+ One Parent Recommends Special Needs Books

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Kindall Nelson, a Chicago writer for  Examiner.com, recommends the following books as summer reading for those with special needs students. 

The first three books are all told from the perspective of  people who have lived with special needs.

  • The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal  by Jonathan Mooney ($10.98) who was labeled dyslexic and profoundly learning disabled.  He grew up, graduated from Brown, bought a “short bus” and began traveling the country, meeting with other people who have been similarly labeled in their  lives.  He asked them “What is normal?”  Thirteen people met with him and some challenged even his preconceptions as they told their stories.
  • Learning Disabilities and Life Stories  by Pano Rodis, Andrew Garrod, Mary Lynn Boscardin ($47.94).  Thirteen people who live with different types of learning disabilities tell what life is like.  They try to shatter myths that people hold on to.  In addition five notable experts contribute essays.  The audience is educators, parents and older LD students.
  • Laughing Allegra: The Inspiring Story of a Mother’s Struggle and Triumph Raising a Daughter with Learning Disabilities  by Ann Ford, John-Richard Thompson, and Mel Levine.  Anne Ford, the author, is the mother of a child with severe LD and the great-granddaughter of Henry Ford.  She weaves her story of sadness, anger, confusion and eventual triumphs with helpful insights and information that can help others.  She also shows that wealth and social status have nothing to do with the ability to  love, accept and help one’s children.    

The following books are rather like handbooks; they should be invaluable to parents, teachers and other concerned persons, but they are probably more challenging reads than the previous three.

  • Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd ed. (Perfect Paperback)  by Peter W D Wright, Pamela Darr Wright ($19.77).  Wonderful for any parent who needs clearer definitions of special education laws.  The authors are the creators of Wrightslaw.com, which Nelson says is the first place she goes when she has a question about any special education laws.  This second edition is significantly expanded to include IDEA 2004 as well as the No Child Left Behind Act and Section 504 laws.  She recommends it highly.
  • Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, The Special Education Survival Guide  by Peter W D Wright and Pamela Wright ($19.55).  Nelson feels the Wrights are an excellent resource for parents.  This book has some of the same information as the one above, but written especially for parents who haven’t traveled the IEP path before.  Those who have trod the path before will also find it useful.  The book takes each law and breaks it down, showing how it will benefit your child.
  • How To Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD: Practical Techniques, Strategies, and Interventions  [ J-B Ed: Reach and Teach]  by Sandra F Rief MA ($21.75).  This book is full of ideas, tools and strategies for teachers and parents alike.  Everyone who works with children will benefit from this book.  It gives practical ways to help kids with ADD and ADHD realize their potential.  Nelson says the strategies in tis book are good for ALL children, even those who have no diagnosis.

sole source: atricle at www.examiner.com by their Chicago Special Education Examiner, Kindall Nelson.  Check out her articles, or subscribe to email alerts for updates and new articles (your email address will not be shared). 

Also, Nelson says if you have, or know of, a book you would like reviewed or publicised, email Kindall Nelson at specialeducationexaminer@gmail.com .

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