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By Julie Loe, B.S., PTA, Director of Pediatric Services

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ASTHMA

Breathe Easy: Young People’s Guide to Asthma
Jonathan H. Weiss, Ph.D., Illustrated by Michael Chesworth
Designed for preteens and teenagers to show them that they can control their asthma and how to do so. Explanations of pathology, anatomy, medications, and interventions are presented in a clear straightforward manner appropriate to the age group.

The Lion Who Had Asthma
Jonathan London, Pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Sean roars like a lion. But the lion who is Sean has asthma, and suddenly it’s hard for him to breathe. The whole family pitches in to help deliver the treatment, and soon Sean is King of the Jungle again.

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER

Beyond Ritalin
Stephen W. Garber, Ph.D., Marianne Daniels Garber, Ph,D., Robyn Freedman Spizman
Facts about medication and other strategies for helping children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD.

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
Comprehensive yet easy to understand language about a disability that is often mis-diagnosed as ADD/ADHD. Includes examples of typical indicators with check list to determine existence of condition; helpful tools for parents to promote healthy integration.

Putting On The Brakes: Young People’s Guide to understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Patricia O, Quinn, M.D., Judith M. Stern,M.A.
Designed to be used with young people between the ages of 8 to 13. When read together with their parents, can open an ongoing discussion that will provide information and reassurance. Efforts have been made to explain unfamiliar or difficult words.

The "Putting On The Brakes" Activity Book For young people with ADHD
Patricia O. Quinn, M.D. & Judith M. Stern, M.A.
This book allows children to put their understanding of ADHD into action. Uses pictures, puzzles, and other techniques to assist in learning a range of those hard-to-learn skills that make everyday life just a little more manageable. Ages 8-13

Taking Charge of ADHA: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parent
Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
Pioneering research providing new insight into preventing ADHA from becoming a major obstacle in a child’s and parent’s life. Step-by-step ways to manage a child in everyday situations. Latest information on medications enhancing school performance and more.

Help! This Kid’s Driving Me Crazy! The young child with Attention Deficit Disorder
L. Adkins & J. Cady
Information about typical behavior characteristics; offers suggestions on how to foster the development of appropriate behavior. Book and Video

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults
Paul H. Wender, M.D.
The author, a pioneer in the development of instruments and diagnostic criteria for children and adults with ADHD, includes much of this comprehensive discussion of ADHD in adults, along with patients’ description of their experience with stimulant medication.

Help Is On The Way: A child’s book about ADD
Marc A. Nemiroff, Ph.D. & Jane Annunziata, Psy.D.
Written from a child’s point of view for children ages 5 to 9 and their parents to help them gain an overview of ADD and its effects. Not intended as a comprehensive text or guidebook.

Adults With Attention Deficit Disorder: Essential Information for ADD adults
Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
A panel of six adults-four ADD adults and two of their spouses-explore important issues they faced. Impact on mood and self-esteem, education, counseling and more. Also includes discussion of effects on work, home, marriage, parenting and social life.

Sometimes I Get All Scribbly: Living with Attention Deficit/Hyper-activity Disorder
Maureen Bissen Neuville
Clinical, educational and emotional information from the point of view of a parent.

ADHD and the Nature of Self-Control
Russell A. Barkley
A radical shift of perspective on ADHD, arguing that the disorder is a developmental problem, of self-control, and that a deficit in attention is secondary and not a universal characteristic. New direction for thinking about and treating this disorder.

Attention Deficit Disorder: ADHD and ADD Syndromes
D.R. Jordan
A comprehensive guide to ADHD and ADD and their effects and treatment.
Book and Video

Attention Deficit Disorder: Helpful Practical Information
Elaine K. McEwan
For parents who want to learn more and educators and counselors who want to understand more about children with attention deficit disorder.

Otto Learns About His Medicine: A Story About Medication For Children with ADHD
Matthew Galvin, M.D.
This book should help children ages 4 to 8 and their parents bring a greater awareness and com fort to their discussions with the doctor, as well as to encourage them to talk about the effects of ADHD and of the medication.

Management of Children and Adolescents with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Third Edition
R. J. Friedman & G. T. Doyal
Current medical and psychological research combined with nearly 20 years of clinical experience, presented in a fashion to enable differentiation between ADHD and normal behavioral differences experienced by children as they mature.

Learning Disabilities and ADHD: A family guide to living and learning together
Vital information on early signs and symptoms of learning disabilities and ADD/HD; latest advance in educational, medical and psychological treatments including drug and behavior therapies; how learning problems affect the whole family; and more.

The A.D.D. Book: New Understanding, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child
William Sears, M.D. & Lynda Thompson, Ph.D.
Offers ways to improve your child’s attention and motivation in the classroom; tips for helping your child learn to handle frustration; ways to increase parent child communication; how to know if medication is needed and how to make the right decision.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: What Every Parent Wants To Know
D.L. Woodrich, Ph.D.
Prepares parents at home and at school, empowers and re-affirms parents in their role.

Distant Drums, Different Drummers: A Guide for Young People with ADHD
Barbara D. Ingersoll, Ph.D.
A view that offers children and adolescents struggling with ADHD the opportunity to see themselves in a positive light, thanks to their penchant for novelty and exploration and boundless energy.

Adolescents and ADD: Gaining the Advantage
Patricia O. Quinn, M.D.
Written for middle school or high school age adolescents who have recently been diagnosed and have been living with ADD for some time, but now find themselves struggling as they try to cope.

Teenagers with ADD: A Parents’ Guide
C.A.Z. Dendy, M.S.
A comprehensive look at the special issues and challenges faced by teens with ADD, their families, teachers, and treatment professionals.

Maybe You Know My Kid, Second Edition
Mary Fowler
A thoroughly updated edition describing latest scientific advances and clinical break throughs and discussing the recent changes in the education of children with AD/HD. Includes practical guidelines and suggestions for improving educational performance.

AUTISM

Right From The Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism
Sandra L. Harris, Ph.D. and Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D.
A guide which describes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI)-one of the most successful, proven treatment and educational methods for young people with autism-to parents in easy to read and understand language.

Autism Through the Lifespan: The Eden Model
David L. Holmes, Ed.D.
A unique and detailed look at a successful approach to treating and caring for children with autism. Parents, teachers, and treatment professionals will find this book to be informative and insightful reading.

Autism: The Facts, Endorsed by the National Autistic Society
Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen & Dr. Patrick Bolton
Written mostly in a question and answer format. This book is designed to provide scientific facts in a digestible form to families of children with autism.

Activities for Developing Pre-Skill Concepts In Children with Autism
T. Flowers
Each activity is designed to tell educators what they are doing, why they are doing it and what materials they will need to teach the activity. Adaptable for children of all ages.

Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child with a Disability
Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D.
A new view for men who parent the one in ten children with a disability. The author, a psychologist and father of a child with autism, helps men open up in their own way and gives women a glimpse inside the psyche of men.

Children With Autism, A Parents’ Guide
Edited by M.D. Powers, Psy.D.
Up-to-date comprehensive information about autism, to ease the fears and concerns of many parents struggling to understand and cope wit their child’s disorder.

When Snow Turns To Rain: One Family’s Struggle to Solve the Riddle of Autism
C.B. Schulze
A father’s moving account of his family’s experience with autism, his son’s perplexing disability.

When Autism Strikes: Families Cope with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
Edited by Robert A. Catalano, M.D.
Eight stories of families coping with autism, or disintegrative disorder, offered by parents who whish to lend support and encouragement to others in similar circumstances, as they too cope with daily living while searching for solutions.

Emergence: Labeled Autistic
Temple Grandin & Margaret M. Scariano
Temple Grandin was labeled autistic as a child. In her own words, this story is about how she went from fear-gripped, autistic child to a successful professional and a world leader in her field. A remarkable and true story.

Russel Is Extra special: A Book About Autism for Children
Charles A. Amenta, III, M.D.
Written to help the most important people, children, learn about autism by a father, who is also a physician, of an autistic child.

Biological Treatments For Autism and PDD: What’s Going On? What Can You Do About It?
Willam Shaw Ph.D.
Comprehensive yet easy-to-read guide to current research and medical therapies for autism and PDD. Brings together information from the fields of biochemistry, immunology, genetics, nutrition, and microbiology for parents, professionals and physicians.

Music Therapy For The Autistic Child, Second Edition
Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
First published in 1978, was the first book to analyze the effect of this music therapy on the whole development of the autistic child. Includes detailed techniques and illustrations found to be effective with three chapters on new discoveries.

Autism: Understanding the Disorder
Gary B. Mesibov, Lynn W. Adams, Laura G. Klinger
A comprehensive and objective presentation of the most up to date information available about people with autism, their families, the nature, causes underlying mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of autism.

Targeting Autism: What We Know, Don’t Know, and Can Do to Help Young Children with Autism and Related Disorders.
Shirley CohenRoad
Map of the world of autism for parents, educators, clinical personnel, and students. Provides a broad framework and rich context of experiences and convey the challenges and fascination of autism using the best current data available.

Breakthroughs: How to Reach Students With Autism, A Hands-on, How-to Manual for Teachers and Parents
Karen Sewell
A public school teacher honored as "Teacher of the year" by the Autism Society of America provides useful details, practical suggestions, lists of materials and how-to’s for managing disruptive behavior that she has developed over the past 20 years of teaching in Louisiana.

Autism: Information and Resources for Parents, Families and Professional
R.L. Simpson & P. Zionts
Written for parents and family members in question-answer format to answer common questions about autism.

The World of the Autistic Child, A Guide for Families and Communities
Bryna Siegel
Designed to guide parents and professionals through the thickest of symptoms and labels. Explains the crucial importance of intensive early education and how to find the resources and help that are currently available.

The Hidden Child, the Linwood Method for Reaching the Autistic Child
Jeanne Simon and Sabine Oishi, Ph.D.
The Linwood Method: groundbreaking therapy and education program for children with autism developed by Deanne Simon. Based on therapists’ understanding of the origins and meaning of each child’s behavior.

Parent Survival Manual: A Guide to Crisis Resolution in Autism and Related Developmental Disorders
Edited by E. Schopler
Includes many practical suggestions for dealing with the day-to -day challenges of life with a child who has autism.

Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph
Catherine Maurice
This was written by a mother of two young autistic children and details their progress through an intensive behavioral treatment program they set up at home.

At home with Autism: Three Families’ Stories
Potential Unlimited Publishing, PUP Stratham NH Order (603) 778-6006 or fax (603) 772-9695
A forty page book that explores the lives of families whose children have Autism/PDD. Originally shared by parent panelists at a conference. The stories illustrate the parents unconditional love and devotion to their children, while addressing the enormous call for community awareness, education, and sensitivity. It offers practical advise to communities wishing to befriend and support families of children with special needs.

Making Sense of Sensory Integration
Jane Koomar, Ph.D. Stacey Szlut, M.S. & Sharon Cermak, Ed.D.
A discussion by respected and knowledgeable occupational therapists to help parents and educators learn more about sensory integration (SI); what it is, how it will affect the child, the family at home, and at school. Includes resource book.

BRAIN INJURY

Work Worth Doing: Advances in Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Brian T. McMahon and Linda R. Shaw
An important and possibly controversial book os issues and methods that address the full spectrum of vocational and rehabilitation activities. Includes: independent living; treatment, generalization; criteria for evaluating TBI facilities; family involvement and more.

Signs and Strategies for Educating Students with Brain Injuries: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Schools
Gary Wolcott, M.Ed., Marilyn Lash, M.S.W., Sue Pearson, M.A.
Guidelines, practical tips and intervention strategies that enable parents and teachers to better understand the educational needs of children and adolescents with brain injuries.

Life Care Planning for the Brain Damaged Baby: A Step by Step Guide
Julie A. Kitchen, L. Stuart Cody and Paul M. Deutsch
An innovative and comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach which systematically documents the needs of a catastrophically injured individual and projects the costs of needed goods and services. Step by step format includes valuable references.

The Shortest Distance: The Pursuit of Independence for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury
Brian T. McMahon, Ph.D. and Randall W. Evans, Ph.D.
One company’s inside story of what can be achieved if you are dedicated to the ongoing and relentless pursuit of quality in the alternate site specialty health care industry.

CANCER

Draw Me A Picture
Susan Nessim and Barbara Wyman, A.T.R., M.F.C.C.
A therapeutic coloring book for kids to help them understand the changes taking place, through Marty Bunny, who becomes sick, is treated and get better. Ages 3-6Available in Spanish

Cancervive Teacher’s Guide For Kids With Cancer
Susan Nessim and Ernest R. Katz, Ph.D.
A manual for educators and families to help children with school re-entry during and after treatment for cancer. Includes different kinds of childhood cancers, stages of the disease, the social and academic challenges kids face and strategies.

Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying
Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D.
This comforting story will help children deal with the death of friends, family member, or even pets. It is a loving tender tale that addresses our feeling of sadness, love, disbelief and anger. Profound story is ultimately one of joy and hope.

CEREBRAL PALSY

Coping With Cerebral Palsy: Answers to Questions Parents Often Ask, Second Edition
J. Schiechkorn
Carefully researched answers to more than 300 often-asked questions.

Keys To Parenting A Child With Cerebral Palsy
Jane Faulkney Leonard, P.T.,M.S.H.P.Sherri L. Cadenhead, M.S.P.T., P.C.S.Margaret E. Myers, O.T.R.
Raising a child with cerebral palsy can be a challenging but enlightening journey. Practical resource for parents who wish to understand cerebral palsy, deal with their feelings, balance family relationships and plan for their child’s future.

Growing Up With Joey
Sandy Papazian
A mother’s story of her son’s disability, cerebral palsy, and her family’s triumph to help Joey experience a full meaningful life.

Cerebral Palsy: A Complete Guide for Caregiving
F. Miller, M.D. & S. Bachrach, M.D.
Offering sound professional advice with a caring commitment to do what’s best for a child with cerebral palsy.

I Wish... Dreams & Realities of Parenting a Special Needs Child
K.D. McAnaney
A book about conflict, courage and creative solutions.

Handling The Young Child With Cerebral Palsy At Home, Third Edition
Nancie Finnie
A practical manual for children ages up to 5 years old. Explores parent’s central role: includes answers to many common questions; provides practical suggestions for the handling of a child’s routine activities.

Children With Cerebral Palsy, A Parents’ Guide, Second Edition
Edited: Elaine Geralis
Considered to be the first book that families should read, now completely updated. Provides comprehensive coverage of the concerns and issues central to giving children a head start on achieving independence as they strive to lead rewarding lives.

Caring For Children With Cerebral Palsy: A Team Approach
John P. Dormans M.D., Louis Pellegrino, M.D.
Provides detailed information on a multitude of issues, including definitions, diagnosis, prognosis, health maintenance, preventive care, orthopedics, feeding and nutrition, daily living skills, family, school, and community roles and much more.

DIABETES

Sugar Was My Best Food: Diabetes and Me
Carol Antoinette Peacock, Adair Gregory, Klye Carney Gregory
Nine year old Adair tells of how diabetes brought big changes to his life. Little by little, he can his family learned to manage his illness, and after awhile life got better. This true story will help other kids in their struggle with diabetes. Ages 8-13.

DIRECTORIES

NORD Resource Guide, Third Edition
Over 950 national and international not-for-profit organizations, support groups, clearinghouse, agencies, and registries listed alphabetically and by condition.

1999 Resource Guide, Directories of National Organizations, Associations, Products & Service
Exceptional Parents' largest and most valuable reference tool for parents and professionals. Includes special section on accessible theme and amusement parks.

Resources For People With Disabilities, A National Directory
Edited: Elizabeth H. Oakes & John Bradford
A comprehensive 2-volume directory with more than 8,100 entries containing valuable information to help people with disabilities realize their goals. Indexed by state, by type of disability and by name of organization or association.

DOWN SYNDROME

Medical & Surgical Care For Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents
Edited by D.C. Van Dyke, M.D.
Designed to give parents a complete and easy-to-understand overview of specific medical conditions that are more common among children with Down syndrome.

Teaching The Infant With Down Syndrome: A Guide For Parents and Professional.
M.J.Hanson
The latest information on teaching activities for infants, resources for parents, medical facts about Down syndrome and tips for parents on how best to help and enjoy their babies.Resources for parents and professional, including medical facts about Down Syndrome.

Another Season: A Coach’s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son
Gene Stallings and Sally Cook
Gene Stallings, a football coach at the University of Alabama, faced tough situations on the field. In 1962 he received his greatest challenge: his son John Mark, diagnosed with Down syndrome and a heart defect. A powerful story of a father’s love for his son.

Babies With Down Syndrome, A New Parents’ Guide, Second Edition
Edited by K. Stray-Gundersen
A newly revised complete and compassionate guide, written by doctors, nurses, educators, lawyers and parents. Topics include medical issues, developmental issues, answers to questions regarding intervention and much more.

Differences in Common: Straight Talk on Mental Retardation, Down Syndrome, and Life
M. Trainer
Marilyn Trainer draws on her experience with candor and humor, as a mother of a child with Down syndrome, now in his twenties. A fresh outlook on the challenges, hopes and fears of family life.

Adolescents With Down Syndrome, Toward a More Fulfilling Life
Edited by Siegfried M. Pueschel, M.D., Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. and Maria Sustrova, M.D.,Ph.D.
Provides vital information on many aspects in the life of an adolescent with Down syndrome. By featuring the total young person and exploring major life patterns this volume aims to provide a more holistic perspective on the adolescent’s life.

Veronica’s First Year
Jean Sasso Rheingrover, Illustrated by Kay Life
Learning that their baby has Down syndrome can be very difficult for a family, especially other children, who wonder why people are distressed about an event that was anticipated with job. This easy to read book can help family and baby grow.

Fine Motor Skills In Children With Down Syndrome
Maryanne Bruni, Bsc OT(C)
Written for parents, health professionals, and teachers, for use as a practical and accessible guide to developing and understanding fine motor skills in children with Down syndrome from infancy to early adolescence. Includes activities and instructions.

Gross Motor Skills In Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
Patricia C. Winders, P.T.
A how-to-guide for meeting the challenges Down syndrome presents for gross motor development, coordination of large muscle groups and the sequencing of movements in young children. This book provides guidance for parents of children ages birth through 6 years.

Communication Skills In Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents
L. Kumin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Provides parents with a wealth of information about speech and language development in children with Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome: Birth to Adulthood Giving Families an Edge
J.E. Rynders, J.M. Horrobin
An invaluable guide for parents of children with Down syndrome, as well as the professionals who help advance whole-families development.

Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family and an Exceptional Child
Michael Berube
The author, a literacy critic, tells what it has been like raising his son, a lively, loving mischievous boy who also has Down Syndrome. A tale of medical procedures, insurance guidelines, policies and challenges encountered as he viewed him as a person.

Teacher Reading To Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for parents and Teachers
P.L. Oelwein
The only book on this subject, it describes a nationally known reading program that ensures success by presenting lessons which are imaginative and functional.

Down Syndrome: Living and Learning in the Community
Edited by L. Madel & D. Rosenthal
This book will prove an invaluable tool for parents and healthcare professionals enabling people with Down syndrome to cope with the problems they face and to participate fully in the community.

A Parents’ Guide To Down Syndrome: Toward A Brighter Future
S.M. Pueschel, M.D.,Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Pueschel looks at important steps from infancy to adolescence. Readers are offered reassuring guidance and clear information about topics important to every family of a child with Down syndrome.

Count Us: Growing Up With Down Syndrome
J. Kingsley & M. Levitz
Mitchell Levitz and Jason Kingsley share their innermost thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams, their lifelong friendship-and their experiences of growing up with Down Syndrome.

DYSLEXIA

How Dyslexic Benny Became a Star: A Story Of Hope for Dyslexic Children and Their Parents
Joe Griffith Illustrated by Jenny Schulz
A touching account of one youngster’s struggle in learning to read and the painful journey that he took to gain self-confidence, self-respect and tremendous success as a human being, as a student, and as an athlete.

The Worst Speller in Jr. High
Caroline Janover
A fast paced fictional story about romance, self-esteem, and living with a learning difference through the eyes of Katie, a Junior high school student.

Something’s Not Right
N. Lelewer
One Family’s Struggle with Learning Disabilities. From the perspective of a mother with dyslexia, this compelling story tells how she ensured that all her children received a good education, despite three of her four children having learning disabilities.

How To Teach Your Dyslexic Child To Read: A proven method for parents and teachers
Bernice H. Baumer
Accessible terms, charts, graphics and lesson plans show how to discover learning pace; lengthen attention span; amount of drill necessary and more. For kindergarten through third grade.

EDUCATION

The Best Toys, Books, Videos & Software for Kids, 1998 Edition
J. Oppenheim & S. OppenheimThe revised guide of over 1,000 kid-tested products, classic and new, including special needs products.

Inclusion: 450 Strategies for Success Strategies for Effective Communication
Peggy A. Hammeken
A gold mine of ideas-many that can be used immediately! Includes step by step guidelines to help tailor an inclusive education program or improve and expand existing inclusive education programs. Arranged by topic for quick reference.

The Face of Inclusion, A Parent’s Perspective
J. & R. Vargo
A unique and moving parents’ perspective of inclusion for administrators, teachers, and parents of children with disabilities.

Adaptive Play for Special Needs Children: Strategies to Enhance Communication and Learning
C.R. Musselwhile, Ed.D.
Designed for parents and professionals, this book is a comprehensive guide to using play as a learning tool, developing adaptive play materials and teaching skills with play.

Home Visiting: Promoting Healthy Parent and Child Development
Carol S. Klass, Ph.D.
A thoughtful, sophisticated, yet practical basic primer for those attempting to work with parents and their young children in a home visiting framework. Relevant to wide range of backgrounds including occupational therapist, childhood educator and others.

The Princeton Review: The K&W Guide to Colleges for the Learning Disabled, A Resource Book for Students, Parents, and Professionals, Fourth Edition
Marybeth Kravets, M.A. and Imy F.Wax, M.S.
A guide that can be used as a reference to identify appropriate colleges, including detailed information about admission procedures, application process, services, programs, accommodations and developmental courses.

Plan Your Day Toward Independence in Time Management
Attainment Company, Inc.
Students can learn how to follow a schedule, even if they can’t tell time or remember the date. Instructor guide describes three types of schedules that progress in complexity: basic, daily and ongoing. Detailed sample schedules help you get started.

Collaborative Practices for Educators: Strategies for Effective Communication
Patty Lee, Ed.D.
Contains 60 strategies and 180 practices that can be used to enhance communication skills in the classroom. Includes set of 10 Tip Cards for Effective Communication. Written for educators, parents and secondary students.

Quick Guides to Inclusion 2: Ideas for Educating Students with Disabilities
Michael F. Giangreco
Written in the same easy to use format as the first Quick Guides, this volume provides information on Adapting the Curriculum; Instructional Strategies; Communication Systems in the Classroom; Administration in Inclusive Schools and Transition to Adulthood.

Teaching The Young Child With Motor Delays: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
M. Hanson & S. Harris
Provides information to parents on how motor development influences other areas of development.

Redefining Family Support: Innovations in Public-Private Partnerships
George H.S. Singer, Ph.D., Laurie E. Powers, Ph.D., and Ardis L. Olsen, M.D.
Design to provide a forum for contemporary work on the challenges and issues that families face, as well as effective ways of supporting families as they fulfill their roles in the lives of people with disabilities. Includes current theory and research.

Meeting Early Intervention Challenges: Issues from Birth to Three, Second Edition
L..J.. Johnson, et al.
Guiding professional and parents through changes in early intervention practices.

Inclusion: A Guide for Educators
Susan Stainback, Ed.D., and William Stainback, Ed.D.
A comprehensive guide for parents and educators providing practical strategies that capitalize on differences among students and school personnel to enhance social success and educational achievement for all students.

How To Help Your Child Succeed In School: Strategies and Guidance for Parents of Children with ADHD
Sandra Rief
The focus is on the key for success-a strong partnership in education between home and school. View real parents and their children cover topics that include reading, writing and math skill development; building of organization and study skills.

Video: Potty Learning For Children Who Experience Delay
S.R. Hays, M.S.,R.N.,C.R.R.N.
This video presents a unique developmental approach to supporting the child in learning independence in the management of "bathroom" skills.

Video: Ordinary Families, Special Children A Systems Approach to Childhood Disability
Milton Seligman, Ph.D. and Rosalyn Benjamin Darling, Ph.D.
This updated edition offers new and old perspectives on childhood disability and its effects on family life. Includes both established and emerging intervention strategies that may be helpful to parents and professionals.

Include Us Educator’s Guide
TiffHill Productions
The Educator’s Guide is designed to be used by parents, teachers and day care providers to explore the 5 C"s of successful inclusion-commitment, cooperation, communication, creativity and courage. Includes activities and songs that provide opportunities to experience an approximation of a disability and help children understand the challenges facing persons with disabilities.

Book and Video: Quick Guides to Inclusion: Ideas for Educating Students with Disabilities
Michael F. Giangreco
With brief factual summaries and to the point suggestions, the book is easy to use and focused on the topics most essential to successful inclusion. An entry level guidebook for new teachers and a concise summary of practices for seasoned professional.

Strengthening The Family Professional Partnership in Services for Young People
Richard N. Roberts, Sarah Rule, and Mark S. Innocenti
This book gives students, professionals and families practical advice for developing collaborative relationships with families while showing a way to establish mutual respect. Ideal for pre service social work, home visiting, education, nursing and others.

Let’s Get Ready For School, spiral bound
Beth E. Breakstone Ed. D.
Turn a new experience into a fun activity that not only teaches but engages children to exercise their various senses. Laminated for durability. Some assembly required.

Old McDonald Had A Farm, spiral bound
Beth Breakstone, Ed.D.
An old favorite produced in an interactive manner to create a multi-sensory experience to engage the reader. Large bright pictures, bold print and laminated for durability. Some assembly required.

Inclusion: An Essential Guide For The Paraprofessional: A Practical Reference Tool for All Paraprofessionals Working in Inclusionary Settings
Peggy A. Hammeken
Partnership is a key to inclusive education and the paraprofessional is an indispensable member of the team. This resource contains more than 300 easy-to-use strategies for use in the classroom and school environment. Many reproducible forms.

Trans-disciplinary Play Based Assessment: A Functional Approach to Working with Young People
Toni W. Linder, Ed.D
Describes a natural, functional approach to assessment. Developed to enable a team to create accurate, intricate, dynamic portrait of a child and therefore eligibility for services and curriculum strategies.

EPILEPSY

Does Your Child Have Epilepsy? Second Edition
J.E. Jan, R.G. Ziegler and G. Erba
This book provides information on the most common types of seizures, causes, principles of treatment, investigations and outcome, with a wide range of helpful suggestions from infancy to adulthood.

FACIAL DIFFERENCES

Children With Facial Difference: A Parents’ Guide
Hope Charkins, M.S.W.
First comprehensive book of its kind. Written by a mother of a child with facial difference in collaboration with a distinguished professional advisory board. Covers more commonly occurring conditions plus Apert, Crouzon and Treacher Colins syndromes.

GENERAL

For the Love of Children
Eva Shaw
A collection of loving observations, essays, and short stories set to inspire and assist parents and grandparents and other people who love children.

More Than a Job: Securing Satisfying Careers for People with Disabilities
Paul Wechman and John Kregel
Focuses on individuals in their search for employment. Strategies that use vocational training, supported employment, and assistive technologies are just some of the key methods explored. Emphasizes choices in selecting a job.

In Time and With Love, Caring for the Special Needs Baby
Marilyn Segal, Ph.D.
For families and caregivers of pre-term and handicapped children in their first three years. More than 100 tips on adjusting and coping: nursing, dressing, social, skills, games and activities, discipline, decision making, and much more.

Sisters, Brothers, and Disability: A Family Album
Lydia Gans
The stories of 26 families raising children with special needs at home. Includes 142 photographs that show the compassion, patience, and matter-of-factness sisters and brothers share as they deal with the challenges of living with a differently-abled sibling.

How To Keep Your Kids From Driving You Crazy: A Proven Program for Improving Your Child’s Behavior and Regaining Control of Your Family
Paul Stone Bender, Ph.D.
A hands-on and extensively tested "Behavior Game" that lets you use positive reinforcement to achieve the changes you want. Easy to use charts, checklists, and worksheets enable you to tailor the program to meet your family’s specific needs.

Steps to Independence: Teaching Everyday Skills to Children With Special Needs, Third Edition
Bruce Baker & Alan J. Brightman
A step by step guide to help parents teach essential life skills to their children. Includes behavioral problems management, toilet training, home care skills, chores and much more.

Dictionary of Developmental Disabilities Terminology
Pasquale J. Accardo & Barbara Y. Whitman
This valuable dictionary is an essential tool for anyone involved in caring for a child with developmental disabilities. More than 3000 terms with thorough and easy to understand definitions including Anomia, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and much more.

Still Me
Christopher Reeve
This is the determined, passionate story of one man, a gifted actor and star, and how he and his family came to grips with the kind of devastating, unexplainable shock that fate can bring to any of us.

The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children With Special Needs
S. Schwartz Ph.D. & J.E. Heller Miller, M.Ed.
An updated and expanded how-to guide for using everyday toys to develop communication skills in children with disabilities and make playtime a fun, exciting and educational experience.

Changed By A Child: Companion Notes for Parents of a Child with a Disability
Barbara Gill
Traces the stages of the family experience of disability, covering more than 200 topics with inspirational quotations and meditations that tackle a host of personal, practical and psychological issues and more.

Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child with a Disability
Edited by D. G. Meyer
A compelling collection of essays by fathers who were asked to reflect and write about the life-altering experiences of having a child with a disability.

Nobody’s Perfect: Living & Growing with Children Who Have Special Needs
N.B. Miller, Ph.D., M.S.W., ET AL
A guide to navigating the practical and emotional challenges of raising kids with disabilities.

Clinical Management of Feeding Disorders: Case Studies
Florence Yossem
A look into functional therapy management in layperson’s language. Includes background: case studies with treatment techniques including how, why and when of 17 treatment techniques - with illustrations.

The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Death of a Child
Barbara D. Rosof
How do families survive the worst loss? What helps people heal? What barriers are there to healing, and what will break down those barriers?

The Life Planning Workbook
L.M. Russell, ET AL
From the authors of the highly acclaimed "Planning for the Future". A hands-on guide to help parents provide for the future security and happiness of their child with a disability after their death.

The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth
Stantley I. Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph,D. with Robin Simons
A step by step approach for parents, educators and others who work with children with special needs. Authors offer new understanding of the nature of the challenges and specific ways of helping children extend their intellectual and emotional potential.

Son Rise: The Miracle Continues
Barry N. Kaufman
An awe-inspiring reminder that love made tangible can move mountains.

From the Heart: On Being the Mother of a Child with Special Needs
Edited by J.D.B. Marsh
In eye-opening narratives based on their parent support process, nine mothers explore the intense, sometimes painful, emotional terrain of raising a child with special needs.

Children with Disabilities: A Medical Primer, Fourth Edition
M.D. Batshaw, M.D. & Y.M. Perret, M.A.
For parents and professional. Over 200 detailed illustrations, an extensive glossary, and a section on syndromes.

Taking Charge: Overcoming the Challenges of Long-Term Illness
I. Pollin, M.S.W. & S. K. Golant, M.A.
Designed to help persons with a chronic illness or disability understand why they’re feeling the way they do and to realize that their emotions are normal, natural and predictable.

Grief Dancers: A Journey Into the Depths of the Soul
Susan Zimmerman
A mother’s story of achieving unconditional love and acceptance of her handicapped child for who she is, and not what she is.

The Early Intervention Dictionary: A Multi-Disciplinary Guide to Terminology
J.G. Coleman, E.Ed.
Defines and clarifies terms used by the many different medical, therapeutic, and educational professionals who provide intervention services.

The Special Child: A Source Book for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities, Second Edition
S.M. Pueschel, P.S. Scola, L.E. Weideman, J.C. Bernier
Filled with straightforward medical information, helpful illustrations, and practical recommendations on disability related issues.

Differences in Common: Straight Talk on Mental Retardation, Down Syndrome, and Life
M. Trainer
Marilyn Trainer draws on her experience with candor and humor, as a mother of a child with Down syndrome, now in his twenties. A fresh outlook on the challenges, hopes and fears of family life.

A Consumer’s Guide to Home Adaptation: The Adaptive Environment Center
Dedicated to eliminating the barriers that confront people with disabilities.

Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs
D. J. Meyer P.F. Vadasy
How to provide peer support and educational opportunities for sisters and brothers of children with special needs.

Someone Special, Just Like You
Tricia Brown & Fran Ortiz
Upbeat black and while photographs with simple large-type text showing pre-school children actively playing and learning, alone, with teachers, and with their peers. Demonstrates common needs for physical affection, community, skills and independence.

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and parenting Easily Frustrated, "Chronically Inflexible" Children
Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
Practical comprehensive approach aimed at decreasing adversarial interactions between parents and children, reducing family hostility and improving children’s capacities for flexibility, frustration, tolerance, communication and self-regulation.

The Potty Chronicles: A Story to Help Children Adjust to Toilet Training
Written and Illustrated by Annie Reiner, L.C.S.W.
The book expresses children’s common fears and therefore enables them to gain comfort and trust in the knowledge that their parents understand what they are experiencing. This understanding will help a child through this difficult stage.

That’s My Child: Strategies for Parents of Children with Disabilities
L. Capper
Required reading to help parents successfully navigate the maze of resources and services available for children with special needs.

Play Helps: Toys and Activities for Children With Special Needs, Fourth Edition
Roma Lear
Beginning in 1977 as "The Orange Book", this revised edition includes a compilation of more toys and games arranged under the five sense. Each chapter begins with a contents list. Includes ideas for toys that children can make.

Build a Happy Family: A Positive Parenting Tool Kit on "How to be the Parent You Want to be When You Just Don’t Have the Time."
Frank J. Doberman, Ph.D.
This book introduces the twelve basic skills of positive parenting and also show parents how to find the time to use these tools while having the energy to become the parents they want to be, with happy, healthy and thoughtful children.

Children With Tourette Sydrome: A Parents’ Guide
Edited by T. Haerle
Written by a team of professionals and parents, this book covers medical, educational, legal, family life, daily care, and emotional issues.

Planning For The Future: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, Fourth Edition
L.M. Russel, ET AL
How to prepare a Life Plan, a Letter of Intent, a Special Needs Trust. This book explains how to maximize your child’s government benefits, avoid probate, reduce estate taxes and much more.

Community Success: An Illustrated Guide to Community Access
Jo Reynolds
Help children experience community success independently. Contains 60 commonplace community activities organized into eight categories and illustrated step-by-step in a three-step training process: review, rehearse and use. Includes integration of social skills.

Communication Disorders In Infants and Toddlers: Assessment and Intervention, Second Edition
Frances P. Billeaud
Intended for communicative disorder specialists who are interested in serving the youngest group within the pediatric population. Can be used as a clinical reference tool: guide to practical resources. Also information on teaming: referral: collaboration.

Yes You Can! A Guide for Parents of Children with Disabilities
Mark Nagler, Ph.D.
Required reading to help parents successfully navigate the maze of resources and services available for children with special needs.

Delicate Threads: Friendships between Children With and Without Special Needs in Inclusive Settings
Debbie Staub, Ph, D.
A view of the social lives of children with and without disabilities. Reveals characteristics and patterns of these complex relationships and provides useful suggestions for families and educators interested in supporting these relationships.

Little Tree: A Story For Children With Serious Medical Problems
Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D.
Written for children ages 4 to 8 who experience life-challenging illness or accidents and who often feel overwhelmed and helpless. This story may help them find comfort, inspiration, and an inner sense of well-being.

Tanya and The Tobo Man: A Story for Children Entering Therapy
Lesley Koplow, S.C.W.
All children find the world a scary place at times. But when the fears linger and prevent them from enjoying life and adjusting at school, professional help may be sought. This charming story shows children and parents what therapy for children is about.

HEALTH CARE

Maximizing Your Health Insurance Benefits: A Consumer’s Guide to New and Traditional Plans
Richard Epstein
Comprehensive guide designed to help consumers understand the health insurance system so they can obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. Addresses special health insurance issues related to children and adults with special needs.

The Parent’s Helper: Who To Call on Health and Family Issues
Christine Williams, M.D. and John J. Connoly Ed.D. Editors
Lists over 1,000 sources of information by phone and internet covering virtually every kind of health concern or family issue, from minor health problems to major diseases and syndromes affecting children and adolescents. Complied in user friendly format.

Your Child and Health Care: A "Dollars & Sense" Guide for Families with Special Needs
L.R. Rosenfeld, L.C.S.W. Ph.D.
This resource helps parents negotiate the maze of financial assistance programs, organizations, and government services available and to seek services and assistance confidently from all sources.

HEARING IMPAIRED

Seeing Things My Way
Alden R. Carter
A fully illustrated book about Amanda and her visual impairment. Explains in easy to read text her experiences and expectations including use of CCTV and Braille.

You and Your Deaf Child: a Self-Help Guide for Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children
A resource book that parents can use when dealing with feelings about hearing loss and the implications it may have on family life. Includes reference materials covering language systems, family communications behavior and educational placement, plus more.

Kid-Friendly Parenting With Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: A Treasury of Fun Activities toward Better Behavior
Daria Medwid and Denise Chapman Weston
A step-by-step guide offering hundreds of ideas and methods designed to work with children ages 3 to 12 to enhance communication and strengthen relationship in skillful, fun ways.

I Can Sign My ABC’s
Laura McCaul and Susan Chaplin, Illustrated ,
Full-color picture book with 26 signs-one for each letter-with manual alphabet, hand shape, a picture, the name and sign of a simple object beginning with that letter. Ideal book for teaching young children the alphabet.

My Signing Book of Numbers
Patricia Bellan Gillen
This full-color picture book helps children learn their numbers in sign language. Each two-page spread has the appropriate number of things or creatures for the numbers 0-20. Signs for 30,40, etc. to 100 and instructions on "how to" are included.

I’m Deaf and It’s Okay
L. Aseltiine, E. Mueller & N. Tait, Pictures by H. Cogancherry
How this little boy copes with the frustrations of deafness at play and at home.

My First Book Of Sign
By Patricia Bellen Gillen, Pamela J. Baker, Illustrated
A full color alphabet book, giving the sign for 150 words most frequently used by young people. Word choices based on early language acquisition. Appropriate for children beginning to read.

Choices in Deafness: A Parents’ Guide
Edited by Sue Schwartz. Ph.D.
A clear thorough, reassuring book that will help parents make the best choices. Written by professional, with frank personal accounts by parents.

The Silent Garden, Raising your Deaf Child, Second Edition
Paul W. Ogden
An up to date reference comprising all the bits and pieces of advice, encouragement and hard data that parents might need in order to make decisions that will enable their children to grow into strong, healthy and productive members of society.

Raising and Educating a Deaf Child
Marc Marschark
A comprehensive guide to the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by parents and educators. Although written by a researcher, the language and explanations of complex issues are clear and easy to understand.

A Parents’ Guide To Middle Ear Infections
D.S. Davis,M.A., CCC-A
Answering questions about ear infections in understandable terms. Anatomy, physiology, coping at home and socially.

Psychological Development of Deaf Children
Marc Marschark
Beginning with the nature and scope of deafness the author integrated 30 years of information to identify in what functionally significant way deafness affects the course of child development.

INJURY

Head Injury and the Family A Life and Living Perspective
A.E. Dell Orto & P.W. Power
Focuses on how the family can adjust and survive the trauma related to head injury, as well as become a partner in the treatment, rehabilitation, and adaptation process.

When Young Children Are Injured: Families as Caregivers in Hospitals and At Home
J. Haltiwanger M.E.Ed M. & M. Lash, M.S.W.
A book about the family’s role in caregiving when a young child is injured. Written for families with young children who have sustained debilitating injuries.

When Your Child Goes To School After An Injury
M. Lash, M.S.W. Issues parents need to confront about their child’s future schooling health care and social needs.

When Your Child is Seriously Injured
M. Lash, M.S.W.
Topics include preparing for hospital visits, reaction to loss, helping siblings, and coping.

LEARNING DISABILITIES

The Misunderstood Child, Understanding and Coping with Your Child’s Learning Disabilities, Third Edition
Larry B. Silver, M.D.
Provides information to help parents create the type of family and school programs that maximize growth toward a happy successful life.

I Wish I Could Fly Like a Bird, Audio Tape and Book
Katherine Denison
Children who have been taunted for being different, who have ever felt embarrassed socially, who have resorted to bravado in the face to shame will understand Chic L. Dee, a boy bird who discovers his talents, trusts his intuition, and finds his own way.

Learning Disabilities, Literacy, and Adult Education
Suan A. Vogel and Stephen Reder
A sharing of cutting-edge developments and information from specialists in their fields about LD, literacy, and adult education, an often overlooked special needs area. Includes how and when to screen and methods for teaching adults who have LD.

Einstein and Me: Talking About Learning Disabilities, A Video for Parents, Kids and Teachers
Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D.
An upbeat, informative and optimistic video of kids talking openly and honestly, telling about how they found out about their learning disability; policies and people who make life difficult; people and programs that helped them cope; their strengths and talents.

If They Can Do It, We Can Too!
Students of Deephaven School’s learning Lab and Their Teacher, Margo Holen Dinneen
Learn about 18 famous adults with learning differences written by 18 soon to be famous students with similar differences.

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
Comprehensive yet easy to understand language about a disability that is often mis-diagnosed as ADD/ADHD. Includes examples of typical indicators with check list to determine existence of condition; helpful tools for parents to promote healthy integration.

MENTAL RETARDATION

The Child Who Never Grew
P. Buck
Brings back into print Buck’s inspiring account of her struggle to help her daughter with mental retardation.

Children with Mental Retardation: A Parents’ Guide
Edited by R. Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP
A complete and compassionate guide to everything parents need to know about raising their child and meeting their varied medical, therapeutic, and educational needs.

Colour All My Wings: A Poetry Journey
Elizabeth Ann Anderson
Everyday factors challenge our mental health; some are within our control and others are not, which can cause imbalance in our lives. This book demonstrates that no matter what the reason, we can all take steps in improve our well being and that of others.

NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

Parenting your baby in the NICU: Suggestions for Active Parenting during your baby’s stay
Meyer Rehabilitation Institute Media Center, (402) 559-7467
Pamphlet has removable cards inside which describe caregiving activities for parents at different stages of their baby’s hospitalization. Usable in almost all NICU’s .

Developmental Care Guide for Families with Infants in the NICU, 1996
Dana Fern and Chrysty Graves. 800 377-3449
Written by two occupational therapists with many years experience working with parents in the NICU. Language and pictures are reassuring.

My Special Start, A guide for Parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 1991
Vort Corporation Palo Alto (415) 322-8282
Pictorial booklet is written at a simple level. Discusses the ups and downs of parenting the NICU baby. How to read the cues, ways to protect the baby from stress. The second booklet is A Special Start is an excellent training tool.

Low Birth Weight, 1987
Medic Publishing Co, (206) 881-2883
Answers questions parents have getting ready for discharge. Best for parents who like to read.

Your Healing Touch, for families and Infants during Hospitalization
(505) 272-3946
Pamphlet for parents about infant massage they can do in the NICU. Gentle and appropriate for most stable babies. Produced by the infant development specialists at the University of New York.

RELIGION

From Barriers To Bridges: A Community Action Guide for Congregations and People with Disabilities
Edited by G. Thornburgh
Designed for foster understanding among people with disabilities, their family members, religious leadership and the larger community.

That All May Worship: An Interfaith Welcome to People With Disabilities
G. Thornburgh
An interfaith handbook to assist congregations in welcoming people with disabilities to promote acceptance and full participation.

Loving Justice: The ADA and the Religious Community
Edited G.Thornburgh
How the Americans with Disabilities Act affects religious institutions, including congregations, hospitals, nursing homes, seminaries, universities and more.

SIBLINGS

Siblings of Children with Autism: A Guide for Families
S.L.Harris, Ph.D.
Understanding sibling relationships, how a sibling with autism can affect sisters and brothers, and what families can do to support their other children.

Brothers and Sisters: A Special Part of Exceptional Families, Second Edition
T.H. Powell & P.A. Gallagher
This guide offers reliable research mingled with the perceptive wisdom of siblings of all ages to encourage a better understanding of the dynamics of family relationships.

It Isn’t Fair! Siblings Of Children with Disabilities
Edited by S.D. Klein & M.J. Scheifer
Features chapters by parents, siblings and professionals.

Views From Our Shoes: Growing up with a brother or sister with special needs
Donald Meyer
A new book for children by children who share their experience as the brother or sister of someone with special needs-The good and bad aspects, as well as many thoughtful observations. May be useful to educators to supplement their inclusion programs.

Howie Helps Himself
J. Fassler, Pictures by J Lasker
A great kids book to help a sibling identify with the joys and trials of having a disability.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Negotiating The Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
W. Anderson, S. Chitwood, and D. Hayden
An easy to understand, step-by-step guide for parents of children with special needs and the teachers and professionals who assist them.

Free Appropriate Public Education: The Law and Children with Disabilities, Fifth Edition
H. Rutherford Turnbull,III and Ann P. Trunbull
This resource covers the six principles of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act of 1997. Includes detailed analysis of the most important cases affecting special education law. Covers legislation, case law techniques, due process and more.

Video: 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
A 120 minute color presentation that addresses the difficult task of child discipline with humor, keen insight and proven experience. Provides easy to follow steps for disciplining children without yelling, arguing or spanking.

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12, New Revised 2nd Edition
Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
A how-to text designed to help adults learn how to handle difficult behavior, encourage good behavior, and manage the inevitable sidetrack of testing and manipulation - all in a manner that is fair, perfectly clear and not abusive.

Book and audio book: Accommodations In High Education Under The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA): A No-Nonsense Guide for Clinicians, Educators, Administrators, and Lawyers
Edited: Michael Gordon and Shelby Keiser
This resource brings together noted experts, who draw on extensive hands-on experience to provide a valuable blueprint for diagnosing, documenting, evaluating and accommodating students with learning disabilities.

A new IDEA for Special Education: Understanding The System and The New Law A Guide to Making the System Work
B.C. Cutler, Ed.D.
Through examination of IDEA provides insight as to role of parent and rights of children. Topics include: the new law; the referral process; child evaluation; creation of IEP; placement and related services; transition preparation; and more.

You, Your Child, and "Special" Education: A Guide to Making the System Work
B.C. Cutler, Ed.D.
Shows parents how to obtain the educational services their child rightfully deserves.

The 3 R’s for Special Education: Rights, Resources, Results:
A Guide For Parents: A Tool For Educators
G.H. Trevor, M.S. ED.
Sensitively presented, this video covers the stages of the Special Education System, the law and future planning while encouraging parent involvement.

Video and Audio: The Prospector Goal Mine #2
Donald Cahill and Maureen Cahill
Written in parent-friendly language; designed to help parents and educators through the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Segmented into 26 educational needs areas. Includes more than 5000 examples of good goals and objectives and their application.

Teaching Self Determination To Students With Disabilities: Basic Skills for Successful Transition
Michael L. Wehmeyer, Martin Agran, and Charolyn Hughes
Practical and user-friendly, this book provides versatile instruction methods for teaching basic self determination skills to students. Carefully developed, validated, and field tested in areas of decision making, self-advocacy, goal setting and more.

Facilitated Communication: The Clinical and Social Phenomenon
Edited by H.C. Shane, Ph.D.
An up-to-date exploration of the controversial topic of FC and also the current understanding of learning communication, and movement in person with developmental disabilities.

Ants in His Pants: Absurdities and Realities of Special Education
Cartoons by Michael F. Giangreco, Illustrations by Kevin Ruelle
With wit, humor and profound one liners, the 110 cartoons give a lighter look at the often comical and occasionally harsh truth of the ever changing field of special education.

SPINA BIFIDA

Answering Your Questions About Spina Bifida: A guide from the Spina Bigida Program Department of General Pediatrics
Edited by C. Shaer
Contains information to help understand basic medical, educational, and social issues of children and adults with spina bifida.

An Introduction To Spina Bifida
David G. McLone, M.D., Ph.D. and Joy Ito,R.N.
The purpose of this book is to aid the parents, family and non-medical people who care for the child born with spina bifida. Revised 1998

Spinabilities
Edited by Marlene Lutkenhoff, R.N., M.S.N., & Sonia G. Oppenheimer, M.D.
Young people with spina bifida will learn answers to questions about managing life, positive attitude development, and goal setting to become independent. Parents will get overview abut adolescent children with spina bifida.

Medical Facts About Spina Bifida
C.T. Davoli, M.D. & S.L. Kinsman, M.D.
I nformation to answer your basic questions about spina bifida.

Living With Spina Bifida: A guide for families and professionals
Adrian Sandler, M.D.
Beginning with a clinical overview of the condition, chapters are arranged according to the developmental stages of life from birth to adulthood. Includes helpful glossary, listing of spina bifida associations and suggestions for further reading.

TRAVEL AND RECREATION

Watch It Made in U.S.A.: A Visitor’s Guide to the Companies that Make Your Favorite Products
Second Edition
Karen Axelrod and Bruce Brumberg
Did you ever wonder how or where it came from? This is a guide to more than 300 company museums and factory tours around the country that you can take advantage of, including specific information on what they can provide for your enjoyment during a visit.

The Travelin’ Talk Directory
The Ultimate Directory of Resources Providing Assistance to Travelers with Disabilities
Includes: names, location, telephone numbers of all 800+ members, specific problems addressed, travel and tour agencies, hotels, rental, other organizations.

Great American Vacations for Travelers with Disabilities: A Fodors Vacation Planner, Third Ed.
Complete accessibility information of hotels, restaurants and attractions.

A World Of Options: A Guide to International Exchange, Community Service and Travel for Persons with Disabilities, Third Edition
More than 600 pages of international educational exchange and travel resources.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Can’t Your Child See? A Guide for Parents of Visually Impaired Children
E. Scott, H. Jan & R. Freeman
Practical guidelines for helping visually impaired children reach their full potential.

Children with Visual Impairments: A Parents’ Guide
Edited: M. Cay Holbrook, Ph.D.
Designed to help parents get a handle on common types of concerns. Written by a team of professionals and parents, each of who is an expert on a different aspect of caring for children with visual impairments.

First Steps, Blind Children's Center
A guide for parents and professionals with basic information about activities for children with visual impairments.

Let’s Eat, Blind Children's Center
A wonderful source of information for introducing feeding skills to a child without sight. This little booklet is full of useful ideas to make this daily activity easier for everyone.

One Step at a Time, TASH Technical Assistance Project
A manual for families of children with hearing and vision impairment. A well rounded resource emphasizing the necessity of using daily activities as teachable moments.

Overbrook Early Childhood Parent Education Series American Printing House for the Blind
A series of reproducible handouts about enhancing all areas of development for the visually impaired child. Includes ideas for activities, resources and developmental milestones

The National Braille Press (617) 266-6160
They offer a Braille Book of the Month Club for children. For the cost of any print book in their collection, you can receive the twin vision version. These books contain the original print book with braille either on the print pages of inserted on clear plastic sheets. These books are for purchase only.

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, 18440 Oxnard St, Tarzana CA 91356Offers a variety of twin vision books for preschooler through 4th grade. Write to them for an application. Books are on loan and will be sent to you via free matter for the blind. You can return them the same way, so there is no cost for postage. They also provide Braille calendars

Seedlings P.O. Box 2395 Livonia, MI 48151-0395
Two types of books are produced, One has Braille labels placed on print books for preschooler–some with sound buttons. Other twin vision books are re-written onto Braille paper with printed type above the braille lines (there are no pictures). Books are for purchase.

AFB Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the US and Canada, American Foundation for the Blind
A CD-ROM and book containing more than 2,500 listings of public and private organizations, governmental departments that provide education, information, rehabilitation, low vision and aging services in the U.S. and Canada for individuals.

YOUNG PEOPLE'S BOOKS

Andy and His Yellow Frisbee
By Mary Thompson
Introduces young readers of (elementary school age) to autism. Illustrated with vivid watercolors.

The Lion Who Had Asthma
Jonathan London, Pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Sean roars like a lion. But the lion who is Sean has asthma, and suddenly it’s hard for him to breathe. The whole family pitches in to help deliver the treatment, and soon Sean is King of the Jungle again.

Draw Me A Picture
Susan Nessim and Barbara Wyman, A.T.R., M.F.C.C.
A therapeutic coloring book for kids to help them understand the changes taking place, through Marty Bunny, who becomes sick, is treated and get better. Ages 3-6
Available in Spanish

Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose: Told in Signed English
J.G. Coleman, M.Ed.
More than a dozen favorite rhymes illustrated with full color paintings accompanied by 389 drawings showing verses in signed English. Designed to help young readers strengthen their language skills.

Julie’s Beach Adventure
Created and Written by Anne Manuel,
Illustrated by William Inagley Studios, Inc.
First issue in the Friendship Circle series of stories where differences don’t matter and warms hugs, understanding, sharing, caring and giving are part of everyday. In the Friendshiip Circle every member is special and appreciated.

Joey and Sam
I. Katz & E. Ritvo, M.D.
A heartwarming storybook about autism, a family and a brother’s love.

A Button in Her Ear
Ada B. Litchfield
Pictures: Eleanor Mill
Approximately 7% of school children have some degree of hearing loss. Story reinforces a child’s healthy attitude toward use of a hearing aid. For children in similar circumstances this story has special meaning and sets the stage for new understanding.

Lee, The Rabbit With Epilepsy
Deborah M. Moss
A reassuring tale for young children with epilepsy. This story follows Lee from her first seizure to the doctor’s office, and then home with new medication to control her seizure. Ages 4-8

What Happens Next?
C. Christian & L. Dwight
Babies will love the colorful photographs and hidden surprises in this sturdy little book.

Nick Joins In
Joe Lasker
A free, appropriate public education is guaranteed for all handicapped children and whenever possible, they will be educated alongside non-handicapped children, a practice known as "mainstreaming". This book may help overcome child’s apprehension.

Shelly The Hyperactive Turtle
Deborah M. Moss
An aid for parents to help them explain ADHD to their preschool or primary grade youngster. Ages 4-8 Fully illustrated.

My Brother, Matthew
Mary Thompson
When a child with disabilities is born into a family, life typically shifts to focus on this child’s special needs. Siblings often have difficulty adjusting and feel left out. This realistic and compassionate tale tells what happens and what it is like.

Things Your Mother Always Told You But You Didn’t Want to Hear
By Carolyn Coates
A spiral-bound book full of little anecdotes that capsulize many of the words of wisdom shared by a mother with her children.

Sugar Was My Best Food: Diabetes and Me
Carol Antoinette Peacock, Adair Gregory, Klye Carney Gregory
Nine year old Adair tells of how diabetes brought big changes to his life. Little by little, he can his family learned to manage his illness, and after awhile life got better. This true story will help other kids in their struggle with diabetes. Ages 8-13.

Chris Gets Ear Tubes
Betty Page Illustrated by Kathryn Hutton
An explanation of what happens before, during and after the surgery in language a child can understand. It takes away the child’s natural fear of the unknown.

A Cane in Her Hand
A.B. Litchfield Illustrated by E. Mill
A great book to help children without disabilities understand those with disabilities.

Many Ways to Learn: Young People’s Guide to Learning Disabilities
Judith Stern, M.A., Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D.
This book is written for young people ages 8-14. Reading it will help them learn to help themselves as it provides a clear and positive understanding of what it means to have learning disabilities.

Night Light: A Story for children Afraid of the Dark
Jack Dutro, Ph. D.
A creative story that taps the inner resources we use to calm our fear. Uses imagination to change images of fear to images of interest, fun and comfort, through a tiny creature, Kalispel.

Monster Boy
Christine M. Winn with David Walsh, Ph.D.
A delightful and easy to read story about Buster and his discovery of the monster within. Designed to help children cope with anger.

Uncle Willy’s Tickles
Marcie Aboff
Children will be able to relate to Kyle, who is tickled by Uncle Willie until it hurts so much he hides when Uncle Willie visits. Designed to reinforce the concept that children can and express themselves if they feel uncomfortable about something. Ages 4-8

Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce
Cornelia Maude Apelman, A.C.S.W.,L.C.S.W.
To a young child, divorce need to explained only in the simplest terms. This book emphasizes the precious things in a child’s life that stay the same. The message conveyed is that no matter where the parents live, they will always love their child.

Gran-Gran’s Best Trick: A Story for Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love
L. Dwight Holden, M.D.
Written to help children deal with the loss of someone they love, and to help parents help their children with that loss. It is also about how we grow from that experience and how those we love never leave our hearts. That is love’s best trick.

Help Is On The Way: A child’s book about ADD
Marc A. Nemiroff, Ph.D. & Jane Annunziata, Psy.D.
Written from a child’s point of view for children ages 5 to 9 and their parents to help them gain an overview of ADD and its effects. Not intended as a comprehensive text or guidebook.

I Want You Moo: A Story for Children About Self-Esteem
Marcella Bakur Weiner & Jill Neimark
This book is designed to be read to and with children ages 4-8. It offers parents, teachers and counselors the chance to engage in an open discussion of the rarely discussed subject of self-acceptance and self-loathing.

Sammy The Elephant & Mr. Camel
A Story to Help Children Overcome Bed-wetting While Discovering Self-Appreciation
Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D. & Richard J. Crowley, Ph.D.
A delightful and profound story that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. The theme of a struggling youngster who is guided to discover his own unique abilities will touch the heart of any child in a universal way.

Where’s Chimpy?
Bernice Rabe with Photographs by Diane Schmidt
A heartwarming story about Misty and her toy monkey. Misty and her toy monkey. Misty has Down syndrome, but that doesn’t mean she acts differently from any other child.

Princess Pooh
K.M. Muldoon, Illustrated by L. Shute
A sibling secretly dubs her sister ‘Princess Pooh’ because she sits on her ‘throne with wheels’ and gives orders. An honest look at some universal feelings.

I’m the Big Sister Now
M.Emmert, Illustrated by G. Owens
How the loving care of family and friends can influence and benefit the quality of life for children with mental retardation and/or physical disabilities.

Otto Learns About His Medicine: A Story About Medication For Children with ADHD
Matthew Galvin, M.D.
This book should help children ages 4 to 8 and their parents bring a greater awareness and com fort to their discussions with the doctor, as well as to encourage them to talk about the effects of ADHD and of the medication.

By Buddy
A. Osofsky
Buddy is the best dog a boy could have. Fully illustrated, this book demonstrates the desire of people with disabilities to be independent.

Howie Helps Himself
J. Fassler, Pictures by J. Lasker
Designed to help the child with a disability and the sibling identify with some of the joys, stresses and strains of a disability.

Views From Our Shoes
A new book for children by children who share their experiences as the brother or sister of someone with special needs, the good and bad aspects, as well as many thoughtful observations. May be useful to educators to supplement their inclusion programs.

Russel Is Extra special: A Book About Autism for Children
Charles A. Amenta, III, M.D.
Written to help the most important people, children, learn about autism by a father, who is also a physician, of an autistic child.

Zipper, The Kid With ADHD
Caroline Janover, Illustrated by Rick Powell
A novel for children age 8-11 which captures the high energy and impulsive nature of a typical ten-year-old with ADHD. Zipper is a lovable and bright child motivated to reach for his dreams. To realize his goal he must come up with a plan and stick with it!

I’m Deaf and It’s Okay
L. Aseltiine, E. Mueller & N. Tait, Pictures by H. Cogancherry
How this little boy copes with the frustrations of deafness at play and at home.

We’ll Paint The Octopus Red
Stephenie Stuve-Bodeen
A full-color illustrated children’s story for young siblings, ages 3 to 7 years, who have a new brother or sister with Down syndrome. Told with great warmth to put their minds at ease and help them develop a positive outlook about their brother or sister.

Ian’s Walk: A Story About Autism
Laurie Lears
A story for siblings of autistic children, to help provide them with an awareness of the challenges they and their families face. Grade 1-4

Always Kiss Me Good Night: Instructions on raising the perfect parent
Instruction on raising the perfect parent, as seen through the eyes of 147 children.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Told in Signed English
Harry Bornstein, Karen Luczak Saulnier
Provides children ages 3-8 all of the fun their parents had when they first read this classic fairy tale. Parents and children alike will treasure this book that makes a classic story fun and instructive at the same time in a completely new way.

Baby Book: For the developmentally challenged child
R. Mathews
A unique approach to the traditional "Baby Book" designed for children with developmental disabilities. Special sections for medical histories and Mom and Dad’s feelings.

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