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Bringing Out the Best in Children and Teens with Special Needs


Does your child have learning difficulties?

Have you been told your child has dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder, social communication or language problems, sensory processing issues, Asperger’s syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, or other neurological diagnoses?

Does your child seem overly sensitive, intense or emotional?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, we can help.

Parenting children and teens with special needs is rewarding, challenging, and often overwhelming. You need a set of skills to bring out their best and help you stay calm.

Noël Janis-Norton’s ‘Bringing out the Best in Children and Teens with Special Needs’ audiobook set offers specific strategies that parents and teachers will be able to use right away to improve behaviour, confidence, self-reliance and learning.

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What do we mean by “Special Needs?”

There is a huge range of possible diagnoses – and new ones are being identified every year as brain research reveals more and more about typical and atypical neurological functioning. These many different conditions, including the autism spectrum, attention deficit disorder, dyspraxia, ODD, and other behavioural and developmental issues, all share various degrees of learning difficulties.

Learning difficulties affect every aspect of a child’s life – not just schooling. Even mild learning difficulties affect behaviour, attention span, social skills, leisure activities, and ultimately self-esteem.

How will this audiobook help?

Parenting is never easy, and raising a child with special needs brings additional challenges for the whole family. There’s so much to learn and decide, and you may frequently wonder if you’re doing the right thing.

Listening to the audiobook Bringing out the Best in Children and Teens with Special Needs will give you specific skills to help your child learn better habits, and help you feel calmer and more confident on this parenting journey. The new skills you gain will enable you to teach and train your child with special needs to become more flexible, more competent, and more self-reliant.

Parents tend to blame themselves when things aren’t going well. Parenting problems are usually not about you. They’re more about what you’re doing or not doing. This audiobook will give you specific strategies that you can use immediately to improve things at home and at school.

How do I know the audiobook will be helpful for my situation?

There are many different diagnoses, and different professionals can evaluate the same child and disagree on the diagnosis.

Bringing out the Best in Children and Teens with Special Needs focuses on characteristics of the problem. This is the information we need in order to figure out what to do about it. Read on to see if any of the following characteristics apply to your child.

It is helpful to think of problems as either primary or secondary.

Primary (caused by nature) are the direct result of some specific neurological dysfunction or of an inborn temperament which is extremely sensitive, intense, impulsive inflexible and emotionally immature.

Secondary (caused by nurture) are caused by the environment of home, school, and the wider world.

You may have observed that primary problems that are relatively mild can lead to secondary problems that are severe. For example, a child with relatively poor fine-motor skills may find writing so difficult and frustrating that she becomes less and less willing to write and eventually refuses to even pick up a pencil. She can end up failing a subject that she’s actually quite good at because she isn’t turning in her homework.

Common Primary Problems include:

  • Immaturity, or neurodevelopmental delay
  • Impulsivity, distractability, poor concentration, etc.
  • Weak organizational skills
  • Poor sequencing
  • Poor coordination – fine and/or gross motor control
  • Fears, worries and fixations*
  • Aggression
  • Immature/Awkward social skills
  • Difficulty acquiring language/thinking skills

Common Secondary Problems include:

  • Not fulfilling academic potential
  • Self-absorption
  • Learned helplessness, fragile self-esteem, unrealistic self-image
  • Negative attention-seeking

In this audiobook you will learn how to use Descriptive Praise and the other ‘Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting’ foundation skills to rapidly improve your child’s:

  • Behavior, cooperation, and impulse control
  • Confidence, self-reliance, and self esteem
  • Ability to handle frustration more constructively
  • Learning skills, social skills, and ability to transition between activities.

In ‘Bringing out the Best in Children and Teens with Special Needs’ Noël Janis-Norton provides an in-depth explanation of:

  • The problems, and their causes
  • Using the foundation skills to help kids with special needs
  • Additional essential strategies

The last tracks are dedicated to stories from parents and professionals describing how they’ve put these strategies to use. Your understanding of the strategies will be enhanced by hearing how others have applied them. You’ll hear six chapters:

  • Parent #1: Reducing impulsivity and defusing strong emotions
  • Clinical Psychologist Andrea Davis, Ph.D. on helping children with special needs develop good habits, and how that can decrease marital stress
  • Parent #2: Reducing impulsive and aggressive behavior and improving cooperation, confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance and responsibility
  • Speech and language pathologist, Susan Hollar, M.S., CCC on using descriptive praise as a teaching tool
  • Parent #3: Improving cooperation, self-reliance and responsibility
  • Parent #4: How new rules and routines increased teenagers’ cooperation.

Buy the Special Needs audiobook here

Price: 30.00

NB: This audiobook is a direct copy of the original CD version. As you listen to the audiobook you might occasionally hear Noël mention the audiobook. You may also hear her mention The New Learning Centre and other information that is no longer relevant. Please refer to this website and our current email address only. Each audiobook was created and narrated by Noël Janis-Norton and originally produced by Laura Fleming in the USA. The material on these audiobooks is copyrighted 2006. Happy listening!

"The easily accessible materials will be of great benefit to those both living and/or working with children and young adults with a wide range of special educational needs. Based on a lifetime of hands-on experience, Noel encourages the listener and offers examples of good practice in a structured, positive and reassuring way making the impossible, possible."

Dr Lindsay Peer CBE, former Education Director of the British Dyslexia Association

"It can be lonely struggling to cope with a special needs child.
But with Noel Janis-Norton to inspire and guide you, your problems will be transformed from a burden to a challenge.
The joy of these audiobooks is that they offer practical and effective advice in an easily accessible form."

Patience Thomson,
co-founder of Barrington Stoke Publishing,
former Head of Fairley House School,
specialising in dyslexia and dyspraxia

Bringing Out the Best in Children and Teens with Special Needs

Bringing out the Best in Children and Teens with Special Needs, Noël Janis-Norton shares specific, detailed, positive, strategies for improvement. One very powerful strategy that Noël explains is “Descriptive Praise.”

Read how Noël used descriptive praise to help an impulsive and highly physical child:

Several years ago, I did an in-home consultation with a family whose son had multiple diagnoses. The parents were worried about his aggression and occasional violence, his extreme impulsivity and his recklessness and risk taking.

They wanted to know what they could do to help him because what they’d been doing, which was spanking, was making it worse. While I was at their home, he became very angry that I was coaching the parents to follow through on something.

He raised his hand to hit me, and in the split second when he hesitated, I quickly praised him by saying: “You’re so angry,
but you’re controlling yourself. You’re not hitting.” The boy’s arm slowly came down, and his whole mood changed. He became much friendlier and more willing and more relaxed. Because of this little boy’s almost constant impulsive misbehavior, he had never before in his life been praised for

That one Descriptive Praise started to change how he saw himself. And because the parents continued to put the Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting Foundation Skills into practice, he’s been able to thrive in mainstream school, he’s almost caught up academically, and he is learning social skills that are enabling him to make and keep friends. Noel Janis-Norton

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