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Acting Out: Understanding and Reducing Aggressive Behaviour in Children and Youth. David Wolfe, Editor, $16.95

Aggression among young people is an important social issue. Fortunately, early intervention and treatment can significantly reduce the risk of harmful outcomes. Acting Out describes the causes of aggressive behaviour in young people, and discusses approaches to handling it. This book:

  • explains various types of aggressive behaviour exhibited by young people
  • identifies factors related to aggressive behaviour
  • distinguishes between normal aggression and aggression that is of greater concern
  • gives practical advice on how to address aggression in children and youth
  • highlights proven prevention and intervention strategies and indicates strategies to avoid
  • discusses the assessment and diagnosis of more serious aggressive behaviour in young people

Acting Out is a valuable tool for anyone who works with young people, including teachers and school administrators, day-care and recreation centre workers, youth shelter workers, social service workers, sports coaches, youth leaders, camp counselors and directors.


The Adventures of Stretch More: Pick-Your-Path Stories for Solving Problems Together. Trina Epstein & Ross Greene, $26.50

Meet Stretch More, a rubber-band character who loves video games and skateboarding, but also has behavior issues that frequently get him in trouble. Stretch is very inflexible!

If you know a child like Stretch — one who has difficulty adapting to changes, handling frustrations, and problem solving — then The Adventures of Stretch More can help! The book includes three pick-your-path stories and at key points in each story, you get to pick what happens next, as Stretch learns to solve problems together with his parents and teacher.

This is the first children's book to demonstrate Collaborative & Proactive Solutions, a therapy method that presumes kids act poorly because they lack the skills to deal with challenging situations. Together, parents and children learn how to defuse the tension and build a more supportive approach to improving behavior. A perfect book for kids ages 8-13 who have ADHD, Tourette's, OCD, or Asperger's that also includes an information section for parents.


Anger Management Games for Children. Deborah Plummer, $29.95

This practical handbook helps adults to understand, manage and reflect constructively on children's anger. Featuring a wealth of familiar and easy-to-learn games, it is designed to foster successful anger management strategies for children aged 5-12. The book covers the theory behind the games in accessible language, and includes a broad range of enjoyable activities: active and passive, verbal and non-verbal, and for different sized groups. The games address issues that might arise in age-specific situations such as sharing a toy or facing peer pressure. They also encourage children to approach their emotions as a way to facilitate personal growth and healthy relationships.

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Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns. Brenda Smith Myles & Jack Southwick, $27.95

This expanded edition of the best selling AAPC classic offers both parents and professionals tried-and-true solutions to minimize and circumvent the often frightening circumstances that surround the rage cycle, not only for the child with Asperger Syndrome, but others in the environment as well. In addition to almost doubling the section on interventions, this highly practical and user-friendly resource also focuses on the reactions of the adults around the child. This detailed book takes the reader through the stages of the rage cycle and emphasizes the importance of utilizing the teachable moments before and after a rage episode.


Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Enrico Gnaulati, $20.00

In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis. Dr. Enrico Gnaulati, a clinical psychologist specializing in childhood and adolescent therapy and assessment, has witnessed firsthand the push to diagnose these disorders in youngsters. Drawing both on his own clinical experience and on cutting-edge research, he has written the definitive account of why our kids are being dramatically over-diagnosed — and how parents and professionals can distinguish between true psychiatric disorders and normal childhood reactions to stressful life situations. 

BACK TO NORMAL reminds us of the normalcy of children’s seemingly abnormal behavior. It will give parents of struggling children hope, perspective, and direction. And it will make everyone who deals with children question the changes in our society that have contributed to the astonishing increase in childhood psychiatric diagnoses. 


BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids, ages 3-12. Lynne Kenney & Wendy Young, $23.50

Written for real parents with anxious, angry and over-the-top kids, BLOOM is a brain-based approach to parenting all children. Stop second-guessing the way you handle misbehaviours, and learn why they occur in the first place. Come to understand the developmental origins of behaviors and take a fresh look at how you can address them with skill-building techniques that produce real and lasting change.

Taking its lead from neuroscience and best practices in early childhood mental health, BLOOM offers parents, teachers and care providers the words, thoughts and actions to raise calm, confident children, while reducing the need for consequences and punishment.

The first book of its kind, BLOOM provides pages full of printable mantras you can carry with you, hang on your fridge or use in your classroom to raise emotionally competent kids. BLOOM allows you to take a collaborative stance with your children, improving their cognitive, emotional and social skills. BLOOMoffers a new approach to human relationships that will change the way you perceive, think and feel about parenting, love, work and life. BLOOM changes everything. BONUS: Each chapter has a QR code that links to bonus videos so you can hear directly from the authors about each topic.

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The Bright Kid Challenge: Ending Conflict and Unlocking the Potential of Smart, Challenging Children. Andrew Fuller, $20.95

Smart, interesting and ultimately admirable — bright kids can be defiant, demanding and difficult to live with. The Bright Kid Challenge shows parents how to handle and nurture smart kids who aren’t bad, but have found ways to get what they want and to get away with it. With simple, easy to follow strategies, this book shows parents how to get past the conflicts and how to help children make the most of their talents.


Connected Parenting: How to Raise a Great Kid. Jennifer Kolari, $21.00

Connected Parenting offers a unique form of therapeutic parenting based on Kolari's groundbreaking application of the concept of "mirroring," an instinctive process that helps parents bond with their children and promotes optimum growth and development. Kolari's strategy is highly effective for kids of all ages, and has been proven to reduce a child's anxiety, increase self-esteem, and allow children to become more resilient and flexible. With step-by-step advice and examples from Kolari's years of experience, this is an easy-to-follow guide to strengthening the bond between you and your children.


Coping Power: Parent Group Program Facilitator Guide. Karen Wells, John Lochman & Lisa Lenhart, $49.95

Coping Power: Parent Group Workbook (8-Copy Set). Karen Wells, John Lochman & Lisa Lenhart, $105.00

Coping Power: Child Group Facilitator's Guide. John Lochman, Karen Wells & Lisa Lenhart, $71.50

Coping Power: Child Group Program Workbook (8-Copy Set). John Lochman, Karen Wells & Lisa Lenhart, $71.95

The Coping Power Program is an evidence-based behavioral intervention for pre-adolescents (grades 5 and 6) that targets children who are beginning to show signs of severe aggression and social dysfunction at school. By targeting these children before their behavior has become extremely dangerous or unmanageable, this program has been proven to reduce the occurrence of these programs, and to improve functioning in school.

Studies have shown that children who demonstrate aggressive behaviors have maladaptive coping skills and misperceptions of conflict or threat. This program teaches positive strategies for coping with perceived conflict or threat, as well as an understanding of the participant's feelings and motivations behind inappropriate behaviors. The Coping Power Program involves an intervention with aggressive children and a simultaneous program for their parents, to increase positive motivations at home as well as at school. The facilitator's guides include step-by-step instructions for accurately implementing this evidence-based program. The corresponding workbooks for children and parents include worksheets and monitoring forms to track progress and reinforce the skills learned in the group sessions.

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The Defiant Child: a Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Douglas Riley, $18.95

The Defiant Child guides readers through the difficulties of raising a child or teenager who is attempting to ignore or defeat them at every turn. While it explains how defiant children and teens think, delving deeply into the mistaken ideas that lead them to believe that it is safe to ignore parents and challenge their authority, its chief purpose is to provide parents with a step-by-step plan to regain peace and harmony in the family.


Defiant Children, 3rd Edition: a Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Parent Training. Russell Barkley, $54.50

This book provides an effective 10-step program for training parents in child behavior management skills (ages 2 to 12). Professionals get proven tools to help parents understand the causes of noncompliant, defiant, oppositional, or socially hostile behavior at home or in school; take systematic steps to reduce it; and reinforce positive change. Comprehensive assessment guidelines are included. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the volume features numerous reproducible parent handouts and two rating scales (the Home Situations Questionnaire and the School Situations Questionnaire). 


The Difficult Child. Stanley Turecki, $24.00

Temperamentally difficult children can confuse and upset even experienced parents and teachers. They often act defiant, stubborn, loud, aggressive, or hyperactive. They can also be clingy, shy, whiny, picky, and impossible at bedtime, mealtimes, and in public places. This landmark book has been completely revised to include the latest information on ADHD, medications, and a reassuring approach  to all aspects of childhood behavioral disorders.

In this parenting classic, Dr. Stanley Turecki, one of the nation’s most respected experts on children and discipline — and himself the father of a once difficult child — offers compassionate and practical advice to parents of hard-to-raise children. Based on his experience with thousands of families in the highly successful Difficult Children Program he developed for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, his step-by-step approach shows you how to:

  • Identify your child’s temperament using a ten-point test to pinpoint specific difficulties
  • Manage common — often "uncontrollable" — conflict situations expertly and gently
  • Make discipline more effective and get better results with less punishment
  • Get support from schools, doctors, professionals, and support groups
  • Understand ADHD and other common diagnoses, and decide if medication is right for your child
  • Make the most of the tremendous potential and creativity that many "difficult" children have

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Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings. Christine Fonesca, $27.95

Designed to provide support for the difficult job of parenting and teaching gifted children, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive Feelings provides the resource parents and teachers need to not only understand why gifted children are so extreme in their behavior, but also learn specific strategies to teach gifted children how to live with their intensity.

Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students uses real-world examples through case studies and role-plays that show parents and teachers how to interact with gifted children in a way that teaches them how to recognize, monitor, and adjust their behavior. Worksheets, tip sheets, and checklists are included to help parents, teachers, and the students themselves learn to cope with the explosive feelings that often accompany giftedness. Specific strategies for stress management, underperformance in school, perfectionism, and social anxiety make this a must-read for anyone wishing to make a positive lasting impact on the lives of gifted children.


The Explosive Child: a New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children. Ross Greene, $19.99

One of the most sought-after resources for dealing with challenging kids of the last few years. The Explosive Child is not a book about Tourette Syndrome; not a book about ADHD or OCD, conduct disorders or bipolar disorders, Asperger's Syndrome or kids with difficult temperaments. This is a book about the behavioural challenges associated with these and other conditions which have profound effects on parents and in the lives of families. And of course it is about developing a comprehensive and creative response to these challenges.


The Everything® Parent’s Guide to the Defiant Child. Jesse Jayne Rutherford & Kathleen Nickerson, $16.95

Reassuring advice to help your child mange explosive emotions and gain self-control.


The Everything® Parent's Guide to the Strong-Willed Child, 2nd Edition. Ellen Bowers, $17.95

THE EVERYTHING® PARENT'S GUIDE TO THE STRONG-WILLED CHILD helps you work around stubborn and argumentative behavior. You'll learn how to encourage your child to compromise and communicate with you, rather than make unreasonable demands and/or shut down altogether. By learning what makes your child strong-willed, the effects of such behavior, and how to manage it, you can help your child achieve a more tempered disposition and teach him the lifelong rewards of a positive attitude.

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Family HOPE Parent Handbook. Karolyn King-Peery & Lynn Wilder, $16.95

Based on the principles of positive behavior support (PBS), the Family Hope program offers support and encouragement for families of children with challenging behavior. The principles outlined are universal and helpful in any family but are especially useful when a child's behavior is disability related. The ultimate program goal is reduced stress and an improved quality of life for the entire family.

In easy-to-understand language, the Parent Handbook presents seven steps for changing child behavior based on PBS principles. These steps help families adjust to environmental variables, create a behavior intervention plan, and measure behavior to strengthen more positive, alternative behaviors.


From Defiance to Cooperation: Real Solutions for Transforming the Angry, Defiant Discouraged Child. John Taylor, $18.00

How do you deal with a difficult and defiant child or teenager? What can you do if your child has been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or is resentful and constantly in trouble at school? Are there constructive ways to channel such oppositional energy and determination? From Defiance to Cooperation will show you how. 

Inside, you’ll find new hope and hundreds of specific, sensible, and easy-to-implement suggestions for improving life with a rebellious and argumentative child. Parents and teachers — anyone who deals with difficult children, teens, or young adults — will also learn how to tap the potential of these natural-born leaders.


Genius! Nurturing the Spirit of the Wild, Odd and Oppositional Child. George Lynn & Joanne Barrie Lynn, $24.95

Genius is an inspiring guide to nurturing the remarkable abilities of "attention different" (AD) children diagnosed with conditions such as autism, Asperger Syndrome, AD/HD, bipolar disorder, or Tourette Syndrome (TS). This book will be an essential tool for parents and carers to help bring out the best in their child and help him explore his full potential in life. This revised edition also includes additional material on working with older age groups.

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The Great Behavior Breakdown. B. Bryan Post, $23.95

Start understanding the causes and steps necessary to help end, once and for all, some of the most difficult behaviors your child exhibits today. Lying, stealing, defiance, incessant chatter — these are just some of the most problematic and challenging behaviors that parents face. Bryan Post offers step-by-step guidance on how to understand your own reactions and how to deal with these problems compassion.


Happy Families: a Parents’ Guide to the Non-Violent Resistance Approach. Carmelite Avraham-Krehwinkel & David Aldridge, $17.95

Parenting a severely disruptive child can be exhausting and demoralizing to the point where breaking the cycle of bad behaviour seems an impossible task. Happy Families offers a realistic, step-by-step, practical approach to tackling destructive behaviour that helps parents regain control and establish harmony within the family.

Using hands-on techniques based on the principles of non-violent resistance, each chapter deals with a different stage of the process - from communicating to the child an unwavering determination that the situation will change and enlisting the support of family and friends, to taking positive action in a way that avoids escalation. General advice such as how to respond constructively and consistently to provocation is included throughout, and morale-boosting tips encourage flagging parents to persevere with the approach.


Helping Parents with Challenging Children: Positive Family Interaction. V. Mark Durand & Meme Hieneman. Facilitator’s Guide, $38.95; Parent’s Workbook, $27.95

Challenging behavior, while common, can have a significant negative impact on the lives of children and their families. A child's behavior problems can exacerbate developmental setbacks and disrupt overall family functioning. This facilitator guide, along with the corresponding workbook, aims to assist parents who have difficulty completing parent training and implementing interventions. It uses a fresh and resourceful approach, combining principles of applied behavior analysis, tools of positive behavior support (PBS), and cognitive restructuring techniques. Throughout the program, parents practice positive thinking skills, which can enhance their parenting abilities. This guide gives detailed instructions for conducting the optimism training and steering parents through the PBS process. The positive family intervention program may be useful for a variety of behavior problems and in conjunction with treatment for other disorders. It can be used with a range of ages and family situations.

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Hunter and His Amazing Remote Control. Lori Ann Copeland

This resource is a unique approach to teaching self-control to children whether or not they have ADD or ADHD. In this full-color, illustrated storybook, Hunter teaches students how he learned to use his very special remote control to become more successful. Once children read or hear Hunter's story, they can create their own amazing remote controls. Remote control buttons include:

  • Channel Changer - Filtering out distractions
  • Pause - Stopping to think relax and create a plan
  • Fast Forward - Thinking before acting
  • Rewind - Shifting focus from past failure to future change
  • Slow Motion - Slowing down and managing stress
  • Coach - Problem solving
  • Zapper - Recognizing and rejecting negative thinking
  • Way to Go! - Using positive self-talk

I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from Their Parents. Michael Ungar, $24.99

Family therapist Michael Ungar, internationally-renowned for his work on child and youth resilience, takes us into his world each Wednesday, when he meets with three families with very troubled children. In the book, Michael shares nine things that all troubled kids need from their parents that will help them turn their lives around and flourish: 

  • Structure
  • Consequences 
  • Parent-child connections
  • Lots of peer and adult relationships 
  • A powerful identity 
  • A sense of control
  • A sense of belonging, spirituality, and life purpose 
  • Fair and just treatment by others 
  • Safety and support

Hopeful in tone, and using knowledge gathered from Michael's work around the world, the book shows that it is never too late to help our children change and reconnect with those who will always love them.

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The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle & the Road Home. Brad Reedy, $17.95

Every day parents face heartbreaking situations. Raising a child struggling with mental health issues, addictions, depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders or just the normal angst associated with growing up can be frightening and confusing. When all you’ve done is not enough, when your child seems lost and you feel inept and impotent, Dr. Reedy can help you take the necessary steps to find your child, not with cursory cures or snappy solutions, but rather by effecting positive change in your own behavior.

On your journey, you will confront, re-evaluate, and grow confident in your beliefs as a parent. You will learn how to lovingly and effectively communicate your intentions to your child. Reedy’s process will teach you how to find peace and security in your skills as a parent, and help you get comfortable exactly where you are. Even if you’ve made mistakes, even if you think you’ve failed, you still have the power to be a great parent. Healthy parenting leads to a healthy life for your whole family, and The Journey of the Heroic Parent will be your guide as you walk the path to hope.


The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child: With No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills. Alan Kazdin, $22.50

The director of the acclaimed Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic distills his thirty years of work into a step-by-step method for parents featuring effective tips for common behavior problems.

Practical and reassuring, Kazdin leads parents through each manageable step - from how to use tone of voice, when and how to touch, adjusting your approach according to the child’s age, to understanding how to involve non-offending siblings. The program is temporary, but the results are permanent, for very young children to adolescents, and beyond.


Learning to Listen, Learning to Care: a Workbook to Help Kids Learn Self-Control and Empathy. Lawrence Shapiro, $23.95

In Learning to Listen, Learning to Care. children learn why it is important to follow rules and behave considerately toward others. The activities cultivate empathy which contributes not just to good behavior, but to academic and social success. Emotional intelligence and behavioral skills are reinforced by additional thought-provoking questions. These activities can be done on their own or as part of a therapy program, and are appropriate for kids between the ages of six and twelve.

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Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids. Jill Adelson & Hope Wilson, $17.95

This engaging and practical book gives parents and teachers the guidance and support they need to help children overcome perfectionism and the anxieties and behaviors often related to it.


Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them. Ross Greene, $20.00

School discipline is broken. Too often, the kids who need our help the most are viewed as disrespectful, out of control, and beyond help, and are often the recipients of our most ineffective, most punitive interventions. These students — and their parents, teachers, and administrators — are frustrated and desperate for answers. Dr. Ross W. Greene, author of the acclaimed book The Explosive Child, offers educators and parents a different framework for understanding challenging behavior. Dr. Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach helps adults focus on the true factors contributing to challenging classroom behaviors, empowering educators to address these factors and create helping relationships with their most at-risk kids. This revised and updated edition of Lost at School contains the latest refinements to Dr. Greene’s CPS model, including enhanced methods for solving problems collaboratively, improving communication, and building relationships with kids. Dr. Greene’s lively, compelling narrative includes:

  • Tools to identify the problems and lagging skills causing challenging behavior
  • Explicit guidance on how to radically improve interactions with challenging kids and reduce challenging episodes — along with many examples showing how it’s done
  • Practical guidance for successful planning and collaboration among educators, parents, and kids
Backed by years of experience and research and written with a powerful sense of hope and achievable change, Lost at School gives teachers and parents the realistic strategies and information to impact the classroom experience of every challenging kid (and their classmates).

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Mending the Broken Bond: the 90-Day Answer to Developing a Loving Relationship with Your Child. Frank Lawlis, $16.50

Dr. Frank Lawlis leads parents through a 90-day program of practical steps and action plans toward building a positive, loving, and healthy bond with their children. Whether parents are struggling with toddlers throwing temper tantrums, ten-year-olds who prefer videogames to talking, or rebellious teenagers, his prescriptive and practical methods teach parents how to repair their relationships and regain connection with their children.


No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior. Jed Baker, $20.50

Meltdowns are stressful for both child and adult. Author of the award-winning Social Skills Picture Book series, Dr. Jed Baker offers parents and teachers strategies for understanding, preventing and managing meltdowns. His 20+ years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum, combined with his personal experiences raising his own children, have yielded time-tested strategies, and results.

"Jed Baker, in this excellent book, gives us the tools to deal with and prevent out-of-control behavior. Wisely, he leads us grown-ups to understand how to change our own behavior in order to help our children change theirs."

- Carol Stock Kranowitz, Author of best-seller “The Out-of-Sync Child”


Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child. V. Mark Durand, $32.50

Happier lives. Less stress. Family harmony. That's what all parents of children with challenging behavior want. Learn how to get there with this groundbreaking guide to confident, skillful, and positive parenting. Optimistic Parenting helps parents and other caregivers develop more positive thoughts and perceptions—a key ingredient of effective behavior management.

A lifeline for overwhelmed parents — and a great source of insight for the professionals who work with them — this highly motivating guidebook will help families reduce children's challenging behaviors and approach the future with optimism and confidence.

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The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Carol Kranowitz, $17.50

The Out-of-Sync Child broke new ground by identifying Sensory Processing Disorder, a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. This newly revised edition features additional information from recent research on vision and hearing deficits, motor skill problems, nutrition and picky eaters, ADHA, autism, and other related disorders.


Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts & Aggressive Behaviors. Pat Harvey & Jeanine Penzo, $25.95

When your child has problems regulating his or her emotions, there's no hiding it. Children with intense emotions go from 0 to 100 in seconds and are prone to frequent emotional and behavioral outbursts that leave parents feeling bewildered and helpless.

Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions is an effective guide to de-escalating your child's emotions and helping your child express feelings in productive ways. You'll learn strategies drawn from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), including mindfulness and validation skills, and practice them when your child's emotions spin out of control. This well-researched method for managing emotions can help your child make dramatic emotional and behavioral changes that both of you will be proud of.

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Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional & Behavioral Challenges. Pat Harvey & Brit Rathbone, $22.95

Parenting a teen with intense emotions can be extremely difficult. This much-needed book will give you the tools needed to help your teen regulate his or her emotions. In addition, you'll learn the skills for managing your own reactions so you can survive these difficult years and help your teen thrive. In this important book, two renowned experts in teen mental health offer you evidence-based skills for dealing with your teen's out-of-control emotions using proven-effective dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

Helping your teen to effectively deal with their feelings now can have a lasting, positive impact on their future. After all, honing skills for emotion regulation will act as a foundation for your teen's overall mental health. This book will help your teen gain awareness of their emotions, and offers tools to help them choose how to respond to these emotions in effective ways.


Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle the Highs, the Lows, and Everything in Between. Ann Douglas, $22.99

Ann Douglas knows what it’s like to parent a child diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Ditto with depression, anorexia, Asperger syndrome and ADHD. Each of her four children has struggled with one or more conditions that fall under the “children’s mental health” umbrella.

From Canada’s bestselling and trusted parenting authority comes this honest and authoritative compendium of advice for parents who are living with children who have mental illnesses. It features interviews with experts on children’s mental health as well as parents and young people who have lived with (or who are living with) mental illness. Drawing on her own experience and expertise, Ann shows how to cope with years of worry and frustration about a child’s behaviour; how to effectively advocate for the child and work through treatments; how to manage siblings’ concerns and emotions; and, most importantly, how to thrive as a family.


Parenting Tough Kids: Simple Proven Strategies to Help Kids Succeed. Mark Le Messurier, $19.95

Parenting Tough Kids delivers simple, proven strategies to improve the behavior, organization, learning, and emotional well-being of all children. Parents will find case studies and practical ideas to help youngsters improve memory and organization, complete homework and chores more easily, deal with school bullies, build emotional resilience, and create healthy friendships.

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Parenting with Positive Behavior Support: a Practical Guide to Resolving Your Child's Difficult Behavior. Meme Hieneman, Karen Childs & Jane Sergay, $26.95

Now the theory and research behind the positive behavior support (PBS) process — an approach already proven effective in schools and community programs — has been transformed into a practical, easy-to-use guide that’s perfect for sharing with parents. Developed by educators and families, this user-friendly handbook offers parents easy-to-follow guidelines for identifying the reasons for their children’s behavior and effectively intervening through three basic methods:

  • preventing problems
  • replacing behavior
  • managing consequences

The included exercises and worksheets help parents easily track their child's progress, and three illuminating chapter-long case studies walk parents through PBS and show them how this process can transform family life.


Parenting Your Delinquent, Defiant, or Out-of-Control Teen: How to Help Your Teen Stay in School and Out of Trouble Using an Innovative Multisytemic Approach. Patrick Duffy, $21.50

Teens who are out-of-control may participate in a number of troubling behaviors, including drinking, taking drugs, skipping school, or even fighting. If you've tried to discipline your teen to no avail, you may feel emotionally exhausted. But you also know that the consequences of not taking action now could greatly affect their future.

For parents who are at their wits end, clinical psychologist and expert in treating children with behavior issues Patrick Duffy presents Parenting your Delinquent, Defiant, or Out-of-Control Teen. This book utilizes effective strategies common among proven effective programs-such as functional family therapy, multidimensional treatment foster care, and multi-systemic therapy-and is designed for use by parents whose teens are on the verge of (or have already gotten in) trouble in school or with the law.

If you've reached the boiling point and feel helpless when it comes to your teen, you need help now, rather than later. With this book as your guide, you'll learn practical and effective skills for parenting your difficult child, no matter how hard they try to push you away.


Parenting Your Out-of-Control Child: an Effective, Easy-to-Use Program for Teaching Self-Control. George Kapalka, $19.95

This practical nine-step program, for children ages five to ten with impulsivity or self-control problems, guides you to better communication, effective discipline, and the implementation of a behavior contract that clarifies your expectations and your child's responsibilities.

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Pills Are Not for Preschoolers: a Drug-Free Approach for Troubled Kids. Marilyn Wedge, $17.00

Family therapist Marilyn Wedge offers a much-needed alternative to the labels and potentially harmful medications that so often are given to children whose behavior is deemed problematic. In her provocative new book, Wedge explains why addressing family problems with prescriptives — not prescriptions — can achieve longer lasting and better results for the entire family. PILLS ARE NOT FOR PRESCHOOLERS demonstrates why family therapy can be a successful alternative to medications in alleviating the symptoms of childhood ADHD, depression, anxiety and behavioral issues.


School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Michelle Davis, Vincent Culotta, Eric Levine & Elisabeth Hess Rice, $19.95

School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders gives parents and teachers of students with Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, mood disorders, or other emotional and behavioral disorders the strategies they need to help these kids overcome their struggles and find success in school.


Self-Regulation Training Board. Brad Chapin, $40.95

The SELF-REGULATION TRAINING BOARD is a great tool for any classroom, office or home. It provides a very concrete, practical way for children to learn and practice their Self-Regulation skills. The 11 X 17 Board and the moveable pieces are laminated. It can easily be pinned up in a designated area of the classroom or home. This tool reinforces the Self-Regulation Training framework. When processing a situation, children are able to mark where they felt their Physical Warning Signs on the green person. Next, they are able to place an Emotion in the box to indicate how they Feel. Finally, they can choose a skill they've learned to indicate how they will solve the issue. 

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Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition. Robert MacKenzie, $18.00

Disruptive misbehavior, constant power struggles, manipulative or aggressive behavior — the challenges facing parents and teachers of strong-willed children can seem overwhelming at times. That's why thousands of parents and educators have turned to the solutions in SETTING LIMITS WITH YOUR STRONG-WILLED CHILD. This revised and expanded second edition offers the most up-to-date alternatives to punishment and permissiveness — moving beyond traditional methods that wear you down and get you nowhere, and zeroing in on what really works so parents can use their energy in more efficient and productive ways. With fully updated guidelines on parenting tools like "logical consequences," and examples drawn directly from the modern world that children deal with each day, this is an invaluable resource for anyone wondering how to effectively motivate strong-willed children and instill proper conduct.


SmartHelp for Good 'n' Angry Kids: Teaching Children to Manage Anger. Frank Jacobelli, Lynn Ann Watson, $36.95

SmartHelp for Good ‘n’ Angry Kids provides an innovative tool for determining a child’s individual learning strengths, and for pairing this information with specific, carefully crafted activities that teach the child about anger and its appropriate expression. A vital supplement to standard psychotherapeutic approaches such as play therapy, cognitive behavioural, family therapy and traditional anger management techniques.


Struggle for Control: Child and Youth Behaviour Disorders.  Helen Slinger & Melanie Wood, National Film Board of Canada, $19.95 (DVD, 57 minutes)

This documentary looks at the causes, symptoms, community resources and treatments of three of the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorders: ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. Viewers see how these disorders affect the life of the child at home and at school and the effects on the family.


Sunny Shifts His Brain: Teaching Children How to Use Their Brain to Change Their Behavior. Julie Mendenhall, $22.50 (grades PK-3)

This book provides an entertaining, endearing lesson for young people about their brain and how they can better use it to make good decisions. First, Sunny teaches the importance of our brain and how it works. Then, Sunny teaches two very simple-to-use techniques that children can use to help them better self-regulate their behavior.

1. CHECK: Learn when I need to change my behavior.

2. CRISSCROSS and SHIFT: Learn how to cross arms/legs and "shift" to clearer thinking.

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The Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges: How to Make Good Choices and Stay Out of Trouble. Tom McIntyre, $21.99 (ages 9-14)

This survival guide provides up-to-date information, practical strategies, and sound advice for kids with diagnosed behavioral disorders (BD, ED, EBD) and those with general behavior problems. Kids learn to make smarter choices, make and keep friends, get along with teachers, take responsibility for their actions, work towards positive change, and enjoy the results of their better behavior. THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR KIDS WITH BEHAVIOR CHALLENGES includes:

  • What behavior disorder means—and does not mean
  • Reasons why some kids have behavioral disorders
  • The scoop on school programs
  • True stories about real kids
  • Smart choices for dealing with feelings
  • Ways to get along better at school and at home 
  • A glossary of words you need to know
  • A list of resources (books, organizations, Web sites)
  • And much more

Taming the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children Without Breaking Their Spirits. Michael Popkin, $18.99

With step-by-step methods for every type of misbehavior and every child's unique personality, this comprehensive guide will help parents cultivate their child's spark, not extinguish it.


Tantrums! Managing Meltdowns in Public and Private. Thomas Phelan, $13.95

Of all the behavioral problems parents face from their children, temper tantrums may be the most upsetting as well as the hardest to manage. Major meltdowns may also be the most potent tool kids have when it comes to training their parents to do what the children want. Moms and dads who have learned to fear tantrums have an extremely difficult time maintaining control of their own homes.

In Tantrums!, Dr. Phelan provides you with a brand new perspective and a specific, straightforward management plan for this aggravating problem. If you’re fed up with useless yelling, arguing, begging and pleading, here’s a short, easy-to-learn and effective answer.

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Treating Explosive Kids: the Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach. Ross Greene & J. Stuart Ablon, $58.50

The first comprehensive presentation for clinicians of the groundbreaking approach popularized in Ross Greene's acclaimed parenting guide, The Explosive Child, this book provides a detailed framework for effective, individualized intervention with highly oppositional children and their families. Many vivid examples and Q&A sections show how to identify the specific cognitive factors that contribute to explosive and noncompliant behavior, remediate these factors, and teach children and their adult caregivers how to solve problems collaboratively.


We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication. Judith Warner, $20.00

In her provocative new book, New York Times-bestselling author Judith Warner explores the storm of debate over whether we are over diagnosing and overmedicating our children who have "issues." Are parents and physicians too quick to prescribe medi­cation to control our children's behavior? Are we using drugs to excuse inept parents who can't raise their children properly?

What Warner discovered from the extensive research and interviewing she did for this book is that passion on both sides of the issue "is ideological and only tangentially about real children," and she cuts through the jargon and hysteria to delve into a topic that for millions of parents involves one of the most important decisions they'll ever make for their child.


What Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child without Going Mad. Jennifer Brown & Pam Provonsha Hopkins, $16.95

In language every parent, caregiver and teacher can understand (even when exhausted and frustrated), this practical and compassionate book explains why kids get angry, what anger management skills they (and the entire family) can be taught, how adults can model anger management techniques—and how adults can cope when nothing seems to work. The authors, who emphasize the importance of patience and practice in developing the ability to handle anger, also explain the options available when more help is needed.

This is a terrific resource for parents, as well as anyone working with a child whose intense emotions leave you feeling depleted and looking for answers.

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What Your Explosive Child is Trying to Tell You: Discovering the Pathway from Symptoms to Solutions. Douglas Riley, $17.95

This compassionate, no-nonsense guide explains the most common causes of explosive behaviors and tailors strategies to address the underlying cause of the behavior.


Why Can’t My Child Behave? Empathic Parenting Strategies that Work for Adoptive and Foster Families. Amber Elliot, $22.95

WHY CAN'T MY CHILD BEHAVE provides friendly, expert advice on how to respond to difficult behaviours and emotions for parents of children with developmental trauma. Each chapter focuses on the common difficulties faced by carers or parents and features quick, applicable ideas with exercises and illustrations. How do you react to a child's difficult behaviour? How do you deal with your own negative emotions? How do you know when to be empathic? The book looks beyond the traditional punishment/reward strategies and aims to provide an explanation for such questions whilst helping the child in the process. This book will prove to be an invaluable resource for parents, foster carers, social workers and professionals working with children who are adopted or fostered.


Will My Kid Grow Out of It? A Child Psychologist's Guide to Understanding Worrisome Behavior. Bonny Forrest, $22.95

At some point most parents wonder whether their child's behavior is "normal." Such anxieties can plague parents, who are often hesitant to seek help for fear of stigmatizing their child or are unsure where to turn. Will My Kid Grow Out of It? is an indispensable guide to the most common mental, neurological, and developmental issues kids — from newborn through high school — may be struggling with.

Dr. Forrest draws on more than 20 years of experience treating and advocating for children to help worried parents sort through the health scares, contradictory information, and latest buzz terms to assess whether their child's behavior is typical for his or her age or a sign that professional attention may be warranted. She uses lay terms to describe sets of behaviors that may be problematic, possible diagnoses, which professionals are appropriate to consult, effective treatments, and the steps to take to get support and services from schools and the state.

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Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior, 2nd Edition. Russell Barkley & Christine Benton, $20.50

Restore your loving relationship with your child, and bring peace to your home, with this proven program.


Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship, 2nd Edition. Russell Barkley & Arthur Robin, $22.95

If life with your teen has become a battleground, it's time to take action. This empathic book shows how. This book will give you the tools you need to overcome defiance and get teen behavior back on track. By following the authors' clinically proven 10-step program, learn how you can:

  • Reestablish your authority while building trust
  • Identify and enforce nonnegotiable rules
  • Use rewards and incentives that work
  • Communicate and problem-solve effectively — even in the heat of the moment
  • Restore positive feelings in your relationship
  • Develop your teen's skills for becoming a successful adult

Vivid stories and answers to frequently asked questions help you put the techniques into action. The updated second edition incorporates new scientific research on why some teens have more problems with self-control than others. 

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Resources for Teachers, Therapists & Families

Acting Out: Understanding and Reducing Aggressive Behaviour in Children and Youth. David Wolfe, Editor, $16.95

The Adventures of Stretch More: Pick-Your-Path Stories for Solving Problems Together. Trina Epstein & Ross Greene, $26.50

Anger Management Games for Children. Deborah Plummer, $29.95

Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns. Brenda Smith Myles & Jack Southwick, $27.95

Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Enrico Gnaulati, $20.00

BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids, ages 3-12. Lynne Kenney & Wendy Young, $23.50

The Bright Kid Challenge: Ending Conflict and Unlocking the Potential of Smart, Challenging Children. Andrew Fuller, $20.95

Connected Parenting: How to Raise a Great Kid. Jennifer Kolari, $21.00

Coping Power: Parent Group Program Facilitator Guide. Karen Wells, John Lochman & Lisa Lenhart, $49.95

Coping Power: Parent Group Workbook (8-Copy Set). Karen Wells, John Lochman & Lisa Lenhart, $105.00

Coping Power: Child Group Facilitator's Guide. John Lochman, Karen Wells & Lisa Lenhart, $71.50

Coping Power: Child Group Program Workbook (8-Copy Set). John Lochman, Karen Wells & Lisa Lenhart, $71.95

The Defiant Child: a Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Douglas Riley, $18.95

Defiant Children, 3rd Edition: a Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Parent Training. Russell Barkley, $54.50

The Difficult Child. Stanley Turecki, $24.00

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings. Christine Fonesca, $25.95

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The Everything® Parent’s Guide to the Defiant Child. Jesse Jayne Rutherford & Kathleen Nickerson, $16.95

The Everything® Parent's Guide to the Strong-Willed Child, 2nd Edition. Ellen Bowers, $17.95

The Explosive Child: a New Approach to Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated "Chronically Inflexible" Children. Ross Greene, $19.99

Family HOPE Parent Handbook. Karolyn King-Peery & Lynn Wilder, $16.95

From Defiance to Cooperation: Real Solutions for Transforming the Angry, Defiant Discouraged Child. J. Taylor, $18.00

Genius! Nurturing the Spirit of the Wild, Odd and Oppositional Child. George Lynn & Joanne Barrie Lynn, $24.95

The Great Behavior Breakdown. B. Bryan Post, $23.95

Happy Families: a Parents’ Guide to the Non-Violent Resistance Approach. Carmelite Avraham-Krehwinkel & David Aldridge, $17.95

Helping Parents with Challenging Children: Positive Family Interaction. V. Mark Durand & Meme Hieneman. Facilitator’s Guide, $38.95; Parent’s Workbook, $27.95

I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from Their Parents. Michael Ungar, $24.99

The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle & the Road Home. Brad Reedy, $17.95

The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child: With No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills. Alan Kazdin, $22.50

Learning to Listen, Learning to Care: a Workbook to Help Kids Learn Self-Control and Empathy. Lawrence Shapiro, $23.95

Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids. Jill Adelson & Hope Wilson, $17.95

Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them. Ross Greene, $20.00

Mending the Broken Bond: the 90-Day Answer to Developing a Loving Relationship with Your Child. Frank Lawlis, $16.50

No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior. Jed Baker, $20.50

Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child. V. Mark Durand, $32.50

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Carol Kranowitz, $17.50

Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts & Aggressive Behaviors. Pat Harvey & Jeanine Penzo, $25.95

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional & Behavioral Challenges. Pat Harvey & Brit Rathbone, $22.95

Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle the Highs, the Lows, and Everything in Between. Ann Douglas, $22.99

Parenting Tough Kids: Simple Proven Strategies to Help Kids Succeed. Mark Le Messurier, $19.95

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Parenting with Positive Behavior Support: a Practical Guide to Resolving Your Child's Difficult Behavior. Meme Hieneman, Karen Childs & Jane Sergay, $26.95

Parenting Your Delinquent, Defiant, or Out-of-Control Teen: How to Help Your Teen Stay in School and Out of Trouble Using an Innovative Multisytemic Approach. Patrick Duffy, $21.50

Parenting Your Out-of-Control Child: an Effective, Easy-to-Use Program for Teaching Self-Control. George Kapalka, $19.95

Pills Are Not for Preschoolers: a Drug-Free Approach for Troubled Kids. Marilyn Wedge, $17.00

School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Michelle Davis, Vincent Culotta, Eric Levine & Elisabeth Hess Rice, $19.95

Self-Regulation Training Board. Brad Chapin, $40.95

Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition. Robert MacKenzie, $18.00

SmartHelp for Good 'n' Angry Kids: Teaching Children to Manage Anger. Frank Jacobelli, Lynn Ann Watson, $36.95

Struggle for Control: Child and Youth Behaviour Disorders.  Helen Slinger & Melanie Wood, National Film Board of Canada, $19.95 (DVD, 57 minutes)

Sunny Shifts His Brain: Teaching Children How to Use Their Brain to Change Their Behavior. Julie Mendenhall, $22.50 (grades PK-3)

The Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges: How to Make Good Choices and Stay Out of Trouble. Tom McIntyre, $21.99 (ages 9-14)

Taming the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children Without Breaking Their Spirits. Michael Popkin, $18.99

Tantrums! Managing Meltdowns in Public and Private. Thomas Phelan, $13.95

Treating Explosive Kids: the Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach. Ross Greene & J. Stuart Ablon, $58.50

We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication. Judith Warner, $20.00

What Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child without Going Mad. Jennifer Brown & Pam Provonsha Hopkins, $16.95

What Your Explosive Child is Trying to Tell You: Discovering the Pathway from Symptoms to Solutions. Douglas Riley, $17.95

Why Can’t My Child Behave? Empathic Parenting Strategies that Work for Adoptive and Foster Families. Amber Elliot, $22.95

Will My Kid Grow Out of It? A Child Psychologist's Guide to Understanding Worrisome Behavior. Bonny Forrest, $22.95

Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior, 2nd Edition. Russell Barkley & Christine Benton, $20.50

Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship, 2nd Edition. Russell Barkley & Arthur Robin, $22.95

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