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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECI COLLECTION (see also New Additions to ECI Collection - 2014)
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.
ACE study: the adverse childhood experiences study: background, findings, and paradigm shift - DD0697
DVD 123 min 2012 Professional
David F. Williamson, PhD, Vincent J. Felitti, MD, Robert F. Anda, MD, MS and Frank W. Putnam, MD speak about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study). The ACE Study examines the mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences influence health and well-being throughout the lifespan. Viewers can access a power point presentation, an ACE questionnaire, biographies of the presenters, and additional interviews through the disc menu.
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.
Early language and your toddler. 71 min. 2008. DVD. (DD0686)
DVD 71 min. 2008 Adult
This presentation is part of the Brain to five lecture series that was given on March 5, 2008. Susan Ellis Weismer, a professor of communicative disorders, takes parents and caregivers through the stages of child language development. Weismer also shares comparisons among typically developing children, late talkers, and toddlers with autism spectrum disorders. She discusses the early identification of language learning difficulties and delays.
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.
Go to bed: kids and sleep (closed captioned). 21 min. 2006. DVD. (DD0696)
DVD 21 min 2006 Adult
The trip from womb to world is the longest, most traumatic journey a human will ever take. One result is to send newborns into months of what is much like severe jet lag. Their first sleeping patterns are nearly random. They need to learn night from day and adjust sleep patterns to fit their new world. This DVD teaches parent how to help their infants and school age children how to become good sleepers. This program also available through Learning Seed online videos.
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.
How to raise emotionally healthy children: volume 1 babies (closed captioned). 24 min. 2013. DVD. (DD0682)
This DVD teaches parents how to nourish their baby’s emotional health right from the start. Featuring common challenges, this program shows parents how to modify their interactions to meet their child’s critical emotional needs to feel respected, important, accepted, included, and secure. Tips on how parents can maintain their own emotional health and opportunities to stop for discussion are also included. Parents are shown in real-life scenarios that demonstrate the healthiest way to deal with a crying baby, take the baby to a new baby sitter, and allow a baby to safely explore.
How to raise emotionally healthy children: volume 2 toddlers (closed captioned). 23 min. 2013. DVD. (DD0683)
This DVD teaches parents how to support their toddler’s desire for independence. Featuring common challenges, like public temper tantrums, this program shows parents how to modify their interactions to meet their child’s critical emotional needs to feel respected, important, accepted, included, and secure. Tips on how parents can maintain their own emotional health and opportunities to stop for discussion are also included.
How to raise emotionally healthy children: volume 3 preschoolers (closed captioned). 25 min. 2013. DVD. (DD0684)
This DVD teaches parents how to support their preschooler’s social and cognitive growth. Featuring common challenges, this program shows parents how to modify their interactions to meet their child’s critical emotional need to feel respected, important, accepted, included, and secure. Parents are shown dealing with fighting siblings, a child’s need for attention, and power struggles between children and parents.
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.
Magic of everyday moments: seeing is believing. 23 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0685)
This DVD consists of 4 segments. Brain wonders: nurturing healthy brain development from birth explains the importance of making a baby feel safe and secure in the world, establishing routines, and engaging in back-and-forth interactions. Literacy skills: the roots of reading start at birth makes clear the importance of developing language and literacy from birth through sharing books, telling stories, and talking to children. Power of play: building skills while having fun shows how children learn to communicate, solve problems, and get along with others by playing. Temperament: what makes your child tick? urges parents to tune in to and respect their child’s temperament.
Mariah’s story : a study in age 3 transition. 22 min. 1997. DVD. (DD0695)
This DVD profiles a little girl with Down syndrome, her family and their transition journey from infant-toddler intervention to special education services at the nearby Head Start. Viewers also meet the service providers who assisted this family during their transition.
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.
Safe babies court teams: building strong families and healthy communities(closed captioned)(Eng/Span). 55 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0681)
This DVD is divided into four segments. Safe babies court teams: nurturing healthy families for young children in foster care: The Court Team model requires the participation of judges, child welfare workers, and community agencies to address the needs of maltreated infants and toddlers. Participants discuss the need for intervention and how the program can be replicated in order to enhance developmental outcomes. A mother and her infant are shown participating in the popular still face experiment. Confronting early adversity: working with parents of maltreated babies. Understanding the challenges faced by parents of abused and neglected children allows for the creation of an effective plan that allows parents to succeed. Partnering with parents from day one: planning a child's transition to foster care at pre-removal conferences: Pre-removal conferences minimize the trauma of removal by involving parents from day one, empowering them to make decisions about their child’s time in foster care. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: the elephant in the courtroom: This segment documents the causes and effects of FASD. A case study demonstrates the value of early diagnosis.
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.
Toilet training for children with special needs. 120 min. 2009. DVD. (DD0705)
This DVD provides an overview of practical toilet training techniques and core principles for success. Dr. Susan Hepburn, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver, takes viewers through the toilet training process. The program concludes with a parent’s perspective on the techniques presented and words of wisdom for other parents going through the toilet training process.
Vaccines: calling the shots (closed captioned). 60 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0680)
Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago, including whooping cough, measles, and mumps, are returning. They are returning, in part, because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. This NOVA special takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, and shed light on the risks of opting out. The disc menu allows viewers to access bonus programs on the history of vaccination, polio, and the use of the HPV vaccine in the country of Bhutan.
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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REHABILITATION SERVICES COLLECTION (see also New Additions to Rehabilitations Services Collection - 2014)
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.
Alone in a crowded room (closed captioned). 56 min. 2013. DVD. (DD0699)
This film explores the line between ability and disability and goes beyond the preconceptions people might have about autism. It tells the stories of love, family, work, and friendship of four adults with the disorder.
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.
Beyond disability: a yoga practice with Matthew Sanford (closed captioned). 56 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0689)
Matthew Sanford illustrates full-length seated yoga practice for people of all abilities. Practice along with Sanford and his students as they guide the viewer through chapters introducing seated centering, grounding, balance, rhythm, and balanced relaxation. Viewers can participate in one section at a time or enjoy the practice in its entirety.
Can I make it on my own? part I (closed captioned). 68 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0692)
Four people share stories of making it on their own. Anna discusses becoming disillusioned with an acting career and the path that led her to a related but different career. Javier shares his story of being a man in the field of early childhood education, his financial plans, and his life as a parent of young child. He honestly and frankly details the challenges and joys of a career in a non-traditional field. Roger faces the challenge of recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident and in the process found new enthusiasm for his work. Amanda was diagnosed with cancer and went into debt to pay for her medical treatment. She is now struggling to become a dental hygienist. These personal narratives illustrate the consequences of foolish decisions, the difficulty of dealing with the unexpected, and the importance of goal setting and determination.
Can I make it on my own? part II (closed captioned). 85 min. 2013. DVD. (DD0693)
Four adults share their struggles in finding a career path. Kiran, the daughter of immigrants from India, discusses what lead her to choose a career in the shrinking field of journalism. Greg took advantage of vocational classes offered in his high school and has become a successful plumber. Marlenne came to the U.S. unable to speak English but is currently in college. Ryan dealt with the disappointment of losing an athletic scholarship because of a sports injury. He recounts how Americorp helped him pay for his tuition at a community college.
Career counseling and hidden disabilities: the neurodiverse client. 85 min. 2009. DVD. (DD0687)
Individuals with Asperger’s syndrome or ADHD face specific challenges that impact their ability to navigate the working world. Jan Johnston-Tyler explains why networking, volunteering, and job hunting can be difficult for people with these disabilities. She also describes effective ways to overcome these challenges.
Careers in the nonprofit sector (closed captioned). 17 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0702)
This program was filmed in Australia. It explores the diversity of opportunities available in the nonprofit sector, a part of the job market that includes advocacy groups, community organizations, and nongovernmental associations. Viewers meet three people who linked their passions to their careers: Damon landed an on-air position at a radio station, Gillian works with an ecology group, and Erica has a managerial role providing mental health services. The program explains that a range of job types can be found in the nonprofit world, including public relations, tech support, and accounting. Although paid employment is the goal, the benefits of volunteering are emphasized.
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.
Clothes at work : decoding office dress codes. 17 min. 2013. DVD. (DD0691)
This program teaches viewers about the four levels of business dress, tips on accessories and grooming, and how to build an affordable wardrobe.
Communication essentials: listening essentials (closed captioned). 22 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0709)
Viewers are challenged to improve their habits and aim for several concrete goals, such as the ability to actively participate in discussions and meetings, to craft effective messages in speech or text, to process and understand workplace communication, and more.
Customer service essentials: telephone customer service (closed captioned). 18 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0710)
We’ve all experienced the frustration of dealing with a company or organization over the telephone. Being put on hold or transferred again and again, often without finding an answer or solution, is enough to drive anyone crazy. Now, switch places: imagine you’re being paid to help customers by phone. What can you do to ease their aggravation, address their queries, and solve their problems? If a conflict emerges, how will you untangle it without the benefit of face-to-face interaction? This DVD provides answers to those questions, guiding trainees with simple dramatizations, concise explanations, and animation. Offering an overview of the basic components of a telephone support system, the program emphasizes the importance of active listening, documentation, and multitasking, while helping viewers recognize the communication barriers inherent in telephone technology.
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.
Fully alive: discovering what matters most. 660 min. 2014. Audio CD. (CA0043)
Timothy Shriver’s audiobook is a memoir, a history of the Special Olympics, and a meditation on what one can learn about how to live from people with intellectual disabilities. He shares the quiet legacy of his aunt Rosemary, a Kennedy whose intellectual disability kept her far from the limelight, and inspired his family to devote their careers to helping others with intellectual disabilities. This audiobook will play only on CD and DVD players or computers that have the ability to play MP-3 formatted discs.
Getting the job: cover letters, interviews, and job offers (closed captioned). 27 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0701)
This program assists viewers in crafting a cover letter around a specific employer’s expectations. Viewers learn about the structure of an effective cover letter and encounter real-world examples of cover-letter strategies. Tips on preparing for an interview (from dressing properly to overcoming nervousness) are followed by a dramatization of how a typical interview might be conducted, as well as several challenging questions an applicant can expect and ask. The program’s final portion covers guidelines for smart salary negotiations and other helpful criteria for accepting or declining an offer of employment.
Going home: teens reentering society (closed captioned). 21 min. 2008. DVD. (DD0706)
For many inmates at juvenile correctional facilities, looking ahead to freedom brings anxiety and doubt. This program illustrates the challenges that often await young offenders following incarceration and shows teen inmates preparing to face the corporate world, their families, and themselves. Overcoming illiteracy, building marketable work skills, and becoming familiar with employment counseling and job search techniques are some of the subjects explored. The emotional side of leaving prison, including homecomings with elated parents and siblings and the counseling that often accompanies those reunions, is also illustrated in depth.
Indelible mark (closed captioned). 25 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0703)
This documentary focuses on three men who are living with a brain injury. Tom, a wildlife biologist, wakes up from his injury with near-total loss of his eyesight and the possibility of never fully walking again. Shay, a visual artist, explores his identity through his artwork. Another survivor, Andy, suffers from short term memory loss that leaves him unable to reflect on his change as a person. The film shows them participating in art and drama therapy as they negotiate different stages of recovery with a wide range of obstacles from the purely physical to mental.
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.
Lives worth living: the great fight for disability rights (closed captioned)(audio descriptive). 54 min. 2011. DVD. (DD0690)
This DVD is both an historical documentary about the Disability Rights Movement and a biography about one man’s struggle to survive. Leaders of the disability rights movement, such as Fred Fay, Judy Heumann, Ed Roberts, Marca Bristo, Justin Dart, Lex Frieden, Michael Winter, I. King Jordan and others, narrate the story of a long, hard, and successful drive for civil rights. This drive brought together a once fragmented population into a powerful coalition that created some of the most far reaching civil rights legislation in our nation’s history.
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.
Making noise in silence (closed captioned). 20 min. 2014. DVD. (DD0704)
This film explores the richness and complexities of Deaf culture from the perspective of two Korean high school students who attend the California School for the Deaf, Fremont. Born and raised in South Korea, Jeongin Mun and Min Wook Cho have strong ties to their Korean heritage and learned Korean as their first language. However, what separates Jeongin and Min Wook from most children of immigrant families is that they are also deaf. When their families moved to the United States, their deafness automatically put them into an entirely separate cultural group with its own language, customs, and history.
Meds (closed captioned). 29 min. 2006. DVD. (DD0694)
This documentary explores the ups and downs experienced by people with mental illnesses who have been prescribed psychiatric medications. For many, the positive impact of the medications outweighs the negative side effects. For others, the side effects of the meds, including metabolic syndrome, tremors, involuntary pacing, sexual difficulties, depression and paranoia, have become immobilizing. The interviewees reveal why some people may choose not to take medications, while others work with their doctors to try alternatives, adjust their dosages, and somehow learn to live with a steady diet of medications. They also talk about lifestyle changes that help them live with their conditions. Ultimately, the possibility of again succumbing to the symptoms of their illnesses keeps most of the participants in this film on their meds.
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.
Overcoming vision impairments. 12 min. 2012. DVD. (DD0698)
There are over 42 million people worldwide who have total or partial loss of vision and are defined as being blind. This program explains how the human eye works, examines some of the major causes of blindness and shows how medical science and technology are helping people with impaired vision. Surgical procedures and advanced image processing technologies are also presented in this program.
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.
Promoting your designs (closed captioned). 21 min. 2010. DVD. (DD0711)
For some designers, the thought of promoting their own work is overwhelming. They may even believe that having creative talent means they should leave the advertising and marketing to others. With a strong focus on designers and artists, this program explores strategies for achieving commercial success. The benefits of having a professional portfolio, photographs, business cards, and a Web site are emphasized, along with how to use the five Ps: product, price, people, placement, and promotion. The DVD also addresses the use of promotional strategies when seeking employment, the concept of branding, and the best way for creative people to get their work into the public eye.
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.
Ten steps to positive self esteem. 31 min. 2007. DVD. (DD0700)
Viewers will learn a ten-step process to build positive self-esteem. The first step is discovering who you really are and what you want out of life. You will determine any changes you want to make and how to make them, such as improving personality or body image, or learning communication techniques or job skills. You will become motivated to set and achieve goals while building a personal achievements portfolio and learn to build trusting relationships that reinforce who you are. A positive self-image helps a person to succeed in all areas of life.
Top careers in two years: construction and trades (closed captioned). 18 min. 2009. DVD. (DD0708)
New workers are needed every year in construction and the trades to meet the demand for assembling and maintaining buildings and keeping vehicles running. This program focuses on an electrician, a plumber, a mason, an interior designer, an HVAC repair technician, and an auto service technician.
Top careers in two years: manufacturing and transportation (closed captioned). 18 min. 2009. DVD. (DD0707)
Living in a world of cutting-edge technology hasn’t eliminated the need for turning out-of-this-world concepts into real-world products and then delivering them exactly when they’re wanted. This program spotlights three professionals in manufacturing: a robotics technician, a machinist, and a chemical technician, and three professionals who help get products from point A to point Z: a quality manager, a distribution manager, and a dock supervisor.
Transforming disability: a mind-body approach with Matthew Sanford. 13 min. (DVD) 24 min. (Audio CD). 2009. (DD0688)
Matthew Sanford illustrates how a mind-body practice can help a person with a disability build a connection between the mind and the body, thus transforming the experience of living with a disability. Three audio imagery exercises and a booklet illustrate five exercises that provide a starting point for developing a mind-body practice.
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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