Join authors and professors, Jill C. Dardig and William L. Heward, as they discuss their new child-rearing book, Let’s Make a Contract at Books Inc. Palo Alto.The two touring authors of this child-rearing book will be in conversation with Dr. Kimberly Berens.
When a child is struggling with a behavior challenge or wants to learn a new skill, a contract can be a surprisingly effective soution that leads to more peaceful family dynamics. To help families create contracts as a collaborative process, Let’s Make a Contract offers an innovative combination of how-to text for parents and illustrated stories for children.
For parents, Let’s Make a Contract describes a straightforward, four-step solution called behavioral contracting, a research-based technique with proven real-world success. While contracts are a tool that can benefit anyone, they’re particularly useful with children on the autism spectrum, or with learning or developmental disabilities, who benefit from understanding clear expectations and receiving positive feedback and rewards.
For children, the book’s beautifully illustrated stories show a diverse group of families using contracts to address common problems, such as completing chores or homework, getting along, becoming independent, and achieving personal goals. Questions after each story are designed to spark age-appropriate discussions.
Sample contracting forms and supporting materials are provided in the book and also on a companion website.
Jill C. Dardig is Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio Dominican University, where she trained special education teachers for 30 years. Previously, Dr. Dardig was a curriculum development specialist for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. She also served as a consultant at Centro da Vilariñha, a program that taught independent living and vocational skills to teenagers and young adults with developmental disabilities in Porto, Portugal. Dr. Dardig has been a visiting professor at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, and presented workshops for teachers and parents in Europe, South America, and Asia. Jill has written several books and other publications about and for parents including Involving Parents of Students with Special Needs: 25 Ready-to-Use Strategies (Corwin Press, 2008). Jill has an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts.
William L. Heward is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Heward has taught at universities in Brazil, Japan, Portugal, and Singapore and given lectures and workshops in 22 other countries. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and Past President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Dr. Heward co-authored the books Applied Behavior Analysis (3rd ed., Pearson, 2020) and Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education (12th ed., Pearson, 2022). Combined sales for these two titles total more than one million copies. Bill has also written for the popular market. Some Are Called Clowns (Crowell, 1974) chronicled his five summers as a pitcher for the Indianapolis Clowns, the last of the barnstorming baseball teams. Bill has a B.A. from Western Michigan University and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts.