What Are Some of the Best Books About Special Needs Children?

booksspecedMany parents of children with special needs will read every book the hits the shelves about their child’s specific need but not all are worth the time and money. Here is a limited list of good reference and resource books for parents, siblings and children:

Attention Deficit Disorder

Commanding Attention: A Parent and Patient Guide to More ADHD Treatment by Tess Messer MPH

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Written by a physician’s assistant and parent to an ADHD child, Commanding Attention explores the many conventional and unconventional treatment options for ADHD children and offers a personal insight into the world of ADD from a clinical perspective but delivers the information in an entertaining and objective manner.

To purchase Commanding Attention: A Parent and Patient Guide to More ADHD Treatment by Tess Messer MPH, go here.

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets (Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) by Barbara Esham, Mike Gordon and Carl Gordon

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Written for young grade school age children, Wiggle Fidgets tells the story of, David and his struggle with ADHD in school.

To purchase Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets (Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) by Barbara Esham, Mike Gordon, and Carl Gordon, go here

Autism

A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome & High-Functioning Autism by Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, and James McPartland

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A guide written for parents with children suffering from high-functioning forms of autism, the text is filled with information for parents to help focus their child’s energies and talents into the appropriate channels and assist with social nuances and situations.

To purchase A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome & High-Functioning Autism by Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, and James McPartland, go here.

Since We’re Friends: An Autism Picture Book by Celeste Shally

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An autistic boy and his friend navigate social situations together and demonstrate that friendship has not limitations. Easy to read for young children.

To purchase Since We’re Friends: An Autism Picture Book by Celeste Shally, go here.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded Edition by Ellen Notbohm

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This book offers a hopeful perspective from an author that has first hand experience as the mother of autistic children. The text encourages working with the autistic child and their way of doing things rather than attempting to force the child to act in a manner that is contrary to their nature.

To purchase Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded Edition by Ellen Notbohm, go here.

 

Blindness and Visually Impaired

The Seeing Stick by Jane Yolen

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The daughter of Chinese royalty was born blind but with the help of doctors and men of magic, she will discover a new way to “see” the world without the use of her eyes. Fairy tale-like depiction for children to enjoy.

To purchase The Seeing Stick by Jane Yolen, go here.

Deafness and Hearing Impaired

The Deaf Musicians by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs

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Book for young children about a musician having recently suffered loss of his hearing but discovering he can still create and enjoy music. Written by real-life musician, Pete Seeger.

To purchase The Deaf Musicians by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs, go here.

Diabetes

Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents by Moira McCarthy, Jake Kushner MD and Barbara J. Anderson PhD

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A guide for parents raising teenagers with diabetes. Includes strategies to get the teens to adhere to their diet and medication schedules and other recommendations and advice dealing with this difficult age and the disease.

To purchase Raising Teens With Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents by Moira McCarthy, Jake Kushner MD and Barbara J. Anderson PhD, go here.

Even Little Kids Get Diabetes by Connie Pirner

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An easy to read book for children that explains the disease in simple terms and helps the reader understand what it means to live with diabetes.

To purchase Even Little Kids Get Diabetes by Connie Pirner, go here.

Down Syndrome

Why Are You Looking At Me? I Just Have Down Syndrome by Lisa Tompkins

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A simple children’s book about a girl with Down Syndrome that teaches acceptance of others.

To purchase Why Are You Looking At Me? I Just Have Down Syndrome by Lisa Tompkins, go here.

Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters by Brian Skotko and Susan P. Levine

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A guide written for older children about their role as sibling to a person with Down Syndrome. Packed with lots of important information and provides a reference for older children with questions about their sibling.

To purchase Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters by Brian Skotko and Susan P. Levine, go here.

Emotional Disorders

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene PhD

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There are many emotional disorders and psychological issues but The Explosive Child covers one of the most difficult emotional problems: the angry, violent child. This book explores different strategies and approaches to dealing with, disciplining, and understanding a child that is prone to outbursts and unresponsive to limitations or traditional rule obedience.
To purchase The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene PhD go here.

Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Rachel Vail

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A book written for young children about a girl that loses her temper. The book helps the reader understand that becoming angry and expressing that feeling is normal but calming down and behaving appropriately is part of the emotional journey.

To purchase Sometimes I’m A Bombaloo by Rachel Vail, go here.

Learning Disabilities

Thank You, Mr. Falkner by Patricia Polacco

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A book for school-age children about a girl that struggles to learn how to read. Recognizing her difficulty, a teacher works with her to overcome her dyslexia and learn how to read.

To purchase Thank You, Mr. Falkner by Patricia Polacco, go here.

Physical Disabilities

Harry and Willy and Carrothead by Judith Caseley

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Book for children about a boy born without a left hand that shows his classmates that his disability does not keep him from doing the same things they can do.

To purchase Harry and Willy and Carrothead by Judith Caseley, go here.

I’m the Big Sister Now by Michelle Emmert

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A girl cares for her older sister suffering from cerebral palsy in this touching children’s book.

To purchase I’m the Big Sister Now by Michelle Emmert, go here.

Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis

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A book written for young children about a girl enjoying all the activities every children loves only for the reader to discover at the end of the book that the little girl uses a wheelchair.
To purchase Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis, go here.

Other Issues

Views From Our Shoes: Growing Up With A Brother or Sister With Special Needs by Donald Meyer

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A compilation of essays written by children who are the siblings of children with a variety of special needs. The essay writers range in age from 4 to 18 and offer a unique and personalized glimpse into the world of growing up a person with special needs.

To purchase Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up With A Brother or Sister With Special Needs by Donald Meyer, go here

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