Check out the bedside table of a parent of a child with a disability and chances are you’ll see it stacked high with books about that child’s issue. Great Schools asked some amateur experts (parent advocates and people with disabilities) for their favorite reads.
Darla Hatton, the mother of a child with dyslexia and founder of Dyslexiafacts.net, recommends books that carried her through the hard years. See her “Parent Picks”…
The six books Darla recommends cover a gamut of topics, from advice on navigating the public school system to tips for coping and becoming an effective advocate for your kid.
Darla says, “Realizing that your child has an LD (or any disability) can set parents off on a roller coaster of emotions. This fabulous book [Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide, by Pam Wright and Pete Wright] helped us distinguish facts from emotions in order to properly document the facts and best advocate for our daughter.”
Darla, the mother of a child with dyslexia, is a presenter on reading and assistive technologies and a certified reading specialist. After misinformation delayed her daughter in receiving proper early interventions, she’s made it her mission to shorten the learning curve for other parents. Check out her video, I Am Dyslexia and she maintains a web site, Dyslexia Facts.
Find out the 6 books Darla recommends at Parent Picks.
You’ll find more “must-reads” in the Wrightslaw Advocate’s Bookstore.