Lending Library

Did you know that TDSN has a variety of resources in our lending library?

Our library includes recent publications as well as resources that have stood the test of time. The lending library is not just limited to books! We have DVDs such as “Signing Time” as well as developmental toys, games, and activities. This month we are featuring four titles that may be helpful for the “back to school” season.


If you have a resource in mind FILL OUT THIS FORM and we will check to see if we have it in our library. We will communicate the availability of your request via e-mail. Once the title becomes available we will mail the resource to you. We request that you return materials two weeks after receiving them. You are allowed up to 2 items at a time. You may return your titles by mail or by dropping off at the TDSN office. We ask that you respect the “2 week window” so that all families have access to our resources.


1. Off to a Good Start: A Behaviorally Based Model for Teaching Children With Down Syndrome; Foundations for Learning by Emily Jones & Kathleen Feeley: This book is the starting point for parents and professionals with little or no knowledge of ABA. It covers: – an overview of ABA and how to apply its principles and strategies to teach skills -background information on the characteristic learning profile of children with Down syndrome and how strengths (such as visual learning abilities and the desire to interact with others) can be used to overcome weaknesses – the importance of inclusion and high expectations – how to choose target skills to teach and set up learning opportunities – using prompts and reinforcement to shape desired behavior and skills – the importance of generalizing skills learned in one setting to another – how to minimize behavior which interferes with learning – tracking and evaluating progress – how to build a team of caregivers and professionals to teach using ABA Check out.

2. The Lucky Few by Heather Avis: When Heather started her journey into parenthood she never thought it would look like this, never planned to have three adopted children, and certainly never imagined that two of them would have Down syndrome. But like most things, once she stepped into the craziness and confusion that comes with the unknown and the unplanned, she realized that they were indeed among the lucky few.

3. SUPPORTING POSITIVE BEHAVIOR IN CHILDREN AND TEENS WITH DOWN SYNDROME by Dr. David Stein: Dr. Stein, a psychologist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, shares his approach to behavior management in this new book for parents. Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome examines how the brain of a person with Down syndrome works, how those differences impact behavior, and why bad behavior should not be viewed as a willful act.

4. My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson: A heartwarming story of two friends, Charlie and Isabelle, a typical child and a child with Down syndrome. Charlie tells about the things they both like to do together, and also how he and Isabelle are different. Lively full-color illustrations dovetail beautifully with the text to bring this simple story to life. Encourages readers to think about what makes friendships special and how our differences can make the world more interesting. This is a great book to share with your child’s classmates at the start of the school year!