The books are listed in categories called "Recommended Books". The "Top recommendations" are
on the main page. The other categories are linked through the
main page and can be clicked on below.
To further help you in your reading, here is a list of some common acronyms used in the literature.
Autistic Spectrum Disorders - ASD
Asperger's Syndrome - AS
High Functioning Autism - HFA
Pervasive Developmental Disorder - PDD
Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified - PDD/NOS
Individualized Education Plan - IEP
Non-verbal learning disability - NLD
Recommended Books by Category:
Top Recommendations from AHA
Family Issues Including Siblings
Personal Accounts of Living with Autism
Childrens' and Young Adults' Books
Recommended For Older Teens/Adults
From Our Conference Speakers
The following books are highly recommended by our board. Most of these books are available from our library and may be borrowed by members at our support and educational meetings. If you would like to purchase any of the books through Amazon.com click on the titles.
|| Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum|
Ruth Elaine Joyner Hane, Kassiane Sibley, Stephen
M. Shore, Roger Meyer, Phil Schwarz, Liane Holliday
Amazon.com Price: $12.29
The goal of better mutual
understanding through self-advocacy generally requires
disclosure about the individual's placement on the
autism spectrum, and involves a degree of risk.
Offering practical ideas and advice backed by the
real-life experiences of the authors, this book
is useful for individuals with all conditions, parents,
and others who work, live, and care about them.
- Stephen Shore
Ami Klin (Editor), Fred R. Volkmar (Editor), Sara S. Sparrow (Editor)
An exploration of a social disorder characterized by ....an inability to form friendships, and intense absorption in special interests. The editors (all of the Yale Child Study Center, Yale U.) present 16 contributions that discuss clinical and research aspects of the issue.
The papers discuss behavioral aspects; the relationship of genetics and neurobiology to the disease; diagnostic constructs; and assessment; treatment, and intervention. (Book News, Inc.)
||Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Educators and Parents (Paperback) |
Richard L. Simpson, Brenda Smith Myles
(apparently out of print but can be bought at Amazon through resellers new or used)
An overview of the characteristics of HFA with information for academics and social and behavioral supports to enhance success in school and home. Includes a chapter written by parents of children on the spectrum.
||Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success
Brenda Smith Myles, Diane Adreon
Amazon.com Price: $ 14.66
"A stunningly accurate portrayal of the challenges adolescents with Asperger Syndrome face in school. Of at least equal importance, this "must-have" resource is jam packed with sensible and easy-to-implement solutions for teachers, aides, parents, and others who will ultimately give these emerging adults the tools they need to navigate through the turbulent middle and high school years...and beyond." Stephen M. Shore Author of Beyond the Wall
||Asperger Syndrome And Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions For Tantrums, Rage And Meltdowns |
Brenda Smith Myles, Jack Southwick
Amazon.com Price: $ 17.12
Highly recommended. Co-authored by an associate professor of Special Education and a social worker; both with extensive experience in research, practice and education of the High Functioning population, this book offers understanding of the escalation of behavioral outbursts and tantrums and practical solutions and strategies. This is a yet newer edition, in paperback.
||Asperger Syndrome and Your Child: A Parent's Guide
Michael Powers, Psy.D.
Amazon.com Price: $13.46
A clearly written book by an assistant professor at the Yale Child Study Center and director of the Center for Children with Special Needs in Connecticut. This is a much-needed resource for parents and professionals looking to understand more about Autism Spectrum Disorders from a popular speaker who works closely with our friends in the Connecticut parent group.
||Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook: An Employment Workbook for Adults with Asperger Syndrome |
Tony Attwood, Roger N. Meyer
Amazon.com Price: $ 35.96
This practical manual will enable people diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism to deepen their self-understanding and appreciate their value as working individuals. Through step-by-step self-assessment, the reader is encouraged to engage actively in a self-paced exploration of their employment history, and ultimately to identify the work best suited to their personal needs, talents and strengths. The workbook contains practical exercises, with clear explanations and examples of how to use them. Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook will also be an essential guide for professionals, career advisors and vocational counselors as it provides in-depth guidance and research on fulfilling employment for adults and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism.
||Asperger's From the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger's Syndrome
Michael John Carley, Ed.D, Peter Gerhardt
Amazon.com Price: $14.40
Michael John Carley was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at thirty-six, when his young son received the same diagnosis. He is now the Executive Director of GRASP, the world's largest Asperger's organization.
This fascinating book reveals his personal experience with the confusion and trauma associated with this condition, and offers insights into living an independent and productive life.
||Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals |
Tony Attwood, foreword by Lorna Wing
Amazon.com Price: $ 13.79
This outstanding book is by a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in the field of Asperger's syndrome. He has met and worked with several hundred individuals with this syndrome, ranging widely in age, ability and background. In a well-written, easy to read format he gives a description and analysis of the unusual characteristics of Asperger's syndrome, with strategies to reduce those that are most conspicuous or debilitating.
The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome (Softcover Edition)
Amazon.com Price: $ 16.04
Grounded in research from close to 30 years of direct experience, yet very accessible, Dr. Attwood bring understanding of Asperger Syndrome to new heights. Peppered with personal accounts and clear explanations... this book is a "must-have" for everyone, including those with Asperger Syndrome.
Stephen Shore, AHA Advisory Board member and author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
||Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism? (Current Issues in Autism) |
Edited by: Eric Schopler, Gary B. Mesibov & Linda J. Kunce
Amazon.com Price: $ 109.00
A general overview presenting diverse opinions on diagnosis and assessment by many leaders in the field of autism including Lorna Wing, Christopher Gillberg and Carol Gray. It contains useful essays including pieces written by people on the spectrum of autism.
||Autism and Asperger Syndrome|
Frith, Uta, editor.
Amazon.com Price: $ 47.53
A classic text which was the first to present the English translation of Hans Asperger's original paper describing the syndrome which bears his name. Editor Uta Frith includes important contributions by some of the world's leading experts, the "who's who" of autism research.
||Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome (Guides to Individualized Evidence-Based Treatment)
Valerie L. Gaus
Amazon.com Price: $30.02
By AHA Advisory Board Member Valerie Gaus, Ph.D. this invaluable resource for therapists is clearly written and provides research-based strategies for addressing the core problems of Asperger syndrome (AS) and helps clients manage frequently encountered comorbidities, such as anxiety disorders and depression. Detailed case examples illustrate the complexities of AS and the challenges it presents in daily life, relationships, and the workplace.
||The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Today Show Book Club #13) |
Amazon.com Price: $17.42
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Sound familiar? Many people on the spectrum, family members and others in their lives feel that this book has touched a chord and is also an enjoyable read.
Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine |
Paul A. Offit, M.D.
Amazon.com Price: $16.51
Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul Offit, M.D. is a fascinating book about the dangers of "alternative medicine" and several of its leading promoters. The topics include dietary supplements, megavitamins, questionable cancer cures, chelation therapy, and anti-vaccination scares. The profiled individuals include Mehmet Oz, M.D.; Linus Pauling, Ph.D.; Suzanne Somers; Jenny McCarthy; Rashid Buttar, D.O.; and Stanislaw Burzynski, M.D.
Educating Children with Autism |
National Research Council
Amazon.com Price: $26.37
The National Research Council is a sub-organization of the National Academy of Sciences. This book is an excellent resource for educating children with autism spectrum disorders. The stellar cast of contributing scholars provides useful specific recommendations. The book can also be accessed online at bob.nap.edu/books/0309072697/html/
||Elijah's Cup: A Family's Journey Into The Community And Culture Of High-Functioning Autism And Asperger's Syndrome
Amazon.com Price: $ 18.94
This expressive and deeply felt memoir explores how the diagnosis of the author's son, Elijah, with Asperger's syndrome/HFA changed her life. Paradiz, an assistant professor of German studies at Bard College, details the subsequent dissolution of her marriage and her own depression, events triggered by the problems of coping with Elijah's needs. She describes their time together at Autreat, a camp for autistics that emphasizes self-advocacy. This is a moving personal story that highlights a new way of thinking about people diagnosed as autistic. "Publishers Weekly"
Valerie Paradiz is the co-founder and director of the School for Autistic Strength Purpose and Independence in Education (ASPIE). She is on the board
of directors of the Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP).
This revised edition includes a contribution from Elijah and a new chapter that brings the story up to date: the author successfully sets up a specialist educational unit for Asperger pupils, Elijah experiences his first two years
of school, and the author's dawning recognition of her own Asperger's Syndrome leads to major life changes.
||Emergence: Labeled autistic|
Grandin, T. & Scariano, M.
Amazon.com Price: $ 10.82
A Parent Comment: "During the first year after my son's diagnosis, I read thirty-four books on autism. Four years later, this one stills ranks among the best in terms of personal accounts & has helped immensely in learning to understand my son, his behavior & how to get through to him so he'll understand me. An excellent account for parents who desire insight on what their children with autism are experiencing."
Finding Marisa: A Mother's Story (Paperback)
Amazon.com Price: $17.96
This book gave me realistic hope, not for a "magic cure", but for ongoing improvement, over time, with a lot of work. I really liked Sherry Rubin's approach to helping Marisa reach her potential, which is lots of unconditional love, constant advocacy, and tons of creative strategies. I was truly inspired by Ms. Ruben's dedication and hard work. You can see from both the story and the pictures, how far Marisa has come. I look forward to a sequel, when Marisa grows up! Alisa Minkin
Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years
Shana Nichols, Gina Marie Moravchik, and Samara
Amazon.com Price: $14.24
Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum is a clearly written presentation of the significant challenges faced by girls as they make the transition to adolescence and adulthood. The authors have a rich clinical experience and provide detailed practical action plans that families can use and emphasize a flexible problem solving approach.
||Helping the Child Who Doesn't Fit In; problems with non-verbal communication. |
Nowicki & Duke
Amazon.com Price: $ 10.85
The authors discuss how nonverbal behavior affects a child's social acceptance and competence. They describe how nonverbal communication is a "language" of its own, and suggest strategies for teaching children the concrete meaning of things such as space and touch, gestures and postures, and facial expressions.
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| High-functioning individuals with autism. |
Schopler, E., & Mesibov, G. (Eds.)
Amazon.com Price: $ 65.00
"Chapters covering diagnostic issues, neuropsychological studies, .... are accompanied by discussion of parents' points of view and social and educational issues, as well as personal accounts written by autistic people and parents." Booknews, Inc.
||How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up: Quality Indicators for Effective Service Delivery |
Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Jennifer Twachtman-Reilly
Amazon.com Price: $18.87
As Barb Kirby puts it so well, "This is the book every parent of a child with AS or any autism spectrum disorder needs...Highly recommended!"
||Mozart and the Whale– an Asperger Love Story|
Jerry Newport & Mary Meinel Newport
Amazon.com Price: $ 16.47
Jerry Newport and Mary Meinel Newport's Mozart and the Whale is an honest and engrossing account of two adults on the spectrum who meet, fall in love, and don't necessarily live happily ever after. Jerry Newport is on AHA's advisory board and has always been a tremendous resource and support to many families and individuals on the spectrum. This affecting memoir manages to be both bluntly candid and romantic: while the Newports clearly love each other, love is not at first enough for two such complex people. One of the most valuable contributions this book makes is its demonstration of the social and emotional learning that can go on well into adulthood, learning that makes their second try at marriage more successful.
||The New Social Story Book: Illustrated Edition|
Amazon.com Price: $ 22.02
The newest offering by Carol Gray, "Social Stories" help the child with autism or Asperger's Syndrome to understand the social world around them. This book is an updated version of the New Social Story Book, with new text and accompanying illustrations.
||The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insights, and Inspiration |
Barbara Kirby, Patricia Romanowski Bashe
Foreword by Tony Attwood, Ph.D
Introduction by: Simon Baron-Cohen, Tony Attwood
Amazon.Com Price: $18.15
"A wonderful book-this volume will be an invaluable guide for parents and teachers." -Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., professor of child psychiatry, psychology, and pediatrics, Yale Child Study Center
||The Out-Of-Sync Child : Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Integration Dysfunction |
Kranowitz, Carol Stock; Silver, Larry B. (Foreword)
Amazon.com Price: $ 14.95
Children who have been labeled with words like "difficult", "picky", "oversensitive", "clumsy", "unpredictable" may actually be suffering from Sensory Integration Disorder-a very common but frequently misdiagnosed condition that can manifest itself in excessively high or low activity levels, problems with motor coordination, over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to sensations and movements, and other symptoms.
||A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome & High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive |
Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, James McPartland
Amazon.com Price: $12.89
The authors cover definitions, diagnosis, causes, and treatments of AS-HFA. Most books on AS-HFA focus only on early intervention and basic skills, but this book offers help for older children and adults as well, making it very valuable.Temple Grandin, Ph.D. says she, "... really likes how this book emphasizes building on the talents and strengths of a person with Asperger Syndrome.
||A Parent's Guide to Autism|
Amazon.com Price: $ 16.95
A parent comment: "This is an excellent book for anyone touched by Autism. After my son's diagnosis five years ago, I searched for an easy to read reference guide to help answer my endless questions. This isn't a "my story" book; rather, it is an easy to search guide which allows the reader to hop from topic to topic & find answers."
||Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In - When to Worry and When Not to Worry|
Perri Klass, Eileen Costello
Amazon.com Price: $10.17
This book, written by two pediatricians, explains about the toddler whose tantrums scare all the other kids on the playground . . . the three-year-old who ignores all his toys but seems passionately attached to the vacuum cleaner . . . the fourth-grade girl who never gets invited to a birthday party because classmates think she's weird ... the geek who is terrific at math, but is failing every other subject.
||S.O.S. Social Skills in Our Schools: A Social Skills Program for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Including High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and Their Typical Peers (Paperback)
Michelle A. Dunn
Amazon.com Price: $26.37
AHA advisory board member Michelle Dunn's eagerly-awaited research results are now accessible to school districts, professionals and families. Using specific lesson plans she shows how concrete social skills can be taught to children with ASDs. They and their peer mentors benefit from improved social skills and learn invaluable lessons about emotional awareness.
||Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids |
Ellen Braaten, Gretchen Felopulos
Amazon.com Price: $11.53
"This book is an extraordinary reference for parents and professionals in truly understanding when to use, and how to interpret, the various psychological tests available. Drs. Braaten and Felopulos provide an exceptional service by distilling complex information into a very readable and pragmatic guide." - Timothy E. Willens, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
||Teaching Children With Autism : Strategies to Enhance Communication and Socialization |
Kathleen Ann Quill (Editor)
Amazon.com. Price: $ 39.29
Teacher comment: "This is the best book to own if you are working with a child with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder(ASD). The overall philosophy of the book is towards an eclectic approach to ASD. It presents many different ideas from different people, all of which could be added to a program, method, approach for a particular child."
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|Thinking About You, Thinking About Me: Philosophy and Strategies for Facilitating the Development of Perspective Taking for Students with Social Cognitive Deficits|
Michelle Garcia Winner
(If not in stock at Amazon.com, may be available at www.socialthinking.com)
Children and young people with diagnoses such as high-functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, PDD-NOS or non-verbal learning disabilities often have difficulty with "social cognition." This manual offers teaching techniques to help students identify and overcome their weaknesses.
||Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism|
Temple Grandin and Oliver Sacks
Amazon.com Price: $ 10.36
Ph.D. Temple Grandin, a well-known adult on the spectrum, was one of the first people to give us, through her personal writings, an idea of what it is like to live with autism and how she developed coping strategies to deal with her neurological and sensory difficulties. She describes the way her visual mind works and how she first made these connections.
||Understanding Autism For Dummies
Stephen Shore, Linda G. Rastelli, Temple Grandin (Foreword)
Amazon.com Price: $13.59
Bringing unusual clarity to some of the most confusing issues surrounding autism and its treatment, Stephen Shore and Linda Rastelli team up to bring you Understanding Autism for Dummies as part of the critically acclaimed "for Dummies" series. This popular and accessible book will help you find answers to questions from "what is sensory overload" to choosing the best approaches to help the person you care for on the autism spectrum. Additional topics include practical advice on coping with daily challenges in education, family life and transitioning to adulthood as well as promoting success for all people on the autism spectrum by using their strengths.
||Visual Strategies for Improving Communication Vol. I |
Linda A. Hodgdon
Amazon.com Price: $ 39.95
A collection of practical ideas developed from solid experience educating children on the spectrum. Focuses on the children's interests as teaching tools.
||Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud |
Robert L. Park
Amazon.com Price: $11.53
Park shows why a "disproportionate share of the science seen by the public is flawed" (because shaky science is more likely to skip past peer review and head straight for the media,) and he gives a good tour of recent highlights in Voodoo. He has a rare ability to poke holes compassionately, without excoriating those taken in by their fondest wishes.
||The World of the Autistic Child |
Amazon.com Price: $ 12.21
A parent comment: "Outstanding first stop for anyone who suspects his or her child has autism or PDD, or who has just received a diagnosis. Helps you understand the range of different profiles children on this spectrum have and their differences from typically developing children. Balanced discussion of the multiple issues that need to be considered."
||Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
Peter W.D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright and Sandra Webb O'Connor
Amazon.com Price: $ 10.36
Description from Amazon.com: Whether you are the parent of a child with special education needs, a seasoned educator, or a professional advocate, you have questions about Individualized Education Programs, (IEPs). In this comprehensive, easy to read book, you will find clear, concise answers to frequently asked questions about IEPs. Learn what the law says about IEP Teams and IEP Meetings, Parental Rights and Consent, Steps in Developing the IEP, Placement, Transition, Assistive Technology and Strategies to Resolve Disagreements.
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