Option Institute.

Moffett, James. The Universal Schoolhouse: Spiritual Awakening through Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1994. One of the best books on alternative visioning for educating children.

Option Institute, International Learning and Training Center: www.option.

org. Provides excellent training on ways to choose to be happy.

Connected to the Son-Rise program for children within the autism spectrum.

Pearce, Joseph Chilton. The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit. Rochester, VT: Park Street, 2002. Fascinating information on the biological seeds of violence and ways to transcend this phenomenon by nurturing ourselves and our children.

Pearmain, Elisa Davy. Doorways to the Soul. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1998. Stories for strengthening individual spirituality.

Disabilities General Information Batshaw, Mark L. Children with Disabilities. 5th ed. Baltimore, MD: Paul H.

Brookes, 2002. A general resource book.

Boyles, Nancy S., and Darlene Contadino. The Learning Differences Sourcebook. Chicago: Lowell House, 1998. Provides good, basic information.

Brooks, Robert, and Sam Goldstein. Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child. Chicago: Contemporary,

2001. A terrific book. Describes “islands of competence” and “charismatic adults.” Brooks, Robert. The Self-Esteem Teacher. Circle Pines, MN: American Guidance Service, 1991. Brooks’s first book describing “islands of competence.” Brooks, Robert: www.drrobertbrooks.com. Advice on nuturing resilience, self-esteem, motivation, and family relationships.

Council for Exceptional Children: www.cec.sped.org. Information for improving educational outcomes for students who have disabilities or are gifted.

Federation for Children with Special Needs: www.fcsn.org. Provides comprehensive information for parents of children with special needs.

243 Resources Greenspan, Stanley I., and Serena Weider. The Child with Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth. Reading, MA: Perseus,

1998. A good explanation of treating children with special needs by how they function, rather than using a deficit approach.

IDEA Practices: www.ideapractices.org/index.htm. Information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

March of Dimes: www.modimes.org. This organization works to prevent birth defects.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: www.nichcy.

org. A central resource of information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the No Child Left Behind Act, and effective educational practices.

National Easter Seals: www.easterseals.com. Offers services and support to people with disabilities and their families. Provides links to local Easter Seals organizations.

Nekola, Julie. Helping Kids with Special Needs. Wayzata, MN: Nekola, 2001.

Extensive information and resources on children’s emotional and neurological disorders.

Special Child: www.specialchild.com. An online publication and bulletin board for parents of children with special needs. An excellent source of general information.

Sumar, Sonia. Yoga for the Special Child: A Therapeutic Approach for Infants and Children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Learning Disabilities. Evanston, IL: Special Yoga, 1998. Information and techniques on the positive effects of yoga for children with special needs.

Books for Children and Youth Brown, Tricia. Someone Special Just Like You. New York: Owlet, 1995. Using photographs, children with disabilities talk about the many things they like to do, just like other children. For preschoolers.

Moran, Maggie. The Magic in Me. Wilmington, MA: New Voices, 2002. Talks about how all children have magic within them. For young children.

Rogers, Fred. Extraordinary Friends (Let’s Talk about It). New York: Puffin,

2000. Using photographs, Mr. Rogers talks about children who are special. For children ages four to eight.

Smith, Sally L. Different Is Not Bad, Different Is the World: A Book about Disabilities. Longmont, CO: Sopris West, 1994. A good book about the interconnecting web for young children.

Mood, Anxiety, and Behavior Disorders Al Sofa Organization: www.alsofa.org. A bilingual website for mental health information.

244 Welcoming Children Alexander, Debra Whiting. Children Changed by Trauma. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 1999. An excellent, practical guide for working with children who have experienced crises or who are depressed.



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