Recommended Books

 

Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
by Stephen Shore
A wonderful first-person narrative. Drawing on personal and professional experience, author Stephen Shore combines three voices to create a touching—and highly informative—book for professionals and individuals who have autism or Asperger Syndrome. Much more than the traditional autobiography, this book provides a unique perspective on AS across the years.

 

A Song Apart
by Jeffrey H. Baer
Whether autistic or neurotypical, we all must come of age and find out who we are as individuals. A Song Apart tells the story of Kevin Derow, a 19-year-old college student, and Shannon Kistler, the 17-year-old pop star he idolizes, as they embark on a journey of love and self-discovery. Diagnosed with AS at age 33, author Jeffrey H. Baer self-published this novel after traditional publishing outlets passed on it.

Congratulations! It's Asperger Syndrome (no link provided)
by Jen Birch
One of the increasing number of people diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in adulthood, New Zealand-born Jen Birch relates her story with humour and honesty, taking us through the years of frustration and confusion that led to her diagnosis in 1998. Now that she can put her life experiences into context, she candidly describes her continual search for 'normality'.


Do You Understand Me? My Life, My Thoughts, My Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Sophie Brøsen
“It is a readable insider’s view of life as a child with autism attending a mainstream school and will be an invaluable resource in helping other children to understand their classmates with autism spectrum disorders.”



The Journal of Best Practices
by David Finch

Filled with humor and surprising wisdom, The Journal of Best Practices is a candid story of ruthless self-improvement, a unique window into living with an autism-spectrum condition, and proof that a true heart can conquer all.

Making Sense of the Unfeasible: My Life Journey with Asperger Syndrome (link not yet provided)

by Mark Fleischer
“In this engaging story Marc relates how, supported by his family and by services for people with autism, and despite family tragedy and personal difficulties, he learnt to get the most out of life”.

Survival Strategies for People on the Autism Spectrum
by Mark Fleisher
“Written particularly for young people who are just beginning to become independent from their parents, perhaps living in their own home for the first time, this book shows how to approach apparent problems with hope and the expectation of an improved quality of life.”

Elephant's Kitchen - An Aspergirl's Study in Difference [NOOK Book]
Elephant's Kitchen - An Aspergirl's Study in Difference [Kindle Edition]
by Stephanie C. Fox, J.D.

Elephant’s Kitchen – An Aspergirl's Study in Difference is about a quiet teenage girl named Delphine who has Asperger’s, but just as with the television shows Bones and The Big Bang Theory, the condition is never mentioned. Instead, the story walks the reader through many of the markers of the condition.

Be Unique, Be You, and Live
by David George
David George was recently diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome which is integrated with his learning disability. His book is a partially autobiographical account of his struggles with a severe learning disability, teaching you why it is so imperative to be the best you can be but at the same time be accepted for who and what you are. David discloses explicit, grim details of the nature of his bitter plight - he went on to Bethany College and succeeded. George succeeded even more when he attended graduate school.

Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism 
by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy, $19.95
The two authors weave together a unique blend of information and advice based on personal experiences. The result is an extremely useful and practical book that introduces step-by-step processes for the job search with a major section on the impact of ASD in the workplace.

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior (waiting on link and publisher promo)
by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

 

The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships (waiting on link and publisher promo)
by Temple Grandin and Sean Barron

Emergence: Labeled Autistic (waiting on link and publisher promo)
by Temple Grandin and Margaret M. Scariano 

Children with Autism: A Parent's Guide (waiting on link and publisher promo)
by Temple Grandin and Michael D. Powers

Anne Droyd and Century Lodge
by Will Hadcroft
“This Asperger adventure explores the human condition and the need to integrate into a society that demands conformity. Readers will be captivated by the heroic characters and the colorful plot, and engaged by Hadcroft's imaginative presentation of real-life issues such as smoking, bullying and peer acceptance”.

The Feeling’s Unmutual: Growing up With Asperger Syndrome (Undiagnosed) (link not provided)
by Will Hadcroft
“This original and highly readable book offers a fresh insight into the experience of feeling 'unmutual', or misunderstood and how this can result in bullying at school and in the workplace, escalating into social phobia, paranoia and obsessive behaviour. It amply illustrates some of the more subtle expressions of the Asperger condition and provides an accessible introduction to those new to AS”.


Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything
by Kenneth Hall
“Kenneth is in a unique position to describe some of the inner experiences and perceptions of autism in childhood. Insights, struggles and joys are recounted vividly in a frank and humorous way. His book is for anyone interested in understanding more about autism, including parents, siblings, teachers and professionals”.

 

Pretending to Be Normal: Living with Asperger Syndrome
by Liane Holliday Willey
“Pretending to be Normal" tells the story of a woman who, after years of self-doubt and self-denial, learned to embrace her Asperger's syndrome traits with thanksgiving and joy. Chronicling her life from her earliest memories, Liane Holliday Willey shares, with insight and warmth, the daily struggles and challenges that face many of those who have Asperger's Syndrome.

 

Asperger Syndrome in the Family: Redefining Normal
by Liane Holliday Willey
“This book underscores the importance of mutual support and respect in an Aspie family - in fact in any family - it offers practical help for families in similar situations. This is a rich and positive book that will speak to all those whose lives have been affected by Asperger Syndrome”.

Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living with the Ups and Downs and Everything in Between
by Liane Holliday Willey
“Reflecting the views of parents, professionals and those with AS themselves, this book tackles issues that are pertinent to all teenagers, such as sexuality, depression and friendship, as well as discussing topics like disclosure and therapeutic alternatives that are more specific to those with AS”.

Crystalline Lifetime: Fragments of Asperger Syndrome

by Luke Jackson
“Luke writes perceptively about identity, struggle, loneliness, love and the pursuit of happiness, and about finding calm amid the often overwhelming confusion and frustration that accompanies AS”.

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User’s Guide to Adolescence

by Luke Jackson
“Luke writes briefly about his younger autistic and AD/HD brothers, providing amusing insights into the antics of his younger years and advice for parents, carers and teachers of younger AS children.”


A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD
by Luke Jackson
“This positive and honest book is an important source of encouragement and advice for people whose lives are touched by autism, AS or AD/HD, for parents considering implementing the diet with their children, and for anyone on the diet, young or old”.

Sundays with Matthew
by Matthew Lancelle and Jeanette Lesada, $16.95
Sundays with Matthew demonstrates that using a special interest and talent is a proven way to help a child with autism reach his full potential. Playing on the visual strengths of many on the spectrum, the content of this book comes directly from sketchbooks featuring the drawings of both a child with autism and his art therapy teacher.


Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism
by Wendy Lawson
“Wendy writes in the light of her personal experience of an autism spectrum disorder as well as that of the available literature to create a book that is both readable and wide-ranging, furthering understanding of the links and differences between neurotypical individuals and those with ASD. Her book is an essential introduction to ASD for social workers, nurses, health professionals and those working in related fields”.


ASPoetry: Illustrated Poems from an Aspie Life
by Wendy Lawson
“Both reflective and life affirming, these poems offer evocative glimpses of the Asperger experience and will enrich readers' understanding of autism spectrum disorders”.
URL: http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843104186


Build Your Own Life: a Self-Help Guide for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome
by Wendy Lawson
“This book is essential reading for all those on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum, helping them to get the best out of a world that is often confusing and aiding those close to them to understand their perspective”.


Friendships: The Aspie Way
by Wendy Lawson
“In her frank and thoughtful analysis of what makes and breaks friendships, Wendy explores what it means to have friends or be a friend – even a friend to oneself. Insightful and relevant to people both on and off the autism spectrum, Friendships: The Aspie Way is a fresh approach to a universal issue in human relationships”.


Life Behind Glass: A Personal Account with Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Wendy Lawson
“Wendy Lawson writes about her personal account of living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.Wendy is now a mother of four with two university degrees; she is a social worker and adult educator, and operates her own business. She writes about the understanding of autism with others to help 'build a bridge...from my world to theirs'. Life Behind Glass is part of that bridge”.


Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum
by Wendy Lawson
“Written by an 'insider', an openly gay autistic adult, Wendy Lawson writes frankly and honestly about autism, sex and sexuality. In her new book, she draws upon her own experience to examine the implications of being autistic on relationships, sex and sexuality”.

Asperger Demerger
by Richard E Lewis
An e-book costing about ten dollars.Size 63 000 words in 21 chapters.
Demerging the merge.  Untangling the tangle!



A Blessing and a Curse: Autism and Me 
by Caiseal Mór
Growing up in Australia in the 1970s, Caiseal Mór was labelled 'retarded' and 'an idiot', and his parents were led to believe that physical punishment could cure his autism. In this courageous and captivating autobiography, Mór vividly captures his early experiences of dissociation from his true existence - a common reaction by children suffering from repeated abuse - and the various personas through which he lived through in his teens and early adulthood

 

Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook: An Employment Workbook for Adults with Asperger Syndrome $25.95 (no link provided)
By Roger Meyer
This practical manual will enable people diagnosed with Asperger
Syndrome and high functioning autism to deepen their self-understanding and appreciate their value as working individuals. Through step-by-step self-assessment, the reader is encouraged to engage actively in a self-paced exploration of their employment history, and ultimately to identify the work best suited to their personal needs, talents and strengths.

An Exact Mind: An Artist with Asperger Syndrome
by Peter Myers
“Peter Myers's intricate and ornately patterned drawings are brought together for the first time in this volume, which is the fascinating result of the collaboration of an artist and two scientists. The beautiful, complex images (included in full-page color as well as black and white reproductions) serve as a rare window into the precision and creativity of the Asperger mind at work”.

 

Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger’s Love Story
By Jerry and Mary Newport
Jerry and Mary Newport candidly recount the hardships they faced with Asperger’s as children into adulthood, separately and together in their new book, MOZART AND THE WHALE: An Asperger’s Love Story. MOZART AND THE WHALE is suffused with passionate energy, insight, and even humor. With brave candor, this inspiring memoir contains many themes central to the human struggle for love, acceptance and survival MOZART AND THE WHALE is a powerful story of how love triumphs over all. Readers will be touched by the beautiful memoir of such a fascinating couple.

Asperger's Syndrome and the Public Consciousness (free book) 

by Dr. Irma Jacqueline Ozer (Ph.D/J.D.)
Dr. Ozer explores the perception of Asperger's as reflected through the law, our educational structures, and media stereotypes. She also herein discusses her own personal journey.

Elijah’s Cup
by Valerie Paradiz
The must-read for parents; by a parent on the spectrum. This provocative and pioneering book is both a refreshing exploration of the history of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and a powerful story of the author's own struggle with her son Elijah's Asperger's Syndrome.

Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome
by Janette Purkis
“Jeanette's remarkable life and her journey towards finding a different kind of normal is compelling and inspiring reading for people with autism spectrum disorders, and those living or working with them.”

 

The Slamming Door: Bone Cancer, Asperger’s, and Loss
By Clarisse N. Rénard, J.D.
Nook
Kindle
The Slamming Door: Bone Cancer, Asperger’s, and Loss is a memoir by a woman with Asperger’s who was asked to move in with her husband’s cousin and be his caregiver while he was dying of bone cancer. During that year, she and her cousin-in-law enjoyed the last days of their friendship (he was like another dad to her), and she learned what Asperger’s is, something she had not done despite being diagnosed 8 years earlier. The story includes a celebration of life, Asperger’s, and many funny memories.

 

Martian in the Playground: Understanding the Schoolchild with Asperger's Syndrome 
by Clare Sainsbury
This exceptional book aims to illuminate what it means to be a person who has Aspergers Syndrome by providing a window into a unique and particular world. Drawing on her own experience of schooling, and that of a network of friends and correspondents who share her way of thinking and responding, Clare Sainsbury reminds us of the unique potential for harm which education holds for those who do not fit.


On My Own Terms: My Journey with Asperger's
by Robert Sanders, Jr.
This important book is an autobiographical story portraying the life of a person with Asperger's syndrome, the high functioning and mild form of autism. Robert Sanders, who had autistic traits as a child, has remarkably overcome numerous obstacles to lead a reasonably normal life. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, and he has occupied himself with construction projects, carpentry and painting. He is also an author and has written several books, among them three science fiction novels, and a novel about an American in Mexico. He travels extensively and enjoys bicycling, hiking, and photography. His struggles but also his accomplishments are discussed throughout, along with anecdotes, personal experiences, insights, unique ideas, and solutions. This book was written to give hope and encouragement to all of its readers that those with Asperger's syndrome can also overcome their obstacles.

Discovering My Autism
by Edgar Schneider
“In Discovering My Autism, he reflects on his experiences and his memories of his childhood and teenage years as a clever and artistic loner. As an account of how it feels to be a high-functioning autistic, this book should be read by parents of autistic children, professionals working with them, and people with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, or ADD themselves”.


Living the Good Life with Autism
by Edward Schneider
“In this book he takes up the story, telling of his marriage to a like-minded woman, and of the day-to-day realities of life with this condition. His description of autistic attitudes towards relationships, politics, theology and health are rich and original”.

Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum 
edited by Stephen M. Shore, $21.95
Written by people on the autism spectrum for people on the spectrum, this book helps people with ASD effectively self-advocate in their pursuit of independent, productive, and fulfilling lives.

Autism is Not a Life Sentence: How One Family Took on Autism and Won 
by Lynley Summers, with commentary by Jessica “Jazz” Summers, $19.95
Lynley takes us through the techniques she used when teaching her daughter Jessica, who has autism, to speak, make eye contact, eat, behave properly, and more. The reader will see Jessica, initially diagnosed as limited to a self-contained classroom and a helmet, grow into an accomplished high school student who composes music, writes stories, and speaks at conferences about life with autism. Commentary from Jessica is included throughout the book.

Asperger's—If You Only Knew 
by Sophia Summers

As a child, Sophia Summers always knew she was different and misunderstood. Hers was a lonely life of obsession and passion, fraught with anxieties, vulnerabilities, confusion, and heartbreak. It wasn't until her son Josh was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) that Sophia sought her own eventual diagnosis with the same—and began her mission to fully research and understand AS and to discover and embrace the special way the brains of those with Asperger's are wired. In Sophia's remarkably candid and deeply personal memoir, she offers firsthand insight into the unique challenges and experiences of both living with Asperger's Syndrome and raising a child with AS.


Urville
by Gilles Trehin
“Gilles Tréhin, an autistic man with exceptional creative talents and an obsession with large cities, conceived and developed Urville over the course of 20 years. He shares his vision in this beautifully illustrated guide to the city, which he renders convincingly real in nearly 300 drawings of different districts of Urville.”

 

The Autistic Comedy
by Barney Vincelette
A sequel to Dante's Divine Comedy, the young "NT" man, Don, is taken through the underworld to prepare him for his new destiny that will send him deep into the world of institutionalized autistic children, who show him society as few people will ever see it, as the children have lived it all their lives, behind closed doors where the world is not watching. These children have just acquired some powerful enemies in this psychological thriller and social satire on what society deems "normal."

 

Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism
by Donna Williams
“Somebody Somewhere is the second book in Donna Williams’ four-part autobiographical series. Donna is set to become an international bestseller and propel the woman terrified of being ‘known’ out of the shadows and straight into the limelight as one of the most famous people ever diagnosed with autism in the world”.

Like Color to the Blind :Soul Searching and Soul Finding
by Donna Williams
“Like Colour to the Blind continues with autistic author Donna Williams’ autobiographical journey. Donna tells the fascinating story of her relationship with Ian, an asexual man with ‘multiple personalities’, who is somewhere on the Autistic Spectrum. Together they set out to find out what is real and what is not”.

Autism and Sensing: The Unlost Instinct
by Donna Williams
“The book provides a fascinating insight into the way that people with autism perceive the world, going into far more depth than Williams' previous books”.

Everyday Heaven: Journeys Beyond the Stereotypes of Autism
by Donna Williams
“Described as enthralling, deeply moving and gripping, this book will strike a lasting chord not only with autistic readers and professionals seeking to better understand those on the autism spectrum but all of us who simply dream of daring to love deeply, to adventure and to deal triumphantly with the losses along the way.”

Exposure Anxiety-The Invisible Cage: An Exploration of Self-Protection Responses in the Autism Spectrum and Beyond
by Donna Williams
“Based on personal experience, the book shows how people with autism can be shown how to emerge from the stranglehold of exposure anxiety and develop their individuality”.

The Jumbled Jigsaw: An Insider’s Approach to the Treatment of Autism Spectrum ‘Fruit Salads’
by Donna Williams
“Exploring everything from mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders to information processing and sensory perceptual difficulties, including dependency issues, identity problems and much more, Donna demonstrates how a number of such conditions can combine to form a 'cluster condition' and underpin the label 'autism spectrum disorder”.

Autism: An Inside-Out Approach – An Innovative Look at the “Mechanics” of ‘Autism’ and Its Developmental ‘Cousins’
by Donna Williams
“A clear and effective writer, Williams is able to describe her experiences with rare clarity, depth and understanding. She takes us further into the disability and offers new opportunities to further our understanding”.

Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults (link coming soon)
by Zosia Zaks, $34.95
Written for adults on the spectrum and those involved—parents, spouses, friends—this book is divided into two sections: life and love. In the life section, the author, using personal experience, describes and suggests concrete ways to deal with some of the issues and problems faced by those on the autism spectrum. In the love section, instead of focusing on one topic, such as dating, the author includes a range of suggestions for different types of relationships.

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