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When Your Child Has a Disability When Your Child Has a Disability
By Mark L. Batshaw, M.D.

"If you are the parent of a child who has multiple special needs or are looking for a scholarly and readable introduction to children's disabilities, then When Your Child Has a Disability is a "must read" resource. Relevant and reliable, it is the most comprehensive overview for parents of special needs of children that has been published to date." (Allison Martin)
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Living in My Skin, An Insider's View of Life with a Special Needs Child
By Lori Hickman

"Parents of children with a variety of disabilities speak about their lives with searing honesty... I recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand special needs families." (Allison Martin)
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The Parent to Parent Handbook

The Parent to Parent Handbook, Connecting Families of Children with Special Needs
By Betsy Santelli, Florene Stewart Poyadue and Jane Leora Young

"Every parent support group, and every person starting a local parent support group, will find that they refer to this book over and over. Written with compassion and experience, it would be hard to find a better guide for your journey - both personal and as an organization." (Allison Martin)
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Special Needs Baby

In Time and With Love : Caring for the Special Needs Baby
by Marilyn Segal

"Puts the guidance directly in the hands of those who need it - parents raising their special children. An overview of various developmental areas in which young children might need extra assistance, with detailed advice on how best to meet their needs as they grow." (Allison Martin)
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We Can Do It!

We Can Do It!
By Laura Dwight

"We Can Do It! is a wonderful resource for children and their parents and teachers learning about the special needs of their classmates. Every public or school library should have a copy." (Allison Martin)
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When You Worry

When You Worry About the Child You Love : Emotional and Learning Problems in Children
by Edward Hallowell

"This compassionate book provides an overview of a number of special needs and personality variations in young children. Dr. Hallowell present concrete information in a parent friendly manner. An excellent book for parents who wonder if their child has a emotional or psychological disability. Also recommended for parents who are in the early stages of understanding the various special needs labels." (Allison Martin)
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The Child with Special Needs

The Child with Special Needs; Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth
by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D and Serena Weider, PhD.
"Offers lots of good info and advice. The cover says, 'The comprehensive approach to developmental challenges including autism, PDD, language and speech problems, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADD and related disorders." I like their attitude, approach and perspective. Chapter 2, called "Biological Challenges" starts with:  'Frequently, children who are born prematurely, with low birth weight, who don't get enough oxygen at birth, or who have injuries to their nervous systems may have biological differences that compromise development.' The categorise the differences in three different ways:  1) sensory reactivity 2) sensory processing and 3) muscle tone, motor planning and sequencing." (Joan Mckenty)
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Leo the Late Bloomer

Leo the Late Bloomer
by Robert Kraus
"We got Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus recently for our son and I really love it.  It is all about a tiger who doesn't do everything when the other kids do. His father is worried about him, but Leo blooms in his own time.  There is also Little Louie the Baby Bloomer which is about Leo's little brother and how Leo teaches these things to his brother who is also a late bloomer." (Rachel)
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Parents' Special Education

Parents' Complete Special Education Guide
By Roger Pierangelo, Robert Jacoby

"An overview of the complex procedures and criteria for special education in the United States." (Allison Martin)
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After The Tears

After the Tears : Parents Talk About Raising a Child With a Disability
By Robin Simons

"Wonderful advice and inspiration for parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers." (Allison Martin)
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