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From review of Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book:


"This is a really smart book even for an educator of thirty plus years such as myself. The tools section is an invaluable guide for individuals who are navigating the special needs arena for the first time. I found the education law section to be a welcomed update on special education law and very useful to both parents and practitioners alike. This is an important hands on approach to the often-messy world of special education advocacy and a book that is long overdue."


- Tony Messina
Head of School
Chelsea School, Silver Spring, MD



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Publications by ABCs for Life Success Consultants




School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders


Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What You Can Do Now to Advocate for Your Exceptional Child s Education




"Break in Communication:  When an Advocate is Needed" – from Parenting for High Potential, March 2008, and republished in Parenting Gifted Children: The Authoritative Guide from the National Association of Gifted Children. Download as pdf.


Use of Visual Schedules for Students with Autism by Paul Livelli, Ph. D.


Online Resources


AllExperts.com. Questions about special education answered online by top experts, including our own Michelle Davis.



School Success for Kids With Emotional and Behavioral DisordersSchool Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders


by Michelle Davis, Vincent P. Culotta, Ph.D., Eric A. Levine, Ed.D., Elizabeth Hess Rice, Ed.D. – order today!


School Success for Kids With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders gives parents and teachers of students with Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, mood disorders, or other emotional and behavioral disorders the strategies they need to help these kids overcome their struggles and find success in school. Based on the experiences of psychologists and educators working with kids with these disorders, this book provides help for children needing to control their emotional outbursts and strategies to teach kids to monitor, review, and change their behaviors.


The chapters cover topics such as managing the classroom, dealing with struggles with homework, guidance on options for controlling undesirable behaviors, helping kids develop self-advocacy strategies and independence, and planning services and accommodations for these disorders. The book also includes multiple tools for parents and teachers to reproduce and use immediately to help their students with emotional and behavioral problems overcome their challenges.



Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book

Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What You Can Do Now to Advocate for Your Exceptional Child's Education

This unique handbook teaches parents how to work with schools to achieve optimal learning situations and accommodations for their child's needs. From IEPs and 504 Plans to IDEA and NCLB, navigating today’s school system can be difficult for even the most up-to-date, education savvy parent.


ABCs for Life Success founder and director Michelle Davis provides parents and professional advocates with concise, easy-to-understand definitions and descriptions of legal terms and school regulations, along with checklists, tips, questionnaires, and other tools. Topics covered in this handy guide include how to gather accurate information about a child’s education, navigating school meetings, understanding education law, best practices in the classroom, working effectively with parents and school systems, educational options beyond the standard, and much more.  Order your copy today!


excerpt from review:


“[The Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book] is extraordinarily helpful in finding paths for success for both gifted students and students with special needs by sharing strategies, using easy to understand language, and providing highly functional accommodations. The chapters read easily and have invaluable tools that really support families, caregivers, and school leaders in not only navigating the special education process but in cultivating a team approach while keeping the children’s best interests at the forefront. Thank you for writing this book! A much needed tool for the education community!”