Early Childhood Intervention and Rehabilitation Services Collections

Two collections that were part of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Brown-Heatly Library were relocated to the Texas Department of State Health Services Audiovisual Library in October 2004. At that time, an inter-agency contract for library services was established.

The Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) collection includes videos, books, assessment instruments, audio resources, and journals concerning children who have disabilities or developmental delays. Some of the topics include: child development, intervention strategies, autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, infant mental health, etc. For more information about the ECI Library collection, see http://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/resources/library.shtml.

The Rehabilitation Services collection includes videos, books, and journals on all aspects of rehabilitation and disabilities. Examples of topics include: disability awareness and rights, assistive technology, ADD and ADHD, brain injury, deafness, blindness, ergonomics, returning to work, sign language, etc. See also the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials located at Utah State University.

These materials are available on a free loan basis to residents of the state of Texas for up to 10 business days. Mailing time is automatically added to the two-week loan period.

In addition to collection resources, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) employees also have access to special library services to support their work and career needs, including:

  • Reference, referrals, research, and bibliographic searches
  • Current awareness services including scheduled searches and tables of contents routing
  • Access to searchable databases
  • Document delivery and inter-library loan

To inquire about these services or to provide input on library services or new additions to the collection, please e-mail mailto:avlibrary@dshs.state.tx.us?subject=AV Library Request.

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Addressing Young Children’s Challenging Behaviors. 2013. Book. (LC 4019.3 A227 2013 ECI).
This book provides strategies that address the needs of young children who exhibit challenging behaviors and are served in inclusive settings. It presents the pyramid model of behavior management. One chapter discusses using visual supports to promote appropriate behavior in young children with autism.  

Amazing Me: It’s Busy Being 3. Julia Cook, 2012.  Book. (WS 103 C771a 2012 ECI).
In this story, an amazing kangaroo named Joey shows all of the amazing things he can do now that he is 3 years old. These amazing things are called developmental milestones. This book shows parents and caregivers what to look for as a child grows and develops. This book is also available in Spanish, Soy maravilloso. 

Assistive Technology for Young Children: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments. Kathleen C. Sadao, 2010. Book. (LC 4019.3 S124a 2010 ECI).
This book will help educators assess children’s assistive technology (AT) needs; choose from high- and low-tech strategies; use AT to support development of critical skills such as communication, play, literacy, and computer use; embed AT into activity-based intervention; and more. The CD-ROM contains forms, checklists, an AT confidence scale, and case studies.

Autism Interventions: Exploring the Spectrum of Autism, 2nd ed. Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, 2014. Book.  (RJ 506 A9 M87 2014).
This book provides the most current assessment and intervention techniques, based on best practice and research, for children on the autism spectrum. It offers holistic, dynamic, and effective intervention strategies, and treatment plans to improve the functioning of individuals with autism. Babies are naturally active and their movements help them explore their environment. They first move involuntarily and then learn to move more independently as their bodies grow stronger. Caregivers can encourage a baby’s muscle development, strength and balance with simple activities done with infants as young as six weeks old.   

Being With Babies: Understanding and Responding to the Infants in Your Care. Beverly Kovach, 2008. Book.  (LC 4019.3 K88b 2008 ECI).
Each chapter of this book describes an issue that caregivers of infants face every day, then follows the description with scenarios that illustrate the challenge, provides suggested solutions and ends with a review of key points. It is aimed at caregivers of children 6 weeks to 18 months old.Baby Instructions:

Blending Practices for All Children. 2014. Book. (LC 4019.3 B647 2014 ECI).
This book provides perspectives on blended practices for all young children served in inclusive settings. It discusses adapting lesson plans for preschoolers, delivering individualized instruction during classroom activities, preparing professionals to support children of diverse abilities, and more.

Baby Instructions: Crawler to Toddler. 66 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0733)
Once they’re mobile, children can’t be held back from exploring and discovering. The question is, what are the best ways to help them? This video guides parents and caregivers in nurturing child development by offering novel opportunities for play and learning. Topics include gross motor development, fine motor development, early reading skills, language development, the auditory system, communication, focusing attention, mirror neurons, cognitive development, crossing midline, sensory processing, brain development, interacting with technology, developing routines, dressing, encouraging play, and feeding.

Baby Instructions: Newborn to Crawler. 61 min. 2010. DVD.(DD0732)
There’s nothing more satisfying than watching a newborn gain awareness and begin to interact with the world. But along with the joy comes plenty of uncertainty and a need for guidance. This video helps parents and caregivers create the best possible environment in which to maximize a baby’s learning potential. Topics include gross motor development, reading a baby’s cues, tummy time, language development, crawling, communication, fine motor development, bonding, visual development, attachment, the auditory system, behavioral states, sensory processing, brain development, infant massage, reflex development, calming an infant, establishing routines, feeding, encouraging play, and dressing.

DEC Recommended Practices: Enhancing Services for Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families. 2015.  Book. (LC 4019.3 D291 2015 ECI).
This resource provides guidance to families and professionals about the most effective ways to improve learning outcomes and promote development of young children, birth through age 5, who have, or are at-risk for, developmental delays or disabilities. 

Development in Practice: Activities for Babies with Down Syndrome.77 min.2007.DVD.(DD0716)
This DVD focuses on practical activities to promote development that can be woven into everyday family routines and activities. Section one describes the important elements of development and demonstrates significant behaviors and activities for very young babies. It discusses the principles that can be applied to different areas of development. Section two gives practical advice and activities for supporting the development of skills that may be more difficult for babies with Down syndrome to develop independently. Activities are clearly illustrated by parents and therapists working with young babies with Down syndrome.

Development in Practice: Speech and Language Activities for Preschool Children with Down Syndrome. 76 min. 2007. DVD.(DD0717)
This film explains and demonstrates activities for promoting communication, speech and language development for preschool children with Down syndrome from 18 months to 4 years. It focuses on practical strategies to promote speech and language development that can be woven into everyday play, routines and activities. The film explores techniques to help children with Down syndrome understand the meanings of words, communicate what they know, and develop clear speech. It also looks at ways to help them learn to read words and sentences, and explains how teaching reading benefits their spoken language.

Don’t Hit My Mommy: A Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Young Children Exposed to Violence and Other Trauma, 2nd ed. Alicia F. Lieberman, 2015. Book. (LC 4019.3 H773b 2014 ECI)
This book provides an understanding of Child-Parent Psychotherapy based on the experiences of the past decade in implementing this evidence-based practice. The authors give a voice to traumatized young children.

Encouraging Physical Activity in Infants. Steve Sanders, 2015. Book. (WS 105.5 P5 S215 2015 ECI). 
Babies are naturally active and their movements help them explore their environment. They first move involuntarily and then learn to move more independently as their bodies grow stronger. Caregivers can encourage a baby's muscle development, strength and balance with simple activities done with infants as young as six weeks old.

Early Intervention Every Day!: Embedding Activities in Daily Routines for Young Children and Their Families. Merle J. Crawford, 2014. Book. (LC 4019.3 C897e 2014 ECI). 
Targeting 80 skills in 6 key developmental domains for children birth to three, this guide gives professionals dozens of ideas for helping families and caregivers embed learning opportunities in their everyday routines. Early interventionists will learn strategies that enhance child development, strengthen attachment, and help children with developmental delays participate fully in family life.

Family-Centered Early Intervention: Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments. Sharon A. Raver. 2015. Book.  (WA 320 R254f 2015 ECI).
This introductory text prepares professionals to support infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. It addresses three child outcome indicators: positive social-emotional skills, acquisition and use of knowledge and skills, and using appropriate behaviors to meet needs. It teaches how to weave intervention strategies into a family's established routine, how to empower parents to successfully guide and support their child's development, and much more.   

Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, 3rd ed. Maryanne Bruni, 2006.  Book. (WS 107 B896f 2015 ECI).
This book is a guide to helping toddlers, teens, and adults develop the hand skills they need for daily living. It presents a visual model of the building blocks of fine motor development, stability, bilateral coordination and sensation, which form the base for dexterity. Activities, as well as lists of toys and materials, are included to develop and practice fine motor skills. 

Foundations for Relationship: Quality Infant Care During the First Year.20 min.2013.DVD. (DD0715)
DVD 20 min. 2013 Adult 
This DVD presents the essential components of high quality infant care in a child care program. In this NAEYC accredited film, viewers see the many ways experienced teachers intentionally build trust with baby and parents, support independence, and individualize care, while also meeting the diverse needs of the group.

Gathering Information to Make Informed Decisions: Contemporary Perspectives about Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education. 2011. Book. (LC 4019.3 G259 2011 ECI).
This issue revisits assessment with a focus on innovations in assessment and assessment practices. Contemporary assessment practices focus on gathering information about young children’s development in authentic and familiar settings. The value of thoughtful and systematic approaches to assessment is useful for those who need to make informed decisions for the benefit of children and families.    

Going Solo While Raising Children with Disabilities. Laura E. Marshak, 2015. Book. (WS 107.5 M366g 2015).
This book is for solo parents of children with disabilities (either physical, neurodevelopmental, or psychiatric) who are widowed, separated, divorced, single by choice, adoptive or foster parents, or military spouses with deployed partners. The author weaves together extensive interviews and survey results of solo mothers, fathers, or grandparents with reliable coping strategies. 

Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning: A Relationship-Based Approach, 3rd ed. Donna Sasse Wittmer, 2014.Book.  (LC 4019.3 W832i 2014 ECI).
This comprehensive introduction to infant and toddler development, responsive program planning, and relationship-based curriculum presents the why and how of providing quality care for infants and toddlers. The book maintains a focus on the importance of families’ and teachers’ relationships and responsiveness in interactions with children. It also emphasizes child-centered planning, especially for infants and toddlers with special needs, and focuses on the effects of culture, families and quality programs on infant-toddler development and interactions.   

Infant Milestones. 30 min. 2012. DVD.(DD0726)
Follow an infant's rapid physical development in the first year of life. See how a baby's brain develops and how infants fit into the sensorimotor stage of development. Experts weigh in on the subject. This program also provides tips to parents and caregivers for ways to foster the growth and development of young children. This video is also available online through the Learning Seed streaming video service.

Letting Your Child's Wild Side Out. 30 min. 2008. DVD. (DD0720)
“This program shows how the family of a little girl who is blind embraced early intervention services and applied what they had learned from ECI. Five year-old Milagro is shown having fun while skiing, participating in gymnastics, rock climbing, and exploring music. Early intervention specialists can use this program to suggest recreational activities to families with young children who are visually-impaired."

Magic of Everday Moments: Seeing is Believing: Series 4. 23 min. 2015. DVD. (DD0744) 
This DVD cannot be played in a DVD player. You must use a computer to play this disc. This DVD consists of 4 segments. Before birth recommends that expectant mothers eat well, stretch and do light-moderate exercise, relax and manage stress. They should also include dads in their prenatal doctor’s visits. Responsive care is characterized by warm, loving, interactions in which parents read and sensitively respond to their baby’s cues. Parents nurture a strong attachment through everyday moments in which they respond to their baby’s cues. The Daddy Factor shows how greater father involvement helps children develop better problem-solving skills, manage frustrations more effectively, develop greater confidence, and get in less trouble at home and in school.

Magic of Everyday Moments: Seeing is Believing: Series 2. 18 min. 2015. DVD. (DD0742)
This DVD cannot be played in a DVD player. You must use a computer to play this disc. This DVD consists of 4 segments. Development from Birth to 12 months old shows how development unfolds in the first year of life, with a focus on how all developmental domains, physical, social-emotional, language/communication, and cognitive are interconnected and work together to build the skills necessary to give babies the best possible start in life. Development from 12 to 24 months old explores how development in the second year of life unfolds through everyday routines and playtime with parents, family, and friends. It shows how back-and-forth social interactions and expanded exploration of the world, aided by toddlers’ growing physical abilities, leads to the development of skills in all domains of development. Development from 24 to 36 months old demonstrates how new skills develop through play, routines, and relationships. It illustrates how 2-year-olds develop new and more complex skills, such as talking in sentences, counting, playing pretend, and building first friendships. It also shows how these abilities unfold through play and social interaction, without the need for any kind of formal teaching. School readiness explains how all the skills necessary for success in school can be nurtured in the early years through interaction and exploration with trusted adults and peers.

Magic of Everyday Moments: Seeing is Believing: Series 3. 21 min. 2015. DVD. (DD0743) 
This DVD cannot be played in a DVD player. You must use a computer to play this disc. This DVD consists of 4 segments. From cries to conversation shows how babies develop communication skills from birth through 3 years old. Specific attention is focused on how parents can nurture strong communication skills through everyday interactions with their babies and toddlers. Driven to discover illustrates how babies’ drive to figure out how the world works leads to the mastery of many key concepts by the time they are 3. From feelings to friendships explores how babies and toddlers develop the ability to manage their emotions, establish strong, positive friendships and relationships, and have the self-confidence and persistence to succeed in school. Busy bodies illustrates how babies become active children who are able to crawl, climb, jump, feed themselves, draw, and more. It show how active play is a necessary part of development.

A Parent's Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive. Sally Ozonoff, 2015. Book.  (WS 350.8 P4 O99 2015 ECI)
Packed with real-life stories and everyday problem-solving ideas, this book gives parents the facts they need about high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Asperger syndrome. The authors describe ways to work with these kids' unique impairments and capabilities so they can grow into happy, self-sufficient adults. Parents learn practical strategies for helping their son or daughter relate more comfortably to peers, learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and succeed in school. The book also discusses what scientists currently know about ASD and how it is diagnosed, as well as what treatments and educational supports have been shown to work. This edition clearly explains the diagnostic changes in DSM-5.   

Parenting: Emotional Health and Positive Discipline: 7-12 Months. 10 min. 2016. DVD. (DD0737)
A young mom explains why feeling loved is good for a baby, age-appropriate behavior for babies, and how to use positive discipline and positive language as an alternative to angry language and spanking.

Parenting: Emotional Health and Positive Discipline: Birth to 6 Months. 9 min. 2016. DVD. (DD0736) 
A young mom gives advices on how to help a baby feel loved, how to comfort a crying baby, and how to stay calm while caring for a baby. Self-calming techniques are detailed along with reasons for not spanking children.

Parenting: Fatherhood: 7 to 12 Months. 11 min. 2016. DVD. (DD0735)
Fathers learn how to spend time with babies, how to make their own lives less stressful, and the importance of healthy communication with Moms.

Parenting: Fatherhood: Birth to 6 Months. 11 min. 2016. DVD. (DD0734)
Viewers learn what babies need from fathers, how fathers can deal with the stress, and how fathers can have healthy relationships with their children and the mothers of their children.

Parenting: Health and Safety: 7 to 12 Months. 11 min. 2016. DVD. (DD0739)
Parents of older babies are given advice about keeping their young children healthy and preventing accidents in the home and outside of the home. They are urged to use car seats and keep choking hazards and poisons out of the reach of children.

Parenting: Health and Safety: Birth to 6 Months. 12 min. 2016. DVD. (DD0738)
A young mom explains how to keep a baby healthy through well-baby visits, vaccines, and hygiene. She also gives advice on when to call the doctor or go to the ER. She also describes the best ways to keep a baby safe by having a safe crib, safe car seat, and a safe child-proofed home. Parents learn more about SIDS.

Parenting: Play and Milestones: 7 to 12 Months. 11 min. 2016. DVD. (DD0741)
Parents receive advice on nurturing babies’ milestones through play. By their seventh and eighth months babies are usually sitting up, rolling over, babbling, and gaining some eye-hand coordination. By months nine and ten they are starting to display memory and object permanence, stranger anxiety, and use of the pincer grasp. They are beginning to explore and crawl. The eleventh and twelfth months mean babies are starting to wave, clap, say their first words, pull up to a stand, cruise, take their first steps, and crawl up stairs.

Parenting: Play and Milestones: Birth to 6 Months. 10 min. 2016. DVD (DD0740)
Babies are shown playing as the reach the typical milestones. Babies spend their first two months gazing, hearing, interacting, playing on their tummies, lifting their heads, and smiling. By their third and fourth months typical infants spend their times cooing, gurgling, reaching, and smiling. By their fifth and sixth months babies are able to recognize their caregivers, sit with support, hold onto objects, push up their forearms, and roll over. Parents are cautioned about limiting time in car seats and in front of TV and electronic device screens.

Promoting Language and Literacy In Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. 2015. Book. (WV 271 P965 2015 ECI).
What are today’s best interventions for supporting language acquisition and literacy for children who are deaf or hard of hearing? This comprehensive text provides guidance on evidence-based approaches to the promotion of speech and language development in children birth through school age who are deaf or hard of hearing. Due to advanced screening and intervention options (e.g., cochlear implants), this population’s needs and abilities are constantly changing and require flexibility and individualization of treatment, with a continued focus on families’ preferences. A DVD is included that shows interventions in action.   

Raising a Talker: Easy Activities for Birth to Age 3! Renate Zangl, 2014. Book. (WS 105.5 C8 Z29 2014 ECI). Combining fun, easy-to-do activities with research based tips and developmental overviews, this book naturally transforms play sessions into meaningful language-learning experiences. Little tweaks and easy changes in the everyday play time create memorable learning experiences where communication and discovery can flourish.   

Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation (Spanish)(closed captioned). 200 min. 2015. DVD. (DD0725)
This series has the following episodes: Raising of America (58 min.): The U.S. is a can-do nation. Yet our children’s well-being is falling behind. How can we do better? Once upon a time (32 min.): Imagine how different things would be today if quality early care and education had been available to any family that wanted it for the past 45 years. It almost happened. Are we crazy about our kids? (32 min.): Economists tell us investing in high-quality early care and education pays for itself in many ways and many times over. So what’s holding us back? Wounded places (42 min.): How can so many of our children show signs of PTSD? Why do we label them “bad” instead of “injured”? DNA is not destiny (37 min.): How do early experiences get under the skin, altering which genes get switched on and which stay off, with possible lifetime consequences?

Side by Side Mentoring Teachers for Reflective Practice. 26 min. 2004. DVD. (DD0721)
This DVD follows three early childhood educators as they mentor less experienced teachers in becoming better observers and curriculum developers by drawing on the children’s interests and ideas. You see the teachers gain skills and confidence in using documentation and a range of art media to guide their planning. They take risks, set up accountability systems, and celebrate accomplishments.

Simple Signing with Young Children: A Guide for Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teachers. Carol Garboden Murray, 2007. Book.  (WV 274 M981s 2007 ECI).
This book was written for teachers of hearing children from birth to age six. The chapter for infants focuses on using beginning signs as a tool for communication, while the toddler chapter focuses on signing to promote expression, enrich vocabulary, and teach social skills. The preschool chapter places an emphasis on using signs to enhance emergent literacy skills.

Strengthening Family Coping Resources: Intervention for Families Impacted by Trauma. Laurel J. Kiser, 2015. Book.  (RC 552 P67 K57 2015).
Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) uses a skill-building, multi-family group framework to teach constructive resources to families who have a high exposure to stress and trauma. As an intervention for high-risk families, SFCR can cause a reduction in symptoms of traumatic distress and behavior problems and help families demonstrate higher functioning. The SFCR manual is based on a systemic, family approach and uses empirically-supported trauma treatment that focuses on family ritual, storytelling, and narration, which improves communication and understanding within family members.   
Tackling the Tough Stuff: A Home Visitor’s Guide to Supporting Families at Risk. Angela M. Tomlin, 2016. Book.  (LC 4019.3 T659t 2016 ECI).
Home visits with at-risk families present unique, complex challenges that professionals must be ready to address with skill and sensitivity. The problem-solving framework in this practical guide will help home visitors manage even the most difficult on-the-job challenges and support and empower vulnerable families of children birth to three.   

Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Clarissa Willis, 2015. Book.  (WS 350.8 P4 W734t 2015 ECI).
This guide is for teachers who work with children who have autism. It explains the major characteristics associated with autism and helps teachers understand the ways children with autism relate to the world. Each chapter offers specific strategies for teachers to use. Topics include helping children learn life skills, learn to play, helping them get along with others, and more.    

The Best for Babies: Expert Advice for Assessing Infant-Toddler Programs. Alice S. Honig. 2014. Book.  (LC 4019.3 H773b 2014 ECI).
This book shows readers how to nurture the youngest children in child care with nourishing interactions, social-emotional support, boosts for thinking and reasoning skill development, support for language development, appropriate matches between child and activity, opportunities for creative exploration, positive behavior reinforcement, and more.   

Thinking Critically about Child Development: Examining Myths, Mistakes, and Misunderstandings, 3rd ed. Jean Mercer. 2016. Book.  (HQ 771 M47 2016).
Jean Mercer offers 59 essays that confront popular misconceptions and fallacies about the field. Intriguing vignettes and critical thinking questions frame each essay, encouraging readers to think like social scientists and become better consumers of media messages and anecdotal stories. Timely topics and DSM-5 references make the book a supplement for both chronologically and topically arranged child development texts.   

Time for a Story: Sharing Books with Infants and Toddlers. Amy Brooks Read, 2015. Book.  (WS 105.5 C8 R282t 2015 ECI).
This guide helps caregivers explore fun and engaging ways to talk, sing, read, write, and play with young children throughout the day. Readers explore a variety of types and styles of books to address specific early literacy practices. The book helps caregivers plan story-time activities and select appropriate books.   

Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies for Communication and Social Interactions. 2012. Book. (RC 553 A88 T735 2012).
For Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) preparing to work with children who have autism spectrum disorders, selecting effective interventions for communication and social challenges is critically important. This accessible textbook gives SLPs the in-depth knowledge they need to evaluate, choose, and apply today’s best interventions for communication and social interactions. With contributions from 25 top autism experts across multiple disciplines, this text gives SLPs an introduction to 12 widely used evidence-based interventions.   

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain, 2nd ed. Sue Gerhardt, 2015. Book.  (WS 350 G368w 2015 ECI).
This book explains why love is essential to brain development in the early years of life and how early interactions between babies and their parents have lasting and serious consequences. Earliest relationships shape the baby’s nervous system. Development of the brain determines future emotional well-being and early pathways can affect the way people respond to stress. This book is an easy to read interpretation of findings in neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis, and biochemistry.

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Barriers to Communication and How to Overcome Them. 35 min. 2015. DVD. (DD0722) 
A closed door, an exasperated expression, a noisy workstation, a cultural misunderstanding, all of these are examples of noise, a general term for anything that gets in the way of effective communication. The key to overcoming communication barriers is to be able to identify and understand them. This program explains the various types of noise and details specific examples of physical, organizational, emotional, nonverbal, cultural, language-related or written barriers. Through expert interviews and creative vignettes, the video offers solutions to overcoming these common communication barriers.

Careers in Hospitality: Service and Adventure. 21 min. 2009. DVD. (DD0718) 
In this DVD, people in the hospitality management field talk about what it’s like to work in food and beverage management, hotel management, and convention and event management. Viewers will learn about the educational, personal, and professional requirements of this field as well as why kindness and goodwill are essential for success.

Depression Understanding the Disease. 21 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0758) 
This program was filmed in Australia. Depression is the most common mental illness among adults. It's characterized by feelings of hopelessness and numbness. In this program, viewers meet two sufferers and find out first-hand what it's like to experience the journey through depression and recovery. Mental health professionals examine the unique characteristics of the disease and emphasize the importance of ongoing support for sufferers.

The Distracted Mind: Attention Distraction and the Myth of Multi-Tasking. 60 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0754)
Dr. Adam Gazzaley explores the impact that multi-tasking has on our safety, memory, education, careers and personal lives. This program tells viewers what they can do to improve their attentional abilities and focus as they age, and as media continues to dominate the landscape. From changing our behaviors, to literally changing our brains, Dr. Gazzaley shares information needed to survive and thrive in the information age.

Dress and Groom for Career Success. 27 min. 2016. DVD. (DD0749) 
Viewers learn how to dress for interviews and how to dress once they are in a new job. They will also understand the most effective ways to make a great first impression. Employers and hiring managers explain their expectations for grooming and behavior. Budget-friendly tips for finding the right clothes on a tight budget are provided.

How I Am. 49 min. 2008. DVD. (DD0760)
This documentary film is in German with English subtitles. Patrick Wanker, a teenager with autism, invites us into his emotional world through the words he painstakingly types into his computer with his mother’s assistance. This documentary reveals how painfully lonely life can be for a teen with severe disabilities. The people he encounters each day are clumsy and uncertain about how to interact with him. At school and at home, his inability to communicate and lack of social skills make it nearly impossible for Patrick to build relationships, yet he remains optimistic for the future of his family, including his younger brother, who also has autism.

In Place: Just in Time Training. 240 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0761)
This training session is designed for supervisors, managers, clinical staff, and staff trainers who hold responsibility for the competence of direct support professionals. Dr. Tom Pomeranz details through role playing and story telling how the four coaching strategies of modeling, supporting, prompting, and celebrating can have a demonstrable impact on a direct support professional’s performance. He explains how these coaching strategies allow supervisors to refine protocols, increase staff motivation and enhance the quality of work life for the staff and most importantly the quality of life of those supported. Additionally, Dr. Pomeranz explains how this type of training can create a collegial environment and infuse a team spirit. The session addresses the coach’s role in the area of age-appropriateness, individualization, accessibility, and meaningful engagement.

In Search of a College Major and Career Direction. 52 min. 2008. Streaming only. (Films on Demand)
Navigating the college major and career planning process is as confusing as it is exciting. This program guides students and parents through those stressful crossroads, helping young people identify options and personal preferences in order to maximize their potential, productivity, and self-fulfillment. Created by veteran career counselor and instructor Susan Posluszny, the video offers real-world case studies and targeted strategies for developing an educational and professional focus—using methods based on Posluszny’s 20-plus years of counseling and interacting with both college and high school students. The result is a fun, field-tested tool that supports, challenges, and empowers users while helping to shape their lives and livelihoods. Viewable/printable instructional resources are available online.

Intellectual Disability. 15 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0750)
Viewers learn about the history of the term intellectual disabilities, how the term has evolved over time, the causes of intellectual disabilities, and the most common myths. People with intellectual disabilities give suggestions on appropriate ways to interact with them.

Jason: A Triumph of the Human Spirit. 52 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0746)
Jason, a man who is blind and has a communication disorder, tells the audience his life story. He recounts his personal struggles and successes. His mother shares her memories of raising a child with multiple disabilities.

Job Search Attitude Inventory, 5th Ed. 2015. Kit. (KT0085)
The JSAI asks job seekers whether they agree or disagree with 40 statements about the job search process. Users then profile their scores in five categories: luck vs. planning, uninvolved vs. involved, help from others vs. self-help, passive vs. active, and optimistic vs. pessimistic. The assessment helps them to identify mental and attitudinal barriers that might be keeping them from finding work and discover strategies for improving their attitudes and re-energizing their job searches.

Job Search Success: Starting a Job. 17 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0713)
This program highlights the importance of making a good impression and maintaining professional standards from day one of employment. Viewers learn about good preparation, common orientation processes, clear presentation and communication, understanding workplace culture, getting along with fellow employees, building relationships, and being aware of health and safety concerns.

Jobs in Child Development. 29 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0727)
A variety of professionals are employed by proud parents and concerned care providers to ensure the health, education and general well-being of their children. Gain insight into the personality and skills required to become a social worker, developmental therapist, childcare worker and teacher. Learn what these jobs entail as well as other careers relating to the growth and development of children.
Jobs in Clothing Textiles and Fashion. 24 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0728)
Viewers explore the world of fashion by witnessing a day in the life of a clothing designer, fashion journalist and boutique owner while learning about other career opportunities available in the clothing and textiles industry.

Jobs in Food and Nutrition. 30 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0729) 
Many people don't realize where - or who - their food comes from. But farmers, chefs, scientists and health care workers all play a role in the story of what we eat every day. Learn how these professionals combine their efforts to produce, prepare, develop and evaluate food and ensure nutrition. Discover related jobs and the education and experiences beneficial to building a career in food and nutrition.

Jobs in Housing and Interior Design. 29 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0730)
Viewers will explore the careers of an architect, general contractor and interior designer and other related careers and learn how the combined knowledge of these professionals turns the idea of a house into a reality. See what each job entails-from planning to meeting with clients, to solving problems and completing a project. Discover the role business skills play and the type of education required.

Keys to Getting Hired. 38 min. 2016. DVD. (DD0723) 
This DVD has three programs in one. Job search steps that get results: Job seekers discover how to make the most of their time and efforts in the job search. They will learn how to expand their network, find open positions, stay motivated, and overcome employment obstacles. Resumes and cover letters that work: Viewers will discover how to customize cover letters and resumes to effectively introduce themselves to employers. They will learn about different types of resumes and get career coaches’ top tips for creating, formatting, and submitting resumes and cover letters. Ace the interview and get the job: This program will help job hunters master the important steps of research, practice, and preparation as well as review what to expect in different types of interviews. Viewers will learn how to make a great first impression and convince employers they are the right person to hire.

Left in Baghdad. 12 min. 2007. DVD. (DD0759) 
After losing his left arm to an IED while serving in Iraq, American soldier Ross Graydon spends six months rehabilitating at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This documentary film follows Ross as he returns with his wife and daughter to their home in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. We see Ross outfitted with a new lifelike prosthetic arm, recounting his army experiences with his daughter's school class and with fellow veterans, experiencing newfound victories like learning to maneuver a slice of pizza with a mechanical hand and optimistically planning for the future by enrolling in college.

Manners Boot Camp. 18 min. 2015. DVD. (DD0714) 
Having good manners will help you stand out from the crowd and knowing how to act with professional courtesy can help you land a job and succeed once you have your foot in the door. Join Sasha and Sean in Manners Boot Camp: Professional Courtesy as they work to get their etiquette in shape for the professional world of work. Topics include the importance of manners, job interview etiquette, business phone etiquette, and email etiquette. This video is also available online through Films on Demand.

Mastering the Environment through Audition Kinesthesia and Cognition. 35 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0748)
This DVD focuses on a visually impaired traveler’s ability to process auditory input in independent travel, especially while preparing to work with a guide dog. It provides clear, well-paced and thorough explanations of critical auditory, kinesthetic, distance estimation, and static and dynamic alignment skills needed for safe and efficient travel. The video features demonstrations in a variety of settings and graphics.  It includes fully accessible menus. Both English and French translations are included on the same DVD.

Narrative Therapy: A Process for a Postmodern World. 80 min. 2008. DVD. (DD0755) 
Dr. John Winslade conducts a therapy session with a client struggling with low self-esteem. Using a Narrative Therapy approach, Dr. Winslade respectfully and collaboratively examines the stories that inform and shape his client's experience and listens for the history and pattern of how those stories are constructed. After separating the stories that work from those non-preferred problematic stories, Winslade guides the client in authoring more satisfying, preferable stories of strength and hope. With compassion, genuine listening, and acceptance Dr. Winslade provides a profound example of how to embody Narrative Therapy principles in the therapy session. Following the main session, Dr. Winslade reflects upon the session with guest Dr. Gerald Monk in the Narrative Therapy tradition of respect, reflection, and transparency.

Now What? Non-College Opportunities for High School Graduates. 16 min. 2006. DVD. (DD0719) 
College is not the only choice for students, but students who do not choose college still need to think about and plan for the future. This DVD provides a step-by-step approach to exploring opportunities and preparing for life after high school. Taking advantage of their high school guidance department and career counseling services, students learn how to create individualized plans that optimize their talents, abilities and ambitions. The key is to open the door to the possibilities and understand the myriad of excellent choices available. This program focuses on young people who have opted for the non-college route and succeeded: Latesha is starting her career as a draftsman; Jonathan is a design engineer and operations manager for an automotive supply company; Enrique is training as a firefighter; Stella is opting for the US Air Force; Peter has become a journeyman electrician. A high school guidance counselor and a career expert add advice and perspective to help students prepare for their futures

Personal Potential: The Influence of One. 18 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0637) 
Who are you and how do you make decisions about your life and future? Explore your personal potential through the powerful motivational Personal Potential DVD and thought-provoking and guiding questions.

Power Talking: How to Say What You Mean and Get What You Want. 125 min. 2003. DVD. (DD0745) 
In this communication skills training video, expert George Walther shares the knowledge, skills, and insights necessary to improve your communication skills. Viewers will learn specific ideas on how to be more positive, more persuasive, improve a first impression, improve teamwork, and use positive language to serve at a higher level. Whether routinely communicating with co-workers or clients, or defusing hostile customers, or seeking to build sales cooperation, or simply aiming to project a more positive image for your organization, you'll see results fast with this content-loaded communication skills training video.

Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl. 83 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0762) 
Dana lives with severe Crohn's Disease. Spending as much time in the hospital as out, Dana depends on intravenous nutrition, constant vigilance and a wicked sense of humor to keep her alive. Now she faces the daunting task of deciding how she wants to live the rest of her life, coping with the limitations and rigors of her current routine or taking a leap of faith on a complicated transplant that could give her a chance at a different life

Soft Skills in the Workplace, 2nd ed. 35 min. 2016. DVD. (DD0752)
This video discusses the importance of soft skills in the workplace through engaging vignettes and interviews with hiring managers. Viewers will discover how to use and improve their soft skills to be more productive on the job and successful in their career. The video is divided into five sections: making a professional impression; acting with integrity; communicating effectively; working as part of a team; pushing yourself to succeed.

Stem Careers in Two Years: Computer and Information Technology. 22 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0712) 
This DVD features profiles of three IT workers who make a comfortable after only two years of higher education. Viewers meet Bob, a help desk administrator for an innovative retail company; Mike, a system administrator for a communications company; and Joe, a network engineer for a custom IT service provider. Each describes the job search path that led to a position with professional, emotional, and financial rewards. Their managers and coworkers also provide input.

Take Ten Volume 2 : Ten minute Leadership Lessons for Teams. 100 min. 2012. DVD.  (DD0747) 
This DVD contains leadership lessons presented by well-known authors and speakers from the Global Leadership Summit faculty. Topics include challenge assessment (Bill Hybels), vision (Jack Welch), strategy for giving (Blake Mycoskie), managing foolish people (Henry Cloud), and entrepreneurship (Len Schlesinger).

The Psychology of Working:  Expanding Our Vision to Affirm Race and Culture. 85 min. 2007. DVD. (D0753)
Dr. David Blustein explores the social justice implications of the psychology of working and the role of race and culture. He presents perspectives for working across multiple contexts. Blustein’s more inclusive approach explores how taking into account race and culture impacts the research, theory, and practice of career development.

Transferable Skills: What They Are and How You Get Them. 101 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0609)
"Employers are looking for candidates with communication, organizational, leadership, problem-solving and teamwork skills. Viewers will be able to define these skills and watch as people that do the hiring at major corporations and government organizations explain what skills they are looking for when hiring. This five-part series will help viewers identify transferable skills and highlight those skills in job interviews."

What is Diabetes? 15 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0757) 
This program is designed to provide insight on what diabetes does to a person's body, the various types of diabetes and important steps to prevent or decrease the risk of complications.

Work Smarts Using Multiple Intelligences to Make Better Career Choices. 2009. Kit. (KT0086) 
This assessment can be completed in 15 minutes and is for use as an occupational exploration and career development tool in high schools and colleges. It can also have value in workforce programs looking for a holistic way to assess an individual's occupational interests as well as their potential strengths as an employee. This assessment feeds into the following eight scales corresponding to eight intelligences: people smart; self smart; logic smart; spatial smart; word smart; music smart; body smart; nature smart.

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