Resources for Parents of Children

This section contains links and resources of interest to parents of preschool and school-aged children. Please check back occasionally for updates. Clicking on the book title in red will direct you to the page with information on the book.

It’s Nobody’s Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and Their Parents
, by Harold Koplewicz, M.D. by Harold Koplewitz, M.D.

This book does an excellent job of explaining some current thinking about the biological causes of all the major childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Also this book provides a very good overview of treatments for the disorders, looking for treatment providers, medications and working with the schools. As the name implies, one of the books main goals it to help parents get some distance from the guilt of “causing” their child(ren) to have psychiatric problems.

The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood’s Most Misunderstood Disorder — Third Edition
by Demitri Papolos, M.D. and Janice Papolos

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teenagers remains a frequently diagnosed, yet often misunderstood disorder. This book explores diagnosis, treatment, origins, medications and school interventions of this disorder. It does a very good job of explaining the differences between the presentation of Bipolar Disorder in young people, versus the more commonly known symptoms of Bipolar Disorder (formerly Manic Depression) in adults. Also, the differences between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Bipolar Disorder in Children are delineated.  This differentiation is a common source of misdiagnosis and ineffective medication trials.

Asperger’s Answer Book: The Top 300 Questions Parents Ask (Paperback), by Susan Ashley, Ph.D.

Asperger’s disorder is an rather mysterious and misunderstood disorder. This well written book does a nice job of addressing the myriad of defining symptoms and the often difficult to understand world view of a child with Asperger’s. Topics covered include evaluation of Asperger’s, social skills problems, rigid thinking, unusual fixations and interests and effective approaches to working with a child or adolescent with Asperger’s Disorder.

American Academy of Pediatrics Web Site for the American Academy of Pediatrics

This website has a wealth of resources addressing both mental health and physical health issues. On the mental health side, there are articles and presentations on ADHD, Adolescent Depression and Suicide, and Anxiety. Audio presentations on some of the above topics are also available and easy to use.