There are some terrific books that can assist teachers and parents with special needs kiddos. There are a lot of books out there (a lot more than what is listed here), but these are some of this examiner’s favorites!
Tictionary by Becky Ottinger is very easy to read and gives great ideas for parents and teachers on rasing/teaching a kiddo with a neurological disorder. Tictionary often tells stories of kids that Becky knows personally and has helped in the school or home setting. Written as a quick to read reference book, Tictionary has a lot of information without being overwhelming. Becky is from the KC Metropolitan area and is the founder of the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders. She is a former teacher and mother of a child with Tourette Syndrome. Tictionary can be found at many local libraries including the Mid-Continent Libraries on the MO side of the metro. It can be purchased through the Joshua Center website and all proceeds go to the Joshua Center. http://www.joshuacenter.com
I Am Utterly Unique by Elaine Marie Larson is an excellent A to Z book that celebrates the gifts of kiddos with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism. The kiddos who read this book (or have it read to them) love picking out what letter is most like them. This book focuses on the positive side of these disorders instead of the negative. It is published by the Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC) which is located right here in Shawnee Mission, KS. This book can be purchased online, or checked out at your local library.
My Brother’s a World-Class Pain: A Sibling’s Guide to ADHD-Hyperactivity by Michael Gordon, PhD is a fun, easy to read book with cartoon-like illustrations. Written by a psychologist, Dr. Gordon wrote this book as if he were the older sibling of a child with ADHD. While this book may seem like it is for parents or siblings only, the behavior management strategies are good for anyone working or living with a kiddo who has ADHD.
There’s a Boy in The Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar is an amazing novel telling the story of failure and bully Bradley Chalkers. Bradley has no friends and by the looks of it he doesn’t care and no does anyone else at school. No one appears to care, that is, until the new counselor, Carla, comes along. This book is a great reminder that kids are more than they appear and more than the grades they make. With listening and believing, one person can make a difference in a child’s life.
Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA by Lucas Daniel Boyce is an auto-biography that tells the story of an amazing young man who came from nothing and still fulfilled his dreams. Lucas is from the metro and graduated from a private school in Independence. He started off as a struggling student who bounced off the walls and ultimately had to repeat kindergarten. With the help of his mother and patient teachers, Lucas learned that he absolutely could succeed, but it would take hard work and diligence. With humorous and heart warming memories, this book gives hope that you can achieve your dreams.
These books remind us all that kids are growing, living people who need strong, loving role models. They give insight without being bossy and often do with it humor. Any of these are great resources to start off a new school year!