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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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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.

The Gift of Dyslexia
The Gift of Dyslexia
By: Ronald Davis, Eldon M. Braun

Levinson's use of patient testimonials and case studies to describe his breakthroughs in the treatment of dyslexia makes for a medical text that reads like a novel. He traces both his research on the connection between dyslexia and the inner ear and cerebellum and also the scientific community's skepticism regarding his claims. Formerly a professor at New York University Medical School and currently director of the Medical Dyslexic Treatment Center, Levinson acknowledges criticism and errors and, overall, offers a balanced view of his methods. In the process, he reveals the unfortunate increase in the politics of scientific research. Levinson's book is recommended as a source for the most current research, an account of the patients' plight, and an expose of the scientific debate.

Davis, on the other hand, emphasizes child development, psychology, and education rather than medical treatment. As a dyslexic individual and a teacher, he offers a unique perspective on the subject of learning disabilities. Through his own real-life experiences he shares what everyone needs to know about dyslexia, what the dyslexic student encounters in a typical school, and what is needed to teach such students effectively. To support his conclusion that dyslexics have special talents of perception, imagination, and intuition, Davis cites talented and brilliant figures from Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci to Churchill and Walt Disney.
— Library Journal

The Human Side of Dyslexia
The Human Side of Dyslexia
By: Shirley Kurnoff

This book is about people, about the challenges and rewards, living with dyslexia. The author's goal is to give the reader encouragement, and to de-emphasize the negativity that comes with a learning difference. The 142 interviews are packed with practical coping strategies that will help you get through your journey with dyslexia.

The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn't Talking Yet
The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn't Talking Yet
By: Marilyn C. Agin, Lisa F. Geng , Malcolm Nicholl

Every parent eagerly awaits the day his or her child will speak for the first time. For millions of mothers and fathers, however, anticipation turns to anxiety when those initial, all-important words are a long time coming. Many worried parents are reassured that their child is "just a late talker," but unfortunately, that is not always the case.

The LD Child and ADHD Child:  Ways Parents and Professionals Can Help
The LD Child and ADHD Child: Ways Parents and Professionals Can Help
By: Suzanne H. Stevens

Public libraries will want to purchase this book for their education and parenting collections. It is a brief, upbeat, always realistic look at what learning disabilities are and what problems LD children and parents face at home and at school.
—Library Journal

The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (6-12)
The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (6-12)
By: Molly Lyle Brown

The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion Grades 6-12 is designed to help you translate the impact of IDEA into how you work with the students, their parents, regular educators, and the general curriculum itself. This book provides materials that correspond to the major IEP changes resulting from the reauthorization of IDEA.

The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (K-5)
The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (K-5)
By: Molly Lyle Brown

The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (K-5) has page after page of goals and strategies to help your students succeed in the general curriculum. You'll have recent content standards, benchmarks, and instructional modifications in four core academic areas: language arts, math, social studies, science.

The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities
The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities
By: Larry B. Silver, M.D.

This updated comprehensive guide addresses revisions to federal and state discrimination laws, includes educational options that are available to students with learning disabilities, and describes the pros and cons of various therapies.

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