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Recommended Books

Alphabetical by Title

The following are recommended books for parents and educators on learning disabilities, ADHD, and other issues. This list is by no means exhaustive, but is intended to provide you with a starting point for increasing your knowledge. The links are to Amazon.com where you can find more information about each book.

This list is organized alphabetically by title. You can also see this list organized by subject.

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Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
By: Michael Thompson

Best Friends, Worst Enemies brings to life the drama of childhood relationships, guiding parents to a deeper understanding of the motives and meanings of social behavior. Here you will find penetrating discussions of the difference between friendship and popularity, how boys and girls deal in unique ways with intimacy and commitment, whether all kids need a best friend, why cliques form and what you can do about them.

Beyond Baby Talk: From Sounds to Sentences, A Parent's Complete Guide to Language Development
Beyond Baby Talk: From Sounds to Sentences, A Parent's Complete Guide to Language Development
By: Kenn Apel, Julie Masterson

The first five years of a child's life are the most critical for speech and language development, and, as a parent, you are your child's primary language role model. So what are the best ways to help your child develop the all-important skill of communication? Inside, you'll discover all of the essential steps and checkpoints from birth through age five, tips to help your child progress on schedule, and easy methods to:

  • Evaluate and monitor your child's language development
  • Understand and deal with environmental impacts such as television and cultural styles
  • Recognize the signs of language development problems

Bridging the Gap: Raising a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder
Bridging the Gap: Raising a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder
By: Rondalyn Varney Whitney

Author Rondalyn Varney Whitney, a pediatric occupational therapist, is the mother of Zac, a child who suffers from nonverbal learning disorder, or NLD. By definition, NLD is a neurological defect in children who are unable to recognize the nonverbal clues that make up 50 percent of communication. In Bridging the Gap, Whitney seamlessly weaves practical professional advice throughout the account of her passionate involvement with her son. She writes, "I believe that NLD, now thought to be as prevalent as dyslexia, is a difference and not a flaw." She also warns parents and teachers that kids with NLD are likely to be misdiagnosed as lazy or defiant, so she urges readers to consider both the strengths (high intelligence and advanced verbal skills and memory) and weaknesses (low visual, spatial, and motor skills and deficits in social communication) of these kids.

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