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The Edison Trait: Saving the Spirit of Your Noncomforming Child, by Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D.
This well-written book provides practical suggestions for adults and children with different learning styles, some of whom might have been classified as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This book looks at the various subtypes: dreamers, discoverers and dynamos as having different skills- skills that may, in non-traditional school settings, lead to successful and productive lives. It is an excellent book for parents and educators alike.

 

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Special education professionals listed in the ISER directory have reviewed and recommended special education books for the visitors to ISER. You may purchase these books from Amazon.com by clicking on the book titles. You may also learn more about the professionals making the recommendation by clicking on the professional's name. You will be taken to their ISER listing.

 

 
ADD/ADHD

 

Discipline

 

Parenting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet S. Buelow, Ph.D., Psychological Resource Center, Los Altos, CA: Specialists in early childhood and preschool diagnosis and therapy.

Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD: A Practical Guide for Parents Managing Difficult Behavior By Grad L. Flick, PhD and Harvey C. Parker
This book helps parents with very determined children to manage behavior. It helps parents teach children to get rewards and parental contact with constructive and appropriate behavior.

Assertive Discipline for Parents, by Lee Canter and Marlene Canter.
This book helps parents to provide consistent limits and boundaries. Many children with impulse control problems need help to understand how to behave appropriately. Parents benefit from the good ideas in this book that help them to discourage the long drawn out engagements that children may generate around limit setting. The book recommends a kind and firm approach.

Helping Your Child Sleep Through the Night, by Joanne Cuthbertson
This book is for parents of infants and toddlers to help them to understand how to stop promoting the behaviors that keep young children from sleeping through the night. It helps parents teach children how to develop good sleeping habits and how parents can cope with colic, nightmares and bedwetting.

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
This is the book that I recommend most often to parents. It describes a communication style that is respectful. This communication system promotes children's self-esteem. It also describes and illustrates with examples, the ways parents can set limits and at the same time validate their children's feelings. It is appropriate for parents of children of all ages.

How to Listen so Kids Can Learn: At Home and In School, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
A very good book that helps parents provide support for children when they do their homework without doing it for them. It provides parents with the understanding that they can be helpful and support their child's self-esteem at the same time.

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Faber and Mazlish show parents how to respond to children's fights without taking sides and making the problems worse. The authors demonstrate effective methods for stopping arguments and show how to help children develop problem solving behaviors.

 

 
ADHD

Learning
Disabilities

Central Auditory
Processing
Disorders

 

 

 

 

 

Auditory
Integration
Training
Judith W. Paton, M.A., FAAA, pediatric and adult audiology, San Mateo, CA

Central Auditory and Language Disorders in Children, by Robert Keith
(This book is no longer in print, but Amazon.com will query several bookstores and try to locate it for you if you are interested.)
Although this is an older book, it is still recent in terms of the number of decades in which CNS auditory system dysfunctions have been researched. Quite readable to educators and other professionals as well as parents, it has chapters relating CAPD and motor and perceptual functions, a pediatrician's views on CAPDs, a chapter by Paula Tallal (of HAILO/ Fast ForWord fame) and phonemic synthesis training. Keith is the developer of the SCAN and SCAN-A tests, which are becoming well-known among educators.

Central Auditory Processing Disorders: A Transdisciplinary View, by Jack Katz, Nancy Stecker, and Donald Henderson, Eds. (1992)
This book is not available on Amazon.com. You may order it by contacting the publisher at: Mosby Year-Book, Inc., 11830 Westline Industrial Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146.
This is the real, modern science of CAPDs, suitable for any parent with a scientific bent. It has some practical chapters which include Katz's system for sub-dividing CAPDs into more manageable units, on the mix between CAPD and ADD and language disorders, and on every age range of patient. Other chapters describe the rigorous scientific evidence on which CAPD tests are based, including new techniques like functional MRI.

The following two books are the definitive books at present on Auditory Integration Training (AIT) or hyperacusis (unusual sensitivity to some sounds). This population always has some CAPD but is found in dignostic groups ranging from autistic to language-disordered, to head-injured.
Hearing Equals Behavior, by Guy Berard
This book is by the inventor of Auditory Integration Training.
Dancing in the Rain, by Anabel Stehli
This book contains accounts of more than 30 parents' experience with Auditory Integration Training.

 

 
Dyslexia

 

Spelling
Strategies

 

Don McCabe, Ph.D., M.A., A.B.T., AVKO Educational Research Foundation

To Teach A Dyslexic, by Don McCabe
Review by Eldo Bergman, M.D., The Texas Reading Institute: It takes a dyslexic like Don McCabe to teach us what dyslexia really is. It can be more a gift than it is a handicap. What he has achieved, other dyslexics can achieve-- with the proper help from teachers who understand the logic behind the dyslexic mind. Dyslexics may not make Who's Who (as McCabe did), but they certainly can become good readers, good spellers, and good citizens living happy and productive lives.

If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me To Do It, by Don McCabe
This book is a tutoring book in which the dyslexic child learns that he can learn to spell WITHOUT studying and the parent learns that her child is capable of learning anything provided it's presented in a logical, sequential fashion.

AVKO Student Response Book for Sequential Spelling, by Don McCabe
This is the only spelling series based on immediate student self-correction of carefully sequenced spelling words so that students learn from their mistakes as they are taking the tests. Students do not study. But they learn rapidly and logically as they discover for themselves the spelling patterns that are used in our language.

 

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