Here's my weekly gathering of products, events, and stories of interest that have landed in my e-mail queue or otherwise caught my attention this week:
+ Let's Hear It for Amigal by Wendy Kupfer is a children's book about a girl with hearing loss, inspired by the author's daughter. According to a description on the book's site, Amigal is a "happy, spunky little girl with a BIG personality who feels unlucky because she can't hear everything she wants to hear. Almigal wants to hear every sound in the universe -- from the robins singing outside her bedroom window to the soft music during ballet class and her friend's teeny-tiny voice." From the site, you can learn more about the book, find links to purchase it, and connect with the author on Facebook and Twitter.
+ Another children's book, Can I Tell You About Epilepsy?, is new from Jessica Kingsley Publishers. It's "full of useful information and will be an ideal introduction for children from the age of 7. It will also help parents, friends, and professionals to make sense of the condition in its varying forms and will be an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions," according to the JKP site, which offers reviews, a table of contents, and an interview with the author, who was also inspired by her own daughter's experience.
+ Brookes Publishing is another good place to find lots of special-needs books, though the fact that many are written for professionals and not parents may make you worry about spending your money on them. For the month of August, though, the publisher is offering lots of titles at 30 percent off, so it may be a good time to shop for those books that sounded interesting but not quite affordable. Among the offerings are two books I've reviewed that actually are intended for parents: Optimistic Parenting and You, Your Child, and "Special" Education.
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