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BRAND NEW FOR 2018: A fully revised edition of the most comprehensive guide to sensory processing challenges

"At last, here are the insights and answers parents have been searching for." -Dr. Temple Grandin

For children with sensory difficulties - those who struggle process everyday sensations and exhibit unusual behaviors such as avoiding or seeking out touch, movement, sounds, and sights - this groundbreaking book is an invaluable resource. Sensory processing challenges affect all kinds of kind - from those with developmental delays, learning and attenion issues, or autism spectrum disorder to those without any other issues. Now in its third edition, Raising a Sensory Smart Child is even more comprehensive and helpful than ever.

In this book, you'll learn:

*How the 8 senses (yes, 8!) are supposed to work together and what happens when they don't
*Practical solutions for daily challenges-from brushing teeth to getting dressed to handling holiday gatherings
* Strategies for managing sensitivities to noise, smell textures, and more
*"Sensory diet" activities that help meet sensory needs, with new ideas for kids, teens, adults, and families
* Parenting tips for handling discipline, transitions, and behavioral issues
*How to practically and emotionally support children and teens with autism and sensory issues
* Ways to advocate for your child at school and make schools more "sensory smart"
*How to help your child with sensory issues use technology effectively and responsibly
* Ways to empower your child and teen in the world
* Where to get the best professional help and complementary therapies

There's a nostalgia associated with model trains and railroading -- even if it's unspoken.  Railroads take us back to an earlier era.  A more basic time. When spending a week or more on a train was seen as a luxury -- an event in itself -- not at as merely a mode of transportation.

You've probably already scouted some model railroad shows.  You've no doubt recognized the camaraderie and the passion these folks have.  And yes, you're interested in becoming a part of that.

"The Wonderful World of Model Trains" will help you do just that!  It's a comprehensive guide to model railroading written for someone who is new to this hobby, starting with some basic "train knowledge" & terminologies, and continuing on to the more detailed aspects of the hobby.

And yes, this hobby can indeed get quite detailed.  And that tends to be intimidating to some people.  The beauty of this hobby is that you can get involved at just the level you care too. You'll discover that every model railroader is in it for the love of the trains and the history.  The vast majority of us are not out to make a fast buck from our interests.

Here's some of the things you'll learn in "The Wonderful World of Model Trains":

    - How to create stunning terrain in your scenery with these 3 simple techniques...

    - Different scales, gauges, standards in the world of model railroading and what they all mean...

    - 2 simple keys (that are right in front of your eyes) to build your own benchwork...

    - WARNING:  3 things you should never do when it comes to wiring...

    - A pennies on the dollar approach to finding model train parts...

    - How to avoid derailing problems...

    - 3 proven steps to running multiple trains on one track...

    - 6 time tested and proven strategies for laying out train tracks...

    - When to add onto your set with locomotives and rolling stock...

    - 7 everyday but often overlooked tips and tricks for building the best layouts for your scenery...

    - How to do general maintenance on your model trains and tracks...

    - And much more...

"Discover How to Plan & Host The Perfect Baby Shower AND Have Fun Doing It!"

Baby showers are joyous occasions, but also involve a lot of planning and work. If you’re looking for a fun, easy to follow, step-by-step guide to planning and hosting a baby shower, look no further--you’re definitely in the right place.

"Baby Shower Planning Like A Pro" includes everything from theme ideas, decorations, games and activities to menu planning advice and baby shower etiquette. There’s even a handy checklist at the end to make sure you stay on track and organized while planning the baby shower.

By the end of this guide you’ll be well on your way to hosting a fun, special, and best of all low-stress baby shower for your friend or loved one.

Whether you are planning a low-key, casual baby shower or a dressier, more formal brunch or dinner, there are tips here that will help you all along the way. The mom-to-be and her friends and family will be thrilled with your thoughtfulness, and you will feel the pride of being an integral part in celebrating this special time in her life.

Here are some of the things you will learn in "Baby Shower Planning Like A Pro":

    - How to decide on the best type of baby shower to have
    - How to decide on your guest list
    - Where is the best location to throw the baby shower?
    - Best way to prepare invitations
    - Baby shower themes
    - How to get decorations ready

    - The best way to delegate tasks
    - Baby shower games, activities, favors, prizes
    - How to prepare food & refreshments
    - Step by step to hosting your baby shower
    - Baby shower etiquette
    - Handy checklist
    - Things to avoid when hosting a baby shower
    - And much more...
"How To Be Romantic" has over 4000 romantic ideas and tips for couples. Couples will find good romantic ideas to put into practice daily in their relationship. These sweet romantic ideas offer couples years of romance when they implement one romance idea daily or weekly.

Partners want to be more romantic but often do not know how to offer romantic gestures or romantic words to their significant other to ignite or rekindle the romantic relationship spark.

You'll find the best romantic movies for at-home date nights, romantic gifts for guys, romantic gifts for her, cheap romantic gift ideas that show you care without breaking the bank, and romantic ideas for Valentine's Day to show you're thinking about your loved one on the most romantic day of the year.

There's lots of romantic date ideas for spending alone time with your partner, top romantic songs to surprise your loved one with, ideas for a romantic birthday, inexpensive romantic ideas and ideas for a romantic dinner at home or at a restaurant.

Get romantic picnic ideas, romantic anniversary ideas and romantic recipes you can make for a special and romantic night in. Keep spontaneity and fun in your relationship with romantic surprise ideas.

With over 4000 romantic ideas, including romantic places to see in the U.S., spiritual romance ideas, romantic bedroom ideas, cheap romantic ideas, romantic evening ideas and romantic Christmas ideas, romance will easily become a daily habit in your relationship.

Romance doesn't have to cost a lot! You'll find lots of free romance ideas, ideas for special occasions and romantic tips for having and sustaining a harmonious and romantic relationship with your soulmate. Put these romance ideas into practice right away. "How To Be Romantic" gives you the ideas; you just have to do them! All of the ideas are easy to understand, read and implement. Start using these right away.

Even if your relationship is happy and fulfilling, it can always use an extra dose of romance. Newlyweds to couples married 50 years or longer will find ideas they can implement to make their relationship bond stronger, more caring, and more loving. Grow together in love as your romantic gestures become stronger and more frequent.

Letting relationships coast along without any romantic effort leads to boredom, stagnation and neglect. These romantic ideas let couples re-ignite the romantic spark and bring back romance and excitement to the relationship.
It’s hard enough keeping up with all the nutritional needs for kids--not to mention actually getting them to actually eat many of these foods. But with athletic kids, there’s even more to pay attention to! So the unfortunate fact is, most young athletes are not eating properly to compete--too many convenient but empty calories that are actually doing them more harm than good. As a result, these young athletes are losing energy when they should be increasing it, feeling deterred when they should be motivated, and actually decreasing muscle mass when they need it more than ever.Fortunately, with the right nutrition, young athletes can increase their energy, bolster their motivation, gain muscle mass, overcome fatigue, and improve their performance. But how can a parent begin to get their athlete on the right track? Eat Like a Champion, written by a registered dietitian who specializes in child and adolescent nutrition, is the must-read resource for every parent of active kids ages eight through eighteen. In it, parents will find help in:• Tailoring diets for training, competition, and even off-season• Finding the best food options, whether at home or on the go• Addressing counterproductive or unhealthy patterns• Understanding where supplements, sports drinks, and performance-enhancing substances do--and don’t--fit in• And moreComplete with charts, recipes, and practical meal and snack ideas that can help athletic youngsters eat to win, this invaluable resource just may be the difference-maker in your athlete’s next game!
Toddlers and preschoolers can be difficult to keep busy because their attention spans tend to be short lived. Yet, they are curious and imaginative and so much fun to spend time with. Furthermore, most young children just want to be entertained throughout the hours of the day and are eager to learn anything they can.
Now, you too can collaborate with your little one on art masterpieces and decorative crafts, as well as play educational games. Whether you’re a parent, nanny, day care provider, or preschool teacher, you can benefit from this long list of activities to stimulate children’s minds and keep their hands busy for hours.
In this book you will find a wealth of ideas to share with your young child. Some of the activities require your close supervision. Many of the arts and crafts projects will result in beautiful seasonal decorations to display in your home. You will be astounded by the creations you can make with your preschooler, who will, alternatively, be enthusiastic about tapping their imagination, enhancing their knowledge, and most of all, spending valuable time with you.
The 103 activities are split into four main categories that correspond to the four seasons. Many of the projects can be done during any season, but the subcategories are themed. Here are what the subcategories look like:
    The Best Way to Use This Book    
I. Spring    
    Let’s Go Fishing    
    Pirates and Princesses    
II. Summer    
    Let’s Go on a Safari    
    Gnomes and Fairies    
    Fourth of July    

III. Fall    
    Let’s Be Detectives    
    Cowboys and Native Americans    

IV. Winter
    Let’s Make Music
    Snowmen and Penguins

The most thorough guide to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure

A great destination and thorough preparation are what make a wonderful vacation, and The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2018 makes Disneyland one of the most accessible theme parks in the world. With advice that is direct, prescriptive, and detailed, it takes the guesswork out of the reader’s vacation. Whether you are at Disneyland for a day or a week, there is a plan for your group or family. You can enjoy the rides, activities, and entertainment instead of spending your time in lines.

The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland authors Bob Sehlinger, Seth Kubersky, Len Testa, and Guy Selga, Jr. present the information in a comprehensive way that permits easy comparisons and facilitates decision making.

There are detailed plans and profiles of hotels, restaurants, and attractions that are presented in “at a glance” formats that provide for near-instant communication of the most salient information. Profiles are supplemented by indexes. In short, we’ve got a plan for every reader.

The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland’s research team is a multidisciplinary group consisting, among others, of data collectors, computer scientists, statisticians, and psychologists. Their singular goal is to provide a guide that will let you get it right the first time and every time. With their help, advice, and touring plans, the reader will have a one-up on anyone else not using The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. The book is the key to planning a perfect vacation in a great destination location.
A Wall Street Journal writer’s conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction.

A miraculous alchemy occurs when one person reads to another, transforming the simple stuff of a book, a voice, and a bit of time into complex and powerful fuel for the heart, brain, and imagination. Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, and drawing widely from literature, The Enchanted Hour explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children, whatever their class, nationality or family background. But it’s not just about bedtime stories for little kids: Reading aloud consoles, uplifts and invigorates at every age, deepening the intellectual lives and emotional well-being of teenagers and adults, too.

Meghan Cox Gurdon argues that this ancient practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping to replenish what our devices are leaching away. For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it’s an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures.

Bringing together the latest scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations, The Enchanted Hour will both charm and galvanize, inspiring readers to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most.

Genealogists are like detectives. Working out puzzles is the name of their game! If you have ever wanted to research and document your family history the right way, then the award-winning Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is for you. Authored by professional genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett, this genealogy book explains the joys, challenges, and triumphs of researching your family’s origins. While many people assume genealogy research starts online, Combs-Bennett shows the importance of starting a family tree using documents that can be found in your own home! 

Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is written in a friendly, easy-to-understand style that avoids complex jargon. There are lots of examples, case studies, and advice that can help would-be family historians quickly get up to speed. In addition to listing best practices for conducting genealogical research, Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes also warns readers about the many pitfalls of family research, from “brick wall” mysteries to time-wasting online searches. Topics include:

• Why are people so interested in family history?

• Evaluating clues, facts, and myths in family stories

• The importance of linking generations 

• Vital records, from birth certificates to death records

• Non-vital records, from census forms to wills

• Religious records

• Five things that can trip up newbies researching family history

• Best practices for genealogy road trips

• Interviewing relatives, and dealing with skeptics

• Pros and cons of online genealogy research

• Genealogy communities and continuing education 

• Genetic genealogy basics

• Understanding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

• Genetic genealogy and adoptees 

• Non-paternal events and other skeletons in the genetic closet

• Visualizing family history with charts 

• Research logs and genealogy journals

• How to create good source citations

• Preserving records and research

• Genealogy software and GEDCOM files

• Planning for disasters

Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is not a comprehensive guide. Nevertheless, in a single reading you will be able to understand some important research basics that will serve you well as you embark on a journey to figure out the origins of your family. Creating a strong family tree will not only satisfy your own curiosity, but will also serve as a record to share with relatives and future generations! 

The Independent Book Publishers Association awarded Shannon a Benjamin Franklin silver award for Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes. The book also received a silver award from Mom’s Choice Awards, which serves as a "benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services."

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