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    This is the page with direct links to to help you find out what books are available to help you.   Whenever possible, I've added the recommendations that came with the referrals of these books, but because I try not to use names without permission - some books are referred by actual people without the actual review.  Some of the books listed below also have reviews on the Amazon site - just use your back button to come back to this list.  Feel free to print this to take to your library and try to order them through the inter-library loan programs.  (For just the best recommended and best sellers - click "Book About Autism - Short List")

* Means the book is highly recommended

Communication and Language Acquisition : Discoveries from Atypical Development by Lauren B. Adamson (Editor), Mary Ann Romski (Editor)

Negotiating the Special Education Maze : A Guide for Parents & Teachers  by Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood, Deidre Hayden

* Asperger's Syndrome : A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Tony Attwood, Lorna Wing

* Sensory Integration and the Child by Jean Ayres - This book provides information about how sensory integration can benefit children.  It is out of publication and the only way you can obtain this classic is through the library or friends.

There's a Boy in Here by Judy and Sean Barrow - This mother-son account is quite enlightening because the book presents two different views of the autistic son's behavior--from both the inside and outside.

The Neurobiology of Autism (Johns Hopkins Series in Psychiatry and Neuroscience)  by Margaret L., Md. Bauman (Editor), Thomas L., Md. Kemper (Editor)

* Hearing Equals Behavior  by Guy, M.D. Berard  (on AIT)* Hearing Equals Behavior by Dr. Guy Berard - This book discusses how auditory sensitivities can affect people with a variety of disorders and explains the technique AIT (Auditory Integration Training) which was developed by Dr. Berard.  Available from ARI.

After Your Child's Diagnosis : A Practical Guide for Families Raising Children With Disabilities by Cathy Lynn Binstock

Steps to Independence : Teaching Everyday Skills to Children With Special Needs by Bruce L. Baker, Alan J. Brightman, Jan B. Blacher, Louis j Heifetz (third edition)

When Autism Strikes : Families Cope With Childhood Disintegrative Disorder by Robert A. Catalano (Editor)   Heller's Syndrome

Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders by Donald J. Cohen (Contributor), Fred R., MD Volkmar (Editor)

Targeting Autism : What We Know, Don't Know, and Can Do to Help Young Children With Autism and Related Disorders
by Shirley Cohen
(great reviews covers recent studies)

The Ultimate Stranger by Carl Delacato - This book, although over 20 years, is still an excellent overview of hypo and hypersensitivities of various sensory systems, which is now considered a hallmark of autism, and suggests ways to help.  Available from ARI

Living With Autism : The Parents' Stories by Kathleen M. Dillon

Some Perceptual Prerequisites for Reading  by Uta Murrar, Frank B Frith (Editor)

Autism and Asperger Syndrome by Uta Frith (Editor)

Autism : Explaining the Enigma (Cognitive Development) by Uta Frith

* Autism Treatment Guide by Elizabeth Gerlach - This book outlines various treatment options, both mainstream and alternative, for autism in an unbiased manner and provides key references, addresses and phone numbers to help parents research them further.  Available from ARI.

Laughing Loving; More Laughing and Loving by Wayne Gilpin - These two books gives anecdotes about the endearing behavior of our children.  Sometimes it's comforting to know others share the autism adventure.  Available from ARI and Future Horizons.

Emergence : Labeled Autistic by Temple Grandin, Margaret M. Scariano  (Temple Gandin has autism, and garners great reviews.  Definately a work to read to understand autism from the inside)

* Thinking in Pictures : And Other Reports from My Life With Autism  by Temple Grandin, Oliver Sacks  (Temple Gandin has autism, and garners great reviews.  Definately a work to read to understand autism from the inside)

Autism and the Family : Problems, Prospects, and Coping With the Disorder by David E. Gray  (not yet published, click to pre-order)

* The Child With Special Needs:  Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, Serena Weider and Robin Simon - This book shows how to move beyond labels to observe the unique profile--strengths and problems--of the individual child. Next, they demonstrate the techniques, such as Floor Time, necessary to help the child not only reach key
milestones but also develop new emotional and intellectual capacities.  It includes case histories too.

Siblings of Children With Autism : A Guide for Families (Topics in Autism) by Sandra L. Harris

A Parent's Guide to Autism  by Charles A. Hart includes success rates for popular "treatments"

* Homeschooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley, MA (1995 version) - This book will give you confidence to teach your child at home, help you find resources and guidelines for planning and effective home-school program, give you the vocabulary and ideas to make good decisions for your child, provide you  emotional strength and help you identify attitudes that support effective teaching.  Noble Publishing Associates, P.O Box 2250, Gresham, OR 97030 (800) 225-5259 Her book is excellent IMHO!!! :-)  (Tammy G) (Aut-2b-Home recommended)

Homeschooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley, MA (1997 version Not yet shipping, on order) - This book will give you confidence to teach your child at home, help you find resources and guidelines for planning and effective home-school program, give you the vocabulary and ideas to make good decisions for your child, provide you  emotional strength and help you identify attitudes that support effective teaching.  Noble Publishing Associates, P.O Box 2250, Gresham, OR 97030 (800) 225-5259

* Learning in Spite of Labels by Joyce Herzog - This book is written by an LD specialist with 25 years experience and provides teaching tips and explanations of learning styles, vision therapy, IEPs and speech and language development in understandable language.  Greenleaf Press, 3761 Highway 109 North, Unit D, Lebanon, TN 37057  (800) 311-1508,,  (Aut-2b-Home recommended)

Choosing and Using Curricula:  For your Special Child by Joyce Herzog

Autism : Preparing for Adulthood  by Patricia Howlin

Understanding the Nature of Autism : A Practical Guide by Janice E. Janzen  (great review)

Understanding and Teaching Children With Autism by Rita Jordan, Stuart Powell

Sonrise; Sonrise, The Miracle Continues by Barry Neil Kauffman - These books describe his son's emergence from autism and of how the Option technique was developed when he encouraged his son to engage with people in his environment.

Ian's Walk : A Story About Autism by Laurie Lears, Karen Ritz (Illustrator), Judith Mathews (explaining autism)

A Miracle to Believe in by Barry Neil Kaufman

.Teaching Developmentally Disabled Children : The Me Book  by O. Ivar Lovaas

The Autistic Child : Language Development Through Behavior Modification  O. Ivar Lovaas / Published 1977 (out of print, click for instructions on availability)

Behavioral Problems of Autism : Experimental Analysis of Autism  O. Ivar Lovaas / Published 1986 (out of print, click for instructions on availability)

Behavioral Research on Autism : Behavior Problems Vol 1 O. Ivar Lovaas (Editor) / Published 1994 (out of print, click for instructions on availability)

Perspectives in Behavior Modification With Deviant Children. Ole Ivar, Comp. Lovaas / Published 1974

Learning to Listen : Positive Approaches and People With Difficult Behavior  by Herbert Lovett, Hubery Lovett

Kristy and the Secret of Susan (Baby Sitters Club, No 32) by Ann M. Martin  (Susan has autism)

* Let Me Hear Your Voice : A Family's Triumph over Autism by Catherine Maurice (great reviews)

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism : A Manual for Parents and Professionals   by Catherine Maurice (Editor), Gina Green (Editor), Stephen C. Luce (Editor)

The Siege by Clara Claiborne Parks - This book describes the first eight years with an autistic child, plus an epilogue 15 years later.  Available from ARI.

Diagnosing Learning Disorders : A Neuropsychological Framework by Bruce F., Ph.D. Pennington

Teaching Children With Autism : Strategies to Enhance Communication and Socialization by Kathleen Ann Quill (Editor)

Preschool Children With Inadequate Communication : Development Language Disorder, Autism, Mental Deficiency (Clinics in
Developmental Medicine, No 139 by Isabelle Rapin (Editor)
  (description by Amazon) Book Description :
Accurate diagnosis of the cause of ineffective communication in the preschool child is not possible simply through use of
standard neurological and medical examinations. Distinguishing language limited disorders from those concomitant with mental
deficiency or autism requires careful attention to a wide range of behavior patterns, study of creative play and analysis of
neuropsychological and language tests. This volume presents the results of one of the largest multidisciplinary studies which
considers the practical problems of diagnosis through use of these different criteria.

* IHELP:  Individualized Home Education for Life Preparation by Rhonda Robinson - This book helps you write an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) by providing forms, checklists, examples and other methods of logging and documenting the work you do with your child. Christian Life Workshop (Aut-2b-Home recommended)

High-Functioning Individuals With Autism (Current Issues in  Autism) by Eric Schopler, Gary B. Mesibov (Editor)

Parent Survival Manual : A Guide to Crisis Resolution in Autism and Related Developmental Disorders by Eric Schopler (Editor)  (sounds like a must have for aggressive children.  Review anyone?)

The World of the Autistic Child : Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders by Bryna Siegel great reviews

Children With Autism : A Developmental Perspective (Developing Child Series) by Marian Sigman, Lisa Capps

The World of the Autistic Child : Understanding and Treating  Autistic Spectrum Disorders   by Bryna Siegel (great reviews)

* Hidden Child by Jeanne Simons and Sabine Oishi - This book discusses the Linwood Method for teaching children with autism and provides some unique insights on following a child's interests and using strengths.  Available from Woodbine House, 5615 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852  (800) 843-7323.

Prevention and Treatment of Severe Behavior Problems : Models and Methods in Developmental Disabilities by Nirbhay N. Singh (Editor)

Fragile Success : Nine Autistic Children, Childhood to Adulthood  by Virginia Walker Sperry, Sally Provence

A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests : Administration, Norms, and Commentary by Otfried Spreen, Esther Strauss

Dancing in the Rain : Stories of Exceptional Progress by Parents of Children With Special Needs   by Annabel Stehli

Sound of a Miracle : A Childs Triumph over Autism by Annabel Stehli,

"The Out of Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping w/ Sensory Integration Dysfunction" by Carol Stock is a current book on Sensory Integration, very useful for parents! Stanley Greenspan wrote a little note of praise on the back as well.

* The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias - This book is not about homeschooling, but does describe learning styles of children and teaching to their strengths. Christian Book Distributors, 140 Summit Street, Peabody, MA 01960-5156 (978) 532-5300,,  (Aut-2b-Home recommended)

Every Child Can Succeed : Making the Most of Your Child's Learning Style by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

Bringing Out the Best in Your Child : 80 Ways to Focus on Every Kid's Strengths by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, Carol Funk

Do You Know What I Like About You : Jump-Starting Virtues and Values in Your Child by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

Talking to Angels  by Esther Watson explaining autism - great review

Just Like Color to the Blind  by Donna Williams

Nobody, Nowhere; Somebody, Somewhere; Just Like Color to the Blind by Donna Williams - These three autobiographies provides invaluable insight about what autism is like from the inside.  Available from ARI (except the last one).

Nobody Nowhere : The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic  by Donna Williams

Somebody Somewhere : Breaking Free from the World of Autism  by Donna Williams

The Wilbarger approach is a great one, used by many therapists, For more information:
1. "Sensory Defensiveness in Children-An Intervention Guide for Parents and Other Caretakers" P.Wilbarger & JL Wilbarger. Santa Barbara Calf. Avanti Educational Programs. (1991)
2. "A Parents Guide to Understanding Sensory Integration." Sensory Integration International (1986)
3. Sensory Integration and the Child. A.Jean Ayres. Los Angeles Western Psychologist Services (1979)
4. Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice by A.Fisher, E.Murray, & ABundy, Philadelphia F.A, Davis (1991).
You can also write to Sensory Integration International at 1602 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance ,Calf. 90501-2701.


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