Books from the Speaker Series at Eagle Hill School

With the holiday season around the corner, sometimes the greatest gift can be a good read. We’ve assembled this reading guide of books by our previous Speakers to inspire your reading (or shopping) list.

These authors are some of the leading experts on child psychology and student advocacy, and each one appeared in an installment of Eagle Hill’s Speaker Series. Parents, educators, and family friends to children with learning differences will appreciate these highly-regarded, best-selling books.


its so much work to be your friend richard lavoie


It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success
by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.

With three degrees in Special Education and decades of experience working with students with special needs, Rick Lavoi strives to use his knowledge to inform and inspire parents and teachers of children with learning differences. His book, It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend was written to help children ages six to seventeen overcome their low self-esteem and find better ways to communicate. Techniques like these help set them up for success later in life, as well as counteract bullying and harassment.


igen jean m twenge


iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us
by Jean Twenge, Ph.D.

Dr. Twenge is a Professor of Psychology and the author of over 180 scientific publications. Her book, iGen explains the generational divides between both parents and educators, and their children and students as a direct result of the technological advances we’ve seen in the last thirty years. Today’s youth socialize in new ways, meaning that as this group grows into adulthood, friends, families, educators, and even businesses will have to identify new, relevant ways to communicate with them.


healing add daniel amen


Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD
by Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

A believer in the literal capabilities of brain power, Dr. Amen oversees clinics with the world’s largest database of functional brain scans. He uses his expertise to draw data-driven conclusions on how people can keep their brains healthy. Healing ADD Revised Edition is an extension of his science-based philosophies, providing a revolutionary approach to treating Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD). 


twice exceptional scott barry kaufman


Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties 1st Edition
by Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.

In Twice Exceptional, Scott Kaufman demonstrates how rigorous, unbending academic systems fail students with learning differences. The book provides evidence-based approaches to helping students thrive in the classroom. As a cognitive scientist and Ivy League professor, Dr. Kaufam shares his enthusiasm for human psychology to help all minds find more fulfillment in life. 


the big disconnect catherine steiner adair


The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair

What impacts does technology have on children’s development and family relationships? Dr. Steiner-Adair aims to answer that question in her book, The Big Disconnect. As a clinical psychologist and school consultant, Dr. Steiner-Adair has experienced firsthand the transformative effect Internet access has had on the individual. She works to equip children and their families with tools of empathy, ethics, and social and emotional intelligence so they can thrive in an ever-changing world. 


how children succeed paul tough


How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
by Paul Tough

Paul Tough is a writer and editor whose book, How Children Succeed has been translated into 27 languages. He uses the space to illustrate the correlation between academic success and a student’s character, introducing key researchers and educators who use science to transform the lives of young people. 


driven to distraction ned hallowell


Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder
by Dr. Edward Hallowell

A psychiatrist with a global authority on ADHD, Dr. Hallowell shares the diagnoses he treats, finding strength-based solutions to accommodate his dyslexia and ADHD. He spent the last four decades helping his patients realize happy and productive lives. Driven to Distraction captures the stories of his experience, sharing case histories that demonstrate the treatment options and tips for those diagnosed with ADHD.


how to raise an adult julie lythcott haims


How to Raise an Adult
by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims is a writer, speaker, teacher, mentor, and activist. Her best-selling book, How to Raise an Adult inspired a related TEDx Talk, where she reiterated the very important lesson of how to raise successful kids—without over-parenting. Relevant to parents of children of all ages, How to Raise an Adult establishes the importance of fostering self-reliance, as well as alternative strategies for developing resilience and resourcefulness.


The Speaker Series program at Eagle Hill School presents an opportunity for leading experts in psychology and family sciences to speak directly with parents and educators. For those who may have missed one of our previous installments, we’ve collected their publications to share their knowledge. Click here to register for one of our upcoming Speaker Series installments, or contact us with any questions.

About Eagle Hill

Eagle Hill School is a private school for students with learning differences located in Greenwich, Connecticut. Their academic program is designed to help students struggling with auditory processing disorder, and other differences such as dyscalculia, dyslexia, ADHD, executive functioning disorder, and dysgraphia. Specialized remedial learning programs are taught by experienced teachers who help students navigate through learning challenges, preparing them for bright futures ahead.

Topics: Learning Differences, Reading Recommendations