Special needs Book Nook | The Food Sensitive ShopperThe Food Sensitive Shopper

The start of school always reminds me of the smell of new text books!  True, this may be an odd delight however it correlates with my love of learning.

My reading taste looks like a menu of fiction, non-fiction, and college level texts.  I really don’t like ‘technical’ style writing but certain subjects interest me deeply.  Self help books have always been of interest however for the last 13 years you will find on my nightstand a book on raising a child, nutrition, and or food allergy/gluten intolerance.  These subjects I find fascinating.  As a mom who has raised one son with special needs and am in the thick of raising twins (one with multiple food allergies and the other with GERD…both with asthma) I have read many books on parenting with special needs.  That doesn’t mean I don’t consult with professionals too.  G-d knows how many professionals my husband and I have talked with to make sure we were doing our best at raising children with a variety of special needs.

Without further adieu I would like to tell you what books I have recently found that I believe can have a positive impact while raising children with special needs.  I hope you find one that works for you.

On top of my list is ‘Starbrite Traveler – A Travel Resource for Parents of Children with Special Needs‘.  This is a very thorough book for families who want to vacation.  This book covers the gamut of travel accommodations from small venues to large hotels, rentals, camping, ski resorts, cruises and all-inclusive resorts.  There is also specific destination information for parents who want to take their children to aquariums, museums, theme parks, zoos, and event.  This book can be very handy in your own backyard for day trips and weekend fun.

Visit the Starbrite Kids website for more information, just click on the link to the left.  Starbritetraveler




Kids with Behavior Challenges   I stumbled upon this book recently.  I was initially enticed by the language and design of the cover.  Okay, I know I should not judge a book by its cover so I looked at the content and it did not disappoint.  It’s written by Dr. Thomas McIntyre who has a PhD in special education.  I like the writing style for its motivational and comforting but realistic style.  Click on the book cover to go to Free spirit publishing to learn more about the book.


The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide   This book is also found on Free Spirit publishing website.  You can click on the book to learn more.  By the way,  books for families who manage all kinds of special needs like ADHD, behavior problems, and more can be found at this publishing company.  Go to:  http://www.freespirit.com/

If you have a child that has tested into the GT or gifted and talented program in elementary school or if you think your child fits this mold and is under age 10 it’s a great time to learn about their special needs.  You may or may not be surprised that GT kiddos have their own host of social and behavior issues.  A good read by Judy Galbraith.

Gifted kids

Food related disease is always in the forefront of my mind.  Here are some good choices…


Kids with Celiac Disease   Donna Korn writes a great book for the entire family to understand and amend their lifestyle for children with celiac disease.  It is a great addition to gluten free cook books because this is a lifestyle change that is both necessary and requires some adjustment.  Click on the book to go to the Good Reads website to order your copy.

Food Allergies & Grandchildren   Below is our newest pocket guide and we are proud to say it is a big help to grandparents who care for their grandchildren.   I believe grandparents do want to make sure their grandchildren are safe but age, their experience, and adapting to change are all play a role in their ability to adapt to your new ‘normal’ way of living.  Click on the cover to get your copy.


Our newest pocket guide

Next week I am focusing on teen resources for the gluten free and food allergic teen.


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