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A mother of a child
with learning disabilities tells a version of Temple Grandin's story.
her struggles with the
keeping her daughter
out of institutions.
Autism is one of the
described which are
manifested in mild
or "shadow" forms
in millions of
The author notes that
diagnosis and treatment
may make life
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.
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,
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.
product provides three boards for choosing pictures related to: daily
routines, understanding and controlling feelings and improving
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.
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.
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.
mother explains how she discovered an intense combination of behavioral
therapy, diet, and supplements that became the key to saving her child.
chapter centers on a theme: music, art, reading, physical activities,
puzzles, playing outdoors and turn taking to help children who struggle
of suggestions on how to manage unusual behaviors.
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.
Child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim believed
that the syndrome
had no organic
basis but was the result of refrigerator mothers who either
consciously or unconsciously
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.
Many children with
autism have dysfunction in sensory integration.
This may impact
language, tolerance for sensory stimuli and
learning. Occupational therapists can help design a
to optimize the learning environment.
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
Emmons, P.G. & Anderson, L.M., Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning,
in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning
Disabilities and Bipoloar Disorder,
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, 2005. Understanding Sensory Dysfunction
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. Autismweb.com/diet.htm Autismndi.com/
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
Stone, Rhoda, The Light Barrier: Understanding the
Mystery of Irlen Syndrome and
Light-based Reading Difficulties, St. Martin's
Griffin, 2003. The Light Barrier
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
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,
2001. Raising a Child 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
Dr. Rosa C. Martinez's
website: Rcmautismnotebook.com/index.html 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
developmental and autism disorders, differential reinforcement and
establishing reinforcers. Rcmautismnotebook.com/BEHAVIORBOX.html
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
school-based program that places children in small self-
contained classes and provides family support and education.
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
Tasks & Ideas Inc. offers products for special education,
especially life skills and autism. Products are modeled after the
tasks used in the "structured teaching" method developed
TEACCH at the University of Carolina.
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
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, Relationship-Based) 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 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"
Psychologist, Tony Attwood modifies
this therapeutic tool to help
individuals with autism cope with their emotions and develop
Attwood, Tony, Exploring
Feelings:Cognitive Behavior Therapy To Manage Anxiety,
Future Horizons, TX, 2004. Exploring Feelings
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 Technologyaddresses 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
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
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
documents the early struggles
with sensory overload,
communication frustrations, school
and the joy of
college where he could study areas of special
earned degrees in music and special education. Today he is
married and a frequent presenter at conferences and advocate
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
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 autism. 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
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
Houses that specialize in
Autism-Related Books and media.
Asperger Publishing Company
P.O. Box 23173
Mission, KS 66283-0173
2778254 Autism Asperger Publishing Co. Autism Asperger Publishing Company is an
in books on autism spectrum disorders. The books are
parents, teachers and or others working or living with an
with an autism spectrum disorder. The company also
and other interactive products.
Roads to Learning Books
37 East 18th Street New York, NY 10003
Tel.: (800) 8531057 Drlbooks.com
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.
721 W. Abram Street Arlington,
76013 Tel.: (800)
4890727 Future Horizons Future
Horizons, provides books,
conferences, and other information
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
Road, London, N1 9JB. Tel.: +44
2307 Jkp.com/ This
independent publisher specializes in the categories of: arts
therapies, Autism and
Syndromes, brain injury, disability
law, education, health and social care (including occupational therapy), parenting, psychology and
psychiatry. There are numerous titles
Creek Blvd , suite 308
San Jose, CA
Tel.: (408) 557-
6510Bells Mill Road Bethesda, MD
843-7323 Woodbinehouse.com Woodbine
House is a publisher
specializing in books about
needs. Titles in the special needs
collection include topics:AD/HD,
cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, spinabifida,
brain injury, early intervention, inclusion, specialeducation,