Recommended Reading and Viewing

Revised June 2015

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Parents

Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage and Meltdowns

– Brenda Smith Myles
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Asperger Syndrome and Your Child: A Parent’s Guide

– Michael D Powers, Psy.D.
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A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive

– Sally Ozonoff PhD (Author), Geraldine Dawson PhD (Author), James C. McPartland PhD (Author)
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The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome

– Tony Attwood
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Asperger Syndrome in the Family: Redefining Normal

– Liane Holliday
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The Asperger Parent: How to Raise a Child With Asperger Syndrome and Maintain Your Sense of Humor

– Jeffrey Cohen, Forward by Lori Shery
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The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

– Ross W. Green
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Inside Out: What Makes a Person With Social Cognitive Deficits Tick

– Michelle Garcia Winner
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Asperger’s: What does it Mean to Me?

– Catherine Gaherty
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Coping With Asperger (younger readers)

– Maxine Rosaler
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Asperger Syndrome and Your Child: A Parent’s Guide

– Michael D. Powers, Janet Poland
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Parents and Professionals

Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Autism Spectrum, Tourette’s, Anxiety, and More!: The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals

– Martin L. Kutscher, M.D.
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Asperger Syndrome: A Guide For Educators And Parents

– Brenda Smith-Myles and Richard L. Simpson
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Be Different: Adventures of a Free Range Aspergian with Practical Advise for Aspergians, Misfits, Families and Teachers

– John Elder Robison
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The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality, and the Law: What Every Parent and Professional Needs to Know

– Tony Attwood
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Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide For Parents/Professionals

– Tony Attwood, Forward by Lorna Wing
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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded Edition

– Ellen Notbohm
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Grandparents

Your Special Grandchild: A book for Grandparents of Children Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome

– Josie Santomuro
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Grandparent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Making the Most of the Time at Nana’s House

– Nancy Mucklow
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Social Skills

Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communications Problems

– Jed E. Baker, Ph.D.
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Social Skills Training For Children With Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, And Related Social-Communication Disorders: A Manual For Practitioners

– Jed Baker, Ph.D.
Excellent manual containing strategies and handouts to teach social skills.
To order, call 973-313-1803.


Asperger’s Rules: How to Make Sense of Schools and Friends

– Blyth Grossburg
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The Hidden Curriculum and Other Everyday Challenges for Elementary-Age Children With High-Functioning Autism

– Haley Morgan Myles
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The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults

– Brenda Smith Myles
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Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms

– Marvin Terban
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The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism

– Sean Barron and Temple Grandin
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Inside Out: What Makes a Person With Social Cognitive Deficits Tick

– Michelle Garcia Winner
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K-12

IEP and 504 Plans

Guns A’ Blazing: How Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum and Schools Can Work Together Without a Shot Being Fired

– Jeffrey Cohen
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From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide

– Pete and Pam Wright
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The IEP from A to Z: How to Create Meaningful and Measurable Goals and Objectives

– Diane Twachtman-Cullen
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Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd

– Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright
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Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success

– Brenda Smith Myles
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How to Be a ParaPro: A Comprehensive Manual For Paraprofessionals

– Diane Twachtman-Cullen
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The Paraprofessional’s Guide to the Inclusive Classroom: Working as a Team, Third Edition Paperback – March 25, 2008

– Mary Doyle, Ph.D.
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Skillstreaming The Elementary School Child

– Ellen McGinnis and Arnold Goldstein
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Skillstreaming the Adolescent: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills, 3rd Edition (with CD)

– Dr. Ellen McGinnis (Author)
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Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Teachers

– Val Cumine, Julia Leach and Gill Stevenson
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Teaching Children with Autism: Strategies to Enhance Communication and Socialization

– Kathleen Ann Quill
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Power Cards: Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrome and Autism

– Elisa Gagnon
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Safety

Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals: Recognizing and Reducing Risk Situations for People With Autism Spectrum Disorders

– Dennis Debbaudt
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Online Safety for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent’s and Carer’s Guide

– Nicola Lonie
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Girls

The Care and Keeping of You

– Valorie Schafer
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The Care & Keeping of You 2

– Dr. Cara Natterson
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A Smart Girls Guide to Knowing What to Say

– Patti Kelley
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Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life

– Liane Holliday Willey
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The Aspie Girl’s Guide to Being Safe with Men: Unwritten Safety Rules No one is Telling You

– Debi Brown
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College

The Naked Roommate: and 107 other issues you might run into in college

– Harlan Cohen
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Developing College Skills in Students With Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

– Sarita Freedman
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Realizing the College Dream With Autism or Asperger Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide to Student Success

– Ann Palmer
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The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum

– Jane Thierfeld, EdD Brown
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Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel

– Lorraine E. Wolf
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Transition to College and Career: Experienced-Based Strategies to Improve Readiness of Students With Disabilities

– Vincent Varrassi
Available at LRP Publications


Adults

Different… Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger’s, and ADHD

– Temple Grandin
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Alone Together: Making an Asperger Marriage Work

– Katrin Bentley
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Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults

– Zosia Zaks
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Asperger’s Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence through Adulthood

– Isabelle Henault
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Work

Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide: A Neurotypicals Secrets for Success

– Barbara A. Bissonnette
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The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger’s Syndrome: Find the Right Career

– Barbara A. Bissonnette
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Different… Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger’s, and ADHD

– Temple Grandin
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Asperger’s on the Job: Must-have Advice for People with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism, and their Employers, Educators, and Advocates

– Rudy Simone
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Helping Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome Get & Stay Hired: Career Coaching Strategies for Professionals and Parents of Adults on the Autism

– Barbara Bissonnette
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Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook: An Employment Workbook

– Roger N.Meyer
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Autobiographical

Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie’s Guide to Life on Earth

– Tony Attwood (Author, Editor)
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The Way I See It: A Personal Look At Autism and Asperger’s

– Temple Grandin
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Your Life is Not a Label: Guide to Living Fully with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

– Jerry Newport
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Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

– Stephen Shore
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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s

– John Elder Robison
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Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters

– Jesse A. Saperstein
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Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood

– Jesse A. Saperstein
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Recommended Viewing


Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome

DVD

This DVD contains four programs; three for siblings of different ages and developmental levels, and one for their parents. These programs show siblings that other kids are facing the same challenges they face, and explore a range of ways the kids interviewed have learned to get along with and enjoy their brothers and sisters. The video also can help parents understand the special needs of their neurotypical children.

The sibling programs are for children ages 4 – 7, ages 7 – 12, and ages 12 – adult.

109 minutes (total of four programs)

$39.99

Available at: Coulter Video or call 336-608-4224


INTRICATE MINDS I: Understanding Classmates With Asperger Syndrome

VHS or DVD

Candid interviews with teenagers designed to promote positive interactions between classmates and reduce isolation, harassment and bullying. Using the challenges and strengths of students with Asperger Syndrome as examples, this video stresses the benefits of getting to know classmates who appear to be ‘different’ on the surface.

For grades 7 through 12

12 minutes

$30.00

Available at: Coulter Video or call 336-608-4224


INTRICATE MINDS II: Understanding Elementary School Classmates With Asperger Syndrome

VHS or DVD

This video features interviews with elementary school students who have Asperger Syndrome explaining how it affects them – and describing their challenges and strengths. The program also includes demonstrations that help viewers understand what it’s like to have AS. Designed to promote positive interactions between classmates, INTRICATE MINDS II can help classmates accept kids who have trouble fitting in.

For grades 3 through 6

16 minutes

$30.00

Available at: Coulter Video or call 336-608-4224


INTRICATE MINDS III: Understanding Elementary School Classmates Who Think Differently

VHS or DVD

This video features interviews with elementary school students who describe what it’s like to have conditions that make them act differently from their peers. These interviews, along with demonstrations, promote positive interactions between classmates. The program concentrates on behaviors classmates might see that could be associated with conditions such as Asperger Syndrome, Higher Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Delay, Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder and others. Kids who understand the reasons for “different” students’ actions are much more likely to accept them socially and include them in activities.

For grades 3 through 6

17 minutes

$30.00

Available at: Coulter Video or call 336-608-4224


Asperger’s Syndrome: Crossing The Bridge

by Michael Thompson Productions

Dr. Tony Attwood interviews AS adult Liane Holliday-Willey.

27:50 min.

May also be ordered through AAPC


Asperger Syndrome Dad: Becoming An Even Better Father To Your Child With AS

This program covers ten secrets dads can use to help a child with AS reach his full potential and have fun along the way. The program features Drew Coulter, a young man with AS now in college, and his dad, Dan. Through interviews, videos and photos, the program uses Drew’s experiences from early childhood through the present to offer practical advice on being the dad your son or daughter with AS wants and needs.

Available at: Coulter Video or call 336-608-4224


Manners For The Real World: Basic Social Skills

This video features clear descriptions and demonstrations that help people with Asperger Syndrome master appropriate social skills for some of the most common interactions between people. Produced by Dan and Julie Coulter, parents of a son with AS.

Available at: Coulter Video or call 336-608-4224


Asperger Syndrome: Transition To Work

Practical techniques to help students (or anyone with AS)get a job in the real world. It includes advice from a psychology professor with experience helping people with AS find jobs – and from the director of a successful special needs career development program. Produced by Dan and Julie Coulter, parents of a son with AS.

Please note that the information in this video is also contained The ASPEN video “Asperger Syndrome: Transition to College and Work,” so if you own that video, you won’t need this one.

Available at: Coulter Video or call 336-608-4224


Asperger Syndrome: Transition From High School To College And Work

This video features practical advice for people with Asperger Syndrome preparing to begin work and or attend college. It’s narrated by a high school senior with AS who is preparing to attend college.

Available at: Coulter Video or call 336-608-4224


Asperger Syndrome: Success In The Mainstream Classroom

An excellent video providing proven tips and techniques to help make mainstreaming a child with Asperger Syndrome a positive learning experience for him or her – and for teachers and classmates.

Available at: Coulter Video or call 336-608-4224


Time for School

Time for School is an excellent DVD and photo CD-Rom teaching set designed to teach social skills through peer modeling.

This video teaches social skills to children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS and Nonverbal Learning Disorders in the context of school. It features elementary school-aged children demonstrating appropriate social skills in the classroom, library, on the playground, and in the hallway. Topics include: Say Hello, Listen to the Teacher, Share, Take Turns, Keep My Hands to Myself, Say Sorry, Sit Quietly, Raise My Hand, Library Behavior, Show Interest in Others, Self-Calming Techniques, Playground Behavior.

Visit Model Me Kids to see a video sample and to view other Model Me Kids videos including “Time for a Playdate.”

61 minutes


Last One Picked… First One Picked On: Learning Disabilities And Social Skills

by Richard Lavoie

Excellent presentation

Approximately $50.00

Order through PBS 1-800-344-3337


Social Stories And Comic-Strip Conversations: Unique Methods To Improve Social Understanding
by Carol Gray

May be ordered through Future Horizons.


60 Minutes

A television interview with Jerry and Mary Newport, a married couple with Asperger Syndrome.

To order, please call 1-800-542-5621


Autism & Law Enforcement Roll Call Briefing Video

by Dennis Debbaudt

This video features fifteen children and adults at various points on the autism spectrum, an actor who has autism, actual 911 calls, and reflects American diversity. It has the look and feel of a TV news documentary, uses real life events to punctuate these issues, and on-the-job officers to deliver the message.

With guidance from professional law enforcement and first response advisors, this video offers tips and options for communications and responses designed to successfully resolve a call involving a person with autism. The advisors felt the officer needed a briefing about what to do in the field when they hear the words autism or Asperger syndrome. Anyone viewing the video will come away with a good, practical understanding of what autism is.

This video is intended for use at police and first response roll call briefing sessions and as a discussion tool for law enforcement training sessions.

Length is approximately 20 minutes with a pause at the Responding To The Call segment and can be viewed as two ten minute segments. The first ten minutes briefs on autism issues of safety and risk; the second ten minutes is devoted to law enforcement response, tips, techniques and options.

For details and questions call 772-398-9756