Thrive: Special Needs Strategies that Work!


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Thrive: Special Needs Strategies that Work is a practical and comprehensive guide aimed at supporting educators, parents, and caregivers in helping children with special needs excel academically, socially, and emotionally. This resource-rich book, published by Master Books, offers a wealth of knowledge, instructional insights, and valuable tools to create engaging and empowering learning environments. Written from a biblical worldview, Thrive guides readers in identifying a child's God-given gifts and provides strategies to nurture and leverage those abilities. With a focus on practical application, this guide is an essential companion for those seeking to create a supportive and thriving educational experience for children with special needs.

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SKU M296-7
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 1.50
Title Thrive
Subtitle Special Needs Strategies that Work!
ISBN 13 9781683442967
Contributors Jenny Hubanks
Binding Paperback
Page Count 216
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Dimensions (in inches) 8 1/2 x 11

Thrive: Special Needs Strategies that Work is a comprehensive and invaluable guide written by Jenny Hubanks, a highly qualified expert in the field, holding a Master's in Adaptive Special Education and Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst. Drawing on her wealth of classroom experience, Hubanks presents a toolkit of practical solutions for educators, parents, and caregivers, aiming to unlock the unique potential within every child, regardless of their challenges or differences.

The book embraces the belief that every child is uniquely created by God, with innate talents and abilities waiting to be uncovered. Hubanks serves as a compassionate compass, offering not only practical advice but also evidence-based methods and the latest insights in special education. The book goes beyond conventional resources by including perforated pages with datasheets, visual aids, and manipulatives that can be seamlessly incorporated into teaching practices, enhancing the learning experience for both educators and students.

Within the pages of Thrive, readers will discover a diverse array of tailored approaches designed to cater to the unique needs of every child. These innovative assistive techniques are geared towards creating a positive learning atmosphere that fosters growth and self-confidence. Hubanks provides practical and proven methods for educators, parents, and caregivers to cultivate an effective and empowering learning environment.

The book also delves into sensory-friendly practices, exploring tools and possibilities that enhance the learning experience by making it both comfortable and enriching. Recognizing the importance of vital skills in daily life, Hubanks equips readers with strategies to nurture these skills in children with special needs, helping them build a solid foundation for their future.

Thrive is not just a guide; it is a companion for those seeking to create engaging and empowering educational experiences for children with special needs. Educators, parents, and caregivers will find keys within its pages to help children thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. This book is a testament to the belief that with the right strategies and support, every child can unlock their full potential and thrive in their unique journey of learning and development.


THRIVE: Special Needs Strategies that WORK! by Jenny Hubanks is a comprehensive and invaluable resource for practitioners working with individuals with special needs. The book provides a wealth of practical strategies and tools to create a positive and effective learning environment. The book is notably easy to read, making it accessible to a wide audience. Each chapter is well-structured, providing clear insights and practical guidance. The author's emphasis on the acknowledgment of individual uniqueness and the belief in the enduring love of God adds a compassionate dimension to the strategies presented. This foundation sets the tone for a supportive and understanding approach to working with individuals with special needs.

One of the standout features of THRIVE is the inclusion of numerous checklists, data sheets, and posters. The checklists and data sheets offer a systematic approach to monitoring progress, while the posters serve as a source of inspiration and motivation. THRIVE: Special Needs Strategies that WORK! is a must-have resource for educators and practitioners working with individuals with special needs. This book is an essential tool for fostering a comprehensive and supportive learning environment.

Julie Amstutz, EdS., SPED Development Coach

Thrive: Special Needs Strategies That Work! is a valuable resource filled with effective strategies to support students with diverse learning needs. Jenny Hubanks draws on her years of experience to provide clear explanations of each strategy, enabling parents and educators to easily implement them. This professional guide also includes templates for lamination, data sheets, and manipulatives that can be used repeatedly, saving valuable time. For parents and educators looking to promote progress and success for students with extensive support needs, this is the ultimate resource!

Dalene Magsam, M.Ed., Special Education Consultant

Thrive Special Needs Strategies That Work! is a fantastic resource for parents and educators. The consumables in the back of the book provide parents and educators with the tools to implement the strategies. I would definitely recommend this book.

Christi Fogarty, Special Education Teacher

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Visual supports are ever present in our daily lives, silently aiding our understanding of tasks, breaking down barriers, and fostering universal accessibility. In the realm of special needs education, these visual aids become even more critical, offering a gateway to comprehension and independence. In her book, Thrive: Special Needs Strategies that Work, author Jenny Hubanks delves into the transformative impact of visual supports, making a compelling case for their integration into educational practices.

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Thrive: Special Needs Strategies that Work by Jenny Hubanks emerges as a powerful tool for home educators. Master Books is pleased to offer homeschool families a compassionate guide, toolkit, and roadmap for unlocking the unique potential within every child, irrespective of challenges or differences. You will find Hubanks' expertise and biblical worldview offer solutions that meet the needs of the whole child.

Informational and practical
Review by Michael and Colleen
There is so much out there regarding homeschooling a special needs child, it can be overwhelming. As someone who's further along in our homeschool journey I would have loved to have a lot of what I needed all in one place early on. This is a great getting started book for parents coming alongside their special needs children. It outlines specific ways to create an encouraging positive learning environment while also providing the supplies and tools needed to be successful. It is short and to the point which also lends to the value added in getting started.
Excellent Tool!
Review by Lexie
Before I homeschooled my children, I was a therapist for children on the autism spectrum. As one who spent years studying the special needs some children have, I thought this book was extremely valuable. I feel that it not only would be beneficial to a therapist, teacher, or technician working with a special needs child, but many parents could really utilize a lot of the resources contained in this book. The text does a great job in explaining different approaches to teaching. As a mom to now 6 children, I know that they all have such differences, and teaching them all the same way doesn't always work. This book provides practical examples and tools that one can use in the home as well as in any teaching setting that can help children of a wide range of abilities. The index is rich with many resources such as pictures to use in an exchange system, schedules that are ready to pull and use, as well as datasheets to track progress.
This is a fantastic resource!
Review by Kathleen C
This is one of those books that I think is beneficial to any parent. Regardless of whether your child is being homeschooled or in school Also, regardless of whether your child has a diagnosis or you just need a little help guiding them.
Included are Sensory Friendly Practices, Tips for nurturing daily skills in your child and methods for creating a positive learning atmosphere. There is also over 100 pages of ready to use tools (worksheets, visual aids, manipulatives, etc.) They include a table of contents so they are easy to locate. The first section of the book gives clear instructions on how to use these tools.

This book is beneficial for any family to use.
Amazing resource for everyone
Review by Laura
This book is such a priceless tool not only for teaching special needs children but for teaching & training every other child as well. Among other topics, it provides a wealth of information about motivation strategies, schedules, task completion, teaching life skills as well as teaching strategies. I love all the resources at the end of the book. It will be so easy to implement the suggestions given in the book with the templates.
great book to have
Review by Ashley
This book is a great book if you are having a hard time teaching your kids. It gives you tools to encourage your child to do their best when doing their schoolwork. It also gives you information on how to deal with situations if your methods do not seem to be working. This is a book that is not only for dealing with special needs but for just anyone who would like more information or suggestions that might help your child better learn.
Helpful and encouraging for any parent!
Review by JoyfulMommy
This book helps us to, first of all, realize what an honor and privilege it is to help children find their strengths and gifts and then teach them how to use them. We can rejoice in the fact that God has created each child with unique gifts and abilities, and that He has a special purpose for each one! Secondly, this book provides many tools and tips for equipping our children for the special purpose He has created them for.

Even though I don’t currently have a child with a serious learning disability, I am finding that many of the tips in this book are relevant to creating a positive learning environment and motivating all of my students. As I have begun implementing some of the strategies with my three-year-old for teaching skills and behaviors I want him to learn, it is making a positive difference in our interactions, and he is responding well!

Finally, this quote is a great encouragement to any parent:

“Moreover, take comfort in knowing that God is your ultimate source of strength and guidance as you navigate the challenges of parenthood. Isaiah 41:10 assures, ‘fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ Lean on God's promise to support you in your role as a parent, and trust that He is with you every step of the way. In moments of doubt or weariness, remember that your efforts in teaching your children spiritually and biblically are a profound act of love and devotion. Your influence as a parent has the potential to shape their lives in ways that extend far beyond the present, echoing into eternity. Keep praying, keep teaching, and keep nurturing their faith, knowing that you are fulfilling a sacred calling that brings blessings not only to your children but to your family as a whole.”

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