Student Support Services Resources

Student Support Services has compiled this list of resources for MCDS parents. Additional resources are available upon request. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

For specific information about:

General Resources for Intellectual, Social and Emotional Development

Parent Education Network: The San Francisco-based Parent Education Network is a coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students, and the community to empower and bring academic success to students with learning and attention difficulties. PEN brings locally and nationally renowned experts to speak to parents throughout the school year.

Berkeley Parents Network: This site offers an email network for parents in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities: This parent-friendly site provides a look at the diagnosis of a learning difference with quick links to descriptions of various learning challenges.

Sensory Processing Information: SPD Foundation (

National Center for Learning Disabilities: site provides background and support information for parents and educators on a variety of learning differences and disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Online: This comprehensive site provides information, support, and strategies for parents, educators, and children.

National Institute of Mental Health: This site provides research, support, and contacts for a variety of mental health issues.

International Dyslexia Association: This comprehensive site offers information on language-based learning disorders, including dyslexia.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity: This site provides information about the strengths and challenges of a dyslexic mind.

Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: This site provides information for parents and professionals working with children and adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Anxiety: This site provides a wide range of resources for parents and caregivers.

Print Resources


  • Kastner’s Getting to Calm
  • Nelsen’s Positive Discipline for Teenagers
  • Riera’s Uncommon Sense for Parents and Teenagers and Right from Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Your Child
  • Siegel’s Brainstorm The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
  • Homayoun’s That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life
  • Honos-Webb’s The ADHD Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Gain Motivation and Confidence


  • Cohen’s The Opposite of Worry
  • Chansky’s Freeing Your Child from Anxiety
  • Wagner’s Worried No More
  • Sandas’ The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Anxiety
  • Albano’s You and Your Anxious Child


  • Flick’s ADD/ADHD Behavior-Change Resource Kit
  • Greenspan’s Overcoming ADHD: Helping Your Child Become Calm, Engaged and Focused Without A Pill
  • Hallowell’s Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction
  • Hallowell’s Superparenting for ADD


  • Greenspan’s Playground Politics: The Emotional Development of Your School-Aged Child
  • Thompson’s Best Friends, Worst Enemies
  • Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes
  • Elman’s The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Stratgies to Help Your Child Make Friends


  • Shaywitz’s Overcoming Dyslexia
  • Sensory Integration
  • Kranowitz’s The Out-of-Sync Child
  • Miller’s Sensational Kids
  • Eide’s The Dyslexia Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
  • Delisle’s and Galbraith’s When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs
  • Hallowell’s and Mooney’s Learning Outside the Lines : Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution
  • Newmark’s ADHD Without Drugs- A Guide to Natural Care of Children With ADHD


  • Bronson’s Nurture Shock
  • Ehrensaft’s Spoiling Childhood: How Well-Meaning Parents Are Giving Children Too Much- But Not What They Need
  • Greenspan’s The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five “Difficult” Types of Children
  • Greenspan’s Great Kids: Helping Your Baby and Child Develop The Ten Essential Qualities for a Healthy, Happy Life
  • Levine’s Price of Privilege
  • Mogel’s Blessing of the Skinned Knee and Blessing of the B-Minus
  • Thompson’s The Pressured Child
  • Weissbourd’s The Parents We Mean To Be
  • Wood’s Yardsticks
  • Senior’s All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting

Separation and Divorce

  • Hannibal’s Good Parenting Through Your Divorce
  • Ricci’s Mom’s House, Dad’s House
  • Whittmann’s Custody Chaos, Personal Peace
  • Wolf’s Why did You Have to Get a Divorce?

Sensory Integration

  • Kronwitz’s The Out of Sync Child- Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Processing Disorder

Sexuality and Education

  • Hafner’s From Diapers to Dating
  • Rothman’s Sex and Sensibility


  • Faber’s and Mazlish’s Siblings Without Rivalry- How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too

Social and Emotional


  • Kindlon and Thompson's Raising Cain
  • Pollack's Real Boys


  • Hartley-Brewer's Raising Confident Girls
  • Pipher's Reviving Ophelia
  • Homayoun’s The Myth of the Perfect Girl-Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School
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