Professional Development Resources: Books

General Autism Information

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

Tony Attwood

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to AS, it brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults.

Autism as Context Blindness

Peter Vermeulen

According to Peter Vermeulen, treatment of autism is still too focused on behavior and minimally focused on observation or determining the way of thinking that leads to the behavior. In this groundbreaking book, inspired by the ideas of Uta Frith, the internationally known psychologist and a pioneer in theory of mind as it relates to autism, Vermeulen explains in everyday terms how the autistic brain functions with a particular emphasis on the apparent lack of sensitivity to and awareness of the context in which things happen. Full of examples, often humorous, the book goes on to examine context as it relates to observation, social interactions, communication and knowledge. The book concludes with a major section on how to reduce context blindness in these various areas, vital for successful functioning.


Targeting Autism: What We Know, Don't Know, and Can Do to Help Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Shirley Cohen, co-founder of the ASD Nest Model

Targeting Autism reaches out to everyone who lives with or cares about a young child with autism. First published in 1998 and updated in 2002, author Shirley Cohen has recast this best seller throughout to chart the dynamics of the autism world in the first years of the twenty-first century. In this expanded edition she provides specifics about the new developments that have modified the map of the world of autism or that may do so in the near future.


The Autism Discussion Page on the Core Challenges of Autism: A Toolbox for Helping Children with Autism Feel Safe, Accepted, and Competent

Books by Adults with ASD 

Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Dr. Grandin is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism—because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us.


Social Strategies 

The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations

Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa L. Trauman &  Ronda L. Schelvan

In the revised and expanded edition of this popular book, the authors narrow their target to issues common to adolescents and young adults. While many of the features of the original book have been maintained, information on evidence-based practice has been added. Further, a series of instructional strategies are provided that can be used to teach the hidden curriculum. Instructional aids include charts, forms, and templates designed to make the job of teaching and learning the hidden curriculum more effective.


Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger's and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers

Positive Strategies for Students with Behavior Problems

Children and Youth With Asperger Syndrome: Strategies for Success in Inclusive Settings

Eating an Artichoke: A Mother's Perspective on Asperger Syndrome

Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew

Joyful Learning: Active and Collaborative Learning in Inclusive Classrooms

Quality Literacy Instruction for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

You're Going to Love This Kid!: Teaching Children with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with SensoryProcessing Issues

Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

Perfect Targets: Asperger Syndrome and Bullying--Practical Solutions for Surviving the Social World

Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success

Incredible 5-Point Scale Assisting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses

Power Cards: Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrome and Autism

The New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome and their Peers

Comic Strip Conversations

Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD

The Autism Discussion Page on anxiety, behavior, school, and parenting strategies: A toolbox for helping children with autism feel safe, accepted, and competent

Asperkids: An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome

Think Social! (Book and CD)

Inside Out: What Makes the Person with Social-cognitive Deficits Tick?

Thinking About You Thinking About Me by Michelle Winner

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