Children and Special Needs

Printer Friendly Display

Children are special in many ways, so this list is not exhaustive.

Please ask your health care provider for more information about your child's specific needs. If you would like to explore more of the resources Great River Regional library has about special needs, please contact your local library.

If your child has questions about children and adults with special needs, explore some of the materials at the bottom of this list. These books may help!


Terri Mauro
Call Number: 371.9 Mau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Jennifer Cook O'Toole, Liane Holliday Willey
Description: This book has original and effective methods for engaging with children with Asperger Syndrome. The author discusses theory of mind, the necessity for concrete forms of communication, and ways to inspire imagination through sensorial experiences. She explores the untapped power of special interests, explaining how to harness these interests to encourage academic, social, and emotional growth. Affirming that different doesn't mean defective, this book offers the insight and guidance that parents and professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning
Call Number: 616.8588 OTo
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 16, 2015
Karen Stray-Gundersen
Call Number: 649.152 Bab 1995
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Judy Winter
Call Number: 649.151 Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Diane M Kennedy, Rebecca S Banks, Temple Grandin
Description: Bright, talented children diagnosed with developmental or learning disorders are known as "Twice Exceptional" (or 2e). Because giftedness and disability often mask one another, many 2e kids aren't identified by our current mental health and educational systems--and as a result they don't receive the therapies or special educational services that can minimize their challenges and build on their talents. Despite their giftedness, 2e children often underachieve, drop out, and have poor life outcomes. Bright Not Broken offers parents and professionals alternatives for identifying and supporting 2e children. This book will show that there is hope for bright children who have been misunderstood and misdiagnosed and shows parents and educators how to help 2e children become capable adults--Excerpted from publisher
Call Number: 649.152 Ken
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Jennifer L Savner, Brenda Smith Myles
Description: Strategies for individuals with autism and Asperger syndrome
Call Number: 371.94 Sav
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Lawrence M. Siegel, Janet Portman
Call Number: 371.9 Sie 2014
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Lynn Moore
Call Number: 649.15 Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Tara Delaney
Description: Practical answers to the top 250 questions parents ask
Call Number: 618.928 Del
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Laura Dwight
Description: Shows groups of siblings in which at least one member has a physical disability. They work together to overcome their problems
Call Number: E Dwi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker
Call Number: J 362.4 Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Laurie Lears, Karen Ritz
Description: A young girl realizes how much she cares for her autistic brother Ian when he gets lost at the park
Call Number: E Lea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Rebecca Elliott
Description: "A younger brother describes all the fun he has with the big sister he loves so much just because. He is enthusiastic about just how loving and special she is, and delights in telling us about all the fun things they do together. Only as his tale unfolds does the reader begin to realize that his sister has special needs and by then the reader just accepts, as he does, all the wonderful things about her."--Publishers description
Call Number: E Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Sharlee Mullins Glenn, Dan Andreasen
Description: Gracie has always had a special bond with her Aunt Roo, who is mentally disabled, but that relationship starts to change when Gracie begins school
Call Number: E Gle
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Isaac Millman
Description: Moses and his friends enjoy the first day of school at their special school for the deaf and hard of hearing, where they use sign language to talk to each other
Call Number: E Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Eliza Woloson, Bryan Gough
Description: A young boy named Charlie describes the activities he shares with his friend Isabelle, a girl with Down Syndrome
Call Number: E Wol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Laurie Lears, Stacey Schuett
Description: A boy with cerebral palsy helps out at a raptor rehabilitation center and is inspired himself when an owl that cannot fly finds another purpose in life
Call Number: E Lea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Menena Cottin, Rosana Faría, Elisa Amado
Description: This title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers
Call Number: E Cot
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Patricia Polacco
Description: Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders."
Call Number: E Pol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Maria Shriver, Sandra Speidel
Description: Making friends with a mentally retarded boy helps Kate learn that the two of them have a lot in common
Call Number: J FIC Shr
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Mary Jane Auch
Description: After losing his hand in an accident in his father's butcher shop in 1946, sixth-grader Norman uses hard work and humor to learn to live with his disability and to succeed at baseball, art, and other activities
Call Number: J FIC Auc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Lenore Look, Anne Wilsdorf
Description: After Ruby Lu's deaf cousin, Flying Duck, and her parents come from China to live with her, Ruby finds life challenging as she adjusts to her new family, tries to mend her rocky relationship with her friend Emma, and faces various adventures in summer school
Call Number: J FIC Loo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Cynthia Lord
Description: Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic
Call Number: J FIC Lor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2014
Terri Mauro
371.9 Mau
Rebecca Elliott
E Ell
Jennifer Cook O'Toole, Liane Holliday Willey
616.8588 OTo
Sharlee Mullins Glenn, Dan Andreasen
E Gle
Karen Stray-Gundersen
649.152 Bab 1995
Isaac Millman
E Mil
Judy Winter
649.151 Win
Eliza Woloson, Bryan Gough
E Wol
Diane M Kennedy, Rebecca S Banks, Temple Grandin
649.152 Ken
Laurie Lears, Stacey Schuett
E Lea
Jennifer L Savner, Brenda Smith Myles
371.94 Sav
Menena Cottin, Rosana Faría, Elisa Amado
E Cot
Lawrence M. Siegel, Janet Portman
371.9 Sie 2014
Patricia Polacco
E Pol
Lynn Moore
649.15 Moo
Maria Shriver, Sandra Speidel
J FIC Shr
Tara Delaney
618.928 Del
Mary Jane Auch
J FIC Auc
Laura Dwight
E Dwi
Lenore Look, Anne Wilsdorf
J FIC Loo
Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker
J 362.4 Tho
Cynthia Lord
J FIC Lor
Laurie Lears, Karen Ritz
E Lea