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101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger’s, and Sensory Processing Disorders


By: Tara Delaney

More  than  100  Games  that  Help  Your  Child:

-  make  eye  contact,  stay  focused,  and  strengthen  his  or  her  motor  skills

-  associate  words  with  objects  and  improve  language  and  numerical  skills  

-  learn  social  skills  needed  for  attending  preschool  and  school,  including  how  to  interact  with  others  and  taking  turns.

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism


By:  Sally  J.  Rogers,  Geraldine  Dawson,  Laurie  A.  Vismara

Cutting-edge research reveals that parents can play a huge role in helping toddlers and preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder connect with others and live up to their potential.  This encouraging guide from the developers of a groundbreaking early intervention program provides doable, practical strategies you can use every day.  Nearly all young kids - including those with ASD - have an amazing capacity to learn.  Drs. Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, and Laurie Vismara make it surprisingly simple to turn daily routines like breakfast or bath time into fun and rewarding learning experiences that target crucial developmental skills. Vivid examples illustrate proven techniques for promoting play, language, and engagement.  Get an early start - and give your child to tools to explore and enjoy the world.  

The Asperger’s Answer Book


By:  Susan  Ashley

Professional  Answers  to  275  of  the  

Top  Questions  Parents  Ask

-  get  your  child  evaluated

-  develop  social  skills

-  encourage  emotional  expression

-  implement behaviour  modification

-  understand  sensory  sensitivity

-  promote  self-esteem

Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive At Home and At School


By: Melinda Docter and Syed Naqvi

How parents can help children with Asperger's Syndrome to grow and prosper

If you are raising a child with Asperger's Syndrome, it can be a real challenge to find answers to your questions and to follow the latest research developments while also trying to keep pace with day-to-day changes in the growth and behaviour of you child.   This book comes to the rescue by combining the latest medical information and interventions with clearcut strategies to help your son or daughter at home and at school, from learning how to play with other kids to following a teacher’s instructions.  Written by a medical doctor and by educator who has a son with Asperger’s, it gives you:

- A parent’s guide to diagnosis, plus information on school options, the Individual Education Plan (IEP), and assessments

- The most up-to-date scientific data on Asperger’s syndrome, including the latest neuroimaging research

- The pros and cons of available medical treatments , complementary therapies, and early intervention strategies

- Practical strategies for shaping social interactions, coping with repetitive thoughts and behaviour, addressing sensory needs or avoidance, and encouraging interests without enabling obsessions

Asperger’s Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence Through Adulthood


By:  Isabelle Henault

Playing the dating game is often tricky: all the more so for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. How do AS adolescents and their families cope with sexual feelings and behaviour? What help can be given if a man with AS oversteps the mark in expressing his sexuality? How do people with AS deal with intimacy and communication in sexual relationships? In this comprehensive and unique guide, Isabelle Hénault delivers practical information and advice on issues ranging from puberty and sexual development, gender identity disorders, couples' therapy to guidelines for sex education programs and maintaining sexual boundaries. This book will prove indispensable to parents, teachers, counsellors and individuals with AS themselves.

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


By: Jennifer Cook O’Toole

As a parent, a teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer O'Toole provides the definitive insider's view of Asperger syndrome. She shows how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and by exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.

This exciting book is full of effective and fun ways of engaging with children with Asperger syndrome. Jennifer explains how theory of mind difficulties create the need for concrete forms of communication, and provides original methods to inspire imagination through sensorial experiences. In particular she reveals the untapped power of special interests, showing how to harness these interests to encourage academic, social and emotional growth.

Affirming that different doesn't mean defective, this book offers the insight and guidance that parents, educators, and other professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning.

Atypical Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters


By: Jesse A. Saperstein

The poignant, funny, and truly unique observations of a young writer diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. 

“Please be forewarned that you are about to read the observations and life lessons of someone who entertains himself by farting in public and conversing in gibberish with his cats.” 

Thus begins the charming, insightful, and memorable story of Jesse Saperstein. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism, Jesse has struggled since childhood with many of the hallmark challenges of his condition-from social awkwardness and self-doubt to extreme difficulty with change and managing his emotions. 

He has also worked hard to understand and make the most of his AS- developing his keen curiosity and sense of humor, closely observing the world around him, and most of all, helping others with AS to better cope and even thrive. Told with endearing and unflinching honesty, Jesse brings his unique perspective to the circumstances of his life and his condition.

The Autism Discussion Page: On Anxiety, Behaviour, School, and Parenting


By:  Bill  Nason

A toolbox  for  helping children  with  Autism feel  safe,  accepted,  and  competent

The  Autism  Discussion  Page  green  book  covers  anxiety  and  stress,  challenging  behaviours ,  stretching  comfort  zones,  discipline,  and  school  issues.  It  also  provides  more  general  teaching  and  mentoring  strategies  for  coaching  children  on  the  autism  spectrum in  basic daily  living  strategies  to  improve  their  day-to-day  lives.

Based  on  posts  on  the  popular  online  community  page  and  organized  by  subject  for ease  of  reference,  this  book offers  an  excellent  understanding  of  how children with  Autism process and  experience  the  world and effective  strategies  for  coping  with  the  challenges.

The Autism Discussion Page: On the Core Challenges of Autism


By:  Bill  Nason

A   toolbox  for  helping  children  with  Autism feel  safe,  accepted,  and  competent

The  Autism  Discussion  Page  blue  book focuses  on  the  core  challenges  associated  with  autism  (cognitive,  sensory,  social,  and  emotional)  and  provides  concise,  accessible information ,  and  simple  tools  for  supporting  children  with  these  vulnerabilities.

Based  on  posts  on  the  popular  online  community  page and  organized  by  subject  for  ease  of  reference,  this  book  offers  an  excellent  understanding  of  how  children  with Autism  process  and  experience  the  world,  and  effective  strategies  for  coping  with  the  challenges.

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome


By: 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.

Drawing on case studies and personal accounts from Attwood's extensive clinical experience, and from his correspondence with individuals with AS, this book is both authoritative and extremely accessible.

Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professionals and employers coming in contact with people with AS, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs to know or is interested in this complex condition.

Chapters examine:

* causes and indications of the syndrome

* the diagnosis and its effect on the individual

* theory of mind

* the perception of emotions in self and others

* social interaction, including friendships

* long-term relationships

* teasing, bullying and mental health issues

* the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills

* career development.

There is also an invaluable frequently asked questions chapter and a section listing useful resources for anyone wishing to find further information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools.

Embracing Asperger’s A Primer for Parents and Professionals


By:  Richard  Bromfield

This  book  is  packed  with  strategies,  insights,  and  points  to  remember  in  order  to  address  common  areas  of  difficulty,  including  creating  a  safe  space,  quieting  sensory  overload,  quelling  anxiety,  connecting to  feelings,  promoting  friendship,  and  feeding  creativity.  One  chapter  devoted  to  girls  with  Asperger’s  describes  how  to  see  and  connect  with  the  child  in  order  to  better  meet  her needs,  and  the  author  also  considers  the  ways  in  which  other  children  might  view  and  treat  the  child  with  Asperger’s,  and  gives  tried-and-tested  advice  on  how a  positive  difference  can  be  made,  and  what  really  works.

Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities


By:  Daniel  Franklin

Strategies  to  Succeed  in  School  &   Life  with  Dyslexia,  Dysgraphia,  Dyscalculia,  ADHD  &  Processing  Disorders

This  practical  guide  offers  a  groundbreaking approach to  transcending  language-based  learning  disabilities.   You’ll  discover  how  a  secure  relationship  between  you  and  your  child  can  optimize  his  or  her  learning  ability  by  enhancing  motivation,  reducing  anxiety,  and  triggering  neuroplasticity.    You’ll  also  learn  strategies  for  navigating  school,  home  life,  and  your  child’s  future.    Every  child  is  unique.   With  this  book,  you’ll  be  able  to  help  your  child  succeed,  in  the  classroom   and  beyond.

The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook


By: Pamela Compart and Dana Laake

This special diet has become an essential step of treatment for families struggling with autism and ADHD.  And these recipes for gluten- and casein-free foods, meals, and snacks are simple to prepare and yummy – making it easier than ever to please kids who have behavioural or developmental challenges, or are just picky eaters.  


More Than Words


By:  Fern  Sussman

Parent’s  Guide  to  

Building  Interaction  and  Language  Skills  for  Children  with  Autism  Spectrum  Disorder  or  Social  Communication Difficulties  

An  invaluable  resource  for  both  parents  and  professionals,  More  Than  Words  offers  practical,  research-based  strategies  to  promote  the  social  and  communication  development  of  young  children  with  autism  spectrum  disorder  or  other  social  communication  difficulties.    By  translating the  research  into  a  user-friendly  approach,  this  step-by-step  Hanen  guidebook  shows  parents  how  to  turn  everyday  conversations  and  activities  with  their  child  into  rich  opportunities  for  building social  interaction  and  communication.  

The New Social Story Book


By:  Carol  Gray

Over  180 Social  Stories  -  

That  Teach  Everyday  Social  Skills  to  Children  and  Young  Adults  with  Autism  or  Asperger’s  Syndrome,  and  Their  Peers

Featuring  Ideas  Such  As:

mistakes  can  happen  on  a  good  day

it  was  fun  but  now we’re  done

when  it  is  my  turn  to  listen

saying  what  i  think  with  respect

learning  to  respond  to  bullying

telling  my  teacher  about  a  problem

fire  drills  at  school

moving  to  a  new  home

and  dozens  more!

The Out-of-Sync Child Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder


By:  Carol  Stock  Kranowitz

Does  your  Child  Exhibit...

-  over-responsivity  or  under-responsivity  to  touch  or  movement?

-  over-responsivity  or  under-responsivity to  sounds,  sights,  taste,  or  smell?

- cravings  for  sensation?

-  poor  sensory  discrimination?

-  unusually  high  or  low  activity  level?

-  problems  with  posture  or  motor  coordination?

These  are  often  the  first  clues  to  Sensory  Processing  Disorder  -  a common  but  frequently  misdiagnosed  problem  in  which  the  central  nervous  system  misinterprets messages  from  the  senses.    The  Out-of-Sync  Child  offers  comprehensive,  clear  information  for  parents  and  professionals  -  and  a  drug-free  treatment  approach  for  children.

This  revised  edition  includes  new  sections  on  vision  and  hearing,  picky  eaters,  and  coexisting  disorders such  as  autism  and  Asperger’s  syndrome,  among  other  topics.

Parenting Your Asperger Child Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills


By: Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson

Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of autism—but with the right guidance, these children can go on to live happy, fulfilling lives.

In Parenting Your Asperger Child, Dr. Alan Sohn’s and Cathy Grayson’s groundbreaking Cognitive Social Integration Therapy (CSIT) offers practical solutions that help parents prepare their children for a fulfilling life of social interaction outside the confines of their syndrome, addressing such topics as:

– The six characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome

– How to identify a child’s type of Asperger’s—and the best approaches for dealing with it

– Understanding how an Asperger’s child sees and interprets the world

– Replacing inappropriate coping techniques with productive skills

– How to survive and learn from a crisis

– How school programs can aid in teaching Asperger children – Making changes that last.

The Parent’s Guide to Teaching Kids with Asperger Syndrome and Similar ASD’s Real Life Skills for Independence


By: Patricia Romanowski Bashe

The definitive resource for teaching kids with Asperger syndrome the life skills that build independence, confidence, and self-esteem. 

Children with autism spectrum disorders learn differently. Our kids' choices are too often limited and their paths to success restricted, not by a lack of intellectual ability but by deficits in acquiring, applying, and generalizing basic life skills. Success in school, at home, on the playground, and beyond depends on mastering countless basic living skills that most other kids just "pick up" almost by osmosis. 

This book shows parents how to teach these so-called easy skills to complex learners. This is the first book for parents and caregivers of kids with Asperger syndrome and similar learning profiles that features strategies based on applied behavior analysis--the most widely accepted, evidence-based, and effective teaching method for learners with ASDs--including how to: 

-Identify critical skills appropriate for your child's age--how to teach them and why

-Implement new techniques that can replace, mimic, prompt, override, or impose missing order on your child's learning style

-Design a curriculum for your child that reduces reliance on prompts (including parents) and promotes new learning, new behaviors, and independence.

The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book


By:  Tara  Delaney

Practical  Answers  to  the  Top  250  Questions  Parents  Ask

-  what  are  the  signs?

-  is  it  related  to  Autism?

-  what  are  the  treatment  options?

-  can  my  child  receive  therapy  at  school?

The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)


By:  Elizabeth  Verdick  and  Elizabeth  Reeve

Meant  to  be  read  with  a  parent,  it  addresses  big  questions  (“What  is  ASD?”  “Why  me?”). and  provides  strategies  for  communicating,  making  friends,  and  succeeding  in  school.    A  section  on  body  and  brain  basics  highlights  symptom  management,  exercise,  diet,  hygiene,  relaxation,  sleep,  toileting,  and  ”stims”.  Special  emphasis  is  placed  on  helping  children  handle  intense emotions and  behaviours  and  get  support  from  their  “team  of  helpers“  when  needed.    Filled  with  quotes  and  stories  from  real  kids,  the  book  also  offers  helpful  facts,  checklists,  dialogues,  and  resources.



By: Fern Sussman

Even  after  they’ve  learned  to  talk,  children  aged  3  to  7  with  Asperger’s  Syndrome,  mild  Autism  or  social  difficulties  face  special  communication  challenges.    To  have  real  ‘talk  ability’ ,  children  have  to  understand  the  meaning  behind  the  words  by  tuning  in  to  the thoughts  and  feelings  of  other  people.

Parents  and  professionals  have  long  sought  a  down-to-earth  guide  on  how  to  help  these  children  develop  the people  skills  that  make  it  possible  to  engage  in  real  conversations and  connect  well  with  others.    Talkability  answers  this  need  with  a  wealth  of  practical  strategies  that  parents  can  build  into  their  child’s  everyday  life.  These strategies  help  children  gain  both  the  social  and  special  language  abilities  necessary  for  successful  conversations  and  friendships.

When Your Child Has ... Asperger’s Syndrome


By: William Stillman

You've heard about cases of Asperger's, or perhaps have known a child with the syndrome. Now you've learned that your child has Asperger's-what do you do?

Let these two Asperger's experts guide you through the basic information you need to know to help your child. In this straightforward and helpful book, you will learn how to:

Get the right diagnosis and understand the results

Determine the best options for education

Help your child learn to socialize with other kids

Avoid sensory overload by recognizing triggers

When Your Child Has . . . Asperger's Syndrome defines the syndrome in clear and complete terms that will help you help your child. Now, you can understand your child's needs and help him or her lead a happy and successful life.





inspirational Stories

The Reason I Jump


By:  Naoki  Higashida

The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

Written  by  Naoki  Higashida,  a  very  smart, very  self-aware,  and  very  charming  thirteen-year-old boy  with  autism.  The  Reason  I  Jump  is  a  one-of-a-kind  book  that demonstrates  how  an  autistic  mind  thinks, feels,   perceives,  and  responds  in  ways  few of  us  can  imagine.  Parents  and  family members  who  never  thought  they  could  get inside  the  head  of  their  autistic  loved  one  at  last  have  a  way  to  break  through  to  the curious,  subtle,  and  complex  life  within.  Naoki  answers  even  the  most  delicate questions  that  people  want  to  ask.  Questions  such  as:  “Why  do  people  with autism  talk  so  loudly  and  weirdly?”   “Why don’t  you  make  eye  contact  when  you’re talking?”  and  “What‘s  the  reason  you  jump?”  With  disarming  honesty  and  a  generous heart,  Naoki  shares  his  unique  point  of  view on  not  only  autism  but  life  itself.  His insights  are  so  startling,  so  strange,  and  so powerful  that  you  will  never  look  at  the world  the  same  way  again.



Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8


By: Naoki  Higashida

Naoki  Higashida shares  his  thoughts  and  experiences  as  a  young  man  living  each  day  with  severe  autism.    In  short,  powerful  chapters,  he  explores  school  memories,  family  relationships,  the  exhilaration  of  travel,  and  the  difficulties  of  speech.    He  also  allows  readers  to  experience  profound  moments  we  take  for  granted,  like  the  thought-steps  necessary  for  him  to  register  that  it’s  raining  outside.    Acutely  aware  of  how  strange  his  behaviour  can  appear  to  others,  he aims  throughout  to  foster  a  better  understanding  of  autism  and  to  encourage  society  to  see  people  with  disabilities  as  people,  not  as  problems.

Sam & Chester


By:  Jo  Bailey

How  A  Mischievious Pig  Transformed  the  Life  of  my  Autistic  Son

The Spark


By:  Kristine  Bartlett

A  Mother’s  Story  of  Nurturing  Genius

Kristine  Barnett’s  son  Jacob  has  an  IQ  higher  than  Einstein’s.    At  nine,  he  started  working  on  an  original  theory  in  astrophysics  that  many  believe  may  someday  put  him  in  line  for  a  Nobel  Prize.    At  age  twelve he  became  a  paid  researcher  in  quantum  physics.    But  Jake’s  story  is  all  the  more  remarkable  because  when  he  was  diagnosed  with  autism  at  age  two,  Kristine  was  told  he  might  never  be  able  to  tie  his  own  shoes.

The  Spark  is  a  remarkable  memoir  of  a  mother  who,  against  the  advice  of  the  ‘experts’ ,  followed  her  instincts,  pulled  her  son  out  of  special  ed,  and  began  preparing  him  for  mainstream  kindergarten  on  her  own.    Kristine  resolved  to  follow  Jake’s  ‘spark’  -  his  passionate  interests.    Why  concentrate  on  what  he  couldn’t  do?  Why  not  focus  on  what  he  could  do?  The  results  were  beyond  anything  anyone  could  have  imagined.    Dramatic,  inspiring,  and  transformative,  The  Spark  is  about  the  power  of  love  and courage  in  the face  of  overwhelming  obstacles,  and  the  dazzling  possibilities  that  can  occur  when  we  learn  how  to  tap  the  true  potential  that  lies  within  every  child,  and  in  all  of  us.

Uniquely Human A Different Way of Seeing Autism


By:  Barry  M.  Prizant

Autism  is  not  an  illness.    It’s  a  different  way  of  being  human.    Autistic  children  and  adults  progress  through  developmental  stages  as  we  all  do.    To  help  them,  we  don’t  need  to  “fix”  them.   We  need  to  understand  them  and  then  change  ourselves  -  our  beliefs,  attitudes,  and  actions.

By:  Barry  M.  Prizant

House Rules


By:  Jodi Picoult

Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, – not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect – can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel — and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder. 

Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum


By:  Dr. Rebecca Landa

With its 101 stories from other parents and experts, this book will comfort, encourage, and uplift parents of children with autism and Asperger’s.

If you are the parent of a child – from newborn to college age – with autism or Asperger’s, you will find support, advice, and insight in these 101 stories from other parents and experts. Stories cover everything from the serious side and the challenges, to the lighter side and the positives, of having a special child on the autism spectrum.

To Siri With Love


By:  Judith  Newman

Judith’s story of her son and his bond with Siri was an unusual tribute to technology. While many worry that our electronic gadgets are dumbing us down, she reveals that they can give voice to some, including children with autism, like Gus, who has trouble looking people in the eye, hops when he’s happy and connects with inanimate objects on an empathetic level.

To Siri with Love is a collection of funny, poignant and uplifting stories about an extraordinary child who has helped his parent see and experience the world differently. From the charming (Gus weeping with sympathy for the buses that sat unused while bus drivers were on strike) to the painful (paying $22,000 for a behaviourist to teach Gus how to use a urinal) to the humorous (Gus’s insistence on getting naked during all meals, whether at home or not, because he didn’t want to get his clothes dirty) to the profound (the way an automated assistant helped a boy learn to communicate with the rest of the world), the stories in To Siri with Love open our eyes to the magic and challenges of a life beyond the ordinary.