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Children’s Health and Development: General Topics

  • Brazleton, T. Berry. The Children’s Hospital Guide to Your Child’s Health and Development, 2001.
  • Kimball, Chad T., editor. Childhood Diseases and Disorders Sourcebook, 2003. (Health Reference Series)
  • Massimini, Kathy. Genetic Disorders Source Book: Basic Consumer Health Information about Hereditary Diseases and Disorders, 2000.
  • Rapp, Doris J. Is This Your Child?: Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies, 1991.

Special Needs: General

  • Albrecht, Donna G. Raising a Child Who Has a Physical Disability, 1995.
  • Brinkerhoff, Shirley. Why Can’t I Learn Like Everyone Else? Youth with Learning Disabilities, 2004.
  • Feinberg, Sandra. Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians, 1999.
  • Hale, Natalie. Oh, Brother! Growing up with a Special Needs Sibling, 2004.
  • James, Sheryl. Take My Hand: Inspirational Messages for Parents of a Special Needs Child, 2004.
  • Newman, Sarah. Stepping Out: Using Games and Activities to Help Your Child with Special Needs, 2004.
  • Sweeney, Wilma, K. The Special-Needs Reading List: An Annotated Guide to the Best Publications for Parents and Professionals, 1998.

Fun and Relaxation

  • Kranowitz, Carol Stock. The Out-of-sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, 2003.
  • Marsh, Valerie. Beyond Words: Great Stories for Hand and Voice, 1995.
  • Oppenheim, Joanne. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio: The Best Toys, Books, Videos, Music & Software for Kids, 2005. Includes a chapter on the best items for kids with special needs (plus additional resources for their parents).
  • Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, 1999. Includes a directory of agencies and organizations providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Illinois.

Legal Information

  • Daugherty, Richard F. Special Education: A Summary of Legal Requirements, Terms, and Trends, 2001.
  • Esherick, Joan. Guaranteed Rights: The Legislation That Protects Youth with Special Needs, 2004 (Youth With Special Needs Series)

Special Education: General

  • Anderson, Winifred. Negotiating the Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents & Teachers, 1997.
  • Mayerson, Gary. How to Compromise with Your School District Without Compromising Your Child, 2004. Minskoff, Esther H. Academic Success Strategies for Adolescents with Learning Disabilities and ADHD, 2003.
  • Pierangelo, Roger. Parents’ Complete Special Education Guide: Tips, Techniques, and Materials for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and Life, 1996.
  • Siegel, Lawrence M. The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for your Special Ed Child, 2000.
  • Unger, Harlow G. The Learning Disabilities Trap: How to Save Your Child From the Perils of Special Education, 1998.

Special Education: Early Childhood

  • Bell, Susan H. Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings: Creating a Place for All Children, 2004.

Special Education: Higher Education

  • Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities and ADD, 2003.
  • Kravets, Marybeth. The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorder, 2003.
  • Mooney, Jonathan. Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution, 2000.
  • Scheiber, Barbara. Unlocking Potential: College and Other Choices for Learning Disabled People: A Step-by-step Guide, 1987.

Behavior

  • Bell, Susan H. Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings: Creating a Place for All Children, 2004.
  • Challenging Behaviors in Young Children: Technique and Solutions, 2004. DVD
  • Couris, Dianne. Who’s Running Things Around Here Anyway?! A Parent-to-Parent Guide to Changing Your Child’s Behavior, 2004.
  • Greene, Ross W. The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, 1998.
  • Greenspan, Stanley I. The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five “Difficult” Types of Children, 1995.
  • Heininger, Janet E. From Chaos to Calm: Effective Parenting of Challenging Children with ADHD and Other Behavioral Problems, 2001.
  • Smith, Karen A. The Sensory Sensitive Child: Practical Solutions for Out-of-Bounds Behavior, 2004.
  • Sommers-Flanagan, Rita. Problem Child or Quirky Kid?: A Commonsense Guide; How to Help Kids Who Don’t Fit In, Can’t Get Along, Are Too Fearful, Sad, Anxious, or Angry, and More…, 2002.
  • Turecki, Stanley. The Difficult Child, 2000.

Developmental Disabilities

  • Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, 1999. Includes a directory of agencies and organizations providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Illinois.

Emotional and Mental Health

  • Brooks, Barbara. The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events, 1998.
  • Dacey, John S. Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children, 2000.
  • Fristad, Mary A. Raising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder, 2004.
  • Papolos, Demitri F. The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood’s Most Misunderstood Disorder, 1999.
  • Wilens, Timothy E. Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids, 2004.

Learning Disabilities, Learning Differences, Learning Difficulties

  • Brinkerhoff, Shirley. Why Can’t I Learn Like Everyone Else? Youth with Learning Disabilities, 2004.
  • Fisher, Gary L. The Survival Guide for Kids with LD: Learning Differences (Revised and Updated), 2002.
  • Ford, Anne. Laughing Allegra: The Inspiring Story of a Mother’s Struggle and Triumph Raising a Daughter with Learning Disabilities, 2003.
  • Lovecky, Deirdre V. Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits, 2004.
  • Orenstein, Myrna. Smart but Stuck: Emotional Aspects of Learning Disabilities and Imprisoned Intelligence (Revised Edition), 2001.
  • Smith, Corinne Roth. Learning Disabilities A to Z: A Parent’s Complete Guide to Learning Disabilities from Preschool to Adulthood, 1997.
  • Smith, Sally Liberman. Succeeding against the Odds: Strategies and Insights from the Learning Disabled, 1991.
  • Stevens, Suzanne H. The LD Child and the ADHD Child: Ways Parents and Professionals Can Help, 1996.
  • Webb, James T. Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression and Other Disorders, 2005.

Reading Difficulties

  • Bridges to Reading: What to do When You Suspect Your Child Has a Reading Problem, 1995. Cassette
  • Hall, Susan L. Parenting a Struggling Reader, 2002.
  • Hall, Susan L. Straight Talk about Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years, 1999.
  • LiBretto, Ellen V. High/Low Handbook: Encouraging Literacy in the 1990s, 1990.
  • Lyman, Donald E. Making the Words Stand Still, 1986.
  • Snow, Catherine E. Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children, 1998.

Speech and Language Impairments

  • Libal, Joyce. Finding My Voice; Youth With Speech Impairments. 2004. (Youth With Special Needs Series)
  • Dougherty, Dorothy P. Teach Me How to Say it Right: Helping Your Child with Articulation Problems. 2005.

ADD, ADHD, and Hyperactivity

  • Amen, Daniel G. Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the Six Types of Attention Deficit Disorder, 2001.
  • Armstrong, Thomas. The Myth of the ADD Child: 50 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span without Labels, Drugs, or Coercion, 1995.
  • Barkley, Russell A. Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents, 2000. (618.928589 Bar)
  • Brinkerhoff, Shirley. Stuck on Fast Forward: Youth with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 2004.
  • Haber, Julian Stuart. ADHD: The Great Misdiagnosis, 2000.
  • Hartmann, Thom. The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child, 2003.
  • Jensen, Peter S. Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD, 2004.
  • Lougy, Richard A. ADHD: A Survival Guide for Parents and Teachers, 2002.
  • Rief, Sandra F. The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2003.
  • Reiff, Michael I. ADHD: A Complete and Authoritative Guide, 2004.
  • Sears, William, M.D. The A.D.D. Book: New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child, 1998.
  • Silver, Larry B. Dr. Larry Silvers Advice to Parents on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, 1999.
  • Stevens, Suzanne H. The LD Child and the ADHD Child: Ways Parents and Professionals Can Help, 1996.
  • Stevens, Laura J. 12 Effective Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child: Drug-free Alternatives for Attention Deficit Disorders, 2000.

Asperger Syndrome

  • Attwood, Tony. Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, 1998.
  • Boyd, Brenda. Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome: 200 Tips and Strategies, 2003.
  • Gutstein, Steven E. and Rachelle K. Sheely. Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD, and NLD, 2002.
  • Jackson, Luke. Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome. A User Guide to Adolescence. 2002.
  • Ozonoff, Sally. A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive, 2002.
  • Sohn, Alan T. Parenting Your Asperger Child: Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills, 2005.
  • Szatmari, Peter. A Mind Apart: Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, 2004.

Autism

  • Bonnice, Sherry. The Hidden Child: Youth with Autism, 2004.
  • Buten, Howard. Through the Glass Wall: Journeys into the Closed-Off Worlds of the Autistic, 2004.
  • Frith, Uta. Autism: Explaining the Enigma, 2003.
  • Gutstein, Steven E. Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD, and NDL, 2002.
  • Ozonoff, Sally. A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive, 2002.
  • Powers, Michael D. Children with Autism; A Parent’s Guide. Second Edition. 2000.
  • Richman, Shira. Raising a Child with Autism: A Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis for Parents, 2001.
  • Stacey, Patricia. The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened with Autism, 2003.
  • Szatmari, Peter. A Mind Apart: Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, 2004.

Blindness and Visual Impairment

  • Holbrook, M. Cay. Children with Visual Impairments: A Parents’ Guide, 1996.
  • Souder, Patti. A Different Way of Seeing: Youth with Visual Impairments and Blindness, 2004.

Cerebral Palsy

  • Geralis, Elaine, editor. Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Parent’s Guide, (Second Edition) 1998.

Deafness and Hearing Impairment

  • Libal, Autumn. Ocean Inside: Youth Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 2004.
  • Marsh, Valerie. Beyond Words: Great Stories for Hand and Voice, 1995.
  • Olsen, Wayne. Mayo Clinic on Hearing, 2003.
  • Pope, Anne. Hear: Solutions, Skills, and Sources for People with Hearing Loss, 1997.

Down Syndrome

  • Kumin, Libby. Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, 2003.
  • Pueschel, Siegfried M. A Parent’s Guide to Down’s Syndrome; Toward a Brighter Future (Revised Edition), 2001.
  • Winders, Patricia C. Gross Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, 1997.

Dyslexia

  • Baumer, Bernice H. How to Teach Your Dyslexic Child to Read: A Proven Method for Parents and Teachers, 1998. (J P/T 371.9144 Bau)
  • Donnelly, Karen. Coping With Dyslexia, 2000.
  • Frank, Robert. The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child, 2002.
  • Reid, Gavin. Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents, 2004.
  • Robb, Diane Burton. The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia, 2004. Picture book.
  • Shaywitz, Sally E. Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level, 2003.

Fragile X syndrome

  • Weber, Jayne Dixon, editor. Children with Fragile X Syndrome: A Parents’ Guide

Muscular Dystrophy

  • Siegel, Irwin M. Muscular Dystrophy in Children: A Guide for Families, 1999.
  • Wolfson, Penny. Moonrise: One Family, Genetic Identity, and Muscular Dystrophy, 2003.

Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

  • Nathan, Peter E. A Guide to Treatments that Work, 2002.
  • Niner, Holly L. Mr. Worry: A Story About OCD, 2004.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Barkley, Russell A. Your Defiant Child: 8 Steps to Better Behavior, 1998.
  • Hendren, Robert L., editor. Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children and Adolescents, 1999.

Sensory Integration Dysfunction

  • Kranowitz, Carol Stock. The Out-of-sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, 1998.
  • Kranowitz, Carol Stock. The Out-of-sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, 2003.

Spina Bifida

  • Lutkenhoff, Marlene, editor. Children with Spina Bifida: A Parent’s Guide, 1999.

Tourette Syndrome

  • Brill, Marlene Targ. Tourette Syndrome, 2002.
  • Landau, Elaine. Tourette Syndrome. 1998. (J 616.83 Lan)
  • Moe, Barbara A. Coping with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders, 2004.

Personal and Family Perspectives

  • Ball, Marshall Stewart. Kiss of God: The Wisdom of a Silent Child, 1999. Religious poetry.
  • Ford, Anne. Laughing Allegra: The Inspiring Story of a Mother’s Struggle and Triumph Raising a Daughter with Learning Disabilities, 2003.
  • Raeburn, Paul. Acquainted with the Night: A Parent’s Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in his Children, 2004.
  • Roseman, Bruce. A Kid Just Like Me: A Father and Son Overcome the Challenges of ADD and Learning Disabilities, 2001.
  • Smith, Bob. Hamlet’s Dresser: A Memoir, 2002. Memoir of a man who spent his boyhood caring for his mentally disabled sister and his adulthood working in the theater.
  • Sylvester, Harry. Legacy of the Blue Heron: Living with Learning Disabilities, 2002.
  • Weinstein, Lissa. Reading David: A Mother and Son’s Journey through the Labyrinth of Dyslexia, 2003. As a clinical psychologist, Lissa Weinstein counseled the parents of kids with learning disabilities. This book describes her experiences after her own son was diagnosed with dyslexia.
  • Wolfson, Penny. Moonrise: One Family, Genetic Identity, and Muscular Dystrophy, 2003.
  • Zuckoff, Mitchell. Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey, 2002. A family faces difficult ethical decisions together when their unborn daughter is diagnosed with down syndrome.

Suspected Risk Factors

  • Huggins, Hal A. Uninformed Consent: The Hidden Dangers in Dental Care, 1999.