Here's a list of books on special education and related topics to add to your bookshelf:
1. Special Education Law, Second Edition
This book was written by Pete and Pamela Wright, founders of the highly informative website Wrightslaw.com. My copy of this book is dog-eared and covered with a rainbow of highlighting from much use.
2. Outside the Box, Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children and Adults: A Practical Guide
Dr. Thomas E. Brown, a clinical psychologist who, until recently, served as Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, wrote this book. Of note is that the mother of a child with ADHD who had her child assessed by Dr. Brown last fall at his clinic in Manhattan Beach, California highly recommends this book.
3. Autism: Asserting Your Child's Right to a Special Education
Although this book was published in 2007, much of its practical advice is relevant today for parents who want to begin to understand how to advocate for their child with special needs.
4. Essentials of the KTEA-3 and WIAT-III Assessments
For those of you who want an in-depth understanding of these achievement tests, this is the book for you. Similar books are available from the same publisher on other assessments commonly used in psycho-edcational evaluations.
5. All Kinds of Minds: A Young Student's Book About Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders
This book is written for children to learn that they are not alone in having learning differences.
6. The Answer Book on Special Education Law -- Sixth Edition
You can find this book on the LRP Publications website along with a large selection of other books on related topics.
7. Sensory Processing 101
This book was written to enable you to gain a better understanding of sensory processing and the body's sensory systems.
8. Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
Here's another book from Pete and Pamela Wright. It provides answers to over 200 questions about IEPs.
8. A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Clinicians and Advocates Need to Know
Matt Cohen, a Chicago attorney who represents families in special education disputes, wrote this book to help parents through the complicated maze of special education law and advocacy.
9. Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification
An in-depth book (640 pages) on identifying children with specific learning disabilities and providing them with appropriate interventions. The second edition of this book is scheduled to be out this coming April.
10. Special Education Rights and Responsibilities
This comprehensive manual is available online at the Disability Rights California website. Be careful in using it as your only source of information on relevant law as some of the law in this manual regarding functional analysis behavior assessments is outdated. Even so, this is a very helpful resource for anyone with questions about special education rights and responsibilities.
Please understand that I cannot guarantee that the information in these books is up-to-date or applicable to your child's situation. I have no personal financial interest in any of these books.
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A California special education attorney