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81. Specific Learning Disabilities
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82. Teenagers With ADD: A Parents'
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88. Socially ADDept: A Manual for
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81. Specific Learning Disabilities and Difficulties in Children and Adolescents: Psychological Assessment and Evaluation
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Asin: 0521658403
Catlog: Book (2001-08-15)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 417415
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The assessment of specific learning disabilities and disorders (SLD) has long been a controversial topic whose definition, diagnosis, and treatment have been vigorously debated for decades. However, in recent times there have been many new assessment tools devised for measuring intelligence and neuropsychological functioning, extending well beyond the scope of Wechsler's scales. In this cutting-edge survey, an international team of leaders in the field examines the available methods. Many of the contributors are themselves the developers of the most recent assessment tests. The authors of each chapter evaluate the diversity of clinical applications of these new instruments in SLD, and their important implications for educational intervention. The historical context and the underlying neuropsychological and cognitive theory are also expertly examined. This book will be essential reading for any practitioner or trainee dealing with specific learning issues in young people. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Integrated, complete, and well-done!
Wow -- a really well-done book that captures a wide spectrum of ideas and research on learning disabilities. What I find remarkable about this book is that for nearly every test that is talked about here, the test authors themselves write the chapter -- Woodcock writes about the Woodcock-Johnson, Feuerstein writes about dynamic assessment, and Reitan writes about the Halstead-Reitan. An integrative chapter by the editors brings everything together. Worth checking out. ... Read more

82. Teenagers With ADD: A Parents' Guide (The Special-Needs Collection)
by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, Chris A. Zeigler Dendy
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Asin: 0933149697
Catlog: Book (1995-09-01)
Publisher: Woodbine House
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Parents, educators, and health professionals rely on this best selling guide to understand and cope with teenagers with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).With a positive outlook, this book covers symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, accommodations, advocacy, legal rights, family & school life, and options after high school.Appropriate interventions are discussedfor troubling behaviors such as sleep disturbances, learning problems, depression, and driving problems.Abundant anecdotal information provide insight and advice to successfully navigate the teenage years. ... Read more

83. The Goodenoughs Get in Sync: A Story for Kids about the Tough Day When Filibuster Grabbed Darwin's Rabbit's Foot and the Whole Family Ended Up in the Doghouse--An Introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder
by Carol Stock Kranowitz
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Asin: 1931615179
Catlog: Book (2004-12-01)
Publisher: Sensory Resources
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This delightfully illustrated "chapter book," geared for eight-to-twelve year olds, tells the charming tale of five family members (each with a different sensory processing challenge) and their naughty dog, and how they get in sync after a tough day.The book is designed with the action of the story in larger print for younger readers to read or hear.Explanations of sensory processing disorders are woven through the story in regular type, for proficient readers to linger over at leisure.

This wonderful book from the best-selling author of The Out-of-Sync Child and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, is a must-have for every family challenged by sensory processing problems. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Goodenoughs Get in Sync Review by Lisa Angel
The Goodenoughs Get in Sync by Carol Stock Kranowitz was a great book to read because it so helpful in the classroom.Many times we think that a child is just being mean or annoying when in reality it is a sensory disorder and the child can not help it.I felt the definitions provided to certain words such as sensory under-responsivity, auditory defensiveness and visual defensiveness, to name a few, were extremely enlightning. My son has a friend who has a sensory disorder.I didn't know about the disorder until he came over to spend the night.When it came time to go up the stairs to my son's bedroom he began to freak out.Of course, I called his mom and she explained everything to me and I began to understand.This is a wonderful book to recommend to her.I also enjoyed reading about each family member and how the sensory disorders varied so much.However, each had their own issues to deal with, they really stuck together as a family and supported one another.Even the dog had sensory issues.I would really recommend this book to teachers so that they have better sense of some of the behaviors that go on in the classroom.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Goodenoughts Get In Sync
It is NOT AMAZING to me that Carol Kranowitz has done it again! I know how LIFE CHANGING her book: The Out-of-Sync Child was for me and for my son! That book made LIGHT BULBS go off in my head and I was able to read it inserting my son's name on every page after I had read page number two! Her resources brought HOPE and took away so much self-doubt, guilt, fear, sadness, frustration, etc...!All of her books are something I could put my hands around, my head into and helped open my heart!Her books CHANGED my life and changed "WHO" my son is FOREVER! Doctors, parent, teacher, grandparents,etc...need to read this book as well and share it with the children they are trying to understand/help! Perhaps they will see themselves on these pages?

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest resource for SI kids!
Carol Kranowitz has done it again!I cried when I read her book "The Out of Sync Child" 6 years ago after my son's therapist diagnosed him with Sensory Integration Dysfunction at age 3; his behavior all finally made sense.I wasn't just a neurotic mom!Over the years, we've been very open with both our boys about their "hidden disabilities".This book now helps them understand on their level what is happening with their neurological systems.And, it helps them share their differences with kids (and adults) who aren't neurologically challenged.I particularly appreciate the fact that each of the Goodenoughs struggles with his/her own sensory issues so you get the bigger picture of how sensory processing disorders affect people daily in all activities.

This book is a must for every therapist and family dealing with SI issues!Thank you, Carol, for your ongoing support of children! ... Read more

84. Parenting Your Asperger Child : Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills
by AlanSohn, CathyGrayson
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Asin: 0399530703
Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: Perigee Trade
Sales Rank: 23471
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism--but with the right guidance, these children can go on to live happy, fulfilling lives.

In Parenting Your Asperger Child, Dr. Alan Sohn's and Cathy Grayson's groundbreaking Cognitive Social Integration Therapy (CSIT) offers practical solutions that help parents prepare their children for a fulfilling life of social interaction outside the confines of their syndrome, addressing such topics as:

- The six characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome
- How to identify a child's type of Asperger's--and the best approaches for dealing with it
- Understanding how an Asperger's child sees and interprets the world
- Replacing inappropriate coping techniques with productive skills
- How to survive and learn from a crisis
- How school programs can aid in teaching Asperger children - Making changes that last
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best!!!
I have a son with Asperger's, not diagnosed until age thirteen, and I've probably bought every book out there on the subject. I have to say this book is far and away THE BEST and most useful one I've ever gotten. I just came across it a couple of weeks ago while browsing in a bookstore, and just flipping through it I could tell it was just what I'd been looking for. So many of the other books describe behaviors that seem to fit a majority of Aspies, but that didn't quite fit my son. I felt SO relieved to see the chapter on subtypes, to know that other children out there are like my son (no outburts, no impulsive behaviors or inappropriate communication, but very rigid, uninterested in friendships or independence at age 15, and with anxiety through the roof). To the authors: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! I recommend this book to every Aspie parent I meet now, and tell them it's a 'must' for their libraries. Please write more!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very appreciative parents thank the authors
The CSIT (Cognitive Social Integration Theory) that is the cornerstone of Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson's approach is a brilliant one.It draws on the strength of the Asperger child's intelligence, and gives the parent/teacher real tools to both understand and work with the Asperger child.As parents of a very bright young boy, we've particularly incorporated the all-important concept of flexibility, and we can see real results.I highly recommend this book to everyone and have no doubt that it will become one of the most important and influential books written on Asperger's Syndrome.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't do without this book ...
This is the book I have been looking for. It seems to be written with the understanding that the parents of an Aspie may need to have material presented to them in the same way their child does (it is mainly genetic ... right?). The book offers helpful, practical and doable solutions to the everyday issues parents are handling with their Aspie child. All of us parents know when a writer/psychologist/doctor really "gets it" and believe me these two understand what it takes to help our children. This book has helped me calm MY anxiety about doing good by my son and to have a better picture of his future. You will not be able to put it down.

5-0 out of 5 stars A groundbreaking contribution, highly recommended
In "Parenting Your Asperger Child," Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson have made a groundbreaking contribution to parents who struggle to understand and guide children with Asperger's disorder.Their teachers and therapists will also be encouraged and well advised to keep this book close by.While there is no shortage of new books on the subject of Asperger's disorder, this one should be on the short list of anyone wanting to understand and help children diagnosed within this category.

Sohn and Grayson operate on the unambiguous assumption that children with this disorder (as well as related disorders such as pervasive developmental disorder, semantic pragmatic disorder, high-functioning autism and nonverbal learning disability) are truly different from "typical" children.Such a child sees, feels, understands, and acts differently because of his or her special needs.Experiencing the real world with this tint evokes anxiety and resultant rigidity and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.As internationally known expert Tony Attwood has commented, "Asperger's (and autism) is anxiety looking for a cause."

The authors have drawn on their extensive experience and the principles of cognitive therapy to formulate Cognitive Social Integration Therapy (CSIT) which offers practical solutions that help parents prepare their children for a fulfilling life of social interaction beyond the confines of their syndrome.

To have written such a book on Asperger's syndrome is no small achievement.Drawing from their experiences in clinical and school settings, the authors comprehensively and succinctly describe the traits and typologies of the syndrome.They describe subtypes which are invaluable in helping the reader to understand each child in an individual way. The everyday coping strategies that derive from their framework are the book's strength. Throughout, the authors' language is authoritative and encouraging with user-friendly terminology.

In a parenting book that speaks so simply and yet profoundly, my only disappointment was the lack of recognition for the parents' experience of anxiety and often grief in raising a child that is so different and often puzzling.In virtually all cases, the infant cradled in the parent=s arms is different to some degree, small or large, from the child fantasized in the mind, and the reconciliation of these images is central in the daily work of parenting.

All along the spectrum or continuum of autism and related disorders, each child is unique and each family likewise provides a distinctive social context.There is no one size that fits all children or all families.The concept of the "sphere of influence" which the authors develop for parent, teacher, or therapist speaks to the importance of the relationship with the child in developing skills and mutual respect and understanding.On an individual basis, each family has to look at what helps their child whether cognitively, behaviorally, or socially in relation to school, family, or the broader community.

The abundance of theories and therapies speak to and reflect the complexity and diversity of these related disorders.That being said, Parenting Your Asperger Child: Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills is an essential contribution to this reviewer's bookshelf and highly recommended.

Robert Naseef, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized psychologist specializing in families of children with special needs.He is the author of the highly regarded Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child With a Disability (2001, Brookes Publishing).On the web at

5-0 out of 5 stars Basic How-to Directions
As with any book about helping children with Asperger's Syndrome, the suggestions/recommendations provided do not fit all children.There is simply too much diversity within the Asperger population to allow blanket statements or approaches to address more than a handful of people with this condition.The authors have done a very good job in presenting many approaches with the express reminder that all solutions will not apply to all children.

I found the book to be a confirmation of the approach I have taken with my child and an encouragement to expand on these solutions.Having Asperger's Syndrome myself, many of the suggestions were already in place due to my personal experiences growing up.Still, there were several new approaches or modifications that were helpful since there are differences between my child and me.

My wife found this book much more useful than I did since she does not have any personal experience to draw upon in dealing with social situations from an Asperger perspective.This book should prove helpful to parents who do not personally struggle with social skills de to Asperger's Syndrome; parents who face such struggles may also find value here. ... Read more

85. A Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome : Toward a Brighter Future, Revised Edition
by Siegfried M., MD Pueschel
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Asin: 1557664528
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Paul H Brookes Pub Co
Sales Rank: 183694
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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For over 10 years, parents and professionals have trusted Dr. Pueschel's best-selling book--and now they can get the latest information in his new edition. Crossing the lifespan, this thorough volume highlights developmental stages and shows recent advances that can improve a child's quality of life. New topics covered include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997; innovative services, programs, and support groups; the latest prenatal genetic testing methods; the impact of play on gross motor development; and the association of Down syndrome with other disorders. Written by leading experts, many of whom are parents of children with Down syndrome, this book offers readers the advice and insight they need. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for new parents
Dr. Pueschel is well known as an advocate for people with Down syndrome, a leading expert in the field, and a father of a child with Down syndrome. A noted speaker at Down syndrome conferences across the country, Dr. Pueschel has revised his popular book with the latest information. The book covers a range of topics from prenatal diagnosis to stimulating your child's gross motor, fine motor and speech skills to pre-school to adolesence and on to adulthood. It also covers vital information about the most current legislation including IDEA 1997. This is one of the books that should be on every new parent's bookshelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the first books for new parents
New parents should be aware of Siegmund Pueschel's reputation in the community of families affected by Down syndrome. As both a doctor and father of a child with Down syndrome this book is a compassionate, accurate, and thorough introduction to Down syndrome for the new parent. It is among the first 5 books I acquired when my son was born and remains one that I look back to and appreciate for its quality. ... Read more

86. Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD
by William, Ph.D. Shaw
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Asin: 0966123816
Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Sunflower Pub.
Sales Rank: 92625
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD is an authoritative, comprehensive, and easy-to-read resource guide to a wide range of therapies that have been useful in the treatment of autism including antifungal and antibacterial therapies, gluten and casein restriction, homeopathy, vitamin therapy, gamma globulin treatment, transfer factor therapies, treatment of food allergies, and alternatives to antibiotic therapy.The information in this book may be useful not only in the field of autism but also in virtually any disorder in which some of the symptoms of autism are sometimes or frequently present. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read book for anyone with autistic children
William Shaw's book shows how antibiotics used in treating ear infections in children contribute to yeast overgrowth in the intestinal tract and how this affects the child's development.

He gives examples of the differences in chemicals secreted in the urine of autistic children compared to that of normal children, and explains what these differences mean.

The language used is readable and parents of autistic children will find much to follow up in possible treatments for the disorder.

Other contributers to this book expand on the yeast-autism connection, and there is a very interesting chapter by Bernard Rimland on use of Vitamin B6,magnesium and DMG in treating autistic children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Does the AMA Agree With all of This??
Some of the theories in this book sound more like pseudo-science. I would like to see more examples in the book of Shaw interacting with real scientists.

When I requested an interview with Shaw, he told me he didn't have time for me and urged me to read his book. He doesn't want to hear the other side.

Jeffrey McAndrew
author of "Our Brown Eyed Boy"

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dr Shaw!
Dr Shaw has provided a complete over view of the many issues that could effect children / people with autism. He is thorough at explaining the issues and potential causes and how to postively affect their lives. By understanding yeast, phenols, opiod theory, parasites and other potentially debilitating issues for autistics you can change the future for your child/your friend that is effected with autism. Natural rememdies and steps can make all the difference in the world. I encourage you to investigate the possible causes and take action on behalf the person you love. This is a great book. Buy one for yourself and your doctor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Revised, Updated, & Even More Valuable
Below is a copy of my review of the previous edition of this sensational reference book. If I were to have just one book on Autism to recommend, this would be it!

Do you find yourself wondering if someone came in the middle of the night, stole your beautiful child or family member, and left a distant stranger seemingly lost in a nightmarish prison of sensory defensiveness and walled-in isolation in their place? Are you tired of the never-ending battle to stay ahead of screams, mind blindness, and over or under stimulation using medications designed to mask and sedate rather than treat and heal? Well if you want to really begin to understand what is going on, if you want to take charge of your loved one's life and put them on a path to better health and a more promising future, then read this book.

I'm not the publisher, I'm a parent advocate who has spent the better part of the last 9 years living and dealing with Autism and lobbying for awareness and a cure. I'm not the author, but I have met and heard him and an innumerable number of his counterparts speak, and I want to tell you this book is not just enlightening, it's liberating. If you are in anyway involved with someone on the Autistic Spectrum, this book is an absolute "must read".

Dr. Shaw takes the complicated and often convoluted theory, and discoveries of some of the most brilliant researchers, physicians, scientists, and other experts in their fields, and explains, dissects, and relates their research and findings in a way that just about anyone can understand regardless of education or background. His book will help you discover how researchers are finally beginning to unravel the mystery and biological origins of a disorder that as recently as the 1970's was considered a psychological malady often attributed to cold and unfeeling "refrigerator mothers"

Using easy to follow examples and his unique way of relating complex concepts, Dr. Shaw thoughtfully examines the ground breaking medical research, case studies, and clinical trials behind some of the newest treatments and many more looming on the horizon. As you progress through chapters on various topics such as yeast proliferation, allergies, and fungus, you will begin understand the correlation between the gut and the brain, how the various systems of the body interact, and how and why a breakdown in one system directly and indirectly affects the others. Before you know it the dynamics and theory behind such controversial interventions as Secretin and Anti-fungal therapy begin to make sense, and the veil of mystery surrounding Autism seems to lift ten fold.

Although several cases of recovery are presented in the book it should be noted that there is still a long way to go. A lot more research needs to be done, and many more questions need to be answered. After reading this book however, I think you will find many exciting treatment options and a lot of viable alternatives to more conventional medications that merely eclipse symptoms and further submerge personality. More importantly, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness will diminish as your understanding increases and the very real prospects for recovery and eventual cure of this wide-ranging disorder are presented. ... Read more

87. Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome: A Parent's Guide
by Kathryn Stewart
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-12)
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
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5-0 out of 5 stars Helping Parents and Teachers gain a CLEAR understanding!
I've read nine books on Asperger's Syndrome since our son was "diagnosed" three weeks ago. By far, this is the single most clear, concise, helpful book of all. I had read Tony Attwood's book first, and it is very helpful, but in more of a medical feeling way.
THIS book SPOKE to me (and my husband and our son's teachers and everyone else we've given a copy). Dr. Stewart has written this in a very easy to understand, just-the-facts kind of way. This book really allowed us to gain some ground in discussing our son's diagnosis with him. It allowed us to ask very specific questions that opened the door for him to share what it's like to be him (and this is after years of hearing him say "I don't know" to any question ever asked of him by us and professionals trying to help him.
Thanks to this book we've even expanded our sense of humor about our son's situation (and there is little humor in his life). We are so grateful to Dr. Stewart for writing this and only with there was an Orion School here. If my husband could find work in California, we would consider moving to have our son in this school.
Best of luck to all of you who have children with Asperger's.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect 1st book for information about NLD
If you want to know more about NLD and interventions for this disorder; this is the perfect "starter book." Although I have heard many people say this book is geared for parents/educators with older NLD kids, I feel it is important to read, no matter what the age of your NLDer.
It gives all the traits on NLD (along with checklists), the thoughtful opinions of the author as to what category NLD should be under and ways to help an NLDer of any age.
What I really like beside the above is how the author makes sure the reader understands the importance of trying to get our NLDers prepared for independent life. If you have a young child with NLD, reading these "insights" is sure to help you to be wary of overcompensating for your childs disability while at the same time giving your child what he/she needs. By explaining some problems "older" NLDer's have-such as hygiene; it helped me to recognize the importance of working on these issues now before they become a problem. You won't understand this concept fully until you read the book yourself.
The book is an easy read, gives you a lot of information so you will understand and know how to help your NLD child.
IF you have an AS child, I think this book would also be good but I felt it gave more insight into NLD than it did AS.

5-0 out of 5 stars terse, extremely clear, and very helpful
As the parent of a child recently diagnosed with Noverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), I was looking for information on what was NLD and what it meant for the future of our child. The clinicians at Yale Child Study Center suggested this volume as a good starting point. It just be that it matches my style of communication, but I found this book to be incredibly clear, well organized, well written, and to the point. There is no fat on this book, just what you need.

There are three major sections on (1) an overview of NLD/Aspergers; (2) how these disorders effect the executive, sensory, and social parts of the kids lives; (3) and what educational and home programs are required to help people with NLD/Aspergers. There are assessment criteria, diagnostic criteria, and pointers to other resources. The curriculum that Ms. Stewart lays out is the one that she uses at the private high school for Aspergers/NLD kids (Orion Academy in Moraga, CA). The tasks she lays out are not going to be easy for anyone to accomplish, but they are worth doing.

I can't think of a better place to start in trying to understand what the child with NLD/Aspergers feels, is facing, and has to do to seek some accommodation with us NT's (neurotypicals).

BTW, the other book recommended by the Yale group for understanding NLD is RV Whitney's "Bridging the Gap: Raising a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder".

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book that actually helps!!!
In every color that is sold I have highlighted this whole book. This is not a 'living with' book or medical text, this is a book that finally helps you help your child. This is a well written book for teachers and parents alike. Very real advice for a child in any grade. My bookshelf is cluttered with books on Aspergers, and besides Tony's book, this one is with me all the time. I have this book with me for every IEP meeting, teachers have found Kathryn's advice easy to understand and implement. This is the only book on Aspergers that I have bought twice, and I plan to buy it for every teacher my son has.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Kathryn Stewart describes what is going on in your child's mind and helps you understand what is behind the behaviour that you know is not right, but just doesn't make sense. This explains why your advanced reader can't write a simple sentence, and how an advanced reader can score poorly in reading comprehension or "listening". It also gives you ideas about what you are going to say to your child's teachers to help them understand what is happening with your child.

All this is done in layamn's terms. I am seriously considering buying a stack of them to give to teachers and relatives. ... Read more

88. Socially ADDept: A Manual for Parents of Children with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities
by Janet Z. Giler
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Asin: 0966696921
Catlog: Book (2000-04-25)
Publisher: C E S Continuing Education Seminars
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Socially ADDept helps parents teach the hidden rules of communication to children who are having social problems.The manual is in a workbook format and guides parents through each topic through a series of exercises and suggested dialogue.Some of the topics covered are how to handle teasing, use appropriate body language, comprehend jokes and sarcasm, and join groups effectively.Socially ADDept is easy to read and use. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for every family with learning challenges!
Where do you turn when you find out your child has special learning requirements? It can be confusing, overwhelming and frustrating. Socially ADDept is the best learning tool a parent can use to help their child. It is clear, practical, easy to read and fun for kids and parents to use together. Dr. Giler has created the next best tool to having her in your home as a guide and expert. -Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D., author of "If Life is a Game, These are the Rules"

5-0 out of 5 stars Kid¿s Guide to Making Friends
When a friend recommended "Socially ADDept," Dr. Janet Z. Giler's manual of social skills for children with ADHD, I accepted the suggestion with some reluctance. Like every other parent with an ADHD kid, I'm already drowning in pedagogical advice. If raising one of these children were as simple as "love and logic" or "parenting without punishment" these kids wouldn't be any harder to raise than all the others. Pedagogical slogans sell books, but they don't work with bundles of hyperactivity like my Alexander, who's incorrigible social skills have made it difficult to find a baby-sitter willing to spend an evening with him, let alone a teacher willing to address his academics.

While many schools have programs to improve reading, writing, and arithmetic, they lack any formal curriculum for the fourth "R"- arguably the most important one- social refinement. Enter Giler, who's manual for parents of children with ADHD and/or learning disabilities brings a refreshingly clear, simple, step-by-step, common sense approach to teaching social skills. Those basic, self-evident skills that most of us learn by osmosis, but completely elude ADHD kids like my Alexander.

Giler develops eight, concise lesson plans that guide parents in teaching kids how to develop congenial relations with peers, teachers and siblings. From proper greetings to managing anger, "Socially ADDept" deciphers the complex rules of none-verbal language into friendly, bite-sized morsels that kids can understand. Somewhat like a "How Things Work" of behavior, untangling tricky situations like joining an ongoing game, in simple step-by-step fashion. Step 1) "Say 'hi.' 2) Pay attention to see if you get a friendly response. 3) Make a comment about the game. Then wait until you get a friendly response before asking, 4) 'Can I play?'"

I read through Giler's chapter on "active" listening with the doubting bias of a parent who's been-there, done that. Just come to our house for a visit, and you'll hear the mantra "Listen to me!" repeated with prickly frustration. Our son, Alexander, "hears" what we're saying, but doesn't give a slightest hint of interest. We reprimand him, and he replies with exasperation, "I am listening!" His ears work and his mind process all the input. But he ignores the body language that closes the "feedback loop," as Giler describes it, letting us know we're being heard.

With "Socially ADDept" in hand I walked into Alexander's room. He sat on the floor with an origami book, folding a sheet of blue paper into a peacock. As usual, he didn't even look up at me when I told him about the "friendship" lessons I wanted us try. Following Giler's suggestion, I asked him to list his best qualities; I knew this question would get him talking. While Alexander described himself with great earnestness, I mirrored his inattentive stile of listing. Alexander's voice grew louder and his tone more anxious. I just kept looking through my book, as if in another world. Then when I could hear his frustration peaking I turned toward him and asked, "Do you think I am listening?" Of course, the answer was "no." But now I had his attention. So I told him I had a book that, given a chance, could help him become more popular. He liked this idea. We worked through the seven page chapter on "Conversational Skills," learning how to keep eye contact, lean forward slightly, nod, make guttural sounds indicating agreement, and ask appropriate questions. To my surprise, Alexander enjoyed the lesson and asked me to leave the book in his room. For him, the simple facts of none verbal behavior were a mystery revealed.

The most common social errors made by ADHD children are, misreading body language, using "tone" inappropriately, violating other's physical boundaries, perseverating on topics, and failing to show interest in others. Giler helps parents and kids come to terms these social errors by teaching ten basic social skills: 1) listening and responding, 2) smiling and asking questions, 3) greeting others, 4) giving complements, 5) understanding body language and vocal tones, 6) understanding personal space and appropriate touching, 7) joining an ongoing group, 8) sharing and cooperating, 9) ignoring teasing, and 10) managing anger. My son particularly liked the section on the "Social Behaviors of Popular Children."

People can compensate for lacking performance skills, like poor spelling, but "there is no way to compensate for poor social skills," Giler explains. Without basic social graces kids fail. In "Socially ADDept," the elementary rules of interaction, like turn-taking and understanding personal space, are introduced and explored in simple, kid-friendly manner. While not a children's book, this will be an addition to your library your kids will appreciate. You'll appreciate Giler's straightforward, practical style, providing clear examples, new skills, and no guilt trips. ... Read more

89. You Will Dream New Dreams: Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children With Disabilities
by Stanley D. Klein, K. Schive, S. D. Klein, Kim Schive
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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration + Understanding for Special Needs Parents
You Will Dream New Dreams helped me deal with some of the feelings of grief and pain as the mother of a special needs toddler. I found hope, inspiration, and understanding in the experiences of other parents. I wish I had had this book when my baby was first diagnosed! You can read this book in small doses-one or two essays at a time--, which I found helpful as mom to a busy little one! P.S. - Don't forget the tissues when you read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Gift to Families
"You Will Dream New Dreams" is a gift to any family experiencing the shock of learning that their child has a disability. From personal experience I can testify to what a disorienting and difficult time that can be. Professionals, no matter how well meaning or informed they may be, never quite have the right thing to say. Other parents who have been through the same trying time are the one irreplacable resource that can actually make you believe that you will survive and that your 'surpise' child will be a joy and wonder after all. Unfortunately finding another family to talk to can be quite difficult. Reading the essays in this book is a good substitute. The writing is heartfelt and full of experience, wisdom and hope. As a parent of a 'special needs' child I recommend this book highly.

4-0 out of 5 stars New appreciation for fellow parents
My very pro-life girlfriend sent me this book as a gift the week I was due to go in for invasive testing to find out if I would be in these parents' shoes. She meant it well but it was poor and inappropriate timing. Once I had my test results, which said my baby was 'normal', I then read the book and learned a lot. I'll give you the perspective from a parent who has never had extra challenges to raising my children.

This book is geared to those who have just learned of a diagnosis. I would also recommend it to anyone who works in related fields. It doesn't address the long-term issues and doesn't hand out answers. The parents were mostly disarmingly honest in how they felt and how they coped. Some of the parents of children with Down Syndrome were a little rightious but most were refreshingly forthright.

While I feel grateful that I never had to face what these parents have, I didn't pity them. I also felt, and it is always the possiblity that I might still find myself in similar shoes, that the strength is there. I would learn and grow and cope with what we would face and it wouldn't diminish the love I have for my children, including the one en route. I could adjust my dreams.

The book is engaging and reads easily. I want to learn more on the subject. You also learn what to say and not say to other parents. We're all equals. It's a tough job and maybe some of us have a job a little more difficult but we'll all get it in the end, whatever the goals and aspirations are.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
Many of these reviews are quite long, so I'll try to make this short. As a mother of a 19 month old baby with cerebral palsy it was a great help to me. Sometimes it is hard to pick up because it hits so close to home.

We have discussed this book in my parents group and almost everyone found something they could relate to.

My favorite thing about this book is that it is written for everyone, not just the very religious.

I have borrowed this book from a local orginization twice and am buying it today.

Love your children, but don't forget to love yourself

5-0 out of 5 stars A Gift from 62 Parents
It's been 22 years now since my son was a seemingly normal, happy toddler. It's been eighteen years since I first heard the word "autism" used to describe my baby. It was a grief from which I thought I would never recover--never feel good again--unless he recovered and had a typical life. It took me two years before I could get the word "autism" out of my mouth. Like the other 62 writers in You Will Dream New Dreams: Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children With Disabilities, my life was suspended in time. Hope was in short supply. When my life resumed, I had a new and uncertain calendar before me which unfolded with my son's condition.

I can recall the first time I saw a copy of Exceptional Parent magazine in a doctor's office. I was afraid to open it. I was terrified to consider that I might become a regular reader. Months later, I did open that magazine and closed it nervously after glancing at its table of contents, mortified that I could possibly belong to the club of its subscribers. Eventually, I did read it a little at a time and I found guidance and comfort there. What really helped was the first person accounts by other parents who had survived the crisis.

I noticed that these were people who had rejoined time, found hope and even joy again, and discovered who they had become. That magazine has given voice to so many parents over the years. In fact, it helped me years later to develop my own voice as a father, in the Fathers' Voices Column edited by James May of the National Fathers' Network. Eventually, I met the founder and former editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent, Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D., who together with Kim Schive has brought us a new and I believe a lasting contribution. Stan has been a colleague and a friend who has helped me to develop my work further as he has done with numerous parents and people with disabilities. I am an admittedly biased reviewer, and so be it.

In You Will Dream New Dreams, readers will find real-life stories by mothers and fathers of kids with cerebral palsy, juvenile diabetes, autism, mental retardation, and a host of other life-altering chronic conditions and injuries. Their messages resound with courage, encouragement, and hope. Like the other essay writers, I am proud to have my words included in this volume--proud to be part of something bigger and more important. Pick it up, if you are a parent, and in each essay you are drawn to, you will revisit and discover a part of your story. Stay with this process and you can put together your story and develop it further as life goes on with your family. Find a piece here and a piece there that resonates deep within.

There is a Native American proverb that advises that you cannot understand another person unless you walk a mile in his or her moccasins. So listen to life inside these moccasins, if you are a professional, and you can learn how to listen better to parents. They will tell you their stories, and in doing so will be able to eventually dream new dreams. This is a valuable book for relatives and friends to help hem understand the treacherous emotional landscape for a parent whose child has special needs.

Now 62 other parents have a voice. When you have a voice, you have dignity. When you have a voice, you can make yourself understood. When you have a voice, you can connect with others; you can speak and listen patiently with your spouse. When you have a voice, you can command respect. You know when you have power, and you can accept when you are powerless. And maybe most of all, when you have a voice, you can heal your broken heart.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that "The only true gift is a portion of thyself." In You Will Dream New Dreams, Stan Klein and Kim Schive have brought us a gift from 62 mothers and fathers. Take a look, open it up, you won't be sorry. ... Read more

90. The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders
by Sandra F. Rief
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-27)
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The ADHD Book of Lists is a comprehensive, reliable source of answers, practical strategies, and tools written in a convenient list format. Created for teachers (K-12), parents, school psychologists, medical and mental health professionals, counselors, and other school personnel, this important resource contains the most current information about Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is filled with the strategies, supports, and interventions that have been found to be the most effective in minimizing the problems and optimizing the success of children and teens with ADHD. The book contains a wealth of information to guide in the management of ADHD in school and at home. In addition, The ADHD Book of Lists' easy-to-use 8 1/2 x 11 lay-flat format is filled with reproducible checklists, forms, tools, and resources.

A companion video by Sandra Rief is also available for purchase. ADHD & LD: Powerful Teaching Strategies and Accommodations (ISBN: 0-7879-7472-2) provides a thorough, non-technical introduction to ADD and ADHD, with hundreds of practical instructional and behavioral strategies tested in diverse elementary and middle school classrooms. It is an excellent supplement to the ADHD Book of Lists. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended by Psychologist
If you buy only one book on ADD, make it this one.

It is huge, comprehensive, terrifically well organized and uniquely easy to use. Because it is presented in list form, you can turn to the topic you need and get more information in two or three pages than most books contain in a 25 page chapter that takes you much, much longer to read.

And if you are a parent of a child or teen with ADD, you simply do not have extra time. You will get what you need here and get it fast.

There are even sample forms (goals sheets, behavioral records, and charts) that are easy to copy and use.

This book will make your life easier!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great buy!
Without a doubt, this is the most comprehensive and easy-to-read book on AD/HD I have ever read. This book would be an excellent reference for any classroom with AD/HD students. The list format makes finding what you're looking for a pleasant experience. Plus, I've been able to incorporate many of the strategies presented in this book, and I'm extremely pleased with the results.

5-0 out of 5 stars Teacher Friendly
The text of this extensive book is easy to read, and will be an asset to any elementary teacher with ADHD students in their classroom. I like the way the lists are categorized, so it isn't necessary to read whole chapters to find out what you are looking for. It's great! ... Read more

91. The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child (Complete Iep Guide)
by Lawrence M. Siegel
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The Individualized Education Program, or IEP, determines the nuts and bolts of your child's special education. But it's easy to get lost in the paperwork and bureaucracy.

The Complete IEP Guide is your map through the IEP process. The book provides all the instructions, suggestions, strategies, resources and forms you need to proceed from when you first suspect a problem to when your child completes school. Learn to:

*understand special education law
*untangle eligibility rules and the role of assessments
*collect all school records
*become an expert on your child's educational needs
*pinpoint specific goals in school
*develop a clear blueprint of program and services
*research school programs and alternatives
*prepare for IEP meetings
*resolve disputes with your school district

The Complete IEP Guide provides up-to-date, federal special-education laws and extensive appendices, including a list of over 125 groups and organizations. The 3rd edition is completely updated, and provides new information on disciplinary issues, and making the jump from high school to college or work.

Whether you're new to the IEP process or entering it once again, this user-friendly guide is your outline for an effective educational experience for your child. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Dummy proof IEP
I found this book to be the MOST informative book on the market for writing an IEP. It gives examples, details and actual pull out pages of the forms necessary for writing a complete and accurate IEP. I reviewed MANY books and none were as informative as this book. I am going to my sons IEP with a complete and thorough knowledge and understanding of the process. I highly recommend this book to any parent who has or is having a child in Special Education or mainstreaming into regular classes.

5-0 out of 5 stars From a mom with a son with Tourette Syndrome
Whether you are new to the world of "special ed" or you are a seasoned veteran, attorney, Lawrence M. Siegel's book will guide you through the advocacy maze with ease. It is a valuable resource of information, including, but not limited to: an overview of special ed and the IEP process; sample IEP forms and letters; organization and planning tips; a listing of support groups, advocacy organizations and federal and state departments of education. Laws and procedures change frequently, and regulations can be different from state to state, so new editions are printed periodically. You can even take advantage of an "update service" that offers a 35% discount on any future purchases.
This is quite possibly the best resource available for assistance in navigating the path of the IEP process, so that you feel more in control of the situation. Although no published material can completely replace a knowledgeable expert or lawyer, I am now confident that I have sufficient knowledge of the IEP process to be able to be an effective advocate for my child.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good overview, but doesn't replace having an advocate/lawyer
This guide provides a good overview of the special education and IEP process, as well as some sample forms and letters. It also usefully collects the relevant federal statutes and regulations. But I found the descriptions of the process to be quite different from what happens here in D.C., so that ultimately its utility was somewhat limited. There is, perhaps, no solution to this -- the book can't be written for every school district in the country. So while the book is useful, in many areas you will be well served to hire a special ed consultant and/or attorney.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT RESOURCE!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfurl Resource
This book has been a wonderful resource as we have journied through the special education system. I bought this book because we were struggling to get our school system to recognize the many difficulties of having a child with bipolar disorder and severe learning difficulties. I really like the forms and easy to use charts. ... Read more

92. Children With Cerebral Palsy: A Parents' Guide
by Elaine Geralis
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Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: Woodbine House
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A revised and updated edition of this classic primer for parents provides a complete spectrum of information and compassionate advice about cerebral palsy and its effect on their child's development and education.

The second edition, written by the same team of medical specialists, therapists, educators, and parents, covers these important areas:Diagnosis, Medical Issues, Family Life, Legal Rights, Early Intervention, Coping, Therapies, Treatment, Development, Advocacy, Special Education, Daily Care.

New to this edition is information on the latest treatments for seizures; medications for muscle spasticity and drooling; treatments for gastroesophageal reflux; communication devices and toys; advice on dealing with insurance companies; inclusion during preschool years and important changes to special education laws, plus much, much more.Other helpful information includes a glossary, reading list, and resource guide.Comprehensive and up-to-date, this guide is one that parents will refer to time and time again during their child's first six years. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I have a child with Cerebral Palsy.
Children with Cerebral Palsy - A Parent's Guide saved my life. My beautiful 2 yr. old daughter had just been diagnosed with CP and I felt as if she had been given a death sentence. After reading this guide for my child I was able to mourn the loss of a "normal" child and get real with the fact that she had Cerebral Palsy and that this disability would not go away. I gave a copy of the book to my mother so she could better understand CP and not to be afraid of it. Emily is now 10 yrs. old and in 4th grade (regular schooling). She is getting A's and is walking with the use of a walker. Emily has been a real "teacher" for kids not familiar with CP. THANK YOU Elaine Geralis from the bottom of my heart for all of the research and unbelievable information you put in your book.I no longer see CP as a "death sentence", but an opportunity to educate others about Cerebral Palsy. I have recommended your book to several "newly diagnosed" families and you have helped them too. I recommend this first and foremost to anyone that knows someone with CP or is a caregiver of someone who has Cerebral Palsy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Easy to read.
I bought and read this book when my son was first diagnosed with CP approximately 10 years ago. It contained a wealth of useful information and was easy to read. I especially enjoyed the parents comments at the end of each chapter which helped me relate my own feelings and frustrations with other parents.

5-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful resource
This book is thoughtfully and thoroughly written. It provides a wealth of information and resource on the many issues of raisng and caring for a child with Cerebal Palsy. I am a Registered Nurse and found the information to be clear, helpful, and direct. Each chapter has parents' statements which can be reassuring and insightful. It's always nice to hear you're not alone in what you are going through, thinking, and feeling. The book will teach you many things and it can help you to get organized in care planning for your child. It also addresses taking into condsideration the necessity of caring for yourself and other members of your family. I am the Mama of two boys, 31 and 17 mo. old. My older son has mild CP.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for parents of CP kids!!
One of our triplets has mild CP and we have struggled with many issues dealing with her day-to-day care and health issues. This book provides almost ALL the answers to the questions that we as parents of a CP child. I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Done
This book is very factual and helpful. I recommend it to parents and teachers. ... Read more

93. Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder : A Mother's Story of Research & Recovery
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-08)
Publisher: Broadway
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Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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When their nineteen-month-old son, Miles, was diagnosed with autism, Karyn Seroussi, a writer, and her husband, a scientist, fought back with the only weapons at their disposal:love and research.Consulting medical papers, surfacing the Web, and networking with other parents, they traced the onset of their child's problems to an immune system breakdown that coincided with his vaccinations.As a result, his digestive system was unable to break down certain proteins, which in turn led to abnormal brain development.So Karyn and her husband got to work -- Karyn implementing their program at home while her husband tested his theories at the scientific lab where he worked.

Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder is an inspiring and suspenseful chronicle of how one couple empowered themselves to challenge the medical establishment that promised no hope -- and found a cure for their child.

Here are the explanations and treatments they so carefully researched and discovered, a wealth of crucial tools and hands-on information that can help other parents reverse the effects of autism and PDD, including step-by-step instructions for the removal of dairy and gluten from the diet, special recipes, and an explanation of the roles of the key players in autism research.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read if someone close to you has autism
My six year old daughter was recently diagnosed with "high-functioning autism." My wife had the good fortune to run into Karyn Seroussi's Feb 2000 article in Parenting magazine. We implemented some of the changes she recommends and have seen real improvements in our daughter's mood and behavior. I stayed up nights reading the book, and let me tell you, it was well worth the effort. Karyn gives all kinds of information, encouragement, and pointers for anyone trying to help an autistic child. Phone numbers, addresses, and website urls are all provided so you can do your own research. If you are the parent of an autistic child, do them and yourself a favor, buy this book and read it carefully! There is nothing to lose and potentially a great deal to gain.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a great idea for all parents!!!
I love this book! I went to the store to buy a different book about sensory integration dysfunction and I found this one and read it cover to cover in 24 hours. (I haven't opened the other one!!) The thing I love about this book is the variety and depth of information. My son is mildly autistic but he's already 6 years old. Thankfully, early intervention at age 2 helped is future. However, this book helped me explore more options to help him and me, especially with the diet. It was like the light went on when I read her story, finally figuring out why all these things were plaging him in the past and maybe for the future as well. I would recommend this book to every parent who has a child. My childs needs are no longer severe, but this book just opened my eyes to all of the options and possibilites there are for children. I teared up soooo many times reading about all of the strives that Miles made. I wish I would have read this book when my son was born in 1996. If all of the parents in this world were as ambitious to help their children as Karyn and her husband, the world would be a much better place. You have to be an advocate for your child, and this book is a prime example of this and so many other things!!

4-0 out of 5 stars No magic bullet
This is an very useful book for all parents of PDD and ASD kids, and contains some of the best and most readable discussion of dietary intervention I have seen. The GFCF diet has been enormously helpful to my son, and this book would have been wonderful to have when I was first trying to figure it out. But it makes me crazy that Seroussi attributes all of her son's recovery to diet and completely dismisses the huge number of therapy hours that her county and/or school district provided to her child; and I also feel that Seroussi comes outrageously close to implying that the recovery of Catherine Maurice's children was spontaneous. Buy this book, and also buy books about therapy and special education, and buckle down to a lot of work, and a lot of love. -Sara from Colorado, the Land of Almost-No-Help.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beepofer is getting better!!!
At a time when not many books on the subject were out there (now there seems to be too many to choose from :)), this one by far could have saved me months in research. She tells the story from a very personal perspective being brutally honest, yet packed with facts, data, etc. Oh yeah and she makes the mysterious scientific stuff understandable. It's been four (seems like 20) years since my family entered this strange new place where it seems all of the rules are backward, conventional medicine has given up long ago and you struggle with what is right or what could help and no one can really tell you for sure...

I laughed, I cried, but best of all for the first time in a long while I had hope. I loved this book and I hope one day to be able to leave it on the shelf of 'remember when...'

5-0 out of 5 stars Hope for parents
A little over a year ago my son was diagnosed with autism at 2 1/2 years old. He would not make eye contact, had basically no language, slept about four hours a night and would not really interact with others. I came across the name of this book in an article on MSNBC. I am a physician and was initially doubtful, but we didn't have much to lose. We started the GF/CF diet, and after 2 difficult weeks my son began his return to us. We have used several other biological interventions and extensive behavioral therapy. My son now plays with friends and family, SLEEPS, stims very little, and enjoys preschool. His remaining isssue is expressive language and that is improving daily.

If you are a parent, relative, friend, caretaker or therapist working with a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, you owe it to your child to at least find out more about biological interventions, and this book is a great place to start.

Thank you Karyn Seroussi. ... Read more

94. Attention Deficit Disorder : A Different Perception
by Thom Hartmann, Edward M. Hallowell (Introduction), Michael Popkin (Foreword)
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Underwood Books
Sales Rank: 25441
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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As many as 20 million Americans may have Attention DeficitDisorder. In the five years since Thom Hartmann first published hispioneering book, "Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception,"new findings support his theory linking ADD to the genetic makeup ofmen and women who hunted for their food in prehistoric times. Now,Hartmann has revised his groundbreaking book to include the latestresearch along with surprising information on studies that linksecond-hand smoke to disruptive behavior. This edition has a newintroduction by famed Harvard psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell, MD,co-author of the best-selling "Driven to Distraction.: ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Latest research proves this book!
When I first read ADD:ADP a few years ago, I was fascinated by Hartmann's hypothesis that the ADD/ADHD characteristics of distractability, impulsivity, and a need for high levels of stimulation may have been adaptive, useful characteristics for people in hunting/gathering societies, but became less useful in agricultural/industrialized societies. I also found practical application of his idea that "Hunters" should find "Hunter jobs" - areas of work with high levels of stimulation, lots of change, and highly self-directed (ER doc, sales, fighter pilot, detective, entrepreneur, etc.). It made sense and made me feel better and actually helped my life - but there were still those guys out there saying, "Get over it - you have a disordered brain and are deficient." They seemed so very, very scientific.

Then earlier this year I read the report published in the National Academy of Sciences journal, by a team of geneticists from Yale and UCI Med School, that actually did the hard research on the DRD4 gene - the one that 8 previous studies have linked to ADHD. The 7R allele variant - the ADHD variant - was, they said, "under positive selection" and "adaptive": science-speak for, "This gene has been doing something useful for humans for at least 40,000 years." They even ended the study paper by suggesting that our schools are broken instead of our children!

Now that Hartmann's original 1993 hypothesis has been scientifically proven, this book takes on even more value and meaning. It's important both psychologically and scientifically. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Never Knew ADD was a negative
Being ADD my entire life, I was cherished and praised for being able to do numerous things at once. With good parents and wonderful teachers that taught me how to complete things in steps I found life easier than most persons. Being ADD has always been an asset for me. I do have a messy house at times, and my desk is always in a state of disaray, but because my mind moves constantly, I do not dwell on my mistakes, nor my losses. I am always open to new experiences and can take advantage of opportunities that others are too afraid of trying. Thom Hartmann just pointed out a few of the advantages of being ADD, there are thousands of others. Please read this book and pass it on to everyone that you come in contact with that struggles with an ADD diagnosis. I did not know that I even had ADD until 35 and then could not believe that it could be considered it a liablity. I was always in advanced placement classes in school, but I had teachers that understood children like me. They considered me with special abilities, now teachers consider it a deficit. WOW how times have changed. Lets go back to making these kids "special" again and this book is a great first step.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understand
This author most certainly understands people with ADD and writes in such a way that makes it accessible to them. This book will leave you feeling hopeful with a sense of direction. Thank you whoever you are!

3-0 out of 5 stars ADD as a coping style suited to hunters...
Hartmann has written a popular series of books related to ADD/ADHD by introducing an empowering perspective to those labeled ADD/ADHD. Since ADD/ADHD is based on labeling behaviors rather than identifying any physiological abnormality, Hartmann's view is quite sensible to some extent. In our current environment, these behaviors are usually seen as maladaptive and bring adults to treat children with these behaviors in a negative way. Ironically, it is the high level of stress in our environment that has been associated with triggering ADD symptoms - violent media directed at children, stress on status and achievement, disruptive family patterns, toxins, additives, and stimulants in foods, beverages, and the environment, etc. In this stressful environment many people develop the coping strategies and physioloigcal symptoms that would be expected from someone that has been in frequent danger and overusing their adrenal glands, which triggers a shortage in hormones and neurotransmitters needed to sustain attention. ADD/ADHD can best be understood from a holistic mind-body perspective, with natural holistic and psychotherapeutic interventions to assist. Giving stimulant drugs momentarily increases focus and calms behavior, but actually further aggravates the over-stressed system that led to ADD symptoms in the first place. Improved nutrition, stress management skills, and energy balancing therapies can provide lasting benefits to help those labeled ADD/ADHD become more balanced and able to adapt to their circumstances when they desire to. In more nurturing, less stressful environments these children are often seen as normal, and may actually act more calm and focused when less stressed and perceived more positively by adults. Hartmann's book provides a useful tool to help people recognize the psychological coping mechanism that can contribute to ADD patterns of behavior, although he somewhat oversimplifies the issue and doesn't clearly address the mind-body connection that is largely ignored or misunderstood by those examining the ADD/ADHD issue. Additionally, Hartmann adds his own labeling system of hunters and gatherers/farmers, which could limit how some people perceive themselves. These are roles we develop, and which are not solidly set by genetics. Genetic expression is influenced by the individual's biological and psychosocial environment [and the individual's reaction to the environment], and we deny our potential if we just say we are a born "hunter."

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I was very disappointed with this book. The farmers vs hunters analogy was intriquing at the beginning, but by the end of the book, I felt like the author had over-generalized (in some case in accurately generalized) ADD behaviors/characteristics to fit his analogy. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Obviously, other reviewers have a different opinion so take mine for whatever it is worth. ... Read more

95. When Too Much Isnt Enough: Ending The Destructive Cycle Of Adhd And Addictive Behavior
by Wendy Richardson
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Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group
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96. Relief For Hurting Parents: How To Fight For The Lives Of Teenagers: How To Prepare Younger Children For Less Dangerous Journeys Through Teenage Years
by Buddy Scott, R. A. "Buddy" Scott
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Catlog: Book (1997-11-30)
Publisher: Allon Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
13 years ago, we belonged to one of Buddy Scott's support groups and used his book as our manuel. I am firmly convinced that my husband & I would have been divorced now if we didn't have the help from Buddy's book. It is clear and concise with common sense approach to dealing with an out of control teen. It also gives principals to help younger children before they reach that horrible stage in their life. I will forever be grateful for Buddy's help! I am always recommending his book to those who are struggling with difficult teens. It's like receiving something substantial to hold onto along with the Word of God in a emotional emergency.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful help for my family - to be passed on.
Our group of four couples "taught" ourselves the associated class based on the principles in this Christian-based book; three couples for rescue and one for prevention. I am now teaching the class for the third time and, as word spreads, several dozen families have been helped in rescuing their rebellious teens and by learning prevention techniques and guiding principles used in raising their children. We recommend it highly.

4-0 out of 5 stars A welcome resource when your child has you at wits end
Our church used this as the core text for a series of group sessions for hurting parents-- parents of teens in various states of rebellion, destructive lifestyle choices, and apathy. It proved to be quite helpful, well-grounded in Christian principles, and with many good insights and practical steps to take. ... Read more

97. Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on ADHD : Second Edition
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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"How Can I Help My Child with ADHD?"

With this fully realized second edition of the classic guide, Dr. Larry Silver addresses the subjects all parents wonder about when they suspect their child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder:

  • What causes ADHD? What signs should I look for?

  • How can I make sure my child is diagnosed correctly?

  • Could my child have a learning disability, too?

  • What's the latest information on medications and other treatments?

  • What controversial treatments should I watch out for?

  • What should I tell my child's school, and what should they be doing?

  • What legal issues do I need to understand to get my child the right help and protect his or her rights?

  • How can I handle behavior problems?

  • How can I help my whole family cope with the situation?

Dr. Silver's warm, thoroughly practical guide will give parents, teachers, and others the support they want and the answers they need. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on ADHD
This was one of the first books that I read after discovering that my daughter had ADHD and also LD. I found Dr. Silver's book very thorough and very readable. I particularly liked and appreciated the chapter on dealing with ADHD in the family. So many of the other books seem to focus solely on school and homework issues when ADHD effects all aspects of a child's life.
I highly recommend this book to any parent with questions about ADHD and related issues.

3-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to follow
I bought Dr. Silver's book on the recommendation of my daughter's pediatrician. I found it to be quite detailed and well-researched, but it was excruciatingly dry and clinical. I am usually a voracious reader, but I had trouble getting through this book. It's an important reference book if you are doing detailed research, but it's probably not the first book you should tackle after you learn your child has ADD. In my opinion, a better "first book" would be "Driven to Distraction" by Edward Hallowell et al. ... Read more

98. The Worried Child: Recognizing Anxiety in Children and Helping Them Heal
by Paul, Ph.D. Foxman
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: Hunter House (CA)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Drawing on over 30 years of practice and on personal anxiety experiences that go back to his own childhood, Dr. Paul Foxman has written a clear, well-documented and deeply-felt book for adults who want to help. Part I discusses normal anxiety, anxiety disorders, and the personality of anxious children. Part II addresses the role of parents, schools, and society in contributing to children’s anxiety. Additional chapters discuss the impact of terrorism and war, and the media. Part III gives sources of help: psychotherapy, medication, and alternative and complementary therapies.

Do you want to know…
* how anxiety manifests itself at different ages
* how to increase bonding and security to reduce children’s anxiety
* how to communicate effectively and discipline children without creating anxiety
* how to manage the impact of TV and movies, the internet and video games
* the best ways to discuss drugs, alcohol and sexuality with your children
* how to manage your own anxiety while helping your child?
* when and how to get professional help?

This book has the answers to your questions. Throughout, there are concrete suggestions and guidance for parents. An appendix provides ideas for teachers and school administrators, and a special chapter for young people discusses how they can help themselves. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive book on childhood/adolescent anxiety
In this book Paul Foxman, Ph.D., an expert in anxiety disorders
and treatment, has written a very comprehensive understanding of
childhood and adolescent anxiety and what can be done to help.
His approach is wholistic, taking into account genetic predisposition and temperament, personality traits, and the
environment, and explaining how these factors interact in the
anxious/worried child. The book demonstrates how the treatment
also includes focusing on these variables. Dr. Foxman goes one
step further and discusses the unique challenges of parenting in our time, including some of his own experiences as a parent.
A multitude of useful resources are cited at the end. I most
highly recommend this book to parents, pediatricians, and mental health providers. ... Read more

99. Somebody Else's Kids
by Torey Hayden
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Catlog: Book (1982-08-01)
Publisher: Avon
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Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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"Were all just somebody else's kids..."

A small seven-year-old boy who couldn't speak except to repeat weather forecasts and other people's words...A beautiful little girl of seven who had been brain damaged by terrible parental beatings and was so ashamed because she couldn't learn to read...A violently angry ten-year-old who had seen his stepmother murder his father and had been sent from one foster home to another ...A shy twelve-year-old from a Catholic school which put her out when she became pregnant...

"What do we matter?"
"Why do you care?"

They were four problem children-put in Torey Hayden's class because no one else knew what to do with them. Together, with the help of a remarkable teacher who cared too much to ever give up, they became almost a family, able to give each other the love and understanding they had found nowhere else.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A very touching book.
Somebody Else's Kids by Torey L. Hayden shows the challenge of teaching four troubled children. Torey's class is known as "the class that created itself." Although Torey has taught special education classes before, she has never had a class like this. Torey really takes these four children to heart and can't stop trying to help them, even after she fails. I think this effort makes Torey an excellent teacher. Torey cared more about her four students, Boo (who is autistic), Lori (who cannot learn how to read), Tomaso (who is violently angry), and Claudia (who was put out by her Catholic school when she became pregnant) then their own parents did. I give Torey a lot of credit; most people wouldn't be up for this type of challenge. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether they have an interest in special education or whether they just have to read it for a college English class. This is truly a wonderful and inspiring book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, very enjoyable, easy to read
Torey does it again in her book Somebody Else's Kids. this book is one of my favorite books she has written. It is not only enjoyable to ready but fairly easy to read also. Torey grabs you right from the beginning and emmerses you into her life and the lives of the children she teaches. From little Boo who you see a glimmer of hope, to Lori who trys so hard only to be set up for failure by her mean spirted full time teacher, (not Torey). Then there's Tomaso who has so much hurt and anger built up inside that you'll wonder how he can ever be a normal kid, and lastly there's little Claudia with nothing wrong except she made a little mistake and got pregnate at the age of 12. through the whole book you wonder and read in awe at how much energy Torey has with these children. and wonder on how she'll ever get through to all of them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
While I didn't enjoy this book as much as some of the other Torey Hayden books I've read, I did like this book.

The troubled children in this book were lovable and as always, Torey worked miracles with them. I really felt her love for them. My favorite of the children was the autistic Boo.

Read this book - you won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars BOTH SIDES NOW
This book explores the flexibility and individuality in teaching. Different approaches to teaching mainstream as well as students with special academic needs are examined. One teacher, identified as "Edna Thorsen" is recognized as having a long established career in conventional teaching methods, but little if any experience with special academic needs. As alarming as her treatment of and response to a 7-year-old pupil identified as "Lori" was, it points up to how "Edna" was also a victim of a system. This shows how both sides, teacher and pupil were challenged by an established system.

I loved it when Torey Hayden made it plain that sacrificing people (in this case pupils) in order to maintain a system is wrong. The author is a person of incredible courage and it is to the credit of the school administrators to acknowledge the work she did with her four resource room students.

One theme that is recurrent in this book is the need to adapt to the needs of each child. Since only a fraction of one side of the story has been presented, it is only fair to realize that most of what took place is not information that will be made available to readers. This is to protect the privacy of the real people who have consented to have their stories shared.

Since this class came together in or about the 1970s, it is only fair and reasonable to recognize that the people involved were using the tools and resources they had available to them at the time. It is impossible to apply current knowledge to a bygone era. Without knowing any of the people personally, it seems cruel and unfair to pronounce harsh judgment against anyone who did not have the professional background necessary to help students with special academic needs. It seems just as cruel and unfair to put ANY child up on a pedastal. Vilifying Edna and glorifying Lori is tiresome and counterproductive. The only real villian here is the lack of information. Lori and Edna are only people who were coping with some overwhelming issues from the telling. This book is not an allegory about good and evil and Lori and Edna are not representatives of either concept.

The other children who make up the resource room with Lori are Claudia, who is 12 and pregnant; Tomaso, an 11-year-old boy whose early life was a litany of domestic violence, abandonment and the traumatic murder of a parent and Boo, a 5-year-old boy whose behavior is described as autistic. What makes this book so effective are the accounts of how the children interacted with one another and drew stength from one another. I like the way they worked together as a group.

God bless Torey Hayden and the four pupils she had that year. This book is a good eye opener in fairness and forgiveness.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
Somebody Else's Kids was the first book I read of Torey Hayden's. Since then, I have read her statement that this is the one book of hers that she cannot bear to reread as it was penned quickly and she doesn't like the writing.
Maybe it was this perceived lack of "attention" to the writing dynamics that makes this book a little different than her others, and to me, a little more memorable.
When looking into Ms. Hayden's works, the one most often cited is One Child. I have read this, as well as others such as The Tiger's Child and Ghost Girl, but Somebody Else's Kids just has a different feel to me - less forced, less heroic, just her work with very different children put together in the same classroom. The cases she refers to in this book are also quite different from the others she writes about (ie. elective mutism, autism), this time dealing with pre-teen pregnancy and illiteracy brought on by brain damage.
It's a refreshing change from her other works and just as powerful, in its own way, as her other novels. I have enjoyed everything Ms. Hayden has written, but this one just stands out to me as an understated account. A worthwhile read. ... Read more

100. Help for the Hopeless Child: A Guide for Families (With Special Discussion for Assessing and Treating the Post-Institutionalized Child), Second Edition
by Ronald S. Federici
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-29)
Publisher: Dr. Ronald S. Federici and Associates
Sales Rank: 47801
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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This SECOND EDITION of Dr. Federici's book, Help for theHopeless Child, A Guide for Families (with Special Discussion for Assessing and Treating the Post-Institutionalized Child) has expanded text and updated adoption figures, intensive family treatment program and multi-discipline interventions.Additional discussion regarding more complex child developmental disorders. ... Read more

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Dr. Federici's book saved our family. We were drowning in chaos and confusion, and with 3 very troubled adopted children. His book is an extension of his practice model (proper evaluation and intensive parent training). All the other professionals we saw did not have a clue how to handle our children, so we went on our own and got the right help we needed. Nothing crazy like "holding therapy" which we tried and discontinued. This book give structure and hope when all else is or has failed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book And One We Can Understand!
Dr. Federici's book put us back on track and 'in control" of our family after years of wasted, costly therapy for our two Romanian children. We had tried about everything, including this "neurofeedback" for RAD which was a total waste as our child had brain damage, not RAD like all these therapists like to push (RAD,ADHD, Bipolar, ODD--seems they diagnosis all these kids with it when they do not know what else to do). We called Evergreen, Villa Santa Maria, and a few other places that claimed to be able to help, but none had a solid plan, but sure wanted the money. So we went to Dr. Federici and his "team approach" and got further in three months, than we did with all the other professionals over the span of four years. This is the right approach and book when you are at the end of your rope, and is endorsed by some of the real experts in the country. Also, this Dr. actually has Internationally Adopted kids of his own, so he gets real life credit. He neds to lecture more to get the correct word out to families in need.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book For Families In Desparate Need of Help!
After struggling for years, and reading all these other books on attachment, behavior problems, therapy and about everything else, we got Dr. Federici's book and finally found someone who really "gets the picture". We have also seen about everyone who claims to be the real "expert' in attachment, behaviors, traumatized kids, etc. They quickly took our money, gave us all kinds of theoretical discussions about how screwed up our kid was (like we did not already know!), and then did everything from some wierd holding techniques (which made it worse), talked to him and us, then told us "to keep coming". Never an end till we read this book. Even with the typos, it was clear, solid and structured. Certainly not an easy treatment, but one where we saw results in one month, compared to the years of wasted therapies. This book is a MUST for families who got deceived by their adoption agency and are really struggling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, An Expert Who Really Knows My Kid!
After going from "expert" to expert, place to place, and medication to medication, we found someone who really understands post-institutionalized children. We wasted tons of money at Evergreen and two other treatment facilities, and even more wasted time and money all these quack attachment therapists. Family counseling, play therapy, residential, and we were still stuck with misery. We read this book, saw Dr. Federici and his team, and they put our family back on track in six months. It was VERY HARD to do, but the best way to really help. Practical, family-centered, and no-nonsense. We had read all the other books out there by the "experts', but never heard the solutions--only the RAD diagnosis. Now we have peace AND control in our home. We hope Dr. Federici keeps writing and lecturing, as he can really teach his colleagues how to get it right.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful After Many Failures
This book was the best we had read and used in all of our struggles with our older, Russian adopted kids from one of the infamous "summer camp programs". We were not at all prepared for the problems, as we were told "love will fix it all". That was not the case, and we waded through one non-effective therapy after another, especially medications and "attachment therapy" by the so-called experts. Dr. Federici's approach woke us up, made us accept what we got, and helped us to get a grip on our children and reality. This book is a must for the desparate and those who really want solutions to real problems--not hand holding, nebulious attachment therapy , play therapy or the medication roller coaster. ... Read more

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