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Recommended Books for Parents & Caregivers

The Explosive Child by Ross Greene

The Explosive Child, is an effectively straightforward book for parents and educators to start to understand why children have challenging behaviors and how you can help. This compassionate view shares that children aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, they have lagging skills that we need to help identify, collaboratively.

Lost at School by Ross Greene

Lost at School includes enhanced methods for solving problems and improving communication for parents and educators supporting those with challenging behaviors. Dr. Greene offers a powerful sense of hope and achievable change, gives teachers and parents the realistic strategies and information to impact the classroom experience of every challenging child.

Beyond Behaviors by Mona Delahooke

Mona Delahooke has provided effective tools and strategies for children labeled with ODD, DMDD, RAD and others. Beyond Behaviors provides the basis for a paradigm shift in understanding and treating children – a neurobiologically-informed treatment model that provides insightful directives which then leads to effective outcomes as traditional methods of shaping children’s behaviors typically ignore children’s emotional state.

What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew by Sharon Saline

What your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew,this insightful and practical book shares the words and inner struggles of children and teens living with ADHD—and a blueprint for achieving lasting parent-child relationships by working together. Through Dr. Saline’s advice and real-world examples, this book reveals how parents can shift the dynamic and truly help kids succeed.

Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson

Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a respectful and encouraging manner for both children, parents and educators. This book is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Jane Nelsen, wrote the book to inform parents that the key to positive parenting is not punishment, but mutual respect.

Smart But Scattered by by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. The author offers expert guidance for boosting executive skills–the core brain-based abilities needed to get more done with less stress. Smart but Scattered provides realistic examples, self-quizzes, and science-based tools for strengthening time management, organization, emotional control, and more.

The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety and More. by Elaine Taylor-Klaus

The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids provides a reality-based recipe for raising complex kids, while not making yourself and your family crazy in the process. It is a wake-up call, a clear path for action and a message of inspiration for kids, parents and educators. Elaine Taylor-Klaus will walk you through a method that provides essential tools for clearly setting effective and realistic expectations for your kids.

Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guild to Conquering Your Child’s Fears by Dan Peters

Make Your Worrier a Warrior, an award-winning book, provides useful and comforting methods that parents can use to help their children reduce anxiety wherever they go. These strategies will work just as effectively to manage parents’ own anxieties. This book allows parents to team up with their children or teens to help them conquer their worries.

Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life by Stuart Shanker

Self Reg presents an entirely new understanding of your child’s emotions and behavior and a practical guide for parents to help their kids engage calmly and successfully in learning and life as it realigns the power of the parent-child relationship for positive change. Dr Stuart Shanker provides concrete ways to develop parents’ self-regulation skills and teach their children to do the same and engage successfully with life for optimal learning, social, and emotional growth.

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson Ph.D.

The Whole-Brain Child is the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. It is a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. It is Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child. Daniel J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson show you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen by Joanne Fabor and Julie King

How to talk so little kids will listen is a must-have book for parents, caregivers and educators. It is an essential manual of communication strategies, including a chapter that addresses the special needs of children with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. This user-friendly guide will empower parents and caregivers of young children to help little kids grow into self-reliant big kids who are cooperative and connected to their parents, teachers, siblings, and peers.

Confident Parents, Confident Kids by Jennifer S. Miller, MEd

Confident Parents, Confident Kids will teach you how to identify the temperaments your child was born with so you can support those tendencies rather than fight them, how to identify and manage those big emotions and how to model emotional intelligence for your children among a lot of things! It lays out an approach for helping parents—and the kids they love—hone their emotional intelligence so that they can make wise choices, connect and communicate well with others, and become socially conscious and confident human beings.

Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman

Parenting Without Power Struggles does something innovative, showing you how to come alongside your children to awaken their natural instincts to cooperate, rather than threats or bribes. It is an extraordinary guidebook for transforming the day-to-day lives of busy parents—and the children they love.

The Mindful Child by Susan K Greenland

The Mindful Child is a groundbreaking book, the first to show parents how to teach these transformative practices to their children. It extends the vast benefits of mindfulness training to children from four to eighteen years old with age-appropriate exercises, songs, games and fables. It has techniques to build kids’ inner and outer awareness and attention, which positively affects their academic performance as well as their social and emotional skills.

The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard J Davidson and Sharon Begley

The Emotional Life of your Brain offers a new model for treating conditions like autism and depression as it empowers us all to better understand ourselves—and live more meaningful lives. Richard J. Davidson discovered that each of us has an Emotional Style, composed of Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. Where we fall on these six continuums determines our own “emotional fingerprint.”

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S Dweck

Carol S Dweck shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. She discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. This brilliant book offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept and introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset.

The Yes Brain by Daniel J Siegel

The Yes Brain the authors give parents skills, scripts, and activities to bring kids of all ages into the beneficial “yes” state. It is an essential tool for nurturing positive potential and keeping your child’s inner spark glowing and growing strong which will teach you the four fundamentals of the Yes Brain—balance, resilience, insight, and empathy—and how to strengthen them, strategies for navigating away from negative behavioral and emotional states and and expanding your child’s capacity for positivity.

Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J Siegel

Parenting from the Inside Out will let you explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent. Daniel J Siegel and Mary Hartzell explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children. This book guides parents through creating the necessary foundations for loving and secure relationships with their children.

Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Social Intelligence lets you explore an emerging new science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Daniel Goleman explains the surprising accuracy of first impressions, the basis of charisma, emotional power, the complexity of sexual attraction, and how we detect lies. He describes the “dark side” of social intelligence, from narcissism to Machiavellianism and psychopathy. He also reveals our astonishing capacity for “mindsight,” as well as the tragedy of those, like autistic children, whose mindsight is impaired.

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Emotional Intelligence is a groundbreaking book that redefines what it means to be smart, with a new introduction by Daniel Goleman. Self-awareness, self-discipline, and empathy, add up to a different way of being smart. This book prepares readers to reach their fullest potential and stand out from the pack with the help of emotional intelligence.

Mindful Discipline by Shauna Shapiro PhD

Shauna Shapiro and pediatrician Chris White weaved together ancient wisdom and modern science to provide new perspectives on parenting and discipline. Mindful Discipline, a pioneering book redefines discipline and outlines the five essential elements necessary for children to thrive: unconditional love, space for children to be themselves, mentorship, healthy boundaries, and mis-takes. You will also discover parenting practices such as setting limits with love, working with difficult emotions, and forgiveness and compassion meditations that place discipline within a context of mindfulness.

The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder by Rebecca Branstetter

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder is your step-by-step handbook for helping your child concentrate, learn, and thrive. You’ll learn to improve these executive functions; task initiation, response inhibition, focus, time management, working memory, flexibility, self-regulation, completing tasks and organization.

Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick: Practical activities to help your child manage emotions, navigate social situations & reduce anxiety by Elizabeth Sautter

The Mom’s Choice Award winner, Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick! Practical activities to help your child manage their emotions, navigate social situations and decrease anxiety, Expanded and Updated, (black and white version!) has helped thousands of families manage their child’s emotions, increase positive behavior and social skills, reduce anxiety, and so much more! Over 200 updated simple and easy-to-understand activities show you the teachable moments to use throughout your daily routines with your child.