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Below is a selection of great books for parents and carers of children with special needs and learning difficulties.


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dog-in-the-niht-time The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon.

I have listed this book at the top for a reason. This is a must read for everyone. Simply the best book I have ever read. The curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is the incredible story of Christopher, a boy with Autism, as viewed through his eyes.

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.


TakingChargeADHD-third Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell A. Barkley.

This is a fantastic resource for parents, carers or teachers of children with ADHD. It is very informative and practical and offers great steps on coping with children with ADHD and behavioural problems. This book focuses mostly on the hyperactivity side of ADHD and may not be as important to parents of children who only have the ‘inattentive ADHD (ADD)’. Nevertheless, this book is a fantastic resource and very helpful.

Synopsis – From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD. Offering encouragement, guidance, and loads of practical tips, Dr. Barkley helps you:

*Make sense of your child’s symptoms.
*Get an accurate diagnosis.
*Work with school and health care professionals to get needed support.
*Learn parenting techniques that promote better behavior.
*Strengthen your child’s academic and social skills.
*Use rewards and incentives effectively.
*Restore harmony at home.

Updated throughout with current research and resources, the third edition includes the latest facts about medications and about what causes (and doesn’t cause) ADHD.


Smart-but-Scattered Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skiils” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson. 

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your child struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there’s a lot you can do to help.

The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial “executive skills”–the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements–this empowering book shows how.


51B748GY0ML Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz M.D.

Many children have trouble reading, but they are not stupid or lazy. In Overcoming Dyslexia, Dr. 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


61vUkWXbvaL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs

In Views from Our Shoes, 45 siblings share their experiences as the brother or sister of someone with a disability. The children whose essays are featured here range from four to eighteen and are the siblings of youngsters with a variety of special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, ADD, hydrocephalus, visual and hearing impairments, Down and Tourette syndromes.

Their personal tales introduce young siblings to others like them, perhaps for the first time, and allow them to compare experiences. A glossary of disabilities provides easy-to-understand definitions of many of the conditions mentioned.


51ikyt4drrL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs: Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities

Raising a child with special needs is a lifelong commitment that is as unique as each person who embarks on it. Written by a variety of authors who share in this distinctive relationship, Chicken Soup for the Soul Children with Special Needs offers a glimpse into the lives of others who are on a similar path.

If you have a special needs child in your family, are friends with someone with a special needs child, or just want to expand your understanding, this book is a must – read.


51ECXu1Z22L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The Complete Guide to Autism Treatments: A Parent’s Handbook: Make Sure Your Child Gets What Works! by Sabrina Freeman

As a parent of a child with autism and a well-respected social scientist, Dr. Freeman assesses autism treatments in the most personal and educated way possible. With over thirty major and minor treatments available, choosing one that will work for your child is confusing and overwhelming. Freeman’s carefully researched and detailed guide will help you ensure that your child does not suffer from fruitless remedies. In easy-to-understand language, she provides the evaluative tools necessary to choose the best science-based treatment.


51PwmbgwjLLSteps to Independence: Teaching Everyday Skills to Children With Special Needs By Bruce L. Baker.

This excellent book gives parents proven strategies for teaching children the life skills they’ll need to live as independently as possible. Parents will start with a reader-friendly overview of the basics of teaching and then go deeper with a step-by-step guide to teaching seven different types of skills: get-ready, self-help, toilet training, play, self-care, home-care, and information gathering skills. This is a fantastic book that gives step-by-step approaches to teaching everyday skills to children with special needs. Although this book would also be useful to all parents.


ThinkingInPicturesNew Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin.

This book is a real eye opener. It gives us a lot more insight into how people with Autism think and how we can help them. This book is highly recommended for any parent of a child with Autism.





The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism By Temple Grandin and Sean Barron.

This is a unique and fantastic book, as it’s written by 2 Authors, both with Autism. But both with incredibly different experiences and a completely different start in life. Nevertheless both have become very successful. This book isn’t just great for parents of children with Autism, but for parents of any child with special needs or any child that struggles to fit in.

UnknownDyspraxia: The Hidden Handicap (Human Horizons S) By Dr Amanda Kirby.

This is a practical guide to Dyspraxia which is fantastic for understanding Dyspraxia, Knowing what to look out for. And is full of advice and tips for parents of children with Dyspraxia.

This book is great because it is helpful for children of all ages and also for adults who have Dyspraxia too. If you or your child has Dyspraxia or you think you might have, this book really is a must have.


redstar35_3dAutism Awareness – The Truth About Autism: A Guide to Autism By Rebecca Perkins.

This is a small eBook that is available to download for free. My Special Child are giving away this eBook with the aim to help create awareness and a basic understanding of Autism. Click Here to get your free copy.