LD Expert’s Summer Reading List for Parents and Educators

We’ve made it to Memorial Day, and that means summer’s here! Time for vacation days, family trips, and … reading lists! If you’re a parent or a teacher, maybe you’ve assigned some classics to your child.

Sheldon Horowitz, NCLD’s senior director of learning resources and research, decided to create a summer reading list of his own. These are Dr. Horowitz’s picks for parents, educators, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about learning and attention issues.*

Here’s Dr. Horowitz: 


A New Understanding of ADHD in Children & Adults: Executive Function Impairments
Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.

  • Don’t be fooled (or intimidated) by this little paperback. It is filled with important information for parents, educators and anyone who deals with ADHD. It offers just the right amount of detail about this often misunderstood disorder, answers questions in ways that can be easily translated into action, and connects the dots between ADHD and other co-occurring conditions. When you’re done reading it, RSVP to Dr. Brown’s live chat on Understood.org, where he serves as a resident expert.


How Did You Get Here?  Students with Disabilities and their Journeys to Harvard
Thomas Hehir, Ed.D. & Laura A. Schifter, Ed.D.

  • This book is not going to help your child get into Harvard. But it will grab your attention and not let go. Each of the 13 in-depth interviews will touch a nerve (or heart string) and remind you about some aspect of your own child’s journey through school. Read about the extraordinary role that parents played in the lives of these young adults,  the critical importance of good teaching, the power of high expectations, the critical role of appropriate accommodations, and how disability “shaped” their lives in unexpected ways.


Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Other Brain Differences 
Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

  • I have to admit that I struggled with the title of this book, and hesitated picking it up more than once. But after reading the first few pages, I was hooked. It forces the reader to step back and consider how deeply society today is immersed in a “culture of disabilities” and that there are so many different forces (real and imagined) that shape what we think of as “normal.” The book reminds us how our beliefs and opinions are shaped by the values of society and how important it is to think about disabilities as things that people have and not who they are.


Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits: A Quick Reference for Teachers and Parents
Chris A. Zeigler Dendy

  • Need help understanding why your teenager just can’t seem to stick with the program, get and stay organized, follow directions and get their work done? Then this book is for you. Written for parents and teachers, it offers clear and simple explanations of ADHD and its impact on executive function and provides hundreds of examples of things to say and do that can improve performance at home and in school.


The Forgotten Child: “If She’s Special, What Am I?”
Anne Ford with John-Richard Thompson

  • This is the fourth book in a series written for parents and about parents to help them navigate life with a child who has learning disabilities.  The book is both about Anne’s personal story and about the hundreds of parents encountered while traveling across the country.  Readers can’t help but see themselves in the narrative and will experience “ah-ha” moments  as they reflect on the realities of other family members on their family’s journey.


Get more info on learning and attention issues from Dr. Horowitz’s “Ask the Expert” series on YouTube.

*Links to product pages on Amazon are for information purposes only. Neither Dr. Horowitz nor NCLD receive any financial benefit when you purchase the book using the links above.