Book Review


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Title
Author
Date
Topic
Available
Synopsis
Help for the Hyperactive ChildWilliam G. Crook, MD1997ADHDNA practical guide offering parents of ADHD children alternatives to Ritalin.
Good Night, Sleep TightKim West with Joanne Kenen2006All childrenY"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 LearnAyala Manolson with Barbara Ward and Nancy Dodington1995All childrenY"… 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 IssuesDr. Temple Grandin2015AutismYThe world's leading expert on autism shares her advice and experiences.
Life, AnimatedRon Suskind2014AutismYThis 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 ReignAnn M. Martin2014AutismYA 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 JumpNaoki Higashida2013AutismYYou’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 BrainTemple Grandin2013AutismY"[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 RevolutionMartha Herbert, MD, PhD, with Karen Weintraub2013AutismYWhole-body strategies for making life all it can be.
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You KnewEllen Notbohm2012AutismY"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 AutismSally J. Rogers, PhD, Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Laurie A. Vismara, PhD2012AutismYUsing everyday activities to help kids connect, communicate, and learn.
Not My BoyRodney Peete2010AutismYRodney 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.
RulesCynthia Lord2006AutismYA 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 CommunicationLinda A. Hodgdon, M.ED., CCC-SLP2005AutismY"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 EyeGeorge Estreich2011Down SyndromeY"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 KingdomLouis Rotella III2010Down SyndromeYKIng 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.
GiftsVarious2007Down SyndromeYMothers reflect on how children with Down syndrome enrich their lives.
Fine Motor Skills in Children with Down SyndromeMaryanne Bruni, BSc OT(C)2006Down SyndromeY"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 ServiceKen Blanchard, Barbara Glanz2005Down SyndromeNWant a healthy bottom line?  Give your customers great service.  Want to know how?  Read this book.
Taking Down Syndrome to SchoolJenna Glatzer2002Down SyndromeYPart 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 SyndromeSiegfried M. Pueschel2001Down SyndromeYThe 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 ThreadsVarious2001Down SyndromeYNot 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 SyndromeMaryanne Bruni, BSc OT(C)1998Down SyndromeYA 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 SyndromePatricia C. Winders, P.T.1997Down SyndromeYChildren 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 SeasonGene Stalllings and Sally Cook1997Down SyndromeN"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 SyndromeKaren Stray-Gundersen1995Down SyndromeYThis 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 SyndromeEdited by D.C. Van Dyke, M.D,. Philip Mattheis, M.D., Susan Schook Eberly, M.A., and Janet Williams, R.N., Ph.D.1995Down SyndromeYA  Guide for Parents.
Communication Skills in Children with Down SyndromeLibby Kumin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP1994Down SyndromeYA Guide for Parents.
Dyslexic Boy Overcoming ALL ObstaclesJason F. Oliver2014DyslexiaYA 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 AssessmentsWrightsLaw2014EducationYAnswers to frequently asked questions.
All About IEPsWrightsLaw2013EducationYAnswers to frequently asked questions about IEPs.
From Emotions to AdvocacyWrightsLaw2013EducationYThe special educaton survival guide.
Special Education LawWrightsLaw2013EducationYProvides a clear roadmap to the laws and how to get better services for all children with disabilities.
STEP Parent ManualSTEP Organization2013EducationYSupport and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP) 21st edition
Don't We Already Do Inclusion?Paula Kluth2013EducationY100 Ideas for Improving Inclusive Schools
More Than Shared ClassroomsMichael L. Remus, Bev Adcock1998EducationYEducating kids with and without disabilities together successfully.
The Story of Beautiful GirlRachel Simon2011I/DYA 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 SisterRachel Simon2002I/DY"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 UsGail Giles2014I/DDY"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 DaughterPaul Daugherty2015Down SyndromeYA 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 JaguarDr. Alan Rabinowitz2014StutteringY"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 DerryberryJim Bradford2016Cerebral PalsyYThe 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.
The Autism Checklist A Practical Reference for Parents and TeachersPaula Kluth, Ph. D.  with John Shouse2009AutismYPresented in a concise, easy-to-read checklist format.  Also contains a wealth of recommended books, websites, vendors, and organizations.
"You're Going to Love This Kid!"   Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive ClassroomPaula Kluth  Ph.D.2010AutismY"Full of great ideas and excellent strategies … Every teacher and parent should have multiple copies- one to keep and the rest to loan out!"  Lynn Kern Keogel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP University of California, Santa Barbara
MDSC2014Down SyndromeNA Resource Guide for Elementary Educators
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