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Terri Mauro
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Find a Children’s Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Maybe you’re searching for a special needs children’s book that allows your child to see a character that looks like him or her. Or maybe you’re anticipating making a presentation to your child’s classroom and hope to find books that will help the other kids with understanding and acceptance. This Friendship Circle blog has many posts that round up just the kind of children’s books you’re looking for, and we’ve gathered them here in one place for browsing convenience. Click on the title of the post to read more about the books included, or click on the title of the book to go buy it right away.

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Children’s Books to Promote Inclusion and Help Kids Be More Confident

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “The adorable children’s books recommended in this post should be in our homes, schools, libraries, and children’s health professionals’ waiting rooms. They celebrate the strengths of all kids and show children working, playing, and succeeding in spite of a range of disabilities. With their inspiring messages, they help all children understand kids with different needs—or I should say, ‘different strengths.'” Read more

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 Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: June 20, 2017

Books to Inspire Your Child with Special Needs

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “As a speech language pathologist and parent, I love to use storytelling as an opportunity to initiate meaningful conversations and encourage children to follow their dreams regardless of their disabilities and delays. Children with special needs face many challenges in their lives, and reading inspirational children’s literature can help improve their self-esteem and make them more mindful and confident in their skills and abilities. These five inspiring children’s books are a great place to start.” Read more

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Roundup by: Becca Eisenberg | Date: May 17, 2017

Children’s Books About Special Needs to Inform and Entertain

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “When siblings, family, and friends of a child with special needs understand what is going on, it is often easier for all concerned.  When our kids with special needs learn new skills that make them more independent, it helps the entire family. Sharing books about these topics is one place to start making life easier for our children with special needs—and those who love and care for them.” Read more

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

Children’s Book Series on Special Needs and Disabilities

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “Parents and teachers, are you looking for resources to make inclusion work in your school or community activities? The five books I want to tell you about come from book series on special needs and disabilities. Special Needs Book Review has been a fan of these books since the publication of the first entry in each series.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: January 12, 2017

Children’s Books to Open Eyes and Hearts to Others with Special Needs

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates
Intro: “This post will introduce you to five wonderful children’s books that when shared and discussed with the children in your care will open their eyes and hearts to the challenges of others. Moreover, the life skills learned in many of these books help all kids grow into happier and more confident individuals who have learned how to regulate their emotions and senses. I hope that parents and those who work with children know about the many entertaining and educational children’s books that are published each year.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: May 26, 2016

Children’s Books on Diversity and Acceptance of Self and Others

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates
Intro: “Have a child, grandchild or student who is not coping well because he feels different from his friends and classmates? So often children feel they are “different” than their peers. Whether it is a perception or a reality that one doesn’t fit in, it can be a painful experience. These children must be listened to and supported, and discussing the following books would be very helpful. We suggest teachers, librarians, day care staff, and parents read and discuss with children the following six books reviewed and recommended by Special Needs Book Review.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: November 13, 2015

Children’s Books That Help Explain About Anxiety, ADHD, SPD, Cancer, and Autism

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “The six children’s books I recommend in this post touch on childhood anxiety, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorder, childhood friend’s battle with cancer, emotional and sensory processing difficulties, and a sibling with autism. Most communities have public libraries where you can borrow beautiful picture books with a wealth of information on children with special needs.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: July 14, 2015

Books on Sensory Processing Challenges: For Kids Who Feel TOO Much

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “The following books I recommend are invaluable resources that have immediately doable strategies to improve the lives of those whose lives are in turmoil because of SPD. Parents are desperate to find the help their child needs, and in these books they should find help and hope for a better future.” Read more

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

Beautiful Picture Books That Educate Children About Special Needs

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “Parenting is often difficult; therefore, harness the power of storytelling to help improve your children’s behavior. Children often identify with the main characters in books, so what better way to learn how it is growing up in some other child’s shoes, or wheel chair, or in a home with a sibling who has special needs?” Read more

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

Young Adults Fiction Books Featuring Characters with Autism

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates
Intro: “These five books highlight a main character who is on the autism spectrum. Youth diagnosed with autism or Asperger syndrome rarely see such characters in mainstream fiction and the authors of these books, many are parents of such children, wanted to portray autistic protagonists in a positive light.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: June 2, 2014

Books for Tweens and Teens with Sensory Processing Disorders

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “Parents and other adults who care for youth with different needs are constantly looking for resources to help these kids feel better about themselves, to feel that they are not alone with these challenges, and to help them learn strategies to cope with their special needs. I have chosen four books for tweens and teens to help them if they have sensory processing disorder (SPD), if they need to learn social skills, and a wonderful book about cyber bullying.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: May 2, 2014

Autism Children’s Books to Foster Acceptance and Understanding

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “I have four great autism picture books to recommend to make this happen. Sharing these books with your children is the perfect way to open up discussions on children with special needs, accepting differences, respecting and including others.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: February 14, 2014

Great Picture Books for Children with Attention Disorders and Low Frustration Tolerance

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “I have used children’s books to elicit language, improve literacy, and expand vocabulary in my therapy sessions. When I work with children who are non verbal or minimally verbal, I use children’s books to help build sentences with pictures, elicit conversation and initiate communication.” Read more

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Roundup by: Becca Eisenberg | Date: January 10, 2014

Books That Can Spark Meaningful Parent-Child Conversations

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “The following children’s books can open the door to meaningful conversations about being kind to others, living with Down syndrome, and the challenges of sensory processing disorder. If you are the caregiver of a child with autism, you will appreciate the series of four books I mention.” Read more

Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: December 6, 2013

Books That Will Boost the Confidence of a Child with Special Needs

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “The following books are a great addition to any home or classroom with young children. These books all have a moral or a lesson to teach the reader and are great discussion openers to reinforce tough-to-grasp lessons. Caregivers can harness the power of storytelling to improve their child’s behavior, build character, and foster empathy and compassion. The books I recommend allow most children to identify with the characters, many who have a special need.” Read more

Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: November 8, 2013

Book Suggestions to Develop Social Skills and Not Be Bullied

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “Parents and teachers play an important role to educate, empower, and engage youths in discussions about bullying and its effects. I recommend the following books to help in our battle against bullying and how to be a good friend or co-worker at school or in the workplace.” Read more

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Roundup by: Lorna d’Entremont | Date: October 4, 2013

Books to Help Prepare Your Child for Air Travel

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “While not specifically written for children with special needs, these books do a great job to prepare an anxious child for flying and making sure they understand what to expect and what is appropriate while flying. If you have any additional books we should add please add them in the comments.” Read more

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Roundup by: Tzvi Schectman | Date: December 5, 2011

Great Children’s Books for Explaining Special Needs to Your Child

Find a Children's Book to Explain Disabilities to Your Child or Classmates

Intro: “Here are 15 great books that you can read to your child or classroom that will help explain special needs to children. Has your child ever asked you why Jeff can’t talk, why Olivia can’t walk, why does Jeremy wave his hands? Are you at a loss about how to explain special needs to your child?” Read more

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Roundup by: Mingy Dworcan | Date: November 10, 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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