Bedford Special Education Parental Advisory Council (SEPAC)

"Building on Strengths"

Learning Differences Education Support and Resources

LD Online –Information and resources for learning disabilities:

National Center for Learning Disabilities:

All Kinds of Minds – Research-based educational approaches for teaching children who learn differently

Hallowell Center – Information and resources for ADHD: – A source for tutors and specialized learning support in your community

NLDline – Resources for nonverbal learning disability:

Concord Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Concord Sp ed Pac) –Educational and legal parent resources including parent recommended services and providers

Center for Executive Function Therapy – (Sarah Ward) Executive function coaching and therapy, lectures, in-services and workshops for teachers and parents

Architects for Learning – (Bonnie Singer)  Research-based program for writing development (EmPower), school consultation services and professional workshops for writing instruction, literacy learning, and assessment.  Services for all aspects of language literacy and learning including executive function and study skills, all year and summer programs:

Institute for Learning and Development- (Lynne Meltzer)
Educational therapy/ individualized tutoring, assessment and diagnostic evaluations, professional training and parent education, all year and summer programs:

North Ashore ARC – Support and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities:

North Shore ARC Autism Support Center:

Minuteman ARC – Support and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities


Federation for Children with Special Needs:
Massachusetts Advocates for Children:
Asperger’s Association of New England:
Wrightslaw – Legal and educational resources for parents of children with special needs:
Disability Law Center:


Education Laws and Regulations /603 CMR 28.00: Special Education

603 CMR 28.07: Special Education Parent Involvement

Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 71B – Special Education

Is Special Education the Right Service?:
IEP Process Guide:
IEP Measurable Goals:

Mass. Curriculum Frameworks- Grade-specific learning standards for grades K-12

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA 2004):

IDEA Regulations, 34 CFR Part 300

No Child Left Behind:


Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice
Lynn Meltzer (Editor) (2007) Guilford Press
ISBN-13: 978-1593854287

Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention, Peg Dawson and Richard Guare (2003) The Guilford Practical Intervention in Schools Series, Guilford Press
ISBN-13: 978-1572309289

Driven To Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood, Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey (1995) Touchstone
ISBN-13: 978-0684801285

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential, Peg Dawson and Richard Guare, (2009) Guilford Press 1st edition
ISBN-13: 978-1593854454

No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive Control-The Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive, Adam J. Cox (2008) Perigee Trade; Reprint edition
ISBN-13: 978-0399534553

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning, Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel, (2008) Woodbine House
ISBN-13: 978-1890627843

A Mind at a Time, Mel Levine (2002) Simon and Schuster
ISBN-13: 978-0743202220

The Myth of Laziness, Mel Levine (2003) Simon and Schuster
ISBN-13: 978-0743213677

Cognitive Strategy Instruction for Middle and High Schools, Eileen Wood et al. (1999) (Cognitive Strategy Training Series) Brookline Books/Lumen editions
ISBN-13: 978-1571290076  
Brain-Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching, Eric P. Jensen (2008) Corwin Press, 2nd edition
ISBN-13: 978-1412962568

Time Management from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Schedule- and Your Life, Julie Morgenstern (2004) Holt Paperbacks, 2nd edition
ISBN-13: 978-0805075908

Executive Function for Teens
Where's My Stuff?: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide, Samantha Moss and Lesley Schwartz (authors), Michael Wertz (illustrator) (2007) Orange Avenue Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0977266050

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens, Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colon (2002 ) Holt Paperbacks, 1st edition
ISBN-13: 978-0805064704

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens Personal Workbook, Sean Covey (2003) Fireside
ISBN-13: 978-0743250986
Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents,
Barkley, R. A. (2000) Guilford Press, 2nd edition
ISBN-13: 978-1572305601

Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood, Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey (1995) Touchstone
ISBN-13: 978-0684801285

Teenagers with ADD and ADHD: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, (2006) Woodbine House, 2nd edition
ISBN-13: 978-1890627317

Social Skills

It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success, Rick Lavoie (2006) Touchstone
ISBN-13: 978-0743254656

Behavioral Challenges
Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them, Ross Greene (2008) Scribner; 1st edition
ISBN-13: 978-1416572268 
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, Ross W. Greene (2001) Harper Paperbacks, 2ndedition
ISBN-13: 978-0060931025

Autism Asperger’s: Solving the Relationship Puzzle- A New Developmental Program that Opens the Door to Lifelong Social and Emotional Growth, Steven E. Gutstein (2001) Future Horizons, 1st edition
ISBN-13: 978-1885477705


Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level, Sally Shaywitz M.D. (2003), Knopf, 1st edition
ISBN-13: 978-0375400124

Kids Are Worth It! : Giving Your Child The Gift Of Inner Discipline, Barbara Coloroso (2002), Collins Living, revised edition
ISBN-13: 978-0060014315

Parenting from the Inside Out, Daniel Segal and Mary Hartzell (2004), Tarcher
ISBN-13: 978-1585422951

The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond, Donna Goldberg with Jennifer Zweibel (2005) Simon and Schuster Adult Publishing Group
ISBN-13: 9780743270205


Better IEPs:  How to Develop Legally Correct and Educationally Useful Programs
by Barbara D. Bateman and  Mary Anne Linden (2006) IEP resources, Attainment Company
ISBN-13: 978-1578615681

Advocacy and Education Law – These are available for loan through Bedford SEPAC

Wrightslaw:  Special Education Law, 2nd Edition
by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright (2007) Harbor House Law Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1892320162

Wrightslaw:  From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide
by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright (2006) Harbor House Law Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1892320094

Wrightslaw:  No Child Left Behind
by Peter W. D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright and Suzanne Whitney Heath (2003) Harbor House Law Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1892320124

Learning Disabilities

How Difficult Can This Be? the F.A.T. City Workshop: Understanding Learning Disabilities, Rick Lavoie (1989) PBS Video  (DVD or VHS)

Homework Support

Parent Guide to Hassle-Free Homework: Proven Practices that Work-from Experts in the Field , Judith Stein, Lynn Meltzer, Kalyani Krishnan, and Laura Pollica  (2007) Scholastic Teaching Resources
ISBN-13: 978-0439821315

Nickerson Collection at the Bedford Public Library
The Nickerson Collection is a special collection of approximately 200 books on learning and developmental disabilities
The Daniel R. Nickerson Foundation has provided funding for the development of a special collection of materials on learning and developmental disabilities at the Bedford Free Public Library. The Foundation's gift has allowed us to acquire many of the latest and most relevant materials in these areas and to become a major regional resource within Eastern Massachusetts.
To access, log onto and click on Special Collections; click on Nickerson collection. Click on alphabetical or subject list to access collection.

Lexington's SEPAC Website which has great resources: ​​