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Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrics


The following resources provide objective, evidence-based information for families. Please click on a link below, or just scroll down to your area of interest.

Anxiety
Asperger Syndrome
Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder
Autism
Educational Services
Extracurricular Activities
Homeschooling
Learning Differences
Mental and Developmental Health
Motor Impairments
Nonverbal Learning Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Parenting and Behavior
Sensory Processing
Social Cognition and Friendship
Speech and Language



Anxiety

Websites

The Anxiety Disorder Association of America has a user-friendly web site:
www.adaa.org

Another helpful website for families can be found at:
www.childanxiety.net

Books

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents, by RM Rapee.

Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child, by Katherina Mannasis, 1996. This book helps parents to desensitize their children to anxiety provoking situations.

The following books teach self-relaxation to children or are useful references for young people:

Cool cats, calm kids: Relaxation and Stress Management for Young People , by M. Williams, for children ages 2-7.

A Boy and A Bear: The Children’s Relaxation Book, by L. Lite, 1996. This book is available through the ADD Warehouse at 1800-233-9273.

My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic , by M.A. Tompkins.

Relaxation: A Comprehensive Manual for Adults, Children, and Children with Special Needs , by Dr. Joseph R Cautela and Dr. June Groden, teaches self-relaxation techniques.

What to Do When you Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, by D. Huebner.

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Asperger Syndrome

Websites

Asperger Syndrome Education Network
www.aspennj.org

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support
www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger

Dr. Attwood is considered one of the world’s leading experts on Asperger Syndrome. His website contains wide-ranging resources and is up to date with new research articles. www.tonyattwood.com.au


Books for Children and Teens

Asperger’s Huh?: A Child’s Perspective, by Rosina Schnurr. This book is geared towards children ages 6-12 and is written from the perspective of an 11 year old child. It is a 50 page book, so it is manageable for young children, but the information is valuable for all ages.

Cats Have Aspeger Syndrome, by Kathy Hoopmann. This picture book with captions is heartwarming, has a nice message, and is easy for young children to understand, but is not intended to be a technical guide to autism.

Asperger Syndrome: An Owner’s Manual – What You, Your Parents and Your Teachers Need to Know: An Interactive Guide and Workbook, by Ellen Korin. This interactive workbook provides opportunities for self reflection and insight into the ways that Asperger Syndrome may be affecting the child’s life in different ways.

Asperger's…What Does It Mean To Me?: Structured Teaching Ideas for Home and School, by Catherine Faherty. This workbook has sections for children, parents, and teachers. The book will provide insight into your child’s mind, and make him/her more self-aware, learning what autism means in relation to crucial areas of his/her life: friendships, fears, abilities, and much more.

Freaks, Geeks, And Asperger Syndrome, by Luke Jackson. This consumer-oriented narrative is written by a 13-year-old-boy with Asperger Syndrome. Draws upon personal experiences and family members to inform the general public about living the adolescent years with this condition.

Different Like Me, by Jennifer Elder. Book about famous people with AS.

Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian, by John Elder Robison. A very positive book by a man with Asperger Syndrome.


Books for Parents

A Guide to Asperger Syndrome, by Christopher Gillberg. This book provides an information full overview of autism. It is intended for a wide readership, including those affected, their families, and clinicians working with children, adolescents, and adults with Asperger Syndrome.

Asperger Syndrome, by Sarah Sparrow. This book covers the clinical and research aspects of Asperger Syndrome.

A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive, by Geraldine Dawson et. al. This book offers practicle problem solving ideas, real-life stories, and useful strategies to help children with AS interact more comfortably with siblings and peers and understand the rules of appropriate behavior. It also discusses crucial topics such as talking to teens about sexuality and dating, coping with the challenges of high school and college, and crafting a plan for a fulfilling career.

Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens & Teens Get Ready for the Real World, by Teresa Bolick. This book offers practical solutions for overcoming the obstacles 10-18 year old kids with AS face.

Asperger Syndrome and Your Child: A Parent’s guide, by Janet Poland. This book provides a detailed overview of Asperger Syndrome and guides parents through difficult questions like "Where should I take my child to get diagnosed? How do I tell family members and peers about the condition? What can I expect for my child's future?"

Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success, by Jennifer Stella. This book addresses the middle school years, and particularly the transition to middle and high school. The centerpiece of the book is a detailed discussion of strategies and supports necessary to ensure a successful school experience for students with AS at the middle and secondary levels. What sets this book apart is the way it ties all the recommended strategies together in a real-life case study of Michael.

Asperger Syndrome and Your Child: A Parents Guide, by Michael D. Powers, Psy.D, 2002, Harper Collins. This resource provides information that all parents of children with Asperger Syndrome should read. Chapters cover getting and coping with the diagnosis, how it feels to have AS, the effect on the family, school and community, adolescence and adulthood.

The Asperger Parent: How To Raise A Child With Asperger Syndrome And Maintain Your Sense of Humor, by Jeffrey Cohen. This "take-along support group" contains lots of practical suggestions while reminding us to do the one thing many of us have forgotten how to do -laugh. Available from Autism Aspergers Publishing Company.

Your Life is Not a Label: A Guide to Living Fully with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, by Jerry Newport. An encouraging, educational, and often humorous guide for teens and adults living with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism. Jerry, a man with autism, gives advice on dating, money, traveling independently and more. This clever book will help others live fuller, more independent lives. Order through Future Horizons, 800-489-0727.

Social Skills Training For Children With Aspergers, High Functioning Autism, and Related Social Communication Disoders: A Manual For Practioners, by Jed Baker, Ph.D. (2001). Manual containing strategies and handouts to teach social skills. To order, call (973) 313-1803.

Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, by Tony Attwood, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 800-821-8312. The New Social Story Book, by Carol Gray (1994). Order through Future Horizons (800) 489-0727.

Skillstreaming the Elementary School Child, by Ellen McGinnis & Arnold Goldstein, and Skillstreaming The Adolescent, by Arnold P. Goldstein. Both books identify the social skills necessary for success at different age levels and breaks each down into discernable, explicit steps that can be taught, modeled, rehearsed and coached.

Teach Me Language, by Sabrina Freeman, Ph.D. and Lorelei Dake, B.A. A language manual for children with autism, Asperger syndrome and related developmental disorders. Order through Future Horizons (800) 489-0727.

The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support and Inspiration, by Barbara Kirby. This book helps parents to understand and anticipate and handle the issues that present to children with Asperger Syndrome.

Video

Intricate Minds: Understanding Classmates With Asperger Syndrome.

Candid interviews with teenagers designed to promote positive interactions between classmates and reduce isolation, harassment and bullying. Using the challenges and strengths of students with Asperger Syndrome as examples, this video stresses the benefits of getting to know classmates who appear to be "different" on the surface. Available through Coulter Video, www.coultervideo.com or (336) 794-0298.

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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Websites

Attention Deficit Disorder Association
www.add.org

ADD Warehouse
www.addwarehouse.com
This website has many useful resources, articles and reading recommendations. You can obtain a catalog of products designed to support children with learning differences that is very helpful for parents and teachers.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
www.chadd.org

National Resource Center on ADHD
www.help4adhd.org
This website is operated by CHADD and funded primarily by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The site offers an abundance of sound information on diagnosis and treatment.

Misunderstood Minds
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/attentionstrats.html
This helpful page of strategies for attention problems comes from the companion guide to a PBS special on learning differences and disabilities. The program was called Misunderstood Minds, and it focused on the work of Dr. Mel Levine, All Kinds of Minds.

Schwab Foundation for Learning
www.Schwablearning.org

Soar : Adventure Summer Camps
www.soarnc.org

Books

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, Kolberg, Judith and Nadeau, Kathleen G., 2002. Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with ADD from Childhood to Adulthood, Hallowell and Ratey, 1994.

Delivered from Distraction, Hallowell and Ratey, 2005.

The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond, by Donna Goldberg and Jennifer Zwiebel. Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Organizing From the Inside Out for Teens: The foolproof system for organizing your room, your time and your life., by Julie Morgenstern. Henry Holt & Company, 2002.

Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD, Taylor, 2006.

Taking Charge of ADHD: Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents, Barkley, 2005.

Teaching Teens with ADD and ADHD, Zeigler Dendy, Chris A., 2000.

Understanding Girls with ADD, Nadeau, Kathleen G., 2000.

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Autism

Websites

http://info.med.yale.edu/chldstdy/autism/pddinfo.html
Useful information from the Yale Child Study Center.

www.pediatricneurology.com
A pediatric neurologists" website, which has an on-line article entitled "Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Sorting It All Out" that explains autistic spectrum disorders.

www.aap.org/autism
American Academy of Pediatrics has a listing of resources. In addition, the AAP has created a series of audio interviews with autism experts, researchers and parents of children with autism, called "Sound Advice on Autism." www.aap.org/audio/autism

Also, from the AAP's National Center for Medical Home Implementation, there is a good website that highlights a number of autism resources: www.medicalhomeinfo.org/about/cocwd/autism.aspx

The Autism Society of America
www.autism-society.org

National Institute for Mental Health
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/autism.cfm

Treatment and Education of Autism and Related Communication Handicapped Children
http://teacch.com

About Autism Law
www.AboutAutismLaw.com

Books

Autism Spectrum Disorders: What every parent needs to know, Alan Rosenblatt, M.D., and Paul Carbone, M.D., American Academy of Pediatrics, (2012).

The World of the Autistic Child, Bryna Siegel, (1996).

Parent Survival Manual, by Eric Schopler, (1997).

Children with Autism - A Parents' Guide, by Michael Powers, (1989).

Targeting Autism, Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, edited by Shirley Cohen, (1998).

The Child with Special Needs, by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, (1998).

Helping Children with Autism Learn: Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals, by Bryna Siegel, Ph.D. (Oxford Press, NY 2003).
An excellent resource for parents and teachers.

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism, edited by C. Maurice, G. Green, S. Luce.
A "how-to" manual on Applied Behavior Analysis, including research, curriculum, teaching methods, and legal information. Available from Pro-Ed, (800)897-3202.

Video

Early Signs of Autism Video Tutorial
http://www.kennedykrieger.org/patient-care/patient-care-centers/center-autism-and-related-disorders/outreach-training/early-signs-of-autism-video-tutorial

This free 9-minute video tutorial consists of six video clips comparing toddlers who show no signs of ASD to toddlers who show early signs of ASD. Each video is presented with voice-over explaining how the specific behaviors exhibited by the child, as they occur on screen, are either indicative of ASD or typical child development.

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Educational Services


About Autism Law
www.AboutAutismLaw.com

California Association of Private and Special Education Schools (CAPSES)
www.capses.com

California Department of Education
www.cde.ca.gov

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
www.Nichcy.org

WrightsLaw
www.WrightsLaw.com

Team Up Tutors
www.Teamuptutors.com


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Extracurricular Activities


Most of these opportunities are located in the Bay Area of Northern California and are held at various times throughout the year. Please contact the specific organization directly for current details about upcoming programs.

Angels on Stage - A Theatre Troupe of Children with Differing Abilities
www.angelsonstage.org
408.394.6816

Camp Altitude - Summer program for students who have social cognitive challenges
www.altitudefamilies.com
408.353.0377

Differing Abilities Summer Day Camp at Saratoga Springs
www.saratoga-springs.com
408.867.3016 x824

e-Soccer FC: An inclusive soccer program at many locations throughout the bay area.
www.e-soccer.info

Inclusive Storytime for Children with Special Needs
Scheduled at a dozen library branches in the San Jose area.
www.sjlibrary.org/gateways/kids/storytimes/inclusive.htm

Movies at AMC Theatres: Sensory Friendly Films
www.amcentertainment.com/SFF

Pump It Up: Offers inclusive play sessions at its inflatable jumping centers. Contact the location for specific time/date information.
www.pumpitupparty.com

Recreational Sports for special needs children, including gymnastics, swimming, biking and racquet sports.
www.thesensationnation.com
408.292.5290

TOP Soccer: A Soccer program for children with special needs.
www.scyouthsoccer.org/TopSoccer/index_E.html
TBiocini@aol.com

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Homeschooling

Websites

Home School Legal Defense Association
www.hslda.org

National Home Education Network
www.homeschool-curriculum-and-support.com/national-home-education-network.html

www.learndifferently.com
Help for parents teaching struggling learners at home.

A Guide for Successful Homeschooling
www.homeloans.org/guide-for-home-schooling/

An online homeschool resource library:
www.gedonlinediploma.com/library_resource.html

Books

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, by Cathy Duffy.

Choosing and Using Curriculum, by Joyce Herzog.

Homeschooling the Challenging Child, by Christine Field.

Homeschooling Children with Special Needs, by Sharon Hensley.


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Learning Differences


Websites

All Kinds of Minds
www.allkindsofminds.org

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)
www.cldinternational.org

LDOnLine
http://www.ldonline.org

"Rethinking Learning Disabilities" - Several eminent researchers have contributed to this chapter that is critical of current assessment, identification, and educational strategies.
http://www.edexcellence.net/library/special_ed/special_ed_ch12.pdf

Ther International Dyslexia Association
http://www.interdys.org

National Center for Learning Disabilities
http://www.ncld.org

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
www.rfbd.org

The Schwab Learning Foundation
www.schwablearning.org

www.learndifferently.com
Help for parents teaching struggling learners at home.

Books
A Mind at A Time, by Mel Levine, M.D.

The Myth of Laziness, by Mel Levine, M.D.

All Kinds of Minds, by Mel Levine, M.D.


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Mental and Developmental Health


American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
www.aacap.org

American Psychiatric Association
www.psych.org

American Psychological Association
www.apa.org

National Institute of Mental Health
www.nimh.nih.gov

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
www.ninds.nih.gov

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Motor Impairments

Websites

Cerebral Palsy Guide
www.cerebralpalsyguide.com
This site provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those affected by this disorder.

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Nonverbal Learning Disorders


Websites

NLD Line
www.nldline.com

NLD on the Web
www.nldontheweb.org/

Center for Social Thinking
www.socialthinking.com

Lighthouse Project
www.thelighthouseproject.com

Books

Inside Out: What Makes a Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick?, by Michelle Garcia Winner, (April, 2000), $29.00. To order, call (408) 557-8595. This book provides the framework for understanding social cognitive deficits. Included are worksheets to be used in both the classroom and small group settings.

Thinking About YOU thinking About ME, by Michelle Garcia Winner.

Jarvis Clutch…Social Spy, by Mel Levine, M.D.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Websites

http://professional.asha.org/resources/legislative/idea_caseload.cfm

Books

Talking Back to OCD: A Guide for Parents and Kids,
What to do When Your Brain Gets Stuck,

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Parenting and Behavior


Websites
Parenthood.com
www.Parenthoodweb.com

National Parenting Information Network
www.NPIN.org

Parents Helping Parents
www.PHP.com

Society for Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics
www.sdbp.org

Books

The Explosive Child, by Ross W. Greene, PhD.

The Difficult Child, Stanley Turecki, M.D.

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA.

The Girlology website offers a few books for parents and their daughters about the many issues related to puberty and social issues of teens and tweens.
www.girlology.com/merchandise/

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Sensory Processing

Websites

Books

The Everything: Parent's Guide to Sensory Integration Disorder, by T. Mauro. Adams Media, 2006.

How Does Your Engine Run? A Leader's Guide to the Alert Program for Self-Regulation, by M.S. Williams and S. Shellenberger. Therapyworks, Inc., 1996.

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA.



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Social Cognition and Friendship

Websites


Books

Inside Out: What Makes a Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick?, by Michelle Garcia Winner, (April, 2000), $29.00. To order, call (408) 557-8595. This book provides the framework for understanding social cognitive deficits. Included are worksheets to be used in both the classroom and small group settings.

It's So Much Work to be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success, by Richard Lavoie, Mel Levine, Michele & Rob Reiner. Touchstone, 2005.

Jarvis Clutch…Social Spy, by Mel Levine, M.D.

Thinking About YOU thinking About ME, by Michelle Garcia Winner.

The Unwritten rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends, by Natalie Elman and Eileen Kennedy-Moore. Little, Brown and Company, 2003.



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Speech and Language


Websites

http://professional.asha.org/resources/legislative/idea_caseload.cfm

Books

Happy Signing: Giving the Gift of Communication to Infants and Children, by Sharyn Stevens.

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