2e Newsletter Booklist for Adults

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A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Clinicians and Advocates Need to Know

Matt Cohen

An overview of current disability law and how it works to help parents, professionals, and clinicians identify practical ways to build positive and effective relationships with schools

A Mind at a Time

Mel Levine

A book that explores individual learning patterns and discusses ways for parents and teachers to encourage a child’s strengths and bypass the child’s weaknesses

Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent's Complete Guide

Barbara Jackson Gilman

A guide to advocacy for gifted and twice-exceptional children that's filled with useful information for both parents and educators and which can serve as a handy reference guide on giftedness

All about Tests and Assessments: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Melissa Lee Farrall, Pamela Darr Wright, and Peter W.D. Wright

A question-based book that looks at why a child might be struggling academically or socially, the types of assessments used to determine the cause, and how to understand the assessment results

Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and  Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum

Stephen M. Shore (ed.)

A guide to self-advocacy for children and adults at school and work, and in personal life, written by people with autism

Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens and Teens Get Ready for the Real World

Teresa Bolick

A book that addresses the special difficulties that children with AS face during the teenage years

Asperger Syndrome and Young Children: Building Skills for the Real World

Teresa Bolick

A guide for parents and teachers of children aged three to seven who suffer from Asperger Syndrome

Beyond ADD

Thom Hartmann

A book that looks at AD/HD from a positive rather than negative perspective and attempts to explain why so many people wear that label today

Boost: 12 Effective Ways to Lift Up Our Twice-Exceptional Children

Kelly Hirt

A look at 12 strategies the author refers to as "boosts" that she feels are critical to success in raising and educating 2e children

Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention

Katherine Ellison

A memoir of the author's year of examining AD/HD from the perspectives of someone who both has AD/HD and is raising a child with the disorder, and from the perspective of a journalist looking to better understand it 

The Cluster Grouping Handbook: How to Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement for All

Dina Brulles and  Susan Winebrenner

A guide to understanding and implementing an approach to grouping students in the classroom so that their learning strengths are noticed and accommodated on a daily basis

College Planning for Gifted Students: Choosing and Getting Into the Right College

Sandra Berger

Guides readers through the college-planning process, moving from self-exploration, to college matching, to applying; includes useful timelines for grades 7 through 12. [Especially note the section on underachieving students, pp 36 – 45.]

Colleges for Students With Learning Disabilities or ADD

Peterson’s Guides

A guide to more than 750 institutions in the U.S. and Canada that offer programs for special needs students; includes information on how to gain entrance to the learning disability programs

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About Even If You’re Not a Straight-A Student

Loren Pope

Focuses on schools that are often a good fit for students who are “outside the box.” [Note the chapter titled “The Learning Disabled of Today will Be the Gifted of Tomorrow.”]

Creating Effective Programs for Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities

Ann Rowe, Julie F. Pace, and Karin Tulchinsky Cohen

A useful reference resource for those looking for facts, best practices, research results, and experts’ opinions and recommendations on the assessment, identification, and education of twice-exceptional children

Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families

Lisa Rivero

A guide  that contains a wealth of resources, provides many useful suggestions, and reassures parents about their decision to homeschool

Crossover Children

Marlene Bireley

A practical guide for teachers to understanding the characteristics and needs of twice-exceptional students and meeting those needs in the classroom

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon

A novel that does an excellent job of offering readers insight into the mind of Christopher, an intelligent 15-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome (AS); better suited to teen and adult readers

Different Minds: Gifted Children with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, and other Learning Deficits

Deirdre Lovecky

A book that provides insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and other learning difficulties

Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

Deborah Reber

A primer for parents that provides general strategies and guidelines for coming to grips with the reality of parenting a twice-exceptional child

Diverse Populations of Gifted Children: Meeting Their Needs in the Regular Classroom and Beyond

Starr Cline and Diane Schwartz

A guide to help teachers identify and plan for gifted children from special populations, including children with disabilities, minorities, the learning disabled, preschoolers, the exceptionally gifted, gifted females and underachievers

Driven to Distraction

Edward M. Hallowell 
and  John J. Ratey

A book with many useful checklists that looks at relationships and the effect AD/HD can have on them

The Dyslexic Advantage:
Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Brock L. and 
Fernette F. Eide

A look at how the unique pattern of brain organization and information processing found in the dyslexic brain predisposes individuals with dyslexia to talents and abilities as well as challenges

Educational Care

Mel Levine

A book that identifies the many phenomena that interfere with children’s learning experiences at different ages and offers specific suggestions for interventions to use at home and in school

Embracing the Monster: Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities

Veronica Crawford with Larry B. Silver, MD

A look at just how difficult it is for people who are bright but struggling with hidden disabilities

Engaging & Challenging Gifted Students: Tips for Supporting Extraordinary Minds in Your Classroom

Jenny Grant Rankin

A publication of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development that focuses on helping teachers to identify, engage, and challenge gifted students

Essentials of WISC-IV Assessment

Dawn Flanagan and Alan Kaufman

A step-by-step guide for mental health professionals and others to administering, scoring, and interpreting the WISC®-IV, the newly revised Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education

Amanda Morin

A comprehensive, easy-to-read overview of special education

Expert Approaches to Support Gifted Learners

Margaret Gosfield, editor

Seven years' worth of the "best of the best" articles from the California Association for the Gifted's publication Gifted Education Communicator

From Emotions to Advocacy

Pam and Pete Wright

An abundance of well-organized and clearly presented information that teaches readers how to become effective advocates for children with disabilities

Genius Denied

Jan and Bob Davidson with Laura Vanderkam

A frank appraisal of the sorry state of gifted education in the United States today

The Gift of Dyslexia

Ronald D. Davis and Eldon M. Braun

Describes how dyslexics use multi-dimensional rather than verbal thinking and presents a method, the Davis Program, for teaching them to read

Gifted and Talented Children with Special Educational Needs: Double Exceptionality

Diane Montgomery

A collection of articles from around the English-speaking world on educating twice-exceptional children

Giftedness 101 

Linda Silverman

Part of a series of books aimed at students of psychology and others with an interest in the field, but written in a clear and easy-to-understand style that should prove equally useful to parents and educators

Healing ADD

Daniel Amen

A discussion of what the author believes to be six different types of AD/HD, identified through brain imaging

The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Child

Elaine Aron

A look at the traits and needs of individuals – many of whom are gifted – who have a sensitive nervous system, a high level of awareness, and easily become overwhelmed or overstimulated

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner

Kathy Kuhl

A primer on parenting a child with learning challenges as much as a guide to homeschooling

How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Friendly Strategies You Can Use to Ignite Your Child's Learning and Increase School Success

Judy Willis 

Strategies that parents and teachers can use to promote learning based on brain research and on the author's experience as both a neurologist and classroom teacher 

In the Mind's Eye

Thomas G. West

Discusses how some of the most original thinkers in the areas of math and science have been visual thinkers and that some of them have had learning disabilities like dyslexia; also examines how having visual-spatial strengths and verbal weaknesses influenced the lives of well-known individuals, including Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday, and Winston Churchill

The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice- Exceptional Students

Michael Postma

A look at the nature of twice-exceptionality, the role of the school in educating 2e students, and successful instructional strategies for these students

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

Laurie Dietzel and Joyce Cooper-Kahn

In this reference-guide-style book, the authors, who are both psychologists and parents, explain what executive functions are, how to tell if a child has executive dysfunction, and how to deal with these  weaknesses.  

Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution

Jonathan Mooney and David Cole

An inside account of what it takes to succeed at a prestigious university when you’re a twice-exceptional student; offers plenty of learning tips and strategies that are useful to younger students as well.

Like Sound Through Water: A Mother's Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder

Karen J. Foli

A mother's very personal description of her five-year quest to identify the cause of her young son's problems - Central Auditory Processing Disorder; an honest look at the effect of a child’s disability on  the entire family

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s

John Elder Robison

An entertaining and insightful memoir about growing up with undiagnosed Asperger's in a highly dysfunctional family

Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears

Dan Peters, Ph.D.

A guide for parents that offers clear and simple explanations of the causes and effects of children’s anxiety and easy-to-follow strategies for overcoming it

“Mellow Out,” They Say. If I Only Could

Michael M. Piechowski

A look at the emotional life of gifted young people, viewing them through the lens of Dabrowski’s overexciteabilities (extreme sensitivity in these areas: psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational, and emotional)

Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget

Jade Rivera

A nearly 80-page softcover book that offers an overview of micro-schools — what they are, why they’re needed, and how to establish one

Mind, Brain, and Education Science

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

A book that will aid educators, administrators, and others concerned about understanding the neuroscience behind how brains learn

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders, 2nd edition

James Webb, Edward Amend, Nadia Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, Richard Olenchak

Six nationally known health care and education professionals describe how parents and professionals can distinguish between gifted behaviors and pathological behaviors

The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child's Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success

Brock and Fernette Eide

Two physician/parents explain brain-based learning challenges and how a child's unique strengths can be used to overcome them

Multiple Intelligences in the Elementary Classroom: A Teacher’s Toolkit

Susan Baum, Julie Viens, Barbara Slatin with Howard Gardner

A guide to help teachers use Multiple Intelligences theory to design effective curriculum for their elementary-level  students with diverse learning abilities

The Myth ofLaziness

Mel Levine

A book written about children and adults "unjustly" accused of being lazy – individuals who the author states "possess minds that learn and think better than they work"

The Optimistic Child

Martin E. Seligman

Written by a noted psychologist who offers a plan of action for instilling in children a sense of optimism and personal mastery, deterrents to the development of depression

The Organized Student

Donna Goldberg with Jennifer Zwiebel

A detailed guide that leads parents through the process of getting their children organized both at home and at school

The Out-of-Sync Child

Carol Stock Kranowitz

A look at sensory processing disorder, a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem; includes information on vision and hearing deficits, motor skill problems, picky eaters, AD/HD, autism, and other disorders

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level

Sally Shaywitz, M.D.

A guide from Yale neuroscientist Sally Shaywitz to help parents and educators understand dyslexia and employ effective strategies for treating it

The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius

Gail Saltz

A book that espouses the idea that "the more we come to understand about the brain, the more we will come to realize that there is no such thing as a normal brain"

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Susan Cain

A look, through brain imaging, studies, and examples from the lives of successful and lesser-known introverts, at the introverted personality style and how it’s commonly undervalued

Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In – When to Worry and When Not to Worry

Perri Klass, M.D. and Eileen Costello

A very clear and understandable guide to raising children who once would have been considered odd or eccentric but today are likely to have a medical or psychiatric diagnosis; written by two Harvard-trained pediatricians who share their perspectives as both moms and physicians

Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids

Alexandra Golon

A resource for parents and others involved in the care and teaching of visual-spatial children

Re-Forming Gifted Education: Matching the Program to the Child

Karen Rogers

A research-based guide to school enrichment and acceleration


Gabor Maté

A very personal book that challenges common thinking about AD/HD

School Success for Kids with High-Functioning Autism

Stephan M. Silverman, Lauren Kenworthy, and Rich Weinfeld

A guide to help parents and educators understand high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (commonly referred to as Asperger Syndrome) and meet the needs of children who have this ASD

Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies for Reducing Bullying

Stan Davis

A guide to setting up school anti-bullying programs that work 

See It. Say It. Do It! The Parent’s & Teacher’s Action Guide to Creating Successful Students & Confident Kids

Lynn F. Hellerstein

A guide to addressing challenges in learning related to visual processing issues as well as stress and lack of confidence or motivation  

Sensational Kids

Lucy Jane Miller

A resource written by the leading researcher on sensory processing disorder to help parents and others identify and address SPD in children

Sensory Integration and the Child

Jean Ayres

A reference book on sensory integration written by the pioneer of this field

The Sensory-Sensitive Child

Karen A. Smith and Karen R. Gouze

Two psychologists and mothers of sensory-sensitive children explain the role that sensory processing problems play in a child's emotional and behavioral difficulties

Seven Steps to Homework Success

Sydney S. Zentall and Sam Goldstein

A guide for teaching elementary and high school children to do homework independently and successfully

Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential (2nd Edition)

Richard Weinfeld, Sue Jeweler, Linda Barnes-Robinson, Betty Shevitz

A guide built around a flowchart that shows the path parents, educators, and students follow from noticing that a bright child is struggling in school, through the identification process, and eventually to an outcome that can lead to success for the child

Smart Kids with School Problems

Priscilla Vail

A look at gifted children’s characteristics and needs and a description of how parents, educators, and others can help children deal with problems in what the author calls the five learning systems 

Social/Emotional Issues, Underachievement, and Counseling of Gifted and Talented Students

Sidney M. Moon and Sally M. Reis (Editors)

Part of the National Association for Gifted Children series Essential Readings in Gifted Education; a collection of articles from Gifted Child Quarterly

Some of My Best Friends are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High School

Judith Wynn Halsted

A guide to approximately 300 books that librarians, teachers, and parents can recommend to gifted children for their enjoyment and to help them gain perspective on themselves and others

Stand up for Your Gifted Child

Joan Franklin Smutny

A guide to help parents recognize and develop their children's gifts and become powerful advocates for their children at school

Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids

Ellen Braaten and Gretchen Felopulos

Two psychologists help parents understand how psychological testing works and how to use testing to get the best help for their children

Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom

Susan Winebrenner


Strategies and techniques that teachers can use to meet the learning needs of gifted/talented students; includes information on twice-exceptional students

Teaching Gifted Students With Disabilities

Editors: Susan K. Johnsen and James Kendrick

A collection of articles that have appeared in Gifted Child Today, a monthly magazine on gifted education published by Prufrock Press

Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom

Susan Winebrenner


Strategies and techniques that teachers can use to challenge and motivate struggling students

Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits: A Quick Reference Guide for Teachers and Parents (2nd Edition)

Chris A. Zeigler Dendy

A comprehensive reference guide for parents and educators that has useful information about kids of all ages and can apply to children with LDs as well as ADHD; includes information about gifted children with ADHD

The Teenagers’ Guide to School Outside the Box

Rebecca Greene

An eye-opening guide to alternative learning experiences for high schoolers, from mentorships to internships to study abroad programs; described as a book for kids “feeling boxed in by high school”

To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strength-Based Strategies for Helping Twice-Exceptional Students With LD, ADHD, ASD, and More (3rd ed.)

Susan Baum, Robin Schader, Steven V. Owen

A rich resource to help teachers and parents identify and meet the needs of twice-exceptional students

Twice-Exceptional and Special Populations of Gifted Students

Susan Baum and Sally M. Reis (Editors)

Part of the National Association for Gifted Children series Essential Readings in Gifted Education; a collection of articles from Gifted Child Quarterly

Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students

Beverly Trail

A guide that lays out the essential information needed to understand who twice-exceptional children are, what challenges they face, what the consequences are of not addressing their challenges, and how professionals and parents can work together to meet their needs

Twice-Exceptional Kids

Rosemary Callard-Szulgit

An overview of the topic of gifted children with disabilities, both learning and physical, as well as emotional disturbance

Underserved Gifted Populations

Joan Franklin Smutny (Editor)

A collection of over 30 articles that focus on the needs of students who may be included in gifted programs but whose unique problems and circumstances are not often well understood or addressed

Understanding Your Child’s Puzzling Behavior

Steven E. Curtis

A guide to help parents help parents determine whether their child's behavior is within the bounds of normal or a problem that requires professional help

Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student

Kiesa Kay, Editor

A collection of over 40 articles by parents, teachers, and twice exceptional children that focus on the strategies and environments that best meet the needs of twice-exceptional children

Upside-Down Brilliance

Linda Silverman

A blueprint for parenting, teaching and living with those who think in images

When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs

Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith

A look at gifted students from the "inside out," focusing on their social and emotional needs, including sections on underachievement and being a gifted teacher

When the Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder

Teri James Bellis

A straightforward discussion of brain-related auditory disorders in children and adults, including diagnosis (and misdiagnosis) and the treatment of the disorders along with ways of compensating for them

When the Labels Don't Fit: A New Approach to Raising a Challenging Child

Barbara Probst

An alternative to viewing differences as disorders, based on developing an understanding of a child’s temperament

Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades

Sylvia Rimm

A practical, six-step program that helps parents and teachers work together to get underachieving students back on track

Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture

Kirsten Olson

A look at the seven different types of wounds that school systems can inflict on students, parents, and teachers; ways to promote healing; and possibilities for changing our education system to alleviate harm and embrace cognitive diversity

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