Recommended Reading

The Asperkid’s Secret Book of Social Rules; Jennifer Cook O’Toole; Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2013
“A social survival guide” full of Asperkid Logic; it promotes nuerodiversity and helping adolescents and teens navigate this odd neurotypical (NT) society.

Aspergirls; Rudy Simone; Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2010
A  guide for young women on the spectrum; it discusses learning, love, relationships, career, friendships, children, and overall health.

Asperger’s Syndrome. A Guide for Parents and Professionals; Tony Attwood, Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1998
This book would be especially helpful to parents who want to learn about Asperger’s Disorder. Tony Attwood is considered one of the leading people in the world on this subject. This book is very readable and understandable to people who don’t have a lot of familiarity with these issues.

First 100 Days Kit. Autism Speaks;
The first 100 Days Kit is a “recipe” book for parents who feel overwhelmed with the world of autism, and don’t know where to begin. It offers step-by-step guide for wading through the various treatment approaches, and is loaded with references to resources. Go to the Autism Speaks website to order a copy. You can print it from the website, but be aware that it is about 80 pages long.

Autism. A Guide for Educators, Clinicians and Parents; Buckendorf; Thinking Publications; 2008
A good book for beginners learning about autism. This compendium was done by local Portland-area clinicians.

Engaging Autism. Helping Children Relate, Communicate, and Think with the DIR Floor Time Approach; Stanley Greenspan, M.D.; DaCapo Press; 2009
Dr. Greenspan is a child psychiatrist who is well known for his “floor time” approach to treating autism, which involves an adult playing with and interacting with a child in a very intensive way to increase communications, foster emotional development, and facilitate development.

Sleep Better: A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Need; Mark Durand, Paul H. Brooks Publishing Company; 1997
Addresses topics such as resolving bedtime tantrums, night waking, bedwetting, insomnia, and other common sleep problems. Based on research with children with special needs.

Siblings of Children with Autism: A Guide for Families; Sandra L. Harris & Beth Glasberg; Woodbine House; 2003
This book will help parents explain autism to siblings of different ages. It will also provide strategies to help siblings share their thoughts and feelings about how their family is different and their role concerning the autistic child. Much practical advice on how children can share time together is also offered.

Reaching Out, Joining In: Teaching Social Skills to Young Children with Autism; Sandra L. Harris & Mary Jane Weiss; Woodbine House; 2001
Introduces social skills programs to parents of preschool and kindergarten-aged children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. This book focuses on four broad topics: Play skills; The language of social skills; Understanding another person’s perspective; Functioning in an inclusive classroom.

Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life; Lynn Koegel & Claire Lazebnik; Penguin Group Publishers; 2008
Written by a well known autism researcher and a parent of a child with autism, this book focuses on early intervention techniques. Described as “encouraging but realistic,” this book is of value to parents that are interested in learning about intensive early intervention.

Autism. Understanding the Disorder; Gary Mesibov; Klewer Academic/Plenum Publishers; 1998
Dr. Mesibov is a psychology professor at the University of North Carolina and well known Director of the TEACCH Program (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped Children).

Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs: A Book for Sibs; Donald L. Meyer; University of Washington Press; 1996
Written for siblings themselves, this book provides a range of information on specific disabilities, the sibling experience, and sibling-specific issues such as “What happens when my sibling grows up?” or “What should I tell my friends about my sibling?”

Children with Autism: A Parents’ Guide; Michael D. Powers (editor); Woodbine House; 2000
Covers a multitude of concerns, including daily and family life, early intervention, educational programs, legal rights, advocacy, as well as a chapter on adults with autism. Latest information on current diagnostic criteria, Applied Behavior Analysis, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), autism advocacy via the Internet, and much more.

Helping Children with Autism Learn; Bryna Siegel; Oxford University Press; 2007
Dr. Siegel is a psychologist and Director of the Autism Program at the University of California at San Francisco.

Autistic Children: A Guide for Parents and Professionals; orna Wing, M.D.; Psychology Press; 1974
Dr. Wing is a British psychiatrist who has many years of experience evaluating and working with autistic children. She brings into the field a breadth of experience going back 30 years or so and also the perspective of a clinician from outside of the United States.