In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
I had a few visitors recently at my school library who brought up out of curiosity what types of books we had in the library that connected to students with special needs. Well, since I am passionate about this topic and actually purchased numerous books throughout the year to accommodate student and staff requests, I peppered them with numerous titles. By the end of the conversation, they learned about numerous books that were fantastic and additionally my preference to find books that naturally integrate a special need or issue in the book without making that challenge the main point of the book… *Please note, I was a Special Education teacher before I began my masters in Library Media, I really enjoyed assessing, accommodating, and educating many children through the years at all my schools. Every school I’ve been at have extra classes that accommodate students that are dealing with different needs, whether they are medically fragile, dealing with emotional challenges, have autism, have ADD/ADHD, have down syndrome… these students are in pull-out classes or integrated into their classes…. there are books that can support and accommodate needs for the children, their parents, and also teachers as well.
I really loved this video- beautiful one to shared with children and adults to help everyone understand about autism a little more, just watched it with my staff recently when we had a discussion on accommodating children and thinking about their perspective:
Also, I thought this video was helpful for explaining about dyslexia-
Beautiful video- What it’s like to have a brother with autism:
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patti Lovell – beautiful picture book that celebrates individuality and additionally shows how to deal with those who would try to bring you down. Additionally, it showed a tiny bit about how you might not know why others are acting the way they are… Goodreads Summary: “Molly Lou Melon is different, but this doesn’t slow her down.”
I Like Myself! By Karen Beaumont – care about yourself! Goodreads Summary: “High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves–inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters. At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont’s joyous rhyming text and David Catrow’s wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful–and straight from the heart.”
I’m Here by Peter H. Reynolds – beautiful story whether you connect to autism or just enjoy a beautiful book where the perspective of empathy presented. Goodreads Summary: “I’m here. And you’re there. And that’s okay. But… maybe there will be a gentle wind that pulls us together. And then I’ll be here and you’ll be here, too. Pure, powerful and deceptively simple, bestselling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds reminds us that children—and the friendships they make—can take flight in unexpected ways.”
Don’t Call Me Special: a first look at disability by Pat Thomas – Many teachers have used this lovely book in connection with introducing students to a new classmate to explain different needs and expectations they might adjust to… Goodreads Summary: “This delightful picture book explores questions and concerns about physical disabilities in a simple and reassuring way. Younger children can find out about individual disabilities, special equipment that is available to help the disabled, and how people of all ages can deal with disabilities and live happy and full lives. Titles in this series for younger children explore emotional issues that boys and girls encounter as part of the growing-up process. Books are focused to appeal to kids of preschool through early school age. Written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, “A First Look At” books promote positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers, and encourage kids to ask questions and confront social and emotional questions that sometimes present problems. Books feature appealing full-color illustrations on every page plus a page of advice to parents and teachers.”
Can I tell you about Asperger Syndrome? By Jude Welton – decent explanation for parents and children. Goodreads Summary: “Meet Adam – a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. He helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS – he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This illustrated book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 years old and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.”
Taking Dyslexia to School by Lauren Moynihan – how to adjust and accommodate to different learning needs. Goodreads Summary: “These beautifully illustrated and fun-to-read storybooks simplify and normalize complicated childhood conditions, like dyslexia. When read aloud, other children can identify why a peer may be treated differently and begin to empathize with them. In addition, children whose conditions set them apart as being different begin to feel accepted and safe. Each book includes a Kids’ Quiz to reinforce new information and Ten Tips for Teachers to provide additional facts and ideas for teacher use. In Taking Dsylexia to School, a young boy with dyslexia shares how difficult school has been for him. With help from his teachers and parents, he learns new techniques for school success.”
The One and Only Sam: a story explaining idioms for children with Asperger Syndrome or other communication difficulties by Aileen Stalker – great explanations about idioms for students who don’t understand them. Goodreads Summary: “”Sam is curious about language. He notices when his parents say something that does not seem to make sense, such as when he hears them use the phrase ‘It’s raining cats and dogs.’ After some initial confusion, he is able to work out what they mean. He starts looking out for idioms and, with his parents’ help, he develops strategies to grasp their meaning.”–Amazon.com.”
Putting on the breaks: young people’s guide to understanding ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by Patricia O. Quinn – helpful explanations and suggestions in this book, more for 3rd-5th grade and up. Useful information shared for parents as well! Goodreads summary: “All you need to know about attention deficit disorder is included in this updated edition of the bestselling classic, Putting on the Brakes. This resource for young people, their parents, and professionals is now revised and expanded, covering the newest techniques in diagnosing and treating ADHD; the most current techniques in relaxation; and tips on how to ask for help, guidance, and support in managing ADHD and its symptoms.”
All Cats have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann and All dogs have ADHD by Kathy Hoopmann – humorous approach to some of the communication and learning challenges. Goodreads Summary: “All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS), drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS. Delightful color photographs bring to life the familiar characteristics of independent cats such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked, and particular eating habits. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality, and potential of people with AS. This engaging book is an ideal, gentle introduction to the world of AS.” “All Dogs Have ADD takes an inspiring and affectionate look at Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), using images and ideas from the canine world to explore a variety of traits that will be instantly recognizable to those who are familiar with ADD. Following the style of the award-winning All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, charming color photographs of dogs bring to life familiar ADD characteristics such as being restless and excitable, getting easily distracted, and acting on impulse. This delightful book combines humor with understanding to reflect the difficulties and joys of raising a child with ADD and celebrates what it means to be considered ‘different’. This absorbing and enjoyable book takes a refreshing approach to understanding ADD.”
The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia by Diane Burton Robb – hopeful explanation about learning how to read and approaching reading in a different way to accommodate learning style. Goodreads Summary: “When Adam started kindergarten, the teacher wanted him to learn about letters. But “p” looked like “q,” and “b” looked like “d.” In first grade, he had to put the letters into words so he could read. That was the beginning of the Alphabet War.”
David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety by Anne Marie Guanci – who series of these… Goodreads Summary: “Learning to deal with anxiety is an important step in a child’s healthy emotional growth. Conquering fears, and not avoiding them, is the lesson imparted in this story. David could not stop thinking about the basket he had missed at the end of the big game. He was worried that he might do it again. He was worried that his team mates would be angry with him. He was worried that his parents would not be proud of him. He was also worried about an upcoming math test. In fact, David was worried a lot. “Should I quit the team?” he asked himself. “Should I be sick tomorrow and miss the math test?” Luckily, David finally confided in his parents and school nurse, both of whom gave him support and techniques for controlling the “worry beast” within him. Delightfully illustrated, it focuses on a very real and essential topic.”
What to do when your temper flares by Dawn Hebner -loads of these books to address various student emotional needs.
Goodreads Summary: “This book guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with anger. This interactive self-help book offers step-by-step instructions to teach children a set of anger dousing methods aimed at cooling angry thoughts and controlling angry actions.”
Andrew’s Angry Words by Dorothea Lachner – enjoyed reading this with my son recently, illustrates your impact on others. Goodreads Summary: “Andrew shouted angry words when his sister spilled his toys. He was instantly sorry, but Marion had already shouted the angry words over the phone to Ted. Andrew ran to Ted’s house–but it was too late. Ted had already passed them along, and the angry words were loose in the world. Children learn very early just how powerful words can be.”
Stat Man by Alan Durant – interesting book… Publisher Summary: “Meet Arnie – the original football anorak! There isn’t a bit of football trivia he doesn’t know. But can he brush up enough on his skills on the pitch to help out his local side? Arnie Keen loves stats – statistics, facts and figures. But best of all he likes football stats, and that is why people call him Stat Man. If you could win football games by knowing football facts, Arnie’s team would always win. Unfortunately, you win by being good at football, which Arnie is not. And when the star player is suddenly injured, Arnie must take his place – will he be able to help his team win the Cup Final? A charming story filled with loads of facts about football! Also suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.”
I was contacted recently by the “We Do Listen Foundation” – https://wedolisten.org/ who write really helpful “Howard B. Wigglebottom” books that address numerous social and emotional skills through lovely picture books. They would like to provide free Skype author visits to as many PK-3 classrooms or schools as possible this coming fall. This is quite a fantastic opportunity for those who might want to reach out and connect with a wonderful foundation and have a connection with authors and wonderful books. Highly suggested: email your interest here: firstname.lastname@example.org and explore their webpage for more information about their books!! https://wedolisten.org/ Additionally, if you want to explore and read any of the Howard B. Wigglebottom books, they are available free and animated online here!! https://wedolisten.org/media/ – there are also daily lessons you can share with children such as “How to be a better listener.” Some of the lessons are available as animated videos and others are actual lessons to share with people.
Sahara Special by Esme Codell – Lovely approach to learning challenges introduced in a beautiful realistic fiction book. Esme is one of my favorite authors and this was her first children’s book I read. Touching teacher story addressing how a teacher accommodates a few students’ issues during a school year while developing a caring classroom. Goodreads Summary: “Laugh-out-loud dialogue and unforgettable characters distinguish Codell’s debut novel about a talented but troubled student and the inspiring teacher whose belief in her changes her life.”
Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper – one of my favorite realistic fiction books, beautiful approach. Goodreads Summary: “Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can’t, because Melody can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.”
Wonder by R.J. Palacio – favorite book of all- realistic fiction told from different points of view. Goodreads Summary: “August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?”
Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin – brilliant novel, one of my favorite books. Goodreads Summary: “Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it’s just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does. Jason can be himself when he writes and he thinks that PhoneixBird—her name is Rebecca—could be his first real friend. But as desperate as Jason is to met her, he’s terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca wil only see his autism and not who Jason really is. By acclaimed writer Nora Raleigh Baskin, this is the breathtaking depiction of an autistic boy’s struggles—and a story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.”
Rules by Cynthia Lord – another wonderful book told from the perspective of an older stister dealing with her little brother who does not understand too many social cues… Goodreads Summary: “Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David the rules-from “a peach is not a funny-looking apple” to “keep your pants on in public”-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she’s always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?”
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd – fantastic mystery! Goodreads Summary: “When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. But after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off – but no Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? So Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.”
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis – love the cultural connections with this book… Goodreads Summary: “Emma-Jean Lazarus is a lovable oddball who thinks she can use logic to solve the messy everyday problems of her seventh-grade peers. It’s easy: she just follows the example of her late father, a brilliant mathematician. Of course, the more Emma-Jean gets involved, the messier her own life gets. Suddenly she’s no longer the person standing on the outside of all social interactions. But perhaps that’s a good thing?”
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine – upsetting story, so many issues mixed into one book but beautiful overall. Goodreads Summary: “In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.”
So B. It by Sarah Weeks – Touching… Goodreads Summary: “You couldn′t really tell about Mama′s brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl′s, and she only knew 23 words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said: soof. Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbour, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother′s vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi′s thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.”
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key/Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos – ADD/ADHD addressed naturally in this book. Goodreads Summary: “Joey Pigza can’t sit still. He can’t pay attention, he can’t follow the rules, and he can’t help it — especially when his meds aren’t working. Joey’s had problems ever since he was born, problems just like his dad and grandma have. And whether he’s wreaking havoc on a class trip or swallowing his house key, Joey’s problems are getting worse. In fact, his behavior is so off the wall that his teachers are threatening to send him to the special-ed center downtown. Joey knows he’s really a “good” kid, but no matter how hard he tries to do the right thing, something always seems to go wrong. Will he ever get anything right?”
Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley – loved this touching book. Really interesting perspective and voice. Powerful situation for a child to be in… Shows the personal turmoil.
Goodreads Summary: “Olivia “Livvie” Owen feels things differently than her parents and two sisters. Livvie is autistic. Her family has had to move repeatedly because of her outbursts. When they again face eviction, Livvie is convinced she has a way to get back to a house where they were all happy, once. The problem is, Livvie burned down that house. But she’s not giving up. Here is her story.”
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – reading challenges – Goodreads Summary: “Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.”
Hank Zipzer series – Worlds Greatest Underachiever by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver – loved this book, dyslexia addressed slightly. Goodreads Summary: “For Hank, fourth grade does not start out on the right foot. First of all, he gets called to the principal’s office on the very first day of school. Then the first assignment his teacher gives him is to write five paragraphs on “What You Did This Summer.” Hank is terrified-writing one good sentence is hard for him, so how in the world is he going to write five whole paragraphs? Hank comes up with a plan: instead of writing what he did on vacation, he’ll show what he did. But when Hank’s “living essay” becomes a living disaster, he finds himself in detention. Strangely enough, however, detention ends up becoming a turning point in his life.”
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko – autism addressed – Goodreads Summary: “Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I’m not the only kid who lives here. There’s my sister, Natalie, except she doesn’t count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cook’s or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don’t want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you’re me. I came here because my mother said I had to.”
Thank you Mr. Falkner and Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco – favorite picture book more appropriate for older students. Goodreads Summary: “Patricia Polacco is now one of America’s most loved children’s book creators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha’s dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we. This inspiring story is available in a deluxe slipcased edition, complete with a personal letter to readers from Patricia Polacco herself. Thank You, Mr. Falker will make a beautiful gift for the special child who needs encouragement or any special teacher who has made a difference in the child’s life.” I absolutely loved this Mom’s article about how Thank you, Mr. Falker impacted her daughter and class: http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/inspirational-stories/motivational-stories/making-the-most-of-gods-gifts?page=0,0 “When young Trisha finds out her class at the new school is known as ?The Junkyard,? she is devastated. She moved from her old town so she wouldn?t be in a special class anymore! But then she meets her teacher, the quirky and invincible Mrs. Peterson, and her classmates, an oddly brilliant group of students each with his or her own unique talent. And it is here in The Junkyard that Trisha learns the true meaning of genius, and that this group of misfits are, in fact, wonders, all of them. Based on a real-life event in Patricia Polacco?s childhood, this ode to teachers will inspire all readers to find their inner genius.”
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner – Historical Fiction, Dyslexia, subtle yet poignant. Favorite new book read in June 2013: Push all other books aside ladies and gentleman and prepare yourselves for a middle school book packed with: friendship, rebellion, danger, conspiracy theory, and swearing… fantastic middle school/high school novel. (Really, really not for children under 12, quite violent and upsetting in my opinion.) Goodreads Summary: “In Sally Gardner’s stunning novel, set in a ruthless regime, an unlikely teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing.
What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall. On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn’t want anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell — who has different-colored eyes, who can’t read, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright — sees things differently than the rest of the “train-track thinkers.” So when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big…One hundred very short chapters, told in an utterly original first-person voice, propel readers through a narrative that is by turns gripping and darkly humorous, bleak and chilling, tender and transporting.”
House Rules by Jodi Picoult – Asperger’s syndrome- fascinating book. Goodreads Summary: “When your son can’t look you in the eye…does that mean he’s guilty? Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject – forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he’s always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he’s usually right.
But when Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?”
Look me in the Eye by John Elder Robison – Aspergers Syndrome – Goodreads Summary: “Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” No guidance came from his mother, who conversed with light fixtures, or his father, who spent evenings pickling himself in sherry. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.
After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed him a gig with KISS, for whom he created their legendary fire-breathing guitars. Later, he drifted into a “real” job, as an engineer for a major toy company. But the higher Robison rose in the company, the more he had to pretend to be “normal” and do what he simply couldn’t: communicate. It wasn’t worth the paycheck.
It was not until he was forty that an insightful therapist told him he had the form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way Robison saw himself—and the world.”
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork – cannot wait to read this book! Goodreads Summary: “Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear–part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify–and he’s always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm’s mailroom in order to experience “the real world.” There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it’s a picture he finds in a file — a picture of a girl with half a face — that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.”
The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon – loved this mystery – Goodreads Summary: “Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.”
Came across this post today, thought it was a lovely connection to my blog post:
Recent update- watched this video from a boy who explains a few things:
Also, I was chatting with a colleague who mentioned her special education professional resource is Rick Lavoie. Interesting instruction for teachers…
Richard Lavoie: No Sweats: Excellent tips for parents and teachers for students:
F.A.T. L.D. Processing:
Visual Perception Activity:
Reading Comprehension Activity:
Last One Picked, First One Picked On:
Also, I thought this Brain Gym/Kinesiology video was useful with many helpful tips, Brain Gym has been around for quite some time… nice transition to start the day, prepare for a test, etc.:
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