• The books and summaries listed below are some of my favorite and most used resources.  I hope you find them helpful.

  • The Door in the Wall

    by Marguerite de Angeli Year Published:

    A story set in the Middle Ages in England about a young boy who contracts polio and loses the ability to do things others his age can do.  He is discouraged until he meets a monk who teaches him about "finding the door in the wall".  A wonderful book that speaks to the heart of a child with disabilities who is feeling inadequate and alone. A book my youngest daughter and I read over and over again. 

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  • Taking the Grrr out of Anger

    by Elizabeth Verdick & Marjorie Lisovskis Year Published:

    Everyone gets angry sometimes. But if you're angry alot ....or stay angry for a long time...or get in trouble for getting angry...or don't like the way anger makes you act or feel.... You can take the Grrrr out of Anger.  A hot temper isn't cool. You have the power to overpower your anger.  This books tells you how by naming 5 steps to taming your temper, 6 steps to solving anger problems, clues to your "anger buttons" and your body's anger "warning signs", the low down on calming down, tips for using your "anger radar", things you can do when grown-ups get angry and more.  So don't lose your head. Use it instead. Learn how to manage your anger and feel grrrrreat!

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  • The ADHD Book of Lists

    by Sandra F Rief Year Published:

    Most of this book focuses on specific strategies, supports, and interventions that have been found to be effective in minimizing the typical problems associated with ADHD and helping these children achieve success. Much of what is shared is simply "good teaching" or positive "parenting" practices that would be useful for all children.  However, the strategies and suggestions are of particular benefit to children and teens with ADHD ( and those with other learning, attention or behavioral challenges.

    This book was another VERY useful resource I used when raising my daughter. It is set up in an easy to read format with bullet pointed lists of suggestions related to study strategies, addressing academic difficulties, accommodations that may be helpful and preventing and managing behavior problems.

    I firmly believe that these students have attention "differences" and prefer to avoid the terms "deficit" or "disorder". These students often have very creative minds and the typical educational setting can be difficult for them to navigate. A book that I sometimes use with students struggling with these differences is called, Get Busy Beaver, by Carolyn Crimi.  It is important to help these students find their "Island of Confidence".  Because their behaviors often stand out, they tend to receive alot of negative feedback so it is VERY important to focus on positive discipline and interventions in order to build up their self-esteem.

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  • Dinosaurs Divorce

    by Laurie Krasney Brown & Marc Brown Year Published:

    A comprehensive, sensitive guide for changing families, Dinosaurs Divorce, helps readers understand what divorce means, why it happens, and how to best cope with everyone's feelings

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  • The Five Love Languages of Children

    by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell Year Published:

    Every child has a primary language of love, a way in which he or she understands a parent's love best.  This book will show you how to recognize and speak your child's primary love language, as well as four other common love languages that can help your child know you love him or her.

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  • Jarvis Clutch- Social Spy

    by Mel Levine & Jarvis Clutch Year Published:

    The dedication in this book says it all - This book is dedicated to students who too often have felt the horrible pain of isolation or humiliation - in the hope that these pages will equip them with the insights they need to experience healthy and happy social lives.

    My youngest daughter struggled with relationships and this book was recommended to us years ago by her counselor.  My daughter later told me that of all the things we had done to help her socially, this book was one of the most helpful things she had read.

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  • Good Friends are Hard to Find

    by Fred Frankel Year Published:

    A great resource for helping your child build friendships. It includes chapters related to first impressions, joining others at play, being a good sport, playing detective when you schedule a play date, being a good host, making good friend choices, avoiding bad relationships, settling disagreements, and signs that a friendship is cooling off.  

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  • The Good Son

    by Michael Curian Year Published:

    I used this book as a reference when raising my son and found it to be very helpful. The book is divided into 4 parts; discipline and moral development, birth-6 years old, 7-12 years old, and 13-18 years old. This makes it easy to just focus on the chapter that corresponds to your child's age.  Each part discusses developmental milestones, discipline techniques, moral teaching and a healthy moral and emotional environment.

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  • As I have researched information on different topics related to student needs, I have created book summaries with the main concepts.  I have found these to be helpful references as well and hope that you find them useful too.

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