Early Childhood Intervention and Rehabilitation Services Collections


Two collections that were part of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Brown-Heatly Library were relocated to the Texas Department of State Health Services Audiovisual Library in October 2004. At that time, an inter-agency contract for library services was established.

The Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) collection includes videos, books, assessment instruments, audio resources, and journals concerning children who have disabilities or developmental delays. Some of the topics include: child development, intervention strategies, autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, infant mental health, etc. For more information about the ECI Library collection, see http://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/resources/library.shtml.

The Rehabilitation Services collection includes videos, books, and journals on all aspects of rehabilitation and disabilities. Examples of topics include: disability awareness and rights, assistive technology, ADD and ADHD, brain injury, deafness, blindness, ergonomics, returning to work, sign language, etc. See also the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials located at Utah State University.

These materials are available on a free loan basis to residents of the state of Texas for up to 10 business days. Mailing time is automatically added to the two-week loan period.

In addition to collection resources, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) employees also have access to special library services to support their work and career needs, including:

  • Reference, referrals, research, and bibliographic searches
  • Current awareness services including scheduled searches and tables of contents routing
  • Access to searchable databases
  • Document delivery and inter-library loan

To inquire about these services or to provide input on library services or new additions to the collection, please e-mail avlibrary@dshs.state.tx.us.

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47 strings: Tessa’s special code. Becky Carey, 2012. Book. (WS 107 C273 2012 ECI).
The book describes some of the challenges baby Tessa’s Down syndrome diagnosis might bring while never losing focus on the message that a family’s love is the same for everyone.

Animal fun for everyone! Marjorie W. Pitzer, 2013. Book. (WS 107 P681a 2013 ECI).
Includes photographs of young children with Down syndrome playing with animals.

Assessment and treatment of childhood stuttering. 215 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0647)
Edward G, Conture, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, discusses assessment and treatment of preschool age children who stutter. He discusses theoretical and clinical approaches to this population, with supporting data that is based on over 30 years of clinical and research experience with preschool and early school-age children. Specific attention is paid to emotional and speech-language contributions to early stuttering. Several case studies are presented.

Autism spectrum disorders and stuttering. 120 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0648)
Vivian Sisskin, M.S., CCC-SLP, summarizes the literature pertaining to disfluency in autism, and provides basic principles to aid in differential diagnosis and treatment planning. A case study, demonstrating effective treatment for final part-word repetitions, highlights a problem-solving approach to clinical management, using both learning style in autism and strategies from traditional fluency therapies.

Bringing ABA to home, school, and play for young children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. Debra Leach, 2012. Book. (WM 203.5 L434 2012 ECI).
Ideal for use with children birth to five, this guidebook combines ABA with natural environment intervention, the widely used, research-supported approach to meeting the needs of children with disabilities. You will learn the fundamental principles and research behind ABA and natural environment intervention, and you will get a framework for conducting effective assessment of behavior, skills, routines, and caregiver priorities; setting meaningful goals that increase the child’s active participation in routines; addressing the goals with tailored ABA teaching procedures; creating powerful intervention plans that support children in specific developmental domains and routines; selecting an appropriate data collection method; monitoring progress toward goals and making adjustments as needed; ensuring consistent implementation of ABA interventions; and coaching other professionals and caregivers in the ABA approach.

The common sense guide to your child’s special needs: when to worry, when to wait, what to do. Louis Pellegrino, 2012. Book. (LC 3969 P45 2012 ECI).
This book responds to the needs of parents who don’t have a diagnosis yet or want to explore challenges common across disabilities. Dr. Pellegrino offers guidance on what it means and what to do next when a child struggles with speech and language development; motor skills development; daily living skills; social skills; behavioral control and attention; learning and cognitive development; vision, hearing, and sensory processing; and special medical issues.

Engaging young learners with special needs (English/Spanish)(closed captioned). 98 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0656)
This program demonstrates how active learning principles, the learning environment, daily routine, and team planning help teachers individualize experiences for all young learners. This approach is shown during the daily routine. Viewers also learn how to work toward IEP (individualized education program) goals during meaningful everyday activities.

Essential first steps for parents of children with autism: helping the littlest learners. Lara Delmolino, 2013. Book (WM 203.5 D359 2013 ECI).
When autism is diagnosed or suspected in young children, overwhelmed parents wonder where to turn and how to begin helping their child. This book helps to eliminate the confusion and guesswork by outlining the steps parents can take now to optimize learning and functioning for children age 5 and younger.

Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence: closing the gap. 62 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0649)
Dr. Nan Ratner, Ed.D, discusses the range of options for both clinical researchers and practicing clinicians who want to find, use, and integrate evidence of treatment effectiveness. Dr. Ratner suggests way to frame further discussions on the topics of evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence to answer commonly posed questions about the effectiveness of what clinicians do.

Genetics of stuttering: discovery of causes. 44 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0650)
Dennis Drayna, Ph.D, discusses his team’s discovery of the first three genes for stuttering. These findings emphasize that stuttering has biological causes. The identification of the causes of this disorder opens doors to understanding exactly what goes wrong in speech production in stutterers.

Getting kids in sync. 26 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0661)
Carol Kranowitz, demonstrates Sensory-Motor, Appropriate, Fun, and Easy activities with the help of the St. Columba’s Nursery School in Washington D.C. Kranowitz shows how to use these purposeful activities to help children develop their sensory-motor skills while improving learning and behavior.

Gross motor skills for children with Down syndrome: a guide for parents and professionals, 2nd ed. Patricia C. Winders, 2014. Book. (WS 107 W763 2014 ECI).
In this book the author explains the many physiological reasons that children with Down syndrome experience delays in their gross motor development and presents a physical therapy treatment plan from birth to age 6.

I like berries, do you? Marjorie W. Pitzer, 2013. Book. (WS 107 P681i 2013 ECI).
Includes photographs of young children with Down syndrome enjoying a wide selection of healthful foods, from fruits and veggies to meats and snacks.

I want all the turns: supporting children in resolving problems and conflicts/quiero todos los turnos (English/Spanish) (closed captioned). 90 min. 2013. DVD. (DD0655)
This program describes how early childhood teachers can support the development of children’s problem-solving abilities and other social skills. Preschool teachers use curriculum strategies to encourage problem solving and explain the HighScope conflict resolution process for children. The DVD also offers strategies teachers can use to prevent children from developing bullying behavior patterns in later years.

Infant and early childhood mental health: core concepts and clinical practice. 2014. Book. (WS 105.5 M3 I43 2014 ECI)
This book covers concepts from the nature of infant emotional and brain development to the practice of neurologically and relationally based therapies, and explores topics from child trauma to autism spectrum disorders.

Moving from assessment to intervention planning. 55 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0651)
Sheryl Gottwald, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, uses the Demands and Capacities model to guide intervention planning for preschool children who stutter and their families. Dr. Gottwald reviews the skill areas that contribute to fluency and highlights those areas that may benefit from child-directed early intervention sessions.

Neurophysiology of stuttering. 50 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0652)
DVD 50 min. 2011 Professional
Neurophysiology studies the function of the central and the peripheral nervous system through the recording of bioelectrical activity. Martin Sommer, M.D., gives an overview of essential neurophysiological findings that improve our understanding of the pathophysiology of stuttering.

New dimensions in parent counseling. 190 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0653)
The DVD features a master clinician, David Luterman, D.Ed, facilitating a group of parents of children who stutter using a listening valuing model of interaction. It is divided into two parts: Group therapy with parents and Therapists’ review of parent session. The parent group was also seen by experienced clinicians and the second part of this video is comprised of their observations of the group and their interaction with Luterman.

Optimistic parenting: hope and help for you and your challenging child. Vincent Mark Durand, 2011. Book. (WS 350.6 D948 2011 ECI).
This book helps moms, dads, and other caregivers develop more positive thoughts and perceptions. Dr. V. Mark Durand delivers both philosophical hope and practical help to parents of children with a wide range of challenges. Durand guides parents step by step through the process of pinpointing the “why” behind challenging behavior; tuning in to their own thoughts, emotions, and self-talk; understanding how their thoughts affect their interactions with their child; interrupting negative thoughts and replacing them with positive, productive ones; achieving a healthy balance between taking care of their own needs and their child’s needs; using effective emergency strategies when quick behavior intervention is needed; implementing long-term strategies for lasting behavior improvements; weaving functional communication training into everyday routines and interactions; addressing the most common problem areas, such as sleep and transitions; and increasing mindfulness and parenting “in the moment”.

The power of two (closed captioned). 94 min. 2011. (DVD). (DD0657)
Inspired by their 2007 memoir of the same title, this DVD portrays the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their battle with cystic fibrosis (CF) and survival through double lung transplants. Viewers witness their emergence as authors, athletes, and advocates for organ donation and people with CF in the U.S. and Japan. The film also examines the resistance to organ donation in Japanese culture.

Precious lives meaningful choices: learning from families requiring palliative care. 41 min. 2006. DVD. (DD0660)
Some children with special needs have medical conditions that will severely limit their lifespans. Their families struggle to give them the best possible quality of life while knowing that the time they have is limited. In this film four families with dying children share their experiences.

Rare (closed captioned). 56 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0659)
When Donna Appell learned that her infant daughter Ashley had an extremely rare genetic disease, she set out to track down every person in the world with Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS). Realizing that no one was going to help cure just one child, Appell formed an advocacy group. Because the disease occurs with more frequency in Puerto Rico, she travelled to the island to recruit participants for a clinical trial. HPS symptoms include albinism, blindness, a bleeding disorder, and often a fatal pulmonary fibrosis. The film follows Appell and her daughter Ashley into the world of clinical research, patient advocacy, and through the course of a NIH clinical trial.

Seven tips for talking with the child who stutters. 16 min. 2013. DVD. ( DD0654)
A group of speech-language experts talk compassionately and directly to adults about how to promote easier talking as they interact with their preschool-age children. The professionals offer simple, easy tips that parents can begin to use immediately.

Teach me to talk. 90 min. 2008. DVD. (DD0678)
Laura Mize, pediatric speech-language therapist, demonstrates how to use playfulness, sign language, modeling, choices, withholding, and expansion during play and in daily routines to improve a child’s ability to talk.

When Down syndrome and autism intersect: a guide to DS-ASD for parents and professionals. 2013. (WS 107 W556 2013 ECI).
This book offers a thorough examination of the unique profile of a Down Syndrome-Autism Spectrum Disorder (DS-ASD) diagnosis and best practices for screening, treatment, and caretaking through the lifespan. This resource will greatly benefit families whose child is already diagnosed, and also those who suspect something more than Down syndrome. Professionals will find information on how to distinguish DS-ASD from a diagnosis of just Down syndrome, and guidance on providing services for children and adults.

Writing social stories with Carol Gray. 157 min. 2007. DVD. ( DD0677)
This DVD provides training for writing effective social stories. Carol Gray explains the elements that make social stories so successful and how to tailor the text of a story to an individual’s specific needs. Viewers will learn how to properly implement a social story while viewing examples of do’s and don’ts.

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Ability Explorer. 2006. Kit. ( KT0084)
Job seekers rate their ability to perform 140 different tasks from very good to very poor. They then total their self-ratings and learn about which courses, activities, and careers are most suitable to a person with those abilities.

American sign language, Level 1 - American sign language: greetings, the alphabet, and more. 55 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0664)
This program shows viewers how to sign each letter of the alphabet, then demonstrates the signs for introductions and greetings, family members, rooms in the house, animals, and question forms. Segments of the video are displayed first without and then with text so that viewers can test their understanding. Viewers can assess their comprehension of longer conversations by watching a person tell a story in Sign Language. This title is also available through the Films on Demand video streaming service.

Audio processing disorder: disease and...ease. 24 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0665)
The Disease and... Ease team traveled to London to meet the experts on the diagnosis and treatment of Auditory Processing Disorder. APD affects both children and adults and usually manifests itself as listening or learning difficulties; the brain cannot process sounds effectively even though the individual's hearing appears to be normal. With the help of the audiologists of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and a group of specialists on speech, language, and hearing disabilities, we learn about the challenges of diagnosis, treatment, and management of this affliction. This title is also available through the Films on Demand video streaming service.

Back to full stride: knee replacement surgery. 26 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0664)
Bob had been a lifelong athlete until knee trouble began to keep him off the basketball court. Like millions of aging but still active adults, he confronted the pain only when it started to restrict his daily activities. This program examines deterioration of the knee joint and the options for partial or total replacement when nonsurgical interventions fail to bring relief. Medical experts outline the basics of the procedure along with its risks, stressing the importance of sticking to a postoperative rehabilitation plan. In addition, a hiker discusses her decision to have surgery, now much less invasive than when the procedure was first developed, and how it eventually improved her life. This title is also available through the Films on Demand video streaming service.

Before you apply: job and skills evaluation. 26 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0668)
School is over and it’s time to go out and get your dream job but what is that, exactly? Determining a career choice, or a career path, is one of the hardest things to do in life. This video helps new graduates and beginning job seekers clarify their professional goals and find jobs that fit their skills, passions, priorities, and long-term plans. Viewers learn how to use assessment tests, focusing on values, interests, or aptitude and achievement, to identify strengths and challenges; how to make the most of occupational classification systems that describe industries and labor markets in detail; how to obtain references and letters of recommendation that underscore past experience and future potential; and how to explore job training options, whether they involve on-the-job instruction, further academic coursework, or a combination of both. This title is also available through the Films on Demand video streaming service.

Before you apply: resumes, portfolios, and your online persona. 28 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0667)
Job hunting is about selling yourself but to make a sale, you have to advertise. From traditional paper resumes to new-media methods of self-promotion, this video explores the best ways for applicants to showcase their talents, accomplishments, and potential value to employers. An in-depth discussion of resume strategy highlights objectives, structure, formatting (both hard-copy and electronic), and proofreading, followed by read-aloud examples that help clarify what employers do and don’t like to see. A detailed look at creating work sample presentations, from basic notebook and photo-album layouts to digital and online portfolios follows. Visual demos show what might work in industries such as marketing, construction, and culinary arts. Finally, viewers are reminded that social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn are powerful promotional tools, if used wisely and professionally. This title is also available through the Films on Demand video streaming service.

Careers without college. 25 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0676)
This DVD provides an inside look at top jobs that don’t require a college degree. Fields discussed are in industries like computers, medicine, trades, and the law. Individuals discuss the jobs, skills, and training required to pursue careers as a web developer, pharmacy technician, plumber, and court reporter.

Doing the job: basic job skills. 30 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0669)
An employee’s best qualities may have little to do with technical or clerical issues. Often, it is a professional attitude that makes a worker valuable, an array of personal strengths that enable her or him to accomplish goals, get along with colleagues, and rise through the ranks. This video brings those all-too-elusive aspects of job success into focus, exploring professional behavior, ethics, communication, leadership, teamwork, problem solving, organization, and information management. Discussions focus on collaboration, taking initiative, and office etiquette; the hazards of procrastination, dishonesty, and unethical actions; the ability to take and give constructive criticism; the four C’s of good writing (be clear, concise, compelling, and correct); effective uses for technology in completing projects and presenting work; and much more. This title is also available through the Films on Demand video streaming service.

Exploring human nature (closed captioned). 57 min. 2013. DVD. ( DD0673)
This program was filmed in Great Britain and is based on a reality television series. Psychologist Dr. Philip Zimbardo offers insights into the underlying forces driving individual and group behavior. Unsuspecting human subjects are placed in twenty situations that test the boundaries of individualism and group mentality. The program provides examples of how heavily we rely on first impressions, how we judge others by their personal appearance, and how strongly we identify with groups. The subjects demonstrate how social situations drive behavior when we want to be accepted and fit in and how easy it is for us to passively defer to a group norm. This can even be true in a disaster like a fire. Dr. Zimbardo shows how willing we are to obey those in authority and harm a stranger by staging a variation of the famous experiment by Stanley Milgram. He also shows Jane Elliot conducting her blue eyes brown eyes exercise to promote diversity and explains the findings of the Stanford prison experiment. Also available online through Kinetic streaming videos.

Finding your purpose. 40 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0666)
The most purposeful people in the world spend their time doing what they love. This video will help viewers discover and live a life of purpose by answering the question “What should I do with my time that will benefit both me and society?”. Topics include beliefs, values, achievements, feedback, empowering questions, goal-setting, your life story, writing your future, vision boards, making your passion pay, affirmations, and more. If you have a purpose, you will achieve it if you believe that you can.

Inside my mind: inside mental illness. 52 min. 2013. DVD. (DD0670)
Anxiety, a small bout of depression or an obsessional thought, all of us can have these feelings at some time but what if these persist and take over our lives? What causes mental health problems differs for every one of us: our genes, lifestyle, or events from the past can all play a part. But whatever the trigger, mental illness can happen to anyone, at any time. Using computer graphics to travel inside the body, this film explores the science behind mental illness, discovering the social, biological, and psychological changes that happen to five people living with different mental health disorders and unraveling the treatments that are helping them overcome their conditions. This title is also available through the Films on Demand video streaming service.

Lost child? living with an intellectual disability. 94 min. 2012. (DD0671)
For a person with an intellectual disability, social communications and interactions can sometimes be limited or difficult. “We don’t always know how to get the feelings out,” says Alyssa Ruzzin, whose life is the focus of this film. Coping with the challenges of an intellectual disability compounded by epilepsy, she is an inspiring speaker and a forthright advocate for the rights of people with special needs. Over the course of this documentary filmed by her brother, viewers are given an opportunity to learn more about Alyssa’s rich interior life as well as her struggles and triumphs as she deals with going to work, being in a relationship, and other day-to-day activities. By opening up to Greg and his camera, Alyssa is hopeful that she “might be helping people realize what goes on in other people’s heads when they can’t speak about it”. This title is also available through the Films on Demand video streaming service.

Multicultural competence in counseling and psychotherapy(closed captioned). 84 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0675)
Culture and class bound values, white privilege, and implicit bias are just a few of the factors Derald W. Sue addresses in this program. Therapeutic interventions based on these factors serve to pathologize difference, alienate minority clients, and erode the therapeutic alliance. Sue describes these phenomena in detail, along with microagressions, the best ways to develop multicultural competence, and his unique training program designed to immerse students in diverse cultures.

Principles of counseling and psychotherapy: the essential domains and non-linear thinking of master practitioners. 75 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0674)
The sound quality of this DVD is spotty. What are the secrets to successful therapy used by the masters? Are they all different in their approaches, or much more alike? This program presents, often humorously, information on successful nonlinear thinking and an overview of the seven domains. It then shows modern-day masters at work, including Steven Hayes, Marsha Linehan, Jon Carlson, Judith Beck, Francine Shapiro, Sue Johnson, Scott Miller, Steve Andreas, and William Glasser. This film teaches the secrets to non-linear thinking then shares the seven essential domains universal to all effective therapy: connecting and engaging with the client; assessing for symptoms, strengths, resources, and themes; building and maintaining the therapeutic relationship; understanding client cognitive schemas; understanding client emotional systems; resolving client ambivalence; and using paradoxical interventions.

Rupture: living with my broken brain. 69 min. 2011. (DD0672)
Actress Maryam d’Abo suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage in 2007. Her near-death experience inspired this film to be made with her husband filmmaker, Hugh Hudson who witnessed her illness. Maryam leads us on a personal journey of recovery, giving hope to those who are isolated by their condition. First-hand stories celebrate our will to survive and bring awareness of an unseen and unpredictable condition that is often misunderstood.

Solution-focused therapy with Insoo Kim Berg (closed captioned). 121 min. 1997. DVD. ( DD0658)
Solution-focused therapy emphasizes clients’ existing strengths and skills instead of problems and psychopathology. In this DVD, Insoo Kim Berg demonstrates her uniquely optimistic and supportive therapy style. She effectively connects with the client, using her language, tracking how the client frames her problems, and mirroring her skills and assets. Viewers will develop an understanding of the key concepts of this approach and learn how to apply its techniques including the miracle question, scaling, and exceptions to their own therapeutic work with clients. Also available online through Kinetic streaming videos.

Understanding the use of adaptive devices for ADLS. 50 min. 2013. DVD. (DD0679)
An occupational therapist demonstrates adaptive devices used to assist in activities of daily living like grooming and hygiene, feeding and food preparation, and leisure and entertainment. Devices like the walker basket, shoe horn, lap tray, and plate guard are demonstrated in acute care, long term care, and home care environments.

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