Specific Needs Parenting

Looking for a book or resources for specific parenting needs such as discipline, learning disorders, or psychological conditions can be a daunting task. We’ve reviewed several books and websites that we hope will assist you in this endeavor. Check back often as these lists may change.

Specific Needs Booklist


ADHD: The Great Misdiagnosis
Haber, Julian Stuart

AD/HD: Helping Your Child: A Comprehensive Program to Treat Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders at Home and in School
Umansky, Warren

How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD: Practical Techniques, Strategies, and Interventions
Rief, Sandra F.

Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Bipolar, and More! The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals.
Kutscher, Martin L.

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with ADD/ADHD: A Reassuring Guide to Getting the Right Diagnosis, Understanding Treatments, and Helping Your Child Focus
Sonna, Linda

Asperger’s Syndrome

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome
Attwood, Tony

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Asperger’s Syndrome: Help, Hope, and Guidance
Stillman, William


A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive
Ozonoff, Sally

Could it be Autism?: A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps
Wiseman, Nancy D

Does My Child Have Autism?: A Parent’s Guide to Early Detection and Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Stone, Wendy L.

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Autism: Know What to Expect, Find the Help You Need, and Get Through the Day
Tilton, Adelle Jameson

Understanding Autism for Dummies
Shore, Stephen M.


The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Bipolar Disorder: Professional, Reassuring Advice to Help You Understand and Cope
Stillman, William

Childhood Depression

Helping Your Teenager Beat Depression: A Problem-Solving Approach for Families
Manassis, Katharina

Is Your Child Depressed?: Answers to Your Toughest Questions
Naparstek, Nathan

Understanding Teenage Depression: A Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management
Empfield, Maureen and Bakalar, Nicholas


The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Dyslexia: All You Need to Ensure Your Child’s Success
Marshall, Abigail


A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings
Ginsburg, Kenneth R.

Ask Supernanny: What Every Parent Wants to Know
Frost, Jo

Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know
Sears, Robert and Sears, James

From Roots to Wings: Successful Parenting African American Style
Young, James C.


How to Raise Kids You Want to Keep: The Proven Discipline Program Your Kids Will Love (And That Really Works!)
Day, Jerry R.

Have a New Kid by Friday:  How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days
Leman, Kevin 2008. 

How to Raise Kids You Want to Keep:  the Proven Discipline Program Your Kids will Love (and That Really Works!)
Jerry R. 2007.

The Kazdin method for Parenting the Defiant Child:  with no Pills, no Therapy, no Contest of Wills
Kazdin, Alan E. 2008

No:  Why Kids – of all Ages – Need to Hear it and Ways parents can Say it
Walsh, David Walsh. 2007. 

The No-Cry Discipline Solution:  Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior without Whining, Tantrums & Tears
Pantley, Elizabeth. 2007.

Screamfree Parenting:  Raising your Kids by Keeping your Cool
Runkel, Hal Edwardl. 2007. 

Taming the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children without Breaking their Spirits
Popkin, Michael H., PH.D. 2007. 

This booklist and resource list was prepared by staff members of the Public Libraries of Saginaw.