Resources

The following resources offer material you can use to become more informed about learning differences. They encompass a broad range of viewpoints and approaches to the issues. The list is compiled from books, Web sites, and multimedia that we consulted during the production of this Web site, or that our advisors recommended. Further guidance about how to find resources in your community is offered below.

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General

General Web Sites

Resources for Learning
FableVision
FableVision’s educational solutions include Stationery Studio, Brain Cogs, and Essay Express. These products provide activities that strengthen basic skills, including writing, reading, and comprehension, articulation of ideas, research, and problem solving.

Family Education
Parents find practical guidance, grade-specific information about their children’s school experience, strategies to get involved with their children’s learning, free email newsletters, and fun and entertaining family activities.

The Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation
William Cosby Foundation Dedicated to helping you learn about Ennis William Cosby, about the foundation established in his memory, and about learning and learning differences. The site offers resources and informati on on how parents and teachers can help individuals with learning differences.

KidsHealth
Created by The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.

LD Online
Features thousands of helpful articles on learning disabilities and ADHD, monthly columns by noted experts in the field, a free and confidential question and answer service, active bulletin boards, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
Provides a wealth of information on understanding learning disabilities, negotiating the special education process, and helping your child and yourself.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
An online guide to essential information about learning disabilities, early literacy and learning resources, support for adolescents and adults with LD, public policy, and advocacy tools.

Parents' Action for Children
Parents' Action develops parent education materials, connects parents with one another, and fights for issues such as early education, health care, and high quality and affordable child care.

PBS Parents
PBS Parents Guides address important aspects of your child’s early years such as school readiness and social and emotional development. You can also find information about your children’s favorite PBS KIDS programs: schedules for your local area, educational activities related to the programs, and explanations of educational goals.

Professional Organizations
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Provides information on child and adolescent psychiatry, fact sheets for parents and caregivers, current research, practice guidelines, managed care information, and much more.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Contains general information for parents of children from birth through age 21.

American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States.

American Occupational Therapy Association
Advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Provides resources to help you understand communication and communication disorders, as well as a professional referral service for access to qualified care.

Center for Law and Education
The Center for Law and Education (CLE) strives to make the right of all students to quality education a reality throughout the nation and to help enable communities to address their own public education problems effectively, with an emphasis on assistance to low-income students and communities.

National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children
The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) is a non-profit association whose mission is to represent private special education centers and their leaders.

Locate Local Resources
Remember that you're not in this alone. Local organizations and individuals in your community can provide help to students whose lives are affected by learning differences and disabilities.

To find local resources in your community, speak to school personnel, query local academic institutions, and check the general resources for online communities, community resources, local chapters, branches, or members. Many state departments of education have public information on finding local programs. Contact their public information office. Your library and school district will also be able to provide valuable information about the educational options available to your child.

Disclaimer: This information is being provided in an effort to help people find local professionals and resources. We do not recommend or endorse any particular referral source, type of professional, or specific professional.

> Disability Resources.org: Regional Resources Directory
> Internet Special Education Resources: Special Education Advocacy Services
> Internet Special Education Resources: Learning Disabilities, Special Education Assessment Professionals
> American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Resource Center
> National Center for Learning Disabilities: Resource Locator

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General Books

A Mind at a Time – Mel Levine (2003)
Explains how to identify individual learning patterns in children and maximize their success in life.

A Parent’s Guide to Tutors and Tutoring: How to Support the Unique Needs of Your Child – James Mendelsohn, Ph.D. (2008)
A survival guide for helping parents decide whether or not to hire a tutor, advice for choosing the right person to tutor your child, and ideas for evaluating if the job is well done. In addition, the book includes suggestions for selecting a tutor for kids with special needs, from learning disabilities to psychological difficulties.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk – Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish (1999)
Employs a dialogue technique to help parents talk to their children about issues ranging from schoolwork to peer problems and how these issues interfere with learning.

IDEA 2004: A Parent Handbook for School Age Children with Learning Disabilities – Shelly Smith (2006)
Provides an overall look at special education as related to rights and services, a complete introduction to special education law, and basic information needed to advocate effectively for children.

Jarvis Clutch – Social Spy – Guidelines for Use – Mel Levine (2001)
Comprehensive manual is designed to help parents and teachers best understand how to use Jarvis Clutch—Social Spy (see For Kids) at home and in the classroom.

The Myth of Laziness – Mel Levine (2002)
As it explores the dysfunctions that result in output failure, this book uncovers some of the principal ingredients of successful output.

Ready or Not, Here Life Comes – Mel Levine (2005)
After decades of observing children grow into young adults, Dr. Levine addresses the question of why some youngsters make a successful transition into adulthood while others do not.

General Multimedia

Developing Minds Multimedia Library (2002)
The series offers practical, proven tools and strategies for academic and social success, promotes a fuller understanding of learning differences (including strengths as well as weaknesses), and explores the relationship between learning and key brain function (like memory and attention) that impact a student’s ability to succeed in school.

Misunderstood Minds (2002)
Follow the compelling personal stories of five children and their families, struggling with learning differences, in this 90-minute documentary.
 

Attention

Attention Web Sites

Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Through collaborative leadership, advocacy, research, education and support, CHADD provides science-based, evidence-based information about AD/HD to parents, educators, professionals, the media and the general public.

The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Focused on the needs of adults and young adults with ADD/ADHD, and their children and families.


Attention Books

Delivered from Distraction – Edward Hallowell & John Ratey (2005)
Through the vivid stories of the experiences of their patients, the authors show the varied form ADD takes and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

Driven to Distraction – Edward Hallowell & John Ratey (1995)
Provides accessible, engaging discussion of every aspect of Attention Deficit Disorder.
 

Mathematics

Mathematics Web Sites

Tips for Helping Your Elementary School Child with Math Homework
There are many ways to tackle math homework and point out how math concepts are used in your home every day.

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Reading

Reading Web Sites

AdLit.org
AdLit.org offers research-based information and extensive resources to parents and educators – anyone interested in helping students in grades 4-12 become better readers and writers.


Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets offers a wealth of strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn to read. These resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in working with struggling readers who require additional help in reading and comprehension skills development.

Read•Write•Think
ReadWriteThink is a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the MCI Foundation to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.

Reading Books

The Language Parts Catalog – Guidelines – Mel Levine (1999)
The Guidelines for Use offer the rationale behind the materials and give suggestions for how to integrate Language Parts Catalog (see For Kids) into the classroom or in a tutorial or counseling session.
 

Writing

Writing Web Sites

AdLit.org
AdLit.org offers research-based information and extensive resources to parents and educators – anyone interested in helping students in grades 4-12 become better readers and writers.

CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology
Works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies.

Read•Write•Think
ReadWriteThink is a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the MCI Foundation to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.

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Writing Books


The Language Parts Catalog – Guidelines - Mel Levine (1999)
The Guidelines for Use offer the rationale behind the materials and give suggestions for how to integrate Language Parts Catalog (see For Kids) into the classroom or in a tutorial or counseling session.
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Writing Articles
 

For Kids

Web Sites for Kids

AOL@SCHOOL
Seires of six online learning stations designed for grades K-2, 3-5, middle school, and high school. Each station provides a suite of functional online tools such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, a calculator and many other research tools.

BrainConnection.com – Brain Teasers
Games designed to exercise the processes involved in attending to and remembering information. This group of games works at training the basic fundamentals necessary for language, listening, and reading.

Brainy Kids Online
Children, parents, and teachers will find activities, lab and lesson plans, and links to excellent resources about the brain.

Discovery Channel School
Includes learning tools such as online puzzle maker, clip art, and learning adventures that explore everything from Ancient Egypt to the Space Station.

PBS Kids
Join your kids as they learn and play with all of their favorite characters through games, music, stories and more. For kids up to 8 years old.

PBS Kids Go!
PBS site for older children where they can share their opinions and stories, play games, and solve puzzles. For kids ages 6-12.

SparkTop
SparkTop.org™ is the first website created expressly for kids with learning difficulties. By educating kids about learning, helping them recognize their strengths, showcasing their creativity and offering safe ways for kids to contments of education have public information on finding local programs. Contact their public information office. Your library and school district will also be able to provide valuable information about the educational options available to your child.


Books for Kids

All Kinds of Minds - Mel Levine (1993)
Written to help children in the elementary grades (7-11 years old) understand how they learn and how they may have different strengths and weaknesses in some areas of learning.

A Bird's Eye View of Life with ADD & ADHD - Chris Zeigler Dendy & Alex Zeigler (2003)
Written expressly for teenagers, preteens, and young adults by teenagers and a young adult who are struggling with ADD or ADHD. This survival guide for teens, preteens, and young adults offers factual information and practical advice in words and examples that young people can easily understand and put into practice.

It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend - Richard Lavoie (2005)
This book offers practical strategies to help learning disabled children ages six through seventeen navigate the treacherous social waters of their school, home, and community.

Jarvis Clutch - Social Spy - Mel Levine (2001)
Jarvis's spy notes provide a bird's eye view of the often traumatic social experiences middle school students are bound to encounter. His wry perspective is alternated with commentary and wisdom from Dr. Levine, who provides an analysis of social situations from an expert's perspective and shares the terminology that students need to understand what it is that makes social interactions so difficult.

The Language Parts Catalog - Mel Levine (1999)
This "catalog" for students in 7th to 10th grade explains the various aspects of language and how they operate. While learning and reading about language, students can fill out an "order form" requesting the language parts they would like and indicating how much they need the parts.

The Memory Factory - Mel Levine (2000)
Compares memory to a factory and discusses how short term memory, active working memory, and long term memory work. Written for students in 7th to 12th grade, The Memory Factory explains memory difficulties and strategies students can use.

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens - Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colon (2002)
Assesses the symptoms of disorganization and offers strategies for change, from backpacks to social calendars.

A Walk in the Rain with a Brain – Edward Hallowell (2004)
Charming illustrations and a funny, whimsical story teach children to play and learn in order to find the strengths they have -- and a discussion guide at the end gives parents and educators the background support they need in order to help children understand and discover the sparkling individuality of their minds.

Zeezy – Lisa Bridges (2008)
Zeezy is an interactive workbook that teaches students organization, study and communication skills.

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