Author Archives: Janet Pugh

Books on ADHD in the library

Check out the books on ADHD that you can borrow from our postal lending library for free.

For parents

  • L6329 & L6365 ADHD Living Without Brakes by Martin Kutscher
  • L6450 & L6578 Calm Your Hyperactive Child: coping with ADHD and other behavioural problems by Sabina Dosani
  • L6727 Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD: a practical parent’s guide for managing difficult behaviours by Grad Flick
  • L6508 Helping Hyperactive Kids A Sensory Integration Approach: techniques and tips for parents and professionals by Lynn Horowitz
  • L6338 The ADD/ADHD Checklist: a practical reference for parents and teachers by Sandra Rief
  • L6400 ADHD Handbook for Families: a guide to communicating with professionals by Paul Weingartner
  • L6401 Step by Step Help For Your Children with ADHD: a self-help manual for parents by Cathy Lever-Bradbury
  • L6402 Helping Kids and Teens with ADHD by Joanne Steer
  • L6379 ADHD Homework Challenges Transformed: creative ways to achieve focus and attention by building on ADHD traits by Harriet Hope Green
  • L6459 What Causes ADHD? By Joel Nigg
  • L6559 The ADHD Parenting Handbook: practical advice for parents from parents by Colleen Alexander-Roberts
  • L6649 ADHD Does Not Exist: the truth about attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder by Richard Saul
  • L6715 The Family ADHD Solution: a scientific approach to maximizing your child’s attention and minimizing parental stress by Mark Bertin

Autobiographical

  • L6020 Marching to a Different Tune: diary about an ADHD boy by Jacky Fletcher
  • L6248 Only a Mother Could Love Him by Ben Polis
  • L6135 ADHD: an autobiography of survival by Dr Richard Kuendig
  • L6306 ADHD: a challenging journey by Anna Richards
  • L6507 The Boy From Hell: life with a boy with ADHD by Alison Thompson

For kids

  • C0216 Can I Tell You About ADHD? A guide for family friends and professionals by Susan Varney
  • C0117 Girls Guide to ADHD by Beth Walker
  • C0062 Putting on the Brakes: young peoples guide to understanding ADHD by Patricia Quinn
  • C0061 Jumpin Johnny Get Back To Work by Michael Gordon

Novels for kids

  • C0058 Sparkys Excellent Misadventures by Phyllis Carpenter
  • C0059 Eagle Eyes: a child’s guide to paying attention by Jeanne Gehret
  • C0069 Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
  • C0070 Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos
  • C0071 What Would Joey Do? By Jack Gantos

Sensory Items

  • Fidget Kits
  • Sensory Seeking Kits
  • Relaxation Sensory Kits

To borrow any of these books contact janetp@cerebra.org.uk or to find out more about our library look at our library page.

New books in our library

In recent months the library has had less money to buy new books and it’s been hard to choose which books to buy out of all the new publications and suggestions from library members.

Here are our most recent new books. We’ve chosen ones on subjects we are asked for most frequently and we’ve received a few donated books too.

Books

  • L6700 Successful Social Stories for Young Children: growing up with social stories by Siobhan Timmins
    ISBN 9781785921124 2016
  • L6702 Toby and Sox: the heartwarming tale of a little boy with autism and a dog in a million by Vikky Turner
    ISBN 9781785032004 2016
  • L6698 The Out of Sync Child Grows Up: coping with sensory processing disorder in the adolescent and young adult years by Carol Stock Kranowitz
    ISBN 9780399176319 2016
    This is the latest book in the very popular series of the out of sync child books
  • L6699 Understanding Sensory Processing Disorders in Children: a guide for parents and professionals by Matt Mielnick
    ISBN 9781785927522 2017
  • L6671 Neurotribes: the legacy of autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently by Oliver Sacks
    ISBN 9781760113643 2015
    The Sunday Times Bestseller and winner of Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction 2015
  • L6694 The Gentle Sleep Book: a guide for calm babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers by Sarah Ockwell-Smith
    ISBN 9780349405209 2015
  • L6685 More Than Words: helping parents promote communication and social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder by Fern Sussman
    This is an extra copy of a very popular title very kindly donated to us by a library member
  • L6708 Hope: celebrate your baby with Down Syndrome by Tania Khan
    Donated by the author
  • L6701 Special Educational Needs and Disability Discrimination in Schools: a legal handbook by Sarah Hannett et al, published by the Legal Action Group
    ISBN 9781098407764 2017

DVD

AV6691 Autism and Me by Rory Hoy
This is a very good dvd of a television documentary, explaining what it’s like to have autism, that is often recommended to people after their child has been diagnosed.

Children’s Books – ages 5 to 8+

  • C0266 Autism Superheroes by Johanna Manikiza, published by ASD Info in Wales
    Non-Fiction explaining autism to children (bilingual – in English and Welsh)
  • C0267 Autism Superheroes Comic Strip by Johanna Manikiza published by ASD Info in Wales
    Fiction explaining autism to children (bilingual – in English and Welsh)
  • C0270 Emily’s Sister by Michele Gianetti
    Fiction for the siblings of a child with dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder
  • C0269 My Book of Feelings by Tracey Ross
    Non-fiction explaining different feelings to children
  • C0268 When My Worries Get Too Big by Kari Dun Buron
    Non-fiction explaining anxiety and relaxation to children with developmental disabilities

If you are not already a member of the library fill in the form on our library page.

Book Review: Parenting your disabled child

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
ISBN 9781847094513
£9.99

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 janetp@cerebra.org.uk.

Books in the library on growing up

books on growing upCheck 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 janetp@cerebra.org.uk.

Clueless Clarence Book Review

Our librarian Jan reviews a new book available to borrow for free from our postal lending library.

clueless-clarenceClueless Clarence: 5th April 2007
by Zoe Hunter and Leslie Roberts
ISBN 9781785076091
£14.99

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.

Books in the library on emotions

This month we have a list of the books in our library on emotions.

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

Fear:

  • C0130 Exploring Fear with your Child by Ilene L Dillon

Anxiety:

  • 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

Disappointment:

  • C0211 The Disappointment Dragon: learning to cope with disappointment for all children and dragon tamers including those with Aspergers by K I Al Ghani

Anger:

  • 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

Mindfulness:

  • 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 janetp@cerebra.org.uk.

Book Review: The Girl with the Curly Hair

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

the girl with the curly hair book2013  Lonely Mind Books
ISBN  9780956269324

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 bookAsperger’s Syndrome in 5-8 Year Olds

ISBN 9781512034950

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 bookAsperger’s Syndrome in 8 – 11 Year Olds

ISBN 9781511611893

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.

1st comic bookThe 1st Comic Book

ISBN 9780956269317

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 janetp@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 244203.

Borrow books on behaviour from our library

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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

For kids:

  • 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

Anxiety:

  • 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 janetp@cerebra.org.uk

 

Autobiographical Books in our Library

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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 janetp@cerebra.org.uk 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

Autism

  • 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

Aspergers

  • 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

ADHD

  • 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

Cerebral Palsy

  • L6280 My Perfect Son Has Cerebral Palsy by Marie Kennedy

Down Syndrome

  • 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

Learning Difficulties

  • 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 janetp@cerebra.org.uk to borrow any of these books or go to our library page to view the rest of our books.

Book Reviews

Our librarian Jan reviews two of the latest additions to our Postal Lending Library.

book cover the-skies-im-underThe 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.


book cover brains way of healingThe 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.