Book Review

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Title
Author
Date
Topic
Available
Synopsis
Help for the Hyperactive Child William G. Crook, MD 1997 ADHD N A practical guide offering parents of ADHD children alternatives to Ritalin.
Good Night, Sleep Tight Kim West with Joanne Kenen 2006 All children Y "The first book of its kind to clearly explain why bedtime is such a challenge for so many kids and their parents, and to offer solutions that won't torture anyone.
You Make the Difference in Helping Your Child Learn Ayala Manolson with Barbara Ward and Nancy Dodington 1995 All children Y "… simply the best and most charming guide for raising happy, confident children that I have ever seen."  June Callwood, Social Activist / Writer
Temple Talks … about Autism and Sensory Issues Dr. Temple Grandin 2015 Autism Y The world's leading expert on autism shares her advice and experiences.
Life, Animated Ron Suskind 2014 Autism Y This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.
Rain Reign Ann M. Martin 2014 Autism Y A novel. "Simplicity, clarity, and emotional resonance are hallmarks of Rose's first-person narrative, which offers an unflinching view of her world from her perspective …. a strong story told in a nuanced, highly accessible way."  Booklist, starred review
The Reason I Jump Naoki Higashida 2013 Autism Y You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
The Autistic Brain Temple Grandin 2013 Autism Y "[Grandin's] most insightful work to date … something anyone could benefit from reading, and I recommend it to anyone with a personal or professional connection to autism or neurological difference."  John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye
The Autism Revolution Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, with Karen Weintraub 2013 Autism Y Whole-body strategies for making life all it can be.
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew Ellen Notbohm 2012 Autism Y "This book is the only one that explained my son 100%.  Nobody, not even medical doctors, were able to explain to me what my son is feeling.  I often used to say, 'I wish I could see through his eyes for just one day.'  This book made that possible."  Caroline Nel
An Early Start for Your Child with Autism Sally J. Rogers, PhD, Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Laurie A. Vismara, PhD 2012 Autism Y Using everyday activities to help kids connect, communicate, and learn.
Not My Boy Rodney Peete 2010 Autism Y Rodney Peete writes a compelling book that will help fathers emotionally deal with the challenge of raising a child with autism.  The mental toughness of a man all but disappears when faced with this reality, but Rodney's candid message will encourage anyone who is chosen to be on this journey.
Rules Cynthia Lord 2006 Autism Y A Newberry Honor Book (novel).  A rewarding story thay may well inspire readers to think about others' points of view.  A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter.
Visual Strategies for Improving Communication Linda A. Hodgdon, M.ED., CCC-SLP 2005 Autism Y "An essential resource.  It is unique in its clarity, practicality and creativity.  As a researcher and clinician who has focused on understanding the unique learning and communication styles of students with autism, I enthusiastically recommend this book to professionals and parents at every opportunity."  Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP  Director, Childhood Communication Services, Brown University
The Shape of The Eye George Estreich 2011 Down Syndrome Y "Estreich brings to his personal story of a family's experience of Down syndrome a poet's eye and ear, and historian's depth of understanding, a humorist's healthy skeptism, and a scientist's curiosity. The result is a splendid, stimulating, and extremely moviing account of what it means to be a familly, what it means to be human."  Tracy Daugherty, author of Hiding Man:  A Biography of Donald Barthelme
The Little King and his Marshmallow Kingdom Louis Rotella III 2010 Down Syndrome Y KIng Louie the Fourth rules over Marshmallow Kingdom where the sun always shines and every meal is a picnic with yummy marshmallows for dessert.  King Louie helps his friends understand and appreciate that everyone is unique.  Follow Louie as he shows you the kid-like things he loves to do.  Geared for 2nd – 5th grade classrooms.
Gifts Various 2007 Down Syndrome Y Mothers reflect on how children with Down syndrome enrich their lives.
Fine Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome Maryanne Bruni, BSc OT(C) 2006 Down Syndrome Y "This expanded edition of an already invaluable book should be welcomed by parents, grandparents, and professionals.  By featuring what is helpful, motivating, and realistic, the material can make a significant difference between success and failure in developing important daily living skills."  M. Sheila Hebein, Executive Director, National Association for Down Syndrome
The Simple Truths of Service Ken Blanchard, Barbara Glanz 2005 Down Syndrome N Want a healthy bottom line?  Give your customers great service.  Want to know how?  Read this book.
Taking Down Syndrome to School Jenna Glatzer 2002 Down Syndrome Y Part of The Special Kids in School series, designed to be read in the classroom in order to normalize and provide understanding of conditions.  Early elementary school age appropriate, includes talking points and tips for teachers.
A Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome Siegfried M. Pueschel 2001 Down Syndrome Y The 13 authors of this book are highly qualified professionals in their respective disciplines who have contributed significantly to progress in Down syndrome.  Six of the authors are parents of children with Down syndrome.  In addition to discussing general and specific aspects of Down syndrome, this book attempts to portray an accurate and positive picture of individuals with Down syndrome from birth to adulthood.
Common Threads Various 2001 Down Syndrome Y Not a discussion on difference, but a celebration of joyful lives.  The photography will make you smile with recognition of a shared moment, the stories will make you believe, the research will support that belief with fact, and some of the suggestions will help provide new insights into each child as a learner, an athlete, a sibling, or a friend.
Fine Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome Maryanne Bruni, BSc OT(C) 1998 Down Syndrome Y A practical and accessible guide to understanding and developing fine motor skills in children with Down syndrome.  The author draws on her expertise as a seasoned occupational therapist and parent to show readers how to develop the hand skills required for such small tasks as holding a pencil, cutting with scissors, or using a computer.  Especially valuable is the book's sensitivity to the medical, physical, and psychological characteristics of children with Down syndrome and how these affect motor development.
Gross Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome Patricia C. Winders, P.T. 1997 Down Syndrome Y Children with Down syndrome master gross motor skills – everything from rolling over to running – but need additional help and encouragement to maximize development.  The author, a physical therapist, shares her expertise and experience gained from sixteen years specializing in the motor devolopment of children with Down syndrome.
Another Season Gene Stalllings and Sally Cook 1997 Down Syndrome N "Gene Stallings writes about the trials and the joys of raising a 'special' child, and he does so with honesty, perception, and compassion.  It is a warmhearted story of a family that faced tough odds – and won."  General Colin Powell
A New Parents' Guide to Babies with Down Syndrome Karen Stray-Gundersen 1995 Down Syndrome Y This second edition is written by a group of knowledgeable parents, doctors, nurses, educators, and lawyers, who cover everything parents need to know about raising their child in an environment of love, pride, and achievement.
Medical & Surgical Care for Children with Down Syndrome Edited by D.C. Van Dyke, M.D,. Philip Mattheis, M.D., Susan Schook Eberly, M.A., and Janet Williams, R.N., Ph.D. 1995 Down Syndrome Y A  Guide for Parents.
Communication Skills in Children with Down Syndrome Libby Kumin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP 1994 Down Syndrome Y A Guide for Parents.
Dyslexic Boy Overcoming ALL Obstacles Jason F. Oliver 2014 Dyslexia Y A great read for students of all ages, struggling readers, parents, educators of all levels, and anyone that needs a pick-me-up, a "Balcony Person."  Through the conversational style of Dyslexia Boy, you will quickly become a part of the author's journey through life and learn from the battles he went through.
All About Tests and Assessments WrightsLaw 2014 Education Y Answers to frequently asked questions.
All About IEPs WrightsLaw 2013 Education Y Answers to frequently asked questions about IEPs.
From Emotions to Advocacy WrightsLaw 2013 Education Y The special educaton survival guide.
Special Education Law WrightsLaw 2013 Education Y Provides a clear roadmap to the laws and how to get better services for all children with disabilities.
STEP Parent Manual STEP Organization 2013 Education Y Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP) 21st edition
Don't We Already Do Inclusion? Paula Kluth 2013 Education Y 100 Ideas for Improving Inclusive Schools
More Than Shared Classrooms Michael L. Remus, Bev Adcock 1998 Education Y Educating kids with and without disabilities together successfully.
The Story of Beautiful Girl Rachel Simon 2011 I/D Y A novel.  "The Story of Beautiful Girl is a beautiful story, indeed.  In its sweeping breadth and textured detail lies a finely crafted testament to the benevolence and brutalilty of our humanity.  I dare you to read the first twenty pages and not keep going."  John Grogan, author of Marley & Me
Riding the Bus with My Sister Rachel Simon 2002 I/D Y "This is a poignant, honest, and uplifting memoir about accepting the dysfunctional family you've been given, instead of the storybook family you wish you had.  Anyone who's grown up with a mentally challenged sibling will appreciate Simon's struggle to develop a loving relationship with her fiesty but difficult sister.  What makes this book so wonderful is the unexpected path that Simon's journey takes.  In exploring her sister's offbeat world, she actually discovers rich, untapped parts of herself.  As the end, I was moved to tears."  Carol Saline, coauther of Sisters and Mothers and Daughters
Girls Like Us Gail Giles 2014 I/DD Y "I taught special ed students like Biddy and Quincey for twenty years, and I've been wanting to tell their stories – stories of courage, sometimes pain, and certainly triumph – for a long time."  Gail Giles, author
An Uncomplicated Life, A Father's Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter Paul Daugherty 2015 Down Syndrome Y A father's exhilarating and inspiring love letter to his daughter with Down syndrome, whose vibrant and infectious approach can teach us all how to live a little better.
A Boy and A Jaguar Dr. Alan Rabinowitz 2014 Stuttering Y "A children's book with a message for all ages.  A beautiful book that will inspire stutterers to succeed and make a positive difference in the world. " Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation
the Awakening of HK Derryberry Jim Bradford 2016 Cerebral Palsy Y The inspiring true story of how Jim Bradford willingly stepped out of his comfortable world and into the life of HK Derryberry, a young boy with multiple disabilities and a bleak future.  This book chronicles their enduring sixteen-year friendship and the discovery of HK's remarkable gift of memory.
dd MDSC 2014 Down Syndrome N A Resource Guide for Elementary Educators
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