Best Books for Parents About Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are syndromes that often baffle those supporting children or adults who possess non-traditional ways of processing or expressing information. The books on this list are among the most popular in the fields of LD/ADHD as they are well researched, and in some cases, written by people who themselves have LD and/or ADHD. Parents and educators will find the knowledge they seek among the pages of these books.


Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults

by Dr. Thomas Brown Ph.D.

Myths about Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) abound. This disorder frequently goes unrecognized, and even when diagnosed may be inadequately treated. In this up-to-date and clearly written book, a leading expert offers a new way of understanding ADD. Drawing on recent findings in neuroscience and a rich variety of case histories from his own clinical practice, Dr. Thomas E. Brown describes what ADD syndrome is, how it can be recognized at different ages, and how it can best be treated.


Learning about Learning Disabilities, Second Edition

edited by Bernice Y.L. Wong

A summary of current research on learning disabilities, which covers ADHD, memory, language processing, social competence, self-regulation, and brain structures as they apply to learning disabilities. Chapters also focus on instructional aspects of learning disabilities, including teaching literacy, reading comprehension, writing, and mathematics.


Attention, Memory, and Executive Function

edited by Norman A. Krasnegor, G. Reid Lyon

Incorporating different theoretical perspectives, this book helps establish some common understanding of these three central processes, while research findings also can aid clinicians in assessing and remediating reading and attention disorders.


A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed

by Alan W. Brue, Linda Wilmshurst

Offers guidance to parents and their children —as well as to teachers, counselors, and administrators —on issues including diagnosis and awareness; special education laws; eligibility issues and requirements; programs; parenting issues; and communication between parents and schools.


Socially ADDept: A Manual for Parents of Children with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities

by Janet Z. Giler

Through a series of exercises and suggested dialog, Socially ADDept helps parents teach the hidden rules of communication to children who are having social problems such as how to handle teasing, use appropriate body language, comprehend jokes and sarcasm, and join groups effectively.


Learning Outside The Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities And ADHD Give You The Tools

by David Cole, Jonathan Mooney, foreword by Edward M. Hallowell

This book is written by two "academic failures" — that is, two academic failures who graduated from Brown University at the top of their class. Jonathan Mooney and David Cole teach students how to take control of their education and find true success — and they offer all the reasons why students should persevere.


Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on ADHD: Second Edition

by Larry B. Silver M.D.

With this fully-realized second edition of the classic guide, Dr. Larry Silver addresses the subjects all parents wonder about when they suspect their child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder such as what causes ADHD; how can I make sure my child is diagnosed correctly, and what's the latest information on medications and other treatments? Dr. Silver's warm, thoroughly practical guide will give parents, teachers, and others the support they want and the answers they need.


Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level

by Sally Shaywitz M.D.

From one of the world’s leading experts on reading and dyslexia, a comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book to help understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs — many of them in her own laboratory — Dr. Shaywitz demystifies the subject of reading difficulties and explains how a child can be helped to become a good reader.


How Language Works

by David Crystal

How are languages born? How does conversation work? How do we learn how to read? How do gestures and tone of voice impact communication? And what happens when a language goes wrong? How Language Works answers questions about the innumerable facets of language, from how we absorb all those grammatical rules to how we decide if a word is rude or polite. Helpful for teachers and or parents who care for children with language-based learning disabilities.


To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Bright Students with LD, ADHD, and More

by Steven Owen, Susan Baum

Thoroughly researched and filled with case studies, practical suggestions and techniques for working with GLD students, useful resources, and much more, To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled is a resource for anyone who works or lives with a child who has both startling talents and disabling weaknesses.


Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read

by Peggy Kaye

Peggy Kaye's Games for Reading helps children read by doing just what kids like best: playing games. These games are fun for the whole family and will help most beginning readers — including those who have reading problems and those who do not — learn to read and want to read.


Finally, though they are mostly out of print, any book by Priscilla Vail will help inform parents and teachers alike about kids with LD in a practical and heartfelt manner. Priscilla Vail (1931-2003) wrote with a lively, easy-to-read tone that made difficult to understand disorders understandable. Check out any of the used book web sites to find new or used copies of her books.