You will find a ton of literature for parents of children with special needs, so it’s difficult to narrow down my list to just a few favorites. This is why I’ve created a book recommendations series. Today, I share my top 9 book recommendations specifically for parents of children with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges.
According to the IDAC (Learning Disabilities Association of Canada), learning disabilities is defined as “ a number of disorders which may affect the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding or use of verbal or nonverbal information. “
You may recognize LD (learning disabilities) under these common terms: ADD/ ADHD, auditory processing disorder, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and long- or short-term memory difficulties, etc. They often come with social and behavioral issues that can both confuse and exasperate parents.
These books are meant to guide and encourage you. Some are controversial, but I think these discussions need to be had, so I’d love to hear from you after you’ve read any from this list.
9 book recommendations for parents raising/ teaching children with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges:
- Learning Disabilities and ADHD: A Family Guide to Living and Learning Together by Betty B. Osman
- The ADD Myth: How to Cultivate the Unique Gifts of Intense Personalities by Martha Burge
- Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder by Enrico Gnaulati
- The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain by Brock L. Eide
- The Mislabeled Child: Looking Beyond Behavior to Find the True Sources and Solutions for Children’s Learning Challenges by Brock L. Eide
- Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
- School Struggles: A Guide to Your Shut-Down Learner’s Success by Richard Selznick
- The Shut Down Learner by Richard Selznick
- Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them by Ross W. Greene
Any others you’d add to the list?
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IDAC (Learning Disabilities Association of Canada) – official definition of learning disabilities