Books and Booklists for Special Needs

All Disabilities

Amazon’s Booklist on Developmental Disabilities

The Brain that Changes Itself
Info on the book and documentary by the same name, as well as FAQ’s that give resources for programs, physicians, and other info about neuroplasicity – the ability for the brain to change its own structure and function, even into old age.

ICDRI - Books on Disability Issues, Web Site Construction, Usability Plus Selected Products
Extensive sections of disability topics to choose from.

Attention, Executive Skills, and Sensory Processing

The Alert Program: How Does Your Engine Run?
A workbook program that supports children, teachers, parents, and therapists to choose appropriate strategies to increase awareness of, and change or maintain states of, alertness in children with challenges or issues related to sensory processing or sensory integration. Can be implemented by an O.T. or parent, with the low-cost books. Separate programs for children and for teens/adults.

The Crumpled Paper was Due Last Week by Ana Homayoun organization and time-management strategies for junior high and high school students (especially recognizing the specific difficulty with boys.)

Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention
(The Guilford Practical Intervention in Schools Series) by Peg Dawson EdD and Richard Guare Phd
Help for parents of children and adolescents “experiencing difficulties in ‘high-level’ skills–such as organization, attention, and problem solving,” with “practical intervention strategies that facilitate an integrated approach across home, school, and child.”

The Highly Sensitive Child: helping our children thrive when the world overwhelms them by Elaine N. Aron

Last Child in the Woods – by Richard Louv
Book which coined the words ‘nature-deficit disorder’ as a condition that has affected children who lack exposure to nature and may be at the core of AD/HD and a deficit within our educational settings.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. and Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D
For parents of children who struggle with impulse control, cognitive flexibility, initiation, working memory, planning & organizing, and self-monitoring.

The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond by Donna Goldberg
“Find hands-on strategies that will enable students of all ages to use their time and energy more productively and acquire valuable skills that will last a lifetime.”

Organizing the Disorganized Child by Martin L. Kutscher, M.D., Marcella Moran
“They provide a step-by-step plan for an organizational system including: refining morning and nighttime routines, getting the correct work home, planning the work, and getting it back to where it belongs, tips for reading and note taking, study and test taking skills, learning how to ask the right questions, land
earning how to ask the right questions.”

Out of Sync  Child and other books by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
Find 10 books and materials by the author, including “The Out of Sync Child Has Fun” and “Getting Kids in Sync DVD”

The Out-of-Sync Child
, (Recognizing and coping with Sensory Processing Disorder)

Smart but Scattered by Peg Dawson, Ed.D., and Richard Guare, Ph.D.
Help for parents of kids who have yet to develop crucial executive skills needed to “execute” tasks like getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions.

Taming the TigerA workbook about dealing with ADHD, etc (May be out of print)

Teaching the Tiger: A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students with Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Marilyn P., Ph.D. Dornbush and Sheryl K. Pruitt


Amazon’s A Parent’s List of useful ABA/Autism Books and Tools

Amazon’s List of Books on Autism

Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents. By Tony Attwood.  Excellent (brief) diagnostic and treatment resource.

Asperger Syndrome Publication Suggestions by Tony Atwood
For lists of books on Asperger Syndrome: once on the website, click on ‘Publications’ in the tool bar and then when the menu opens, select the Autism category you want to view.

Autism’s Complete Listing of Autism Books
This website has a comprehensive list that looks to be in the hundreds or even thousands, all on autism, with most geared to parents and also a sizable section on books for children.  Scroll down past the top sections to get to the section titled “Non-fiction books concerning Autism.

Autism Speaks Books List – Books on Autism List
About 40 categories of topics all relevant to Autism, with suggestions of books listed under each category

Behaviorally Challenged

Center for Collaborative Problem-Solving Books
Provides information, evaluation, and therapy for children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Works on the theory that behavioral disorders are a type of developmental delay in processing social and emotional information. Info on books, The Explosive Child and Lost at School
The Explosive Child
, by Ross Greene
Discusses how to deal with children who have frustration and rage.
Lost at School, by Ross Greene
Looks at how schools are losing children with challenging behaviors, how their “lives are in the balance’ and how to use ‘Collaborative Problem-Solving’ to help them.

Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs:
Raising and Teaching All Children to Become Resilient, Responsible, and Respectful
Written by Jane Nelsen, Steven Foster and Arlene Raphael

Books for Children or Teens about Disabilities

Amazon Booklist for Children on Disabilities

Books for Children about Special Needs or Disabilities

Children and Teen Booklist on Disability

‘Good Reads’ – List of Popular ‘Teens with Disabilities’ Books

Books for Parenting a Child with a Disability

Book Reviews: Special Needs Children – Booklists for All Disabilities

Books on Parenting Children with Special Needs or Disabilities

Legal Association’s Book List for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Woodbine House – Books on Disabilities for Parents, Children, Teachers, and Professionals
Use the tool bar on the left side of the webpage to view specific sections


Amazon’s Book List on Dyslexia

Books for Parents of Dyslexic Children

The Everything® Parent’s Guide to Children with Dyslexia: all you need to ensure your child’s success By Abigail Marshall
“Shows you how to: select the right treatment programs for your child, secure an IEP, choose a school and reduce homework struggles, develop your child’s skills with the use of assistive technology, and maintain open communication and offer support.”

Gift of Dyslexia
Davis Dyslexia program
Intensive reading program geared toward the 3-D oriented child, helping them to learn to control their perceptual distortions of symbolic information.

Good Reads Booklist on Dyslexia Books

Upside Down Brilliance, by Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D.

Learning Differences

Begin with the Brain – Martha Kaufeldt, M.A. Human Behavior (Educator and Presenter)
Offers information, resources, workshops and products to help all kinds of learners (and their parents and teachers) with brain compatible learning techniques.

Child 1st Publications
Read their blog, tips for teaching, and other articles, with good ideas (and images or posters) on how to help your struggling visual/spatial, kinesthetic, or atypical learner, as well as view products for sale .

How your Child is Smart, by Dawna Markova, Ph.D (Identifying Learning styles and working with the particular learning pattern)

Learning Disabilities Books

Learning Outside the Lines
Site Map has info and links for the book, DVD’s and speaking engagements by Jonathan Mooney on his experience growing up with labels of LD and AD/HD; his Project EYETOEYE program (see link below) which pairs mentors with LD students to help them learn: self-advocacy, metacognitive skills, and learning strategies and accommodations, including ways to express themselves through art; and intro to kids, parents, and teachers.

Learning Success Institute
Mariaemma Willis M.S. and Victoria Kindle Hodson M.A.
Authors of the popular book “Discover Your Child’s Learning Style: Children Learn in Unique Ways – Here’s the Key to Every Child’s Learning Success” offer their experience helping children learn by determining, and working with, their learning style, as well as: providing online or in-person learning styles assessments, coaching, homeschool programs, learning styles trainings for educators and parents, newsletter, and other resources and products for learning.

A Mind at a Time, by Mel Levine, MD (Identifying sources of learning differences/styles and how to best teach to and address these issues in a positive way)

The Mislabeled Child’  and “The Dyslexic Advantage -  Drs. Fernette and Brock L. Eide
Nationally known clinic with information, evaluation, and treatment of the underlying neurological differences in children with difficulties in reading, writing, attention, organization, processing, and sensory issues, as well as Asperger Syndrome. Supportive school and homeschool curriculum, gifted and 2E children, and college bound dyslexics. Offers their book, ‘The Mislabeled Child.’