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Autism Literature

Autism LiteratureShortly after the explosion of the number of cases of children and adults with autism came the explosion of books on the subject. At the time of this writing a search of Autism on Amazon.com yields over 21,000 results.

All this information can be intimidating to a person interested in learning more about autism or the many intervention strategies. Another contributing challenge is that the causes and intervention strategies are under constant debate. Every year or two a new strategy is created promising significant growth or cures.

Families, friends and allied professionals should use caution when exploring the latest cure. We know that autism will leave a unique mark different individuals will require different supports.

Some will propose what may appear as outlandish ideas. Some proposals will offer potential negative side effects which should be carefully considered. When we examine history we find that many of those instrumental in establishing a better understanding of life pushed outside what was commonly accepted as wisdom. Unless a few brave individuals offer up outside the box ideas we are likely to fail to achieve answers to the questions.

So we encourage each person to be thoughtful in their research. Examine the alternatives, speak with others, and see what pieces of this complex puzzle makes sense for their particular situation.

We offer the following list of resources that we and others have found helpful in this journey.

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism

Spectrum Disorders by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk
Just what the title says. Straightforward advice on simple solutions to challenging problems.

The ABA Program Companion by J Tyler Fovel

A CD-rom is included with samples of data collection systems to assist in managing the data of an ABA program. This book includes a chapter on planning appropriate group instruction and inclusion.

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism by Catherine Maurice, Gina Green and Stephen Luce

This is a manual for setting up in-home intensive Applied Behavior Analysis programs for young children with autism. While it is not a replacement for having a trained experienced behavior analyst on the team, it is a resource that is invaluable to many.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Fictional story highlighting a character with autism.

Diagnosing Jefferson by Norm Ledgin

Could Thomas Jefferson been struggling with Aspergers?

Educating Children with Autism by National Research Council

Commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences, this book describes the common characteristics of effective interventions compiled from a review of much of the major published research.

Emergence: Labeled Autistic by Temple Grandin and Margaret M. Scariano

The author, Temple Grandin gives us her first person insights into autism.

Functional Assessment and Program Development for Problem Behavior by Oneil, Horner, Albin, Spraque, Storey and Newton

A handbook for those who are involved in assessing problem behaviors to determine the function of those behaviors in order to select effective intervention strategies.

Goodenoughs Get in Sync by Carol Stock Kranowitz

This children’s book written for ages 8 to 12 is a great opportunity for children and adults to learn more about sensory challenges for children with autism.

The Hidden Curriculum by Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman, Rhonda Schlevan

This is a book of practical solutions for helping people with autism understand social rules. It includes strategies such as Power Cards, 5 Point Scales and Social Autopsies.

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison

The author wasn’t diagnosed until age 40 but looking back at this collection of unusual life experiences explain why today this diagnosis is accurate.

Parent Survival Manual by Eric Schopler

Suggestions by parents for parents on a wide range of topics

Positive Behavior Support – Including People with Difficult Behavior in the Community by Lynn Kern Koegel, Robert L. Koegel and Glen Dunlap

The authors offer positive behavioral support techniques that can be used to facilitate inclusion at home, at school and in the community. It covers important family concerns, socialization issues and related matters in educational systems.

Peer Play and Autism Spectrum by Pamela Wolfberg

More than just playdates and random inclusion activities, this book is a field manual that provides the tools and information to help form integrated social skills playgroups with meaningful instruction.

Social Skills Training by Jed Baker

The social skills checklist provides an informal assessment tool. This book looks at intervention strategies for skills such as knowing when to tell on someone, how to compliment others, and gaining attention in positive ways.

Souls Beneath and Beyond Autism by Sharon Rosenbloom and Thomas Balsamo

This book offers a collection of photographs of children with autism and their loved ones. It includes beautiful camera work of wonderful faces.

Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel by Lorraine E. Wolf, Ph.D., Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D., and Ruth Bork, Ms.Ed.

A great guide with practical information for helping students with Asperger’s survive their college experience.

Taking the Mystery Out of Medications in Autism/Asperger Syndromes by Luke Tsai

Dr. Luke Tsai offers insight on the medications often used with autism and factors to consider.

Teaching Playskills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Melinda J. Smith

We often say that children learn through play. With so many individuals autism, play is repetitive and no longer a learning situation. This book looks at the development of play and how to teach and support those skills.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm

We’ll do better helping people with autism when we see the world the way they see the world.

Toilet Training in Less than a Day by Nathan Azrin and Richard Foxx

The techniques in this book have been shown time and time again to effective steps in training individuals with and without disabilities to become toilet trained.

Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism and Related Disorders by Maria Wheeler

A comprehensive guide with over 200 toilet training tips.

Verbal Behavior by BF Skinner

This old book is now out of print but it was the foundation for a lot of applied behavior analysis movement and communication.

Visual Strategies for Improving Communication by Linda Hodgdon

How to incorporate visual cues to help individuals with autism better understand the world around them.

A Work in Progress by Ron Leaf and John McEachin

This curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment for children with autism includes behavior management strategies and a sample curriculum.

Contact The Homestead for other recommended reading on autism.