Books and Articles — Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger's Syndrome

Books for Children and Teens

Edwards, AndreannaTaking Autism To School
Gaynot, KateA Friend Like Simon
Lears, LaurieIan's Walk: A Story about Autism
Peete, Holly Robinson and Peete, Ryan ElizabethMy Brother Charlie
Peralta, SarahAll About My Brother
Sabin, EllenThe Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone With Autism
Shally, CelesteSince We're Friends
Thompson, MaryAndy and His Yellow Frisbee
Welton, JudeCan I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends and Family
Wine, AngelaWhat It Is to Be Me!: An Asperger Kid Book
Wong, AdonyaIn My Mind: The World through the Eyes of Autism

Books and Videos for Adults

Attainment (Video)Straight Talk About Autism: Childhood and Adolescent Issues
Attwood, TonyAspergers Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
Bashe, PatriciaThe Oasis Guide to Aspergers Syndrome
Ginsberg, DebraRaising Blaze
Grandin, TempleLabeled Autistic
Grandin, TempleThinking in Pictures
Greenspan, StanleyEngaging Autism
Gutstein, StevenThe RDI Book: Forging New Pathways for Autism, Asperger's and PDD with the Relationship Development Intervention Program
Harris, SandraRight from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism
Harris, SandraSiblings of Children with Autism
Klass, PerriQuirky Kids
Koegel, RobertTeaching Children with Autism
McAfee, JeanetteNavigating the Social World
Notbohm, Ellen and Zysk, Veronica1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger's
Notbohm, EllenTen Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
Ozonoff, SallyParents Guide to Aspergers Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
Park, ClaraExciting Nirvana: A Daughters Life with Autism
Seroussi, KarynUnraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Sicile-Kira, ChantalAutism Spectrum Disorders
Stewart, KathrynHelping a Child with NVLD or Aspergers Syndrome
Volkmar, FredHealthcare for Children on the Autism Spectrum
Wheeler, MariaToilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues
Willey, LianePretending to be Normal Living with Aspergers
Williams, DonnaNobody, Nowhere

Articles and Other Resources

Learning With Disabilities: One Effort To Shake Up The Classroom, by NPR Staff. NPR, April 27, 2014.  “This is what an inclusive classroom looks like: Children with disabilities sit next to ones who've been deemed "gifted and talented." The mixing is done carefully, and quietly. Students don't necessarily know who's working at what level. Despite a court ruling 25 years ago that gave children with disabilities equal access to general education activities, change has been slow. Today, about 17 percent of students with any disability spend all or most of their days segregated. Children with severe disabilities can still expect that separation.”

Autism rates now 1 in 68 U.S. children: CDC, by Miriam Falco. CNN, March 28, 2014.  “One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This newest estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in 11 states: Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey.”

The Foolproof Way to Improve Your ADHD Child’s Social Skills, by Lisa Aro. Everyday Health, January 21, 2014.  “Impulsiveness, frustration, and impatience can often leads to inappropriate or aggressive behavior. While discipline is important it means nothing in the if end the child hasn’t learned new skills to help them cope with the situations they face every day. Social stories can help you teach your child those skills.”

Study: Signs of autism may show up as early as first month, by Miriam Falco. CNN, November 08, 2013.  “The first signs of autism may be visible as early as the first month of a child's life, according to a study published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature. "These are the earliest signs of autism ever observed," says lead study author Warren Jones. Researchers at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta followed 110 children from birth to age 3, at which point a diagnosis of autism was ascertained. Fifty-nine babies were considered "high risk" for developing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) because they had siblings with autism; 51 were considered "low risk" because they did not have first, second or third-degree relatives with ASD.”

Deleted genes offer autism clues, by BBC News. BBC, October 03, 2013.  “US researchers looked at the genetic profiles of more than 431 people with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and 379 without. They found those with an ASD were more likely to have just one copy of certain genes, when they should have had two. UK experts said genetic factors were one promising area of research into the causes of autism. About 1% of the population has an ASD. They can run in families - but scientists have not identified a cause. Gene deletions or additions happen in everyone - it is why people are different. It is which genes are affected that determines what the effect is.”

How Autism Is Different in Girls vs. Boys, by Shirley Wang. Wall St. Journal, May 06, 2013.  “A growing consensus is arguing that sex differences exist in genetic susceptibility, brain development and social learning in autism—and they are meaningful to our understanding of the disorder and how it will be treated.”

Autism Risk Unrelated to Total Vaccine Exposure in Early Childhood, by National Institute of Mental Health. National Institute of Mental Health, March 29, 2013.  “A child’s risk for developing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not increased by receiving “too many vaccines too soon,” according to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics.”

Animals Bring Out Positive Social Behaviors in Kids with Autism, by Traci Pederen. Psych Central, March 10, 2013.  “The simple presence of an animal can strongly enhance positive social behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to new research. For the study, researcher Marguerite E. O'Haire and colleagues from the University of Queensland, Australia, compared how children 5 to 13 years old with ASD interacted with adults and typically-developing peers in the presence of two guinea pigs compared to toys.”

Five psychiatric disorders 'linked', by James Gallagher. BBC, February 28, 2013.  “Autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia all share several genetic risk factors, according to a major study. Versions of four genes increased the odds of all five disorders. Researchers hope to move the psychiatry away from describing symptoms towards fundamentally understanding what is going wrong in the brain. The findings were reported in the Lancet medical journal.”

Study: Parents Get Little Help for Autistic Kids Who Wander, by Alexandra Sifferlin. Time, October 08, 2012.  “Parents of autistic children say that one of the most stressful behaviors they have to contend with is their child wandering off alone -- so much so that it prevents families from engaging in activities outside the home -- and half of parents with concerns about their child's straying say they haven't received any guidance or advice on preventing the behavior.”

Many Autistic Youth Struggle Right After High School, by Pedersen Traci. Psych Central, May 15, 2012.  “Compared to young people with other disabilities, youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) struggle more as they navigate through work and higher education after high school.”

Asperger's History of Overdiagnosis, by Paul Steinberg. New York Times, January 31, 2012.  “Considered to be at the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, Asperger syndrome has become more loosely defined in the past 20 years, by both the mental health profession and by lay people, and in many instances is now synonymous with social and interpersonal disabilities.”

New Definition of Autism May Exclude Many, Study Suggests, by Benedict Carey. New York Times, January 19, 2012.  “Proposed changes in the definition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and may make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests.”

Girls on the Spectrum: Q&A with the Author of Aspergirls, by Maia Szalavitz. Time Magazine, December 27, 2011.  “Is Asperger syndrome really less common in girls and women, or are females just better than males at masking autistic symptoms?”

Navigating Love and Autism, by Amy Harmon. New York Times, December 26, 2011.  “Two college students with Asperger's Syndrome discuss how autism affects their lives and intimate relationships.”

'Environmental' Poses a Knotty Challenge in Autism, by Perri Klass. New York Times, August 08, 2011.  “Parents of children with autism often ask pediatricians like me about the cause of the condition, and parents-to-be often ask what they can do to reduce the risk. But although there is more research in this area than ever before, it sometimes feels as if it's getting harder, not easier, to provide answers that do justice to the evidence and also offer practical guidance.”

Weak Synchronization in Toddler Brains May Be a Biological Marker for Autism, by Weizmann Institute of Science. Weizmann Institute of Science, July 24, 2011.  “Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, San Diego have found, for the first time, a method that can accurately identify a biological sign of autism in very young toddlers. By scanning the brain activity of sleeping children, the scientists discovered that the autistic brains exhibited significantly weaker synchronization between brain areas tied to language and communication, compared to that of non-autistic children.”

Study: Siblings of Autistic Kids Show Similar Brain Activity, by Alice Park. Time Magazine, July 13, 2011.  “In a study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, scientists at the University of Cambridge report that even the unaffected siblings of autistic children show signs of brain differences that set them apart from children in non-autistic families.”

Detecting Autism Early With a 5-Minute Questionnaire, by Alice Park. Time Magazine, April 28, 2011.  “It's generally better to detect a disease sooner rather than later, but with some slowly progressing conditions, it's not always possible to pick out the first signs of trouble.”

Siblings of kids with autism have language delays, by Elizabeth Landau. CNN, October 08, 2010.  “In families in which a child has autism, his or her siblings are more likely to have language delays or speech problems, a new study finds.”

Autism Q & A, by Patty Morin Fitzgerald. Boston Globe, April 23, 2008.  “Could your child have autism? If you are concerned, author Jayne Lytel urges you to take steps. Time is of the essence.”

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