Family Resources

The following resources provide objective, evidence-based information for families.



Anxious Kids Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle, by Reid Wilson, PhD and Lynn Lyons, LICSW.

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

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

Under Pressure, by Lisa Damour, PhD.

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.

Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome Education Network

Autism Spectrum Connection

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.

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.

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,

Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

ADD Warehouse
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)

National Resource Center on ADHD

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
This helpful page of strategies for attention problems comes from the companion guide to a PBS special on learning differences and disabilities. 

Schwab Foundation for Learning

Soar : Adventure Summer Camps


ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, by Kolberg, Judith and Nadeau, Kathleen G.

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with ADD from Childhood to Adulthood, by Hallowell and Ratey.

Delivered from Distraction, by Hallowell and Ratey.

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

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

Parenting ADHD Now, by Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster.
Smart but Scattered, by Peg Dawson.

Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD, by John F. Taylor.

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

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

Understanding Girls with ADD, by Kathleen G. Nadeau.


Autism Spectrum Disorders: What every parent needs to know, by Alan Rosenblatt, M.D., and Paul Carbone, M.D.

The World of the Autistic Child, by Bryna Siegel.

Parent Survival Manual, by Eric Schopler.

Children with Autism – A Parents’ Guide, by Michael Powers.

Targeting Autism, edited by Shirley Cohen.

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

I am Special: A workbook to help Children, Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Understand Their Diagnosis, Gain Confidence and Thrive, by Peter Vermeulen.

Helping Children with Autism Learn: Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals, by Bryna Siegel, Ph.D.
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.

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.

Interacting with Autism

COVID-19: Resources for Navigating the Pandemic

Many organizations have shared helpful websites and articles for parents who are navigating the current coronavirus crisis with their family. To help consolidate the information conveniently in one place, we’ve put together a site with dozens of useful resources, categorized into topics. Please let us know if you have a resource link that would be useful to add to the lists. 

CDM Padlet of COVID-19 Resources

Crisis & Emergency Contacts

In case of psychiatric and/or life threatening emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest Hospital Emergency Room.

National Suicide Hotline
800 SUICIDE or 800 273-TALK
(408) 279-3312 (Santa Clara County)

Youth Crisis Line
800 843-5200

To Report Child Abuse
800 4-A-CHILD or 408 299-2071

To Report Elder Abuse or Abuse of Persons with Disabilities
408 928-3860

Runaway Switchboard
800 621-4000
Provides crisis intervention and travel assistance to runaways. Gives referrals to shelters nationwide. Also relays messages to, or sets up conference calls with, parents at the request of the child.

Domestic Violence (Find a local shelter)
800 799-7233

Support Network for Battered Women
800 572-2782

Next Door
Domestic violence support for men and women.
408 279-2962

RAINN National Rape Crisis Hotline
800 656-4673

The Bridge
Rape support for male and female victims.

Valley Medical Center
Psychological Emergencies
408 885-6100

Alcohol/Drug Abuse Hotline

Alcohol and drug treatment.
800 488-9919

Marijuana Anonymous
800 766-6779

Gay & Lesbian National Hotline
888 843-4564

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Support Line
800 850-8078


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.

Mental and Developmental Health

The Bipolar Child, Demitri Papolos, M.D. and Janice Papolos.    

Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression and Its Treatment, Leon Cytryn, M.D. and Donald McKnew, M.D.

Lonely, Sad and  Angry: A Parent’s  Guide to Depression in Children and Adolescents, Barbara D. Ingersoll, Ph.D. and Sara Goldstein, Ph.D.



Motor Impairments

Cerebral Palsy Group

Cerebral Palsy Guidance

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

Reaching for the Stars

Nonverbal Learning Disorders

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Talking Back to OCD: A Guide for Parents and Kids, by Benton and March.

What to do When Your Brain Gets Stuck, by Dawn Huebner. 


Sensory Processing

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

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

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


Social Cognition and Friendship

Inside Out: What Makes a Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick?, by Michelle Garcia Winner.

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. 

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. 

Speech and Language

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

Tics and Tourette Syndrome

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