Aspergers - (Autism Spectrum Disorder) - Books that you may find useful
Cootharinga NQ also has an extensive library (The Resource and Information Centre) which offers a free service of lending, you can search their library through this online link or ring the Librarian to enquire about the resource that you are looking for: The Resource and Information Centre provides a specialised library and information service for people we support and their families, carers, staff, other agencies, and members of the community, on disabilities and related issues. The Resource and Information Centre which is located in Head Office provides this service throughout regional North Queensland.
Resources that you may find useful:
Both Tony Attwood and Sue Larkey have authored many books on autism spectrum disorders. Sue believes that armed with the tools of understanding and confidence much can be achieved. By selecting Sue Larkey or Tony Attwood you can check out their range of books
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Why Does Chris Do That? – by Tony Attwood. Focuses on Autism but is also recommended for understanding behaviour in Asperger’s. This short book is a wonderful resource for families, professionals and schools. (We suggest reading it in association with Gail Gillingham’s books shown below).
Solutions for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome - by Juanita Lovett. Written for people who themselves have AS and those who live and work with them, this quality, hardback book is written in an interesting style and contains lots of examples drawn from real life. As well as diagnosis and the general characteristics of AS, including sensory and behaviour, Dr. Lovett covers marriage, neighbourhood relationships, employment and coping strategies. (Talk to us about other books relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults).
No Team Player – by Judith Newton. A newly self-published Australian account of “a neurotypical life married to a man with Autism Spectrum Disorder”, the author discusses her predicament with clarity and candour, so there can be no misunderstanding about the unusual nature of her life. A bonus is her portrait of how ASD appears in an adult, so that she answers the question often asked about adolescents, “what is he likely to be like when he grows up?” This book may well be the raw material for designing further interventions for young people on the spectrum as they move towards independence and life in the community.
The Other Half of Asperger’s by Maxine Aston
Let’s Be Friends - by L.E. Shapiro & J. Holmes. A simple workbook to use at home or school, this book is not a description of “friendship”, but a series of activities so when the child starts to meet people who may become friends, he has some of the skills he needs to be accepted. (For larger groups and schools, we suggest the workbooks by Darlene Mannix and by Ruth Begun shown in our stock list on www.bookinhand.com.au
Knowing Yourself, Knowing Others & Social Success Workbook for Teens by Barbara Cooper
Asperger’s Syndrome and Adolescence - by Theresa Bolick This best-selling readable book is one of the very best guides around to spending time with a teenager with AS. It has plenty of background of practical suggestions for making things smoother in your life and for teaching the young person how to cope with the rest of the world as well as their AS. Also available Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum by Maxine Aston which looks at issues more common in people with a diagnosis of Autism as well as Asperger’s.
An Extraordinary Gift: the Australian Asperger’s Resource Guide - by Marie Whitlow. Easy reading, compact and full of useful, practical information for families, schools, professionals and services. Published in 2010 in Australia for Australians – right up to date. For issues relating to Autism, consider The Australian Autism Handbook by O’Reilly & Smith.
The Angel who was Accidentally Born on Earth - by Miwa Stynes. Written by a mother, this whimsical and delightfully illustrated Australian picture book will appeal too many who are enchanted by the behaviour of young children with ASD while recognising that early intervention is an important part of long term planning for people on the spectrum. For a very simple look at Autism suitable for showing to pre-school groups, we now have in stock My Little Girl is a Funny Little Girl by Tricia Inglis. See It’s an Asperger’s Thing (below) for discussing Asperger’s with younger children.
Autism: Handle with Care and Autism: a New Understanding by Gail Gillingham. You have in your hands the experiences of several hundreds of people of all ages with a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s. “Handle with Care” gives details the experience of being on the autism spectrum and how differently such people experience the world, whether they are children or adults. “A New Understanding” expands on this to give a deep insight into how we can all avoid making things difficult and uncomfortable for everyone involved. Gail’s insights can help make therapies more effective and our day to day lives work better. Books to share with family members, professionals, friends and teachers.
It’s an Asperger’s Thing – Explaining Asperger’s Syndrome to Children by Debbie Pecar Debbie wrote this booklet especially for her child who had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Aimed at younger children (pre-school and early primary age) a single sentence on each page describes a typical characteristic of Asperger’s. The cheerful, carefully chosen illustrations can be used as talking points, and the text is also useful to introduce the concept of Asperger’s to other children in the family and to classmates.
Lucy’s Story – Autism and Other Adventures - by Lucy Blackman Paperback. This is the book to read if you want to have an inside view of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Lucy describes her first memories, her personal experience as a child in a world of light, movement and surprises, the impact her autism had on her parents and sisters, her experiences of school and the reasons she believes that she does not use language in the same way as other people. The book includes correspondence with the Australian author John Marsden, and meetings with Professor Tony Attwood, whose detailed Afterword places Lucy’s difficulties in context. Although every student with ASD is different and Lucy’s accommodations were exceptional, the author’s careful descriptions of her schooling and her approach to academic work in Yrs 11 & 12 in an Australian Secondary School are relevant in understanding the study skills and information processing of many students with Asperger’s Syndrome as well as Autism.
Lucy’s Story has been republished overseas and recommended by professionals including the late Dr. Bernard Rimland. It has been referenced in at least a dozen texts as an important source of information for the sensory and other issues common to both autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Best of all, a parent has suggested, “Lucy’s Story is a wonderful insight. It is one thing for an academic to tell you what could be going on in your child’s mind, but you really need to get it straight from the source. If your child can [tell you], read the book. Read it anyway, and it could help you with your relationships with others. Read it for a laugh!”
Asperger's Down Under – a kid’s eye view-by Joel Portsmouth Booklet. Twelve year old Joel Portsmouth lives in Sydney. He is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and he has written a booklet to be read by anyone interested in Asperger’s or autism in a young person. Life with autism has many variations, but everyone on the autistic spectrum shares at least some of Joel’s experiences and has similar difficulties in the wider world. Joel’s graphic, humorous, startling, generous and occasionally heartbreaking explanations of his behaviour and coping strategies are an eye opener. This short book is for all ages, whether family, friends, professionals, kids who are themselves on the autistic spectrum and, most importantly, for a neurotypical people to whom ASD is uncharted territory and who want to know more. Fantastic for families, teachers and primary/early secondary students, whether they are classmates or the person diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum.
What About Me? The Autism Survival Guide for Kids - by Athanasia Koutsis, Gerda De Clercq, Richard Galbraith (illus.) An Australian book written by experienced professionals and illustrated by a well known cartoonist, What About Me is designed to help brothers & sisters of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It has been reviewed as “outstanding”. More than that, it is a useful introduction to ASD in general because it describes many of the differences and complexities of autism. It is used in classrooms and by parents & professionals to discuss the diagnosis with family, friends and others in the community (including adults) in a fun and yet simple way.