Parent Library

PROFESSIONAL MATERIAL

It’s Nobody’s Fault
By:  Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D.
Features the latest treatments, including medication for:  attention deficit disorder, anxiety, eating disorders, school phobia, and more.

Like Normal People
By:  Robert Meyers
Robert Meyers shares a story of his family’s involvement in the field of mental retardation.

No One to Play With
By:  Betty B. Osman
Features the social side of learning disabilities with a description of what makes it so hard for these children to get along in their world and suggests ways to parents, teachers, and other caregivers can help them with their social as well as their academic problems.

Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues
By:  Brenda Smith Myles, Katherine Tapscott Cook, Nancy E. Miller, Louann Rinner, and Lisa A. Robbins
Features sensory processing and assessments and interventions for sensory issues.  Defines Asperger’s Syndrome and associated sensory characteristics.

Asperger’s Syndrome
By:  Tony Attwood
An Asperger’s Syndrome guide for parents and professionals.

Education of Learners with Severe Handicaps
By:  Robert H. Horner, Ph. D., Luanna H. Meyer, Ph. D., and H.D. Bud Fredericks, Ph. D.
Features educational programs &/or settings for individuals with severe handicaps.

Teaching Students with Learning Problems in the Inclusive Classroom
By:  Lisa Freund and Rebecca Rich
Features information on educating students with learning problems.  Includes transitions made from college to employment.

Arts and Cognition
By:  Story C. Landis
Features a 2005 progress report on brain research.
Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Learn
By:  Liz Hannah
A practical guide for parents and staff in general education classrooms and preschools.

Teaching Language-Deficient Children
By:  N. Etoile DuBard and Maureen K. Martin
Features theory and application of the association method for multisensory teaching.

Children with Disabilities (Fourth Edition)
By:  Mark L. Batshaw, M.D.
A detailed resourse providing information regarding young children with disabilities and their families.

Critical Issues in the Lives of People with Severe Disabilities
By:  Luanna H. Meyer, Charles A. Peck, and Lou Brown
Definitions, diagnoses, and services are featured regarding people with severe disabilities.

The Foundations of Inclusive Education
By:  Douglas Fisher and Diane L. Ryndak
A compendium of articles on effective strategies to achieve inclusive education.

Supporting Students with Learning Needs in the Block
By:  Marcia Conti-D’Antonio, Robert Bertrando, and Joanne Eisenberger
This book is written for both regular and special education teachers.  It shows that block schedules offer opportunities for students who are at risk, learning disabled, gifted, or otherwise in need of support.

Navigating the Social World
By:  Jeanette McAffee, M.D.
A curriculum for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning Autism, and related disorders.

Caregiver Education Guide for Children with Developmental Disabilities
By:  Aspen Reference Group
A reference guide with common diagnoses and the issues associated with them regarding children with developmental disabilities.

 

AUTISM

Autism Case Law:  A Desktop Reference to Key Decisions.
By:  Amy E. Slater and John W. Norlin
A compendium of summaries of recent judicial and administrative decisions involving children with Autism.

Solving Behavior Problems in Autism
By:  Linda A. Hodgdon, M.ED., CCC-SLP
This book provides a practical approach for recognizing the complexity of behavior management for students with autism spectrum disorder.

Autism:  Asserting Your Child’s Right to a Special Education
By:  David A. Sherman
Guide to the law and strategies to attain a free appropriate special education for your child.  Explains how to assert your child’s legal rights and strategies used.

Autism & the Transition to Adulthood
By:  Paul Wehman, Marcia Datlow Smith, & Carol Schall
Discusses how considerations for transistions are different for young adults with Autism and presents proven strategies for successful planning.

The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome:  Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration
By:  Patricia Romanowski Bashe, M.S. ED. & Barbara L. Kirby
Provides families who have children with A.S. sympathetic and sound practical advice for difficulties they are facing.

The Mom’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and Related Disorders
By:  Jan Johnston-Tyler
This book arms parents with basic, sound information empowering them to seek out the best programs and services for their child.

Finding Our Way:  Practical Solutions for Creating a Supportive Home and Community for the Asperger Syndrome Family.
By:  Kristi Sakai
Targets the major issues families face in creating a comfortable environment for every family member.

The Asperger Parent:  How to Raise a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome and Maintain Your Sense of Humor.
By:  Jeffrey Cohen
Targets the parents of a child with A.S. and provides them with information and emotional support.

More Than a Sum of Diagnostic Differences:  A Positive Perspective on Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
By:  Laurel A. Falvo
Information about what Autism is and how we can understand, appreciate, and interact more effectively with people diagnosed with various forms of Autism.

 

The Autism Sourcebook:  Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing.
By:  Karen Stiff Exkorn
Practical advice and information from the world’s foremost experts on Autism and a mother’s own hard-won lessons from helping her son recover from the disorder.

Educating Children with Autism
By:  National Research Council
Features ways we can better prepare teachers, school staffs, professionals, and parents to educate children with Autism.

Autism:  Facts and Strategies for Parents.
By:  Janice E. Janzen, M.S.
This book contains basic information that can help parents understand Autism and the role of an advocate.

Are Your Eyes Listening?
By:  Sarah Stup
This helps us to understand and separate people from their disabilities and also understand the joys, sorrows, and yearnings we all share.  Focuses on Autism.

The Autism Encyclopedia
By:  John T. Neisworth and Pamela S. Wolfe
A guide to the wide range of terminology related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Do-Si-Do with Autism
By:  Sarah Ann Stup
Teaches and informs children how to better understand people with Autism and encourages them to better value and welcome all of their classmates.

A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism
By:  Colleen Sell
A collection of stories from parents who have struggled with a challenging diagnosis of their child.

Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome
By:  Emily Burrows & Sheila Wagner
A guide for teachers and educators to address the needs of the student.

 

 

 

 

CEREBRAL PALSY

A Guide to Cerebral Palsy:  Your pathway to understanding.
(Print-out)
By:  Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia
A guide to understanding Cerebral Palsy, its causes, diagnosis, and treatment & management of the condition.

The Official Parent’s Sourcebook on Cerebral Palsy:  A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age.
By:  James N. Parker, M.D. & Philip M. Parker, PH.D.
Features useful information about Cerebral Palsy along with a guide on where and how to look for information covering all topics related to C.P.

Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement Disorders
(2 copies)
By:  Sieglinde Martin, M.S., P.T.
A resource that parents, therapists, and other caregivers can consult to help young children with gross motor delays learn & practice motor skills outside of therapy sessions.

Cerebral Palsy:  A Complete Guide for Caregiving.
By:  Freeman Miller, M.D. & Steven J. Bachrach, M.D.
Provides information regarding Cerebral Palsy for parents, grandparents, caregivers, & health professionals.

Taking Cerebral Palsy to School
By:  Mary Ellizabeth Anderson
This book answers many of the questions that children may have about a classmate with Cerebral Palsy but may be too scared or uncomfortable to ask.

Children with Cerebral Palsy:  A Parent’s Guide.
By:  Elaine Geralis
Provides parents with a complete spectrum of information & compassionate advice about Cerebral Palsy & its effect on their child’s development & education.

My Perfect Son Has Cerebral Palsy:  A Mother’s Guide of Helpful Hints.
By:  Marie A. Kennedy
This book shares the thoughts, concerns, and unrelenting faith of a young mother whose son, Jimmy, was born with Cerebral Palsy.

 

 

DOWN SYNDROME

Babies with Down Syndrome:  A New Parent’s Guide.
By:  Karen Stray-Gunderson
Up-to-date information on prenatal testing, early intervention, legal & medical issues, & resources in reference to babies with Down Syndrome.

 

Understanding Down Syndrome:  An Introduction for Parents.
By:  Cliff Cunningham
Provides detailed information about the physical, mental, & social characteristics of Down Syndrome children.

Gross Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome:  A Guide for Parents and Professionals.
By:  Patricia C. Winders, P.T.
A guide illustrating activities to practice with children from birth through age six.

Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome
By:  Maryanne Bruni, BSc OT(c)
An overview of the building blocks of fine motor development and how the characteristics of Down Syndrome can impact the acquisition and progression of fine motor skills.

Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome
Libby Kumin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Offers information on intelligibility issues, hearing loss, apraxia, & other factors that affect communication for children with Down Syndrome.

A Guide to Cerebral Palsy:  Your Pathway to Understanding.
(Print-out)
By:  Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia
A guide to understanding Cerebral Palsy, its causes, diagnosis, and treatment & management of the condition.

The Official Parent’s Sourcebook on Cerebral Palsy:  A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age.
By:  James N. Parker, M.D. & Philip M. Parker, PH.D.
Features useful information about Cerebral Palsy along with a guide on where and how to look for information covering all topics related to Cerebral Palsy.

 

 

 

COMMUNICATION

Baby Sign Language Basics
By:  Monta Z. Bryant
Features early communication for hearing babies and toddlers. Includes more than 300 ASL signs.

First Signs
By:  Garlic Press:  Early Sign Language Series
Presents a way for children & adults to learn sign language through signs & photos. Features first words & phrases.

Teach Your Baby to Sign
By:  Monica Beyer
An illustrated guide to simple sign language.

Signs for Pets and Animals
By:  Garlic Press:  Early Sign Language Series
Presents a way for children & adults to learn sign language through signs & photos.

Food Signs
By:  Garlic Press:  Early Sign Language Series
Presents a way for children & adults to learn sign language through signs & photos.

First Signs at Play
By:  Garlic Press:  Early Sign Language Series
Presents a way for children & adults to learn sign language through signs & photos.

First Signs at Home
By:  Garlic Press:  Early Sign Language Series
Presents a way for children & adults to learn sign language through signs & photos.

 

PARENTING

Becoming Your Own Parent
By:  Dennis Wholey
Collection of information from adult children of alcoholics & other dysfunctional families.

Special Education:  A Parent’s Guide for Children’s Success.
By:  Michael T. Bailey
Tips, checklists, & strategies on how to make the system work to insure the educational success of all children.

Make a Joyful Noise:  An Information Kit for Parents of Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
By:  Oral Deaf Education (www.oraldeafed.org)

Early Childhood Step (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Children Under Six)
By:  AGS – American Guidance Service
Helpful strategies for parenting young children.  Kit includes (1) book & (1) VHS.

50 Wonderful Ways to be a Single-Parent Family
By:  Barry G. Ginsberg, PH.D.
Features “play” & how it can be used to bring a single-parent family closer together & feel more like a team.

A Single Mother’s Survival Guide
By:  Patrice Karst
Features issues that a single mom has to face with suggestions on how to manage them.

Making the “Terrible” Twos Terrific!
By:  John Rosemond
A guide for parents regarding:  toilet training, establishing good bedtime habits, developing an effective disciplinary style, controlling biting & other aggressive behaviors.

I Never Get Anything:  How to Keep Your Kids from Running Your Life.
By:  Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
Advice for parents who desire a healthy way to discipline their children that allows the child to understand “who’s boss”.

Successful Single Parenting:  Bringing Out the Best in Your Kids.
By:  Gary Richmond
Offers practical ideas & suggestions to help you raise healthy, confident children in a supportive, loving family atmosphere.

When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough:  Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism.
By:  Martin M. Anthony, Ph.D. & Richard P. Swinson, M.D.
This book offers hope & help to overcome the need to be perfect & reclaim your right to happiness.

Parenting on Point:  Leading Your Family Along God’s Path.
By:  James C. Williams
Help for families who desire to create a plan to help them keep God in the center of their families.

Being the Parent You Want to Be:  12 Communication Skills for Effective Parenting.
By:  Gary Screaton Page, M.Ed.
Features different styles of parenting along with ways to improve communication.

How to Use Token Economy and Point Systems:  How to Manage Behavior Series.
By:  Teodoro Ayllon
How to manage behavior through the use of token economy & point systems.

Parents Are Forever:  A Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming Successful Coparents after Divorce.
By:  Shirley Thomas, Ph.D.
Information for all parents raising children while living apart.

Bonding:  Building the Foundations of Secure Attachment and Independence.
By:  Marshall H. Klaus, M.D., John H. Kennell, M.D. & Phyllis H. Klaus, C.S.W., M.F.C.C.
Features various topics regarding the bond between parents and their children.

Positive Discipline
By:  Children’s Hospitals and Clinics
A guide for parents looks at some of the common parenting challenges you may face from birth through early elementary school.

Positive Discipline for Single Parents:  Nurturing, Cooperation, Respect, and Joy in Your Single-Parent Family.
By:  Jane Nelson, Ed.D., Cheryl Erwin, M.A. & Carol Delzer, M.A., J.D.
Features information on how to succeed as a single parent.

The Pocket Parent
By:  Gail Reichlin & Caroline Winkler
Features information to parents with relief & long-term understanding to children’s behavior problems.

A Parent’s Guide:  Language and Behavioral Problems in Children.
By:  Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. & Page Hinerman, Ph.D.
Features interventions for improving language skills & behavior along with resources for parents & professionals.

Talking About Death:  A Dialogue between Parent and Child.
By:  Earl A. Grollman
A parent’s guide to explaining death to your child.

 

Parenting Your Complex Child
By:  Peggy Lou Morgan
In this book, information is shared about what Autism is, & how we can understand, appreciate, & interact more effectively with people diagnosed with various forms of Autism.

Special Children, Challenged Parents:  The struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child with a Disability.
By:  Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D.
This book illustrates the impact that a child’s disability has on the entire family.  It is a valuable aid to parents dealing with fear, guilt, shame, marital strain, & other challenges.

Breakthrough Parenting For Children with Special Needs:  Raising the Bar of Expectations.
By:  Judy Winter
A mother of a son with cerebral palsy shares her story & helps parents ‘raise the bar of expectations’ for their challenged children.

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
By:  Sherrie Eldridge
Invaluable guide to the complex emotions that take up residence within the heart of the adopted child and within the adoptive home.

Bringing Out the Winner in Your Child
By:  John Croyle
A guide to parenting that shares information on how to provide children with love, stability, protection, & wisdom they need to become successful adults.

Parenting Plus:  Raising Children with Special Health Needs.
By:  Peggy Finston, M.D.
Practical advice & emotional support for families who face the complexities of raising handicapped or chronically ill children.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
By:  Abele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
A guide to make relationships with children of all ages less stressful & more rewarding.

Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know about Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask)
By:  Justin Richardson, M.D. & Mark A. Schuster, M.D., PH.D.
Features what to expect at each stage of your child’s development & what to tell them at these stages about sex.

 

 

DEVELOPMENTAL & EARLY INTERVENTION

Early Intervention & Autism
By:  James Ball, ED.D., BCBA
Features advice on myths, teaching strategies, behavior rules, & goals & objectives for children with ASD.

Games to Play with Babies
By:  Jackie Silberg
Shows how to build important developmental skills while enjoying time with your baby.

It Takes Two to Talk
By:  Jan Pepper & Elaine Weitzman
A guide for parents of children with language delays.

125 Brain Games for Babies
By:  Jackie Silberg
Features simple games to promote early brain development.

Parent Articles for Early Intervention
By:  Marsha Dunn Klein, M. Ed., OTR/L
Comprises 102 articles written especially for the parents of children, ages birth through 3, who have been diagnosed with a variety of physical disabilities & delays.

Early Intervention Games
By:  Barbara Sher
Features ways to develop social & motor skills in children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders.

The Out-of-Sync Child
By:  Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
A guide to help parents recognize & cope with sensory processing issues.

From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Series:  A Parent’s Guide to Transitioning Young Children with Special Needs.
By:  Padmaja Sarathy
This parent guide was designed to empower families to ask the right questions & seek the most relevant information from professionals regarding their child.

Nurture:  The Essence of Intervention.
By:  Victoria McKinney, Linda LaFever, & Jocie DeVries
Developmental overview of children, youth, & adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

 

 

Brilliant Beginnings Parent Kit
Baby Brain Basics Birth to 12 Months
Includes:  Baby Brain Basics Guidebook, Toy Buying Guide, Music for Your Baby’s Brain CD, & Baby’s Rhyming Photo Book.

Brilliant Beginnings Parent Kit
Toddler Brain Basics 12-24 Months
Includes:  Toddler Brain Basics Guidebook, Activities Toy Guide, Beyond Sing-Along Music CD, and Furry Friends & Merry Melodies Follow-Along Picture Book.

Brilliant Beginnings Parent Kit
Toddler Next Steps 24-36 Months
Includes:  Toddler Next Steps Guidebook, Toddler Next Steps Activity Toy Guide, Toddler Rhythms & Rhymes Music CD, & Emily’s Best Day Ever Matching Pictures Book.

Something’s Wrong With My Child:  A Parent’s Book About children with Learning Disabilities.
By:  Milton Brutten, PH.D., Sylvia O. Richardson, M.D., & Charles Mangel
Addresses all aspects of learning disabilities found in children.

Games to Play with Two Year Olds
By:  Jackie Siberg
Features games that provide opportunities to build confidence & to enhance language, coordination, social interactions, & problem solving skills.

Games to Play with Toddlers
By:  Jackie Silberg
Features games that provide opportunities to improve balance, coordination, problem-solving, language, fine motor skills, creativity, & listening.

Building Your Baby’s Brain:  A Parent’s Guide to the First Five Years.
By:  Diane Trister Dodge & Cate Heroman
Features illustrations & charts regarding the first five years of brain development.

Reading Right from the Start:  What Parents Can Do in the First Five Years.
By:  Toni S. Bickart & Diane Trister Dodge
Uses everyday routines that you do with your children to demonstrate how to build vocabulary, learn about conversations, and discover meaning from the written word.

Your Three-Year-Old:  Friend or Enemy.
By:  Louise Bates Ames, PH.D. & Frances L. Ilg, M.D.
Helps parents understand what’s going on inside a three-year-old’s head, what problems children have, & how to cope with a toddler.

 

Your Two-Year-Old:  Terrible or Tender.
By:  Louise Bates Ames, PH.D. & Frances L. Ilg, M.D.
A description of a two-year-old’s physical growth trends & their emotional & psychological maturation.

Your Six-Year-Old:  Loving and Defiant
By:  Louise Bates Ames, PH.D. & Frances L. Ilg, M.D.
From “best friends” to eating problems to insecurity – everything you need to know about your six-year-old.

Your Seven-Year-Old:  Life in a Minor Key.
By:  Louise Bates Ames, PH.D. & Carol Chase Haber, M.A.
From bed-wetting to finicky eating to problems at school – everything you need to know about your seven-year-old.

Your Eight-Year-Old:  Lively and Outgoing.
Louise Bates Ames, PH.D. & Carol Chase Haber, M.A.
From defiance to school problems to ethical behavior – everything you need to know about your 8 year old.

Your Nine-Year-Old:  Thoughtful and Mysterious.
By:  Louise Bates Ames, PH.D. & Carol Chase Haber, M.A.
Covers issues from tattling to social problems to sexual curiosity in a 9 year old.

The Special Child:  A Source Book for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities.
By:  Siegfried M. Pueschel, M.D., James C. Bernier, M.S.W., & Leslie E. Weidenman, PH.D.
Helps parents learn how to recognize developmental problems, obtain an evaluation, & choose a specialist.

New Visions for the Developmental Assessment of Infants and Young Children
By:  Samuel J. Meisels & Emily Fenichel
Features detailed information on the assessment process of infants and young children.

The Developing Child
By:  Holly E. Brisbane
Detailed guide of a child’s development; birth to age 12.

Touchpoints:  The Essential Reference.
By:  Terry Brazelton, M.D.
Features information on a child’s emotional and behavioral development.

 

 

SIBLINGS

The Sibling Slam Book:  What it’s Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs.
By:  Don Meyer
A collection of stories presented by siblings of an individual with special needs.

Sibshops:  Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs.
By:  Don Meyer & Patricia Vadasy
Addresses the needs of siblings of children with special needs such as how they can deal with loneliness, anger, & socialization.

Brothers, Sisters, and Special Needs
By:  Debra J. Lobato
Information & activities for helping young siblings of children with chronic illnesses & developmental disabilities.

Special Siblings
By:  Mary McHugh
Captures the joys & challenges of having & being a special sibling.

“Mom, Jason’s Breathing on Me!” (The Solution to Sibling Bickering)
By:  Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D.
Features advice to assist parents on what they can do to alleviate strife between siblings.

Views From Our Shoes:  Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs.
By:  Donald Meyer
A collection of brief essays by children & young adults who have a sibling with special needs.

 

OTHER DIAGNOSIS

Alzheimer’s Disease
By:  Laurie Beckleman
This book explains what is known and the questions that remain in reference to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Diabetes
By:  Elizabeth Ferber
Information regarding diabetes including diagnosis and treatment along with how to manage it.

 

The A-Z Reference Book of Childhood Conditions
By:  Patricia Gilbert
Features childhood conditions with the causes, characteristics, treatment, & prevention strategies.

The Child with Special Needs:  Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth.
By:  Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. & Serena Wieder, PH.D.
Features information regarding developmental challenges including Autism, PDD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADD, & other related disorders.

Meeting the Needs of Students with Special Physical and Health Care Needs
By:  Jennifer Leigh Hill
Basic information about the types of chronic physical & health problems that children in our school systems face & how their illnesses or disabling conditions affect their everyday lives.

Surviving Schizophrenia
E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.
Includes the latest research findings on all aspects of the disease as well as information about the newest treatments & answers to questions most often asked by families, parents & providers.

The Littlest Baby:  A Handbook for Parents of Premature Children.
By:  Fred R. Pfister and Bernard Griesemer, M.D.
Features medical & practical guidance needed for parents of premature children.

The Pain of Premature Parents:  A Psychological Guide for Coping.
By:  Michael T. Hynan
Describes the common difficulties of prematurity & how these problems affect others.

Premature Infants and Their Families
By:  M. Virginia Wyly
Focuses on premature infants & their families with a specific focus on the underlying rationale, design, & implementation of appropriate interventions.

Troubled Children / Troubled Systems
By:  Steven J. Apter
The purpose of this book is to demonstrate the utility of an ecological approach to troubled children.

You Are Not Alone
By:  Clara Claiborne Park
A guide to aid in understanding & dealing with mental illness.

 

Hyperactivity:  Why Won’t My Child Pay Attention?
By:  Sam Goldstein & Michael Goldstein
A complete guide to ADD for teachers, parents, & community agencies.

Jumpin’ Johnny Get Back To Work!
By:  Michael Gordon, Ph.D.
A child’s guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity.

A Parent’s Guide:  Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children.
By:  Sam Goldstein, Ph.D
Provides information on A.D.H.D. in children including the causes, interventions, medications used for treatment, & available resources.

 

INSPIRATIONIAL

Circles of Friends
By:  Robert Perske
Collection of stories regarding friendships between people with disabilities and so-called normal’s.

Show Me No Mercy
By:  Robert Perske
Paralyzed in an accident that kills his wife & daughter, Andy Banks, a bus driver, struggles to overcome his handicap and to keep his teenage son with Down’s Syndrome from being institutionalized.

The Short Bus:  A Journey Beyond Normal.
By:  Jonathan Mooney
Features Jonathan Mooney’s account of personal success after growing up with severe learning differences.

You Will Dream New Dreams:  Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilities.
By:  Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D. & Kim Schive
Collection of writings shared by parents of children with disabilities.

After The Tears:  Parents Talk About Raising a Child with a Disability.
By:  Robin Simons
Features the issues that a family has to endure with raising a child with a disability.

The Elephant in the Playroom
By:  Denise Brodey
Parents write about the highs and lows of raising kids with special needs.

 

We Cry Out:  Living with Developmental Disabilities.
By:  Susan Dahl, M.S., John DeFrain, Ph.D. & John S. Campbell, M.D.
A collection of stories from individuals with developmental disabilities & their families.  Shares the impact that living with these disabilities has on those involved.

Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Children with Special Needs.
By:  Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Heather McNamara, & Karen Simmons
Stories of love & understanding for those who care for children with disabilities.

Parents Speak Out:  Then & Now.
By:  H.R. Turnbull III & Ann P. Turnbull
A collection of powerful stories that describe how those who sought help for persons with disabilities and their families, those who tried to provide it, met with a mixture of success and failure.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Harold S. Kushner
This book is for anyone who has ever been hurt by life.  It offers a moving & humane approach to understanding life’s windstorms.

What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew:  Reflections from a Different Journey.
By:  Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D. & John D. Kemp
A collection of essays written by adults with disabilities.

You Will Dream New Dreams:  Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilities.
By:  Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D. & Kim Schive
A collection of writings by parents of children with disabilities.

A Matter of Dignity:  Changing the World of the Disabled.
By:  Andrew Potok
Features legislative & legal aspects of disabilities as well as emotional issues brought on by the impact the disability has on the individual as well as those indirectly involved.

Career-Vocational Education for Handicapped Youth
By:  Sidney R. Miller & Patrick J. Schloss
Features career education, handicapped populations, assessments & behavior management for handicapped youth.

 

EDUCATION & ADVOCACY

From Emotions to Advocacy
By:  Pam Wright & Pete Wright
A complete guide to special education advocacy.

How to Compromise with Your School District Without Compromising Your Child:  A Field Guide for Getting Effective Services for Children with Special Needs.
By:  Gary Mayerson
Helps parents gain access to effective educational programs to optimize their children’s future.

Miseducation:  Preschoolers at Risk.
By:  David Elkind
This book features information about the risks involved in attempting to teach children the wrong things at the wrong time.

No Child Left Behind
By:  Peter W.D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright, & Suzanne Whitney Heath
Features analysis & interpretation of the No Child Left Behind Act.

All About IEP’s:  Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About IEP’s.
By:  Peter W.D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright & Sandra Webb O’Connor
Features information to frequently asked questions about IEP’s.

Negotiating the Special Education Maze:  A Guide for Parents and Teachers.
By:  Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood, & Deidre Hayden
Provides information for a better understanding of the special education system & how to make it work for individual families.

From Emotions to Advocacy
By:  Pam Wright & Pete Wright
A complete guide to special education advocacy.

How to Get Services by Being Assertive
By:  Charlotte Des Jardins
A guide for parents of children with disabilities and their helpers to assist them in getting the services that they need to function at their highest potential.

Negotiating the Special Education Maze:  A Guide for Parents and Teachers.
By:  Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood, & Deidre Hayden
Provides information for a better understanding of the special education system & how to make it work for individual families.

From Early Intervention to Preschool Programs and School-Age Services:  A Parent’s Guide to Transitioning Young Children with Special Needs.
By:  Padmaja Sarathy
This parent guide was designed to empower families to ask the right questions & seek the most relevant information from professionals regarding their child.

 

GAMES & ACTIVITIES

104 Activities That Build:  Self-Esteem, Team-Work, Communication, Anger Management, Self-Discovery & Coping Skills.
By:  Alanna Jones
Features games that can be used in any setting with minimal resources & on any budget.

Fun With Messy Play:  Ideas and Activities for Children with Special Needs.
By:  Tracey Beckerleg
This book heightens the sensory perception of children with special needs through the imaginative use of everyday ‘messy’ materials.

Inclusive Leisure Services:  Responding to the Rights of People with Disabilities.
By:  John Dattilo, Ph.D.
The intent of this book is to encourage providers of leisure services to promote inclusion of people with disabilities into their programs.

Adapted Games & Activities:  From Tag to Team Building.
By:  Pattie Rouse
Provides a wealth of games to get your participants moving & having fun, regardless of their cognitive or physical ability levels.

Creative Play Activities for Children with Disabilities
By:  Lisa Rappaport Morris & Linda Schulz
Activities designed to help infants to 8 year olds with all types of disabilities grow through play.

The Five Minute Parent
By:  Deborah Shelton
Fun & fast activities for you & your little ones.

Getting People Involved in Life and Activities:  Effective Motivating Techniques.
By:  Jeanne Adams, MS, CTRS, ACC
Reasons for lack of activity involvement & techniques for getting & keeping people involved in activity programs.

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun
By:  Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
Features activities for kids with sensory processing disorder.


LEGAL ASPECTS

Special Needs Trusts
By:  Stephen Elias
Covers topics such as public benefit programs such as SSI, SSDI, Medicare, Medicaid, taxes, & special needs trusts.

How to Get SSI & SS Disability
By:  Mike Davis
A step by step guide to help disability applicants appeal the denial of their benefits.