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Favourite Biographies on Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Updated on September 16, 2013

There are loads of biographies by people with autism or Asperger Syndrome and their parents and so I am dedicating a page just for this.

George and Sam

by Charlotte Moore

Published by the Penguin Group

This is an easy to read book about life with two sons with autism. It covers what day to day life is like as well as giving lots of information about the history, theories, treatments and beliefs about autism. It is well worth reading and gives a good grounding in all aspects of autism.

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Loving Olivia - Bringing up my Autistic Daughter

by Liz Astor

published by Rodale

This book is written by Liz Astor, primarily about her autistic daughter, Olivia, but also about her other daughter, Natalya, who has ADHD. It describes her experiences with autism, as well as the various information she has learned along the way about autism, treatments, coping and so on. It is very easy to read and understand. A lovely book.

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A Friend Like Henry

by Nuala Gardner

published by Hodder and Stoughton

This is another excellent biography of a mother with a little boy who was drawn out of his autism when they bought a dog. It shows an enormous understanding of the nature of autism and how to deal with it.

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Life Behind Glass

by Wendy Lawson

published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Wendy Lawson was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when she was 42. This biography describes her life, the various problems that she has had along the way and how she did and does view life. The book is easy to read and gets across what it is like to grow up with Asperger Syndrome.

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Let Me Hear Your Voice

by Catherine Maurice

published by Ballantine

This book explains the diagnosis of the author's daughter and son with autism and how the children were successfully treated using behavioural methods. It is a positive, easy to read book expressing all the emotions that a parent goes through when a child is diagnosed with autism, it explains the workings and success of the behavioural method and shows the improvements possible in children with autism.


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      8 years ago

      have read a Friend like a henray, a remarcable story. truly up lifting :-)other really good books on ASD inclued:

      Born on a blue day - a personal acout of a autistic maths savont with Aspergers.

      Not Stupid - A mothers battle to educate her two Autistic sons

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      Gillian Naysmith 

      9 years ago

      I loved 'A Friend Like Henry' It described so much of what I go through with my son and it gave me real hope for the future. Dale must be a real pride to his parents now ! Well done Nuala, writing your book must have constantly reduced you to tears !


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