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Favourite Books on Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Updated on September 23, 2013

I have read an enormous selection of books on the subject of autism and Asperger Syndrome so I thought that it would be well worth my time informing you of my favourite books. So here are some of them.

Homespun Remedies

by Dion E Betts and Nancy J Patrick

published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This is an easy to read book with lots of real life examples. It gives lots of information on how to deal with specific situations, such as visiting restaurants and dealing with tantrums. It is an ideal book for ideas and suggestions for those everyday problems that parents of children on the autistic spectrum have to deal with.

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Diet Intervention and Autism - Implementing the Gluten Free and Casein Free diet for Autistic Children and Adults.

by Marilyn Le Breton

published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This book explains one of the approaches to treating autism. The gluten free and casein free diet. Many people find this method very helpful, however, it is not very easy to implement. This book gives you all the information that you need to get started, including the theory behind it, how to implement it, recipes and suppliers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Autistic Spectrum

 

by Lorna Wing

published by Constable and Robinson Ltd

This book gives a good grounding on all aspects of the autistic spectrum. Chapters include

 
  • History
  • The Nature of Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Making a Diagnosis
  • The Behaviour of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • What Causes Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Reducing Inappropriate Behaviour
  • Teaching Basic Skills
  • The More Able Children, Adolescents and Adults
  • Sisters and Brothers
  • The Roles of Professional Workers.

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The Genesis of Artistic Creativity - Asperger's Syndrome and the Arts

by Michael Fitzgerald

published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This book is completely different from the other ones that I have read. It lists various writers, philosophers, musicians and painters and describes their life histories and why they seem to have had Asperger Syndrome. The people included are Jonathan Swift, Hans Christian Andersen, Herman Melville, Lewis Carroll, William Butler Yeats, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Orwell, Bruce Chatwin, Spinoza, Immanuel Kant, Simone Weil, A J Ayer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Erik Satie, Bela Bartok, Glenn Gould, Vincent van Gogh, Jack B Yeats, LS Lowry and Andy Warhol.

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Children with Autism - Diagnosis and Interventions to Meet Their Needs

by Colwyn Trevarthen, Kenneth Aitken, Despina Papoudi and Jaqueline Robarts

published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This is a very detailed book covering many aspects of autism and some of the treatments. Chapters include

What Causes Autism and What are the First Effects? Brain Development and Autism, Brain Abnormalities in Autism, Communicating and Playing with an Autistic Child, Music Therapy for Children with Autism, Education for Autistic Children - Concepts and Strategies for Maximising Inclusion.

This book is harder to read than many of the others that I have suggested, but goes into more detail and gives details of much of the research on the topic.

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Asperger's and Girls

featuring Tony Attwood and Temple Grandin

published by Future Horizons

There are many more boys diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome than girls and most of the studies and information available is about boys. Therefore it is great to have a book discussing girls and how Asperger's relates to them. This book includes sections written by nine different authors on how girls are affected and how to help them. As a mother of both a son and a daughter on the autistic spectrum, I found this very interesting.

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      katie 

      8 years ago

      Thak you for the art related book, as i'm an artist with aspergers and have never heard of this book but i'm shore i'll find it interesting when i come to read it.

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      nlowman 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      I recently finished Jenny McCarthy's "Healing and Preventing Autism" and found it really helpful.

      Thanks for this list. I will definitely look into these as well.

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      Aurore Adamkiewicz, ND 

      10 years ago

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