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1001 Ways to Improve Your Child's Schoolwork

Lawrence Green, 1991, 300 pgs.

An A to Z guide to common problems and practical solutions to help your child do schoolwork. Whether your child struggles from a learning disability or poor study habits-help can be found in this guide. It's all covered, anger, frustration and working independently.

Being the Other One: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister Who Has Special Needs

Kate Strohm, 2005, 238 pgs. 

Based on the author's own experience as a sibling of a sister with CP and on extensive interviews she conducted with siblings of all ages; offers insight, practical advice and support.

Both Sides of the White Coat

S. Eveloff, 2000, 120 pgs.

A specialist in critical cases writes his own journey when his son is born with multiple and severe handicaps. His insights as a doctor and a father will help others to be enlightened and empowered with their own children with special needs.

The Challenging Child

S. Greenspan, 1995, 300 pgs.

Parents can fit their parenting style to the five different personality styles most kids have. Build on strengths and master weaknesses. Embrace life with confidence and skills. It's a new way to think about raising children and enjoying them for who they are.

The Child With Special Needs

S. Greenspan, 1998, 470 pgs.

Helps parents get beyond the special needs label and understand each child's unique profile. Step-by step approach that initiates and sustains the child's mastery of developmental milestones. Encouraging emotional and intellectual appropriateness gets you down on the floor in “Floor Time.'

Chronic Kids, Constant Hope

E. Hoehstra, M. Bradford, 2000, 175 pgs.

Help and encouragement for parents of children with chronic conditions. From dealing with insurance companies to your own emotions, your soul will be lifted by this spiritual approach.

Coloring Outside the Lines

R. Shanke, 2000, 240 pgs.

Original ideas to advise parents on how they can take charge of their child's education. A lively, sometimes alarming, book that redefines “smart.”

Creative Answers to Misbehavior

J. Taylor, 1992, 30 pgs.
Get out of the IGNORE-NAG-YELL-PUNISH cycle with your child. Concise coverage of listening, teaching and win-win solutions in parent-child relationships.

The Elephant in the Playroom:

Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About the Extraordinary High and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs

by Denise Brodey, 2007, 235 pgs.

A compilation of moving, true-life essays.

Encouraging the Discouraged Child

J. Taylor, 1990, 30 pgs.

Any adult will be able to use this to help children regain confidence, feel stronger, and reduce worry. Of special note is “Helping Your Child Feel Powerful, “ and “How To Handle Mistakes.”

Ending the Homework Hassle (2 copies)

John Rosemond, 1990, 163 pgs.

Understanding, preventing and solving school performance problems.

A Family of Value

John Rosemond, 1995, 301 pgs.

Straight talk on strengthening the American family and rearing successful, happy children.

From Emotions to Advocacy, Second Edition

Pam and Pete Wright, 2006, 282 pgs.

The special education survival guide for parents of children with disabilities.  Information on the Individuals Education Act of 2004 and No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Helping Your Special Needs Child

S. Tovray, M. Portuondo, 1995, 250 pgs.

Helps you run the maze of government agencies, schools, and medical groups while maintaining a happy family. Deals with emotional highs and lows of special needs parenting.

How to Compromise With Your School District Without Compromising Your Child

Gary Mayerson, 2004, 130 pgs.

A field guide for getting effective service for children with special needs.

How to Raise a Child with a High EQ (Emotional Quotient)

L. Shapiro, 1995, 180 pgs.

Social and emotional skills can be more important than cognitive intelligence. Explains how you can teach your child to: make and keep friends, work in a group, assert herself, resolve conflicts and much more.

IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers

Anne I. Eason, Attorney-at-LawKathleen Whitbread, PhD., 2006, 75 pgs.

For parents and teachers. Practical tips on, inclusive education, preparing for IEP meetings, tracking progress, handling disagreements and forming effective partnerships between families and schools.

Is This Your Child?

Doris Rapp, M.D., 1991, 601 pgs.

Discovering and treating unrecognized allergies in children and adults.

Kiss of God

M. Ball, 1986, 205 pgs.

Chicken Soup for the silent child. A young developmentally challenged young boy wrote this inspiring collection.

Learning Bridges

Jim Still-Pepper, 2011, 151 pgs.

Break down distrust, resistance, or plain old boredom and build up relationships withLearning Bridges.  These fun and easy challenges are for students, families, teams, coworkers, counselees - any group of people trying to improve communication and how they work or live together.  Talk is out unless it is paired with action.  These interactive activities create unique teachable moments. 

Little Children, Big Needs

D. and M. Weinhouse,1994, 240 pgs.

50 interviews with families of young children (infants to preschoolers) with special needs. Tips for parents and professionals at each chapter's end.

My Son, My Gentle Son

R. Greenwald, 2001, 160 pgs.

Greenwald shares the struggle of his son's brief life and its effect on family life and family roles. This family went on to foster other children with special needs after their son died. “He altered the course of our hopes and dreams- yet we discovered an inner pride in doing so.”

Negotiating the Special Education Maze

Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chetwood, 1990, 200 pgs.

Easy to Understand, step-by step guide for parents of children with special needs and the professionals who assist them. This book trains parents to be effective advocates for their children and encourages them to be equal partners in decisions for their education.

No Ordinary Move

L. Bidabe, 1994, 320 pgs.

A memoir of a trail-blazing special needs teacher. She had the highest hopes for her handicapped students and helped them go farther than anyone thought they could. She worked with the Rifton Equipment Company, makers of positioning equipments for physically challenged people. They developed together equipment for kids that could be dismantled a piece at a time as a child gained more ability. Her goal was to gain as much human dignity and movement for her students as possible.

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (2 copies)

by Carol Kranowitz (Author), Lucy Jane Miller (Preface)-2005 384 pgs.

The Parent's Guide to Childhood Eating Disorders

Herrin/Matsumoto, 2002, 284 pgs.

Early warning signs, normalizing eating and exercise, dealing with school, friends, sports, etc. and knowing when to seek professional help.

Please Don't Label My Child

Scott M. Shannon, MD, 2007, 267 pgs.

Break the Doctor-Diagnosis-Drug Cycle and Discover Safe, Effective Choices for Your Child's Emotional Health.

Raising a Child Who Has a Physical Disability

by Donna G. Albrecht and Robert Miller-1995, 228 pgs

Examines the emotional, social, educational, recreational and medical factors involved in raising a disabled child from toddler to adult. Contains specific steps for strengthening the family unit while acknowledging and dealing with the special concerns and problems of siblings. Details selecting the best health care providers along with identifying and acquiring specialized equipment. Provides invaluable pointers from families living with physically disabled children.

Reflections from a Different Journey

Edited by Stanley Klein, John Kemp, 2004, 205 pgs.

What adults with disabilities wish all parents knew. Forty inspiring essays written by successful adult role models who share what it is like to grow up with a disability. All parents should read this book!!

The Right Words for Any Occasion

Erika Swanson Geiss, 2008, 318 pgs.

A guide to composing all types of letters using "just the right words".  Sample letters included.

Sisters, Brothers, and Disability: Family Album Paperback

by Lydia Gans  -1997 160 pgs.

Heartwarming stories in pictures of disabled children and their siblings.

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

by Peg Dawson  (Author), Richard Guare  (Author)-2009 314 pgs.

The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial “executive skills”--the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements--this empowering book shows how.

Smart Parenting

Sylvia Rimm, 1996, 300 pgs.

Explains four basic principles of parenting. Gives practical and effective suggestion on subjects from school problems to the challenges of single parenting.

Solving Your Child's School Related Problems

M. Martin, C. Greenwood, Ph.D., 1995, 250 pgs.

This practical hands-on guide covers school related issues. It defines each issue, shows parents how to assess possible problems, explains testing, at home solutions and advice on when professional help is necessary.

Special Children Challenged Parents

R. Naseef, 2001, 270 pgs.

Dr. Naseef shares the story of his son with autism. He gives invaluable advice and guidance for parents of children with disabilities. His techniques of coping with challenging behavior through positive methods is well done.

Special Kids Need Special Parents

J. Lavin, 2001, 250 pgs.

This resource book gives advice and comfort for parents of special needs children. There is no right way to feel, but this book will help you advocate for your child and cope with your feelings.

A Special Kind of Love

Osborn/Mitchell, 2004, 177 pgs.

Short stories for those who love children with special needs. Special stories that will touch your heart.

The Special Needs Planning Guide (book & cd)

John Nadworny/Cynthia Haddad, 2007, 287 pages

How to prepare for every stage of your child's life. Developed by two financial planning experts who also have family members with special needs. A chronological guide for each stage of a child's life from birth to adulthood, parents will get comprehensive advice and strategies for the planning process.

Special Times for Parents & Kids Together Paperback

by Lisa Lyons Durkins -1987 175 pgs

The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child

by Sally Yahnke Walker Ph.D. -2002 176 pgs.

What does it mean to be “gifted”? What’s good—and not so good—about being identified as gifted? How can parents make sure their gifted children get the learning opportunities they need? How can parents cope with the unique challenges gifted kids present?

That's My Child

L. Capper, 1996, 150 pgs.

Strategies for parents of children with disabilities. Great chapter on the health care professions interaction with families. Explores avenues of support available to families.

Understanding Your Special Needs Grandchild

Clare B. Jones, Ph.D., 2001, 119 pgs.

Written to help grandparents of children with special needs realize and accept the important role they play in their grandchild's life; includes descriptions.

What Kids Need to Succeed (2 copies)

P. Benson, J. Galbraith, 1994, 150 pgs.

More than 500 specific concrete suggestions to help you build children asset's at home, in school and in the community. Helps identify kid's assets. Special section for teens.

What to Do When Kids are Mean to Your Kids

E. McCoy, 1997, 80 pgs.

Real strategies for dealing with bullies. Short, direct with great advice.

When Anger Hurts Your Kids

M. KcKay, R. Fanning, 1996, 140 pgs.

Kids react to anger by being less compliant, less concerned for others and less accepting of themselves. Practical advice for parents who frequently express their anger. Real solutions to help you be more effective as a parent and get the peace and quiet, love and cooperation that you want.

You Will Dream New Dreams: Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children With Disabilities Paperback

by Stanley Klein (Editor), Kim Schive (Editor) -2001

Compiled by clinical psychologist Stanley D. Klein and Kim Schive, a former editor of Exceptional Parent magazine, the book offers emotional support to disabled children's families and should help educators and health-care professionals better understand these parents' perspectives.

You, Your Child and Special Education

B. Cutter, 1993, 200 pgs.

A clear blueprint to walk you through the process outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It addresses parent's concerns regarding the school needs of their child and what they as parents can do about them.