For professionals who come into contact with a child with autism, or for parents looking for books on autism and Asperger’s, publishing companies are obliging. From the highly technical to children’s books that help little ones understand why a friend of theirs is different, the books are all very helpful and quite good. Don’t check out anything from the library or buy anything that is over twenty years old, however; the information will be very much out of date.
Here is a list of books, sold by Barnes and Noble and Amazon online, that will get parents and professionals alike off to a good start.
- Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Development by Barbara Quinn
- Autism-Asperger’s and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond by Jerry Newport
- Autism Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle by Steven E Gutstein
- More Advanced Individuals with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and PDD/NOS by Susan Moreno
- Social Skills Success for Students with Autism / Asperger’s: Helping Adolescents on the Spectrum to Fit In by Fred Frankel, Jeffrey J. Wood
- Autism Speaks Asperger Syndrome/ High-Functioning Autism Tool Kit [NOOK Book] by Autism Speaks
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASDs by Chantal Sicile-Kira, Temple Grandin (Foreword by)
- 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s by Ellen Notbohm, Temple Grandin (Foreword by), Veronica Zysk
- Understanding the Nature of Autism and Asperger’s Disorder by Edward R. Ritvo,Tony Attwood (Foreword by)
- Taking the Mystery out of Medications in Autism/Asperger Syndromes / Edition 1 by Luke Tsai M.D.
- Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger’s by Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., Lynn Koegel Lynn Kern
- Addressing the Challenging Behavior of Children with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom by Rebecca A. Moyes
As you can see from this sampling of books, there is more than enough information out there if you are looking for it. Typing Austim/Asperger’s into Barnes and Noble’s search engine and you get over 1400(!) books on the disorders. It has become a major focal point for countries around the world, and books in other languages are available too. These pervasive developmental disorders strike people of all countries, classes, nationalities, and races. They are not selective in who they affect, and authors who write these informational books know that.
As a parent, your search for information will change as your child grows. Some of the more sensitive topics are about sexuality, something no parent of a special needs child wants to think about but still needs to know how and when to inform their child about the birds and the bees. Discipline, behavior modification, medication, and everything else you can think of in relation to the autism spectrum has a book out there.