Learning Support

The following books and tapes are available on the new Parent Resource Shelf in the Sts. Simon & Jude School library. You may visit the library to receive your own account number. Please click on one of the categories listed below:

 

Parenting Guides

  • Any Child Can Write by Harvey S. Wiener (A guide for parents showing them how to encourage their child to write at home using an easy flexible program with simple varied exercises.)
  • Raising a Thinking Child by Myrna Shure, Ph.D. (Teaching children to problem solve and resolve conflicts that come up daily with family, teachers, and friends)
  • A to Z Guide to Your Child’s Behavior compiled by the faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center (A parent’s “easy and authoritative” reference to hundreds of everyday problems and concerns from birth to 12 years)
  • Winning the Whining War and Other Skirmishes by Cynthia Whitham, MSW (A step-by-step guide to increasing cooperation and reducing conflict with children 2-12 years old)
  • Parents Are Teachers by Wesley C. Becker (Designed to help parents use consequences to teach children in positive ways what children need to learn to be more effective people)
  • “The Answer is NO” Saying It and Sticking to It by Cynthia Whitham, MSW (Designed to help parents provide consistent structure, clear expectations, and predictable responses and consequences. The author presents specific solutions to twenty-six of the most challenging situations parents raise to her.)
  • Touchpoints-the Essential Reference by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. (A guide for parents including chronological chapters and alphabetical topics on all issues faced by parents from conception through age six.)
  • Self-esteem, a Family Affair by Jean Illsley Clarke (This book concerns all kinds of family settings and the ways self-esteem is nourished for both parents and children.)
  • Making Babies: An Open Family Book for Parents and Children Together by Sara Bonnett Stein. (Photographs and brief text introduce general concepts of human reproduction. A separate text for adults provides more specific detail and suggestions for discussing the subject with children.)
  • Tired of Arguing With Your Kids? by Dolores Curran (Uncomplicated solutions to real day-to-day family issues. Curran’s anecdotal examples are easily read and convey the comforting awareness that all families face these trials.)
  • Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber (How to help your children live together so you can live, too. Describes simple but effective ways to reduce the antagonism between siblings.)
  • Dr. Sylvia Rimm’s Smart Parenting: How to Raise a Happy Achieving Child by Dr. Sylvia Rimm (Dr. Rimm offers compassionate yet no-nonsense advice to parents who want their children to be independent, confident, and successful in meeting the challenges of the classroom and life.)
  • Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Mothers by Jack Canfield, et al.
  • The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (Provides helpful techniques for reading aloud to children and contains an annotated new list of great read aloud books.)
  • “Mommy, Where Do Babies Come From?” by Simone Zapun
  • The Moral Life of Children by Robert Coles (This book, illustrated by children’s drawings, shows how children struggle with questions of moral choice.)

Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Answers to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D. (In this important and reassuring book, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey, both experts in the field and ADD patients themselves, answer hundreds of questions about ADD most often asked at their nationwide workshops and seminars. The result is a unique, easy-to-read user’s guide to ADD that covers every aspect of the disorder, from identifying symptoms and diagnosis to the latest treatment options, as well as practical day-to-day advice on living a normal life with ADD.)
  • Beyond Ritalin by Stephen W. Garver, Ph.D., Marianne Daniels Garber, Ph.D., and Robyn Freedman Spizman (Facts about medication and other strategies for helping children, adolescents, and adults with attention deficit disorders)
  • Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D. (This rich resource has it all – education, family perspectives, diagnosis and treatment, subtypes – but throughout there is a joyful and pervading sense of hope. One cannot read this book without developing a great sense of how it feels to live with ADD – to compensate for, even to benefit from, its characteristics.)
  • How Rude! The Teenager’s Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out by Alex J. Packer, Ph.D. (Most etiquette books are preachy, boring, and dull. This one keeps you laughing as you learn the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations – at home, at school, in public, with friends, with strangers, at the mall, at the movies, on the phone, online, in conversations, at job interviews, in restaurants, on elevators, in cars, on skates, at parties, at formal dinners, on the bus, and anywhere you go.)
  • Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D? Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder by Gina Pera
  • Learning Disabilities and ADHD: A Family Guide to Living and Learning Together by Betty Osman (In this reassuring book, notes psychologist Betty Osman offers expert guidance and insight to help parents and children. Her unique approach addresses not only school issues, but also focuses on social interactions with peers and family. This is the revised and expanded edition of the classic Learning Disabilities: A Family Affair.)
  • The Parent’s Guide to Attention Deficit Disorders by Stephen B. McCarney (Developed to provide parents with specific strategies to use in helping their child be more successful in the home environment. Intervention strategies that have been tried and tested by teachers and parents of children with ADD/ADHD are discussed.)
  • Stopping Hyperactivity A New Solution by Nancy O’Dell, Ph.D. (This book is divided into three parts. Part One provides a clear understanding of what hyperactivity is, why it can occur, and how it actually affects children and adults. Part Two describes actions to take. Part Three presents a six-month exercise program designed to mature a weak symmetric tonic neck reflex.)
  • Taking Charge of ADHD, The Complete, Authoritative Guide For Parents by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. (A treasured parent resource since its publication, Taking Charge of ADHD has now been revised and updated to incorporate the most current information on ADHD and its treatment. Form internationally renowned ADHD expert Russel A Barkley, the book empowers parents by arming them with the up-to-date knowledge, expert guidance, and confidence they need.)
  • TEENAGERS WITH ADD, A Parents’ Guide by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, M.S. (A book for parents and professionals about adolescents with Attention Deficit Disorder. TEENAGERS WITH ADD takes a comprehensive look at the special issues and challenges faced by these teens, their families, teachers, and treatment professionals. Based on the most current diagnostic criteria available and incorporating ADD literature and research, TEENAGERS WITH ADD provides a complete introduction to all forms of ADD.)
  • What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? by Dr. Keith Bauer (Designed to be a primer for parents)
  • Your Hyperactive Child by Barbara Ingersoll, Ph.D. (Barbara Ingersoll, and experienced and compassionate clinical psychologist, outlines the many practical steps you and your child’s teacher can take to help your child.)
  • An Overview of ADHD by Leonard R. Baker, M.D. This is a taped lecture from the 2000 State Learning Disabilities Conference. (Dysfunction in attentional performance and ability to restrain impulsive behavior creates major problems for some children as well as adults. Recent research has promoted a new understanding of the way our brains function and how we can help them work better.)
  • New Findings on the Role of Genes in LD/ADHD/ODD and CD by David E. Cumings This is a taped lecture from the 2000 State Learning Disabilities Conference. (Learning and behavioral disorders are complex and due to many causes. Genes may account for a large percentage of ADHD, LD, and many of their associated disorders. These findings counter the popular press which often claims ADHD is a non-existent entity.)
  • Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD: Outcomes for Children and Families by Tim Wigal, Ph.D. of U.C.I. This is a taped lecture from the 2000 State Learning Disabilities Conference. (Children were randomly assigned to community care, behavioral treatment, medication management, or the combination for 14 months of treatment. The results of this important study are shared in this lecture.)
  • The Link Between ADHD and Addiction by Wendy Richardson, M.A. This is a taped lecture from the 2000 State Learning Disabilities Conference. (It is estimated that 30-50% of people who are chemically dependent have co-occurring ADHD. People with ADHD frequently attempt to reduce their symptoms by abusing alcohol and other drugs. Ms. Richardson shares her understanding of the relationship between ADHD and addictive patterns.)
  • *Sometimes I Drive my Mom Crazy, But I Know She’s Crazy About Me by Lawrence Shapiro, Ph.D.
  • *Distant Drums, Different Drummers by Barbara D. Ingersoll, Ph.D.
  • *Putting On the Brakes by Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Judith Stern, M.A.
  • *The Boys’ and Girls’ book of Dealing With Feelings by Eric Dlugokinski, Ph.D.
  • *Don’t Pop Your Cork on Mondays! by Adolph Moser, Ed. D.
  • *Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesdays! by Adolph Moser, Ed. D.
  • *Don’t Rant and Rave on Wednesdays! by Adolph Moser, Ed. D.
  • *Eagle Eyes- A Child’s Guide to Paying Attention by Jeanne Gehret, M.A.
  • *Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention by Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. and Ellen B. Dixon, Ph.D.
  • *Adolescents and ADD by Patricia Quinn, M.D.
  • *Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle by Deborah M. Moss

* Denotes student STAR BOOK located on student shelves in the library. Parents may read these books with their children. Students may then complete the STAR test.

Learning Disabilities

  • Learning Disabilities and ADHD: A Family Guide to Living and Learning Together by Betty Osman (In this reassuring book, notes psychologist Betty Osman offers expert guidance and insight to help parents and children. Her unique approach addresses not only school issues, but also focuses on social interactions with peers and family. This is the revised and expanded edition of the classic Learning Disabilities: A Family Affair.)
  • The Misunderstood Child by Larry Silver, M.D. (A guide for parents of children diagnosed with learning differences written by the president of the learning disabilities association)
  • To Read or Not to Read: Answers to all your Questions about Dyslexia by Daphne Hurford (Winner of the 1999 Margot Marek Book Award, which is given by the N.Y. Branch of the International Dyslexia Association for the best book, fiction or nonfiction, written for parents and their children that will further their understanding of learning disabilities.)
  • *What Do You Mean I Have a Learning Disability? By Kathleen Dwyer
  • *The Worst Speller in Jr. High by Caroline Janover
  • *The Don’t- Give-Up Kid and Learning Differences by Jeanne Gehret, M.A.
  • *The Best Fight by Anne Schlieper

* Denotes student STAR BOOK located on student shelves in the library. Parents may read these books with their children. Students may then complete the STAR test.

Educational Kinesiology

  • Edu-K for Kids by Paul Dennison, Ph.D and Gail Dennison (A basic manual on educational kinesiology intended to explain brain function as it relates to specific learning tasks)
  • Infinity Walk by Deborah Sunbeck, Ph.D (A neuropsychological guide providing practical methods for developing skills to link sensory experiences with symbolic representations)

Social Skills

  • How Rude! The Teenager’s Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out by Alex J. Packer, Ph.D. (Most etiquette books are preachy, boring, and dull. This one keeps you laughing as you learn the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations – at home, at school, in public, with friends, with strangers, at the mall, at the movies, on the phone, online, in conversations, at job interviews, in restaurants, on elevators, in cars, on skates, at parties, at formal dinners, on the bus, and anywhere you go.)
  • *The Boys’ and Girls’ book of Dealing With Feelings by Eric Dlugokinski, Ph.D.
  • *Don’t Pop Your Cork on Mondays! by Adolph Moser, Ed. D.
  • *Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesdays! by Adolph Moser, Ed. D.
  • *Don’t Rant and Rave on Wednesdays! by Adolph Moser, Ed. D.

* Denotes student STAR BOOK located on student shelves in the library. Parents may read these books with their children. Students may then complete the STAR test.

Spirituality

  • God Loves an Unmade Bed-Spirituality for the Imperfect by Father Tom Allender, S.J. and Donald Fisher (Father Allender is the priest who conducted our parish mission some 10 years ago. In this recent book, he shares how God is always present, especially in the midst of the messes and struggles of life. The authors present ways to reconnect and stay connected with ourselves, our God, and with others.)
  • Mother Angelica’s Answers, Not Promises by Mother M. Angelica (Mother Angelica’s straightforward solutions to life’s puzzling problems.)
  • Nurturing the Spiritual Growth of Your Adolescent by Michael Carotta, EdD. (Today’s adolescents are faced with many new responsibilities and choices. This book presents thirty time-honored Christian life skills that model the teachings of Jesus. Each skill guides adolescents and the adults who care about them to recognize Jesus’ presences and to incorporate his message into their lives more effectively.)
  • The Spiritual Life of Children by Robery Coles (Words and pictures describe children’s views of salvation and righteousness, their experience of God and spirituality, and more.)
  • The Wonder of Guadalupe by Francis Johnston (This book recounts the appearance of the Virgin Mary at Guadalupe, Mexico City. It is an up-to-date account of the wondrous story in light of history and modern science.)

Health/Nutrition

  • Carbohydrate-Addicted Kids: Help Your Child or Teen Break Free of Junk Food and Sugar Cravings-for Life by Richard Heller(Explains how the program can cut children’s cravings, hunger, and excess weight, reduce blood sugar swings.)
  • The Care and Keeping of You” The Body Book for Girls by Valorie Schaefer (A preteen girl’s guide to basic health and hygiene.)
  • Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers by Rosalynn Carter ( Discusses the issues and stigmas attached to having a mental illness and how to adjust to being diagnosed as mentally ill; includes information on the latest breakthroughs in treatment, the emotional and psychological issues that caregivers have, coping with the impact a mental illness has on the family, and other related topics.)
  • Self-esteem, a Family Affair by Jean Illsley Clarke (This book concerns all kinds of family settings and the ways self-esteem is nourished for both parents and children.)

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