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The below books are good resources for understanding specific neurological issues:


Please explain “Anxiety” to me!

by Laurie Zelinger, Ph.D. and Jordan Zelinger, M.S. Ed

Explains the biology of anxiety, when it is useful, and how to combat anxiety when it is not needed.

The Everything Parent’s Guide To  Sensory Integration Disorder

by Terri Mauro

Explains sensory processing, motor planning, and extremes of sensitivity and alertness.

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Inside Asperger’s Looking Out

by Kathy Hoopmann

Follow-up to All Cats Have Aspergers.  Very insightful.

Nurture Shock

by P.O. Bronson  and  Ashley Merryman

Research based information that will change your approach to many everyday conversations.  A must have for every parent.

Smart but Scattered

by Peg Dawson, Ed.D.  and  Richard Guare, Ph.D.

A remarkably usable resource.  As a parent you will be able to implement these ideas today.

The Optimistic Child

by Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.

As a protective, proactive parent, these ideas and research can serve as the cornerstone of your parenting.


Anxious Kids    Anxious Parents

by Reid Wilson, Ph.D. and Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Seven ways to stop the worry cycle and raise courageous and independent children.

All cats have asperger syndrome

by Kathy Hoopmann

Short, lighthearted, empathetic look at asperger syndrome in children (and cats).  Great for both children and adults.

All dogs have ADHD

by Kathy Hoopmann

Short, lighthearted, empathetic look at ADHD in children (and dogs).
Great for both children and adults.

Children with Tourette Syndrome

edited by Tracy Lynn Marsh

Easy to read; covers daily care, medical, educational, legal, family life, and emotional issues.

The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing

by Judith R. Rappaport, M.D.

Individual cases of Obsessive  Compulsive Disorder. Great for anyone wishing to understand what OCD truly is. Any medical information in this book is too dated to rely on, but the stories give a great insight into the lives of those affected by OCD. This book is out of print, but used copies can be found.

OCD in Children and Adolescents; A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Manual

by John S. March and Karen Mulle

Written for clinicians, but will provide in-depth information for those wishing to thoroughly understand how CBT can be used to combat OCD.

I Can’t Stop, A Story about Tourette Syndrome

by Holly L. Niner

Compassionate story of parents and child discovering together that the child has Tourette syndrome. Their path to helping others understand the disorder.

Asperger’s Syndrome, A Guide for Parents and Professionals

by Tony Attwood

A guide to understanding how the Asperger’s patient feels and perceives the world around him.

Surviving Schizophrenia; A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers

by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.

Compassionate look at what schizophrenics, and their families, experience.

Angry Dragon

by Thierry Robberecht

Short story of child who sometimes rages but is still loved and supported.

Bipolar Disorder in Childhood and Early Adolescence

edited by Barbara Geller, M.D.  and  Melissa P. DelBello, M.D.

Written for clinicians, but will provide in-depth information for those wishing to understand bipolar illness; including how it presents differently in children than in adults and how it can be identified and studied. Also gives information on the comorbidities that often accompany bi-polar disorder.

Attachment, Trauma, and Healing: Understanding and Treating Attachment Disorder in Children and Families

by Terry M. Levy  and  Michael Orlans

Easy to read and understand.

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life; How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control

by Scott E. Spradlin, M.A.

Self-help workbook for learning to recognize, monitor and then control your emotions.

Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

by Marsha M. Linehan

Guide to developing behavioral coping skills: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. Lecture, discussion points and exercises for therapists to use.

Teaching the Tiger; A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students with Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

by Marilyn P. Dornbush, Ph.D.  and  Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Private Practice

by Thomas Marra, Ph.D.

Guide to DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) which differs from standard cognitive behavior therapy by placing the major emphasis on emotion regulation.