Recommended Reading for Special Needs Families

New books and websites for families of special needs children
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“Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up: Help Your Child Overcome Slow Processing Speed and Succeed in a Fast-paced World” by Ellen Braaten and Brian Willoughby

Guilford Press, 2014

This book demystifies processing speed and shows how to help kids catch up in this area of cognitive functioning. Practical tools on how to make daily routines more efficient accompany advice on obtaining needed support at school.


“Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children With Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders” by Dr. Robert Melillo

Perigee Book, 2015

Melillo offers a drug-free program that addresses both the symptoms and causes of such disorders as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger’s, dyslexia and obsessive compulsive disorder, involving a disconnection between the left and right sides of the developing brain. This is a revised and updated edition.


The Everything Parent’s Guide to Overcoming Childhood Anxiety: Professional Advice to Help Your Child Feel Confident, Resilient, and Secure” by Sherianna Boyle

Adams Media, 2014

All kids worry, but chronic worry can turn into frustration when it becomes the focus of a child’s life. With a hopeful outlook and expert advice, this reassuring guide gives the information and resources needed to help children feel competent, capable, and healthy.


“The Everything Parent’s Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder: The Information and Treatment Options You Need to Help Your Child With SPD” by Terri Mauro

Adams Media, 2014

Children with sensory integration disorder often under- or overreact to certain stimuli that are not processed by their senses in the standard way. In this book, parents find the answers they need as they search for ways to help their children.


“Autistic Logistics: A Parent’s Guide to Tackling Bedtime, Toilet Training, Tantrums, Hitting, and Other Everyday Challenges” by Kate Wilde

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015

Wilde’s practical guide to parenting children with autism spectrum disorder covers all the key problem areas including sleep, food avoidance and tantrums, and is full of tried-and-tested strategies.


“Parenting Children With ADHD: 10 lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach” by Vincent Monastra

American Psychological Association, 2014

Monastra provides step-by-step guidance to parents looking for ways to bring out the best in kids with ADHD. This is a revised and updated edition.


“Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children With Learning Disabilities” by David Flink

William Morrow, 2014

This guide is designed to help parents understand and accept learning disabilities in their children and offers tips for real-world applications.




Allergy and Asthma Network


The Autism Project


Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation


Worry Wise Kids



P.J. Gardiner has a Master’s Degree in Library Science and is the adult nonfiction book selector for Wake County Public Libraries. Previously, she was a youth services librarian and a library manager. She is mom of two daughters, Quinn and Evie.


Categories: Exceptional Child, Special Needs