Specialty Areas
of Therapy

*  Child Counseling
*  Anxiety and Fears
*  Depression
*  Mood Disorders
*  Grief Counseling
*  Divorce Counseling
*  Parenting Solutions
*  Premarital Counseling
*  Relationship Issues
*  Trauma and PTSD

Suggested Reading for Parents

Parenting presents many challenges. I put this list together as a guide to help parents meet some of those challenges. They are grouped by categories. You may jump directly to special parenting problem sections

Links is provided that will open a new window or tab for more infomation or purchase from Amazon for most books. I would also advise that you also check the books for children section for additional material. Books may also be found in our library system. Use this link to open a new window or tab to search the San Antonio Library Catalog.


General Topics:


Positve Parenting A to Z

Positive Parenting From A to Z; 1994 by Karen Renshaw Joslin:  A must-have for any parent.  An alphabetical compendium of solutions for common childhood behavior problems.

1-2-3 Magic

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. 2003. I highly recommend this program as I have seen many parents transition very challenging children successfully.  It is especially helpful for parents who are tired of yelling at their children and want to try something new.  DVD’s are also available and include one for adolescents and many other helpful topics: http://www.parentmagic.com

Positive Talk
The Power of Positive Talk; Words to help every child succeed; 2003, Douglas Bloch, M.A This book explores the origin of a child’s negative self-talk and ways for parents to play a positive and important role in helping their child develop self-affirmations and healthier self-talk.
Parenting With Love And Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition) by Foster Cline and Jim Fay, 2006; A very helpful resource for parents to incorporate well-thought out consequences for misbehavior in a way that increases their responsibility while maintaining a good relationship with your child.
Parenting Young Children: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) of Children Under Six by Don, Sr. Dinkmeyer, Gary D. McKay, James S. Dinkmeyer, and Joyce L. McKay 2008) this book will help a parent to identify the goal of misbehavior which helps guide a parent’s decision on the best approach to take to discipline that child. This is a rich resource for gaining knowledge of the developmental stages of young children and what is practical to expect of the child.

The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood by Selma H. Fraiberg,  1996This book is excellent in detailing different developmental stages and how a very young child perceives the world. 

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers: For Their Early Years--Raising Children Who are Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful  by Jane Nelsen Ed.D., Cheryl Erwin, and Roslyn Ann Duffy 2007.  Gives some very practical information to help your child take responsibility for their behavior.

Ages and Stages: A Parent's Guide to Normal Childhood Development by Charles E. Schaefer and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo; 2000.  This book highlights a child’s developmental maturation and ways to bring out the best of your child, from birth to age 9 years old.

Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell, 2004; Written by a child psychiatrist and an early childhood expert for the purpose of helping a parent gain better understanding of their own attachment experiences with their parents and ways they can use this understanding so that they are able to raise empathic and resilient children.
Teen Tips - A Practical Survival Guide For Parents With Kids 11-19 by Tom McMahon; 2003.  A compendium of best suggestions parent who have raised adolescents, sharing what has worked well for them. You will be surprised with the creativity shared!
Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Their Children About Sex and Character by Pepper Schwartz and Dominic Cappello 2000; An excellent book to help parents initiate/jumpstart conversations with their children at all ages about the ever difficult topic of sexuality and choices in ways to process and handle these topics with their peers as well.

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Parenting Children with Anxiety


The Anxiety Cure for Kids: A Guide for Parents by Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, Robert L. DuPont, and Caroline M. DuPont; 2003.  Details different types of anxiety that occurs in children and specific ways to help their anxious child.

Help for Worried Kids: How Your Child Can Conquer Anxiety and Fear by Cynthia G. Last PhD; 2005.  Helpful for parents to gain an understanding of what is going on within their anxious child so that they know if what they are doing may be accidentally contributing to their nervousness. 


Parenting Children Who May Have Trouble Expressing Anger Appropriately:


Angry Children, Worried Parents: Seven Steps to Help Families Manage Anger (Seven Steps Family Guides) by Sam Goldstein PhD, Robert Brooks PhD, and Sharon Weiss MEd , 2004.  A family approach to reducing inappropriate expression of anger within the family. 
What Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child Without Going Mad by Jennifer Anne Brown, Pam Provonsha Hopkins, and Mits Katayama, 2008  Helps parents understand their child’s anger and to help them teach their children tools to handle their anger.

The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with OCD: Professional, reassuring advice for raising a happy, well-adjusted child (Everything Series) by Stephen Martin and Victoria Costello, 2008.  Symptoms of OCD in children can easily be missed.  This is an informative book on how to recognize a child’s symptoms and the best ways to access appropriate help.
Parenting Your Out-of-control Child: An Effective, Easy-to-use Program for Teaching Self-control by George M. Kapalka; 2007.  Step-by-step guide to working with your child before a child escalates to that point of ‘no-return’.

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Managing Children With Difficult Behavior:


Try and Make Me!: Simple Strategies That Turn Off the Tantrums and Create Cooperation by Ph.D. Ray Levy, Bill O'Hanlon, and Tyler Norris Goode , 2002. A great resource to help parents to maintain their power as a parent while shifting the responsibility back to the child. A parent will find out ways they may accidentally trigger defiant behaviors.


Parenting Through A Divorce:


Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way by M. Gary Neuman 1999. If a parent in a divorce situation has access to this book, they have the best resource, I believe. This book is very comprehensive and includes such includes ways to introduce a girlfriend/boyfriend, ways to help a child manage their emotions, very specific ways for parents to avoid pitfalls of poor communication that has very negative impact on their children.

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Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Asperger’s Syndrome, Sensory Integration and Autism)


The Heart of Autism: Motivational Intervention Strategies for Caregivers & Professionals by Jennifer Abeles, 2006.  Overall, a very inspiring book that gives some good suggestions on ways to effectively communicate and work with a child with autism.
Parenting Your Asperger Child: Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills by Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson, 2005. A very useful book for helping a parent understand Asperger syndrome and to help their child become interactive with other children. 
The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz ,2006.  A very good resource for parents and has many practical solutions that come with a child suffering from sensory processing. 

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