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Autism Coach Recommended Books

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In the days before Amazon, Autism Coach used to carry books.  Here is a list of books we carried and still recommend that are available through Amazon.

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

by Kathy Hoopman

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome playfully draws inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with Asperger Syndrome.  Delightful color photographs of cats bring to life familiar characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked, and particular eating habits. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality, and potential of people with AS.  This engaging book is an ideal, gentle introduction to the world of AS. A terrific book for all ages. Hardback, 72 pages. 

Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions

by Ian Stuart -Hamilton

Both informative and entertaining, the book addresses an important aspect of social communication for people with Asperger Syndrome, who use direct, precise language and 'take things literally'. This dictionary aims to dispel any confusion that arises from the misinterpretation of language. It provides explanations of over 5000 idiomatic expressions and a useful guide to their politeness level. Each expression is accompanied by a clear explanation of its meaning and when and how it might be used. The expressions are taken from British and American English, with some Australian expressions included as well.

Although the book is primarily intended for people with Asperger Syndrome, it will be useful for anyone who has problems understanding idiomatic and colloquial English. An essential resource and an informative read; this dictionary will assist in a wide range of situations. 

Paperback, 256 pages.

Asperger's Syndrome - A Guide for Parents and Professionals

by Tony Attwood

This is the definitive book on Asperger's Syndrome by one of the world's foremost experts in Asperger's Syndrome.  This book provides a comprehensive overview of Asperger's Syndrome, from childhood through adulthood.  Areas covered include diagnosis, social behavior, language, interests and routine, motor clumsiness, cognition, and sensory sensitivity.   It also includes an appendix with the diagnostic criteria for Asperger's Syndrome. 223 pages. 

Asperger's Syndrome - What Does It Mean to Me?

by Catherine Faherty

This workbook has practical exercises to give children and teens with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome improve their social skills and come to better emotional and intellectual understanding of their disability.   My son's speech pathologist at his school found this book to be an invaluable resource and used this book extensively with him.  It can be used by parents or professionals alike, providing a wealth of activities to help children understand learning styles, sensory experiences, artistic talent, other people, communication, the school environment, friends, and feelings. 

In each of these areas, introductory material is addressed to the parent or professional, explaining how they can help structure the child's experience in order to promote understanding and positive interaction. The special binding allows the book to lie flat for easy photocopying.

Autism Heroes (Different Like Me - My Book of Autism Heroes)

by Jennifer Elder, Illustrated by Marc Thomas and Jennifer Elder 

This self-esteem boosting book for kids highlights famous people past and present who would have likely been diagnosed within the autism spectrum. Included are such famous contributors to the arts and sciences as Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Lewis Carroll and Hans Christian Anderson.  It also includes the brilliant and inspiring scientist and autism spokesperson, Temple Grandin.  There are 19 biographies in total, along with a biography of an 8-year old boy in the autism spectrum, named Quinn.  

This book can be read to children ages 8 and up and read by children ages 12 and up.  This is a wonderful book for children within the autism spectrum to read and also to share in school, to help others better understand and appreciate those among us who march to a different drummer.  

Beautifully illustrated, each person has a portrait on one page, with their biography facing the other page, including  a description of their contributions and some of their autistic traits.   

This book makes you proud to be and/or know someone within the autism spectrum.  One might even consider that the potential for genius and innovation that have led to the advancement of civilization lies primarily within those who see things a differently.  One might also consider that our society's future may depend upon to what extent we nurture, support, and help to develop the talents of  these individuals.  Hard cover, 8" x 10", 48 pages.

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals

edited by Catherine Maurice

This book provides the nucleus of a do-it-yourself Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program that parents and professionals can use to immediately start implementing an effective intervention program.

It includes an invaluable section complete with checklists to evaluate your child's currently level of abilities, followed by an extensive list of exercises that you can carry out to help your child move ahead in targeted areas.

The manual gives the reader concrete information on how to assess your child’s skills, needs, and then progress objectively and systematically; teaching your child a wide variety of important skills. These skills range from basics such as listening and looking, to complex language and social skills.

This book literally saved my son's life - we actually read and started using this book months before we began an ABA therapy with a trained therapist, when my son was 3 1/2 years old. We used and referred to this book every day for two years.

Large paperback format, 400 pages.

Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome?

by Jude Welton

This little gem of a book is intended to be shared by parents or a child with Asperger's Syndrome with friends, family and school professionals and peers so that they may understand Asperger Syndrome.  Put in simple but insightful terms, the book explains the behaviors typical of a child with AS, why a child reacts in certain ways, and how to be a good friend to the child.  This book could be a very effective tool in establishing understanding and a circle of friends for a child with Asperger's syndrome for ages 6-12.  It includes simple but charming illustrations by artist, Jane Tellford, and an excellent list of resources at the end of the book.  This book packs a lot of wisdom and information into a small package. 36 pages.

Children with Starving Brains

by Jacquelyn McCandless, M.D.

This book is written by medical doctor who has a grandchild within the autism spectrum to provide a treatment guide for parents and doctors.  Her approach is based on the theory that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex biomedical illness resulting in significant brain malnutrition.  Dr. McCandless describes diagnostic tools parents and doctors can use to select appropriate treatment options.  She explains current therapies and recommends options for parents and their doctors to work together to improve the physical and neurological health of children within the autism spectrum.

Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

by Tony Attwood

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 axtremely accessible. Chapters examine:

* causes and indications of the syndrome
* the diagnosis and its effect on the individual
* theory of mind
* the perception of emotions in self and others
* social interaction, including friendships
* long-term relationships
* teasing, bullying and mental health issues
* the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills
* career development.

There is also an invaluable frequently asked questions chapter and a section listing useful resources for anyone wishing to find further information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools.

Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professionals and employers coming in contact with people with AS, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs to know or is interested in this complex condition. Hardcover, 400 pages.

Dyslogic Syndrome

by Bernard Rimland

Dyslogical children are commonly labelled as having one or more of a mix of conditions that include Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. The number of children who could be described as dyslogical continues to rise sharply, and society has a tendency to lay the blame for this trend on poor parenting or bad schooling.

In this ground-breaking book, Bernard Rimland argues that such 'conventional wisdom' is not just mistaken but dangerous. Drawing on the latest research, Rimland outlines the impact of biological factors on today's children and exposes the influences of toxins and dietary deficiencies.

Dyslogic Syndrome is full of valuable advice on the safe, effective treatments that are available to children, and offers positive strategies for helping parents and professionals to do the best for their dyslogical child.

Paperback, 320 pages.

Enzymes for Autism and Other Neurological Conditions

by Karen DeFelice

We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this ground-breaking book on the benefits of enzymes created specifically designed to break down the gluten and casein proteins.  These proteins are commonly found in wheat and dairy products and are strongly implicated in leading to neurological problems in the majority of children within the autism spectrum.   

Written by the moderator of the autism and enzyme group on Yahoo, whose family has immensely benefited from these enzymes, Autism Coach has received more recommendations and rave reviews about this book from parents than any other book on the subject of autism.  Paperback, 367 pages.

Enzymes: Go With Your Gut

by Karen DeFelice

The sequel to  the popular ‘Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions’ covers new experiences and uses for digestive enzymes. This practical guide to using digestive enzymes goes deeper and wider into the interactions of enzymes, probiotics, and gut healing measures helpful for many digestive, immune system, and other related health problems.  The unique discussion relates the biology of simple soil and lawn renovation practices to teaching the principles of healing and microbial management in
the gut to allow the reader to implement more successful enzyme therapies for better health. This book provides many guidelines, tips, and tricks based on years of practical experience by thousands of families all over the world. Paperback, 320 pages.

Integrated Yoga

by Michelle Cuomo

Practising yoga creates a sense of calm and focus and heightens awareness of the body's functions and movements. For children with sensory processing difficulties - because they either have low sensory thresholds and are overwhelmed by sensory stimulation, or because they have high thresholds and do not register stimulation - yoga can be hugely beneficial.

This book presents easy-to-follow basic postures and sequences for children and young people which can be easily adapted for adults. Nicole Cuomo gives practical advice for how to choose appropriate sequences according to the child's particular needs and mood, knowing that yoga will be most beneficial when it is fun! Photographs of each posture supplement the descriptions.

This practical book provides a wealth of ideas for therapists, educators and parents to help their children with sensory processing needs.  Paperback, 104 pages.

Kids in the Syndrome Mix

by Martin L. Kutscher, M.D.

Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children-from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction.

More from the Gluten Free Gourmet

by Bette Hagman

This wonderful cookbook proves that you can be on a gluten and casein free diet and still eat - well, like a gourmet!   Written by Bette Hagman, who suffers from celiac disease, all are gluten free.  The book takes other dietary sensitivities into consideration, including casein and corn, and she offers alternatives for these ingredients in many recipes.  There are lots of recipes for breads, cookies, and cakes using gluten-free flours as well as other mouth-watering dishes.  Of all the special diet cookbooks I have read, this one has the most scrumptious assortment of recipes.

Mr. Men & Little Miss Books

by Roger Hargreaves
This charming, classic series of books has delighted children from the United Kingdom for many years and deserves to be better known in the United States and the rest of the world. Each book tells a simple, and yet insightful story using simple words and drawings, with the main character looking like and portraying the characteristic that is both his or her name and the title of the book. Although intended for children ages 2 1/2 - 9, these books will bring a smile to older children, teens, and adults as well. My children love these books so much, that although they are now teenagers, they insist these books remain on our shelves, and fondly reread them from time to time. We offer 40 titles in all from this series. Each paperback book is approximately 5 x 5 and 32 pages.
Navigating the Social World

by Jeanette McAfee, M.D.

This book offers forms, exercises, and guides  to teach social skills in a well-thought out, systematic program.  Very thorough and easy to use, it can be picked up by a parent or a professional and effectively implemented.  Used world-wide, it has been translated into 7 languages.  Foreword by Tony Attwood.

Neuropsychology of Autism

This comprehensive volume, just published in May 2011, draws together what is currently known about the neuropsychology of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) from leaders in the field. It introduces the basics of clinical presentation, genetics, neurochemistry, and neuroanatomy in ASD, as well as a review of neuropsychological theories.
Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome

by Ann Palmer

Owing to vast improvements in therapies and diagnosis, high schoolers with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) have the option of going on to college. As a case in point, Palmer shares the story of her son, Eric, who was diagnosed with ASD at age three and after many years of therapy attended college. 176 pages.

Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome

by John Harpur, Maria Lawlor and Michael Fitzgerald

This comprehensive guide is filled with practical advice to help students with Asperger's Syndrome survive the often stressful transition to college and develop skills in college that will be of benefit during the college years and beyond.  It provides solid advice to help students prepare for studying, interact with staff and fellow students, cope with expectations and pressures, and understand  academic and domestic responsibilities. How will I cope with the workload? What do I do if I feel ill? How do I make friends and initiate relationships with the opposite sex? Drawing on first hand interviews with AS students and direct clinical experience, the authors address these and many other questions thoughtfully and thoroughly, making practical recommendations.  This book is a must for students preparing to go to college, college students, parents and counselors alike. 272 pages.

Survival Strategies for People on the Autism Spectrum

by Marc Fleisher

Marc Fleisher's new self-help guide for autistic teenagers and adults will help readers improve their quality of life and overcome many everyday challenges, be it through the acquisition of independent living skills, developing a more varied and fulfilling social life, or mastering a course in higher education and broadening one's opportunities for the future.

Marc Fleisher speaks from first hand experience about the coping strategies he himself has had to learn - often the hard way. Written particularly for young people who are just beginning to become independent from their parents, perhaps living in their own home for the first time, this book shows how to approach apparent problems with hope and the expectation of an improved quality of life.

Survival Strategies is an invaluable source of advice and reassurance for people with ASDs across a wide age range. Other readers such as relatives and friends of people on the autism spectrum, and professionals working with them in an educational or therapeutic capacity will find it provides a host of new insights. 192 pages.

Teaching Asperger's Students Social Skills Through Acting

by Amelia Davies, Foreward by Jeannette McAfee, M.D.

Destined to become a classic, this innovative book provides a program for parents and professionals to teach social skills to children diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism through acting.  The author has worked closely with Jeannette McAfee, author of the internationally acclaimed social skills guide, Navigating the Social World.

With an irreverent sense of humor and belief in the potential of these children, Ms. Davies has found that people with Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism who successfully function in the neurotypical world, do so by learning to "pretend" or "act" in ways that are expected of them, literally memorizing how to handle hundreds of social interactions as they would memorize favorite statistics or trading cards of baseball players.  These children may not feel all emotions or understand the feelings of others intuitively, but they can be taught to understand them logically, like an anthropologist studying another culture, and through memorization.  Over time, if practiced regularly, memorization of social skills can become internalized, generalized and provide children with a more intuitive understanding of social give and take and what makes neurotypical people tick. 

Toilet Training Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues

by Maria Wheeler

Individuals with autism are reportedly one of the most difficult populations to toilet train. This second edition offers effective strategies that take the child's physical and emotional sensitivities into account instead of trying to force traditional methods. Easy-to-read bulleted lists offer more than 200 do's and don'ts, along with over 50 real-life examples, to help make the process more of a lesson and less of a battle for all involved. The young trainee will learn to overcome fear of the bathroom, properly use toilet paper, flush once, wash hands, and more. The toilet trainer will learn how to overcome challenges caused by communication needs, sensory sensitivities, motor challenges, anxiety levels, etc.

Understanding Asperger's Syndrome

by Emily L. Burrows and Sheila Wagner

Brief, but packed with clearly presented, useful information, this informative, positive booklet quickly gives busy educators insights into students with Asperger's Syndrome, the characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome, common issues, and proven techniques to help students thrive academically and emotionally in the the classroom. A valuable resource for educators and for parents to give to educators. 29 pages.