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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert E. Cimera  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1968 in Hinsdale, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Robert Cimera was born in Hinsdale, Illinois and received his Ph. D. from the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University in Kent, Oh.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Making ADHD a Gift: Teaching Superman How to Fly
ISBN: 0810843196

R&L Education. 2002

Making ADHD a Gift explains, in everyday language, what ADHD is, how it is diagnosed, and how this condition can affect people throughout their lifetime. It also outlines methods of developing and assessing teaching strategies that can help individuals with ADHD both at home and at school. Unlike other texts, this book takes a positive look at having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Rather than trying to repress the characteristics of ADHD, Making ADHD a Gift advocates that individuals with ADHD use their disorder to maximize attention span, improve social skills, harness impulsivity, and turn hyperactivity into periods of extreme productivity.

In addition to providing teaching strategies and accommodations for ADHD students, the book also examines issues unique to children, adolescents, and adults who have been diagnosed with this disorder. Methods are described to help adolescents with ADHD cope with the associated problems of depression and substance abuse, and to help adults manage the marital and employment difficulties that often accompany ADHD. There is additional helpful information about the benefits and side effects of medication, cultural factors that could cause misdiagnoses, forming support groups, and resources for parents and teachers of ADHD students.

Preparing Children With Disabilities for Life
ISBN: 0810845202

R&L Education. 2002

Educating students with disabilities is a team process. By federal law, parents must be involved in the development of their child's educational plan. Unfortunately, few parents (or regular educators) understand special education_its terms, philosophies, and processes. This book explains, in layperson terms, what special education is and how to make the special education process more successful for everyone involved. Chapters cover history and legalities of preparing children with disabilities for life, transition of families, preparation for employment, residential living, community adjustment, recreation, interpersonal relationships, life-long learning, and developing educational plans. Hundreds of additional resources for parents of children with disabilities including lists of professional organizations, useful websites, support groups, and other books for further learning on special education are also provided. While intended for parents and family members of children with disabilities, it will also be of interest to educators who are unfamiliar with special education as well as special educators who are new to the field.

The Truth About Special Education: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
ISBN: 0810844842

R&L Education. 2003

Few parents and educators understand special education―its terms, philosophies, and process. This easy-to-read book contains a step-by-step discussion of the special education process and has hundreds of additional resources for parents including professional organizations, support groups, and useful websites. It will help parents and students minimize the inevitable anxiety associated with enrolling in a special education program. They will also gain insight into the legal rights and responsibilities associated with having a child in special education and learn how to develop effective educational plans and strategies for building effective educational teams along with basic information regarding common disabilities.

Primarily written for family members of children with disabilities, this book will also be useful for educators who are unfamiliar with special education as well as special educators who are new to the field.

Enhancing Your Child's Behavior: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents and Teachers
ISBN: 0810847574

R&L Education. 2003

Robert Cimera uses an applied approach in this user-friendly book to explain how to improve the behavior of children with and without disabilities. Parents and teachers can follow a recommended step-by-step process to help them figure out what is causing the behaviors that they want to change and what strategies might help to improve them. This book also provides places for readers to keep a journal and record their thoughts and for them to develop a behavior modification plan.

Making Autism a Gift: Inspiring Children to Believe in Themselves and Lead Happy, Fulfilling Lives
ISBN: 0742552993

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.. 2007

Making Autism a Gift is a positive, practical guide for those who are affected by autism and autism spectrum disorders. It provides numerous strategies and resources to help parents and teachers maximize the success of their children and students.

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