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.

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

by Tony Attwood

The definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's Syndrome (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.

Aspergirls: Empowering Females With Asperger Syndrome

by Rudy Simone

This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt, and savant skills, to friendships, romance and marriage, and employment.

Asperger's on the Job

by Rudy Simone

Rudy's candid advice is based on her personal experiences and the experiences of over 50 adults with Asperger's from all over the world, in addition to their employers and numerous experts in the field. 

Congratulations! It's Asperger Syndrome

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'.

The Partner's Guide to Asperger Syndrome

by Susan Moreno

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

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”.

by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy
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 
by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

 

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.

 


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.”


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”.


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 Syndrome Employment Workbook: An Employment Workbook for Adults with Asperger Syndrome 
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.

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.

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.”

 

Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum 
edited by Stephen M. Shore
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.

Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults 

by Zosia Zaks
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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