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Non-Fiction Books about

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Book cover for All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

All Cats Have Asperber Syndrome

by Kathy Hoopman

A playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS), drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS.

This engaging book is an ideal, gentle introduction to the world of AS.

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Apps for Autism

by Lois Jean Brady

This book will guide you through over 200 apps, so you can confidently utilize today’s technology to maximize your child or student’s success! Lois Jean Brady wrote this book to educate parents, teachers, and other professionals about the breakthrough method she calls “iTherapy”―the use of Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and various apps to meet students’ individual educational goals. Lois believes that all persons on the spectrum can learn how to use technology in a way that is relevant to them.

Book cover for Asperger Syndrome: The Oasis Guide

Asperger Syndrom: The Oasis Guide

by Patricia Romanowski Bashe

Whether your child has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or troubling symptoms are just becoming apparent, this book will guide you in the right direction. 


AS manifests itself in an array of characteristics, including average to high intelligence, obsessive behavior, intense special interests, and difficulty dealing with everyday social situations. 

Book cover for The Asperkid's Secret Book of Social Rules

The Asperkid's Secret Book of Social Rules

by Jennifer Cook O'Toole

Being a teen or tween isn't easy for anyone -- but it's especially tough for Asperkids. I know. I was one, I taught a whole bunch, and I am going to be raising three! That's also why I know that Asperkdis deserve their very own guide to all of the hidden social rules that are awfully confusing to us, even if they seem obvious to everyone else. "The Asperkids' (Secret) Rule Book of Social Rules." 

Book cover for The Aspie Girl's Guide to Being Safe with Men

The Aspie Girl's Guide to Being Safe with Men

by Debi Brown

Debi Brown understands from personal experience the potential dangers, pitfalls and misunderstandings teenage girls and women with Asperger syndrome may face in their encounters with men. In this important book, she sets out all of the need-to-know facts and sensitively yet honestly describes the more subtle social, emotional and safety issues surrounding dating, relationships and sex. 

Book cover for Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method that has Helped Families All Over the World

Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World 

by Raun K. Kaufman

As a boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic, with an IQ below 30, and destined to spend his life in an institution. Years later, Raun graduated with a degree in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate autism expert and educator with no trace of his former condition. 


The Autism Job Club

by Michael Bernick & Richard Holden

The Autism Job Club is a groundbreaking book for bringing adults with autism and other neuro-diverse conditions into the work world.

The book has its basis in the autism job club that the authors have been part of in the San Francisco Bay Area, the job-creation and job-placement efforts the club has undertaken, and similar efforts throughout the United States. 

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Be Different

by John Elder Robison

By the time he was diagnosed at age forty, John had already developed a myriad of coping strategies that helped him achieve a seemingly normal, even highly successful, life. In Be Different, Robison shares a new batch of endearing stories about his childhood, adolescence, and young adult years, giving the reader a rare window into the Aspergian mind.

Book cover for Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom

Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom

by Beth Aune, Beth Burt and Peter Gennaro

The authors collaboratively address problem behaviors such as: out-of-seat behaviors, fidgeting, hand-flapping, covering ears, hiding or running away when upset, putting head down or "shutting down", difficulty with class work and homework, losing materials and missing assignments, poor handwriting, not following directions, saying rude or inappropriate things, clothing issues, difficulty making decisions, excessive talking, laughing excessively or being silly, little or no eye contact, temper outbursts, and many others! Teachers, it is possible to accommodate learning differences and sustain a positive learning environment for ALL students. This book is a must-have for every inclusive classroom!

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Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

by Rebecca Moyes

This is currently the only book that discusses the importance of data-driven strategies, and then helps teachers implement them! Sensory Integration Disorder often presents as a behavioral problem; thus, although it’s an internal state, it has to be addressed based on what observable behaviors are seen in the child. Rebecca is able to take the data and work out how to make any student's, (and teacher's!), life easier.

Book cover for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum

by Rebecca Dr. Landa, Mary Beth Marsden & Nancy Burrows

This collection of 101 stories is a portable support group for families with children on the spectrum — with inspirational stories, useful tips, and solid advice from other parents!

When your child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, your life changes and you embark on a voyage that is all-consuming. Whether your child has autism or Asperger’s, to use the old terms, or has ASD, to use the new one, you develop a vocabulary filled with acronyms, therapies, and theories.

Book cover for The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

by Tony Atwood

The definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). It brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults. Drawing on case studies and personal accounts from Attwood's extensive clinical experience, and from his correspondence with individuals with AS, this book is both authoritative and extremely accessible. 

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Developing Talents

by Temple Grandin & Kate Duffy

Who knows better about developing the talents of those with ASD than Temple Grandin? The authors take an in-depth look at entrepreneurship. Using real-life examples, they point out that many of the unique characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum lend themselves well to entrepreneurial ventures. The book explores many unnoticed aspects of vocational rehabilitation programs that provide job training and placement for people with disabilities, as well as Social Security Administration programs that offer vocational assistance. 

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Drawing a Blank

by Emily Iland

Many individuals with autism spectrum disorder may be fluent word callers; indeed, many have advanced ability to recognize words. However, many people with autism spectrum disorder need support when it comes to reading comprehension. Comprehension difficulties in readers with ASD can be subtle and difficult to tease out. Their substantial level of risk for reading comprehension problems is often overlooked or unaddressed, and many students struggle in silence. 

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Elijah's Cup

by Valerie Paradiz

From her first inklings of Elijah's difference to her discovery of a whole spectrum of another way of life that includes everything from civil rights organizations for autistics to Asperger artists, Valerie Paradiz describes how she decided to cross what she calls 'cultural boundaries' to overcome her fears about her son's condition. Her inspiring narrative offers compelling insights into daily life with Elijah's Asperger's syndrome and her own 'shadow syndrome', which affects many family members of autistics. 

Book cover for Emergence: Labeled Autistic

Emergence: Labeled Autistic

by Dr. Temple Grandin and Margaret M. Scariano

An inspiring firsthand account of a courageous and determined autistic woman who makes a remarkable discovery that eventually helps her control her condition and virtually cure her disorder captures the isolation and fears suffered by autistic children.

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