Everyone has their favorite sources of information, and often that means a favorite book. New books are continually coming out. Sometimes new ideas come along. Sometimes they really change the game. Often, they don’t.
I think, and many others agree, that having as rich a knowledge base as possible–call it a data bank–pays dividends forever. The list below is a good place to start when it comes to dyslexia, ADHD and learning disabilities. They aren’t the stylish new ones, but they won’t let you down. They come well-recommended by people with dyslexia, too.
Just in case you DON’T agree with this particular list–or have some favorites of your own–let us know about them. We’ll share what you tell us so others can have the benefit. Call me at (805) 962-8087. You might even feel like reviewing a title. That could be arranged as well.
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DARC’s full list, which I’ve revised slightly, is too overwhelming to present at once. This is the first installment. We suggest you print out each group as we post it in the coming days.
No, you don’t have to read them all. Special Needs Project has some of these titles, and we’d be tickled pink if you bought them from us. Many of them are older, and may be hard to find. You-Know-Who probably has as lot of them. If you CAN’T find or borrow what you’re looking for–well, my phone number is above, and I love to talk.
Andrews, Joan M. & Davis, Denise E. (2000). Check Up from the Neck Up. Durate, CA: Hope Press
Armstrong, Thomas (2000). In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Chlld’s Multiple Intelligences. Revised edition. N.Y.: Penguin. Author sees some learning disabilities resulting from a mismatch of child’s learning style and the way in which information is taught. Includes some useful exercises.
Barkley, Russell A. (2005). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment. 3rd edition. N.Y.: Guilford Press. Every practitioner needs to have a copy of this book. Very thorough and research based.
Bloomquist, Michael L. (2005). Skills Training for Children with Behavior Disorders: A Parent and Practitioner Guidebook. Revised edition. N.Y.: Guilford Press. Excellent workbook for parents and therapists
Brooks, Robert and Goldstein, Sam (2002). Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child. McGraw-Hill, Inc.
Borenstein, Sasha & Radman, Zo. (1984). Learning to Learn: An Approach to Study Skills. Dubuque, IO: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. Very good study skills book. OUT OF PRINT
Cohen-Posey, Kate (1995). How To Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies. Rainbow Books. Useful book for children ages 8 to 12. Recommended by the American Library Association.
Colvin, G., Ramsey, E., Walker, H.M., et. al (1995). Antisocial Behavior in School: Strategies and Best Practices. Wadsworth Publishers. Technical, research based book. Excellent resource for educators, psychologists and researchers who work with antisocial, oppositional children.
Community Alliance for Special Education (CASE) and Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (PAI) (2005). Special Education Rights and Responsibilities. San Francisco, CA. (415) 928-2273 or from Disability Rights California (P&A’s new name) downloadable, or in print for a donation). This book describes the federal laws and how they apply to the schools in very handy Q&A format.
Cratty, Bryant, Goldman, Richard L. (Editors). Learning Disabilities: Contemporary Viewpoints. Netherlands: Harwood Academic Publishers. Very good book for those interested in current research.