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Archive for June 2011


From Anxiety to Meltdown – An Interview with Deborah Lipsky

Deborah Lipsky

“once people understand meltdown triggers and why they occur the enviroment can be modified to help reduce the number of meltdowns. And more compassion instead of critism can be offered to us because we feel awful afterwards; feelings of remorse and regret are common because we didn’t want it to occur. It isn’t like we have a “quota” of so many meltdowns we need to have in a day. It just happens due to overwhelming factors beyond our (the autistic person’s) control.”

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JKP Books Honoured in ForeWord Magazine’s 2010 Book of the Year Awards!

ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award Winner

We are thrilled to announce that several JKP books have been honoured in ForeWord Magazine’ Book of the Year Awards, which were established to bring increased attention to the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. Dr Darold Treffert’s Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired, and Sudden Savant won

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“That’s So Nice of You to Say”: Teaching Kids How to Receive Compliments

Signe Whitson

By Signe Whitson, author of How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens. As a therapist, I have talked with parents about the importance of meaningful praise in boosting a child’s self-esteem and strengthening family bonds. As a mom of two, I have conscientiously made sure to provide affirmative

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“May I Please” and “No Can Do”: Guidelines for Kids on Making and Refusing Requests

How to Be Angry

By Signe Whitson, author of How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens. Do you know a child who is a little on the timid side when it comes to asking for what he needs? Does the word “pushover” come to mind when you think of how he is

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Understanding Crisis Therapies – An Interview with Dr Hilda Loughran

Hilda Loughran

“I’d like to think that balancing the individual and social approaches to crisis does offer something special at a time when people may be so burdened by stressful/crisis situations that they may take too much on themselves. This book really emphasises the idea that crises happen in a social context, that social supports can mitigate the devastating effects of a traumatic event and that a lack of social support can make even a simple problem seem insurmountable.”

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Anger Between Friends: A Seven Year-Old’s Journey toward Assertive Emotional Expression

Signe Whitson

By Signe Whitson, author of How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens. It’s one thing to write about helping kids make smart choices when it comes to expressing anger—it’s another thing to watch an emotional situation play out right before your eyes and hope that your own child

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“I am not a statistic or a category…By God’s grace, I am.” – Craig Romkema, Graduating Class of 2011

Craig Romkema accompanied by Marliss, the Academic Support person who proctored most of Craig's exams.

HUGE congratulations to poet and JKP author Craig Romkema who, after ten years of hard work and dedication, has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Dordt College, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, USA. Craig is the author of a breathtaking book of poems, Embracing the Sky: Poems beyond Disability. Here, he reflects on his determination to

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Decisions, Decisions: Helping Kids Make Constructive Choices for Expressing Anger

Signe Whitson

By Signe Whitson, author of How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens.  Pack lunch or buy it? Headband or hairclip? Tell the truth or spare her feelings with a little white lie? Every day, kids face dozens of choices, from the ordinary to the complicated. One of the

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