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A mother of a child with learning disabilities tells a version of Temple Grandin's story.

Grandin's mother details
her struggles with the
medical authorities
and   keeping her daughter
out of institutions.

Autism is one of the
many syndromes
described which are
manifested in mild
or "shadow" forms
in millions of Americans.
The author notes that
diagnosis and treatment
may make life easier
and enjoyable.

Written for children from a child's perspective- the authors (parents of a child with autism-related problems) share solutions such as a sensory sensitivity scale, a behavioral rating chart and resources.

A kids book for making friends with A Child Who Has Autism

My son and I loved the Amelia Bedelia series. This young woman is literal minded to the extreme. When its time to 'hit the road" she takes out a stick. Her hilarious actions provide a great opportunity to discuss literal versus idiomatic language with children.

This is a great handbook with case studies, frequently asked questions and lots more resources.

This guide is written by special educator, Patricia Bashe and Barbara Kirby, moderator of OASIS, a popular Asperger's Syndrome support website.

The author provides the details of assessment and treatment and many case studies.

Intro by Temple Grandin

Gluetin and casein- free kid-friendly Recipes from a pediatrician and nutritionist.

This product provides three boards for choosing pictures related to: daily routines,  understanding and controlling feelings and improving waiting skills.

This film tells the story of 26 year old Sue Rubin. Diagnosed as autistic and mentally retarded as a young girl, at age 13 she learned to use facilitated communication and eventually attended college.

Six issues/year of information for parents and professionals.

Songs and activities on this DVD help children identify and coordinate basic emotions and physical activities.

 This DVD introduces parents to what OT, including sensory integration therapy can do to help their children.

Many do's and don'ts and real life examples in toilet training
A great guide to educational and treatment options.

The "Watch Me Learn" series shows  children engaged in simple activities to promote language and social skills, recommended especially for non-verbal children.

A pediatrician and and father of an autistic child discusses  the controversial vaccination connection to autism.

This interesting study of the relationship between autism and creativity examines a host of  accomplished historical figures.

Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People With Autism, And Professionals Share Their Wisdom.

A mother explains how she discovered an intense combination of behavioral therapy, diet, and supplements that became the key to saving her child.

Each chapter centers on a theme: music, art, reading, physical activities, puzzles, playing outdoors and turn taking to help children who struggle with play.

Lots of suggestions on how to manage unusual behaviors.

A guide to what respite and alternative caregivers need to know to care for your child during an absence.

A coloring book for peers and siblings.

A celebration of the strengths people with Asperger's Syndrome share.

Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge

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"Autism" has been called Kanner's Syndrome because psychiatrist
Leo Kanner observed and wrote about children with autistic
symptoms, publishing his first paper about them in 1943.
Autism Syndrome as we understand it today had also been
called Childhood Schizophrenia, Infantile Autism and
Asperger's Syndrome

Child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim believed that the syndrome
had no organic basis but was
the result of refrigerator mothers
who either consciously or unconsciously did not want their
children to live. This was the prevailing belief during the
1950's and through the 1970s. Today there are many
theories about the causes of autism.

Fortunately, there are numerous books and websites available
today that explain the neurological basis of Autism and a variety
of treatment approaches including: neurosensory, biochemical,
behavioral and pyschodynamic. 

Information on Diagnosis and Symptoms
Children with autism generally have difficulties with language,
behavior and social skills. Some
have normal or above average
intelligence and others
have cognitive delays. Learn the symptoms
order to seek out early intervention.

Wallet Driving Card to share with First Responders

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Understanding Autism

Notbohm, Ellen, Ten Things Every Child With Autism wishes
You Knew, Future Horizons, TX, 2005.
Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew

Sicile-Kira, C. Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide to
Understanding Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive-
Developmental Disorder, and other ASD's, Perigree Trade, NY, 2004.
Autism Spectrum Disorders

Shore, S. & Rastelli, L, Understanding Autism For Dummies,
For Dummies Series, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2006.
Understanding Autism For Dummies

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Books About sensory Issues and Autism

Many children with autism have dysfunction in
sensory integration.
This may impact coordination,
language, tolerance for sensory stimuli and
learning. Occupational therapists can help design a
"sensory diet" to optimize the learning environment.

Anderson, Johanna, Sensory Motor Issues in Autism,
Academic Press, 1999.
Sensory Motor Issues in Autism

Myles, B. S., cook, K.T., Miller N.E., Rinner, L & Robbins, L.A.
Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues, Autism Asperger
Publishing Co., KS, 2000.
Autism Syndrome and Sensory Issues

Yack, E., Aquilla, P. & Sutton, S., Building Bridges Through Sensory
Integration: Therapy for Children with Autism and Other Pervasive
Developmental Disorders, Future Horizons, TX,  2003.
Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration

Emmons, P.G. & Anderson, L.M., Understanding Sensory
Dysfunction: Learning,
Development and Sensory Dysfunction
in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD,
Learning Disabilities
and Bipoloar Disorder, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London,

Understanding Sensory Dysfunction

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Complementary/Alternative Therapies

There are many theories as to the causes of autism and
biomedical/ dietary approaches are a treatment option.
Some doctors and researchers say that they have seen
children make behavioral improvements after casein
(a protein found in dairy foods) and gluten (found in
wheat and other grains) have been removed
from their diets.

Lawton, S., Asperger Syndrome: Natural Steps Toward a
Better Life for You or Your Child (Complementary and
Alternative Medicine), Praeger Publishers, 2007.
Asperger Syndrome: Natural Steps Toward a Better Life for You or Your Child

The Listening Program is designed to help children  improve auditory
processing which in turn may impact language, cognition and social

Kurtz, Lisa, Understanding Controversial Therapies for
Children with Autism,
Attention Deficit Disorder, and Other
Learning Disabilities: A Guide to
Complementary and
Alternative Medicine
, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008.
Understanding Controversial Therapies for Children with Autism

Some individuals with autism have Scotopic Sensitivity/Irlen Syndrome.
This is a visual-perceptual problem where the person might experience
light sensitivity, inefficient reading and difficulty maintaining attention.
The Irlen Lens System treats this with tinted glasses and the use of
colored transparencies or overlays.

Stone, Rhoda,
The Light Barrier: Understanding the Mystery
of Irlen Syndrome and Light-based Reading Difficulties, St. Martin's
Griffin, 2003.

The Light Barrier

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Behavioral Interventions

Applied Behavior Analysis is a program designed to increase
or decrease target behaviors in order to help children learn.
Children with autism need a structured, consistent environment
to learn. ABA is all about setting up that environment. Techniques
can be used at home or school.

Barbera, Mary Lynch, The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach
Children with Autism and Related Disorders, Jessica Kingsley Publishers,
London, 2007
The Verbal Behavior Approach

Richman, Shira, Raising a Child With Autism: A Guide to Applied
Behavior Analysis for Parents, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London,
Raising a Child With Autism

Maurice, C., Green, G . & Luce, S.C.., Behavioral Intervention
For Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and
Professionals, Pro-ed, TX,  1996.
Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism

Children can learn independent behaviors by following visual schedules.
This helps them to anticipate what will happen next.

Krantz, P.J. and McClannahan,
Activity Schedules for Children with Autism:
Teaching Independent Behavior, Woodbine House, MD, 1999.
Activity Schedules for children with Autism

Dr. Rosa C. Martinez's website:
features an art gallery of artists with autism and many resources.
Of particularly
importance is the "Behavior Box" which provides slide
show presentations on shaping
appropriate behaviors, pervasive
developmental and autism disorders, differential
reinforcement and
establishing reinforcers.

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Educational Interventions and Resources

makeinnotimeMake-in-No-Time Tasks Ltd.

Ready to assemble tasks using TEACCH educational materials.
Many children benefit form
assistive technology. This might involve use
of a "low tech" picture board such as the PECS system or a "high tech"
computer with a word prediction program to enhance communication.

Bondy, A. & Frost, L., A
Picture's Worth: PECS and Other Visual
Communication Strategies in Autism, Woodbine House,  MD, 2001.
A Picture's Worth

TEACCH is school-based program that places children in small self-
contained classes and provides family support and education.

Mesibov, G.B., Shea, Victoria & Schopler, Eric, The TEACCH Approach
to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Springer, 2004.
The TEACCH Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Twachtman-Cullen, D., Twachtman-Reilly, J. & Holmes, D. L., How
Well Does Your IEP Measure Up? Indicators for Effective
Service Delivery, Starfish Specialty Press, 2002.
How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up?

Henry, Shawn & Myles, B.S., The Comprehensive Autism Planning
System (CAPS) for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome, Autism,
and Related Disabilities: Integrating Best Practices Throughout the
Student's Day, Autism and Asperger Publishing Company,  2007.
The Comprehensive Autism Planning System
Hands-On Tasks & Ideas Inc. offers products for special education,
especially life skills and autism. Products are modeled after the
work tasks used in the "structured teaching" method developed
by Division TEACCH  at the University of Carolina.
Tasks Galore Publishing Inc. markets books for parents and
professionalswith practical tools to aid children and students
to become more independent
in school and in society. The
tools emphasize structured teaching methods
and parent/professional
Tasks Galore Early Education
Tasks Galore For The Real World
Tasks Galore Making Groups Meaningful
Climbing Art Obstacles in Autism 

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The PsychoDynamic Therapy Approach

Psychodynamic therapy is "talk therapy" where the therapist helps
reveal the person's unconscious thoughts to lesson distress. Therapy
with children centers around their maladaptive play, often using
puppets to reveal unconscious thoughts. Older, higher functioning
individuals with autism may benefit from psychotherapy to reduce
the anxiety and depression arising from recognition of their
differences and problems.

Bromfield, Richard, Doing Child and Adolescent Therapy: Adapting
Psychodynamic Treatment to Contemporary Practice, John Wiley & Sons,
Inc., 2007.
Doing Child and Adolescent Therapy

Floortime or DIR (Developmental, Individual-Difference,
Floortime is a therapeutic methodology developed by child
psychiatrist, Dr. Stanley Greenspan. It is designed to motivate the
child to use his or her interests to interact and learn.

Greenspan, Stanley,
Engaging Autism: Helping Children Relate,
Communicate and Think with the DIR Floortime Approach,
Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2006.

Engaging Autism

Greenspan, Stanley, Wieder, Serena & Simons, Robin, The Child With
Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth,
Perseus Books, 1998.
The Child With Special Needs

Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive therapy is a type of psychotherapy based on collaboration
between therapist and patient and treatment is based on testing
beliefs. Sometimes the term "cognitive behavioral therapy" is used.
Psychologist, Tony Attwood modifies this therapeutic tool to help
individuals with autism cope with their emotions and develop
social skills.

Attwood, Tony, Exploring Feelings:Cognitive Behavior Therapy
To Manage Anxiety, Future Horizons, TX, 2004.
Exploring Feelings

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Developing Social Skills

There are numerous books, web sites and therapeutic programs
available that address social skills development in children and
adults with autism. The need is so prevalent, even famed the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology addresses the social needs
of its students and staff by offering mingling skills training
to improve communication. Social skills can be promoted with
social stories (books and videos), zero tolerance of bullying,
promoting specialized skills and interests, social skills therapy.
Medication, exercise and meditation to decrease anxiety may
also impact a person's willingness to engage in social situations. 

Baker, Jed,
The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching Play, Emotion,
and Communication to Children with Autism, Future Horizons,
MD,  2003.
The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching Play, Emotion and Communication
to Children with Autism 

Myles, B.S., The Hidden Curriculum 2008 One-A-Day Calendar:
Items for
Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations,
Autism Asperger Publishing Company, KS, 2008.
The Hidden Curriculum 2088 One-A-Day Calendar

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Books Written By or About People With Autism


Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin has earned a distinction as an author and
speaker on the many issues surrounding autism. She is also
successful in the field of animal science and combined her interests
in her book Animals in Translation.  Her first book Emergence:
Labeled Autistic provides an insightful account of how Grandin
creatively compensated for her sensory and social difficulties,
utilizing her assets to achieve success. In Thinking In Pictures,
Grandin again documents as a scientist and person with autism,
how she experiences to world. Grandin and co-author Sean Barron
share strategies to live and work successfully
in Unwritten Rules of
Social Relationships
. Grandin also co-authored with Kate Duffy
Developing Talents-a guide to searching for careers suitable for the
person on the autism spectrum. Some of the issues covered include:
whether or not to disclose the syndrome, advice on developing and
using social skills, how to find a vocation you love and information
on legal rights.
Animals in Translation
Emergence: Labeled Autistic
Thinking in Pictures
Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
Animals Make Us Human

Stephen Shore
Stephen Shore was diagnosed with strong autistic tendencies
and was nonverbal until age four. His book Beyond the Wall
documents the
early struggles with sensory overload,
communication frustrations,
school struggles and the joy of
college where he could study areas
of special interest. Shore
earned degrees in music and special
education. Today he is
married and a frequent presenter at conferences
and advocate
to raise awareness of Asperger's Syndrome. Shore also co-wrote
Understanding Autism For Dummies with writer Linda Rastelli and
forward by Temple Grandin, to simplify issues including interventions,
financial concerns, education and family issues. Edited by Shore,
Ask and Tell
explores the issues of self-advocacy and disclosure.
Beyond the Wall
Understanding Autism For Dummies

Ask and Tell: Self Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum

Luke Jackson
Luke Jackson provides the adolescent perspective. At age thirteen
he wrote Freaks Geeks and Asperger's Syndrome (with a little help
from his highly supportive family). Jackson addresses topics such as
bullying, friendships, when to tell others about AS, school problems,
dating, morality and what its like to have a younger brother with
Jackson wrote the forward to Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence
by Liane Holliday Willey, a book that tackles the issues of adolescents
with the syndrome.

Freaks Geeks and Asperger's Syndrome
Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence

Donna Williams
Donna Williams wrote her autobiography-Nobody Nowhere in an attempt
to understand the struggles in her life. She describes herself as not a visual
but rather a kinesthetic person. She is a prolific writer, artist, sculptor,
singer-songwriter and screenwriter.
Nobody Nowhere
Somebody Somewhere

Liane Holiday Willey
Liane Holiday Willey is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author on
Asperger's  Syndrome. She has written about her life as a mother
and wife "aspie" and has redefined "normal". Willey is the Senior editor
of the magajournal Autism Spectrum Quarterly, published by Starfish
Specialty Press.
Pretending To Be Normal: Living With Asperger's Syndrome
Asperger Sydrome in the Family: Redefining Normal

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Autism and Adolescence

Smith, B.M. &  Adreon, D., Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence:
Practical Solutions for School Success, Autism Asperger Publishing
Company, KS, 2001.
Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence

Baker, Jed, The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond,
Future Horizons, MD,  2006.
The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond

Bolick, Teresa, Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens
& Teens Get Ready for the Real World
, Fair Winds Press, MA, 2004.
Asperger Sydrome and Adolescence

      Fiction Books for Adults That Include an Autistic Character
The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is
one of my favorites. Fifteen year old Christopher discovers that his
next door neighbor's dog has been murdered. He is determined to find
the killer. Christopher's communication and sensory difficulties become
apparent as he struggles to interview neighbors, is confronted by the
police and tries to understand his angry father.
The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-Time

Books For Children

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  • Autism Asperger Publishing Company
  • P.O. Box 23173
    Shawnee Mission, KS 66283-0173

    Tel.: (877) 2778254
    Autism Asperger Publishing Co.
    Autism Asperger Publishing Company is an independent publisher
    specializing in books on autism spectrum disorders. The books are
    targeted to parents, teachers and or others working or living with an
    individual with an autism spectrum disorder. The company also
    offers videos and other interactive products.

  • Different Roads to Learning Books
  • 37 East 18th Street
    New York, NY 10003
    Tel.: (800) 8531057
    DRL founded by a parent of a child with autism, publishes books
    related to the specific teaching methods within the realm of
    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with focus on the specific
    learning style of children on the autism spectrum.
  • Future Horizons
  • 721 W. Abram Street
    Arlington, Texas 76013
    Tel.: (800) 4890727
    Future Horizons
    Future Horizons, provides books, conferences, and other
    information about autism, Asperger's Syndrome and
    Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). Subjects include:
    behavior strategies, communication,  special diets, early
    intervention and social skills training.

  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • 116 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB.
    Tel.: +44 (0)20 7833 2307
    This independent publisher specializes in the categories of: arts

    therapies, Autism and Asperger's Syndromes, brain injury, disability
    law, education, health and social care (including occupational therapy),
    parenting, psychology and psychiatry. There are numerous titles
    related to developmental disabilities.

  • Social Thinking
  • 3550 Stevens Creek Blvd , suite 308
    San Jose, CA  95117
    Tel.: (408) 557- 8595
  • Woodbinehouse
  • 6510 Bells Mill Road
    Bethesda, MD 20817
    Tel.: (800) 843-7323
    Woodbine House is a publisher specializing in books about
    with special needs. Titles in the special needs
    collection include topics:
    AD/HD, autism, celiac disease,
    cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, spina
    bifida, traumatic
    brain injury, early intervention, inclusion, special
    communication skills. 

©2008 Barbara Smith  


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