Autism and Asperger’s Resources

1001 great ideas

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s

By: Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk

Quickly find solutions, explanations, and strategies that speak to the variety of developmental levels, learning styles, and abilities inherent in children with autism or Asperger’s.  A great blend of knowledge from credible experts, as well as Notbohm and Zysk’s own experience.

asbergers a guide

Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

By: Tony Atwood

TonyAtwood is a practicing Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Aspergers Syndrome. This informative book helps both parents and professionals with the identification, treatment and care of adults and children struggling with Asperger’s Syndrome. Atwood covers all aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome, including social behavior, motor clumsiness, and many more.


Demystifying the Autistic Experience: A Humanistic Introduction for Parents, Caregivers and Educators

By: William Stillman

Stillman does an excellent job of describing how to best support a loved one with Autism; he eliminates confusing medical jargon to and introduces Autism from a non-clinical, humanistic perspective.  The book also includes group brainstorming exercise activities.

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The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-so-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome

By: Jennifer Cook O’Toole and Brian Bojanowski

The author, JenniferO’Toole has plenty of experience of Asperger’s; not only does she have Asperger’s, but so does her husband and three children. Written for 10 to 17 year olds, this interactive book features illustrations, comic strips, real world experiences, and practice sessions. A great read for both children and their parents.

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I Like Birthdays…It’s the Parties I’m not Sure About! 

By: Laura Renke

This wonderful illustrated children’s book was written to help children and adults better understand Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD). Learn to understand what a child’s actions are really saying and learn about sensory processing disorder through the eyes of a child.

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Asperger’s Huh? A Child’s Perspective

 By: Rosina G. Shunurr, Ph.D.

Written from the perspective of an 11 year old boy recently diagnosed with Asperger’s, this semi-illustrated book gives an incredibly realistic portrayal of life with Aspergers. This book helps children understand their behavior and even offers advice; it emphasizes the importance of being flexible, adaptable, appropriate, and trusting.

the autism acceptance book

The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism

By: Ellen Sabin

The Autism Acceptance book is an incredibly interactive and educational, and introduces children to the challenges faced by people with Autism. This book emphasizes the importance of being different, and invites children to “walk in someone else’s shoes” through engaging exercises.

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Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A Guide for Friends and Family

By: Jude Welton

Written from the perspective of Adam, a young boy diagnosed with AS, this book explains what it’s like to live with Asperger’s Syndrome. Adam explains what AS is, what it feels like to have AS, and the importance of celebrating the unique differences seen in children with Asperger’s. This book is directed towards 7 to 15 year olds, and serves as a great starting point for family or classroom discussions.

quirky kids

Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child who Doesn’t Fit In-When to Worry and When Not to Worry

By: Perri Klass, M.D., and Eileen Costello, M.D.

Written by experienced Pediatricians, Klass and Costello assure parents when to seek treatment for their child’s ‘quirky’ behavior, as well as thorough information on disorders pertaining to the Autism Spectrum. They also provide comprehensive lists of resources, including other book references, information about treatment, and information on various forms of therapies.

developing college skills

Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

 By: Dr.Sarita Freedman

This book describes the unique needs that students with autism spectrum disorders face when entering the institution of higher education. Written by a Psychologist with over 30 years of experience with ASD, the book offers practical strategies and coping skills for ASD students furthering their education.

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Loving Someone with Asperger’s Syndrome: Understanding and Connecting with Your Partner

By: Cindy N.Ariel, PhD.

This book helps educate those in a relationship with someone with AS, clarifying their seemingly difficult or confusing behavior. The tool presented in this book helps build intimacy communication skills through interactive assignments and exercises.

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The Puzzle of Autism: Putting It All Together- A Guide to Transforming the Treatment of Autism

By: Garry F. Gordon MD, DO,MD(H) and Amy Yasko PhD, ND, NHD, AMD, HHP, FAAIM.

This book discusses the possible scientific and genetic background of Autism and other autism spectrum disorders. Dr.Gordon and Dr.Yasko discuss their protocol for helping ASD children and explain the many aspects of Autism.

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Asperger’s and Girls

By: Tony Attwood and Temple Grandin

This book provides up-to-date information on girls and women with Asperger’s Syndrome, and covers topics such as puberty, careers, and relationships. Many chapters are written by women with Autism or Aspergers.

freaks, geeks

Freaks, Geeks, and Aspergers Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

By: Luke Jackson

Written by a 13 year old diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, this book covers important topics such as bullying, friendships, dating, problems at school and morality. Luke gives helpful advice on personal space, completing homework, and socializing. This book is very beneficial for children with AS.

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Asperger Rules: How to Make Sense of School and Friends

 By: Blythe Grossberg, PsyD

This book outlines appropriate behavior and social skills, which are often difficult for AS children. This book helps teach skills to better understand their feelings and emotions, learn how to ask teachers for help, learn how to navigate certain social situations, and deal with bullies.

what is it to be me

What It Is To Be Me!: An Asperger Kid Book

By: Angela Wine

This illustrative book is written in the perspective of Danny, a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. Danny explains his everyday life with AS; he talks about asking lots of questions, his strong sense of taste, smell, and hearing, and his issues with social skills and boundaries.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

 By: Mark Haddon

A captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novel that tells the story of ChristopherJohnFrancisBoone, who has Asperger’s, and his quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog.

Parenting Resources

celebrating girls

Celebrating Girls: Nurturing and Empowering Our Daughters

By: Virginia Beane Rutter

Rutter offers a wide variety of everyday ways you can strengthen a girl’s sense of autonomy, instill pride in being female, and ensure confidence throughout her lifetime.

how to talk so kids will listen

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

By AdeleFaber and ElaineMazlish

Faber and Mazlish provide a supportive, friendly, and effective method to solve communication problems between parents and children.

positive dicipline

Positive Discipline in the Classroom: Developing Mutual Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in Your Classroom

By Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., Lynn Lott, M.A., and H.StephenGlenn, Ph.D.

A useful guide to creating a classroom climate that enhances academic learning, instilling valuable social skills and positive behavior through the use of class meetings, and understanding the motivation behind students’ behavior instead of looking for causes.

Executive Functioning Resources

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Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

By Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. & LaurieDietzel, Ph.D.

Cooper-Kahn and Dietzel provide a useful guide for parents of children and adolescents who have difficulty with planning and organization, self-monitoring, impulse control, working memory, and initiating tasks. Late, Lost, and Unprepared is a friendly approach to managing disorganized children on a daily basis.

executive functioning

Executive Functioning in Education: From Theory to Practice

Edited by LynnMeltzer, Ph.D.

This integrative book focuses on the role of executive function processes in learning, as well as methods for identifying executive function difficulties.

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Executive Functions: What They Are, How They Work, and Why They Evolved

By RussellA.Barkley, Ph.D., ABPP, ABCN

Barkley presents a model of executive functioning that helps explain people’s strengths and weaknesses in actual life activities—not just laboratory tasks. He explains the key stages of executive function development and the extensive personal and social costs of executive function deficits.

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What Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits

By PegDawson, Ed.D. and RichardGuare, Ph.D.

Dawson and Guare provide a practical manual which presents an evidence-based coaching model for helping students whose academic performance is suffering due to deficits in executive skills. Numerous strategies on how to implement an effective coaching program are included.

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Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents

By PegDawson, Ed.D. and RichardGuare, Ph.D.

This guide explains how critical cognitive processes develop and why they play such a key role in children’s behavior and school performance. Dawson and Guare provide step-by-step guidelines and other tools to promote executive skill development.

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Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

By PegDawson, Ed.D. and RichardGuare, Ph.D.

This empowering book shows how small changes can add up to big improvements. Dawson and Guare provide easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines.

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Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention

By PegDawson, Ed.D. and RichardGuare, Ph.D.

Dawson and Guare provide an integrated guide to deficits in executive function in children. They emphasize the role that adults can play as coaches to intervene within children’s routines of everyday life.

Sensory Integration Resources

the out of sync child

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction

By CarolStock Kranowitz, M.A.

This book features over a hundred playful, safe activities to help develop and organize a child’s brain and body. These activities are a great way to counteract Sensory Integration Dysfunction.

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Listening: A Framework for Teaching Across Differences

By KatherineSchultz

Schultz offers a framework for “deep listening”, a technique that teachers can use to learn the particularities of each of their students, as well as the balance of the class as a whole. This book proposes new ways of thinking about teaching across all grade levels and subject areas

Play Resources

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Play at the Center of the Curriculum

By: Judith Van Hoorn, Patricia Monighan Nourot, Barbara Scales, and Keith Rodriguez Alward

This text emphasizes the value of play to young children’s development and focuses on how content areas in the curriculum can support play.

a child's work

A Child’s Work: the Importance of Fantasy Play

By: Vivian Gussin Paley

Paley supports her stance against the decline of children’s creative time, making the case for the critical role of fantasy play in the psychological, intellectual, and social development of young children.