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Diana Loiewski

dianaDiana Loiewski holds an Administrative Credential, a Master’s degree in education, and a bachelor’s degree in special education. She has been a special education teacher since 1980 and is currently teaching within the Poway Unified School District. She works as a classroom teacher, an Administrative Designee to IEP meetings, and supports staff with curriculum and positive discipline theory that fosters student participation in the classroom.

She is a respected leader in the field of special education and trains both staff and parents on IEP procedures and behavior management. In addition to her teaching, Diana is a public speaker and author. She presents on teen relationships and currently can be found teaching Healthy Relationships in workshops, health classes, physical education classes, girl’s and boys groups, and summer school classes on campuses. She is registered as an Amazon author and her books can be found there and on talkcounts.com.

Tarane Sondoozi holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the United States International University in San Diego, CA. Dr. Sondoozi is a master story teller who teaches and applies an integrative approach to promoting effective communication and interpersonal competence through stories that speak to her audiences.

She is an author and a well sought after speaker who presents nationally. She has over 30 years of extensive experience in clinical and organizational settings, developing and providing innovative trainings that foster healthy relationships and personal wellness at home and at the workplace.

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Healthy Relationships Making Good Decisions Begins with You! (Self-Help/Non-Fiction)

healthy relationships firstIn the groundbreaking self-help manual for teens called Healthy Relationships, the authors — renowned specialists in clinical psychology, Dr. Tarane Sondoozi and special education, Diana Loiewski — put forth an easy-to-follow and common sense guide that literally has the power to change lives. This is a workbook-based, self-guided introduction to a remarkable process — the discovery and exploration of your inner worth and how you can nurture its growth while maintaining close relationships.

In the section entitled “Understanding Your Relationship With Yourself,” you will learn that by looking carefully in your inner “mirror” on a regular basis, you will come to appreciate everything you bring to all your relationships — at home, at work, and elsewhere.

In another segment, communication is revealed as an essential element in keeping lines open with others, and expressing how you truly feel. There’s even a handy checklist that facilitates communication between you and whomever you choose, making sure the conversation stays honest and, above all, constructive.

Scattered throughout, there are SNAIL Wisdoms — bite-sized nuggets of advice to help you steer clear of possible problems. For example, here’s one on cyber awareness:

“Remember, a person that you meet over Social Media is an acquaintance until you meet him/her in person, meet his/her family, friends, and get to know him/her over time.”

Such sage and timely advice will keep you from jumping into a relationship too quickly — and too deeply. The authors go on to carefully delineate between what constitutes an “acquaintance” and a “friend,” so you can avoid costly misunderstandings down the road.

In a key section entitled “Knowing What You Want in Friendships,” you’ll be able to sort through characteristics and attributes you may find appealing in others. Again, there’s a simple checklist with which you can create a profile of the kind of person you might best be paired with as a friend. Should they be “outgoing, with high energy,” “friendly and energetic,” or “shy and reserved?” Answering questions like these up front can mean the difference between success and failure in a budding friendship.

Finally, creating Shared Goals can help lay the groundwork for communicating needs, wants, fears, and other aspects of your vision of a shared future to your partner, significant other, or just plain friend. This is the foundation upon which you can most effectively build toward tomorrow.

The last section is an exhaustive and invaluable guide to avoiding unhealthy relationships — which, in many cases, can be worth the price of the workbook alone. The Five Deal Breakers will tell you explicitly the kinds of behavior and traits that can raise both “pink flags,” and “red flags” to warn against beginning or continuing a flawed or toxic relationship.

Five stars to Healthy Relationships. This could very well be the most important book you’ll ever read.
Publisher Daily Reviews. com

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Healthy Relationships begin with you!: Being the right person is just as important as finding the right person (Self-Help/Non-Fiction)

healthy relationshipsHealthy Relationships is a self-help ebook for the 18 plus year old who wants to build long lasting friendships, relationships and romance.Many people experience unhealthy relationships at some point in their life. Usually these relationships stem from people ignoring inappropriate and/or abusive behaviors. People fall into the routine of accepting harmful behaviors because they genuinely want to accommodate others, they think that the problem may be with them, and/or they think that they can change the behaviors. Sometimes the home environment in which people grew up involves physical and verbal violence consequently; this becomes their expectation for relationships. One of the consequences of unhealthy relationships includes risks to personal safety that can escalate to domestic violence. Through this workbook’s activities and scenarios, you will learn the signs of unhealthy relationships, and how to create and maintain safe and healthy relationships.

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Healthy Relationships for Special Needs (Self-Help/Non-Fiction)

hr special needsThis is the first of its kind self-help manual for special needs teens and adults. It comes with an interactive multimedia CDrom so that the workbook can be repeated many times until the lessons are learned. My special education students share that they are going to complete high school, go to college, and then get married. The challenge is providing adults with the skill set necessary for them to be safe, independent, and build the relationships that they long for. Be it a friendship or dating relationship the many hidden rules and nuances that are part of relationships are difficult to understand. Healthy Relationships is a workbook for teens and adults with Williams Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities and other human conditions that may present challenges in building relationships. Through activities, cartoons, and many scenarios the workbook teaches how to investigate and build friendships and relationships safely over periods of time. The workbook provides the reader with the skills for thoughtful and proactive steps necessary for healthy relationships.

“This book is full of interesting and relevant information on building healthy relationships. The format is easy to use and helps readers make valuable connections to their personal lives. Healthy Relationships can have a tremendous impact on the lives of impressionable young adults.”
Amy Summers-Special Education Teacher

“This is a very useful book, I am using it with the young adult minded women, ages 24 to 43, in the group home in which I work. The workbook format makes it easy to guide them through concrete steps to support forming lasting friendships and relationships. They often refer back to the book when they have questions and enjoy repeating activities. The chapter on safety has changed everyone’s perspective on how to navigate relationships. The women are much more mindful of protecting their safety and now have exit plans established. Thank you!”
Beverley Alanjary- Group Home Advisor

“Healthy Relationships is very well thought-out. In fact, I found myself not just reading but really paying attention to the tips in the book and storing them in my brain to use when I confront a friendship/dating situation in my life. I also found myself answering the questions in the book as they apply to me. I thought the acronym (SNAIL) and the different steps were useful and will help people who encounter these situations in life.”
Elizabeth Alper-Student

“The information in this book is useful and easily applicable to every day experiences. It is hard to maintain friendships. By completing the activities and following the SNAIL tips, building life-long friendships becomes more doable.”
Cierra Bantz- Student

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Individual Education Plan Workbook for Success: A Guide for both Parents and Professionals (Self-Help/Non-Fiction)

IEPA successful IEP process is contingent upon the effective interaction and collaboration between a Team of professionals, the parents, and the student. This goal of our workbook is to help people understand how the IEP Team works including roles and responsibilities, tools and steps to support building and preparing for the best IEP, and getting the most out of the interactions with the Team.

“A Guide for both parents & professionals– Individual Education Plan Workbook for Success is the best/most practical publication for teachers to prepare for IEP meetings that I have seen in my ten years in the field. In the world of law or business, or any human interaction, it is often cited that one right word or phrase can change the whole outcome of a meeting. This crucial fact of interpersonal relationships is not presented well in the other special education literature I have reviewed and used in my teacher credentialing programs or in the districts and NPS schools I worked. This book is a must read for teachers on the dynamics of IEP meetings and reading it will absolutely raise your chance of a successful meeting exponentially! I have never had a ‘bad’ IEP meeting and part of that success comes from having followed the common sense but not-before published/taught principles of meeting communication/preparation that I learned in 20 years of working with Fortune 500 companies.”
Bob Plunkett Special Education Teacher

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