Autism Reading List

Autism Reading List

Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Tony Attwood, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1997

A must have for all parents and educators of Asperger’s. This book is very “layperson” friendly and easy to understand.

Asperger Syndrome

Fred R. Volkmar and Sara S. Sparrow, The Guilford Press, 2000

This book offers the most up-to-date information on the disorder and elucidates strategies for further advancing research and clinical practice.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Transactional Developmental Perspective (Communication and Language Intervention Series, Vol. 9)

Amy M. Wetherby, ed., Barry M. Prizant, ed., 2000

This book is part of the Series Communication and Language Intervention, Volume 9.

Brain Allergies: The Psychonutrient and Magnetic Connections

William H. Philpott, PhD, Linus Pauling, PhD, Dwight K. Kalita, PhD, McGraw Hill, 2000

Conventional western medicine still tends to ignore the dramatic impact our diets can have on the mental/emotional aspect of our lives; this book makes a very significant contribution to the growing literature around the old and very true proverb: “we are what we eat.” If you’re dealing with a child with emotional and/or cognitive difficulties, PLEASE read this book!

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet

Elaine Gloria Gottschall, Kirkton Press, 1994

My sister was diagnosed with terminal Crohns, all she could eat was mashed potatoes. She wasn’t allowed to eat much else without pain. After a year on the diet, her Dr that first pooh-poohed the book, asked to read the book, because she was free of signs of crohns. He and his colleagues could not believe her recovery!

Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight

Peter J. D’Adamo, Putnam Pub Group, 1997

Different blood types mean different body chemistry. Carry this guide with you to the grocery store, restaurants, even on vacation to avoid putting on those extra pounds, or getting sick from eating the wrong thing. A healthy body = a healthy brain.

Emergence: Labeled Autistic

Temple Grandin, New York: Warner Books, Inc., 1996

Temple Grandin might be the most famous autistic person in the world, and this book, her autobiography, at 180 simply-written pages, can be read by children and adults. Instead of ending up locked in her own internal world, as autistic children often are, she was able to overcome many of her difficulties and gain a Ph.D. Her frightening journey is well worth reading.

Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills

Russell L. Blaylock, Health Press, 1996

Primarily for the lay public, but also for those trained in medical science and biology, neurosurgeon Blaylock releases a well-researched bombshell – that excitotoxins, substances added to food and beverages and including glutamate (MSG) and aspartate (NutraSweet), damage nerve cells in the brain, and are particularly dangerous to the elderly, children, and those at high risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

From Ritual to Repertoire: A Cognitive-Developmental Systems Approach with Behavior-Disordered Children (Wiley Series on Personality Processes)

Arnold Miller, Eileen Eller-Miller, John Wiley & Sons

Using a systems approach firmly grounded in cognitive development theory and findings, this book offers a new, well-researched method for intervening with severely disturbed children–autistic, brain-damaged, retarded, emotionally deprived, and developmentally delayed.

The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Stanley I. Greenspan, MD, Serena Wieder, Ph.D., Perseus Press, 1998

Covering all kinds of disabilities – including cerebral palsy, autism, retardation, ADD, and language problems – this comprehensive guide offers parents specific ways of helping all special needs children reach their full intellectual and emotional potential.

Fragile Success: Nine Autistic Children, Childhood to Adulthood

Virginia Walker Sperry, Sally Provence, 2000

This book traces the lives and educations of nine autistic people educated at the Ives School in New Haven, CT, between 1963 and 1972, from childhood to their mid-twenties, with introductory chapters on autism and related disorders and the teaching methods at the school.

The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy: Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free with Less Fuss and Less Fat

Bette Hagman, Joseph A. Murray, Henry Holt, 2000

Hagman emphasizes speed of preparation and low-fat/low-cholesterol recipes. Her more than 175 dishes don’t venture too far from the traditional fare; nor will her ingredient substitutes cause much consternation or surprise among home chefs.

The Gluten-Free Gourmet: Living Well without Wheat, Revised Edition

Bette Hagman, Henry Holt, 1990

A complete sourcebook on how to live healthily with celiac disease or wheat intolerance, it features important new information on developing a celiac diet, raising a celiac child, avoiding hidden glutens, eating well while traveling or in the hospital, and locating and ordering from sup- pliers of gluten-free food and flour.

I am Special: Introducing Children and Young People to their Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Peter Vermeulen, Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2000

This workbook is designed for a child to work through with an adult – parent, teacher or other professional. Unlike other books, its content and layout are devised especially for children who read, think and process information differently.

Infancy & Early Childhood: The Practice of Clinical Assessment & Intervention with Emotional & Developmental Challenges

Stanley Greenspan, M.D., International Universities Press, 1992.

Provides a systematic, clinically based frame of reference with 20 case studies, discussion of clinical principles, and guidelines and suggestions for dealing with babies and young children (and their parents) who present with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.

Is This Your Child?: Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies

Doris Rapp, William Morrow, 1992.

If your child is always sick, hyperactive, a slow learner, or cranky, the first question you should ask is not “What drug should be prescribed?” or “What have I done wrong as a parent?” Instead, find out the cause.

It’s Nobody’s Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and Their Parents

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD , Random House, 1997

Through case studies, scientific data, and information about children’s development and brain chemistry, Koplewicz helps parents understand the obstacles their brain-disordered children face. A practicing psychiatrist, he also suggests means, including therapy and medication, by which families may lessen the difficulties posed by those disorders.


Joey and Sam: “A Heartwarming Storybook About Autism, a Family, and a Brother’s Love”

Illana Katz, Edward, M.D., Ritvo, Franz Borowitz (Illustrator).

Although it is sometimes hard to have a younger brother like Sam who is autistic, Joey is proud when Sam’s special class performs at a school assembly.

Kristy and the Secret of Susan (Baby-Sitters Club, 32)

Ann Matthews Martin

Kristy believes that the autistic child she sits for is normal enough to attend special ed classes at school. After a while though she realizes that Susan would be better off with children like herself.

Laughing & Loving with Autism: A Collection of “Real Life” Warm & Humorous Stories

R. Wayne Gilpin, 1993

It was refreshing to read true-to-life accounts of situations similar to what we have encountered with our 15 year old son who has autism. This is a book that you must read if you love someone who has autism. You will laugh and cry as you identify with the situations.

Learning to Live with High Functioning Autism: A Parent’s Guide for Professionals

Mike Stanton, Jessica Kingsley Pub., 2000

Draws on the author’s own experiences with his son and students, and compares it with the experience of others, to offer an honest portrayal of what living with autism is really like for all those involved. For professionals.

Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs

Patricia Vadasy (Contributor), Donald Joseph Meyer, Rebecca R. Fewell, 1985

Since siblings are not often informed about their siblings’ disabilities by anyone, it could cause more concern; this book’s objective is very important. You can also get basic knowledge of laws, programs, and services for persons with disabilities and their families in the U.S.

More from the Gluten-free Gourmet: Delicious Dining Without Wheat

Bette Hagman, 1993

Responding to a flood of requests for “more, more, more,” Hagman offers more than 265 additional gluten-free recipes for tasty meals. Now with a gourmet look, this book is as irresistible as ever for gluten-intolerant chefs and their families.

The Neurobiology of Autism (The Johns Hopkins Series in Psychiatry and Neuroscience)

Margaret L.. Bauman, MD, Thomas L. Kemper, MD, 1997

Synthesizes some of the current research into the many puzzling clinical and biomedical questions around the spectrum of autistic disorders, as an aid to clinical investigators and basic scientists who are trying to figure out where autism comes from and what to do about it.

The New Social Story Book : Illustrated Edition

Carol Gray, 1994

This is the newest offering by Carol Gray. Social Stories help the child with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome to understand the social world around them. This book is an updated version of the New Social Story Book with new text and accompanying illustrations.

The Out-of-Sync Child

Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA, 1998.

This guide, written by an expert in the field, explains how SI Dysfunction can be confused with ADD, learning disabilities, and other problems, tells how parents can recognize the problem-and offers a drug-free treatment approach for children who need help.

Parent Survival Manual: A Guide to Crisis Resolution in Autism and Related Developmental Disorders

Eric Schopler, 1995

This book covers both individual solutions and suggestions for obtaining community support, and gives the family quick reference to handling various problems as well as systematic behavior analysis for application to new problems.

A Parent’S Guide To Autism: A Parents Guide To Autism

Charles A. Hart, Claire Zion, 1993

Despite the tremendous need for parents of autistic children to learn as much as they can about treatments, life choices, and possible cures, there has never been a broad subject survey or a complete examination of the anecdotal evidence until now. It includes the success rate of the best-known treatments and more.

Prescription for Nutritional Healing (Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies)

James Balch, MD, Phyllis Balch, CNC, 2000

Working from the premise that a good diet promotes good health, this third edition of PNH still starts with the basics. The authors also stand by their claim that the government-prescribed recommended daily allowances are ridiculously low, and that the book’s optimal daily intake for nutrients should be followed instead.

A Shot in the Dark

Harris L. Coulter, Barbara Loe Fisher, 1985

Discusses medical problems attributed to vaccinations/immunizations.

Siblings of Children With Autism: A Guide for Familes (Topics in Autism)

Sandra L. Harris, Ph.D., Michael D. Powers, Woodbine House, 1994

An invaluable guide to understanding sibling relationships, how autism affects these relationships, and what families can do to support their children as they cope with the intensive needs of a child with autism.

The Siege: A Family’s Journey Into the World of an Autistic Child

Clara Claiborne Park, Boston, Little Brown. 1988

Public awareness of this disability has greatly increased since the movie Rain Man. This updated reissue will be welcomed by parents, educators, psychologists, and physicians.

A Slant of Sun: One Child’s Courage

Beth Ciphered, 1998

When Beth Ciphered’s son Jeremy was labeled with the unsettlingly vague diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder, there were no definitive medical answers, no guidebooks to Jeremy’s inner world, no maps to help Jeremy’s mom and dad lead their boy back into the land of relatively uncomplicated childhood. The other story, the more universal story, is the haunting account of the symbiosis between mother and child, which grows particularly intense when a child feels pain from which his mother cannot shield him.

Tired – So Tired!: And the “Yeast Connection”

William G. Crook, Bernard Rimland, PhD, 2000

In the early 1980s, Dr. William G. Crook treated a 35-year-old woman diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). He created a successful treatment program for her that combined a sugar-free diet with oral anti-yeast medications. Further research confirmed that sugar and yeast, along with other food and chemical sensitivities, are a major culprit in everything from headaches to anxiety to CFS and related problems. ‘Tired So Tired’ presents the doctor’s program and additional research in lay terms.

Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism

Temple Grandin, Oliver W. Sacks, 1996

Oliver Sacks told part of Grandin’s story in his An Anthropologist on Mars, and in Thinking in Pictures Grandin returns to tell her life history with great depth, insight, and feeling.

Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism and Related Disorders

Maria Wheeler,1998, Arlington, TX

This book guides the parent/educator through the special difficulties encountered when toilet training a child with autism.

Turning Lead into Gold: How Heavy Metal Poisoning Can Affect Your Child and How to Prevent and Treat It

Nancy Hallaway, Zigurts Strauts, 1996

Nancy Hallaway’s life was turned upside down when her infant twins were diagnosed as hyperactive with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and severe autistic tendencies. While searching for answers, and help for her children, she never imagined that the cause of their condition lay in their own pleasant suburban backyard.

Russell Is Extra Special: A Book about Autism for Children

Charles A., III Amenta, 1992

Amenta describes the daily life, likes and dislikes, and habits of Russell Amenta, who is a happy boy despite being severely autistic.

The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough

William G. Crook, 1989. Professional Books.