BOOKS

Welcome to the Reading Resources Page.  Please do not let some of the "scary titles" discourage you. (If you wonder what I mean by "scary" check out my "Magical Creatures" post.
 Every book on this list has incredibly helpful information

FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS 


Siblings Without Rivalry, Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, Avon Books, New York, NY, 1987. 
This book has been around a while, that's a good sign!  The authors are authentic, the writing is great for busy parents and teachers.  I found myself wishing I had read this book as a starting teacher, but glad I had it when I did.  The basic premise is to learn how to minimize and put out the fires that are inevitable when children interact on a daily basis.  The idea of encouraging your children (and this book shows you how) to solve their own problems is so simple you will wonder why you hadn't thought of it before.  Your children will surprise you, I promise.

The Explosive Child, Ross W. Greene, PH.D, Harper, NY, 2010.
This book was written for parents, and is a fantastic resource.  I only partly read it though, because I had already read Lost at School which I believe gives a much clearer "how to" for using Collaborative Problem Solving.

Lost at School, Ross W. Greene, PH.D, Scribner, NY, 2008.
I found this book very eye opening.  "Kids will do well if they CAN" is the mantra here, and really speaks to the role of schools in determining the success of children who have lagging skills.  The book is clear on how to use Collaborative Problem Solving in school, and I found it a very important read.

Smart but Scattered, Peg Dawson, EdD, and Richard Guare, PhD, Guilford Press, NY 2009.
What are those invisible skills kids need to succeed? and How do we make sure our kids have them, or are at least working on them?  This book answers these questions with usable ideas, organized in a very usable format, really nice for parents.

Executive Function in the Classroom,  Christopher Kaufman, Paul H Brookes Publishing, Baltimore, Maryland. 2010.
Another great resource for those mystery skills, geared for teachers and classroom use.

Different Minds, Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and other Learning Deficits, Deirdre V. Lovecky, Jessica Kingsly Publishers, 2004.
This was my most recent read, and I wish I had read it a year or two ago.  Lovecky really understands and clearly details how giftedness changes the face of Asperger Syndrom and AD/HD in particular, though she does include information on other learning deficits.  This book is an important key to the puzzle created by giftedness and learning deficits.  Lovecky explains many of the ways children who are gifted may not present the same symptoms in the same way as children of normal average IQ.

A Mind at a Time.  Mel Levine, MD, Simon and Schuster, NY 2002.
I find it a shame that a man with such revolutionary ideas about how children learn died a scandalous death the year I found this book, but the scandal cannot fully diminish the importance of his work, which I must include.  He describes the mind as being made up of different "systems" controlling things like attention, memory, language, spatial sequential ordering, motor skills, higher thinking, and social thinking skills, and that each child/person has a different profile for these skills.  The goal being educators learn to teach to different profiles of skills.

Freeing Your Child From Negative Thinking.  Tamar E. Chansky Ph.D, DeCapo Press, Cambridge, MA, 2008. 
This book is incredibly insightful in helping parents (me) decipher the negative child (my younger son) and to make inroads on rerouting his negative thinking, (rather than allowing him to derail me into crazy, grouchy, wtf thinking)  Very good resource!

Freeing Your Child From Anxiety.  Tamar. E Chansky Ph.D, Three Rivers Press, NY 2004.

10 Mindful Minutes.  Goldie Hawn with Wendy Holden, Penguin Group, US 2011.  see my review of this book.click here

EdWeek:Studies Illustrate Plight of Introvert  I love this article because it makes us think about assumptions teachers make about introverts, and encourages teachers to provide a "place" for those students. 

FOR OUR KIDS- WORKBOOKS

What to Do When you. . .(Worry Too Much, Grumble too Much, Temper Flares, and other titles)  Dawn Huebner, Ph.D. Magination Press, Washington, DC, 2006.
This series is great, each subject is it's own workbook.  I have used these and found them helpful. 

The Way to A, ( Empowering Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Neurological Disorders to Monitor and Replace Aggression and Tantrum Behavior)  Hunter Manasco, MS, CCC-SLP.  Autism Asperger Publishing Co., Kansas 2006.
Terrific customizable, rewritable workbook for children to help them see how their actions affect themselves and others.  It clearly delineats two plans of action and their results to encourage children to "Choose the better plan"