Use this alphabetical index to find books that have been reviewed for the Harried Parent's Book Club.
By Julie Causton-Theoharis; 128 pages. From the back cover: "What does a great paraprofessional need to know and do? Find out in this handy survival guide."
Bottom Line: Ever wonder what a paraprofessional does to support your child's special education? Too often, paraprofessionals are left wondering that, too, as they're thrown into trying situations without adequate training or guidance. The Paraprofessional's Handbook seeks to fill that gap with suggestions for working with both the kids and the adults in the classroom. It's worthwhile reading for parents, too.
Bottom Line: When you're up to your eyebrows in therapists and IEPs and doctor visits and research, it's hard to imagine a time when you'll have to deal with issues like where your adult child is going to live and work and find friendship. Often, we put those thoughts off -- but that time comes more quickly than you think, and without some advance preparation, it's rough on everyone. Morgan, author of Parenting Your Complex Child, provides a calm, experienced voice to lead you through.
Bottom Line: Change "Sensory Processing Disorder" to "Special Needs" in this book's title and you'll have a truer sense of what it's about. Not really a sensory-processing book at all, this book gives thoughtful and practical advice on handling the strains a special-needs child puts on marriages, siblings, extended family relationships, checkbooks, and parental nerves. So why the SPD misdirection?
Bottom Line: It's bad enough when misbehavior involves tantrums and lying and disrespect. When it involves skipping medication and avoiding treatments, it reaches a whole new degree of difficulty. The normal rules of Love and Logic parenting get tweaked here to accommodate the heightened stakes that come with chronic illness, and empower parents to create kids who can really take care of themselves.
Bottom Line: Positive Behavior Support (PBS) involves analyzing a child's negative behavior, figuring out what he or she gets or avoids by doing it, and substituting more positive behavior so that parents can have peace and kids can still have their needs met. This book is filled with charts, forms, examples, and wisdom for helping you use PBS to make your child more manageable, your home more peaceful, and your own life more organized, too. Self-help for everyone!
Bottom Line: Parenting books generally come in one of two types: Experts offer suggestions on how to raise your child, with maybe some case studies thrown in; or parents share their stories of struggle and triumph, with maybe some practical advice thrown in. In this book, Morgan tries to do both -- and maybe proves why they really don't mix.
Bottom Line: Into that great gray area of worrying that something might be wrong with your child, but worrying that you might be worrying too much, this book shines like a searchlight. Explaining the different ways development can go awry and offering solid suggestions for assessing your child, it lets you know when you need to seek help, and when you just need to calm down.
Bottom Line: If you get most of your information on special education politics and practices from advocates and lawyers, this book will serve as a nice counterpoint. Written by two school psychologists, it offers explanations more clear and calm than those you might get in the heat of a contentious Child Study Team meeting, and provides some perspective from personnel you might otherwise think of as "the enemy."
Bottom Line: Pretty much everything you want to know about your child's speech and language problems is in here somewhere. A friendly, comprehensive resource, The Parent's Guide to Speech and Language Problems leads you from suspicions to diagnosis to therapy to school and insurance battles, with plenty of company from other parents along the way.
Bottom Line: Getting special-education students interacting with regular-education peers involves more than dropping the former into the latter's classroom. The authors share a program that pairs members of each group for academic and social assistance. It's really a guide for teachers, but there's enough information for parents to get the ball rolling.