A Curriculum Guide for Teaching Young Learning Disabled Children by Robert Deller

This is a very useful and practical curriculum developed for those working with children who have mental disabilities. The curriculum uses a system of checklists to help identify what a child can do. An individual education plan can then be developed for each child, focusing on the skills that a particular child needs to learn. For example, physical skills include head control, learning to sit, learning to crawl, learning to kick a ball.

The other categories are communication skills in developing language, fine motor skills, reading, writing and early number skills, self-help skills, and social development. The guide shows the reader how to teach skills in a simple step-bystep manner. Simple assessment checklists are provided. Ideas are also given for how to make useful teaching aids. It is available in English and Arabic. Enquiries should be sent to:

Malaysian Care, Peti Surat 13230, 50804 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. E-mail: mcarespd@po.jaring.my Website: www.mcare.org.my

The Arabic version is available from: ACT, BP 145, 1080 Tunis Cedex, Tunisia.

We Can Play and Move

A very well illustrated manual showing activities to help disabled children learn to move through play. It is written in English but uses so few words it could be useful for readers in any language. Single copies are FREE to developing countries. It has recently been republished and is available from:

Healthlink Worldwide, Farringdon Point, 29–35 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3JB, UK. E-mail info@healthlink.org.uk 

Disabled Village Children

An excellent and well illustrated guide for community health workers and families, written by the author of Where There is No Doctor. It has 654 pages packed full of practical and useful information. It is divided into three parts – working with the child and family, working with the community, and setting up workshops to produce aids, wheelchairs, braces and other equipment.

Highly recommended! It is available in English and Spanish and costs £14.75 including post and packing from:

TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TX, UK. E-mail talc@talcuk.org or $25 from Hesperian Foundation, 1919 Addison Street, Suite 304, Berkeley, California, 94704 USA

Urban Health and Development by Beverley Booth, Kiran Martin and Ted Lankester

This is a practical manual for use in developing countries covering all kinds of issues which affect urban health. It is full of useful information for improving the quality of life for poor people in urban areas. Single copies may be available 15 free to health workers in urban areas. Please write with brief details of your work to:

Health Manual Offer, PO Box 200, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4WQ, UK. E-mail: roots@tearfund.org

HIV/AIDS fact sheets

A series of 19 fact sheets on all aspects about HIV/ AIDS are now available from the UNAIDS website. They are available in four languages – English, French, Spanish and Russian – and several formats.

The World Health Organization (WHO), Department of HIV/AIDS, 20 Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.

Helping Children who are Blind by Sandy Niemann and Namita Jacob

Children who are blind need extra help as they learn to use their other senses (hearing, touch, smell and taste), particularly in the first five years of life. This is an excellent and comprehensive book full of practical and caring information. It is very well illustrated with plenty of low cost ideas for helpful resources. It contains information on understanding the degree of blindness, supporting children who are blind, learning activities, coping with everyday activities, safety, preventing sexual abuse, support at school and detailed charts on child development. Highly recommended. It is available in English from TALC (address above).

If someone bothers you, you should shout and struggle so that others will know you need their help.