Autism Books

Author interviews and book reviews of my recommendations for useful books for autism and Aspergers

When I first started reviewing books on autism, some twenty years ago, there were not many to choose. Ten years before that and it was even more dismal, with some books still blaming mothers for the rise in autism. Now there are books for all ranges of the spectrum, especially more high functioning, and all ages. Here are some I have found useful.

Aspergers Syndrome

Asperger's Syndrome : A Guide for Parents and Professionals
By Tony Attwood

"Encouraging and highly informative, Tony Attwood's Asperger's Syndrome has been the number one guide to Asperger's Syndrome available for many years. If your child has (or may have) Asperger's Syndrome or high functioning autism, this book will answer a lot of your questions.
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How to Set Up a Classroom for Students with Autism
By S. B. Linton

This useful 80 page book for teachers provides practical suggestions for designing and working in an autism classroom. Starting with the basics of setting up a well organized classroom for children with autism, it covers data collection, classroom set up, and scheduling. Practical advice is given on important topics for teaching children with autism, such as coping with distractibility, transitions, sensory issues, and problem behaviors. This down to earth book provides valuable advice for autism classrooms, especially for new teachers. Teachers with children who have autism in their classroom will also benefit from the recommendations in this book.
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Aspergers Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence
By Luke Jackson
Author Luke Jackson share his view of life as a teen with Asperger syndrome in this this remarkable overview for families coping with high functioning autism. He provides an easy to follow introduction to Aspergers, and to teen issues. The descriptions of the different concepts are clearly presented - sensory integration, narrow food choices, coping with social situations, eye contact, etc. - but from the view point of a teen and the person has Aspergers. Of course people do vary and some parts may not apply to your child or reflect your thoughts an adult, but his sense of humor and directness is likely to appeal to many.
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Social Skills Activities for Special Children
by Darlene Mannix

160 ready-to-use lessons and reproducible line master activity sheets to help children become aware of acceptable social behavior and develop proficiency in acquiring basic social skills. Each lesson places a specific skill within the context of real-life situations.
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Life Skills

Life Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs
by Darlene Mannix

Worksheets that help children acquire the basic skills necessary to achieve independence and success in everyday living. Each lesson places a specific skill within the context of real-life situations. It gives special children the extra focus they need to understand how to fit into the real world and how to develop the skills needed to become more independent in their homes, at schools, and in the community. Includes: Basic Survival Skills, Personal Independence, Community Independence, and Getting Along With Others.
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Siblings with autism

Siblings of Children with Autism
By Sandra L. Harris and Beth A. Glasberg

This book explores the impact of raising a child with autism on the family, especially on brothers and sisters. This book describes ways to alleviate concerns of your other children, as well as ways to better integrate your child with autism into the family. It is an very relevant topic for families.
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Aspergers Guide The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration
By Patricia Romanowski Bashe and Barbara L. Kirby
Revised several times, this thick book provides a very informative, up to date overview of what it is like to parent a child with Asperger Syndrome. It is packed with advice on raising your child, from all aspects.
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helpimg children with autism Helping Children with Autism Learn, Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals
by Bryna Siegel

An exceptional resource for anyone who is interested in helping children with autism. There is a wealth of information in this 498 page book - based on research and professional experience.
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autism and special education Autism: Asserting Your Child's Rights to a Special Education
by David A. Sherman

This comprehensive resource reviews your child's education from early intervention prior to pre-school through the transition process from high school. It covers legal aspects of special education including IEP meetings, extended school year, least restrictive environment, section 504, and obtaining outside services. It includes a lot of specialized information on the law and how to get services with due process.
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