Call for Submissions: Knots: An Undergraduate Journal of Disability Studies #3 — Disability Research Forum

Journal: Knots: An Undergraduate Journal of Disability Studies Submissions Due: 1st January 2017 Description: The Equity Studies program (at New College, University of Toronto) invites submissions for the next issue of Knots: An Undergraduate Journal of Disability Studies. Knots is a peer-reviewed journal that highlights high-calibre work by undergraduate students, and undergraduate alumni*, which moves […]

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Call for Papers- American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS)

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The American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS) will be holding its 20th annual conference in Las Vegas, NV. January 30-31, 2017. Deadline for proposal submission is November 19, 2016 All presented papers are eligible for submission to the Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences. (JBSS) For further information, click the following:

Submit a proposal that includes a title, an abstract of not more than 150 words, and a summary that does not exceed more than 600 words.  If the proposal is accepted for presentation, then the title and abstract will be included in the conference program.

All presented papers are eligible for submission to the Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences (JBSS), and all submitted papers will be peer-reviewed for potential publication.


Self-care 12 Week Challenge (Week 7)


Week 7 ChallengeRead

According to Pew Research Center, Some 76% of American adults ages 18 and older said they read at least one book in the past year. The study also found that although e-books are on the rise, most people prefer reading a print book. So what does this has to do with self-care and reading? There are many benefits to reading books on a regular basis that helps in providing self-care. The benefits include:

  • reading can help you relax
  • helps you concentrate
  • slows down cognitive decline
  • Boost your vocabulary
  • Improves empathy

The focus for this week is to read books that will guide you in your journey towards self-improvement, self-discovery and personal development. There are many advantages towards reading  books that will enhance your own personal development:

  • reduces stress by reading uplifting books with positive words
  • You work through your own perception of your limitations

Below are a number of books that are considered “classic” self-help books that have withstood the test of time.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success- Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra’s the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success focuses on people understanding their true nature which is to learn to live in harmony with natural law thus brining a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships and enthusiasm for life. The laws include:

  1. The law of pure potentiality
  2. The law of giving
  3. The law of “Karma” or cause and effect
  4. The law of least effort
  5. The law of intention and desire
  6. The law of detachment
  7. The law of “Dharma” or purpose in life.

As a Man Thinketh- James Allen

Published originally in 1903, As a Man Thinketh is considered a classic in the self-help genre. Allen writes, “The mind guides our footsteps as we progress along the pathway of life.” This book purports that our mind and thoughts create our reality. The chapters include:

  1. Thought and Character
  2. Effect of Thought on Circumstances
  3. effect of Thought on Health and the Body
  4. Thought and Purpose
  5. The Thought Factor in Achievement
  6. Vision and Ideas
  7. Serenity

Awaken the Giant Within- Tony Robbins

Written in 1993, Awaken the Giant Within focuses on personal achievement in all aspects of your life by taking control of your mental, emotional, physical and financial destiny. The book is divided into four sections:

  1. Unleash your Power
  2. Taking Control- The Master System
  3. The seven Days to Shape your Life
  4. A Lesson in Destiny

Keys to Success- Edited by Matthew Sartwell

Napoleon Hill’s Key to Success provides practical information on achieving success. The overall theme of the book is that you can achieve anything in life if you believe you can.

The Magic of Thinking Big- David Joseph Schwartz

This classic self-help book is more than just about visualization. It offers techniques and principles that will guide you to living a more fulfilling life. Like most self-help books, most of the information in the book focuses on self-limiting beliefs and how to overcome them. each chapter ends with a summary on applying practical tips.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen Covey

The late Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was first published in 1989. Although considered a business and self-help book, it provides a proactive framework on positive change. Sections include:

  1. Paradigms and Principles
  2. Private Victory
  3. Public Victory
  4. Renewal

Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill

A classic and landmark best-seller, Think and Grow Rich s considered the all time best-seller in the self-help industry. The overall goal of the book is to help people overcome self-limiting beliefs. Although the book focuses on success and making money, it is also helpful for those seeking ways to improve their overall well-being.

How to Win Friends and Influence People- Dale Carnegie

Another great classic, Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence people is simply a great book on learning how to effective communicate with other people.

Happy Holidays!



Special Needs Resource Blog will take a break during the holidays and will return Monday, January 4, 2016 with new information, tools and resources to post including more downloadable free tools and templates Monday thru Thursday. I am excited and look forward to sharing more resources with you in the new year.
Thanks to all of you for following my blog this year. Wishing you and your families joy and peace all through the holidays and throughout the new year. May the spirit of the holidays be with you throughout the new year.  🙂   🙂


Book Review: I Am Aspien Woman


I Am Aspien Woman: The Unique Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Adult Females on the Autism Spectrum.
Tania Marshall.
July, 2015.
150 Pages.
The number of articles written on Asperger’s syndrome and people living on the autism spectrum has mushroomed over the last few years. Most articles and research studies focused on the typical characteristics of males, that is, until now. New evidence shows that women diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome are quite different than their male counterparts. Females for instance are more likely able to imitate social skills and are better at masking certain traits and characteristics. As a result, many been misdiagnosed thus leading to years of depression, anxiety and psychiatric visits.
One author hoping to shed more light on the subject is Tania Marshall, a psychologist and author with extensive training and experience in neuro-developmental conditions including Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD and sensory processing disorder. Based on her professional practice experience, anecdotal evidence, and current research, Ms Marshall weaves a story of validation, self-discovery and self-awareness through a visually stunning book.
The book is full of personal stories and quotes directly from Aspien Women with added commentary from parents, former teachers and therapist. The book is divided into 3 sections. Part one describes the various characteristics and traits. Part two introduces the reader to “real-life Aspien women superhero mentors” including Dr. Temple Gradin. Each mentor describes their strengths and top tips.
The author successfully accomplishes her goal in introducing through this book, the characteristics, traits and gifts of adult females on the spectrum. Ms. Marshall’s book is an excellent book for anyone wanting to learn more about Asperger’s from the perspective of women on the spectrum. While the book on the surface seems to be intended as a form of self-discovery, I equally recommend this book to parents, educators and employers. I do believe this book is only the start of a conversation that is long over-due.

To learn more about I am Aspien Woman and Ms. Marshall’s additional resources and information, I have included the following Resources:

Facebook Page
Tania Marshall’s Website
Aspian Girl Blog
Tania Marshall on Twitter

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Resources




What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the study of behavior and applies interventions based on the principles of learning theories. ABA is often use in working with children and adults with autism and ADHD. To learn more, click on the resources below.

Applied Behavior Analysis Definition 

Applied Behavior Strategies
Autism Partnership
Center for Autism
Kennedy Krieger Institute



Certification Programs

Florida Institute of Technology- Certificate Program
George Mason University- Graduate Certificate
Hunter College
Kaplan University-Post Baccalaureate Certificate
Northeastern University Certificate
Western Connecticut State University- Masters of Science


Association for Behavior Analysis International
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Top Books on Down Syndrome for Parents and Professionals

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Down Syndrome Parenting 101

Babies with Down Syndrome: a New Parents Guide

Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives

Gross Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Down Syndrome: An Overview- Kindle Edition

Adults with Down Syndrome

The Down Syndrome Handbook: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Reflections From Holland: A New Mother’s Journey with Down Syndrome

The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook

Autism Journal Resources

 This page list journals that focuses on Autism, Asperger’s and Spectrum Disorders. The journals are written for both professionals and parents.
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Autism– Published 8 times a year. Focuses on quality of life for individuals with autism
Autism Research– Covers Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Focuses on genetic, neurobiological and psychological mechanism.


Good Autism Practice– Focuses on promoting good practice with children and adults with autism.
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Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities– Provides practical, educational and treatment suggestions for teachers, trainers, and parents.