Below is a list of recommended books that are focused on autism spectrum disorders. They are divided up into the following categories:
- Families who have a newly diagnosed child on the Autism Spectrum
- Puberty and Sexuality
- Females on the Autism Spectrum
- Autism Spectrum Disorders and College
- Autism Spectrum Disorder and Relationships
Books for families who have a newly diagnosed child on the autism spectrum:
This book is about a young boy called Adam who invites you to learn about Asperger's from his perspective. This book explains various aspects of Aspergers; helping to understand their differences and appreciate their many talents. It is a great book for children and teenagers and also for family and friends to help better understand the diagnosis.
This book is about a young boy called Tom who teaches the reader about autism from his perspective. It helps the reader to understand challenges he faces and how to help support him. This is a great starting book for people to gain a better understanding of what it is like to have an autism spectrum disorder.
Different Like Me: My Book of autism heroes. by Jennifer Elder and Illustrated by Marc Thomas
This is a wonderful book that introduces children on the autism spectrum to famous and inspirational figures who also have characteristics on the autism spectrum. It is beautifully illustrated and written in child-friendly language. A great resource for children, parents, caregivers, teachers, and siblings.
Ten things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew. By Ellen Notbohm
This is a wonderful book that highlights 10 characteristics that help to better understand children with autism. It does so with both humor and compassion and is an informative book for parents, teachers, and anyone who interacts with children on the autism spectrum.
Autism: what Does it Mean to Me? By Catherine Faherty
This is an indispensable and transformative tool and lifelong companion for autistic people, their parents and families, and professionals. The workbook is engaged by the autistic child or adult to enhance self-understanding and awareness and foster communication with others about needs, preferences, and identity.
Asperger's.... What Does it Mean to Me? By Catherine Flaherty & Gary Mesibov
This is a workbook that can be done with parents, teachers, or clinicians. Each chapter focuses on a specific characteristic of Asperger's (e.g. Ways of Thinking, The Sensory Experience etc) and is divided into two parts. The first part in completed by the child and the second part os for parents and teachers and contains helpful information and tips.
Asperger's Syndrome. By Tony Attwood.
This book provides a description and analysis of the unusual characteristics of the syndrome and practical strategies to reduce those that are most conspicuous or debilitating. Beginning with a chapter on diagnosis, including an assessment test, the book covers all aspects of the syndrome from language to social behavior and motor clumsiness, concluding with a chapter based on the questions most frequently asked by those who come into contact with individuals with this syndrome.
The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome. By Tony Attwood.
This is the definitive handbook for anyone who is affected by Asperger's Syndrome. It brings together valuable information on all aspects of the diagnosis for children and adults. The book draws on case studies and personal accounts from Dr. Attwood's own clinical experience.
Puberty and Sexuality for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Making Sense of Sex by Sarah Attwood
This book is ideal for those who need clear, detailed explanations and direct answers to the many questions raised by puberty and sexual maturity. Sarah Attwood describes developments in both the male and female body, and explains how to maintain hygiene and personal care, and to promote general good health. She examines emotional changes, sexual health and the nature of friendships. She looks at the nature of friendship, how it changes from childhood to adulthood and its importance as a basis for sexual encounter. She also offers coping strategies for different social experiences, from bullying to dating, and includes essential tips on the politics of mature behavior, such as knowing the difference between public and personal topics of conversation.
Asperger's Syndrome and Sexuality From Adolescence through Adulthood by Isabelle Henault
Isabelle Henault delivers practical information and advice on issues ranging from puberty and sexual development, gender identity disorders, couples' therapy to guidelines for sex education programs and maintaining sexual boundaries. This book is an indispensable to parents, teachers, counsellors and individuals with AS themselves.
Intimate Relationships and Sexual Health: a Curriculum for teaching adolescents and adults with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Challenges by Catherine Davies and Melissa Dubie
This book provides a frank and up-to-date resource on sexuality tailored to individuals on the autism sepctrum. The cirriculum comes complete with lessons, actvities, handsoutrs, resoirces and mroe.
The Guide to Dating for Teenagers with Asperger Syndrome by Jeannie Uhlenkamp
This book tackles some of the specific issues facing teens with AS, from how to know if someone lieks you, how to ask someone out, to dating and breaking up. Each topic is followed by discussion questions and a main idea.
The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law by Nick Dubin
Based on Nick's own experiences and drawing on knowledge from Tony Attwood and Isabelle Henault, this book addresses important issues around the world of sex and appropriate sexual behavior for individuals on the autism spectrum. This book examines how the ASD profile typically affects sexuality and how sexual development differs between the general population and those with ASD. It explains the legalities of sexual behavior and how laws differ from country to country. With advice on how to help people with autism spectrum disorder gain a better understanding of sexuality and a comprehensive list of resources, the book highlights the need for a more informed societal approach to the psychosexual development of people with ASD.
females on the autism spectrum
Life on the Autism Spectrum: A Guide for Girls and Women by Karen McKibbin
This book is a practical guide that explains the unique issues that affect females on the autism spectrum and provides tools and strategies that individuals and families can use in their day-to-day life. It is essential reading for parents, doctors, teachers, as well as girls and women who are on the autism spectrum.
Pretending to be Normal by Liane Holliday Willey
This is an account of Liane Holliday Willey's life as an undiagnosed Aspie until she became an adult. This updated edition also reflects on the cahnges in attitudes towards autism spectrum disorders over the last 15 years.
Safety Skills for Asperger Women by Liane Holliday Willey
This book explores the daily pitfalls that females with AS may face and suggests practical and helpful ways of overcoming them. It draws from some of the authors own experiences and provides positive and encouraging advice for women with AS to safeguard themselves.
Aspergirls by Rudy Simone
This book guides you though every aspect of both personal and professional life for women on the autism spectrum. It includes refections from over 35 women on the autism spectrum and is essential reading for all females and significant others in their life.
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin is a gifted animal scientist has designed over one third of the livestock handling facilities in the US and lectures widely on autism. Dr. Grandin delivers an incredible perspective gorwing up with autism and how she overcomes her challenges.
100 lessons to Understand Girls and Women with Asperger's by Tracey Cohen
The book provides 100 pointed and short lessons written by a woman with Asperger's Syndrome. The author illustrates behavioral differences, coping strategies, and much more.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and college
This is a parent-friendly book that takes the fear and mystery out of the college experience. Learn how to select the right campus, how to work with Disability staff, what legal protections apply, and how to prepare your son or daughter to be their own advocate
Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome by Sarita Freedman
This book identifies necessary skills and effective intervention strategies to facilitate skill development through school so that students are ready for college.
Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel by Lorraine Wolf
This book offers college staff great strategies for accommodating and supporting students trhoughout their college experience, from teh transition away from home, to how to graduate successfully.
This book provides information to help students prepare for the tasks of studnying independently, how to interact with staff and other students, cope with expectations and pressures and understand their academic and domestic responsilities.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and RELATIONSHIPS:
This book provides advice to couples with an autism spectrum disorder that can be applied to day-to-day living and help with the challenges that can arise in relationships. The strategies include ideas for positive changes that increase the expression of appreciateion and gratitude between each other.
Asperger Syndrome and Long Term Relationships by Ashley Stanford
This book provides a wealth of strategies for living with the aspects of ASD and teachs out to understand the intentions, motivations, and reasoning behind ASD behaviors.
Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs by Maxine Aston
This book examines the fundamental aspects of relationships that are compicated by an autism spectrum disorder. It tackles issues such as attraction, trust, communication, intimacy and parenting.
The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome by Maxine Aston
This book draws on over a decade of experience by the author and discusses strategies for coping with a range of relationship challenges including communication, social, and intimacy difficulties.
Alone Together: Making an Asperger Marriage Work by Katrin Bentley
This book shares the struggles of one couple to rescue their marriage. It is uplifting and humorous and includes plenty of tops to making an Asperger marriage succeed. This book offers couples hope, encouragement, and strategies for their own marriages.
This book looks at 22 common traits that women may discover when dating, living with or married to a man with Asperger's. The author offers helpful tips for improving the relationship and finding fulfillment both individually and as a couple.