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Special Issues-Autism
Targeting Autism : What We Know, Don't Know, and Can Do to Help Young Children With Autism and Related Disorders
"After reading several other books on autism, I recommend this one as an up-to-date summary. One source for current "medical" understanding of autism. Excellent overview and perspective on multiple treatment approaches. This is a super first or only book for general information on autism." review comment by a reader.

Thinking in Pictures : And Other Reports from My Life With Autism
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS ON AUTISM EVER WRITTEN! Anyone connected in any way with autism or Asperger's syndrome - families, professionals, teachers, people with autism and AS themselves - should read this book. Anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to be autistic should read this book. Anyone who doesn't fall into one of the above categories should read this book anyway, and learn something about a world that "normal" people never even dream of. In this unprecedented book, Temple Grandin, a gifted animal scientist who is also autistic, delivers a report on autism, written from her unique perspective.

Special Issues-Drug Exposure, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effect (FAS/FAE)
The Broken Cord
When Michael Dorris, 26, single, working on his doctorate, and part Indian himself, applied to adopt an Indian child, his request was speedily granted. He knew that his new three-year-old son, Adam, was badly developmentally disabled; but he believed in the power of nurture and love. This is the heartrending story, full of compassion and rage, of how his son grew up mentally retarded, a victim of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome whom no amount of love could make whole.

Dangerous Legacy : The Babies of Drug-Taking Parents
What effects do drugs have on a developing fetus? On a newborn and a growing child? Dangerous Legacy devotes individual chapters to recent research on the effects that cocaine and crack, opiates, alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana have when used by pregnant women. Chapters on the historical context of drug use in the U.S. and the important part men play in terms of drug abuse and fatherhood enhance the presentation quite well.

Children With Prenatal Alcohol & or Other Drug Exposure : Weighing The Risks of Adoption

Reaching Out to Children With Fas/Fae : A Handbook for Teachers, Counselors, and Parents Who Live and Work With Children Affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome& Fetal Alcohol Effects
Written specifically for those who parent, caretake, teach, or counsel children with fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol effects. The book includes an overview of what causes fetal alcohol syndrome, how it is diagnosed, and what characteristics are commonly seen in these children. It also offers many suggestions and hands-on techniques for establishing guidelines at home and school, reinforcing appropriate behaviors, dealing effectively with inappropriate behaviors, building self-esteem, diffusing anger outbursts, and teaching social skills and basic life skills.

Fantastic Antone Succeeds! : Experiences in Educating Children With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Comments from a reader, "This is my "bible" I am the adoptive mom of two great kids with fas/fae and I found this book to be a Godsend. When I feel discouraged about my kids, or frustrated by their behavior, I read Fantastic Antone and I regain my sense of hope. I have lent it to all of my kids' teachers and have used it at trainings and seminars."

Special Issues-Emotional and Neurological Issues
Can This Child Be Saved?
Can This Child Be Saved? Solutions for Adoptive and Foster Families... Offers parents help and hope, encouragement and support. It examines what causes children to act and react the way they do, and why conventional strategies and approaches often fail to reach them. It explores and validates parents feelings and offers struggling families clearly detailed and easy to understand parenting techniques and therapeutic approaches that DO succeed with disturbed children.

Love Is A Start
Love is a Start is an emotionally compelling true story about parenting children with neurological differences. Anyone who is raising or working with children with challenges will gather from this book valuable and timely information about the significance of the in-utero environment, the importance of sensory input for brain development, and the power of the parent-child relationship.

Special Issues-Post-Institutionalization
Help for the Hopeless Child: A Guide for Families (Discussion for Assessing and Treating the Post-Institutionalized Child)
For most adoptive parents, the addition of a new child to the family is one of life's high points. Children who have suffered extreme deprivation and/or abuse within institutional care settings often arrive with a spectrum of problems that overwhelms most parents. As a drowning person reaches for a lifeline, parents of severely disturbed post-institutionalized children should reach for this book. Guided by his extensive professional and personal experience with these "hopeless" children, Dr. Federici helps parents navigate through the complexities of medical and behavioral services for children with complex problems to help their child reach his or her full potential.

Infants in Institutions : A Comparison of Their Development During the First Year of Life With Family Reared Infants

Special Issues-Psychosocial Dwarfism
The Kaspar Hauser Syndrome of 'Psychosocial Dwarfism' : Deficient Statural, Intellectual, and Social Growth Induced by Child Abuse
A century's worth of information on the physical, social, and mental effects of child abuse and neglect is gathered together in this extraordinary study. The author underscores recent studies showing that deprivation drastically impairs the normal functioning of the growth hormone, thus causing physical dwarfism, mental retardation, and defective social development. He shows how children from abusive environments can be effectively treated by a move to a new home and affectionate stimulation of the skin senses.

Special Issues-Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID, SI)
The Out-of-Sync Child
Do you know a child who plays too rough, is uncoordinated, hates being touched, is ultra-sensitive or unusually insensitive) to noise or sensations of heat and cold? Many pediatricians and other experts are beginning to recognize a link between some of these apparently unrelated behavior patterns. Children with perfectly normal "far senses" (such as sight and hearing) may have, because of a poorly integrated nervous system, serious problems with their "near senses," including touch, balance, and internal muscle sensation. It's called Sensory Integration Dysfunction, or SI. This book is a must-read for all doctors, pediatricians, and perhaps especially parents and childcare workers.

Sensory Integration for the Child
An excellent source for Sensory Integration information!

Sensabilities: Understanding Sensory Integration/Pkg of 5 Books, Looseleaf Packet and Folder
This is the first book that helped me understand the world my daughter is experiencing or sensing. She has a sensory ntegration dysfunction and most people have never heard of one! At the start of each school year I hand the teacher this book and tell her to read about my daughter and what causes her to act as she does. This way the teacher can look at the world through the eyes of my daughter and realize that she is not just being a difficult obstinate child. She truly has a real problem that teachers need to be aware of when dealing with her. Thanks to the authors for explaining to me what she is going through and how we can help her.

Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
Author Lucy Jane Miller was featured on the Today Show in early August 2008. We purchased the book and it seems to be the best book we have ever seen on the subject - very comprehensive. It is highly recommended by Carol Stock Kranowitz - author of "The Out-of-Sync Child".

Special Issues-Special Needs or Special Challenge Adoption
Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child
Although definitions vary from state to state, special needs children include those with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities and those with problems due to their age, sibling status, race, and such risk factors as exposure to drugs in utero. Completely frank and remarkably compassionate, this detailed, comprehensive guide to the issues, participants, process, and outcomes involved in adopting children who will require special support is an important, sorely needed addition to the current informational literature on adoption.

The Child With Special Needs : Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth
Covering all kinds of disabilities--including cerebral palsy, autism, retardation, ADD, and language problems--this comprehensive guide offers parents specific ways of helping all special needs children reach their full intellectual and emotional potential. Greenspan's well-known "floor-time" approach enables parents, as well as clinicians, to use seemingly playful interactions that help children actually move up the developmental ladder and often master creative and abstract thinking formerly thought beyond their reach.

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families With Special-Needs Kids : A Guide for Parents and Professionals
This book should be a Bible for families adopting hurt and older children. Keck takes the adoption process step by step and uses case studies to back up each piece of information. We see that there are reasons behind each phase the child goes through, the honeymoon period, the fall out that follows, the need to drive away their parents before the parents drive them away. Through the children's actual words, we feel their pain. Methods are suggested for dealing with attachment problems, sleep disorders, anxieties, etc. Though this book focuses mainly on domestic special needs adoptions, foreign adoptions are warranted their own chapter and, besides, many of the issues are the same.

Early Intervention With High-Risk Children : Freeing Prisoners of Circumstance
Many children live in circumstances that threaten their emotional and physical development. What they face - abuse, abandonment, neglect, domestic violence, homelessness, and parental mental illness - is painful in the extreme. This book describes innovative intervention techniques and modalities proven effective with thousands of these children over the last three decades.

Special Issues-Speech, Language and Reading
Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems
Designed for parents who suspect their child may have some type of communication problem. Explains what is considered ``normal'' for a child's development then describes symptoms of various common disorders. Demonstrates how to distinguish between a problem that will probably be outgrown, from one that requires outside help. Also explains how to get help, what tests are likely to be done and how to understand the diagnosis. Includes activities parents can do with their children at home to help them progress.

The New Language of Toys : Teaching Communication Skills to Children With Special Needs : A Guide for Parents and Teachers
The New Language Of Toys is a how-to guide for parents, teachers, and care-givers about using everyday toys (both store-bought and home-made) to develop communication skills in children with disabilities and making playtime a fun, exciting and educational experience.

Special Issues-Tourette Syndrome
Children With Tourette Syndrome : A Parent's Guide
A compilation of articles by parents, doctors and educators, this book is a solid introduction for families who have children with Tourettes Syndrome. At the end of each chapter is a collection of comments by parents on how they have learned to cope with TS, and their disappointments and triumphs. NOTE: There are some pediatric neurologists who belive that some of the unusual behaviors seen in the orphans from Romania may be a subset of Tourette's. This book is fascinating even for someone not touched by this disorder.

Special Issues-Post Adoption
The Post Adoption Blues
Where do parents turn when the waited-for bonding with their adopted child is slow to form? When they find themselves grieving over the birth child they couldn't have? When the child they so eagerly welcomed into their home arrives with major, unexpected needs? Until now, adoptive parents have had to struggle silently with their feelings, which can range from flutters of anxiety to unbearable sadness. At last, Karen J. Foli, a registered nurse, and her husband, John R. Thompson, a psychiatrist, lift the curtain of secrecy from "Post Adoption Depression Syndrome" (PADS).