Hi! Take a look around at these highly recommended resources for parenting. We only recommend solutions we have personally tried and found worthy of sharing or that are widely recommended by experts who know and help parents. We’d love to hear about another great resource if you’d like to share what’s worked for you.

Helpful Books

The Well-Trained Mind, by Susan Wise Bauer

This is our second copy of this book. I bought the first one when I started homeschooling my oldest daughter at age 4 in 2005. We wore the book out reading it, tabbing it, writing in it, using it each year as I prepared a school schedule and curriculum. I bought the updated 2017 version to use with my three youngest kids. Hands down one of the best books on teaching kids according to their abilities at different ages for a well-rounded education.

Emily Post's Etiquette, 19th Edition, by Lizzie Post & Daniel Post Senning

This book is amazing! We're judged based on how we behave and interact within our communities. Give your kids an extra boost with loads of helpful information for proper behavior using etiquette, whether it's everyday manners, communication, social situations, relationships, or at work. This is our second copy! My 19-year-old daughter took our first copy with her to college!

Campus Visits & College Interviews, by The CollegeBoard

The CollegeBoard is a not-for-profit organization that administers the SAT college entrance exam and CLEP tests. This useful edition offers insight into how to prepare to visit colleges, ace interviews, and create a checklist that guides parents and students on the college journey. Students with special needs and learning how to decode a college website are also included.

Rosalee the Seeker: A Sensory Processing Disorder Story, by Nicole Filippone,

Rosalee introduces Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) through her eyes. Rosalee is full of enthusiasm and passion for the things she enjoys. A natural part of SPD is the “acceleration” of behaviors without ill intent, such as when drawing on paper moves to drawing on the walls. She starts seeing a therapist who helps her learn to be more organized and less impulsive. 

The Out-of-Sync Childby Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

This book is a favorite because Ms. Kranowitz was the first to break down Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) into simple, clear language for parents and professionals alike. With over 25 years of specializing in sensory integration, she explains what SPD is, how to recognize the signs, and offers practical solutions to help. Ms. Kranowitz also outlines a drug-free approach and includes information on SPD in ADHD and autism.

Raising a Sensory Smart Child, by Lindsey Biel, Nancy K. Paske, and Temple Grandin

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can affect neurotypical (typically developing children) children with attention and focus issues, those with developmental delays, and children on the autism spectrum. The book defines how our senses are supposed to work and practical soothing strategies. A sensCory diet program is provided to mitigate emotional distress. 

Sensory Processing 101, by Dayna Abraham, Claire Heffron, Pamela Braley, and Lauren Drobnjak

This book offers plenty of practical advice and templates from red flag checklists to sensory shopping lists and suggestions for working with professionals. Each sensory system is outlined.  There are examples of how to talk to your child’s teacher. There are lots of sensory games and activity ideas with a simplified layout for easy reference.

Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

This guide is chock full of scenarios, questionnaires, and checklists. All of the information is aimed at providing a guide for noticing symptoms and for keeping track, both for a parent and a teacher. The authors define the difference between a motivational deficit and a skill deficit and provide guidelines for designing aids, charts, or environmental changes. 

The Neuro- Where Abouts Guide, by Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S

This is one of my favorite resource books! The book is designed in an infographic style which makes it fun to read and easy to find information. The author’s purpose is to help parents and kids understand the developing brain and what children understand at different ages. She discusses the thought processes, future consequences, and offers scripts parents can use to prevent high risk behavior.