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Recommended Books for Families

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A Mind at a Time
By Mel Levine
From Levine incorporates scientific research to show readers how the eight neurodevelopmental systems evolve, interact, and contribute to a child’s success in school. Detailed steps describe how mental processes (like problem solving) work for capable kids, and how they can be finessed to serve those who struggle. Clear, practical suggestions for fostering self-monitoring skills and building self-esteem

Learning Disabilities : A to Z : A Parent’s Complete Guide to Learning Disabilities from Preschool to Adulthood
by Corinne Smith, Lisa W. Strick
From Booklist,, “…Smith and Strick describe clearly, concisely, and in detail what learning disabilities are, what causes them, their warning signs, their assessment, appropriate educational programs for them, and their possessors’ social and emotional well-being. Illustrations, checklists, case material, and resource lists supplement their unusually thorough, logically organized handbook for parents, which is also substantive enough to usefully guide health professionals, teachers, and child-care workers…” Kathryn Carpenter

Physical Activities for Improving Children’s Learning and Behavior
by Billye Ann Cheatum and Allison Hammond

The Out of Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Integration Dysfunction
by Carol Stock Kranowitz
From, “Do you know a child who plays too rough, is uncoordinated, hates being touched, is ultra-sensitive (or unusually insensitive) to noise or sensations of heat and cold? …Children with perfectly normal “far senses” (such as sight and hearing) may have, because of a poorly integrated nervous system, serious problems with their “near senses,” including touch, balance, and internal muscle sensation. It’s called Sensory Integration Dysfunction, or SI. …Kranowitz carefully details many routines and remedies that will help children–and the parents of children–who exhibit the behaviors described….” Richard Farr

Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration
by Carol Kranowtiz, Stacy Szklut
From, “Carol Stock Kranowitz interviews expert occupational therapist Stacey Szklut about how to teach children with sensory integration problems. This full-length audio tape includes narration by public health physician Dr. David Silver. A 60-page companion booklet includes classroom checklists, idea sheets, sensory profiles, and extensive resources customized for the classroom teacher.”

The Child with Special Needs : Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth
by Stanley Greenspan, Serena Weider
From, Addison-Wesley, “Stanley Greenspan, internationally known for his work with infants, young children, and their families, and his colleague, nationally recognized child psychologist Serena Wieder, have for the first time integrated their award-winning research and clinical experience into a definitive guide to raising a child with special needs. In this essential work they lay out a complete, step-by-step approach for parents, educators, and others who work with developmental problems. Covering all kinds of disabilities–including autism, PDD, language and speech problems, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and ADD–the authors offer a new understanding of the nature of these challenges and also specific ways of helping children extend their intellectual and emotional potential… Greenspan’s well-known “floor-time” approach enables parents, as well as clinicians, to use seemingly playful interactions that help children actually move up the developmental ladder and often master creative and abstract thinking formerly thought beyond their reach…”

The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five ‘Difficult’ Types of Children
by Stanley Greenspan, Jacqueline Salmon
From, “Described by Publisher’s Weekly as ‘a rope with a life preserver at the end,’ The Challenging Child offers calm, reassuring advice to parents. Stanley I. Greenspan is a practicing child psychiatrist and helps parents dealing with all types of difficult children. He reveals the parenting patterns to avoid and helps adults tailor their approach to a child’s particular needs.”

Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Intelligence and Emotional Growth in Babies and Young Children
by Stanley Greenspan, Nancy Breslau Lewis
From, “…Stanley Greenspan, the internationally admired child psychiatrist, identifies the six key experiences which enable children to reach their full potential as human beings. In Building Healthy Minds, parents will learn not only the precise types of games, fantasy play, and conversations with and without words that encourage this development, but also how to tailor these to their particular child. Surprising insights, such as the great value of extended parent/child arguments, or the complex intellectual achievements represented by a trip to the refrigerator, will amaze and delight parents…”

Building Bridges through Sensory Integration
by Ellen Yack, Shirley Sutton, Paula Aquilla
From Parentbooks, “Focusing on children diagnosed with autism or other pervasive developmental disorders, and who experience abnormal sensory processing and impaired motor planning, Building Bridges provides a practical resource for parents, educators, occupational therapists and other professionals. Hundreds of strategies and ready-to-use activities for sensory learning.”

Changed by a Child: Companion Notes for Parents of a Child with a Disability
by Barbara Gill
From, ” Parenting is always tough, but parenting a child with disabilities, serious injuries, or chronic illness can be a life-changing, profoundly disrupting experience. In Changed by a Child, Barbara Gill provides brief meditations and passages about the challenges, grief, faith, hope, and other feelings and experiences of parents who have a disabled child. Gill’s son has Down syndrome, and she writes with the authority and credibility of a parent who has been through it herself. The brief pieces in this small, handsome book are divided into three sections: “In the Beginning,” “Rounding the Curves,” and “Transformed…” –Ericka Lutz

Living in My Skin: The Insider’s View of Life with a Special Needs Child
by Lori Hickman
From The Psychological Corporation and Communication/Therapy Skill Builders, “Gain a better understanding of how to provide information and support to families through the compilation of interviews with more than 200 parents concerning their daily life with special needs children. This professional resource for therapists, health care professionals, and family members describes in parents own words the emotions, ideas, and situations they face daily when parenting a special needs child. An excellent introduction for parents who have had a child recently diagnosed with a special need.”

Developmental Dyspraxia*
by Madeleine Portwood
From, “…This second edition of Madeleine Portwood’s successful manual aims to give parents, teachers and health professionals the confidence to diagnose and assess dyspraxia. Most importantly, it offers them an intervention programme which will significantly improve the cognitive functioning of the dyspraxic child or teenager. Updated in light of the author’s new and extensive research, the book provides the reader with background information on the neurological basis of the condition; strategies for identification, diagnosis and assessment; proven programmes of intervention which can be monitored by anyone closely involved with the child; strategies to improve curricular attainments; remediation activities to develop perceptual and motor skills; programmes to develop self-esteem; and information about where to find help.

Embracing the Monster : Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities
by Crawford

You will Dream New Dreams
by Stanley D. Klein and Kim Schive
From, A series of 63 essays from parents of children with disabilities, including how the families dealt with the children’s disability and letters to new parents about how to cope. Some of the disabilities include Apraxia, Down Syndrome, Autism, and Fragile X. One of the contributors is Lynne Gregorio, a participant from the Apraxia-Kids E-Mail Discussion List. Lynne’s essay about her son is titled, “It’s Okay to Have Hope”, and details the events surrounding her son’s diagnosis, discusses his early milestones and the positive and negative reactions from doctors and other health professionals.

*Dyspraxia, in this instance, refers to global dyspraxia, a motor coordination disorder also referred to as developmental coordination disorder. Neither of these resources specifically addresses developmental verbal dyspraxia (also referred to as developmental apraxia of speech).