Valuable Resources Beyond Our Blog

Part I: Valuable Resource Products

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The market of educational products for parents and students can be overwhelming. Below we provide a brief review of products out there, how effective they are, and how much our students actually benefited from them.

Product ImageProduct Details & Student Reviews
We highly recommend Doreen Virtue’s book The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children. If you are not familiar with the term, here is Amazon’s description of the book:
“Indigo Children are bright, intuitive, strong-willed, and sometimes self-destructive individuals. They are often labelled (and misdiagnosed) as having ADD or ADHD because they won’t comply with established rules and patterns, and they may exhibit behavioural problems at home and at school. In ‘The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children’, Doreen Virtue Ph.D, explores the psyche of these special kids and offers alternative solutions to Ritalin based on her extensive research and interviews with child-care experts, teachers, parents and the Indigo children themselves. Read the accounts of these remarkable young people as they explain why they act out, are aggressive or withdrawn, and what they want from the adults in their lives. You’ll be fascinated by the psychic experiences that these kids have had in their life so far. This is a groundbreaking book that can positively affect the ways in which you interact with your children, altering the shape of their future in miraculous ways.”
We absolutely agree with Doreen Virtue (Ph.D.) since we have seen the same success at our Academy with our students.
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A must-read resource for parents & educators that is eye-opening:
Our older students commented that they wished some adult had read this book when they were younger. "It would have saved us from so much pain," they commented. The book explains emotional disabilities including anxiety, fear, behavior problems, and much more. It also dives into learning disabilities like dyslexia, auditory processing disorders or ADHD. As one reviewer wrote, the book "explains so much why kids have trouble making and keeping friends. A comfort to parents that they have done nothing wrong. A must read for school administrators. Very well written and easy for the layman to understand."
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The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read...and How They Can Learn, is in its revised and expanded edition. This is a must-have book for anyone who has dyslexia or is wondering if he/she has dyslexia. In contrast to some people's belief, it is not long and difficult words that causes reading trouble for dyslexics, but it is short words like "on," "out," "all," "and," etc.

The list of disorienting words presented by Ronald D. Davis is extremely valuable. However, while we highly recommend the book, we do want to emphasize that Davis' technique to get dyslexic students to read did not work for our students.

All of our students with dyslexia learned to read at or above their grade level within just a few days -- without spending hundreds of dollars in expensive "dyslexia programs."
Mason Currey’s book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work is easy to read and entertaining:

Learn about the daily rituals of nearly 200 famous comedians, composers, caricaturists, filmmakers, philosophers, playwrights, painters, poets, scientists, sculptors, and writers.

The author used primary sources like journals or letters to reveal the unique habits of Charles Darwin, Andy Warhol, John Updike, Twyla Tharp, Benjamin Franklin, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Anne Rice, Igor Stravinsky, Karl Marx , Woody Allen, Agatha Christie, George Balanchine, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, George Gershwin, Henri Matisse, Nikola Tesla, Federico Fellini, Ann Beattie, Gustav Mahler, Toni Morrison, Stephen King – and many more.

Whether you are struggling with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, time management, sleep problems, procrastination, or emotional issues, this book will help you understand that you are not alone in the universe — and that there are many creative people like you.
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If you are looking for an alternative to attending a four-year college, the two Vocational & Technical Schools books are an excellent resource:

Both books list thousands of vocational and technical schools that offer programs and training as a computer technician, medical assistant, car maintenance and repair specialist, fashion designer, and much more.

Each book covers more than 2,200 colleges, schools, and technical training centers. The books provide details on enrollment, costs, contact information, and any other information that you might need in order to find that perfect career for you.
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Both Vocational & Technical Schools books discuss how to get financial aid to pursue your dream, how to find an apprenticeship program (get paid for your work while being trained), and how to contact state offices for updated information.

Our students loved reading the first pages of the book:
“Most of us have been told all of our lives, ‘If you don’t go to college, you’ll never get a good job.’ Many of us have been conditioned to equate a traditional four-year college degree with a guarantee for professional success. This is not necessarily the case.”
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Part II: Valuable Resource Links

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Valuable Resource Links

Valuable Links 
International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS)A near-death experience (NDE) is a profound psychological event that may occur to a person close to death or who is not near death but in a situation of physical or emotional crisis. Being in a life-threatening situation does not, by itself, constitute a near-death experience. It is the pattern of perceptions, creating a recognizable overall event, that has been called “near-death experience.”
Children's perceptions are different than those of adults. Children might feel they had a near-death experience even though their life was never in danger.
Check out IANDS for existing support groups or how to start your own.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)Founded in 1979, The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is an international nonprofit organization and a leader in education, training, and research for anxiety, OCD, PTSD, depression, and related disorders.
Check out ADAA for support groups, therapists, and clinical trials.

U.S. Department of Education: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

National Eating Disorders Association(NEDA)NEDA is the leading non-profit in the field of eating disorders.
In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), or an Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED).
NEDA provides an online screening tool for eating disorders. Find help via NEDA's search tool with your zip code.

United States Census BureauThe U.S. and World Population Clock shows real-time population numbers

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)We provided the link to the CDC's webpage showing the "Ten Leading Causes of Death and Injury." Amazing graphics showing ages and causes form 2005 to 2014.

CHSPEThis is the Frequently Asked Question webpage to the California High School Proficiency Examination.

CHSPE Annual reportsThis is a pdf document showing the percentages of students that passed, their ages, and ethnicities. Unfortunately, the latest report dates only back to 2012.

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