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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 Twice-Exceptional Dilemma
The Twice-Exceptional Dilemma
By: National Education Association

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
The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas
By: Linda Dobson

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
The Unwritten Rules of Friendship
By: Eileen Kennedy-Moore

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.

To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled
To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled
By: Susan Baum, Steven V. Owen

This revised and expanded edition of To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled offers up-to-date information on identifying and meeting the needs of gifted and learning disabled (GLD) youngsters. Part I discusses the patterns of accomplishments and failures that many GLD students present as well as identification and diagnosis issues. Part II explores the contemporary psychological theory and research that guides educational applications for GLD students. And Part III offers practical strategies for teaching GLD students and helping them plan and explore options for their future. Three new chapters in this resource cover self regulation, developing comprehensive IEPs for GLD students, and the roles parents and counselors can play in meeting the social and emotional needs of GLD students.

Tutor in a Book: Better Grades as Easy as 1-2-3
Tutor in a Book: Better Grades as Easy as 1-2-3
By: Alexandra Mayzler, Ana McGann
Adams Media

Instead of promoting quick fixes, this handbook shows students how to adapt their studies to their own strengths and weaknesses. Tutor in a Book guides students through realistic and personalized approaches, hands-on worksheets, and short vignettes describing the academic obstacles many students face and overcome. Tutor in a Book includes strategies for Organization: finding the system that works best and maintaining it; Time Management: how to finish school work with time to spare; and Study Skills: introducing subject-specific approaches and multi-sensory techniques for a personalized study regimen.

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Process: A Guide for Educators and Parents
Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Process: A Guide for Educators and Parents
By: Marion Sanders

This book provides an understanding not only of dyslexia but also of the broader population of weaker readers and presents information on how to help them. Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Process presents dyslexia against a background of normal reading development, and in the context of child development, taking into account multiple factors that affect how well a child overcomes or compensates for dyslexia. Case examples are presented throughout to illustrate specific skill weaknesses. Dyslexia research provides considerable knowledge about how to help all children who do not learn to read on schedule. The final two chapters of the book deal with the history and nature of reading instruction, and how we can improve the teaching of reading in our schools. For anyone interested in reading development.

Understanding Girls with ADHD
Understanding Girls with ADHD
By: Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D.

A ground-breaking book on the needs and issues of girls with attentional problems: why they are often undiagnosed, how they are different from boys, and what their special needs are in school, in their social world and at home. Age-related checklists from pre-school to high school help parents and professionals better identify and help girls with ADHD.

Understanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior
Understanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior
By: Steven E. Curtis

When should you seek professional help for your child's behavioral, social, or learning challenges? Understanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior is the ultimate resource for assessing your child's behavior, learning when to intervene, and knowing how to seek further help for a struggling child. Whether a child is dealing with performance issues, anxiety, noncompliance, angry outbursts, or a host of other difficulties, this book offers a step-by-step method that walks parents through the often-complex process of treating a child's problems.

Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning
By: Council for Exceptional Children

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers education professionals a conceptual framework to create flexible, equitable, and accessible instructional techniques that accommodate individual learning differences in a classroom setting.

Unlocking Literacy
Unlocking Literacy
By: Marcia K. Henry

This innovative book provides general and special educators with teaching strategies to help students from pre-kindergarten to middle school learn to read and spell accurately by integrating two important, interlocking skills: decoding and spelling. The book is filled with classroom activities, lesson plans, samples of students' work, and extensive word lists organized by students' age and ability levels. Unlock literacy by expanding literacy skills and knowledge, boosting early literacy and language development, beginning formal reading and writing instruction, and deepening students' proficiency with language! The decoding model has been found to be effective for students with or without learning disabilities and English language learners.

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