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41. Just Take a Bite
by Lori Ernsperger, Tania Stegen-Hanson
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Asin: 1932565124
Catlog: Book (2004-03-31)
Publisher: Future Horizons
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42. The Highly Sensitive Child : Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them
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Asin: 0767908724
Catlog: Book (2002-10-08)
Publisher: Broadway
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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The bestselling author and psychologist whose books have topped 240,000 copies in print now addresses the trait of “high sensitivity” in children–and offers a breakthrough parenting guidebook for highly sensitive children and their caregivers.

With the publication of The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron became the first person to identify the inborn trait of “high sensitivity” and to show how it affects the lives of those who possess it.Up to 20 percent of the population is born highly sensitive, and now in The Highly Sensitive Child, Aron shifts her focus to highly sensitive children, who share the same characteristics as highly sensitive adults and thus face unique challenges as they grow up.

Rooted in Aron’s years of experience as a psychotherapist and her original research on child temperament, The Highly Sensitive Child shows how HSCs are born deeply reflective, sensitive to the subtle, and easily overwhelmed.These qualities can make for smart, conscientious, creative children, but with the wrong parenting or schooling, they can become unusually shy or timid, or begin acting out.Few parents and teachers understand where this behavior comes from–and as a result, HSCs are often mislabeled as overly inhibited, fearful, or “fussy,”or classified as “problem children” (and in some cases, misdiagnosed with disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder). But raised with proper understanding and care, HSCs are no more prone to these problems than nonsensitive children and can grow up to be happy, healthy, well-adjusted adults.

In this pioneering work, parents will find helpful self-tests and case studies to help them understand their HSC, along with thorough advice on:
• The challenges of raising an highly sensitive child

• The four keys to successfully parenting an HSC

• How to soothe highly sensitive infants

• Helping sensitive children survive in a not-so-sensitive world

• Making school and friendships enjoyable

With chapters addressing the needs of specific age groups, from newborns through teens, The Highly Sensitive Child delivers warmhearted, timely information for parents, teachers, and the sensitive children in their lives.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Enriching
I purchased this book, hoping to learn more about my 8-year old child's behavior traits so that I could commingle our characteristics and avoid damaging his spirit when I criticize or discipline-not to pamper but to nurture. This book did just that, plus more. The Highly Sensitive Child : Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them is a very good read. It provides a lot of information about how highly-sensitive people react to certain stimuli and suggestions for different situations. It's educational and entertaining and the author's prose is straightforward. I selected this book from the many others on similar topics simply because the title hit home. It struck a cord and I knew this was it. I was right.

Not only was I reading about my child, I discovered that I am an HSP as well. I was not aware of the term "highly sensitive" until now. I plan to read more on the subject and keep this book around for my child to use later on in life. I now feel that we are in a win-win position for the long term.

Thank you, Dr. Elaine Aron, for writing this book and for sharing your personal experience on this subject.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good advice, Too wordy
For someone who hasn't read a lot of parenting books, this might be a great book, but for the reader who has read a parenting book or two and just needs some specific tips, everything is over-explained and just too wordy. I found myself skimming and just reading the headlines, because it is so repetitive and explains everything as if you had become a parent yesterday. A decent editor could have cut down this book to half the size and packed in the same information.

If you have a sensitive kid, the book still is very good and will give you a good sense of what things to watch out for and how to adjust your parenting style. If you read quickly then it won't be too much of a burden for you, either. To me it was very helpful with my sensitive child and my sensitive husband and sensitive sister. It gives you a new perspective and does let you know that you aren't alone with these problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like a guide book to my child! A true revelation!
From the start I knew a had a higher maintenance kid than my friends' kids (lots of high highs and low lows & very fussy and picky and extremely aware of everything that is going on around her) - but I was always in denial of it - until I read this book. This book is a godsend to our family. Me, my husband and my child are all happier people after reading this book. We've purchased a copy to give to the teachers at school. I am so grateful for this book. A load of stress has been eliminated from our lives.

4-0 out of 5 stars My child is NOT "strange"!!
For five years I have been trying to describe my son to his teachers, other parents, and even to our family. I've struggled with words like, "shy," "quiet," "introverted," "cognitive," and -- the worst one -- "a bit of a loner." None of these captured him. Others have called him "unique," "gentle," "an intellect," "not a joiner." I was insulted by all these labels. But Aron's book finally gave me the right words! My son is an HSC --simple as that. And this book helped me understand this as a wonderful thing, requiring some understanding and accomodations. Aron provides some great suggestions for helping your HSC, and helps parents discover ways to advocate for their HSC in the schools. After reading this book, I bought a copy for my son's teacher and highlighted the relevant sections. She told me this morning that it "shed new light on a perplexing situation." She understands. As a clinical psychologist and as a mother, I highly recommend this book. If nothing else, it will help you and your child "normalize" your experiences. Why only 4 stars? The only downfall of this book is that Aron back-pedals too much. She too often describes the exceptions to every rule, and at times you might feel that she is unsure of her own definitions. But, ultimately, if this is your child, you will recognize him/her right away. And the suggestions in this book will help.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for babysitters too
Not only a great book for parents of sensitive children, it is also a good book for babysitters and daycare teachers, and for parents to share with them as part of being an advocate for your child's development. ... ... Read more

43. The Gift Of Adhd: How To Transform Your Child's Problems Into Strengths
by Lara, Ph.D. Honos-Webb
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Asin: 1572243899
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
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Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is thought to affect between 3 and 6 percent of school-aged children. The symptoms of the disorder-difficulty paying attention, impulsivity, and agitation-lead others to brand them as difficult, unfocused, and unruly. But the clinical studies and experiences of the author of this compassionate book suggest that many of the traits that label kids with ADHD may be an expression of deeper gifts: powerful imagination, searching insight, and unusual intuition. The goal of this book is to help readers recast the paradigm they use to think about the condition, encouraging them to help ADHD kids develop their unique gifts.

The book begins with an overview of current ADHD diagnosis including definitions and a sample of a case study. Each subsequent chapter reframes certain ADHD symptoms in a positive way and reinforces this transformation with awareness exercises designed to increase the appreciation of the child's traits. These techniques include action strategies for channeling ADHD traits into productive outlets. And the book doesn't limit itself to a discussion of kids with ADHD: It includes exercises to help parents cope with any feelings of failure they may be experiencing and to reverse any negative patterns associated with ADHD that might be at work in their families. The book offers advice on how to navigate education and mental health systems to the best advantage of ADHD kids and how to understand and make the best use of conventional ADHD therapies, including prescription drugs. ... Read more

44. The Silence Within: A Teacher/Parent Guide to Working with Selectively Mute and Shy Children
by Gail Goetze Kervatt
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Asin: 0615121519
Catlog: Book (1999-01)
Publisher: Gail Kervatt
Sales Rank: 150798
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Silence Within describes a teacher's experience with a selectively mute child. Also described is the process that followed in the child overcoming the disorder, after five years of being mute in school and all social situations. The book grew out of research and daily notes over a seven month period. It includes quarterly goals, the child’s handwritten weekly goal, daily strategies and activities, resources, references and reproducibles. Order now....Don’t miss out on this valuable and informative resource for teachers, parents, speech and language therapists and guidance counselors. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Spirited Child? Difficult Child? Strong Willed? Temperments?
In my search to find the answers to why my middle child acted so differently than my other 4, and not receiving any answers, I began my own quest. I read books that explained temperments and it helped me understand my daughter. All of the books such as, "Raising your Spirited Child", "The Dificult Child", "The Strong Willed Child", "The Explosive Child" all had the same quality/traits that my daughter was exhibiting. However, it did not address her not speaking in certain situations. I believe all these books can be tied in with Selective Mutism / Communication Anxiety and other Childhood Anxieties. I don't know why my daughter has all these other symptoms such as low sensory, low frustration levels, etc., but after reading the forums at I have found that most of these children with SM have the same characteristics. Many have been misdiagnosed with ODD & Autism, among other things.
I just hope more research will be done to help those of us that are raising these special unique children.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life!
This is one the most amazing and user friendly guides for selective mutism. By using Mrs. Kervatt's effective system, I was able to get a selectively mute child in my 1st grade classroom to speak by the end of the year. What a well thought out and planned guide. I cannot recommend this highly enough!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for parents and educaotrs alike!
This book sheds light on a baffling and the little understood subject of selective mutism. Invaluable insights and information!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book ever!
This book is really a "must have" for anyone who is looking for information on Selective Mutism. I purchased this book and read it from cover to cover the day I received it. I also shared it with the Principal & teachers at my child's school. They had never heard of Selective Mutism. After reading it, they understood. We applied the program Gail used in this book to help my child to overcome Selective Mutism. It is an easy read with laymans terms; not medical terms.
Best book I have purchased & read in a long time!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Teacher
As a third grade teacher, currently working with a student with selective mutism, I use Mrs. Kervatt's book on an almost-daily basis. It is easy to read, follow, and implement. I highly recommend it! ... Read more

45. Autism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle
by Steven E. Gutstein
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Asin: 1885477708
Catlog: Book (2001-03-14)
Publisher: Future Horizons
Sales Rank: 9428
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A Groundbreaking Developmental Program that Opens the Door to Lifelong Social & Emotional Growth for Persons with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome & PDD"

Steve Gutstein, psychologist and autism specialist, sought to discover why children with autism lack the social skills that come so easily to the rest of us. The result of his efforts is an innovative program - Relationship Development Intervention - that take social skills teaching to the next level. You'll learn about the social development pathway of the nondisabled child and the life-changing detour taken by children on the autism spectrum. However, instead of leaving you there, Autism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle describes ways to steer children with autism onto a bright new path of self discovery and social awareness, one that will ultimately bring them home to meaningful friendships, shared emotions and heartfelt connection with the people in their lives.

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5-0 out of 5 stars From a Mom - This Works!
I am mom to a quite adorable 4 year-old with Asperger/Autism/HFA....every year a different label..but by any other name, he's still as sweet. I wanted to pour out all the help I could give him. I devoured hosts of books on all the labels. Every book was an eye-opening, informative, helpful tool along our journey, but Dr. Gutsteins book was the journey itself! The journey my son must embark on to be a participant in the human relational experience and not just an observer. To loose himself in the shared giggles of a pal. To be stirred inside by a knowing smile or glance. To embrace the wonderment, spontaneity and magic of play. To see himself through the eyes of others. To walk in step with a friend. This is what my son was missing. It is elusive, hard to grasp or put into words. I knew my son needed something yet to be addressed by any of the books I had read or professionals I had consulted. It was as if Dr. Gutsteins book quenched an aching thirst. The book is a practical treatment approach called RDI. Do not be misled by the simplicity of the treatment methods. The "games" are simple, but powerful! Do not skim the book or skip through the chapters, read it, read it again. ...After reading the book, my son became a patient at the Connections Center. The RDI treatment has already unlocked a door to a lifetime of relational joy for my son. He has come so far in an amazingly short time. We will continue our journey and I hope many others will discover their journey as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solving the relationship puzzle
Gutstein's book has far reaching social value beyond that of Autism. I think of his work RDI as soul building, something our society desperately needs. Gutstein takes apart the developmental elements of social/personal connection without losing the sense of mystery that there is in relationships. ie. He analyses the kiss without reducing it to a technicality. Although steps are given once you have grasped the content of the book there is room for the individuals creativity and intuition to take the material and run with it.
I feel strongly that this book should be required reading for all psych, forensic and Social work students as it goes to the core of our ability to relate to other individuals and society.

5-0 out of 5 stars Father of grateful Houston patient
Even having lived with the first reviewer from the day of his birth, I did not fully understand this disorder until I met Steve and then read this book. It is almost impossible for the non-AS person to grasp what these people cannot do. That is because the rest of the world does effortlesly as an integral part of their being what AS people cannot even grasp. But they can! This book shows that it can be done. AS never goes away, but life can become more than just tolerable for AS people, they can experience the joy of fully being alive. All it takes is a great psychologist, with great insight. Here are his many stories and how he gets it done! A must for those with AS and their loved ones. A good idea for the rest of us so that we might understand what it means to be human.

5-0 out of 5 stars From a grateful patient
I have worked with Steve Gutstein for over 10 years now as a patient and sufferer of Asperger's Disorder, and I have never had as much hope for my own success and well-being as I have now, after reading this book. It's truly remarkable that someone who does not himself suffer from the disorder could have so much insight into the delicate intricacies of human social dances and the troubles that people like me have in deciphering and processing their nuances. If you do read this book (as you definetly should), you will come to know me as Roger, and you will read my confusing and troubling story of struggle, frustration, and success, as well as those of many other patients Steve has dedicated his time to. These stories are not just for psychologists and Asperger's sufferers. They are for anyone who needs a reminder about what makes social interaction so wonderful and why sometimes, the most simple forms of communication can lead to the most wonderful encounters. Along with the remarkable stories, of course, is the clinical side of Steve's work. Although I am not a psychologist, and do not have an extensive knowledge of the literature on autism and AS, I find the outline of Steve's methods for treatment logical, concise, easy to understand, and above all, correct. I only hope that in time, people take in Steve's message and work to seriously incorporate autism and AS sufferers into their lives by helping them find THEIR OWN path, not choosing one for them. This book will hopefully mark a crtical turning point in the history of the treatment of AS and autism, and I am honored to be a part of it.

5-0 out of 5 stars May I Have This Dance? (The Relationship Puzzle in Autism)
Dr. Gutstein's book describes a six-phase intervention program for teaching people with Autism/Asperger Syndrome to desire, enjoy, and participate in meaningful relationships, which in turn will enhance their lives. His program is entitled Relational Development Intervention (RDI), and is a new approach for a social skills program. It is well known that early intervention is the key for proven effective results with children who have an Autistic disorder, and he advocates this strongly.

The book is more than a theory, as Dr. Gutstein shares some of his actual patient examples as proof that the program can make a major change in our children's lives. He takes the theory out of the classroom and puts it into practice in the real world. His past experiences of being a medical school professor and his private practice experiences have been instrumental in the development of his program. He helps parents understand the social deficits in their children who have Autism, and provides a guideline for them to follow in describing his treatment plan.

As a parent of a child who has Asperger Syndrome, I was encouraged to learn that some of my suspicions are founded in fact. I found myself nodding in concurrence as I read about how some of our children are motivated to relate to objects, while people are being their captive audiences; and was encouraged to learn how his program worked with developing Experience Sharing in our children.

For me the book was like having a world atlas at my fingertips. I could easily see where we have been, and can get an overview of the terrain ahead. I know that working with our son will be a life long project, and finding a program that helps him have a more productive life later by teaching him relationship skills now is a gift that I can give him.

Some day my child will dance. Right now I hear the orchestra tuning up for that dance; therefore, I will continue with the dance lessons for now to prepare him (and me) for that swan song event.

This book is an added asset to a parent's resource collection of books on working with our Autistic family members. ... Read more

46. Love Is A Choice : The Definitive Book on Letting Go of Unhealthy Relationships
by Robert, Dr Hemfelt, Frank, Dr Minirth, Paul, Dr Meier
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Asin: 0785263756
Catlog: Book (2003-02-04)
Publisher: Nelson Books
Sales Rank: 16711
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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These bestselling doctors walk you through their ten proven stages to recovery from codependency that results from external circustances. Humans are susceptible to codependency because of our sinful tendency to use defense mechanisms to fool ourselves. In codependent relationships, deceitful games are played, and important Christian principles are often taken out of context and abused. God wants us to have healthy relationships with a balance between being dependent and independent. The doctors describe how the most effective means of overcoming codependent relationships is to establish or deepen a relationship with Christ Himself. They describe the causes of codependency, pointing out the factors that perpetuate it, and lead readers through their ten stages of recovery.

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5-0 out of 5 stars It certainly is a choice
Don't let the title fool you. Although this is a book about dealing with failed adult relationships, the main emphasis in on the phenomena of co-dependency. Unresolved issues of childhood are the primary cause, and Drs Hemfelt, Minnerth and Meier go through many real life case studies that lead the reader to examine their own life, as well as the life of thier "significant other". Realizing how your lowly filled "love tank" is affecting your life is a powerful tool for recovery. Realizing you have a loving heavenly father is a key to recovery as well. I think this book is excellent for anybody experiencing a significant problem with a marriage or other long term relationship. ... Read more

47. Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses Of Gifted Children And Adults: Adhd, Bipolar, Ocd, Asperger's, Depression, And Other Disorders
by James T., Ph.D. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Edward R. Amend Psy.D, Nadia E. Webb Psy. D, Jean Goerss M.D., Paul Beljan Psy.D, F. Richard Olenchak PhD.
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Asin: 0910707642
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: Great Potential Press
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Our brightest, most creative children and adults are often being misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Bipolar, OCD, or Asperger’s. Many receive unneeded medication and inappropriate counseling as a result.

Physicians, psychologist, and counselors are unaware of characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pathological diagnoses. Six nationally prominent health care professionals describe ways parents and professionals can distinguish between gifted behaviors and pathological behaviors.

Features include a Foreword by Ronald E. Fox, Psy.D., Ph.D., Past President of the American Psychological Association, and:

• Written for parents and professionals• Characteristics of gifted children and adults• Diagnoses most commonly given to gifted children and adults• Traits of diagnoses incorrectly given to gifted childrenand adults• Guidelines to avoid mislabeling gifted children• Parent-child relationship problems• Issues for gifted adults• Advice for selecting a counselor or health careprofessional

"Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults" has been endorsed by three past presidents of the American Psychological Association, two neurologists, and two family practice physicians. ... Read more

48. Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder : A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents
by Tamar E. Chansky
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-10)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Sales Rank: 17437
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If you're a parent of one of the more than one million children in this country with obsessive-compulsive disorder, you know how confusing, even frightening, the symptoms of OCD can be. You're terrified of losing your child and angry about the havoc this disorder has wreaked in your family. More than anything, you want to be able to unlock the secrets of OCD, understand the cause of your child's bizarre symptoms, and help your child break free of these disruptive, relentless thoughts and actions.

In her landmark book, Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Dr.Tamar E. Chansky creates a clear road map to understanding and overcoming OCD based on her successful practice treating hundreds of children and teenagers with this disorder. In Part I, Dr. Chansky "cracks the code" of the peculiar rules and customs of OCD -- the handwashing, tapping, counting, and so forth. She explains how OCD is diagnosed, how to find the right therapist partner, and how to tailor treatment options to your child's needs. You'll learn how powerful behavioral modification can be and when medication can help. In Part II, you'll learn how not to be pulled in by your child's debilitating rituals at home or at school, how to talk to your child about the "brain tricks" OCD causes, and how to create an effective OCD battle plan that will empower your child to "boss back" the OCD monster. You'll also learn how to cope in moments of crisis.

Part III offers specific advice for how to help your child handle the most common manifestations of OCD such as fears of contamination, checking, getting things "just right," intrusive thoughts, and more. Part IV is an indispensable guide to additional resources, including books, videos, organizations, and websites.

Filled with Dr. Chansky's compassionate advice and inspiring words from the many children with OCD whom she has helped, this bookwill be your lifeline. Battling back from OCD is hard work, but with the comprehensive, proven guidance in this book, you can help your child reclaim a life free from its grip.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Freeing Your Child from Obsessive=Compulsive Disorder
When I first realized that my daughter had OCD, I felt as though I had died, or more accurately, she had, and a terrifying stranger had taken my daughter's place. Years later, though I have come to understand this stranger, this enemy who periodically resurfaces and attempts to swallow up her life, and ultimately, our entire family's, I still shudder at its return. This time; however, I was armed! Reading Dr. Tamar E. Chansky's book, Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, a clearly written and straightforward guide, felt as though I had my own therapist, supporting me step-by-step, reminding me that I can really help my daughter "take charge" of her own life again, by being her most supportive coach. Using crystal clear language, Dr. Chansky defines OCD and walks parents through the process necessary to free their child from its grip. Dr. Chansky manages to address questions and concerns that parents might have without making us feel to blame and helps us to see this disease for what it is -- a biochemical disorder of the brain that can be stopped in its tracks, or at the very least, controlled. I know... Night after night, as I sat at my daughter's bedside, watching her slip back into OCD's hold, I mustered the strength to use Dr. Chansky's recommendations, to remember her advise, and to hold on for dear life to her supportive encouragement. Slowly, I watched my daughter become herself again! Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is invaluable for any parent beginning to suspect that their child might suffer from the disorder or if, like me, they have been tangling with it for many years. It also provides its readers with information about what to look for when searching for professional help, addresses the issue of medication, and provides a useful guide to related books, videos, and organizations. In other words, Dr. Chansky helps parents of children with OCD become educated partners in their recovery. I cannot thank her enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have resource for OCD parents
I am a mother whose young child experienced an abrupt onset of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder two years ago. Since that time I have read every book available on the subject of OCD in children. Dr. Chansky's book stands out among them for its demystifying explanations of the disorder's symptoms and how they are experienced by the sufferer, and most importantly what to do about them. This book is one I regularly refer to as I help my child along the path toward recovery.

If your child is struggling with OCD, I very much recommend you read "Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder". It has been an invaluable resource for our family, and I am grateful to Dr. Chansky for writing it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for any parent with an OCD child
I am a therapist who specializes in treatement of OCD. I recommend this book to the parents of every child I treat. They all find it to be incredibly helpful. The book explains OCD, the different forms of OCD, and ways that parents can help children recover from OCD, rather than enabling their illness.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book for Coping with all Anxiety-related Disorders
My son was recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and OCD. I immediately began reading all the books I could find on the two disorders, and this one was by far the most helpful. I especially appreciated the author telling us what to tell our children --- how to put it into words they will understand.

Not only did I find help for my son, but I found it for myself as well, as I've struggled with panic disorder for years. The author discusses a variety of anxiety-related disorders and other OCD-related problems, and gives solid advice for taking charge of your own mind. A very useful and informative book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book Worth Buying
I was very frightened when my young daughter began displaying obsessive-compulsive behavior. The scariest part was that I was unable to offer help to her even when she asked for it. I did not know whether to continually reassure, punish, or ignore her. After reading Dr. Chansky's book, I no longer lay awake worrying about her future. This book is full of hope and practical advice that works.

I tried her suggestions and noticed a difference in my daughter's level of anxiety immediately. Dr. Chansky has ways of explaining OCD to a child that make it less scary and more understandable. By treating OCD as a "third person" the child is able to separate the OCD voices from their own reasonable thoughts.

I liked the book so much that I took it to my pediatrician so she could recommend it to other parents of OCD children. ... Read more

49. The A.D.D. Nutrition Solution : A Drug-Free 30 Day Plan
by Marcia Zimmerman
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Asin: 0805061282
Catlog: Book (1999-06-07)
Publisher: Owl Books
Sales Rank: 12973
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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The first scientifically proven, effective, all-natural nutritional alternative to the much-prescribed drug Ritalin Attention deficit disorder is a nutritional deficiency, not a psychological condition. This is the revolutionary discovery Marcia Zimmerman made during her ten years of research as a nutritional biochemist. That conclusion led her to develop a diet that addresses the specific needs of the 17 million adults and children suffering from ADD. Her easy-to-follow thirty-day plan has been proven just as effective as Ritalin in relieving the symptoms of ADD.

- How women should boost their nutrition before conception to prevent ADD in their children.
- Why boys are much likelier to be tagged as ADD than girls
- How to get a reliable ADD diagnosis Reasons why parents prefer a diet plan to prescription drugs for ADD children
- The effects of brain allergies on attention span
- Foods to avoid that may exacerbate ADD
- Fats and oils we all need to stay focused
- Calming effects of carbohydrates
- Concentration-enhancing protein
- Why to stay away from simple sugars
- The dangers of artificial food ingredients, and much more

This important book will help us curb the epidemic growth of ADD in this country and change the way we treat those who have it now by addressing its source instead of merely treating its symptoms.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Professional heartfelt advice for a heartwrenching condition
I only wish that this book had been written early enought to have saved my nephew from the life-damaging effects of Ritalin. Marcia Zimmerman is thorough, practical and -- perhaps most of all -- passionately committed to making a difference in the lives of these children and their families. Don't wait to read it and begin utilizing her insight and advice. It has the absolute power to change lives!

5-0 out of 5 stars This should be the first book you read on A.D.D.!
Over the past six years, I have read literally hundreds of books and articles on A.D.D., and consulted with some of the "best in this field" doctors. I truly wanted to help my son, and I did not agree with the doctors' "solution" of several doses of Ritalin daily. Marcia's nutrional plan was the only thing in my six year search that has really made a difference! After just altering a few of the many suggested dietary items, everyone noticed a remarkable change in Sean's behavior. He has been learning faster, is happier, and is much more like a "normal" kid. And the best part - he has been off Ritalin for over a year and a half! Parents - for yourself, but especially for your child: Read Marcia's book! It will make a positive difference in your family's life! The book is very interesting and is an easy read. (Unlike alot of experts who write on this subject, Marcia truly cares about our kids, and wants to make a difference!) I considered myself quite knowledgeable on this subject, but I learned so much from Marcia's book! THIS SHOULD BE THE FIRST BOOK YOU READ IF YOU EVEN SUSPECT YOUR CHILD HAS A.D.D.! God Bless Marcia! A very grateful parent, Lynn Stone

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
I think Marcia Zimmerman's book is very interesting. Of course like most other AD/HD books I have read I don't agree with her 100 %. No, I don't think nutrition of lack of nutrition is the cause of AD/HD. I believe that we are born with our AD/HD brains and that it is genetic. I know I have said this before that I do believe that there is a link to nutrition and AD/HD. Our brains do work differently than those with out AD/HD so maybe we do require different nutrients than others.

I have been taking the supplement suggested in Marcia's book for close to a year. I don't take the same name brand ones that she insists that we take though. The supplements have been very helpful. No, they haven't made my AD/HD go away though. But, I haven't followed the actual "30-Day Plan" (I'm sure if I did my AD/HD still wouldn't have gone

The author has done research. While this book doesn't not come close to proving that AD/HD is "caused" by poor nutrition it does help to support the idea that nutrition and other environmental factors do have an affect on people with AD/HD.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good info on supplements and diet
I'd give this book a higher rating if the book had been updated since '99. This book is a quick read if you've looked at other ADD nutrition books...dump the sugar, simple carbs, food additives, and increase vitamins and supplements...Zimmerman's arguments for why certain supplements, like fatty acids, are good for you, is an interesting read. Her 30-day diet to feed your brain and isolate food allergies that may aggravate your ADD sypmptoms is not as tough as it seems, and I have found the supplements to be exceptionally helpful for treating the aspects of my "creative wiring" that I don't like -- procrastination, inertia, etc. I found it a worthwhile read.

3-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
This book promised a lot of help and we did take a few nuggets of useful information from it. The author takes forever to get to the essence of the plan so be prepared for a lot of reptition of information you've probably already heard by the time you are ready to try this plan. I don't know what planet this author lives on but unless you are ready to make every meal,snack etc. from organic scratch, you will have a tough time following the plan, we couldn't commit. Our physician also reported the low possibility of influencing brain chemistry through diet as 1-2% of all the children with this problem. good luck ... Read more

50. The Myth of the A.D.D Child:50 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion
by Thomas Armstrong
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not for those who think medication is
...the answer. He has good reasons why we (parents of kids diagnosed as ADD) should really examine medication and other solutions. I am glad I bought this book.

Before heading right to the 50 Ways, Armstrong offers the reader five chapters filled with information, positive and negative, about ADD and medication, the whys and wherefores. He starts with reasons why he doesn't believe in A.D.D as a medical problem, treatable primarily by medication.

As he says in this review area, he is NOT saying ADD doesn't exist - he acknowledges that the problems we experience with our kids are real. What I believe he IS saying is that he doesn't believe the 'disease' diagnosed as A.D.D. is a medical problem only within the child, curable by medication.

He suggests that some of the problem may be cultural - we expect our children at the age of 6 to be able to sit quietly in a classroom setting - other cultures allow children more freedom, some offer less. Changes in our own "short attention span" culture may contribute to the A.D.D. behaviors, as do boring classroom set-ups, gender differences, different learning styles, parent-child dis-connections and so on.

He tells what is good, and not good about the pills - some of which may be the same as a placebo effect. When parents and teachers know the child is being medicated, they relax and that change of attitude has a positive effect on the child (I have seen this with my own child and his teachers).

He writes more about the negative effects of Ritalin (not Adderall) as perhaps stifling creativity and the dependency factor, although he is clear that there is no answer yet (however, both Ritalin and Adderall are controlled substances and many children do have negative 'withdrawal' effects). Despite his discussion on drugs, he says "Such drugs, used in the right way with the right individuals by responsible physicians, can significantly enhance the quality of life for many children." But he limits this to three situations - 1) several hyperactive children 2) children in the midst of a life-changing trauma (death in the family, for example) 3) a last resort.

After some 50 pages of this introduction, you get to the reason you bought the book - alternative solutions and they are good (whether or not your child is on medication). He starts with a checklist of things that may bother you about your child's behavior - each one checked off directs you to at least one chapter with possible solutions.

Examples include: Runny nose, itching, stomachache - go to Chapter 2 and look at the Feingold Diet, or Chapter 12 ideas to help alleviate what may be an allergy problem; play Nintendo for two or three hours at a time, go to Chapter 3 and consider limiting TV and video games or Chapter 36, giving your child access to a computer (he misses, on this one, his own Chapter #5, find out what really interests your child - the one I've found most effective - piano, riding lessons, reading, outside play with friends really are more appealing when encouraged by a parent!). Each of these chapters has information, which many of us have already read - but he also provides resources at the end of the chapter which I am finding helpful. And let me once again point out, he has 50 (5-0!) ideas neatly arranged in one book - I especially like that you can look at the list of your child's particular problems and go right to the chapter, rather than trying to read all the way through, cover to cover.

For those who believe that medication is a strong, necessary and large part of the solution, or for those who do not have the time, money or emotional resources to examine the "whys" of ADD, the first part of the book more of an annoyance than a help.

If so, I'd still encourage people to read this book, pages 61 - 257.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute must-read for all parents, the best I have read
As the parent of a child labeled ADHD and as someone who has spent the last 18 months researching this condition, I found this book to be the best I have come across yet. Unlike the first review listed here, I did not get the impression that this book blames bad parenting for the condition. It is touched upon early in the book as a probable cause of some of the behaviours, but it is definitely not what this whole book is about. Thomas Armstrong give us several very workable strategies that are more compatible with different learning styles. He does not swing too far to the left or right, but rather encourages us to stand back and use reason and understanding and not to be caught up in the opinions of the closed-minded disorder model. He does not totally condemn nor does he fully endorse the use of medication, again he shows us how to use reason to determine if and when medication should be used. Not only do his strategies work for these "labeled" children, but many of them are excellent strategies that we all could make use and would be of benefit to even "normal" children. I would highly recommend this book to all parents of children who have been saddled with the label of ADD/ADHD. This book should be mandatory reading for all teachers. It should be part of the program during teachers college.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not the right title
Alright, let me start with this. I have NOT read this book, but I'm going to put in my 2 cents on the subject, so if you are planning on giving me a "This review was not helpful" then do it right now.

By the 2nd word in the title, I can already tell you that this book is severely misdirected. I PERSONALLY have the DISORDER A.D.D. This means that no matter how hard I try, I literally do not have the ability to concentrate on anything for more than a short time. No, I am not some kid who doesn't pay attention in math so he gets bad grades. I am a 16 year old who for most of his life could pay attention to practically nothing for more than a period of 5 minutes or so TOPS. I am not talking about some lecture at school, I am talking about things like conversations with friends and watching ACTION MOVIES.

Don't get me wrong, I definately realize that 95% of the people who are treated with drugs for this really don't need it and that something else is the problem, but I'm saying that generalizing all of the A.D.D. diagnosed people as slackers or people who need "Alternate learning teqniques" is flat out wrong. I have been to at least 10 different counselors and therapists who have tried to "solve" the problem, but they could do nothing. I find it insulting that so many people decide to ignore the fact that this is a true problem, and not just a "myth". The proper title for this book should be "50 ways to improve the attention span of your child who is bored by etimology and advanced placement chemistry".

Adderall has turned my life around from the massive jumble of confusion that it was. If it wasn't for medical treatment, I would still be in that pointless mess because I was born with neural pathways in my brain do not properly connect. If it wasn't for adderall, I never would have been able to even write this. If you think that is bs, then go ahead and give your vote against this review.

By the way, I gave this book 5 stars because I'm sure that whatever methods are in there are most likely very effective for the children who are diagnosed for A.D.D. but aren't actually the ones who have it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Overview of holistic, non-invasive approaches to ADD/ADHD
This book provides brief overviews and introductions to a variety of approaches to handling ADD/ADHD symptoms and their sources. This ranges from healthy parenting and educational strategies to healthy diet and alternative medicine approaches. The book avoids overtly criticizing the pharmaceutical paradigm or some common disciplinary approaches, and does not go into much depth about many of the interventions it examines. However, this is a good introductory book for those who are looking for ways to deal with their child's difficulties and don't want to drug their kids into temporary submission or use unhealthy threats, intimidation, or corporal punishments to control behaviors. I have a self-published text that addresses this topic to some extent, going into more depth in some areas and more thoroughly examining the hazards and illogic of common approaches to ADD/ADHD.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible - .000001 star!
This book is a waste of time. ADD is real. I have it. Try living in my world for a day. Anyone who has been diagnosed with the disorder can testify to it's existance. Those who have been on medications can testify to it's reality. For any intelligent people here that understand scientific papers: read
"A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study of SLI381 (adderall XR) in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder"

American Academy of Pediatrics; Evanston; Aug 2002; Joseph Biederman; Frank A Lopez; Samuel W Boellner; Mark C Chandler; Volume 110; Issue 2; Start Page 258-266; ISSN: 00314005

If the scientific process itself can't prove to you that ADHD/ADD can be treated with medication, nothing will.

I'm sorry to all you conspiracy theorists, but ADD/ADHD is no myth, conspiracy, lie, etc. It's real.

This book is nothing more than a fiction for conspiracy lovers.
It's flat out wrong.

-Crazy ADD Guy-

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51. Gross Motor Skills in Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Down Syndrome)
by Patricia C. Winders
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Children with Down syndrome master basic gross motor skills-everything from rolling over to running-just as their peers do, but may need additional help.This guide illustrates more than 100 activities for parents and professionals to practice with children from birth through age six.Checklists allow readers to plan and track a child's progress. ... Read more

52. The Difficult Child : Expanded and Revised Edition
by Leslie Tonner, Stanley Turecki
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How to help--and cope with--the difficult child

Expanded and completely revised, the classic and definitive work on parenting hard-to-raise children with new sections on ADHD and the latest medications for childhood disorders.

Temperamentally difficult children can confuse and upset even experienced parents and teachers. They often act defiant, stubborn, loud, aggressive, or hyperactive. They can also be clingy, shy, whiny, picky, and impossible at bedtime, mealtimes, and in public places. This landmark book has been completely revised to include the latest information on ADHD, medications, and a reassuring approachto all aspects of childhood behavioral disorders.

In this parenting classic, Dr. Stanley Turecki, one of the nation's most respected experts on children and discipline--and himself the father of a once difficult child--offers compassionate and practical advice to parents of hard-to-raise children. Based on his experience with thousands of families in the highly successful Difficult Children Program he developed for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, his step-by-step approach shows you how to:

Identify your child's temperament using a ten-point test to pinpoint specific difficulties
Manage common--often "uncontrollable"--conflict situations expertly and gently
Make discipline more effective and get better results with less punishment
Get support from schools, doctors, professionals, and support groups
Understand ADHD and other common diagnoses, and decide if medication is right for your child
Make the most of the tremendous potential and creativity that many "difficult" children have

Drawing on his experience with thousands of families in his highly successful Difficult Child Program, Dr. Turecki shows parents how to:

Identify their child's difficult temperament using a ten-point test to pinpoint specific difficulties

Manage typical conflict situations expertly and kindly

Make discipline more effective and get better results with less punishment

Get support from schools, doctors, and others

Understand ADHD and other common diagnoses, and decide whether medication is right for their child

Make the most of the child's creativity and potential -->
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Difficult Child
This is an excellent book for ALL parents, not just parents of "difficult children." The title might scare or offend some parents who are in denial, thinking that their child is not difficult. But ALL kids are difficult from time to time. This book give great, real-life examples - extremely helpful tips telling us what to do. And all this is to be done under a firm, but very loving manner. This definitely is one of the best parenting books out there. A must-read for ALL parents.

3-0 out of 5 stars Difficult Behavior or Difficult Child?
I purchased this book after I received a call from the administration at my child's daycare requesting a parent teacher conference due to my 2 and a half year olds behavior. I read the book attentively but found that according to the author's definitions of a difficult child, there is not one child I have met who is not difficult. In addition, I found the title of the book disturbing. Not exactly the type of book to carry around in your purse for a quick read at the park while your child is using the swings. Not only that, but the label "difficult child" is rather disconcerting to the children that are indeed "difficult". I much prefer the book 1-2-3 Magic over this one because it addresses difficult behavior rather than difficult children. In addition, a difficult baby does not always mean a difficult child and vice versa as the author contends. If you're looking to catagorize your child as inherently difficult, than this is the book for you as all children will find a place in it. If you're looking to manage difficult behavior, I don't know if the strategies described by the author are necessarily the most effective.

2-0 out of 5 stars Easy answers to hard questions
This book would be a useful resource for any parent planning to run a residential school for troubled children, because many of the suggested solutions would fit that paradigm.

The chapters discussing temperment, fit, and how we feed into our childrens' behavior might be useful for a parent at the end of their rope or one simply curious about their child.
Before you think that Dr. Turecki has solutions for your particular situation, be very sure that you want to define what behaviors you want to see from your child, craft a plan to reward based on those behaviors, and then follow through with consequences you make up. Sounds like regular parenting? Nope. It's based on a token economy model -- just like your local mental hospital!

There are good ways to relate to difficult children. Reading other books on the subject, making connections to good parents who will let you vent and give experience-based advice, and taking lots of deep breaths would probably be time better spent than in the company of these authors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Temperamental Difficulties
The Difficult Child is a self-help book for the parents of children with difficult temperaments. While all children have characteristic behavioral quirks, temperaments are so deep-seated that they manifest in infancy and are usually retained for a lifetime. Since temperaments can be inherited, they are probably linked to specific genes. In fact, one behavioral trait -- high activity level -- in mice seems to be associated with a specific gene (along with other characteristics), but such traits have not yet been genetically identified in humans.

This book concentrates on nine particularly difficult temperaments: high activity level, distractibility, high intensity, irregularity, negative persistence, low sensory threshold, initial withdrawal, poor adaptability, and negative mood. A child who exhibits some or all of these temperamental characteristics is usually not the child that the parents expected and therefore can be difficult to handle properly.

High activity level is obviously wearisome for the parents, babysitters and other caretakers. Distractibility is often irritating since the child can't stay with one thing very long. High intensity refers to habitual loudness, which causes its own problems. Irregularity refers to confused circadian rhythms, which means the child is often not ready to eat or sleep at any fixed time. Negative persistence refers to lengthy whines and tantrums, drawing out every disagreement to the point of absurdity. Low sensory threshold refers to physical sensitivity to clothing, noises, colors, tastes and other sensory stimuli, leading to definite likes and dislikes. Initial withdrawal refers to timid reactions at first to new things. Poor adaptability refers to difficultly changing activities, clothing, or even locations. Negative mood refers to grumpiness, showing little or no cheerfulness.

These temperamental types are particularly difficult for parents to understand or manage. At first the parents believe something is wrong with the child, particularly when the child cries at odd times, stays up late, and so forth. When their pediatrician states that nothing is wrong with the child, except maybe a little colic, the parents are mystified when this behavior continues for months and years.

First, these temperaments are normal, although not extremely common. They do not indicate any defect or disease in the baby, just different ways of responding to the world. Once these differences are identified, they can be managed. Moreover, the child can be trained to control these traits to some extent by learning good habits. However, these temperaments are part of the child and so the child would be more comfortable in surroundings where these temperaments are known, expected, and allowed a certain amount of free rein.

Of course, there are various ailments that can produce similar behavior patterns. Some of the more common are touched on within this book. However, the authors assume that you will have already had your child examined by a qualified pediatrician, will continue to take your child for regularly scheduled checkups, and will bring any subsequent problems to his attention. If you always keep him informed, you can let the doctor worry about such things.

Read this book. Even if none of this sounds like your child, read the first chapter of the book; you will learn a lot about your own child, despite their lack of difficult temperament. However, if any of these temperaments fits your child, read the whole book and have your spouse do so also. If nothing else, this book will give you some of the right questions to ask your pediatrician the next time you corner him in his office.

Once you have read this book, you will want to find out more about temperament and human differences. This book is only the first step in the rest of your career as parents. And as grandparents.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Relief to have some tools
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53. Planning for the Future: Providing a Meaningful Life for a Child With a Disability After Your Death
by L. Mark Russell, Arnold E. Grant, Suzanne M. Joseph
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54. The Sensory-Sensitive Child : Practical Solutions for Out-of-Bounds Behavior
by Karen A. Smith, Karen R. Gouze
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In a book likely to transform how parents manage many of their child's daily struggles, Drs. Smith and Gouze explain the central and frequently unrecognized role that sensory processing problems play in a child's emotional and behavioral difficulties. Practicing child psychologists, and themselves parents of children with sensory integration problems, their message is innovative, practical, and, above all, full of hope.

A child with sensory processing problems overreacts or underreacts to sensory experiences most of us take in stride. A busy classroom, new clothes, food smells, sports activities, even hugs can send such a child spinning out of control. The result can be heartbreaking: battles over dressing, bathing, schoolwork, social functions, holidays, and countless other events. In addition, the authors say, many childhood psychiatric disorders may have an unidentified sensory component.

Readers Will Learn:

  • The latest scientific knowledge about sensory integration
  • How to recognize sensory processing problems in children and evaluate the options for treatment
  • How to prevent conflicts by viewing the child's world through a "sensory lens"
  • Strategies for handling sensory integration challenges at home, at school, and in twenty-first century kid culture

The result: a happier childhood, a more harmonious family, and a more cooperative classroom. This thoroughly researched, useful, and compassionate guide will help families start on a new path of empowerment and success.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Validating - read this and take a deep breath of relief
Sensory integration is a misunderstood topic. Once you've lived with it though you understand it exists. Children whose senses interpret data differently are so often misunderstood and labeled as "uncooperative" or behavioral problems when in fact they simply perceive the world differently. These children are reprimanded and try to conform but without the same tools as those judging them often feel like failures and carry that shame and self-doubt with them making progress that much more difficult. Auditory processing is often out of sync with visual or kinesthetic learning so children with different tools in the tool box often experience life as misunderstood and frustrated leading to behavioral acting out.

This book is written not only by experienced clinicians but both authors also wear the hats of moms with "Sensory Sensitive" boys. The ground breaking work done by Ayres in the area of sensory processing variances has not received the degree of clinical acceptance and understanding until now.

I so highly recommend a book like this one for parents of children who are great kids but just not towing the line as expected. The "line" doesn't work for these children as it does for others and the idea here is to help a child, a family, a teacher recognize how to move the line so the child can feel successful. Once a child with sensory processing difficulty starts to feel assimilated the challenges lessen.

For me as a child without having all the psycho babble available it was always music therapy that put life in order. I couldn't learn my times tables so I had a teacher put it in a song. I still go back through the melody to remember the sequence. That very same sequencing by melody method worked for my son too who struggled and still does but maintains a gratifying sense of self accomplishment because we've tried to see his life through his eyes and ears, not ours.

Occupational therapy by a wonderful therapist is a most assured answer in practice as well as discussed in this book. The book preaches more than just patience. There are some very practical methods described here to make life less frustrating for a child who sees the world through a different filter. I always try to remember that Einstein also saw the world through a different filter and his contributions to the world are priceless.

The bottom line is this: if you think your child is struggling unnecessarily read the book and think about options that might make your life and his or hers less of a struggle and more of accomplishment. If there is even a chance of some suggestions by the authors working for your child it is worth the read isn't it? ... Read more

55. Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems, 2nd Edition
by Patricia McAleerHamaguchi
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Does your child have trouble speaking or listening?

This fully revised and updated edition of the essential guide explains what you can do to help

Have you noticed that your child has difficulty getting the right words out, following directions, or being understood? If so, speech-language pathologist Patricia Hamaguchi –who has been helping children overcome problems like these for more than twenty years–has now revised and updated her highly effective guide to help you determine what’s best for your child. Find out all you need to know about:

  • Autism/PDD, central auditory processing disorders, dyspraxia, bilingual language development, adoption issues, thumb-sucking, and more
  • How to recognize the most common speech, language, and listening problems
  • When to get help for your child and when to wait
  • Where to find the right specialist and what to ask
  • How to read and understand the jargon-filled evaluation report
  • The very latest changes in philosophy, treatment approach, labeling, laws, programs, and resources
  • How the problem may affect your child academically, socially, and at home
  • Tips for helping your child at home

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, Excellent, Helpful Resource
What a great help this book has been for me, I only wish I had had it sooner. My daughter was evaluated by a Speech and Language pathologist who told me she needed therapy and was a high risk for a learning disability. I got the written evaluation, but had nothing to help me review it critically until I got this book. This book has been a tremendous help in that area. It discusses how an evaluation should proceed and what the test scores really mean. It gives the parent a tremendous amount of very useful information in the speech, language and listening areas. It also gives you benchmarks, by age, of where your child should be in those areas. All this is done briefly, succintly. This book made sense of an area that I found so confusing. The information found in this book will be useful to the parent of any child suspected of having a speech, language or listening delay or disorder. It also helps parents seek assistance in these areas. Each potential problem is discussed individually, as well as different types of treatment for those problems. If you have even the slightest reason to suspect your child has an issue in these areas, or an educator or speech and language pathologist is telling you your child does, you must, must read this book. It will provide you with valuable information and enable you to speak intelligently so that you may better help your child.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation of learning disabilities in children
What do you do when your child's teacher suggests that your child needs to be evaluated by a Speech Pathologist? Perhaps it doesn't surprise you. After all, you have noticed that Johnny avoids writing assignments, or Suzy just doesn't seem to hear you when give her directions. But - what if you're shocked? I mean really taken aback that this could be your child. The one that is so bright, that talked early and was always such a good communicator. What then?

Well, after spending 3 months struggling with abstract concepts and blaming myself, the schools, the daycare provider and anyone else I could think of, I finally plopped down in a local bookstore and went to work. After pouring over many books for over an hour, I settled on "Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems : What Every Parent Should Know". I spent the next 5 nights staying up past midnight reading the book and comming to terms with my child's disability. Thanks to Ms. Hamaguchi I now have a clear understanding of what my childs needs are, both at home and at school. Ms. Hamaguchi explains, in simple terms, the way we speak and the way we listen. She then discusses what to look for, when to have your child evaluated and who is appropriate to perform the evaluation. Finally, she explains what kinds of testing are done and what the results mean. She clearly defines each type of learning disability and discusses the possible causes and characteristics of children with the problem. She also talks about how the child is affected, the recommended therapy and what parents can do to help. In addition,case studies are included to further illustrate each condition. Upon completion of this book, I had a very clear picture of what was going on and what path I needed to take.

I have presented the book to the teachers, therapists and school administrators. They have found it insightful and very useful. It has helped us start re-structuring my son's learning environment so that he is beginning to perform closer to his true intellectual abilities. It has also made me more effective with the therapy and school work that we do at home each night. Now I feel confident that I can give my son the tools he needs to be all that he can be. I highly recommend it to anyone struggling with this abstract world that is so important to the success of their child.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of great info and very easy to read!
I found this book to be an excellent and comprehensive guide. My daughter has a speech and language problem, but until reading this book I didn't realize how her listening problems were related. I showed the book to her teacher and we able to get an audiologist who could diagnose her auditory processing problem. Now she is getting the right help, and I will be eternally grateful to this author for writing this fabulous book. I wish I had read this when she was younger because perhaps I would have known what to look for. The symptoms are subtle in the younger child and become a little more obvious once they are trying to function in a classroom. I highly recommend this book!!

5-0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS BOOK!!!!
I couldn't disagree more with the previous review. I found this book to be totally reassuring. In fact, over and over it tells the parent it is not your fault. It lists ways you can help your child, but doesn't ever say you caused the problem. I have a 6 year old son with a speech and language problem, including apraxia at one time. There IS information about it in the 2001 edition. I wonder if she has the most recent edition? I found the book to be easy to read and understand. It was much more helpful than the other books I have read or purchased on this topic. It was recommended to me by my sister, who is the head of a major pediatric speech pathology clinic. She said it was technically the most accurate book on the topic out there.

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't feel blamed
My daughter was diagnosed with severe verbal Apraxia and mild oral motor apraxia. After the initial shock wore off I searched high and low to find out as much as I could. I was disapointed to find that this book hardly mentioned this serious speech disorder. I also was angered by the authors attitude towards the reasons or happenings behind speech disorders. I felt that the author either blamed a birth injury or lack of parenting. My daughter has been read to every night, taken to the best pre-school for enrichment, played with at the park etc. I have been a stay at home mom and involved with her in every level. Her speech disorder is not my fault or anyone elses. It just happens. Parents with speech disabled children feel bad enough, they need a uplifting book that reassures. ... Read more

56. Fine Motor Skills in Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Down Syndrome)
by Maryanne Bruni
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5-0 out of 5 stars Must have reference for pediatric occupational therapist
Maryanne Bruni has taken the best of both worlds of knowledge-therapist and parent of Down syndrome child--and combined them when she wrote this terrific guide. Listing developmental sequences step by step for scissors and handwriting skills helps me explain to parents what to work on at home and what to expect next. This guide should be in every pediatric facility and early childhood program's library. It covers all the practical hands-on treatment ideas that get glossed over in OT school. Thanks, Maryanne.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read book for both parents and professionals.
I am an Occupational Therapist and I work with children with disabilities. I have found this information useful in my own practice and have shared this title with some of my families.

5-0 out of 5 stars An encouraging help for parents
This is an excellent resource for parents of young children with Down syndrome. The author is encouraging and helpful, offering several activities for reaching each goal. Her explanation of the components of fine motor coordination are very helpful in allowing a more complete understanding of the reason why your child is doing each activity he/she does. I consult with this book regularly and it has given our OT some ideas as well! ... Read more

57. Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success
by Brenda Smith Myles, Diane Adreon
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In this comprehensive book, the authors start with an overview of those characteristics of Asperger Syndrome that make adolescence particularly challenging and difficult. The centerpiece of the book is a detailed discussion of strategies and supports necessary to ensure a sucessful school experience for students with Asperger Syndrome at the middle and secondary levels.

What sets thisbook apart is the way it ties all the recommended strategies together in a real-life study of Michael, a youth with Asperger Syndrome. This touch of real life continues in the closing chapter, which consists of statements by parents and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good scheduling advice but little on pragmatics
There is a wealth of advice in this book which all parents and teachers should find helpful. Plenty of checklists are offered and numerous cameo case histories are presented. The references are good but perhaps a bit limited (may be of importance only to researchers - no mention of central coherence deficit for instance). The main point of the book is the get schools to recognise and deal with stress build up in AS pupils before it boils over. Some of this will be familiar from Myles' other book on tantrum management.

The advice for high school transition is very practical. Make sure he knows the schedule, pin the timetable everywhere, fix routine reminders inside textbook covers, make sure he knows which teacher tolerates which behaviour, etc. It is all good sensible advice, though I wonder how deliverable it is in the ordinary school setting?

The authors touch on 'circle of friends', travelcards and a host of other supports, but ultimately pin their support hopes on resource teachers and an enlightened school policy. Unfortunately, this is where I begin to part company with the book. Few schools could make the quantum shifts expected, and the authors could have made much more of their advice if they had identified compromise strategies. Teachers are human, not superhuman. Also in my limited experience, parents of AS teenagers often have unrealistic expectations of their offspring's academic performance and that tends to obscure their grasp of daily school realities. The classic example here is the emphasis on the 'gifted' child who must attend a 'gifted' school irrespective of the impact that has on the school and child. The authors tend to cite gifted children examples a lot in their case studies. I don't think this is helpful.

Perhaps unconsciously the book also portrays the AS teenager as very much a ship in the night steering a lonely course from class to class, from teacher to teacher, etc. How to help out here? Again, while friendship strategies are touched upon, no elabaorated plan is developed. A weakness to my mind.

The book presents the AS teenager as very much a patient to be treated by the environment. I don't want to appear overly critical of the book. It is good that adolescent AS are being addressed, however, for the life of me I could not grasp why there is no section on teenage communication pragmatics. The authors simply skate by the whole problematic of communication skills. It seems that as long as your 'gifted' child is doing well academically and no one is hitting him, then we should be pleased. This struck me as a very lobsided developmental philosophy. Interestingly the book points out in footnote in the beginning that it will ignore sexuality and relationship issues. Ignore these? In a book dealing AS adolescents?

Overall this is a good book for advising on schedule construction and maintenance of the daily school routine. It has limitations and depending on your needs they may be significant or otherwise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clearly written, practical guide
I have recently completed reading "Asperger's Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success", by Brenda Smith Miles and Diane Adreon. I found the book to be informative, and written so clearly that it may be recommended to parents, while thorough enough that it is of use to professionals both for its insight into the syndrome and its practical solutions. I would highly recommend this book to any clinician or parent who has a patient or child suffering from
Asperger's Syndrome.

5-0 out of 5 stars Full of easy to implement solutions
This easy-to-read book fully describes the characteristics of Asperger Syndrome(AS) that have the greatest impact during the teen years and how to assist each individual with the appropriate level of support and structure. The importance of assessments in covered, letting parents and teachers know what diagnostic assessments are important, how to assess the characteristics of AS, how to do a curriculum based assessment, how to measure sensory-motor, social language, student learning traits and how to do a functional assessment on behavior.

I found chapter four (Supports for Students with Asperger Syndrome in Middle and High School)to be the most beneficial. The chapter provided goals that every person needs and how they can be reached by the individual with AS. Several academic modifications are shared along with social and environmental supports. In each secion the supports on explained in an easy to understand manner. I felt comfortable enough to implement the supports in the book right after I read the chapter.

A case study is shared in the last chapter. The entire chapter is full of examples of difficulties and how with the appropriate supports a child went successfully from third through eigth grade.

The entire book is full of examples, charts and graphs that you can use. I highly recommend this easy-to-read book. If you have a family member or work with individuals with AS this is an excellent resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars A much needed addition to Asperger's literature
Although the literature on Asperger Syndrome has increased in the last few years, few people know what to do when these children reach adolescence and need accomodations at school. This book is full of practical interventions so these children can remain in regular classrooms but, at the same time, receive the help they need. A must for parents and teachers of adolescents with Asperger Syndrome

5-0 out of 5 stars Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence by Myles and Adreon
This book addresses a crucial need for parents, educators and children affected by Asperger's Syndrome. In clear, simple and solid terms the authors focus on the impact of Asperger's Syndrome(AS) in middle school and high school. Most important for those of us who are parents of AS children, it integrates specific classroom and support strategies. I used this book as the basis for my IEP meeting with my son's school committee. In fact, the school counselors were so impressed by some of the information that they are ordering the book for their department.

You will find very detailed examples of assessments, classroom setting needs, and organization supports ranging from homework checklists and graphic organizers to transitional checklists. A case study on "Michael" puts all the points into chronological action--with a hopeful outcome. I doubt that any parent with an AS child will not identify with the efforts and emotions associated with the case study.

The authors have managed something quite remarkable in making the rollercoaster teen years--thrown in with the unique challenges of Asperger's--understandable and they do, indeed, provide practical solutions.There are many fine books on AS, including Asperger's Syndrome, by Tony Attwood, but this gave me the concrete tools I needed at just the right time in my son's life.

To Brenda Smith Myles and Diane Adreon, thank you for this great resource. I will be using it often. ... Read more

58. The Tiger's Child
by Torey Hayden
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What ever became of Sheila?

When special-education teacher Torey Haydenwrote her first book One Child almost twodecades ago, she created an internationalbestseller. Her intensely moving true story ofSheila, a silent, profoundly disturbed littlesix-year-old girl touched millions. From everycorner of the world came letters from readerswanting to know more about the troubled childwho had come into Torey Hayden's class as a"hopeless case," and emerged as the very symbolof eternal hope within the human spirit.

Now, for all those who have never forgotten thisendearing child and her remarkable relationshipwith her teacher, here is the surprising story ofSheila, the young woman.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Satisfyingly realistic
I first read One Child when I was thirteen, and it was a powerful force in my life, impacting me more deeply than any other story I have ever read. I related somewhat at thirteen to her life at six, and have read the book millions of times since, always wondering what became of Sheila and what her life might be like now. So when I discovered this sequal yesterday, it was like a goldmine. My biggest emotional reaction was deep sorrow, because One Child WAS like a fairy tale that had led us to believe that Sheila would probably be all right now that Torey had given her the wings to fly. But reality tended to beat Sheila up one side and down the other like a spiked club, and she no longer had anyone to help her through it. I look at Sheila as having lived her life very much alone with the exception of the five months in Torey's classroom in Marysville. Is five months really enough to build a sturdy enough platform for this kid? All kids need constant care and attention; kids in healthy households living comparatively idyllic lives still clamor for more and more attention, love and care. Six is not really big enough to take on the world and conquer it and all its horrors alone, it is barely big enough to tie one's own shoes and remember where your mittens are! I can completely see Sheila's point when she accused Torey of offering her a world full of color and warmth and then sweeping it all away. Sheila was abused before Torey came, while Torey was there, and after she left. Torey's subsequent disappointment at finding this relatively human teenager, including dyed hair and common teenish speech patterns, is naive on her part. What did she expect? She hadn't been there; when Sheila was being abused and shifting around in foster homes, where was Torey, and what right did she have to judge Sheila now, at a still-tender thirteen? What right did she have to expect ANYTHING? Sure, it appears as if Torey is this wonderful goddess-type teacher that goes the 800 extra miles for Sheila, but Torey had never had to deal with Sheila's life on a day-to-day basis, could have no idea. The real hero is Sheila, who IS a survivor, who did remarkably well with herself considering she's sprung from horrors most of us can hardly imagine experiencing ourselves. She shouldn't have to feel grateful for what Torey's done for her; as a child, it was the least she could expect from somebody. It is Sheila who created herself, and what an extraordinary person.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Bought This One In Hardcover...
Normally, I do not buy hardcover books. I wait until they are released in paperback or become available at the library. But when I saw the sequel to one of my all time favorite books, "One Child", at the bookstore right after its' release, I snatched it up immediately and ran to the cash register! That night I read the whole book from start to finish without stopping. For years I had wondered what became of Sheila after Torey's last glimpse of her through the school bus window, and now that I had the answer in my hands I could not put it down. It was heartbreaking to learn that the happiness and love that Sheila discovered in Torey's classroom did not last after she left. However, the story of she survived despite her many hardships, even finding some of that happiness again when she and Torey were reunited, was fascinating and often tearjerking. I have read and loved all of Torey Hayden's books. This is one of the best. I would love to see Sheila write her own book from her point of view some day!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sobering & Honest
Having read One Child over and over and over again starting at the age of ten, I was euphoric to come upon The Tiger's Child in a bookstore 15 years later. I had wondered about Sheila my whole life, worked for several years in a preschool in great part due to that astonishing tale. I believe all the magic that was in the first book, because that is the truth about the reality of children. The Tiger's Child was somehow more sad, even if in much subtler & less horrifying ways than the first book. Sheila had left her childhood, and Torey L. Hayden (who was just 24 in the first book!) was not in a position to help her to quite the extent that she had been able to in the earlier years. Torey L. Hayden writes very honestly and does not attempt to soften any of the difficulties in this later period. Her work as a teacher is remarkable & awe-inspiring... I just wish that somehow the world had continued to provide for Sheila as much as Torey had been able to in One Child. I ache that the extraordinary, brilliant light that was Sheila was not left with as purely a happpy ending as the first book leads us to believe is possible...but I strongly recommend reading both stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Satisfying and Heart-Warming
When I first heard about TIGER'S CHILD, I knew that I had to read it to find out what had happened to Sheila. I was not disappointed. I found that Sheila had carried a great deal of anger around with her all these years toward Torey for "showing her the good life and then deserting her just like her mother had." This rather dumb-founded Torey, because she was just doing what all teachers do at the end of a school year--saying good-bye to her students and moving on. Torey had to work very hard in this book to build up a trust level again. Sheila was not going to make this easy. However, the ending was satisfying; and we are left knowing that Sheila will be all right. I don't know how Torey makes her writing such compelling reading. I could not put the book down--even when I needed to look at scenery on a vacation. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a heart-warming read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Revealing and exciting!
I read the prequel, ONE CHILD, over 20 years ago. I was ecstatic to find out that this sequel existed! Finally, I would find out what happened with six year old Sheila, the young girl that captured the hearts of millions! I certainly cannot say her life took any of the turns I had hoped for, imagined, or expected, but every turn was certainly exciting!

I love the way this author is so honest about her own mistakes in life and her ability to work so well with so many special kids inspite of or even because of those mistakes and her willingness to admit them. Her words are so well-chosen and that made this book easy to read and follow, yet the story itself carried my emotions on a roller-coaster ride that was certainly worth the price of the ticket!

Just as ONE CHILD left me wanting to know more, years ago, THE TIGER'S CHILD answered many old questions, yet still left me wanting to know more about how Sheila fairs throughout her lifetime!

I highly recommend reading this book, either as the sequel to ONE CHILD or even as a stand-alone book! ... Read more

59. View from the Cliff: A Course in Achieving Daily Focus
by Lynn, Ph.D. Weiss, Lynn Weiss
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5-0 out of 5 stars I keep this book close at hand
I, too, was offput by the cover, but once I opened it and read the Table of Contents, I spent the next two hours locked in my room highlighting text and tabbing pages for quick reference.
I absolutely love the way the chapters are formatted. As Weiss points out, ADD people - or so we're labelled by society - are big-picture, bottom-line people. She wastes no time getting to the point. Each chapter is bulleted as: Here's the problem; here's why; here's what TO do; what NOT to do; challenges you might face while attempting this. Perfect.
She also notes in the introduction that each reader is designed differently, and in putting the book together she realizes that no one is going to identify with ALL of the troubles she seeks to address. She recommends that each person use the book as s/he needs and not get hung up on anything there that might seem another label or that might not fit the individual. Actually, the introduction is one of the best parts of the book - it deals the most inclusively with the psychology of ADD; the rest deals with tools to handle it day-to-day.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book has changed my life!
I read this book after being diagnosed with ADD at the age of 52, and I feel like I have been given wings and set free. With the understanding of what ADD is and is not that this book provides, I can look at myself and my life with more compassion. I can understand and sympathize with the little girl who day-dreamed her way through grade school and the teen who felt totally ostracized from others. Even though I knew I was a smart kid, I know now why I had to work three times as hard as others to get through college, and I understand the bosses who fired or refused to promote a ditzy person who managed to screwed up even the simplest of repetetive tasks. I can even understand the failed and inappropriate relationships that have plagued me my entire adult life.
With the knowledge of what ADD is and the understanding of its impacts, I have been able to successfully modify my job to be one which can capitalize on my strengths instead of floundering on my ineptnesses. For the first time ever I actually LIKE my job instead of being bored to tears by it, and I am able to do it well enough to have received a promotion.

My continuous struggles and frequent failures at things I knew I was smart enough to do I can now see in a different light and can forgive myself. This book has changed my life.

4-0 out of 5 stars Guilt-free Help with Adult ADD
Many adult ADD self-help books claim the "you're not damaged, you're just different" philosophy -- and then proceed to prescribe ways to "fix your problem" with conventional time management and organizing methods. Fortunately, Weiss's approach is more creative, constructive, and strengthening. The author's tone reflects an acceptance of what's generally pathologized and "handled" as a limiting or disabling condition. Noting both strengths and challenges, Weiss succinctly covers many different areas affected by adult ADD, also acknowledging some of the underlying personality issues and emotional aspects. These plusses more than outweigh the inevitable and relatively innocuous happy-talk/pop-psych quotient. I was diagnosed last year, and have taken a great deal of useful support from the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This was as very insightful book. It helped me to understand just how my brain works. It was as if it were written about me. It was enlightening. This book does not make a person with ADD feel deficient in anyway. It points out the strengths and weaknesses and how to harness them. The suggestions were very helpful and easy to follow. I intend to read it again just to help keep me on track.

1-0 out of 5 stars It's not your ADD, it's the book
There may be some useful information in this book, but the writing style and design are so off-putting that I don't have the patience to dig it out.

First off, the subtitle "course in achieving daily focus" implies that one chapter will build on another. This is not the case.

In stories used to illustrate a point, the author uses "you" rather than a third person. I felt as if the author was presuming too much about me, and it put me on the defensive. Lay out an example, and let me decide whether it pertains to me.

The book is peppered with long, convoluted phrases such as, "difficult for those people with a large number of analog processing attributes." What the heck is that supposed to mean?

In the "what to do" sections, instructions are given only in paragraphs. There are no one-line summaries in bold type, no sidebars. The text just all runs together, making it hard to pick out the main points.

Instructions are labeled numerically, as if they are separate ideas to consider and not a hierarchy. In fact, #1 is always a very general statement that is fleshed out under the other numbers. Before I realized this, I found myself getting very frustrated with statements like "Learn how to express your friendliness while taking another person's preference into account." I kept thinking, yes, but how? I finally realized that the following numbered paragraphs will suggest the how.

Another problem is that there are no references to books, websites or organizations that might help in carrying out some of the suggestions. At one point the author suggests learning pain management techniques, with absolutely no clue about where to learn about them.

Finally, there is no index.

If you primarily need help with time management and organization, I would highly recommend ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life (by Kolberg and Nadeau) or Organizing for the Creative Person (by Lehmkuhl and Lamping). ... Read more

60. Teaching Reading to Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Teachers (Topics in Down Syndrome)
by Patricia Logan Oelwein
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Teach your child to read using the author's nationally recognized, proven method.From introducing the alphabet to writing and spelling, the lessons are easy to follow.The many pictures and flash cards included appeal to visual learners and are easy to photocopy! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Read it early
I love this book. I wish I'd gotten it when my son was little! It provides great information about how to teach kids with DS to read, but also has great stories of real kids and their accomplishments. I'd recommend that anybody with a DS child buy the book early (when their baby is little), and read the first few chapters. It'll inspire them, mitigate some of the worries they have about their child's future, and introduce them to the important concept that although people with DS are generally slower to develop, their learning disabilities can be mitigated by teaching them in a way that is effective for the way they think (e.g., kids with DS are visual learners), rather than the "standard" way. My four year old has actually had better success with the Love and Learning videotapes and books than the flash card approach described in the book, but the principal is pretty much the same.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a must have
it is extremely helpful, in only 2 months my daughter at 6 years old was up to 30 site words without picture cues. (Her first attempt at actually reading) The book contains alot of helpful activities, simply spelled out in step by step directions for anyone to understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book!
I have taught 5 children with down syndrome how to read, based on the information I recieved from this book. I work in the school district with children with DS and tutor them after school as well. I could never have had the success I have had without the information the author provides in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have book for every child with Down Syndrome!
This is the only book that I have found that will allow you the parent an easy, successful, positive way for you to teach your child how to read. The methods are easy for you to do and the child is successful and wants to keep on learning new words. Don't miss this one. And don't rely on anyone but yourself to teach your child to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars thoroughly helpful
My son is almost 3 (he has DS). So far I have only read the first few chapters but already I have gotten my money's worth out of the book in understanding how he learns. I've also gotten a better idea of how to help him with pre-reading skills and I know his teachers in school will want a copy of this book. This is a must have for parents who love reading and want their child to enjoy it as well. ... Read more

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