Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities: Resource List

Books for Children

Ages 4 to 8

  • Alex Is My Friend; by Marisabina Russo; Greenwillow, 1992
  • Arnie and the New Kid; by Nancy Carlson; Viking, 1990
  • Friends in the Park; by Rochelle Bunnett; Checkerboard, 1993
  • My Brother Matthew; by Mary Thompson; Woodbine, 1992
  • We Can Do It!; by Laura Dwight; Checkerboard, 1992

Ages 8 to 12

  • The Acorn People; by Ron Jones; Bantam, 1996
  • The Bee Tree; by Patricia Polacco; Philomel, 1993
  • Living With a Brother or Sister with Special Needs: A Book for Sibs; by Donald Joseph Meyer and Patricia Vadasy; 2nd rev. ed.; University of Washington Press, 1996
  • My Name Is Not Slow: Youth with Mental Retardation; by Autumn Libal; Mason Crest, 2004
  • Oh Brother! Growing Up With a Special Needs Sibling; by Natalie Hale; Magination Press, 2004
  • Radiance Descending; by Paula Fox; DK Ink, 1997
  • Special Brothers and Sisters: Stories and Tips for Siblings of Children with a Disability or Serious Illness; by Annette Hames; Jessica Kingsley, 2005.
  • The View From Saturday; by E.L. Konigsburg; Aladdin, 1997
  • Views From Our Shoes: Growing Up With a Brother or Sister With Special Needs; by Donald J. Meyer; Woodbine House, 1997
  • Welcome Home, Jellybean; by Marlene Shyer; Econo-Clad Books, 1999

Young Adult

  • Being the Other One: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister Who Has Special Needs; by Kate Strohm; Shambhala, 2005

Books for Adults

  • A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed; by Linda Wilmshurts and Alan Brue; AMACOM, 2005
  • After Your Child's Diagnosis: A Practical Guide for Families Raising Children With Disabilities; by Cathy Lynn Binstock; E M Press, 1997
  • Children With Disabilities; edited by Mark L. Batshaw; Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., 2007
  • Developing Personal Safety Skills in Children With Disabilities; by Freda Briggs; Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 2002
  • Guiding Your Teenager with Special Needs Through the Transition From School to Adult Life: Tools for Parents; by Mary Korpi; Jessica Kingsley, 2007
  • Just Say Know! Understanding and Reducing the Risk of Sexual Victimization of People with Development Disabilities; by Dave Hingsburger; Diverse City Press, 1995
  • Sexuality: You Sons and Daughters With Intellectual Disabilities; by Karin M. Schwier; Paul H. Brooks Co, 2000
  • Simple Successes: From Obstacles to Solutions with Special Needs Children; by Rachelle Zola; Outskirts Press, 2006
  • Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What You Can Do Now to Advocate for Your Exceptional Child’s Education; by Rich Weinfeld; Prufrock Press, 2008
  • Steps to Independence: Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs; by Bruce L. Baker and Alan J. Brightman with Jan B. Blacher, Louis J. Heifetz, Stephen P. Hinshaw, and Diane Murphy; Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., 1997
  • Strengthening Relationships When Our Children Have Special Needs; by Nick Martin; Future Horizons, 2004
  • Understanding Mental Retardation; by Patricia Ainsworth and Pamela Baker; University Press of Mississippi, 2004
  • When Your Child Has a Disability: The Complete Sourcebook of Daily and Medical Care; by Mark Batshaw; 2nd ed.; Paul Brookes, 2001

Other Resources

American Association on Mental Retardation
444 N Capitol St. NW Suite 846
Washington, DC 20001

1010 Wayne Ave., Ste. 650
Silver Spring, MD 20910

National Down Syndrome Congress
7000 Peach Tree-Dunwoody Rd., Bldg. 5, Ste. 100
Atlanta, GA 30328

National Fragile X Foundation of the USA
PO Box 190488
San Francisco, CA 94119

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
PO Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013

Compiled by Catherine Smith, MLS, medical librarian at the Family Health Library, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2011-05-10
Last reviewed: 2010-06-04
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