Resource Books For Parents

Parents Guide to Learning Disabilities: Understanding and Helping Your Child By Alice D’Antoni Phillips, Darrel G. Minifie and Elsie R. Minifie, Continental Press, ISBN 0-8454-4261-9
“A family-friendly guide to life with learning disabilities, including information on characteristics of children with learning disabilities, how parents can tell if their child has learning disabilities, how parents can help children with learning disabilities, tips for parents, specific difficulties and helpful hints, your child and the computer.“
When You Worry About the Child You Love: A Reassuring Guide to Solving your Child’s Emotional and Learning Problems By: Edward Hallowell, M.D., ISBN 0-684-83268-2
“Nothing is more upsetting to a parent than to know that their child is anxious, disruptive or depressed for no apparent reason. Though there is a long tradition in childrearing of blaming the parent or the child when things go wrong, often the root of the problem is hidden from view. In When You Worry About the Child You Love¸ Dr. Edward Hallowell takes you through some of the most common childhood problems and shows how biology and genetics contribute to them all – without ignoring other factors. If your child’s problem is a natural stage in the growth process, this book will give you relief and reassurance. If your child is developing a serious problem requiring professional diagnosis and treatment, this book with alert you to it.“
Brilliant Idiot: An Autobiography of a Dyslexic By: Dr. Abraham Schmitt, Good Books, ISBN 1-56148-108-4
“This engaging life story chronicles one man’s battle to earn both respect and an education, only to discover in mid-life that his severe mental “fog” was a serious learning disability. One man’s on–going trial of living with a severe learning disability will bring greater sensitivity and hope to all who travel with Schmitt on this astonishing journey.”
Uncommon Gifts: Transforming Learning Disabilities into Blessings By: James S. Evans, Waterbook Press, ISBN 0-87788-849-3
“Evans fought multiple handicaps. He battled hyperactivity and attention deficit to stay quiet and focused in classes. He tackled reading and spelling despite dyslexia that made him reverse letters and words. He struggled with poor self-esteem and depression stemming from years of ill-treatment by teachers and peers. As an adult, he continues to spar with all these challenges, but now he views them all as uncommon blessings. This is the story of Evan’s tremendous struggles and victories. He offers encouragement and inspiration for LD students, parents, teachers, adults with learning disabilities, and those who love them.”
Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think and What We Can Do About It By: Jane M. Healy, Ph. D. Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0-684-85620-4
“In this landmark, bestselling assessment tracing the roots of America’s escalating crisis in education, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., examines how television, video games, and other components of popular culture compromise our children’s ability to concentrate and to absorb and analyze information. Drawing on neuropsychological research and an analysis of current educational practices, Healy presents in clear, understandable language:
  • How growing brains are physically shaped by experience.
  • Why television programs – even supposedly educational shows like Sesame Street – develop “habits of mind” that place children at a disadvantage in school.
  • Why increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.
  • How parents and teachers can make a critical difference by making children good learners from the day they are born.“
It’s So Much Work to be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success By: Richard Lavoie, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0–7432–5463–5.
It’s So Much Work to be Your Friend offers practical strategies to help learning disabled children ages six through seventeen navigate the treacherous social waters of their school, home and community. Rick examines the special social issues surrounding a wide variety of learning disabilities, including ADD and visual-spatial disorders, and executive functioning. Then he provides proven methods and step-by-step instructions for helping the learning disabled child through almost any social situation, including choosing a friend, going on a playdate, conducting a conversation, reading body language, overcoming shyness and low self-esteem, keeping track of belongings, living with siblings and adjusting to new settings and situations.“
A Mind at a Time By: Mel Levine, M.D. Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0-7432-0222-8
“Different minds learn differently, writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known education experts and pediatricians in America today. And thatís a problem for many children, because most schools still cling to a one-size-fits-all education philosophy. As a result, these children struggle because their learning patterns donít fit the schools they are in. In A Mind at a Time, Dr. Levine shows parents and others who care for children how to identify these individual learning patterns. He explains how parents and teachers can encourage a childís strengths and bypass the childís weaknesses. This type of teaching produces satisfaction and achievement instead of frustration and failure.“

Suggested Reading List For Teachers

A Celebration of Neurons: An Educatorís Guide to the Human Brain By: Robert Sylwester, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, ISBN 0-87120-243-3
A Celebration of Neurons is more than an introduction to the brain, however; it is also an urgent call for educators to become actively involved in discovering useful applications for brain theory and research in the schools. Developments in brain research have already provided scientific support for educational practices such as cooperative learning, and new developments will almost certainly influence other aspects of teaching and learning, from the content of the curriculum to the layout of the classroom. ’The question we must ask ourselves now’, says Sylwester, ’is whether the education profession as a whole can continue to ignore the significant role that brain research can play in improving teaching and learning.’“
Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice By: Patricia Wolfe, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, ISBN 0-87120-517-3
“In this book, Patricia Wolfe makes it clear that before we can effectively match teaching practice to brain functioning, we must first understand how the brain functions. In Part I, several chapters act as a minitextbook on brain anatomy and physiology. Then, in Part II, Wolfe brings brain functioning into clearer focus, describing how the brain encodes, manipulates and stores information. In Part III, Wolfe devotes several chapters to practical classroom applications and brain-compatible teaching strategies. This section shows how to use simulations, projects, problem-based learning, graphic organizers, music, rhyme and rhythm, writing, active engagement and mnemonics; and each chapter provides examples using brief scenarios from actual classroom practice, from lower elementary to high school.“
How the Brain Learns By: David A. Sousa, Corwin Press, Inc.,
ISBN 0-7619-7765-1
How the Brain Learns has always focused on the information that can help teachers turn research on brain function into practical classroom activities and lessons. The new Second Edition still includes basic brain facts that can help students learn, information on how the brain processes information, and tips on maximizing retention using ’down time’. And now, Dr. Sousa takes it further, building on the latest information available to provide:
  • An updated Information Processing Model that reflects new terminology regarding the memory system.
  • Exciting new research on how the brain learns motor skills.
  • A whole new chapter on the implications of the arts in learning.
  • An expanded list of primary sources for those who wish to review the core research.“
The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners By: Carol Ann Tomlinson, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, ISBN 0-87120-342-1
“Drawing on nearly three decades of experience, author Carol Ann Tomlinson describes a way of thinking about teaching and learning that will change all aspects of how you approach students and your classroom. Tomlinsonís commonsense, classroom-tested advice speaks to experienced and novice teachers as well as educational leaders who want to foster differentiation in their schools. Using a ‘thing versus sink approach,‘ Tomlinson guides all readers through small changes, then even larger ones, until differentiation becomes a way of life that enriches both teachers and students.“
Teaching With the Brain in Mind By: Eric Jensen, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, ISBN 0-87120-299-9
Teaching with the Brain in Mind balances the research and theory of the brain with successful tips and techniques for using that information in classrooms. From its primer on brain biology to in-depth discussions of emotion, memory and recall, Teaching with the Brain in Mind is an invaluable tool or any educator looking to better reach students through truly brain-compatible teaching and learning.“