Lending Library

This is a list of books that I have in the office that you can come in and borrow. Please send an email to set up a time to come in and to ensure the book you are looking for, is available – training@casamercer.org

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Asperger Syndrome & Psychotherapy: Understanding Asperger Perspectives – Paula Jacobson

People with Asperger Syndrome (AS) understand and respond to the world in a very different way from people without this condition. The challenge for psychotherapists working with Asperger clients lies in setting aside their own preconceptions and learning to understand their client’s perspective. Behaviour that, in a “neurotypical” client, may be evidence of a problem, in an Asperger client may simply be a manifestation of Asperger ways of approaching the world. Paula Jacobsen, an experienced child psychotherapist, demonstrates how to interpret classic analytic and psychodynamic theories in relation to people with AS and explains how revised theories of mind, executive functioning and central coherence have helped provide new concepts and language with which to properly articulate the experiences of those with AS. The importance of the therapeutic relationship, case management, the need for collaboration between professionals, school consultation and educational needs of children with AS are also discussed at length, and illustrated with case studies. Providing an in-depth analysis of AS from a psychotherapist’s point of view, this original book makes compelling reading for parents, families, teachers and those with AS, as well as for professionals in this area.

 

Asperger’s syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals – Tony Attwood

Tony Attwood’s guide will assist parents and professionals with the identification, treatment and care of both children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. The book provides a description and analysis of the unusual characteristics of the syndrome and practical strategies to reduce those that are most conspicuous or debilitating. Beginning with a chapter on diagnosis, including an assessment test, the book covers all aspects of the syndrome from language to social behaviour and motor clumsiness, concluding with a chapter based on the questions most frequently asked by those who come into contact with individuals with this syndrome. Covering the available literature in full, this guide brings together the most relevant and useful information on Asperger’s Syndrome, incorporating case studies from the author’s own practical experience as a Clinical Psychologist, with examples of, and numerous quotations from people with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Power Cards: Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrome and Autism – Elisa Gagnon

The motivational power of special interests has long been established. This step-by-step book shows parents and educators how to help change an unwanted or inappropriate behavior by capitalizing on the special interests that characterize children and youth with Asperger Syndrome. The approach is simple, making it easy for parents and educators to use and easy for children to learn desired behaviors. A brief, motivational text related to the child s special interest or a highly admired person is combined with an illustration, which is then made into a bookmark or business card- sized Power Card that the child can refer to whenever needed. For younger children, the special interest or hero is incorporated into a short story. 

Social Skills Training: For Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communication Problems – Jed E Baker, PhD

Whether it’s learning how long one can look at somebody; how to shift topics, despite one’s desire to stick with that all-consuming special interest; how to say no to peer pressure; or dealing with sensitive topic – it’s all here. In this comprehensive and user-friendly book, the author translates years of experience working with students with Asperger Syndrome and social-communication difficulties.

Brief introductory chapters cover: skills to target, instructional strategies, behaviour management, promoting generalization, and relevant characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. The book then focuses on 70 of the skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social-communication problems. The presentation of each skill consists of a reproducible skill handout, as well as activity sheets listing ways teachers and parents can demonstrate, practice, and reinforce the skill in the classroom and at home. A concluding chapter on promoting peer acceptance offers sensitivity training programs for both students of various age groups and school staff, making this a complete social skills training package for students of all ages.

The Incredible 5-Point Scale – Assisting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in understanding social interactions and controlling their emotional responses – Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis

This must-have resource shows how the use of a simple 5-point scale can help students understand and control their emotional reactions to everyday events. This book shows how to break down a given behavior and, with the student s active participation, develop a scale that identifies the problem and suggests alternative, positive behaviors at each level of the scale.

The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration – Particia Romanowski Bashe, MSEd and Barbara Kirby

Whether your child has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or troubling symptoms are just becoming apparent, this book will guide you in the right direction.

AS manifests itself in an array of characteristics, including average to high intelligence, obsessive behavior, intense special interests, and difficulty dealing with everyday social situations. Children with AS often have trouble processing and expressing emotions appropriately; they may be physically awkward or have unique learning styles. This can lead to isolation, inappropriate educational placement, misdiagnosis, and high risk for anxiety, depression, and even suicide.

The Social Skills Picture Book – Teaching Play, Emotion, and Communication to Children with Autism – Jed Baker, PhD

This picture book appeals to the visual strengths of students on the autism spectrum, with color photos of students demonstrating various social skills in the correct (and sometimes incorrect) way. The skills depicted are meant to be read, role-played, corrected when necessary, role-played some more and, finally, to be practiced by the student in real-life social situations. “Thought bubbles” show what people are thinking during these interactions (not always what you hoped!). Practical, engaging, and down-to-earth, this is a valuable tool to help teens navigate the often-mysterious rules of social conduct in everyday situations.

Understanding How Asperger Children and Adolescents Think and Learn: Creating Manageable Environments for AS Students – Paula Jacobsen

The author provides a compelling inside view of how AS pupils perceive and understand what goes on in the classroom, and how they, in turn, are perceived by fellow pupils and teachers. She adopts a pragmatic approach to improving communications in the classroom and offers practical intervention strategies to increase mutual understanding and create a rewarding and supportive learning environment. The book also includes many examples of behavior commonly observed in AS children, and illuminating accounts of specific children’s experiences, which help to understand the learning process and avoid misunderstandings.

This accessible book is a key resource for educators and parents of AS children and provides invaluable guidance and strategies for professionals who need to understand how AS pupils learn and communicate.

Parenting

But I’m almost 13: An Action Plan for Raising a Responsible Adolescent – Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, M.S.Ed

Practical strategies for the adolescent years from an expert in adolescent medicine

The overwhelming majority of adolescent health problems today result not from physical disease, but from worrisome behavior. If parents take action early before teen rebellion kicks in, most of these problems are preventable. In this invaluable guide, Dr. Ken Ginsburg, one of the nation’s foremost specialists in adolescent medicine, offers a positive action plan for parents of preteens. Prevention strategies include preparing kids to resist peer pressure, recognizing behaviors that signal emotional problems, and teaching preteens to anticipate and react to potentially dangerous situations.

With sample scripts, real-life vignettes, and specific exercises, parents learn to build upon adolescent optimism, creativity, and resiliency to guide their children toward more positive futures and toward safer, more appropriate choices.

Discipline from Birth to Three: How Teen Parents Can Prevent & Deal With Discipline Problems With Babies and Toddlers – Jeanne Warren Lindsay and Sally McCullough

Describes for teenage parents how to discipline young children using teaching strategies rather than punishment.

Peaceful Parenting – Nancy Buck, PhD

Why Do Kids Act That Way?: The Instruction Manual Parents Need to Understand Children at Every Age – Nancy Buck, PhD

Miscellaneous

A Volcano in my Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger – Eliane Whitehouse & Warwick Pudney

A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger presents a clear and effective approach to helping children and adults alike understand and deal constructively with children’s anger. Using easy to understand yet rarely taught skills for anger management, including how to teach communication of emotions, A Volcano in My Tummy offers engaging, well-organized activities which help to overcome the fear of children’s anger which many adult care-givers experience. By carefully distinguishing between anger the feeling, and violence the behavior, this accessible little book, primarily created for ages 6 to thirteen, helps to create an awareness of anger, enabling children to relate creatively and harmoniously at critical stages in their development.

Through activities, stories, articles, and games designed to allow a multi-subject, developmental approach to the topic at home and in school, A Volcano in My Tummy gives us the tools we need to put aside our problems with this all-too-often destructive emotion, and to have fun while we’re at it.

Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of your Moods  Your Life – Matthew McKay, PhD; Martha Davis, PhD; Patrick Fanning

If you are depressed, anxious, angry, worried, confused, frustrated, upset, or ashamed, please remember that you are not alone in your struggle with painful feelings and experiences. Everybody experiences emotional distress sometimes. It’s normal. But when the pain becomes too strong and too enduring, it’s time to take that important first step toward feeling better.

This fully revised and updated fifth edition of Thoughts and Feelings outlines twenty evidence-based techniques you can mix and match to create your own personal treatment plan for overcoming a range of mental health concerns—including worry, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, anger, and emotional and behavioral challenges of any kind. Customize your plan to address multiple concerns at once, or troubleshoot the thoughts and feelings that bother you most.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey

Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face.

Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressue, achieve their goals, and much more. In addition, this audiobook is stuffed with great ideas and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world.

An indispensable audiobook for teens, as well as parents, grandparents, and any adult who influences young people, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is destined to become the last word on surviving and thriving as a teen and beyond.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: Personal Workbook – Sean Covey

A companion to the New York Times bestselling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, this engaging personal workbook provides fun, supplementary activities and thought provoking exercises to help you understand and apply the power of the 7 Habits in your life.

Imagine you had a playbook—a step-by-step guide to help you get from where you are now to where you want to be in the future. Your goals, your dreams, your plans…they are all achievable. You just need the tools to help you get there.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Personal Workbook is that tool. Whether you’re already familiar with the power of the 7 Habits, or you’re learning about them for the first time, this guide will help you figure out what you want in life and then decide upon a path to make it a reality. These interactive, positive lessons will give you the tools to improve your self-esteem, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve goals, get along better with your friends and family, and strengthen yourself in every aspect of your life.

The Gift of ADHD Activity Book: 101 ways to turn your child’s problems into strengths – Lara Honos-Webb, PhD

So much depends on how you look at things: Are you a glass-half-empty person, or do you discover advantages where other people find only weaknesses? When it comes to raising healthy, happy kids, positive encouragement and support can work miracles where attempts to change and control create frustration and resentment. In her first book, The Gift of ADHD, psychologist Lara Honos-Webb offers a positive, strengths-affirming new way to look at kids who present behaviors associated with attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Instead of struggling to “tame” your easily distracted child, she shows you how to appreciate your child’s creativity, sensitivity, and passion for living. In this book, she develops the ideas from The Gift of ADHD into 101 simple and engaging activities you can use to develop your child’s unique strengths.

Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception – Abraham Twerski, MD

The unpredictability and anxiety associated with the coronavirus pandemic can cloud and confuse everybody’s thinking. Excuses, self-deception and addictive logic can harm your recovery and relationships. Don’t let it.

In addiction, a person with a substance use disorder undergoes a negative change in thinking and behavioral patterns. A person’s character is overthrown by addictive thinking: displacement, projection, shame, and hypersensitivity are addiction’s survival mechanisms. With Addictive Thinking, both addicts and loved ones familiarize themselves with these addictive signatures and more, and begin the fight for recovery.

Recognizing Child Abuse: A Guide for the Concerned – Douglas Besharov

Advises how to identify the telltale signs of child abuse and what actions to take, explaining the procedures endorsed by district attorneys and prosecutors.

 

Adoption

Children’s Adjustment to Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Issues – David Brodzinsky, Daniel Smith, Anne Brodzinsky

Focusing on developmental and clinical issues in children′s adjustment to adoption, the authors introduce this volume with an overview of historical and contemporary perspectives, then explore various theories that have addressed the issue of psychological risk associated with adoption.

Following a review of empirical research on factors that influence the adjustment process, the authors discuss different types of adoption, analyze methodological problems, and discuss clinical and assessment issues that commonly arise in work with adoptees and their families.

 

Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child – Trish Maskew

Based on the author’s experiences as an adoptive mother and foster parent, as well as interviews with numerous adoptive families, adoption professionals and adults who were adopted, Our Own thoroughly explores both the joys and the challenges of older child adoption. Suitable for families adopting domestically or internationally, it covers such topics as:

Evaluating whether you have what it takes to adopt a child who’s no longer a baby.

 

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child – Nancy Newton Verrier

The Primal Wound is a seminal work which revolutionizes the way we think about adoption. It describes and clarifies the effects of separating babies from their birth mothers as a primal loss which affects the relationships of the adopted person throughout life.. It is a book about pre-and perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding, and loss. It gives adoptees, whose pain has long been unacknowledged or misunderstood, validation for their feelings, as well as explanations for their behavior. It lists the coping mechanisms which adoptees use to be able to attach and live in a family to whom they are not related and with whom they have no genetic cues. It will contribute to the healing of all members of the adoption triad and will bring understanding and encouragement to anyone who has ever felt abandoned.

The Psychology of Adoption – Editors – David Brodzinsky and Marshall Schechter

In this volume David Brodzinsky, who has conducted one of the nation’s largest studies of adopted children, and Marshall Schechter, a noted child psychiatrist who has been involved with adoption related issues for over forty years, have brought together a group of leading researchers from
various disciplines to explore the complex interdisciplinary subject of adoption. While recent empirical work has shown that adopted children are more vulnerable to a host of psychological and school-related problems compared to their nonadopted peers, and that the rate of referral of adopted
children to mental-health facilities is far above what would be expected given their representation in the general population, our understanding of the basis for these problems remains unclear. In this book, theoretical, empirical, clinical, and social policy issues offer new insights into the
problems facing parents of adopted children, and especially the children themselves. A comprehensive study, The Psychology of Adoption will be of interest to child psychiatrists, developmental and clinical psychologists, social workers, social service providers, and adoptive parents.
 

Memoirs

The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family – Dave Pelzer

Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother, his real hurt is just begining — he has no place to call home.

This is Dave Pelzer’s long-awaited sequel to A Child Called “It”. In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a “real” family.

Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing — the love of a family.

A Man Called Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness – Dave Pelzer

“All those years you tried your best to break me, and I’m still here. One day you’ll see, I’m going to make something of myself.” These words were Dave Pelzer’s declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave’s father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to—and nearly did.

The more than two million readers of Pelzer’s New York Times and international bestselling memoirs A Child Called “It” and The Lost Boy know that he lived to tell his courageous story. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.

 

The Privilege of Youth: A Teenager’s Story – Dave Pelzer

From A Child Called “It” to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer’s inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune. In The Privilege of Youth, he shares the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the thrill of making his first real friends—some of whom he still

shares close relationships with today. He writes about the simple pleasures of exploring his neighborhood, while trying to forget the hell waiting for him at home.

From high school to a world beyond the four walls that were his prison for so many years, The Privilege of Youth bravely and compassionately charts this crucial turning point in Dave Pelzer’s life and will inspire a whole new generation of readers.

 

Three Little Words – Ashley Rhodes-Courter

“Sunshine, you’re my baby and I’m your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she’s not your mama.” Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.

Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative,humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed – and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.

Three More Words – Ashely Rhodes-Courter

In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the joys and heartbreak with the family she’s created, and her efforts to make peace with her past.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent a harrowing nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. Her memoir, Three Little Words, captivated audiences everywhere and went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Now Ashley reveals the nuances of life after foster care: College and its assorted hijinks, including meeting “the one.” Marriage, which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked (literally) by some biological family members. Having kids—from fostering children and the heartbreak of watching them return to destructive environments, to the miraculous joy of blending biological and adopted offspring.

Whether she’s overcoming self-image issues, responding to calls asking for her to run for Senate, or dealing with continuing drama from her biological family, Ashley Rhodes-Courter never fails to impress or inspire with her authentic voice and uplifting message of hope.

Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island – Regina Calcaterra

Regina’s Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope.

Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons.

A true-life rags-to-riches story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all.

Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American Dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

Garbage Bag Suitcase – Shenandoah Chefalo

Shenandoah Chefalo is on a wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug-and alcohol addicted parents.

She endures numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness.

Finally at the age of 13, Shen had had enough. After being abandoned by her mother for months at her grandmother’s retirement community, she asks to be put into foster care.

Surely she would fare better at a stable home than living with her mother?

It turns out that it was not the storybook ending she had hoped for. When a car accident lands her in the hospital with grave injuries and no one comes to visit her during her three-week stay, she realizes she is truly all alone in the world.

Overcoming many adversities, Shen became part of the 3% of all foster care children who get into college, and the 1% who graduate.

Despite her numerous achievements in life though, she still suffers from the long-term effects of neglect, and the coping skills that she adapted in her childhood are not always productive in her adult life.

Garbage Bag Suitcase is not only the inspiring and hair-raising story of one woman’s journey to over- come her desolate childhood, but it also presents grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system.

 

 

Hope’s Boy – Andrew Bridge

From the moment he was born, Andrew Bridge and his mother Hope shared a love so deep that it felt like nothing else mattered. Trapped in desperate poverty and confronted with unthinkable tragedies, all Andrew ever wanted was to be with his mom. But as her mental health steadily declined, and with no one else left to care for him, authorities arrived and tore Andrew from his screaming mother’s arms. In that moment, the life he knew came crashing down around him. He was only seven years old.

Hope was institutionalized, and Andrew was placed in what would be his devastating reality for the next eleven years–foster care. After surviving one of our country’s most notorious children’s facilities, Andrew was thrust into a savagely loveless foster family that refused to accept him as one of their own. Deprived of the nurturing he needed, Andrew clung to academics and the kindness of teachers. All the while, he refused to surrender the love he held for his mother in his heart. Ultimately, Andrew earned a scholarship to Wesleyan, went on to Harvard Law School, and became a Fulbright Scholar.

Andrew has dedicated his life’s work to helping children living in poverty and in the foster care system. He defied the staggering odds set against him, and here in this heartwrenching, brutally honest, and inspirational memoir, he reveals who Hope’s boy really is.

One Kid at a Time: A Single Dad, a Boy in Foster Care, and an Adoption – Jake Dekker

This true, heartwarming story reveals that miracles occur in everyday life. Enjoyable and uplifting, One Kid at a Time will empower–and encourage–everyone who reads it.
Danny had no chance. His mother abandoned him. His father in prison didn’t know him. His grandmother beat him so badly that the doctors couldn’t count the bruises. He lived nonstop days of unending anxiety, loneliness and terror. Ordered into foster care, the system isolated, drugged and betrayed him.
Jake lived the good life. Warm friendships, plenty of money and freedom to do what he enjoyed. From the outside he had the perfect existence. But inside he longed for a child.

 

Scrapes and Scars: No Secrets – Chavonne Hurdle

I was twelve-years-old when my life was stolen. I can recall becoming a helpless victim of sexual abuse. The abuse continued for three years. I was forced to see him every day, until one day he disappeared, leaving me with nothing but shattered dreams and scars that bled hopelessness, suicide, and shame. Forced to bear the burden alone, I struggled with trying to find who I was and why he chose me. 

Scrapes and Scars chronicle the unapologetic story of my journey to overcome the agony and devastation of a horrifying childhood experience. One that was meant to cripple and challenge my very being for life, but I learned that obstacles and trials were meant to be defeated. Through this journey, you too will learn that the scrapes and scars of your past do not define you; your ability to overcome them does.

 

 

Someone There for Me: Everyday Heroes Through the Eyes of Teens in Foster Care – CASA

To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care – Cris Beam

Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is To the End of June, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children in their search for a stable, loving family.

Beam shows us the intricacies of growing up in the system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the rootless shuffling between homes, the emotionally charged tug between foster and birth parents, the terrifying push out of foster care and into adulthood. Humanizing and challenging a broken system, To the End of June offers a tribute to resiliency and hope for real change.

 

Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline (not a memoir, but it is historical)

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, and unexpected friendship.