Helpful Resource Books
Alphabet War, A Story About Dyslexia, by Diane Burton Robb, pictures by Gail Piazza
This is a children’s picture book that can be read to a child who is having difficulty with learning to read. It tells a story of Adam from preschool to fourth grade. Many children will be able to identify with the difficulties Adam has as well as his eventual success with reading by the end of the story.
Driven to Distraction, by Edward Hallowell, M.D.
This book gives a history of the ADD diagnosis and defines and provides treatment options from childhood into adulthood for people with ADD.
The book is easy to read and understand. The author gives a personal view of his own struggles with dyslexia and ADD, as well as many case studies of patients he has treated in his private practice.
Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, by David A. Kilpatrick
Designed for school psychologists, reading specialists, and educators, this book provides strategies for assessing the reason(s) why a student struggles with reading. It also presents techniques for improving reading skills that are highly effective and evidence-based. Finally, Kilpatrick offers guidelines for interpreting and using the reading components in assessment batteries. Online supplemental tools and resources are available.
Getting Ahead of ADHD: What Next-Generation Science Says about Treatments That Work—and How You Can Make Them Work for Your Child, by Dr. Joel Nigg
This is a comprehensive, up-to-date distillation of the current research on ADHD, and the best ways to treat it. Many in the field now believe that ADHD is not inherited; the tendency to develop it is inherited and can be influenced by environmental factors. Nutrition, stress, trauma,
exercise, chemical exposure, and sleep all can have an effect.
Once ADHD was seen as a problem of attention, then as faulty executive function. It is now understood as the inability to self-regulate across several areas - attention, behavior and emotions. Self-regulation includes suppression or controlling, and also activating, energizing, and persisting. A person with ADHD cannot control these functions reliably.
Dr. Nigg presents a comprehensive catalog of current treatments backed by research, their efficacy, and detailed recommendations. He addresses food supplements, caffeine, computerized cognitive training, biofeedback and neurofeedback.
Overcoming Dyslexia, by Sally Shaywitz
Although published in 2013, this book offers a thorough and yet understandable description of dyslexia. Dr. Shaywitz also explains how children with reading difficulties can be helped so that they can become good readers. She has included suggestions for parents that can be done at home.
Executive Functioning, by Dr. Charles Krasnow, a psychiatrist affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, recommends the following resources for a better understanding of ADHD and executive functioning. (November 19, 2013)
Recommended books on ADHD and Executive Function: