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Let Us Help You Find That Special Needs Parenting Book You’re Looking For

Even in this age when so much information is right at our googling fingertips, books on parenting special needs and on the experience of people with disabilities are still an important tool for parents of kids with special needs, and an important pile on the nightstand. If you’re on the lookout right now for a book that will get you through a current crisis, or just browsing for new ideas and strategies, we’ve set up some virtual shelves to help you find the help you’re seeking.

Below are links to book-review roundup posts from this blog on all sorts of special needs topics, most of them by Lorna d’Entremont of Special Needs Book Review. They’re listed in order by date published, and we’ll keep adding new ones to the top. Click on the title, photo, or “read more” to go to the post and read some reviews, or click on the title of the book to go right to Amazon to add it to your collection. Happy reading!

Books on Child Development, Autistic Teens and Young Adults, and Autism and the Extended Family

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Intro: “Raising children is difficult. Parents are often overwhelmed and insecure. … What do families raising children with autism need? First, each family with an autistic child needs professional guidance. Secondly, each family also needs an extended family to support them. … Parents of tweens and teens with autism are always looking for information on how to help their growing child transition to high school and then to life after high school.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: May 24, 2017

Books on Autism, Behavior Solutions, Positive School Experience, and Disability Awareness

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Intro: “The advice and information in these books helps caregivers do everything they can to make sure their child arrives at school ready, willing, and available for learning. You will also find practical parenting tips that are immediately doable and well within your control, and greater insight into the disability experience.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: April 21, 2017

Books for Helping a Child With Special Needs Be Prepared for School and Life

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Intro: “If you are searching for parenting or teaching advice to enhance your child’s success in school and life in general, reach out for these self-help books. Most have immediately doable tips. In most situations, caregivers do not need to spend money on equipment or hours of therapy to see positive changes in the children in their care.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: February 16, 2017

A Reading List for Parents of Kids With Down Syndrome and Other Special Needs

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Intro: “I’m here to share with you my favorite resources for parents of kids with Down syndrome. Much off this list would be good for any parent of any kid with special needs, and some for family members or friends. There are a few places to go for additional information and community. And there are, simply, some good reads on this list that anyone might enjoy.” Read more

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Roundup by: Amy Silverman | Date: January 18, 2017

Books for Those Supporting Individuals With Autism and Sensory Issues

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Intro: “These five books are valuable resources for a wide range of people who support individuals with autism or other special needs. Family members, respite providers, babysitters, adapted physical education specialists, therapists, residential staff, and others are among those who will find them helpful.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: December 5, 2016

Parenting Books on Autism, Special Needs, and the Importance of Play

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Intro: “It is often said that knowledge is power. These wonderful resources will arm you with the parenting strategies you need to understand and support your child during all phases of life.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: November 3, 2016

Great Books to Read If You Have a Sibling With Special Needs

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Intro: “Some siblings have a hard time coping with some of the challenges and emotions that come along with having a special needs brother or sister. But people who grow up with a special needs sibling are often equipped with amazing qualities like patience, kindness, empathy for others, and loyalty, all amazing traits for anyone to have. So if you have a sibling with special needs, please feel free to browse the list below, and find a book that can help you to better understand your special sibling.” Read more

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Roundup by: Kendall Rayburn | Date: August 4, 2016

Engaging Special Needs Books for Parents, Teachers, and Therapists

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Intro: “Educational, engaging, informative, and insightful are only a few of the adjectives I could use to describe the five books I introduce in this post. Three of the books have autism as their main theme; however, each of those books will be beneficial not only to parents of a child with autism but to everyone. Knowledge about the characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum will foster understanding and acceptance.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: February 1, 2016

Books on Autism That Bring Hope, Practical Help, and Happier Days

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Intro: “The following books have strategies for families raising a child with autism. Some have information for the general public so they can learn about autism and be more understanding and compassionate toward autistic individuals and their caregivers; others are for the professionals who work with those on the autism spectrum. As a parent, you will feel empowered; as a teacher, you will have greater insight into the needs of the child and their families.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: December 16, 2015

Books About Anxiety for Families With Special Needs

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Intro: “Fortunately, there are well-established best practices to help children overcome anxiety and phobias. But they all require effort and patience from adults. Here are six books that can help families understand and overcome child anxiety.” Read more

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Roundup by: Karen Wang | Date: October 28, 2015

Helpful Books for Caregivers of Individuals With Special Needs

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Intro: “Many individuals with Down syndrome and autism grow up to live independent lives with varying degrees of support and accommodations. The six books below are very helpful if the individuals you work with need to have accommodations, modifications, and support at home, at school or in the community.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: October 22, 2015

Great Books About Disabilities for Grown-Ups

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Intro: “Most of these books dwell on themes such as self-awareness, transformation, and the value of human relationships. Here are ten fiction and nonfiction titles for adults that can give the reader a new perspective on ability and disability.” Read more

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Roundup by: Karen Wang | Date: July 20, 2015

Books With Encouragement and Support for Mental Health Issues and Wellness

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Intro: “These books are written for all families, friends, educators, or the individuals themselves who are looking for advice about the steps to take when mental illness is taking all they have … zest for life, relationships, friendships, career, and a happy childhood and school years.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: May 15, 2015

Autism Books for Parents, Healthcare Professionals, and Educators

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Intro: “When families are faced with a diagnosis of autism, many are overwhelmed by new terms and treatment options. It is difficult for them to know who to believe, to know what to try or how to proceed. The following four books on autism will help to educate parents, healthcare providers, educators, and other professionals to ensure the best developmental outcome for the children under their care.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: April 7, 2015

Special Needs Books They Wished They Had Years Ago

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Intro: “Parents will find advice how to manage the day-to-day issues, how to navigate the healthcare system, the education system, and the insurance systems. Most of all they will find hope knowing they have a resource that will guide them to find support and services. They will find strength knowing others travelled this route and that they can also.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: March 19, 2015

Special Needs Parenting Books to Inspire and Guide You

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Intro: “Once you have read a very good book, you know its message will stay with you forever. When you see it on your shelf, its content tumbles through your mind, and you relive the hours you got lost reading it. The following books on parenting children with special needs are all written by parents who have the gift of writing about their parenting journey so you will never forget it, and it will make you navigate better and appreciate your parenting journey that much more.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: February 6, 2015

Parenting Books on Special Education You Need To Read

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Intro: “Most parents raising children with special needs will be able to relate to, and appreciate, the four parenting books I recommend this month. I have included a paragraph on each author, as often the author bio helps a reader decide if their work or life experiences prepared them to write a book that shines a light on their own preoccupations. Each book is written by authors who are also raising a child or children with special needs.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: October 7, 2014

Books That Can Teach New Parents About Child Development

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Intro: “The five books I recommend this month are great for parents, caretakers, and educators working with infants to children aged ten. These resources were written by autism specialists, and occupational therapists who are experts in their field.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: June 23, 2014

Autism Books to Celebrate National Autism Awareness Month

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Intro: “Most of these books are for parents raising a child on the autism spectrum but they are also wonderful for teachers, friends, and family members to also learn about the challenges these families face and the strategies that can be used to make their children’s lives better.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: April 4, 2014

Picky Eating Problems? Books to Make Every Bite Count

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Intro: “The strategies found in the books below will help with sensory issues regarding food textures, food temperatures, the look of food, the smell of food and more. These books will give you the tips that will ‘make every bite count’!” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: March 10, 2014

ADD/ADHD Books You Should Read

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Intro: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Diagnosing ADHD can be tough and once a diagnosis is discovered, the next steps are crucial.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lauren Lewis | Date: February 3, 2014

Awesome Autism Books for Parents, Families, and Educators

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Intro: “The books I have chosen are first-person accounts about autism and are a source of strength. Parents of a child newly diagnosed with autism can find answers to their many questions. Family members and friends will understand what these families are going through. Educators will be better prepared to work with their growing numbers of students with autism.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: January 3, 2014

Books That Can Help Children Understand Their Tourette Syndrome

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Intro: “The following are [two] resources about Tourette syndrome. Brynn’s Bizarre Behavior is a children’s book for a child with TS or for classmates or friends to know more about what a child with TS is going through. Nix Your Tics! is for tweens or teens with TS and it is written by Dr. Duncan McKinlay, the psychologist with Tourette himself.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: June 7, 2013

Adult’s and Children’s Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

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Intro: “The good news about all this is that mental illnesses can be treated; therefore, if you or someone you care for has a mental illness, there is hope. Recovery is possible. Resources are available. The following are books I recommend for parents, educators, community workers, or for individuals who are looking to improve their own mental health.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: May 3, 2013

Top Autism Books for Parents and Educators

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Intro: “Parenting or teaching a child with autism spectrum disorder is both challenging and rewarding. The adults in the lives of children with autism have to organize their home or classroom environment to make it a pleasant place where these kids can thrive.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: April 5, 2013

Books for Teaching Your Special Needs Child Social Skills

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Intro: “One of the most well known ways of teaching social skills is through reading social stories. Social stories help children with special needs understand what is considered appropriate interactions and what is not. Here are seven social story books books that than can help teach a child important social skills.” Read more

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Roundup by: Tzvi Schectman | Date: February 18, 2013

Special Needs Novels That Will Touch Your Heart

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Intro: “Looking for some great special needs books? Have you tried going to your local library or gone online and been overwhelmed with the thousands of books written on the subject? We try and make your life a bit easier.” Read more

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Roundup by: Mingy Dworcan | Date: September 14, 2011

Amazing Special Needs Stories You Need to Read!

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Intro: “Looking for some great special needs books? Have you tried going to your local library or gone online and been overwhelmed with the thousands of books written on the subject? We try and make your life a bit easier.” Read more

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Roundup by: Mingy Dworcan | Date: August 16, 2011

Terri Mauro

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Terri Mauro is a former blog manager for Friendship Circle and Parenting Special Needs guide for About.com. She is the author of 50 Ways to Support Your Child's Special Education and The Everything Parents Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder. You can read more of her work on her website Mothers With Attitude and listen to her every weekday on the Parenting Roundabout Podcast. Terri has two children with special needs adopted from Russia in 1994.
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