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«Sally Patton UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION BOSTON Copyright © 2004 by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. All rights ...»

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Alternative Health News Online: www.altmedicine.com. A wonderful resource for basic information on alternative health care.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: www.aacap.org. Information on the treatment of developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders.

American Psychological Association: www.APA.org. A scientific and professional organization. Provides good articles and publications.

Breeding, John: www.wildestcolts.com. A different look at what it means to have mental illness.

Breggin, Peter R. Reclaiming Our Children. Reading, MA: Perseus, 2001.

Addresses treating and respecting children without the use of drugs.

Breggin, Peter R. Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy, and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and Biochemical Theories of the “New Psychiatry.” New York: St. Martin’s, 1991. A fascinating book on healing without drugs.

Burns, David D. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. New York: Wholecare,

1999. An explanation of cognitive therapy, which is widely used by therapists.

Fight for Kids: www.fightforkids.com. Provides information about labeling children as mentally ill and medicating them with psychiatric drugs.

Greene, Ross W. The Explosive Child. New York: Quill, 2001. One of the best books available on how to parent explosive, inflexible children.

Greenspan, Stanley I. The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five “Difficult” Types of Children. Reading, MA: Perseus, 1996.

A hopeful book that approaches the whole child, rather than using the deficit model approach.

Hallowell, Edward. When You Worry about the Child You Love. New York:

Simon & Schuster, 1996. An excellent resource for understanding and parenting children with difficulties.

Koplewicz, Harold. It’s Nobody’s Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and Their Parents. New York: Times, 1997. Emphasizes that parents cannot be blamed for their children’s mental illnesses.

People Who: www.peoplewho.org. Intended for people who experience mood swings, hear voices, and see visions.

PsychologyNet: www.psychologynet.org. Gives the diagnostic criteria described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV).

Uplift Program: www.upliftprogram.com. Offers resources for creating optimism, overcoming depression, and building healthy relationships.

Valenstein, Elliot S. Blaming the Brain: The Truth about Drugs and Mental Health. New York: Free, 1998. Posits that we have gone from one extreme 245 Resources of blaming parents for all children’s problems and behavior to the other extreme of blaming the brain.

Wind Horse Associates: www.windhorseassociates.org. A therapeutic program that integrates mind, body, and soul for people with mental illness.

Learning Disabilities Canadian Dyslexia Association: www.dyslexiaassociation.ca. Provides information and resources.

Citro, Teresa Allissa, ed. The Experts Speak. Weston, MA: Learning Disabilities of Massachusetts (LDAM), 1998. A good overview of learning disabilities from well-known experts in the field. (LDAM has changed its name to Learning Disabilities Worldwide.) Davis, Ronald D. The Gift of Dyslexia. New York: Perigee, 1997. A different method of correcting dyslexia and allowing children’s innate gifts to emerge.

Dyslexia Parents Resource: www.dyslexia-parent.com. A resource for parents. Includes an online magazine.

Dyspraxia Foundation (in England): www.emmbrook.demon.co.uk/ dysprax/madrev.htm. There is no comparable site in the United States.

Ennis’s Gift [video]. A wonderful video that shows the positive side of having dyslexia through the experiences of adults and children with dyslexia.

Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation. To order: www.


Everybody Has a Song [video]. Henry Winkler, Narrator. Everybody’s Song.

To order: 310-446-1420.

Guyer, Barbara P. The Pretenders: Gifted People Who Have Difficulty Learning.

Homewood, IL: High Tide, 1997. Fascinating stories of young people dealing with learning difficulties.

How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop [video]. Richard D.

Lavoie. Describes what children with learning disabilities struggle with at school. To order: www.LDOnline.com.

LDOnline: www.ldonline.org. One of the most comprehensive and informative websites on learning disabilities.

LDPride: www.ldpride.net. A site by and for young adults with learning disabilities.

Learning Disability Association of America: www.ldanatl.org. Provides comprehensive information, resources, and support.

Levine, Mel. A Mind at a Time. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002. Insightful information on teaching children with learning disabilities.

Levinson, Harold N. The Upside Down Kids: Helping Dyslexic Children Understand Themselves and Their Disorder. New York: M. Evans, 1991. Describes how children with learning disabilities can appear normal but perform and learn differently.

246 Welcoming Children Look What You’ve Done: Stories of Hope and Resilience [video]. Robert Brooks.

Looks at learning disabilities and self-esteem. To order: 800-343-5540.

National Center for Learning Disabilities: www.ncld.org. Offers comprehensive advocacy, information, and resources.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic: www.rfbd.org. A national educational library for people with print-related disabilities.

Schwab Foundation for Learning: www.schwablearning.org. One of the most comprehensive sites for parents. Includes a bulletin board, newsletters, resources, and other information.

Shaywitz, Sally. Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level. New York: Knopf, 2003. The latest research and information on dyslexia.

Silver, Larry B. The Misunderstood Child. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill,

1992. The first book to read on learning disabilities. A classic in the field.

Smith, Sally L. Succeeding against the Odds. New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1991.

Wonderful information on children who learn successfully from teaching that builds on their strengths.

Smith, Sally L. The Power of the Arts: Creative Strategies for Teaching Exceptional Learners. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes, 2001. Information on how the arts are used in a school for children with learning disabilities.

Sternberg, Robert J., and Elena L. Grigorenko. Our Labeled Children: What Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know about Learning Disabilities.

Reading, MA: Perseus, 1999. Information on how society decides what children to label as having a learning disability.

Vail, Priscilla L. About Dyslexia: Unraveling the Myth. Cambridge, MA:

Modern Learning, 1990. Good, basic, and hopeful information.

West, Thomas G. In the Mind’s Eye. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1991. An inspiring look at talented people with dyslexia. Suggests that having dyslexia aids in their brilliance.

Co-Occurring with Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) Note: Many of the websites about learning disabilities also cover ADD, and many of the websites about ADD also cover learning disabilities.

Carroll, Lee, and Jan Tober. The Indigo Children. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House,

1999. A different spiritual perspective on children with ADD and learning disabilities and the role they play in our lives.

Crawford, Veronica, and Larry B. Silver. Embracing the Monster: Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes,

2001. A mother talks about bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, ADD, and sensory integration problems.

Kranowitz, Carol Stock. The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction. New York: Perigee, 1998. Explains the sensory integration dysfunction so often associated with autism, ADD, learning disabilities, and the like.

247 Resources Lavoie, Richard D. When the Chips Are Down, Learning Disabilities and Discipline [program guide and video]. Washington, DC: WETA/Learning Disabilities Project, 1996. Excellent practical information on working with students who have ADD and learning disabilities.

LCP Solution: www.lcpsolution.com. Promotes nutrition and vitamins for people with learning disabilities and ADD.

Osman, Betty B. No One to Play With: Social Problems of LD and ADD Children. Norato, CA: Academic Therapy, 1995. Information on the social aspects of having ADD and learning disabilities.

Stordy, Jacqueline B. The LCP Solution: The Remarkable Nutritional Treatment for ADHD, Dyslexia, and Dyspraxia. New York: Ballantine, 2000. A nutritional treatment based on using omega-3 fatty acids.

Taymans, Juliana M., and Lynda L. West, with Madeline Sullivan. Unlocking Potential: College and Other Choices for People with LD and AD/HD.

Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2000. Good reference information for children with learning disabilities and ADD who want to pursue a postsecondary education.

Virtue, Doreen, and Jan Tober. The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children.

Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2001. A good companion book to Caroll and Tober’s Indigo Children. Provides additional information.

When the Chips Are Down [video]. Richard D. Lavoie. An inspiring video with practical ideas on using positive discipline for youths with ADD and learning disabilities. To order: www.LDOnline.com.

Books for Children and Youth Abeel, Samantha. Reach for the Moon. Duluth, MN: Pfeifer-Hamilton, 1994.

Poems written by a fifteen-year-old girl with learning disabilities.

Dahl, Roald. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke. New York: Puffin, 1994. A hilarious look at problems with words.

Fenner, Carol. Yolanda’s Genius. New York: Alladin Paperbacks, 1997. An African American girl tries to help her bother who does not talk much or read well but plays the harmonica beautifully; a Newbery honor book.

Fisher, Gary, and Rhoda Cummings. The Survival Guide for Kids with LD:

Learning Differences. Minneapolis: Free Spirit, 1990. A guide for children with learning disabilities. Discusses the different types of disorders, programs and school, coping with negative feelings, and making friends.

Includes a section for parents and teachers.

Fisher, Gary, and Rhoda Cummings. The Survival Guide for Teenagers with LD. Minneapolis: Free Spirit, 1993. A similar guide for teenagers with learning disabilibites.

Hoffman, Alice. Fireflies. New York: Disney, 1997. A boy is ridiculed for his clumsiness until he solves the mystery of the missing fireflies.

248 Welcoming Children Janover, Caroline. How Many Days Until Tomorrow? Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2000. An adventure story about Josh, a twelve-year-old who has dyslexia, set during the summer on a remote island of the coast of Maine. For grades 3 through 6.

Polacco, Patricia. Thank You, Mr. Falker. New York: Philomel, 1998. The heart-warming story of how one person made a difference in the life of a child with learning disabilities.

Root, Ann, and Linda Gladden. Charlie’s Challenge. Austin, TX: Printmaster,

1995. Charlie is a little boy who faces a challenge: He must discover why he can design an award-winning castle yet have difficulty with reading and spelling.

Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) A.D.D. Warehouse: www.addwarehouse.com: An excellent source of books, videos, training programs, games, professional texts, and assessment products.

ADDvance: www.addvance.com. A resource for women and girls with ADD.

Armstrong, Thomas. The Myth of the ADD Child: Fifty Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion.

New York: Plume, 1997. An excellent, practical resource that presents children with ADD in a positive light.

Block, Mary Ann. No More ADHD: Ten Steps to Help Improve Your Child’s Attention and Behavior without Drugs. Hurst, TX: Block, 2001. Advice on how proper nutrition can lessen or eliminate hyperactive behavior.

Block, Mary Ann: www.blockcenter.com. Offers a nondrug approach to treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Born to Explore: www.borntoexplore.org A positive and interesting site.

Provides information in tune with Hartmann and Freed’s ideas.

Breeding, John. The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses. Austin, TX: Bright,

1996. A positive look at having ADD.

Breggin, Peter R. Talking Back to Ritalin: What Doctors Aren’t Telling You About Stimulants for Children. Monroe, ME: Common Courage, 1998.

Breggin was one of the first psychiatrists to question the use of Ritalin.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): www.chadd.org. Information on ADD. Local CHADD chapters are available around the country and will likely provide information to help plan programs for children with ADD.

Debroitner, Rita Kirsch, and Avery Hart. Moving Beyond ADD/ADHD: An Effective Holistic Mind-Body Approach. Chicago: Contemporary, 1997.

Suggestions for taking a holistic approach to working and parenting.

Freed, Jeffrey. Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World. New York:

Simon & Schuster, 1998. One of the best books on changes in our culture that affect how best to educate different learners.

249 Resources

Hallowell, Edward M., and John J. Ratey. Answers to Distraction. New York:

Bantam, 1996. A good follow-up to these authors’ first book, Driven to Distraction.

Hallowell, Edward M., and John J. Ratey. Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood. New York: Touchstone, 1995. A classic, must-be-read book on ADD.

Hartmann, Thom. Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception. Grass Valley, CA: Underwood, 1997. An excellent book for those who want a more positive and compassionate way to view children with ADD.

Hartmann, Thom. Healing ADD: Simple Exercises That Will Change Your Daily Life. Grass Valley, CA: Underwood, 1998. Spiritual exercises for coping with ADD.

Hartmann, Thom. The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child.

Rochester, VT: Park Street, 2003. The latest research on ADD and how it supports Hartmann’s hunter/farmer theory.

Hartmann, Thom: www.ThomasHartmann.com. Hartmann is a well-kown author and proponent of alternative visioning for children and adults with ADD.

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