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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.

Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know
Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know
By: Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi

Designed for parents who suspect their child may have some type of communication problem. Explains what is considered 'normal' for a child's development then describes symptoms of various common disorders. Demonstrates how to distinguish between a problem that will probably be outgrown, from one that requires outside help. Also explains how to get help, what tests are likely to be done and how to understand the diagnosis. Includes activities parents can do with their children at home to help them progress.

Children's Minds
Children's Minds
By: Margaret Donaldson

This book presents an argument promoting learning language through a combined Chomsky/Piagetian perspective. This book is a classic among developmental psychologists.

Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children
Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children
By: Michael F. Giangreco, Chigee J. Cloninger , Virginia Salce Iverson

This updated format makes COACH easier to use; it features redesigned forms; more detailed explanations; explicit instructions on "purpose," "directions," "materials needed," and "helpful hints" for each step; and tabs and icons that make information easy to find. Using the established and field-tested methods of COACH, special and general educators, related services providers, and school administrators can collaborate with families and work toward developing a meaningful IEP for each student.

College and Career Success for Students with LD
College and Career Success for Students with LD
By: Roslyn Dolber

This is a user-friendly text which is written for the student. It explores both college and job options for high school grads.

Colleges for Students with Learning Disibilities and ADD
Colleges for Students with Learning Disibilities and ADD
By: Peterson's Publishing

This guide features comprehensive profiles of LD programs at more than 1,100 two- and four-year colleges in the U.S. and Canada. Program listings are categorized as structured/proactive programs or self-directed/decentralized programs for both two- and four-year schools.

Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook
Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook
By: Joan M. Harwell

This New Second Edition of a practical resource already being used by over 55,000 special educators gives you a wealth of new and proven suggestions and ready-to-use materials for helping students of all ages overcome learning disabilities, including dozens of full-page devices you can photocopy and use at once! Written by a master teacher with over 30 years of experience in both mainstreamed and special classes, the Handbook covers virtually every aspect of working with students with learning disabilities, from causes and assessment to classroom management and lesson planning. You'll find diagnostic tools and remediation techniques for all types of learning disabilities specific interventions for specific problems strategies for building academic skills in all basic content areas and ways to improve motivation, participation, and self-esteem in even the most reluctant learner.

Computer Resources for People with Disabilities: A Guide to Assistive Technologies, Tools, and Resources for People of All Ages
Computer Resources for People with Disabilities: A Guide to Assistive Technologies, Tools, and Resources for People of All Ages
By: Stephen W. Hawking, Alliance for Technology Access

Completely updated, with 40 percent new material, this is an indispensable guide for people with disabilities who wish to improve their lives through computer technology. It lists what's available and how best to use it; provides names of organizations, vendors, and online resources; and tells the stories of real people of all ages who are using technology successfully.

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