I LOVED this book! Gardening and cooking and eating are all bound up together for me, and this book does a really wonderful job of combining them in o...moreI LOVED this book! Gardening and cooking and eating are all bound up together for me, and this book does a really wonderful job of combining them in one book. Seasonal cooking and eating is something that follows naturally from gardening, and so she divides her book into months. Each section has commentary on the weather and how it is changing, what is available at the farmer's market, what she has growing in her small New York City space, and recipes that go with what is available. I haven't made any of the recipes, yet, but they sound good and I have several marked to try. Even if I never make a recipe, this is a book that I'll be able to turn to for ideas and encouragement at different points throughout the year, and to look forward to what is coming. Her writing is also just good. (less)
I first read this book many years ago, when I was in college. I think it was for a special education course. As I look over it again, I am reminded ho...moreI first read this book many years ago, when I was in college. I think it was for a special education course. As I look over it again, I am reminded how valuable and important the ideas in it are. The author presents a case for building supports around people who have disabilities from the people are available in their community. The book clearly acknowledges how difficult this can be, but shows what a difference it can make for the specific people involved, as well as the people who care about them. This is a book one should read again every now and then to remind oneself of the ideas and to keep the impetus fresh.(less)
This book had some important concepts about how smart girls interact with their worlds, and the impact that can have on their adulthood. I appreciated...moreThis book had some important concepts about how smart girls interact with their worlds, and the impact that can have on their adulthood. I appreciated the perspective, but it was also a depressing book. The focus is clearly on the negative effects of various situations, and there wasn't much positive expressed in the book. It can be eye-opening, but I don't think I would recommend it to everyone.(less)
I read this book right after One Child, and I recall initially being kinda depressed by it. I was so sad that all the effort the teacher put into that...moreI read this book right after One Child, and I recall initially being kinda depressed by it. I was so sad that all the effort the teacher put into that child when she was little didn't have a better effect, sooner, in her life. Also, the teacher-cum-therapist had a totally inappropriate relationship with the child as she grew older, and I was subtly bothered by that, too. You know that she was doing all of those things from a good place in her heart, but she got too involved.... And I think that's one of the good things about the book, too. It shows that people do things just because they are good things to do, and that the line between black and white isn't always so clear. It is wonderful that the child grew up and made a life that she wanted, even if it wasn't as prestigious as Torey, or I, would have chosen for her. It is a book that doesn't sit easily with me, but I think it does serve as a reminder about the rewards and difficulties in trying to make a difference in someone's life.(less)
Okay, cleaning off shelves at work - This is a book I read more than a decade ago in graduate school. As I look through it again, it makes some good p...moreOkay, cleaning off shelves at work - This is a book I read more than a decade ago in graduate school. As I look through it again, it makes some good points, emphasizing that small children need different assessments than older children do, that a good assessment uses a variety of people and assessment tools for a more correct view of the child, and that the goal of the assessment should be to establish ways to effectively intervene in the child's world earlier on. My favorite point is that a child's misbehavior can give you important skill data, and will make your carefully choosen standardized test results suspect. Hahahahaha....sooooooo true!
There are some points in which the book is clearly outdated now. School districts have assess children as young as two and a half years old on a regular basis. There are an increasing number of methods and tests that are normed and accepted for the little ones, and they are increasingly easier to use.
Soem points that I would caution others about, now that I am looking at the book with 13 years of experience: In order for a child to receive Special Education services in the public school setting, there must be some kind of diagnostic classification, and THAT is really the main point of the intervention. Most assessments provide a starting point, but most children are changing so rapidly at that point in their lives, the evaluation information can become irrelevant quickly. This can also be the case when a child is responding really well to interventions, and, in that case, the intervention providers have to make rapid adjustments on a continual basis with their professional knowledge. The way the system is currently set up, cross-over between assessment and intervention is very difficult. Also, one must be very careful about the information a parent gives. They know their children best, in the home environment, and are excellent reporters of their perceptions of the child. However, most parents are not reliable reporters of how their child is functioning with regard to the norm for children in that age group or with a particular disability. Many, many children function very differently in different environments, and for different people, and a good evaluator must be alert and prepared for those differences.
I think this book makes a good start, and brings up lots of good points, but I would then read something more recently published on the topic. Although it is less relevant to me in my job, it does cover infant assessment through Kindergarten. I would add, on a very practical note, wear pants, running shoes, a close-fitting shirt, limited jewelry, and put your hair up. It helps.(less)
Cleaning out my shelves at my work, and this is one I'll keep. I first read it as an undergrad 15 years ago, and it still has great, concrete and theo...moreCleaning out my shelves at my work, and this is one I'll keep. I first read it as an undergrad 15 years ago, and it still has great, concrete and theoretical ways of connecting with kids. I do very little specific therapy, but I use so many of these tennets in my testing and interactions with children, and it also gives me good ideas for talking to adults who are working with the kids I assess.
I think it's a good sign that I almost missed my lunch meeting because I was re-reading parts of it in my office.(less)
I read this book many years ago, as a psychology undergraduate, so I mostly have a vague sense of it leftover. I remember enjoying the book and thinki...moreI read this book many years ago, as a psychology undergraduate, so I mostly have a vague sense of it leftover. I remember enjoying the book and thinking that I would like Rogers. Now I wonder if his ideas of accepting the client were coming through on the pages... Although I rarely pick it up these days, I keep it on hand in case I ever do more therapy than I do now.(less)
I read this book the first time, years ago, as an undergraduate, minoring in Special Education. It captivated me them, and I still love reading it to...moreI read this book the first time, years ago, as an undergraduate, minoring in Special Education. It captivated me them, and I still love reading it to remind me of people who work so hard to reach difficult children and how they do it. Special education and school systems have changed so much since the start of the story, but it is still an excellent reminder, and I think, pretty inspirational, too.(less)
Realted to Dibs in Search of Self, this book provides more instances of therapeutic interactions. The sum of those examples is a better udnerstanding...moreRealted to Dibs in Search of Self, this book provides more instances of therapeutic interactions. The sum of those examples is a better udnerstanding and familiarity of what can happen in a session with a child, ways to respond, what might happen with different responses, and how some of those relationships could develop.
Years later, this book reminds of better techniques and possible techniques, and I use the ideas in my evaluations to obtain more information about the child's functioning, as well.(less)