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Emotional, Social, and Mental Health Book Recommendations

The following includes recommendations of websites, parenting books, and self-help workbooks*These resources may be helpful for minor problems, in conjunction with professional care, or if you are on a waiting list with a professional and want to get started right away 

These cannot take the place of an evaluation and treatment by qualified medical or mental health care providers. If you have serious concerns about the wellbeing of your child, or if you are a self-advocate and have serious concerns about your own wellbeing, we recommend that you seek a professional opinion. Signs of problems that require immediate professional attention include self-injury (e.g., cutting, scratching, burning oneself), talk about suicide, not wanting to live, or wishing one was never born, sudden changes in behavior, aggression, or loss of previously acquired self-help skills (e.g., bathing, toileting).  

Anytime you have questions is the right time to seek help. 


*The links to the included books are through Amazon Smile, although they may be available through other resources. Amazon Smile donates a percentage of eligible sales to a charity or nonprofit you select. If you select IMDSA, Amazon will donate a percentage of your sale to IMDSA!  

Guides for parents 


Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Guide to Emotional and Behavioral Strengths and Challenges  

by Dennis McGuire et al.  


Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child The Heart of Parenting  

by John Gottman, Ph.D. , Joan Declaire  

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2–12  
by Thomas W. Phelan  


Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13–18 Year Olds  
by Thomas W Phelan PhD  

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk  

by Adele Faber  (Author), Elaine Mazlish (Contributor)  

Your Defiant Child, Second Edition: Eight Steps to Better Behavior  
by Russell A. Barkley PhD ABPP ABCN et al.  

No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior 1st Edition 

by Jed Baker