You’ve got questions on autism? Here are the books to read.
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The most frequently recommended books (to me) are the ones in boldface.
For Biological Scientists
Keys to Parenting the Child with Autism
Brill, Marlene Targ. Barron’s: 2001.
When Autism Strikes: Families Cope with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder.
Catalano, Robert A. Plenum Press: 1998.
Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Frith, Uta. Cambridge: 1991.
Autism: Explaining the Enigma.
Frith, Uta. Basil Blackwell: 1989.
Autism Treatment Guide. Multiple editions.
Gerlach, Elizabeth K. Four Leaf Press: 1993.
Autism: Handle with Care! Understanding and Managing Behavior of Children and Adults with Autism.***
Gillingham, Gail. Future Horizons: 1995.
Facing Autism : Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help.
Hamilton, Lynn M. WaterBrook Press: 2000.
A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Answers to the Most Common Questions.
Hart, Charles A. Pocket Books: 1993.
Koegel, Lynn Kern; Claire Lazebnik. Viking: 2004.
Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals.
Maurice, Catherine. Pro-Ed: 1996.
Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph over Autism
Maurice, Catherine. Knopf: 1993. (Okay, this should be in Memoirs, but so many people recommend this book, that it has honorary positioning up here.)
Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Carers.
Moor, Julia. Jessica Kingsley: 2002.
A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive.
Ozonoff, Sally; Geraldine Dawson; James McPartland. Guilford Press: 2002.
Children with Autism: A Parent’s Guide.***
Powers, Michael D.. Woodbine House: 1989.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASDs.
Sicile-Kira, Chantal. Perigee Books: 2004.
The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Siegel, Bryna. Oxford: 1998.
Sowell, Thomas. Basic Books: 1997.
Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism and Related Disorders.
Wheeler, Maria. Future Horizons: 1998.
EDUCATORS & DOCTORS
Music Therapy for the Autistic Child.
Alvin, Juliette; Auriel Warwick. Oxford: 1991.
Sensory Integration and the Child.
Ayres, Jean. Western Psychological Services: 1979.
Clinical Assessment Options for Children with Autism and Related Disorders.
Baker, Sidney M.; Jon Pangborn. Defeat Autism Now!: 1996.
The Empty Fortress : Infantile Autism and the Birth of the Self.
Bettelheim, Bruno. Free Press: 1967.
Bosch, Gerhard. Springer: 1970.
Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Cohen, Donald J.; Anne M. Donnellan. John Wiley & Sons: 1987.
The Ultimate Stranger: The Autistic Child.
Delacato, Carl H. Doubleday: 1974. Examines sensory problems affecting autistic children.
The ADHD-Autism Connection: A Step Toward More Accurate Diagnoses and Effective Treatments
Kennedy, Diane; Banks, Rebecca. Waterbrook: 2002.
Teaching Developmentally Disabled Children: The Me Book.***
Lovaas, Ole Ivar. Pro-Ed: 1981.
Educating Children With Autism.
National Research Council. National Academies Press: 2001.
The Nature of Childhood Autism
O’Gorman, Gerald. Butterworths: 1970.
Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior.
Rimland, Bernard. Appleton-Century-Crofts: 1964. The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Siegel, Bryna. Oxford University Press: 1996.
Autism and Childhood Psychosis
Tustin, Frances. Karnac Books: 1995.
The Protective Shell in Children and Adults
Tustin, Frances. Karnac Books: 1990.
A Passion to Believe: Autism and the Facilitated Communication Phenomenon.
Twachtman-Cullen, Diane. Westview Press: 1997/
Early Childhood Autism
Wing, J. K. Pergammon Press: 1966.
The Neurobiology Of Autism.
Bauman, Margaret. Johns Hopkins: 2004.
The Biology of the Autistic Syndromes, Second Edition.
Gillberg, Christopher; Mary Coleman. Cambridge: 1992.
Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD.
Shaw, William; Bernard Rimland; Pamela Scott; Karyn Seroussi; Lisa Lewis; Bruce Semon. Sunflower Press: 1997.
Everybody Is Different: A Book for Young People Who Have Brothers or Sisters With Autism
Bleach, Fiona. Autism Asperger Pub. Co.: 2002.
Joey and Sam: A Heartwarming Storybook About Autism, a Family, and a Brother’s Love.
Katz, Illana; Edward Ritvo. Real Life Storybooks: 1993.
Simmons, Karen L. Future Education: 1996.
What Does It Mean to Have Autism?
Spilsbury, Louise. Heinemann: 2002.
Jessica’s Little Sister: A Story about Autism.
Tyree, Debi. PublishAmerica: 2004.
There’s a Boy in Here.
Barron, Judy; Sean Barron. Chapman: 1993.
Animals in Translation : Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior.
Grandin, Temple. Scribners: 2005.
Emergence: Labeled Autistic.
Grandin, Temple; Margaret M. Scariano. Arena Press: 1986.
Thinking In Pictures : and Other Reports from My Life with Autism.
Grandin, Temple. Vintage: 1996.
Kaufman, Barry Neil. Harper & Row: 1976.
Ian’s Walk: A Story about Autism
Lears, Laurie. Albert Whitman & Co: 2003.
Exiting Nirvana: A Daughter’s Life with Autism
Park, Clara Claiborne. Little, Brown: 2001.
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder : A Mother’s Story of Research & Recovery.
Seroussi, Karyn. Broadway: 2002.
Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic.
Williams, Donna. Random House: 1992. Autistic and abused.
Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism.
Williams, Donna. Doubleday: 1993.
Dietary Intervention as a Therapy in the Treatment of Autism and PDD.
Crowell, Beth; Andy Crowell. 1992.
Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions.
DeFelice, Karen L. Thundersnow Interactive: 2002.
Special Diets for Special Kids. (There’s also vol. 2).
Lewis, Lisa. Future Horizons: 1998.
JOURNALS & ARTICLES
Psychophysiological Aspects of Autistic Disorders: Overview. [Journal of Psychology, Vol. 130, No. 2, p. 145.]
Murray, John B. JoP: 1996.
Empirically Supported Comprehensive Treatments for Young Children with Autism [Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Vol. 27, No. 2, p. 168]
Rogers, Sally. JoCCP: 1998.
Parent Education for Autism: Issues in Providing Services at a Distance [Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Vol. 3, 2001.]
Symon, Jennifer B. JoPBI: 2001.