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Books: Intellectual Disabilities

This list includes books recommended by Connecting for Kids families. Many of the titles in this list are available through Connecting for Kids partner libraries. Or, if you choose to purchase one of the titles in this list, you can help contribute to Connecting for Kids when you select us as your preferred charity through the Amazon Gives program. Go to Smile.Amazon.com and select Connecting for Kids of Westlake Ohio when you visit!

Books for families are grouped into a general category for concerns about intellectual disabilities as well as for the three most common diagnoses resulting in intellectual disabilities (Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Fragile X syndrome). Books for children can be found on the last tab.

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For featured resources, including our "top four" books as recommended by local experts in the field, see the Intellectual Disabilities Concern Topic Page.


The following books have been recommended for families who have a general concern about intellectual disabilities:

Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Families and Professionals, J. Harris, MD (Amazon Smile)


The following books have been recommended for families who have a child with Down syndrome:

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected-A Memoir, K. Hampton (Amazon Smile)

Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome, J. Kingsley and M. Levitz (Amazon Smile)

Down Syndrome Parenting 101: Must-Have Advice for Making Your Life Easier, N. Hale (Amazon Smile)

Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, L. Kumin (Amazon Smile)

Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, M. Bruni (Amazon Smile)

Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives, K. Lynard (Amazon Smile)

Gross Motor Skills for Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, P. Winders (Amazon Smile)

Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic, M. Beck (Amazon Smile)

Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son's First Two Years With Down Syndrome, J. Graf Groneberg (Amazon Smile)

Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome: The Respond but Don't React Method, D. Stein, Psy.D (Amazon Smile)

The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome: Advice, Information, Inspiration, and Support for Raising Your Child from Diagnosis through Adulthood, J. Jacob and M. Sikora (Amazon Smile)

When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect: A Guide to DS-ASD for Parents and Professionals, M. Froehlke and R. Zaborek (Amazon Smile)


The following books have been recommended for families who have a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD):

Fantastic Antone Grows Up: Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, J. Kleinfeld (Amazon Smile)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Understanding Mental Health), E. Rodger and R. Gowsell (Amazon Smile)

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Parenting A Child with an Invisible Disability, J. Brown and and M. Mather, MD (Amazon Smile)

Forfeiting All Sanity: A Mother's Story of Raising a Child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, J. Poss Taylor (Amazon Smile)

The Best I Can Be: Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects, L. Kulp and J. Kulp (Amazon Smile)

Trying Differently Rather Than Harder: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, D. Malbin (Amazon Smile)

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Guide to FASD for Parents, Carers and Professionals, M. Catterick and L. Curran (Amazon Smile)

When Rain Hurts: An Adoptive Mother's Journey with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, M. Greene (Amazon Smile)


The following books have been recommended for families who have a child with Fragile X syndrome:

Becoming Mrs. Rogers: Learning to Live the Fragile X Way, C. Rogers (Amazon Smile)

Understanding Fragile X Syndrome: A Guide for Families and Professionals, I. Fernandez Carvajal and D. Aldridge (Amazon Smile)


The following books have been recommended for children who are struggling with an intellectual disability:

Down Syndrome

47 Strings. Tessa's Special Code, B. Carey (Amazon Smile)

My Friend Has Down Syndrome, J. Moore-Mallinos (Amazon Smile)

My Friend Isabelle, E. Woloson (Amazon Smile)

Taking Down Syndrome to School, J. Glatzer (Amazon Smile)

We'll Paint the Octopus Red, S. Stuve-Bodeen (Amazon Smile)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

The Way I am is Different: A Children’s Book about a Boy with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, H. Simpson (Amazon Smile)

Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Fred, J. Bassell, J. Dixon Weber, and J. Visootsak, MD (Amazon Smile)

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