Books and Films

This section of resources is a comprehensive list of books raging from Self-Care to Marriage Resources.



Meditation For Dummies, w/Audio CD

Take an inward journey for a happier, healthier, more productive life

Meditation is a great way to reduce stress, increase energy, and enjoy
better health. It is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and
physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Plus, practicing meditation
can change how you relate to the flow of emotions and thoughts in your
everyday life.



Wherever You Go, There You Are

 First published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would
launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies
to date. Ten years later, the book continues to change lives. In honor of
the book’s 10th anniversary, Hyperion is proud to be releasing the book with
a new afterword by the author, and to share this wonderful book with an even
larger audience.

More Than a Mom: Living a Full And Balanced Life When Your Child Has Special
Needs (Mom’s Choice Awards Recipient)

(2007 Independent Publisher Award, Bronze Medalist in Women’s Issues
category; 2006 Mom’s Choice Awards, Finalist: Adult Books/Non-Fiction; 2006
Best Books Book Award, Parenting/Family Finalist)

MORE THAN A MOM explores how women can lead rich, fulfilling personal lives
while parenting a child with special needs. The authors’ skillful blend of
research, personal experiences, and feedback from over 500 mothers across
North America results in a book that is jam-packed with practical
strategies, advice, and reassurance for mothers trying to create more
manageable and fulfilling lives.


Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair

We are all touched at some point by the dark emotions of grief, fear, or
despair. In an age of global threat, these emotions have become widespread and
overwhelming. While conventional wisdom warns us of the harmful effects of
“negative” emotions, this revolutionary book offers a more hopeful view: there
is a redemptive power in our worst feelings. Seasoned psychotherapist Miriam
Greenspan argues that it’s the avoidance and denial of the dark emotions that
results in the escalating psychological disorders of our time: depression,
anxiety, addiction, psychic numbing, and irrational violence. And she shows us
how to trust the wisdom of the dark emotions to guide, heal, and transform our
lives and our world. 

Drawing on inspiring stories from her psychotherapy practice and personal life,
and including a complete set of emotional exercises, Greenspan teaches the art
of emotional alchemy by which grief turns to gratitude, fear opens the door to
joy, and despair becomes the ground of a more resilient faith in life.




The Parenting Journey, Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Karen Putz grew up hard of hearing and became deaf as a teen. When her own kids
began losing their hearing one by one, she figured she had all the answers. She
quickly learned it was a whole other ball game to be a parent of deaf and hard
of hearing kids. Karen shares the twists and turns of her journey and the wisdom
she’s learned along the way.


If a Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard

Jennifer Rosner’s revelatory memoir explores family, silence, and what it
means to be heard. When her daughters are born deaf, Rosner is stunned. Then
she discovers a hidden history of deafness in her family, going back
generations to the Jewish enclaves of Eastern Europe. Traveling back in
time, she imagines her silent relatives, who showed surprising creativity in
dealing with a world that preferred to ignore them.


A Love Like No Other: Grandmothers Share Experiences with Grandchildren That Have Special Needs

Is Your grandchild with Special Needs Special To You… Has your grandchild been
diagnosed with a challenging special need? Does your worry keep you up at night?
Is it hard to share with your friends? Help is right here in this book.
Grandparents who have a grandchild who has been given a diagnosis of a life
changing challenge share with you their experiences, their feelings, and offer
you a brighter look at the future. Read stories of others who have walked in
your path and gather the hope you need to move on in a different way than you
had dreamed of.


Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress

On the heels of her acclaimed book In an Instant, the #1 New
York Times
 bestseller she wrote with her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, and with the same candor and charm, Lee Woodruff now chronicles her life as wife, mother,
daughter, sister, and friend. Woodruff’s deeply personal and, at times,
uproariously funny stories highlight such universal topics as family,
marriage, friends, and how life never seems to go as planned. From raising
teenagers (“Now with a boy and girl on the precipice of serious adolescence,
the bathroom door is sealed tighter than a government nuclear testing
ground”) to how she copes with tragedy (“Swimming surrounds me in the velvet
wet of a bluish green world where I can dive deep down and sob with no
Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress is
the testimonial of a woman who embraces the chaos of her surroundings,
discovers the splendor of life’s flaws, and accepts that perfection is as
impossible to achieve as a spotless kitchen floor.


Yes, You Can, Heather!: The Story of Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995

Here is the inspiring account of how one remarkable young woman, deaf from
childhood, became the first physically challenged person to win the coveted
Miss America title. Complete with a full-color photo section, this portrait
of God’s grace and Heather’s determination is a true Cinderella story,
offering heartwarming proof that dreams really do come true.


Alandra’s Lilacs: The Story of a Mother and Her Deaf Daughter

When, in 1968, 19-year-old Tressa Bowers took her baby daughter to an expert on deaf children, he
pronounced that Alandra was “stone deaf,” she most likely would never be
able to talk, and she probably would not get much of an education because of
her communication limitations. Tressa refused to accept this stark
assessment of Alandra’s prospects. Instead, she began the arduous process of
starting her daughter’s education.


Listen with the Heart: Relationships and Hearing Loss

While distressing for an individual, hearing loss also takes a heavy toll on
family and friends. These stories chronicle the unique challenges of hearing
loss in interpersonal relationships, including communication, self-identity,
and how to continue sharing and growing in these relationships. Many shared
activities, such as enjoying music, whispering sweet nothings to a lover,
and hearing children’s voices are deeply missed by both the hearing and
hearing-impaired relationship partners. This book illustrates the power of
relationships to transform people and how each party has unparalleled
opportunities to grow in profound and unpredictable ways.


Deaf Like Me

Deaf Like Me is the moving account of parents coming to terms with their
baby girl’s profound deafness. The love, hope, and anxieties of all hearing
parents of deaf children are expressed here with power and simplicity. In
the epilogue, Lynn Spradley as a teenager reflects upon being deaf, her
education, her struggle to communicate, and the discovery that she was the
focus of her father’s and uncle’s book. At once moving and inspiring, Deaf
Like Me is must reading for every parent, relative, and friend of deaf
children everywhere.


When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes

His life is truly an example to all of us — not only for his devotion to
patients and love of family, but also his understanding of the real values
of life. — SHHH Journal

Born almost totally deaf, Philip Zazove has spent his entire life beating
the odds — first by excelling in public schools during an era when most
deaf children went to special schools, then by aspiring to become a medical
doctor. Despite his stellar record at Northwestern University, Zazove was rejected
by a host of medical schools. This only caused him to press harder, which
won him acceptance at Rutgers University. He transferred to Washington
University in St. Louis where, again against all advice, he decided to
specialize in family practice. In vignettes of his patients, some amusing,
others moving, he reveals the dedication and humanity that have made him a
respected and well-loved doctor. His story will inspire all who read it.


Children with Hearing Loss: Developing Listening and Talking, Birth to Six

This second edition of Children
with Hearing Loss Developing Listening and Talking: Birth to Six
a dynamic compilation of crucially important information for the facilitation of
auditorally-based spoken language for today’s infants and young children with
hearing loss.

This text is intended for graduate level training programs for professionals who
work with children who have hearing loss and their families (teachers,
therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists.) In addition, the
book will be of great interest to undergraduate speech-language-hearing
programs, early childhood education and intervention programs, and parents of
children who have hearing loss. Responding to the crucial need for a
comprehensive text, this book provides a framework for the skills and knowledge
necessary to help parents promote listening and spoken language development.



Special Children, Challenged Parents

Not just another resource on parenting. More than a book on autism. This
important book is a must-have guide for any parent of a child with a disability
as well as anyone who works with or cares for those families. Special
Children, Challenged Parents
shares the unique perspective of a father of a
son with autism, with additional reflection from his perspective as a clinical
psychologist who specializes in working with families of children with

This moving book illustrates the impact that a child’s disability has on the
entire family. It is a valuable aid to parents dealing with fear, guilt, shame,
sibling rivalry, marital strain, and other challenges. Though the author’s
personal experience is with autism, this book will be a valuable resource for
families of children with a wide range of disabilities. Readers learn about
resources, such as support groups, for working through complex emotions and
about techniques for communicating effectively with professionals.

Special Children, Challenged Parents addresses issues of bonding between
parent and child and presents strategies for dealing with challenging behavior.
Additional chapters are devoted to special issues for the family of a child with
a disability, including the relationship between the parents, the effect on
siblings, and the needs of fathers, who the author feels often require special
support to express and deal with their emotions in the challenging role of
parent to a child with special needs. This book provides a unique and touching
look at parenting and disability.


The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About Raising Kids with Special Needs

A view from within the whirlwind of parenting a child with special needs

Four years ago, Denise Brodey’s young son was diagnosed with a combination of
special needs. As she struggled to make sense of her new, chaotic world, what
she found comforted her most was talking with other parents of kids with special
needs, learning how they coped with the emotional, medical, and social
challenges they faced.  In 
Elephant in the Playroom
Brodey introduces us to a community of intrepid moms and dads who eloquently
share the extraordinary highs and heartbreaking lows of parenting a child with
ADD/ADHD, sensory disorders, childhood depression, autism, and physical and
learning disabilities, as well as kids who fall between diagnoses. Hailing from
Florida to Alaska, with kids ages three to thirty-three, the parents in this
collection address everything from deciding to medicate a child to how they’ve
learned to take care of 
offering readers comfort, kinship, and much- needed perspective.



Choices in Deafness: A Parents’ Guide to Communication Options

CHOICES IN DEAFNESS, since 1987 the preeminent guide to communication
options, is now extensively revised and expanded to provide the complete
scope of information parents of children with deafness or hearing loss need.
From assessment and diagnosis to medical/audiological treatments, and from
the latest types of cochlear implants and procedures to education and
technology devices, this new edition presents a balance of research,
guidance, and insight from experts and families.



Raising and Educating a Deaf Child: A Comprehensive Guide to the Choices, Controversies, and Decisions Faced by Parents and Educators

The second edition of this guide offers a readable, comprehensive summary of
everything a parent or teacher would want to know about raising and educating a
deaf child. It covers topics ranging from what it means to be deaf to the many
ways that the environments of home and school can influence a deaf child’s
chances for success in academic and social circles. The new edition provides
expanded coverage of cochlear implants, spoken language, mental health, and
educational issues relating to deaf children enrolled in integrated and separate
settings. Marschark makes sense of the most current educational and scientific
literature, and also talks to deaf children, their parents, and deaf adults
about what is important to them.

Raising and Educating a Deaf Child
not a “how to” book or one with all the “right” answers for raising a deaf
child; rather, it is a guide through the conflicting suggestions and programs
for raising deaf children, as well as the likely implications of taking one
direction or the other.



How Deaf Children Learn: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know (Perspectives on Deafness)

How can parents and teachers most effectively support the language development
and academic success of deaf and hard-of-hearing children? Will using sign
language interfere with learning spoken language? Should deaf children be placed
in classrooms with hearing children? Are traditional methods of teaching
subjects such as reading and math to hearing children appropriate for deaf
learners? As many parents and teachers will attest, questions like these have no
easy answers, and it can be difficult for caring adults to separate science from
politics and fact from opinion in order to make informed decisions about how to
help deaf children learn. 

In this invaluable guide, renowned authorities Marc Marschark and Peter Hauser
highlight important new advances in scientific and educational research that can
help parents and teachers of students with significant hearing loss. The authors
stress that deaf children have strengths and needs that are sometimes very
different from those who can hear. Consequently, if deaf students are to have
full academic access and optimal educational outcomes, it is essential that
parents and teachers learn to recognize these differences and adjust their
teaching methods to them. Marschark and Hauser explain how the fruits of
research conducted over the last several years can markedly improve educational
practices at home and in the classroom, and they offer innovative strategies
that parents and teachers can use to promote learning in their children. The
result is a lively, accessible volume that sheds light on what it means to be a
deaf learner and that provides a wealth of advice on how we can best support
their language development, social skills, and academic success.



And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives

Congratulations! You have a new baby. 
Don’t forget you also have a marriage. 

Having a baby is a joyous experience, but even the best relationships are
strained during the transition from duo to trio. In And
Baby Makes Three
, Love Lab™ experts John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman teach couples the
skills needed to maintain healthy marriages, so partners can avoid the
pitfalls of parenthood.


Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage: America’s Love Lab Experts Share Their Strategies for Strengthening Your Relationship

In 1994, Dr. John Gottman and his colleagues at the University of Washingto—
made a startling announcement: Through scientific observation and
mathematical analysis, they could predict—with more than 90 percent
accuracy—whether a marriage would succeed or fail. The only thing they did
not yet know was how to turn a failing marriage into a successful one, so
Gottman teamed up with his clinical psychologist wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz
Gottman, to develop intervention methods. Now the Gottmans, together with
the Love Lab research facility, have put these ideas into practice. In 
Lessons to Transform Your Marriage
, the Gottmans share this vital information
so that couples can develop the skills to turn their relationship problems
around and create strong, lasting 

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

People express and receive love in different ways. Dr. Gary Chapman identifies these
as the five languages of love: quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service and
physical touch. If you express love toward others in a way they don’t understand, they
will not realize you’ve expressed your love at all. The problem is that you’re speaking
different languages! Abridged version of the New York Times bestselling title.


Married with Special-Needs Children

At last, a guide that speaks to parents about how to work on marital issues
while juggling the demands of raising a child with a developmental disability,
serious medical condition, or mental illness. In writing this practical,
empathetic guide, the authors draw on their combined professional experience in
marital counseling and parent training, as well as on the experience and advice
of hundreds of parents of children with special needs.



Mr. Holland’s Opus (1996)

Acclaimed star Richard Dreyfuss gives the performance of a lifetime (1995
Academy Award(R)-nominee, Best Actor — MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS) in this uplifting
hit cheered by audiences everywhere! Glenn Holland (Dreyfuss) is a passionate
musician who dreams of composing one truly memorable piece of music. But reality
intrudes when he reluctantly accepts a “day job” as a high school music teacher
to support his family. In time, however, Mr. Holland realizes that his real
passion is teaching, and his legacy is the generations of young people he
inspires. Also featuring Glenne Headly (BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS) and Olympia
Dukakis (MAFIA!) — you’re sure to find this electrifying motion picture both
entertaining … and unforgettable!


Through Deaf Eyes (2007)

Through Deaf Eyes explores nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. The film
presents the experiences of American history from the perspective of deaf
citizens. Interviews include actor Marlee Matlin, I. King Jordan, other
community leaders, historians, and deaf Americans with diverse views on language
use, technology and identity. Six artistic works by Deaf media artists are woven
throughout the documentary that complement the core of the film.