Taking Charge of ADHD, By Russell Barkley. -Dr. Barkley is a leader in the field of ADHD, anything written by him is worth reading.
The Family ADHD Solution, By Mark Bertin, M.D.-a unique approach to ADHD incorporating mindfulness and meditation.
Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD, By Peter Jensen, M.D.-the first volume in a series of 6 books that help parents identify what they need to do to “make the system work” when they have a child with a particular behavioral, emotional, or learning problem.
The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD, By John F. Taylor-a book for upper elementary and middle school children about having ADHD.
Learning To Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About Adhd, By Kathleen G. Nadeau– written for children a book about ADHD and how to develop self-control.
All Dogs Have ADHD, By Kathy Hoopman– a humorous and poignant picture book about living with ADHD.
Teenagers with ADD and ADHD: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, By Chris A. Zeigler Dendy
Does Everyone Have ADHD? : A Teen’s Guide to Diagnosis And Treatment, By Christine Peterson-an excellent resource for teenagers.
Hunter and His Amazing Remote Control, By Lori Ann Copeland-a hands on guide to teach elementary school children how to improve their self control.
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias, By Tamar Ellsas Chansky-a handbook for parents to understand anxiety disorders in children with tips and strategies to help their child.
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids), By Dawn Heubner and Bonnie Matthew-a workbook for parents to use with their elementary school aged child, written in an engaging comic book style kids will enjoy.
Coping Cat Workbook, Second Edition (Child Therapy Workbooks Series), By Philip C. Kendall and Kristina A. Hedtke-another workbook this one is often used by therapists with research based cognitive behavioral strategies to develop coping skills and understand your child’s unique triggers for anxiety.
The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal With Anxiety & Worry, By Lisa M. Schab-a workbook teens can use on their own or with a parent to explore the roots of their anxious thoughts and how to develop coping strategies.
Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry (MAW): Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work), by Richard E. Zinbarg, Michelle G. Craske, and David H. Barlow-as the title suggests this is research based book often used by therapists to treat and manage anxiety.
Natural Relief for Anxiety: Complementary Strategies for Easing Fear, Panic & Worry, By Edmund J. Bourne, Arlen Brownstein, and Lorna Garano-an exploration of complementary and alternative treatments for anxiety.
Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear & Worry, By Edmund J. Bourne and Lorna Garand-practical tips for managing anxiety.
Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism, By Temple Grandin. This very prolific author with autism has written numerous books about her life and her views about the experience of having autism as well as treatment for others.
All Cats Have Aspergers Syndrome ,By Kathy Hoopman.-a warm and tender book of photos illustrating what it feels like to have ASD. Many with ASD who read this book relate to it.
Look Me in the Eye:My Life With Aspergers & Be Different both by John Robison. One man’s account of understanding, late in life, that he has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Neurotribes, By Steven Silberman. This is a detailed and highly informative history of ASD up to present day concepts of neurodiversity and reducing the stigma of ASD as a “disorder”. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
In A Different Key, By John Donovan and Caren Zucker. This is another look at the history of autism from its beginning to the present day. Using the stories of real people and their lives the books is very engaging and moving. I highly recommend this book.
The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, By Tony Attwood. This is the original in depth book about Aspergers Syndrome with excellent chapter summaries offering practical tips for parents and teachers.
Asperger’s And Girls, featuring Tony Attwood, Temple Grandin and others. -a collection of essays about the unique challenges faced by girls and women on the spectrum.
Twirling Naked in The Streets and No One Noticed: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Autism, By Jeannie Davide-Rivera Wonderfully written first hand account of the life of a woman diagnosed with ASD in adulthood.
Pretending to be Normal, By Liane Holliday Willey-a woman’s perspective on her life as a wife, mother, and woman with Aspergers Syndrome.
A 5 Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! An honest guide for teens and young adults, By Kari Dunn Buron. This is a book for children and teens to learn strategies to overcome social understanding difficulties.
Take Control of Asperger’s Syndrome: The Official Strategy Guide for Teens With Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorders, by Janet Price and Jennifer Engle Fisher. This book explains ASD and related diagnoses in terms appropriate for middle school and higher.
Aspergers on the Job, by Rudy Simone This book written by a young woman with Aspergers is a” how to” manual on joining the work force.
Kids in the Syndrome Mix, By Marvin Kutscher, M.D. This is an excellent book to share with teachers and caregivers which has an overview of ADHD, ASD, Tourettes, and other syndromes. It is brief and practical, loaded with suggestions for school and home. See the author’s own website for more helpful titles at www.pediatricneurology.com
An Early Start for Your Child With Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids, Connect, Communicate, and Learn, by Geraldine Dawson, Sally Rogers, et al.-this is a must read book for any parent of a young child on the spectrum.It is full of practical advice and daily activities for you and your young child.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know, by Alan Rosenblatt, M.D. and Paul Carbone, M.D.-this is a comprehensive handbook covering ASD from diagnosis to treatment through all stages of child development into adulthood and transition planning.
Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, By Ruth Elaine Joyner Hane, Kassiane Sibley, Stephen M. Shore, and Roger N. Meyer-a guide to help people with autism effectively self-advocate in their pursuit of independent, productive, and fulfilling lives.
The Panic Virus, By Seth Mnoonkin. A clear account of the science behind theories about vaccines and autism
Parent Management Training: Treatment for Oppositional, Aggressive, and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents, By Alan Kazdin-this is the ultimate resource for training parents on behavior management used by professionals and parents alike.
Parenting the Strong-Willed Child: The Clinically Proven Five-Week Program for Parents of Two- to Six-Year-Olds , ByRex Forehand and Nicholas Long-a practical guide for parents with difficult and hard to manage 2-6 year olds.
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, By Ross Greene-the classic book has a very practical approach for managing challenging behaviors. The website www.livesinthebalance.com elaborates on the themes and ideas presented in the book.
Beyond the Blues: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression, By Lisa M. Schab-practical ideas a teen can read on his or her own to promote self understanding and coping skills to manage depression.
Overcoming Teen Depression: A Guide for Parents, By Miriam Kaufman-an excellent resource to understand depression and how to help your teen who may be struggling.
Touchpoints, By Barry Brazelton, M.D.-an overview of child development by one of the field’s most trusted experts.
Building Healthy Minds, By Stanley Greenspan, M.D.-a practical overview of what leads to healthy social and emotional development in children.
Disability and the Family Life Cycle, by Laura Marshak, Milton Seligman, and Fran Prezant.-an excellent overview of all of the key issues in the impact of developmental disabilities on the entire family.
The Road Ahead: Transition to Adult Life for Persons with Disabilities, by Keith Storey, Paul Bates, and Dawn Hunter.-an important resource for all families navigating the transitions to adulthood for their child with a developmental difference.
Growing Up: Transition to Adult Life for Students with Disabilities by Daniel Steere– this book provides a comprehensive and clear introduction to effective transition services for students with disabilities who are leaving the special education system.
Raising Resilient Children, By Sam Goldstein and Robert Brookes. This book provides a model for how parents can foster the lifelong skill of resiliency to deal with life’s challenges.
Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of Parenting, By Daniel Goleman and others. This book is an updated version of the concept of Emotional Intelligence coined by the author. It includes discussions of how to create emotionally balanced children and how to deal with specific challenges including divorce.
The Will Power Instinct, By Kelly Mcgonigal. Written by a Stanford University professor who has a unique perspective on free will and the science to back it up. The book has specific tools and approaches to improve impulse control and achieve personal goals. It is inspiring for anyone wanting to make a change in their life.
The Survival Guide for Kids with LD, By Gary Fisher Ph.D. and Rhoda Cummings Ed.D., written for the child or teen with LD issues.
Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level, By Sally Shaywitz-dense with information this is a seminal book written by one of the leaders in the field of dyslexia research.
It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success, By Richard Lavoie, Michele Reiner, Rob Reiner, and Mel Levine-an important book which looks at the important and often overlooked social and emotional consequences of having a learning difference.
The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain, By Brock L Eide and Fernette F. Eide-this a paradigm shifting book looking at the often hidden but real advantages having dyslexia confers on the areas of creativity, problem solving, and other skills.
Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say “No Way”—and Parents Say “Way to Go” , By John S. March MD MPH-a classic and seminal text about OCD in children and teens.
OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Manual, By John S. March MD MPH and Karen Mulle Friesen-the key concepts therapists use in OCD treatment.
What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD (What-to-Do Guides for Kids), By Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews-a picture book for young children teaching them about ocd and how to cope.
The OCD Workbook, By Bruce Hyman.-classic workbook approach for older children and teen to treat OCD.
Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior, By Russell A. Barkley PhD ABPP ABCN and Christine M. Benton PhD-a practical step by step guide for parents to shape and change ODD behavior.
Helping the Non compliant Child, Second Edition: Family-Based Treatment for Oppositional Behavior, By Robert J. McMahon PhD and Rex L. Forehand PhD-practical tips to help the family with difficult and hard to manage children and teens.
The Explosive Child: A New Program for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated Chronically Inflexible Children, By Ross Greene-practical and well established management plan for parents to deal with difficult children and teens.
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. -This book looks at the neuroscience of emotional regulation and how it applies to parenting. The book is practical with tips and strategies for everyday life.
The Price of Privilege, By Madeline Levine.- This books takes a critical look at material indulgence and its effects on the emotional and social well being of developing children.
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, By Jon Kabat Zinn.- Applying mindfulness to parenting children of all ages.