Book For Students:

So What's the Difference?  A self-help guide to helping children and young adults understand their learning differences by Donna Cutler-Landsman

Available now in four themes (race car, jungle, coral reef and butterfly), students can choose the template that appeals to them.  This book is designed to assist students in understanding the genetic basis for their syndrome and how they can be successful in school.  A French version is also available by contacting the Generation 22 support group at

Book for Educators and Parents:

Educating Children With Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome  (also known as 22q11.2 Deletion and DiGeorge) Second Edition

Donna Cutler-Landsman MS

The first edition, published in 2007, was well received by parents and professionals who wanted to learn more about this population of students. Now, an updated second edition is enhanced with information on brain and social skills, bullying, anxiety, executive function, homeschooling, cognitive remediation, learning resources and more.  Virtually 100% of children with this syndrome will need special education programming.  This new book blends the scientific research completed within the past 15 years with practical and current educational strategies to better meet the needs of children with 22q11.2DS and other developmental disabilities. 

The book contains chapters written by leading world experts on the 22q11.2 deletion in the areas of language and learning issues, brain abnormalities, language/learning profiles, psychiatric/behavioral difficulties, health issues and a history of the syndrome.  The second section of the book is a practical guide to educating a child with 22q11.2DS from birth to young adulthood. It includes discussions on the learning challenges, educational intervention and accommodations that can be used in the classroom.  The book is suitable for use as a textbook to train special educators as well as a guide for any professionals working with children with the syndrome.  Parents will also find the book a helpful tool to better understand and advocate for their child.

Making learning fit the needs of the child.

Specialized Educational Recommendations for Children with the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

Education Resources

Topics include: Interventions, testing considerations, accommodations, classroom environment, social skills training, behavior/mental health issues 

Now available on CD for use on a home or school computer - a series of four previously recorded webinars.   Each video is approximately 1-1½ hours long and includes a PowerPoint presentation.  The educator training modules are designed for both professional and parent audiences.

Available Modules: Module 1 - Overview of the Syndrome: Current VCFS research, testing issues, educational concerns, classroom considerations Module 2 - Birth to 8: Testing, therapies, pre-school, special education academics,  early math interventions, teaching literacy, social skills, behavioral interventions  Module 3 -Ages 9-14: Academic interventions, social studies and science approaches, organization, adolescent concerns, homework management, friendship issues, middle school issues       Module 4 -Ages 15 to Adult: High school coursework, transition, work experiences, driving, graduation issues, accessing adult services, college, IDEA law issues, mental health concerns   Learn about this newly recognized syndrome. Be in a position to make a difference.