Our librarian Jan reviews a new book you can borrow from our free postal lending library.
‘Parenting Your Disabled Child: the first three years’
by Margaret Barrett
If you have only just found out your baby is disabled or you know you are going to give birth to a disabled child, this is a lovely book written in a lovely gentle style that will guide you through the emotions you are likely to feel, suggest coping strategies and offer you suggestions for bringing out the best in your child.
I particularly liked the quotes from parents’ describing the emotions they felt on finding out their child had a disability. They will definitely make you feel you are not alone. The chapter on coping strategies will help you help yourself as a carer.
The largest section of the book looks at areas of child development in the early years from encouraging social development to practical issues like toilet training. It focuses on ways to provide your child with every opportunity for stimulation and interaction, so that you can make sure they have the best start in life.
To borrow this book and for more information about our library please email email@example.com.
Check out the books we have in our postal lending library on growing up.
Going through adolescence
- How to be yourself in a world that’s different by Yuko Yoshida – C0148 & C0048
- Freaks Geeks and Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson – L6291
- Exploring Friendships Puberty and Relationships: a programme to help children and young people on the Autism Spectrum to cope with the challenges of adolescence by Kate Ripley – L6602
- Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome: 325 ideas insights tips and strategies by Brenda Boyd – L6650
- Social Skills Training for Adolescents with General Moderate Learning Difficulties by Ursula Cornish – L1720
- Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum by Chantal Sicile-Kira – L6133
- Asperger Syndrome Adolescence and Identity: looking beyond the label by Harvey Molloy – L1614
Going through puberty
- Taking Care of Myself: a hygiene puberty and personal curriculum for young people with Autism by Mary Wrobel – L6323 (this book covers both boys and girls)
- How It Is: an image vocabulary for children about feelings, rights and safety, personal care and sexuality by the NSPCC – L5986
- The Boys Guide to Growing Up: choices and changes during puberty by Terri Couwenhoven – L6483
- What’s Happening to Ellie? A book about puberty for girls and young women with autism and related conditions by Kate Reynolds – C0248
- Girl Talk: a survival guide to growing up by Caroline Plaisted – C0218
- Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about their Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality by Terri Couwenhoven – L6262
- Sexuality and Severe Autism: a practical guide for parents caregivers and health educators by Kate Reynolds – L6505
- Aspergers Syndrome and Sexuality: from adolescence through adulthood by Isabelle Henault – L6650
Transition to adult services
- Personalisation in Practice: supporting young people with disabilities through the transition to adulthood by Suzie Franklin – L6536
- Achieving Successful Transitions for Young People with Disabilities: a practical guide by Jill Hughes – L6655
To borrow books from the library please email the librarian Jan Pugh on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our librarian Jan reviews a new book available to borrow for free from our postal lending library.
Clueless Clarence: 5th April 2007
by Zoe Hunter and Leslie Roberts
Meet Clarence and his family. Clueless Clarence is a book of the innermost thoughts of a 15 going on 16 year old boy with mild Autism. From a day by day diary written over the course of 2008 to a selection of his poems. This is a quirky fun and imaginative book that joins fact and fiction. Any parent with an autistic child will recognise the anxieties and the preoccupations and any teenager with a diagnosis will recognise that they are not the only one.
This month we have a list of the books in our library on emotions.
- L6626 & L6664 The Incredible 5-Point Scale: assisting students in understanding social interactions and controlling their emotional responses by Kari Dunn Baron
- L6460 Children with Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Communication Problems: there is always a reason by Melanie Cross
- L6416 & L6530 Help Your Child or Teen Get Back on Track: what parents and professionals can do for childhood emotional and behavioural problems by Kenneth H Talan
- C0208 PECS Cards ‘Feelings and Emotions’
- C0114 All Kinds of Feelings by Emma Brownjohn
- C0130 Exploring Fear with your Child by Ilene L Dillon
- C0212 The Panicosaurus: managing anxiety in children including those with Aspergers by K I Al Ghani
- L6422 Exploring Feelings: cognitive behaviour therapy to manager anxiety by Tony Attwood
- L6241 Helping Your Anxious Child by David Lewis
- C0211 The Disappointment Dragon: learning to cope with disappointment for all children and dragon tamers including those with Aspergers by K I Al Ghani
- C0157 A Volcano in my Tummy: helping children to handle anger by Eliane Whitehouse
- C0131 Exploring Anger with your Child by Ilene L Dillon
- L6421 Exploring Feelings: cognitive behaviour therapy to manage anger by Tony Attwood
- L6437 Anger Management: session plans using strength based solutions by E A Morris
- C0176 & C0245 The Red Beast: controlling anger in children with Aspergers by K I Al Ghani
- L6497 The Rough Guide to Mindfulness by Albert Tobler
- L6522 Mindfulness Therapeutic Care For Children by Joanna North
- L6519 Mindfulness: a practice guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams
Also, many books on specific conditions will also have individual chapters on the emotional effects of that condition. If you would like any advice on which books to choose, please contact Jan the Librarian on 0800 32 81 159 or by email at email@example.com.
Our librarian Jan reviews The Girl with the Curly Hair, by Alis Rowe.
‘The Girl with the Curly Hair Asperger’s and Me’ by Alis Rowe
2013 Lonely Mind Books
This book is a real insight into what life is like with Asperger’s. Particularly for a girl with Asperger’s, as many of the typical Aspie traits seen in boys aren’t necessarily there in girls. Alis, the author finally got a diagnosis when she was in her twenties. She writes very candidly about school life, home life and social life and gives tips for friends and family to help them see things how an Aspie sees them. There are also sections on hypermobility, hypersensitivity and co-ordination issues, which so often go hand in hand with having an autism spectrum disorder. This is such an accessible book, you feel you are having a conversation directly with the author. It would be particularly good for parents and other relatives to read.
Other books in the ‘Girl with the Curly Hair’ series that we have in the library
Asperger’s Syndrome in 5-8 Year Olds
Written for the parents and teachers of children with Asperger’s. Using a series of cartoons this book explains how an Aspie feels in everyday situations. This one covering 5 to 8 year olds looks at play, feelings, friendships and life at home.
Asperger’s Syndrome in 8 – 11 Year Olds
This one is the next in the series and covers children with Asperger’s as they develop. This book focuses on behaviours, like anxiety and how to understand how it feels from the child’s perspective. Great for parents, other relatives and friends and ideal for the child to read themselves.
The 1st Comic Book
This one is new in the library and explains social situations going into adulthood. It explains how everyday situations feel quite different to a person with Asperger’s compared to a person who is neurotypical.
You can find out more about The Curly Hair Project on their website http://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/ The Project has been set up to help girls and women with Asperger’s. They are a social enterprise offering things like workshops, a bookshop and ASD training for teachers and NHS staff. There is also an online blog that you can subscribe to.
To borrow any of these books contact Jan on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01267 244203.
This month we have a list of the range of books on behaviour available to borrow free of charge from our Postal Lending Library.
Advice for parents:
- L6627 Challenging Behaviour and People with Learning Disabilities: a handbook
- L6593 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Help Young People with ASD
- L6377 Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD: a practical guide for managing difficult behaviours
- L6350 and L6286 The Explosive Child: a new approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated chronically inflexible children
- L6450 and L6578 Calm Your Hyperactive Child: coping with ADHD and other behavioural problems
- L6416 and L6530 Help Your Child or Teen Get Back on Track: what parents and professionals can do for childhood emotional and behaviour problems
- L6364 and L6296 No Fighting No Biting No Screaming: how to make behaving positively possible for people with autism and other developmental disabilities
- L6031 Achieving Best Behaviour for Children with Developmental Disabilities
- L1611 Bringing Up a Challenging Child at Home
- L6460 Children with Social Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties and Communication Problems: there is always a reason
- L6180 Encouraging Appropriate Behaviour for Children on the Autism Spectrum
- L1610 Communication-Based Intervention for Problem Behaviour
- L1664 The Good The Bad and The Irritating: a practical approach for parents of children who are attention seeking
- C0151 Don’t Behave Like You Live in a Cave
Especially in class:
- L6551 and L6597 Including Children With Attention and Behaviour Difficulties in the Foundation Stage
- L1532 and L1608 A Practical Guide to Solving Pre-school Behaviour Problems
- L6188 Getting the Buggars to Behave: advice on behaviour management in the classroom
Anger for children:
- C0157 A Volcano in my Tummy: helping children to handle anger
- C0131 Exploring Anger with Your Child
- C0176 and C0245 The Red Beast: controlling anger in children with Aspergers Syndrome
Anger for parents:
- L6421 Exploring Feelings: cognitive behaviour therapy to manage anger
- L6526 The Anger Box: sensory turmoil and pain in autism
- L6437 Anger Management: session plans using strength based solutions
- L6581 Gardening for Children with ASD: engaging with nature to combat anxiety
- C0212 The Panicosaurus: managing anxiety in children including those with Asperger Syndrome
- L6241 Helping Your Anxious Child
- L6422 Exploring Feelings: cognitive behaviour to manage anxiety
You can also download our factsheet on Managing Challenging behaviour and Parent’s Guide to Anxiety, which gives guidance on helping your child reduce feelings of anxiety.
If you would like to borrow any of these or any other books from our library, it is free of charge. Please contact Jan the Librarian on 01267 244203 or email@example.com
We have many books in the library written by the parents of children with neurological conditions and written by people themselves about their own experiences growing up. If you would like to borrow any of them please email the Librarian on firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would like to join the library, there is a membership form on the library page of our website.
Books by parents who have children with:
Brain injury from birth
- L6128 & L6211 Blue Sky July by Nia Wyn
- L6663 The Skies I’m Under: the rain and shine of parenting a child with complex disabilities by Rachel Wright
Acquired Brain Injury
- L6358 Unthinkable: a mother’s tragedy, terror and triumph through a child’s traumatic brain injury
- L6037 Ollie: the true story of a courageous life by Stephen Venables
- L6077 The Siege: a family’s journey into the world of an autistic child by Clara Claibourne
- L6178 A Will of His Own: reflections on parenting a child with autism by Kelly Harland
- L6256 Growing Up Severely Autistic: they call me Gabriel by Kate Rankin
- L6307 Not Stupid: the inspiring true story of one mother’s fight to give her autistic children the quality of life they deserve by Anna Kennedy
- L6496 Carly’s Voice: breaking through autism by Arthur Fleishmann
- L6514 George and Sam: the story of two brothers with autism by Charlotte Moore
- L6580 Coming Through the Fog: a mother shares her journey of her daughters recovery from autism and sensory processing disorder to functioning recovery and independent living while providing helpful tips for other parents by Tami Goldstein
- L6624 A Real Boy: how autism shattered our lives and made a family from the pieces by Christopher and Nicola Stevens
- L6651 Toast: autism in the early years by Alice Boardman
- L6149 A Friend Like Henry: the remarkable true story of an autistic boy and the dog that unlocked his world by Nuala Gardner
- L6545 The Horse Boy: the true story of a father’s miraculous journey to heal his son by Rupert Isaacson
- L6309 Eating an Artichoke: a mother’s perspective on Aspergers Syndrome by Echo Fling
- L6480 The Spark: a mother’s story of nurturing genius by Kristine Barnett
- L6623 Natural Genius: the gifts of Asperger’s Syndrome by Susan Rubinya
- L6020 Marching to a Different Tune: diary about an ADHD boy by Jacky Fletcher
- L6306 ADHD: a challenging journey by Anna Richards
- L6507 The Boy From Hell: life with a child with ADHD by Alison Thompson
- L6548 Multicoloured Mayhem: parenting the many shades of adolescents and children with autism, Asperger Syndrome and ADHD by Jacqui Jackson
- L6280 My Perfect Son Has Cerebral Palsy by Marie Kennedy
- L1299 & L6202 Expecting Adam: a true story of birth transformation and unconditional love by Martha Beck
- L1307 Blessing by M Craig
- L6129 Gifts: mothers reflect on how children with Down Syndrome enrich their lives by Kathryn Lynard Soper
- L6201 Danny’s Challenge: the true story of a father learning to love his son by Danny Mardell
- L0767 Something’s Not Right: one family’s struggle with learning difficulties by N Lelewer
- L6169 Miles From the Sideline: a mother’s journey with her special needs daughter by Maura Weis
- L6198 When the Bough Breaks: a mother’s story by Julia Hollander
- L6317 Laughing Allegra: the inspiring story of a mother’s struggle and triumph raising a daughter with learning disabilities
- L6344 & L6555 Different Dads: father’s stories of parenting disabled children by Jill Harrison
Books by people who grew up with a condition
- L6434 The Woman Who changed Her Brain: unlocking the extraordinary potential of the human mind by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
- L6214 Succeeding with Autism: hear my voice by Judith Cohen
- L6419 & L6506 From Another Planet: autism from within by Dominique DuMortier
- L6495 & L6620 The Reason I Jump: one boy’s voice from the silence of autism by Naoki Higashida
- L6291 Freaks Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: a user guide to adolescence by Luke Jackson
- L6135 ADHD: an autobiography of survival by Richard Kuendig
- L6248 Only a Mother Could Love Him: how I lived and triumphed over ADHD
- L1278 My Left Foot by Christie Brown (Cerebral Palsy)
- L1346 Under the Eye of the Clock: the life story of Christopher by Christopher Nolan (Cerebral Palsy)
- L6335 Where There’s a Will There’s a Way: Marilyn gives us a unique insight into what it is like living with Cerebral Palsy by Marilyn Earley
- L6361 26 A Behind the Scenes Tour of Life with Cerebral Palsy by Stuart Maloney
- L6643 If Only You Knew: a young girl growing up with Cerebral Palsy in the real world by Jacy Arthur
- L1513 I Survived: how to get a life by P Churchill (Epilepsy)
- AV6318 John’s Not Mad: the ground breaking QED documentary on the life of John Davidson and his struggle with Tourette’s Syndrome (dvd)
- L6557 Passing for Normal: the memoir of a young girl’s struggle with Tourette’s Syndrome by Amy Wilensky
Books by people who have experienced a brain injury
- L6466 The Day My Brain Exploded: a true story by Ashok Rajamani
Email email@example.com to borrow any of these books or go to our library page to view the rest of our books.
Our librarian Jan reviews two of the latest additions to our Postal Lending Library.
The Skies I’m Under: the rain and shine of parenting a child with complex disabilities by Rachel Wright
2015 Born At The Right Time Publishing
£6.99 ISBN 9780993491504
L6663 in the library
Beautifully written, this book tells the story of Rachel and her husband as they come to terms with life bringing up their adored son Sam. He was born in 2005 and diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemaemic Encephalopathy which means he has Cerebral Palsy, seizures and has to be tube fed. Some days are good, some days are bad but with the support of friends and family, their faith and their enduring courage they tell their story. Other mums and dads reading it will feel they are not alone and if any of our supporters wanted to read an account of the realities of life with a disabled child, this book would tell them.
The Brain’s Way of Healing: stories of remarkable recoveries and discoveries by Norman Doidge
2016 Penguin Books
£9.99 ISBN 9780141980805
L6660 in the library
Ever heard of neuroplasticity or neurofeedback being used to repair the brain? There are lots of accounts in this book where people have had a great deal of success using these techniques. Although many of the examples do centre around conditions experienced in adulthood there is information of how it can be used for ADD, ADHD, Epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. At a time when more and more is being discovered about how the brain heals itself, this is a very inspiring book.
You can find out more about our library and sign up to be a member on our library pages.
The Sensory Sensitive Kit
We have made some changes to the sensory tubs that are available from our free lending library.
Up until now we have offered 8 different type of tubs – each with a collection of toys. We have decided to change the choice of tubs we offer to allow us to offer more of each type of tub and allow us to replace old and tired parts from the existing tubs.
The tubs that are being replaced are the Original Sensory Tubs; the Tactile Kit; the Sounds Kit; the Music in Box; the Visual Sensory Tub and the Mirror Diffraction Tubs. If you were on the waiting list for any of these, you should already have been contacted to see what you would like instead.
The ‘Relaxation Sensory Tubs’ and the ‘Fidget Kits’ and ‘UV Fun Tubs’ will remain but there will now be 3 of each available for loan.
The new tubs we are offering are:
- 3 x ‘Sensory Seeking Kits’ – items in these kits are brightly coloured, include hard textures, encourage activity and include percussion instruments and vibrating items
- 3 x ‘Sensory Sensitive Kits’ – items in these kits are soft textured, include quiet sounds and low lighting and include items with slow moving oils, gels and glitter inside
- There will also be one “Lucky Dip” Sensory Bag, which will contain a variety of sensory items but the contents will vary depending on what is available, these are likely to be percussion, visual and tactile items.
We hope you will like our new choice of toys, and that the waiting times will be reduced for you.
You can see the full range of items available to borrow here.
Jan, The Librarian
We have lots of books on Special Educational Needs available to borrow for free from our postal lending library.
The new EHC plans and SEND Code of Practice
- L6652 The SENCO Handbook: leading and managing a whole school approach by Elizabeth Cowne
- L6633 Special Needs and Legal Entitlement: the essential guide to getting out of the maze by Melinda Nettleton
- L6656 The SEND Code of Practice 0 – 25 Years: policy provision and practice by Rona Tutt
- L6655 Acheiving Successful Transitions for Young People with Disabilities: a practical guide by Jill Hughes
Special Educational Statementing (where it is still applicable)
- L6341 and L6569 Surving the Special Educational Needs System: how to be a velvet bulldozer by Sandy Row
- L6322 Guerilla Mum: surviving the special needs education jungle by Ellen Power
- L6327 and L6383 Choosing a School for a Child with Special Needs by Ruth Birnbaum
- L6167 and L6535 Special Educational Needs a Parents’ Guide by Antonia Chitty
- L6585 Including Children with Cerebral Palsy in the Foundation Stage by Lindsay Barnes
- L6592 Including Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the Foundation Stage by Clare Beswick
- L6551 and L6597 Including Children with Attention and Behaviour Difficulties in the Foundation Stage by Maureen Garner
- L6370 Key Issues in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion by Alan Hodkinson
- L6342 How To Reach and Teach All Students in the Inclusive Classroom by Sandra Rief
- L6455 Including Me: managing complex health needs in schools and early years settings by Jeanne Carlin
- L6513 How To Make School Make Sense: a parents’ guide to helping the child with Asperger Syndrome by Clare Lawrence
- L6213 Special Educational Needs Inclusion and Diversity by Norah Frederickson
- Schools for Special Needs Gabbitas Education 18th Edition 2013: the complete guide to special needs education in the United Kingdom
- L6501 Personalised Learning for Young People with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties by Andrew Colley
Particularly for teachers / SENCOs
- L6427 A Practical Guide for Teachers of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Secondary School Education by Debra Costley
- L6412 Transforming the Role of the SENCO: achieving the national award for sen co-ordination by Fiona Hallett
- L6143 Teaching at Home: a new approach to tutoring children with autism and Asperger Syndrome by Olga Holland
- L6430 Autism and Flexischooling: a shared classroom and home schooling approach by Clare Lawrence
If you would like to borrow any of these books please contact our librarian on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01267 244203. To download a full list of all of our books visit our library pages.