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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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The Achievement Test Desk Reference: Comprehensive Assessment and Learning Disabilities
The Achievement Test Desk Reference: Comprehensive Assessment and Learning Disabilities
By: Dawn P. Flanagan, Samuel O. Ortiz , Vincent C. Alfonso , Jennifer T. Mascolo

The Achievement Test Desk Reference is the first book to link the practice of academic and learning disability assessment within the context of a broad-based psychoeducational evaluation process that is grounded in the widely accepted and well-validated CHC theory. The completely revised Second Edition includes detailed, up-to-date descriptions and critical reviews of more than 50 published achievement tests and features a comprehensive, innovative framework for evaluating learning disabilities.

The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders
The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders
By: Sandra F. Rief

This book is filled with the strategies, supports, and interventions that have been found to be the most effective in minimizing the problems and optimizing the success of children and teens with ADHD. In addition, the easy-to-use 8 1/2 x 11 lay-flat format is filled with reproducible checklists, forms, tools, and resources.

The Behavior Disorder IEP Companion
The Behavior Disorder IEP Companion
By: Molly Lyle Brown

Save time planning and writing IEP goals! Useful in both the special ed and regular classroom, this comprehensive resource provides you with IEP goals, interventions, and strategies for your students with behavioral difficulties. Set a course for your students to succeed in the classroom and in daily social situations.

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
By: Barbara Coloroso

It's a deadly triad: bullies who terrorize, bullied kids who are afraid to tell, bystanders who watch, participate, or look away, and adults who dismiss the incidents as a normal part of childhood. Drawing on her decades of work with youth, this practical book by bestselling parenting educator Barbara Coloroso explains the three kinds of bullying, the differences between boy and girl bullies, four abilities that protect your child from succumbing to bullying, seven steps to take if your child is a bully, how to help the bullied child heal and effectively discipline the bully, how to evaluate a school's antibullying policy and much more.

The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth
The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth
By: Stanley I. Greenspan, MD, Serena Wieder , Robin Simons

In this essential work the authors lay out a complete, step-by-step approach for parents, educators, and others who work with developmental problems. Covering all kinds of disabilities — including autism, PPD, language and speech problems, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and ADD — the authors offer a new understanding of the nature of these challenges and also specific ways of helping children extend their intellectual and emotional potential. The authors first show how to move beyond labels to observe the unique profile — strengths and problems — of the individual child. Next, they demonstrate the techniques necessary to help the child not only reach key milestones but also develop new emotional and intellectual capacities.

The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child
The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child
By: Lawrence M. Siegel

The Individualized Education Program, or IEP, determines the nuts and bolts of your child's special education. This includes the specific classroom set up, curricula, support services, and program and educational goals. Understanding every aspect of the IEP process will help you avoid surprises along the way. The Complete IEP Guide walks you step-by-step through the IEP process. The book provides all the instructions, suggestions, strategies, resources and forms you need to proceed from the beginning, when you first suspect a problem, to the end, when your child completes school.

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners
The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners
By: Carol Ann Tomlinson

Drawing on nearly three decades of experience, author Carol Ann Tomlinson describes a way of thinking about teaching and learning that will change all aspects of how you approach students and your classroom. She looks to the latest research on learning, education, and change for the theoretical basis of differentiated instruction and why it's so important to today's children. Yet she offers much more than theory, filling the pages with real-life examples of teachers and students using-and benefitting from-differentiated instruction.

The Family-School Connection: Theory, Research, and Practice
The Family-School Connection: Theory, Research, and Practice
By: Bruce A. Ryan (Editor), Gerald R. Adams (Editor), Thomas P. Gullotta (Editor), Roger P. Weissberg (Editor), Robert L. Hampton (Editor)

Currently, only about 50% of American youths live in traditional two-parent, first-marriage families. This fact, combined with often bleak economic and social realities, creates the backdrop of interactions between families, children, and schools are examined in this probing volume. Answering a need for evaluative research in this area of increasing public interest, the contributors build a model for evaluation, focusing on the dynamics of family-school connections. How is school achievement influenced by parent-child interactions and the family environment? How do school, family, community, and peer-group connections affect early adolescents? What is the family's role in the success of learning-disabled youth or in school truancy? What effect does parental discord and divorce have on a child's learning?

These questions, as well as proposals for intervention and prevention, create the crux of this book designed to inform and motivate readers to respond to one of our country's most fundamental social concerns. Vital reading for everyone who wants to better understand child-school-community interaction, this book especially warrants reading by students, researchers, and other professionals in developmental psychology, family studies, psychology, and social work.

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child
The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child
By: Linda Dobson

This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child's specific learning style.

The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems Into Strengths
The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems Into Strengths
By: Lara Honos-Webb

The goal of this book is to help readers recast the paradigm they use to think about the condition, encouraging them to help ADHD kids develop their unique gifts. It begins with an overview of current ADHD diagnosis including definitions and a sample of a case study. Each subsequent chapter reframes certain ADHD symptoms in a positive way and reinforces this transformation with awareness exercises designed to increase the appreciation of the child's traits.

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