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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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Individualized Supports for Students with Problem Behaviors
Individualized Supports for Students with Problem Behaviors
By: Lee Kern, Linda M. Bambara

Practical and comprehensive, this book focuses on the nuts and bolts of designing positive behavior support plans for students with such disabilities as mental retardation, autism, learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. Strategies are provided for addressing individual behavioral problems at all levels of severity. Filled with illustrative examples, the book shows how to conduct a functional assessment and develop an overall support plan, using a team-based approach.

It's Nobody's Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children
It's Nobody's Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children
By: Harold S. Koplewicz, MD

Brain chemistry, not bad parenting, is responsible for the 12 percent of children younger than 18 who have diagnosable brain disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), separation anxiety disorder (SAD), or enuresis (bed-wetting). Through case studies, scientific data, and information about children's development and brain chemistry, Koplewicz helps parents understand the obstacles their brain-disordered children face. A practicing psychiatrist, he also suggests means, including therapy and medication, by which families may lessen the difficulties posed by those disorders. He devotes the final section of the book to considerations of the nature and treatment of problems including, besides those noted above, depression, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, and autism. Presented with compassion but in no-nonsense style, his effort offers a wealth of scientific information in a format easily accessible to parents, extended families, and friends of "difficult" children.
—Kathryn Carpenter from Booklist

It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success
It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success
By: Rick Lavoie

As any parent, teacher, coach, or caregiver of a learning disabled child knows, every learning disability has a social component. The ADD child constantly interrupts and doesn't follow directions. The child with visual-spatial issues loses his belongings. The child with a nonverbal communication disorder fails to gesture when she talks. These children are socially out of step with their peers, and often they are ridiculed or ostracized for their differences. A successful social life is immeasurably important to a child's happiness, health, and development.

Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities
Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities
By: Richard Nelson Bolles, Dale S. Brown

Richard Bolles’s What Color Is Your Parachute? has helped millions of readers find their path in life, and now his Creative Approach to Job-Hunting is brought to bear on the specific challenges faced by job hunters with disabilities. In Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped, Bolles and Dale Susan Brown guide readers through the often-frustrating, but ultimately rewarding process of securing independence in their lives and personal satisfaction in their careers. The authors begin by demystifying the intricacies of the ADA, describing in clear terms what the act does and does not guarantee disabled job hunters, and then move on to job-hunting strategies tailored specifically to people with disabilities.

K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities
K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities
By: Princeton Review

Finding the perfect college for a student with a learning disability can be a frustrating and time-consuming process — so the experts at The Princeton Review have thoroughly researched college programs across the country to help students and their families find the best match to suit their needs.

Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading
Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading
By: Catherine Snow (Editor), Peg Griffin (Editor), M. Burns (Editor)

Basic reading proficiency is key to success in all content areas, but attending to students' literacy development remains a challenge for many teachers, especially after the primary grades. Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading presents recommendations for the essential knowledge about the development, acquisition, and teaching of language and literacy skills that teachers need to master and use.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning
Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning
By: Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Laurie Dietzel

Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills, despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump! The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses.

LD SAT Study Guide: Test Prep and Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities
LD SAT Study Guide: Test Prep and Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities
By: Paul Osborne

Paul Osborne's LD SAT Study Guide is an SAT prep manual designed for students with learning disabilities. By using three different types of instruction—instruction based on specific disabilities or difficulties, advice for anyone with a learning disability, and general SAT prep instruction—the LD SAT Study Guide provides information students need to help their score reflect their aptitude and not their disabilities.

Learning Disabilities (Social Issues Firsthand)
Learning Disabilities (Social Issues Firsthand)
By: Sharon Gunten (Editor)

This edited collection of articles gives the human side of the social issue of learning disabilities. Personal perspectives movingly describe family life, education and work. Experts write about diagnosis and definition of learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities A to Z
Learning Disabilities A to Z
By: Corinne Smith, Lisa Strick

This book is about helping youngsters with learning disabilities hold onto their dreams. It is also about helping their mothers and fathers negotiate the maze of challenges that so often leaves parents and students alike feeling overwhelmed and helpless. Writing with warmth and compassion Corinne Smith and Lisa Strick explain the causes, identification, and treatment of learning disabilities and present a wealth of practical strategies for helping youngsters become successful both in and out of the classroom.

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