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PARENT'S BOOKSHELF

Specific Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia)

  • The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

    by Brock L. Eide M.D. M.A. and Fernette F. Eide M.D.
    "While dyslexics typically struggle to decode the written word, they often also excel in such areas of reasoning as mechanical (required for architects and surgeons), interconnected (artists and inventors); narrative (novelists and lawyers), and dynamic (scientists and business pioneers). The Dyslexic Advantage provides the first complete portrait of dyslexia."
  • The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning

    by Ben Foss
    "While other books tell you what dyslexia is, this book tells you what to do. Dyslexics’ innate skills, which may include verbal, social, spatial, kinesthetic, visual, mathematical, or musical abilities, are their unique key to acquiring knowledge. Figuring out where their individual strengths lie, and then harnessing these skills, offers an entrée into learning and excelling. And by keeping the focus on learning, not on standard reading the same way everyone else does, a child with dyslexia can and will develop the self-confidence to flourish in the classroom and beyond. "
  • Bright Kids Who Can't Keep Up: Help Your Child Overcome Slow Processing Speed and Succeed in a Fast-Paced World

    by Ellen Braaten PhD and Brian Willoughby PhD
  • Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level

    by Sally Shaywitz M.D.
  • Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

    by Dr.Maryanne Wolf
  • Dyslexia Advocate!: How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System

    by Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Disability Law and The IEP

  • Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide

    by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright
  • The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child

    by Lawrence M. Siegel
  • Dyslexia Advocate!: How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System

    by Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Executive Function

  • Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

    by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

Autism Spectrum

  • Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think

    by Greenspan Stanley/Weider Serena
    "While dyslexics typically struggle to decode the written word, they often also excel in such areas of reasoning as mechanical (required for architects and surgeons), interconnected (artists and inventors); narrative (novelists and lawyers), and dynamic (scientists and business pioneers). The Dyslexic Advantage provides the first complete portrait of dyslexia."
  • Neurotribes

    by Steve Silberman.
    "Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives.”
  • Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

    by Barry Prizant.
    "Prizant offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.”
  • Thinking About You, Thinking About Me

    by Michelle Garcia Winner.
    This is my favorite book in terms of strategies for helping a child develop social skills.

General

  • Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders

    by Kenneth Bock (Author), Cameron Stauth (Author)
    Autism is an epidemic: It has spiked 1,500 percent in the last twenty years. ADHD, asthma and allergies have also skyrocketed over the same time period. One of these conditions now strikes one in every three children in America. But there is hope. Leading medical innovator Kenneth Bock, M.D., has helped change the lives of more than a thousand children, and in this important book, with a comprehensive program that targets all four of the 4-A disorders, he offers help to children everywhere...
  • Far From the Tree

    by Andrew Solomon.
    Here is a review: "Solomon’s startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition—that difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.”
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

    by Norman Doidge

Sensory Processing

  • The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder

    by Carol Kranowitz (Author), Lucy Jane Miller (Preface)

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