PRC Library

  • The ACPS Parent Resource Center has dozens of books to help our parents. Here is just a selection of books in our library.

  • Overcoming Dyslexia

    by Sally Shaywitz, MD Year Published: 2003

    One in five American children has trouble reading. But they are not stupid or lazy. In Overcoming DyslexiaDr. Sally Shaywitz, codirector of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention and a leader in the new research into how the brain works, offers the latest information about reading problems and proven, practical techniques that, along with hard work and the right help, can enable anyone to overcome them. Here are the tools that parents and teachers need to help the dyslexic child, age by age, grade by grade, step by step.

    --What dyslexia is and why some intelligent, gifted people read slowly and painfully
    --How to identify dyslexia in preschoolers, schoolchildren, young adults, and adults
    --How to find the best school and how to work productively with your child’s teacher
    --Exercises to help children use the parts of the brain that control reading
    --A 20-minute nightly home program to enhance reading
    --The 150 most common problem words–a list that can give your child a head start
    --Ways to raise and preserve a child’s self-esteem aqnd reveal his strengths
    --Stories of successful men and women who are dyslexic

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  • The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia

    by Diane Burton Robb Year Published: 2004

    When Adam started kindergarten, the teacher wanted him to learn about letters. But "p" looked like "q," and "b" looked like "d." In first grade, he had to put the letters into words so he could read. That was the beginning of the Alphabet War.

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  • How I Learn: A Kid's Guide to Learning Disability

    by Brenda S. Miles and Colleen A. Patterson Year Published: 2015

    How I Learn introduces the concept of a learning disability in concrete terms for younger students. This supportive and upbeat story reassures readers that they are capable, and can use "smart strategies" to help themselves learn.

    And that's better than OK. That's GREAT!

    A Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals is included, with suggestions to guide discussion and help children identify their particular strengths and challenges.

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  • I Don't Like To Read!

    by Nancy Carlson Year Published: 2007

    Henry loves first grade – except for reading. When called on in class, Henry freezes. His teacher discovers it’s not that Henry doesn’t like to read, it’s that he can’t. With extra help, Henry begins to feel more confident about words and letters. And when he and his little brother desperately want to know the ending to a book, Henry saves the day!

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  • Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About

    by Haley Moss Year Published: 2010

    This book reflects a teenage girl with high-functioning autism that shares her experiences in middle school. 

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  • Asperger's On The Job

    by Rudy Simone Year Published: 2010

    Rudy Simone, an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome and an accomplished author, consultant, and musician, created this insightful resource to help employers, educators, and therapists accommodate this growing population, and to help people with Asperger’s find and keep gainful employment.  

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  • The Social Skills Picture Book

    by Jed Baker, Ph.D. Year Published: 2001

    Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this book uses photographs of students engaging in a variety of real-life social situations. The realistic format plays to the visual strengths of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities to teach appropriate social behaviors. Color photographers illustrate the “right way” and “wrong way” to approach each situation – and the positive/negative consequences of each. Facilitators – parents, teachers, etc.- can explain each situation and ask questions such as “What is happening here?” Children can then role-play the skills either one-on-one with an adult or in a group setting until they are confident enough to practice them in real-life interactions.

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  • Embracing the Monster: Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities

    by Veronica Crawford Year Published: 2002

    What is it like to live with hidden disabilities? You'll find out first-hand in Embracing the Monster, Veronica Crawford's moving account of her life experiences with learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, and sensory integrative disorder. 

    Through Veronica’s struggles in school, at work, and in her personal relationships, you’ll gain insight into the emotional turmoil of living with hidden disabilities and be inspired by her resourcefulness as she learns to confront and accept them. You’ll also get clinical commentary from a noted expert on these types of disabilities, Dr. Larry B. Silver, who concludes each chapter with information on what can be done to help individuals with hidden disabilities lead more positive, productive lives.

    Together, Veronica and Dr. Silver share with you what they’ve found really works in both living with and overcoming one’s hidden disabilities.

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  • Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: Making It Happen in College and Beyond

    by Henry B. Reiff, Ph.D. Year Published: 2007

    Are you a student with a learning disability who aspires to a successful college career?

    Are you a parent who recognizes the role of self-advocacy for your college-bound who has a learning disability?

    Do you have guidance counseling responsibilities for students with disabilities who want to attend college?

    If any of the above questions are reflective of your thoughts, then you will find this book to be a valuable and practical resource. The strategies contained herein are not only straight forward and easy to understand, but are based upon the author’s research about successful adults with learning disabilities. The constant thread throughout the book is the meaning, value, and development of self advocacy in the life students with learning disabilities.

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  • The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done

    by Terry Matlen Year Published: 2014

    Do you rule the realm of disorganization, clutter, and chaos? Are you constantly battling to get things done? Are you ready to give up and toss your day planner into the dungeon (otherwise known as your closet)? If so, you might just be The Queen of Distraction. And whether or not you’ve been formally diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you probably already know that something’s got to give.

    The Queen of Distraction presents practical skills to help women with ADHD achieve focus and balance in all areas of life, whether it’s at home, at work, or in relationships. Psychotherapist Terry Matlen delves into the feminine side of ADHD—the elements of this condition that are particular to women, such as: relationships, skin sensitivities, meal-planning, parenting, and dealing with out-of-control hormones. In addition, the book offers helpful tips and strategies to get your symptoms under control, and outlines a number of effective treatment options for you to pursue.
    From getting dressed in the morning, to making it to a job interview, to planning dinner—sometimes just getting through the day can be an ordeal for a woman with ADHD. If you’ve been accused of getting lost in your own world, maybe it’s time to make a change. If you’re ready to start getting organized and stop leaving your groceries in the car, this book can help. It’s more than just a survival guide; it’s an ADHD how-to to help you thrive!
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  • Homework Success for Children with ADHD

    by Thomas J. Power, James L. Karustis and Dina F. Habboushe Year Published: 2001

    For children with ADHD in grades 1-6, problems with homework have been shown to contribute to academic skills deficits, underachievement, and significant levels of parent-child conflict. This manual presents the first empirically supported homework intervention approach specifically developed for families coping with ADHD. Grounded in a solid theoretical and empirical rationale, the book provides detailed instructions for setting up the program, recruiting and selecting participants, and conducting each of the seven sessions. Practitioners learn how to implement specialized instructional and behavioral interventions to facilitate collaborative home-school relationships, foster effective study skills and work habits, and enhance family functioning and children's self-esteem. Special features include detailed case examples; checklists for monitoring the integrity of interventions; recruiting instruments and outcome measures; and helpful parent handouts. Ideal for use with groups of parents and children, or with one family at a time, this manual is an invaluable resource for school psychologists and counselors, clinical child psychologists and other mental health practitioners, and special education professionals.

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  • When My Worries Get Too Big!

    by Kari Dunn Buron Year Published: 2013

    A illustrated children's book with tips on how to recognize and cope with anxiety. Expanded 2nd ed. includes teaching ideas for parents and educators and other professionals. 

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  • Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

    by Julia Cook Year Published: 2012

    Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability. This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyones control (i.e. the weather,) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages! Identified for students in grades 2-5.

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  • Active Support: Enabling and Empowering People with Intellectual Disabilities

    by Jim Mansell and Julie Beadle-Brown Year Published: 2012

    Active Support is a proven model of care that enables and empowers people with intellectual disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of their lives. This evidence-based approach is particularly effective for working with people with more severe disabilities, and is of growing interest to those responsible for providing support and services.

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  • Be Good to Eddie Lee

    by Virginia Fleming Year Published: 1993

    Although Christy considered him a pest, when Eddie Lee, a boy with Down's Syndrome follows her into the woods, he shares several special discoveries with her. 

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  • Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality

    by Terri Couwenhoven, M.S. Year Published: 2007

    This book highlights teaching children with Down syndrome about their bodies, boundaries, and sexuality. It is a guide for parents and professionals. 

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  • Evidence-Based Practice and Intellectual Disabilities

    by Edited by Peter Sturmey and Robert Didden Year Published: 2014

    Evidence-Based Practice and Intellectual Disabilities responds to the recent increased focus on, and need for, the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) in treating intellectual disabilities.

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    My Brother Charlie

    by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete with Denene Millner Year Published: 2010

    A girl tells what it is like living with her twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy.

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