For Parents and Professionals
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.
The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal
Labeled "dyslexic and profoundly learning disabled with attention and behavior problems," Jonathan Mooney was a short bus rider — a derogatory term used for kids in special education and a distinction that told the world he wasn't "normal." Along with other kids with special challenges, he grew up hearing himself denigrated daily. Ultimately, Mooney surprised skeptics by graduating with honors from Brown University. But he could never escape his past, so he hit the road. To free himself and to learn how others had moved beyond labels, he created an epic journey. He would buy his own short bus and set out cross-country, looking for kids who had dreamed up magical, beautiful ways to overcome the obstacles that separated them from the so-called normal world.
*This book contains adult language.
The Source for ADD/ADHD
This great new resource gathers all of the information on ADD/ADHD and organizes it for you in a succinct, useful format. First, get a quick overview of the myths and realities of ADD/ADHD. Each reality is then addressed in subsequent chapters including: definitions of ADD/ADHD; characteristics and diagnosis; neurology of learning within ADD/ADHD; medical, behavioral, and educational intervention; and the team approach. You'll also get a great reference list of resources, websites, and support groups.
The Source for Bilingual Students with Language Disorders
Focus on teaching vocabulary and phonological awareness skills, the most important skills your bilingual students need for overall English proficiency and literacy. This resource gives you activities and materials based on a hierarchy of second language acquisition. You'll get teaching strategies, intervention activities, thematic vocabulary units, IEP goals and benchmarks, vocabulary pictures, vocabulary word cards, and reproducible treatment activities. A handy recording form is included to help you get baseline measures for vocabulary recognition and to check progress along the way.
The Source for Learning Disabilities
This is the definitive source for information on learning disabilities. Get new information about federal mandates, teaming, transitioning, and involving parents. You'll also have a thorough discussion of the social and emotional aspects of LD and a glossary of terms. Get well-organized information about five major disabilities: communication disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and attention deficit disorder (ADD). For each of the five disabilities, you'll have: definitions, characteristic charts, screening checklists, intervention tips and strategies, and a comprehensive list of resources.
The Source for Nonverbal Learning Disorders
The child with a nonverbal learning disability presents a puzzling and challenging profile to teachers, therapists, and parents. This resource translates the research into an understandable manual for the identification and treatment of children and youth with nonverbal learning disorders.
The Special Educator's Comprehensive Guide to 301 Diagnostic Tests
This important resource is an update of the best-selling book The Special Educator's Resource Guide to 109 Diagnostic Tests. The greatly expanded second edition contains 301 new and enhanced tests, which are vital to understanding assessment in special education. Designed as an easy-to-use, hands-on resource, the book is filled with practical tools, information, and suggestions. Step-by-step, this practical guide explores the various stages of evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, prescription, and remediation.
The Special Educator's Survival Guide
Written for educators who work with special children and teens, this second edition of a best-selling classic offers a practical guide to every facet of the special education teacher's job, from teaching in a self-contained classroom or resource room to serving on a multidisciplinary team. This easy-to-follow format, takes you step by step through the various stages required to understand the referral process, parent intakes and conferences, evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, remediation, placement, individual education plans, classroom management, medication, educational law, and more.
The Twice-Exceptional Dilemma
Twice-exceptional children—those with both a disability and a gift or talent — present education proffesionals and families with significant challenges. This guide focuses on the identification considerations, common characteristics, obstacles and learning difficulties, roles and responsibilities for educators to ensure the academic success of the largest group of twice-exceptional children — those who have a disability and are also academically gifted.
The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas
As a homeschooling parent, you're always looking for new and creative ways to teach your child the basics. Look no longer! Inside this innovative helper, you'll find kid-tested and parent-approved techniques for learning math, science, writing, history, manners, and more that you can easily adapt to your family's homeschooling needs. And even if you don't homeschool, you'll find this book a great teaching tool outside the classroom.
The Unwritten Rules of Friendship
This practical and compassionate guidebook enables parents to sharpen any child's social skills by pinpointing the child's particular social strengths and difficulties. Each chapter — from "The Shy Child" to "The Little Adult," from "The Short-Fused Child" to "The Sensitive Soul" — uses case studies that focus on the specific social conventions that certain children don't "get," and offers drills that parents and teachers can use to help children understand the unspoken underpinnings of social situations, the knowledge essential to building, sustaining, and repairing relationships.
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