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Recently, a professional and parent panel offered strategies for managing difficult behaviors that have worked for many families. This discussion included audience questions to address frustrations that were being experienced at home. The books, website and other resources shared during this informative evening have been included below.

BOOKS:

1-2-3 Magic effective discipline for children 2-12 by Thomas Phelan Ph.D - 1-2-3 Magic program addresses the difficult task of child discipline with humor, keen insight, and proven experience

The Autism Checklist by Paula Kluth - A practical resource filled with information, tips, and checklists for helping kids with autism.

Boys and Girls Learn Differently! A Guide for Teachers and Parents by Michael Gurian - Explores the inherent differences between the developmental neuroscience of boys and girls. Reveals how the brain learns.

The Challenging child by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. - Most children fall into five basic personality types that stem from inborn physical characteristics: the sensitive child, the self-absorbed child, the defiant child, the inattentive child, and the active/aggressive child.

Character Matters by Thomas Lickona - How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgement, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues.

The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene Ph.D. - What′s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration-crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. Explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

Everybody’s Different by Nancy B. Miller - With specific interaction tips. this guide gives us practical ways to improve our personal, professional, and community relationships.

From the Heart: On Being the Mother of a Child with Special Needs by Patricia Bowman - nine mothers explore the intense, sometimes painful, emotional terrain of raising a child with special needs.

How to Say It to Boys by Richard Heyman – Communicating with boys to help them become the best men they can be.

How to Say It to Girls: Communicating with Your Growing Daughter by Nancy Gruver - This book offers concrete words, phrases, and sample dialogues to help parents figure out what to say and how best to say it.

How To Say It to Teens: Talking About the Most Important Topics of Their Lives by Richard Heyman - this important reference teaches parents how to talk to their teens not only as a parent, but as a friend and advisor.

Lost at School by Ross W Greene - A groundbreaking approach for understanding and helping behaviorally challenging kids and transform school discipline.

Love & Logic Magic for Early Childhood by Jim Jay & Charles Fay Ph.D - Parenting little ones can be exhausting.until you discover Love and Logic. Take the exhaustion out and put the fun into parenting your little one.

The New Social Story Book by Carol Gray - Over 150 Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, and their Peers.

No by David Walsh - Although saying No to your child is obviously important, many parents still have a hard time following through — even when they know they should — especially when other parents and the culture around them are being permissive.

Positive Discipline A to Z by Jane Nelson - Learn how to use methods to raise a child who is responsible, respectful, and resourceful. Find practical solutions to parenting challenges..

Social Behavior Mapping by Michelle Garcia Winner - Cognitive behavior strategy to teach individuals about the specific relationship between behaviors, others' perspectives, others' actions (consequences) and the student's own emotions about those around him or her.

Sleep Better!: A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs by V. Mark Durand - This book offers step-by-step, "how to" instructions for helping children with disabilities get the rest they need.

Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids by David Walsh - Backed by science and filled with stories, Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids finds the practical advice in groundbreaking scientific headlines about memory, language, emotions, nutrition, play, and more

Steps to Independence: Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs by Bruce L. Baker - This book gives you proven strategies for teaching the life skills children from age 3 through young adulthood need to live as independently as possible.

The Wonder of Boys by Michael Gurian - What Parents, Mentors and Educators Can Do to Shape Boys into Exceptional Men.

The Wonder of Girls by Michael Gurian - Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters.

WEBSITES:

Amy Laurent: http://www.amy-laurent.com/ - Supporting children, parents and educators; this website is dedicated to providing developmentally-based, practical information and resources for children on the autism spectrum and to the people who support them.

Apple Special Needs Apps: http://www.apple.com/education/special-education/ - Assistive Technology: There really is an app for that... Apple offers a special section of their App Store to showcase learning and communication tools for students with special needs.

Education.com: http://www.education.com/topic/misbehavior-discipline/ Parenting isn't all that it's cut out to be. Positive parenting steps can help children overcome the milestones of temper tantrums, anger management, and bad habits.

Friendship Circle Blog: http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2012/10/22/special-needs-parenting-12-tips-for-managing-challenging-behavior/ Managing behavior that is challenging can be very stressful for parents of children and adults with special needs.

Lives in the Balance: http://www.livesinthebalance.org/ - Collaborative Problem Solving. A more accurate, compassionate, productive understanding of behaviorally challenged kids.

National Dissemination Center for Children: http://nichcy.org/schoolage/behavior/athome -List of resources to assist families in helping your child with his or her behavior at home.

About.com- Special Ed: http://specialed.about.com/od/behavioremotional/p/handlebehav.htm Getting a handle on behavior