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Memoirs About learning Differences


This resource page provides information primarily related to the
learning disabilities that impact academic success.
Many of these
children may also demonstrate attention
, motor, emotional,
language and sensory difficulties. Therefore, related resources
are provided. Please
visit the Sensory Integration, Autism and
Disabilities resource pages for further information
and resources.

Books Mainly For Therapists and Educators
  • Amundson, Susan J., TRICS for Written Communication,  O.T. Kids, Inc., Homer,
  • Alaska, 1998.
    Trics is an intervention resource focusing on students who experience mechanical
    and organizational difficulties during written communication and other school tasks.
    This book has many great strategies to generate effective solutions for students
    having difficulties with any area of school performance.

  • Berry, Jayne, Give Yourself a Hand, Therapro, Inc., MA, 1993.
    This program was developed to screen first grade students for hand skill development
    in their classroom and includes remediation activities.
  • Case-Smith, Jane, Allen,Anne S., Pratt, Pat Nuse, Occupational Therapy for Children,
  • Mosby Publishers, MO, 1996. 
    This is a comprehensive textbook on the role of occupational therapy in pediatric
    assessment and intervention in a variety of settings.
    Occupational Therapy for Children
  • Dawson, Peg and Guare, Richard, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents,
  • The Guilford Press, New York, 2004.
    This text  explains the development of executive skills, informal and formal assessment
    tools and interventions to promote skills and coach students to succeed in school.
    Specific dysfunctions addressed are: acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorders,
    Attention Deficit Disorder and sleep disorders that impact executive function.
    Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents
  • DeGangi, Georgia, Pediatric Disorders of Regulation in Affect and Behavior
  • Academic Press,  London,  2000. This text provides the latest theory, research and
    treatment strategies for infants and children with problems of regulation. Problems
    addressed include: irritability and mood regulation, sleep and separation, feeding
    disorders, attentional problems and sensory-processing problems.
    Pediatric Disorders of Regulation in Affect and Behavior

  • Ianni, Marilyn A. and Mullen, Karen A., For Parents and Professionals Preschool,
  • LinguiSystems, Ill, 1999.
    Designed for ages 2-5 years, the authors provide learning activities organized into
    groupings: creative play, songs, stories and gestures, movement, daily routines
    and games. This publisher specializes in books on speech and language, health
    care, reading and learning disabilities.

  • Levine, Kristin, O.T.R., Fine Motor Dysfunction Therapeutic Strategies in the Classroom,
  • Harcourt Assessment, TX, 1991.
    This huge text book provides it all; a discussion on dysfunction and how it develops
    and the activities and adaptations to help improve performance.  Activities are designed
    to improve performance in the class or resource room, playground or gym class, at home
    and during extracurricular activities.
    Fine Motor Dysfunction Therapeutic Strategies in the Classroom

  • Loiselle, Lisa and Shea, Susan, Curriculum Based Activities in Occupational Therapy: An
  • Inclusion Resource, Therapro, Inc., MA, 1996.
    The authors, occupational therapists, present activities geared toward older children
    (i.e. third and fourth graders) with mild to moderate impairment. The activities are
    organized according to curriculum areas, both academic and nonacademic, with
    either lesson- based, station- based or whole class activities based models referred to
    throughout the book. Therapeutic objectives are also provided.

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Books Mainly For Parents

  • Briggs, Dorothy Corkille, Your Child's Self Esteem, Dolphin Books, New York, 1975.
    This is a practical, readable guide to raising responsible, productive, happy children.
    Your child's Self Esteem
  • Greene, Lawrence J., Learning Disabilities and Your Child, Fawcett Columbine, New
    York, 1984.
  • Information on diagnoses, specific learning problems, parenting, handling teenagers
    and self esteem.
    Learning Disabilities and Your Child
  • Greene, Ross, The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting
  • Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, Harper Paperbacks, 2005. Dr. Greene
    presents an approach to be used with children who know the rules, want to
    cooperate but can't due to  frustration and lack of flexibility.  He describes how his
    methods work in the school setting as well as the home.
    The Explosive Child

  • Greenspan, Stanley, The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the
    Five "Difficult" Types of Children, Perseus Books Group, 1996.
Greenspan describes most children as falling into five basic personality types: the sensitive
child, the self-absorbed child, the defiant child, the inattentive child and the active/aggressive
child.  He shows parents how to match their parenting to the challenges of their particular
child and to use daily childrearing to enhance an individual child's strengths and talents.
The Challenging Child

  • Hallowell, Edward, Ratey, John, Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit
  • Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood,  Touchstone, 1995.
Written by two doctors with ADD, the authors dispel the myths, discuss the positives and
provide helpful tips.
Driven to Distraction
Other Books by Hallowell and Ratey

  • Potock, Melanie, Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids:
  • How to Teach Your child About the Joy of food!
    Written by a speech therapist, this is a great resoruce for
    parents of children with feeding challenges.
  • Ratey, John., MD, Shadow Syndromes: The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders,
  • that Sabotage Us, Bantum, 1998.
    Ratey, describes using many anecdotes, the mild forms of depression, ADD,
    autism and  anxiety that impact learning.
    Shadow Syndromes

  • Shaywitz, Sally, M.D., Overcoming Dyslexia, Vintage Books, a Division of Random House
  • Inc., N.Y. 2005.
This comprehensive guide is a must for parents and educators.  Shaywitz provides
information on how the brain works, reading problems and practical teaching
techniques presented according to age and level.
Overcoming Dyslexia

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Websites for Therapists, Educators and Parents

All The Possibilities
Tere Bowen-Irish OTR/L teaches how to incorporate classroom exercises that
improve strength and focus. Great video demos on her site.

Cuttables and Traceables- Cutting and tracing aids to develop coordination,
fine-motor and visual
perceptual skills.

Carrie Lippincott's OTR/L 's website provides information on what areas occupational
therapists treat and what caretakers should look for when considering getting help,
a list of resources including several articles she has written on sensory and fine motor
development and treatment and success stories including  before and after treatment
handwriting samples.

Deanna Sava OTR/L 's website provides a huge compilation of documents provided by
pediatric therapists
a message board and chat group. This is very informative for therapists,
teachers and parents.

 Information on Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder
Mary Muhlenhaupt OTR/L is a presenter and writer with information on her
website related to the  Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement
Act (IDEA), related services, inclusion in the classroom and resources for
evidence based practice.

Therapists can get great treatment plan ideas at this site. Select a skill to
work on and choose an activity. Choose from a list of materials to find
skills that can be worked on using them. Choose from a list of activities
to read a description, materials used, purpose and what skills it addresses.

Ms. Sue's OT Room
Lots of great information and resources on sensory integration, fine-motor skills
and other topics of interest to occupational therapists, as well as fun activities for children. 

Prehension, Vision, & Feeding Resources

Occupational therapist Rhoda Erhardt provides free downloads and information
on books, videos and presentations related to hand skills, vision and feeding.

pediastaff provides great resources for therapists-
including the latest research, news, activities, articles and
videos about disabilities and therapies.
Occupational therapist Jennifer Dodge's site is packed with sensory, fine motor, oral motor and
handwriting information and resources. She also designed an impressive activity called a
"fastenator" sold by Abilitations- that works on manipulation skills.

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Educational Activities Websites
Memory games, mazes,  find the difference, puzzles,  coloring pages and jokes
Coloring books, matching games,  puzzles, Connect Four, Lite Brite and  other games.
Connect the dots
Typing games,  spelling games and activities, cartoon builder,  paint by number math
and lots of other games and activities for all ages.
Activities to learn math, reading, playing piano and more.
Activities for all levels and ages
Spell a word and it appears on alphabet blocks.

Type in a word and letters appear on flashing signs people are holding.
Step by step drawing instruction.
Another step by step drawing site.

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Parenting Magazines

A magazine designed to serve as a resource for people with ADD or AD/HD
or people who have children with ADD or AD/HD.

Adoptive Families

American Baby

Early Childhood Today

Exceptional Parent Magazine

Mothering Magazine

On line articles about gifted children


Resource for fathers on line

Scholastic Early Childhood Today

Today's Parent

Twins Magazine

Working Mother Magazine

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©2008 Barbara Smith