Reading list

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Below is a list of books which current members have found helpful. Don’t forget we have a fantastic library of books at your disposal. Get in touch to take a look.


Asperger Syndrome: a guide for parents and professionals by Attwood, Tony (Jessica Kingsley, 1998)
‘THE starting point for anyone wanting to know about Asperger’s Syndrome. A good book to have onyour bookshelf to lend to other family members and interested friends’

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Attwood, Tony (JK, 2006)
‘Greater depth but remains highly readable’

Theory of mind and the triad of perspectives on autism and Asperger Syndrome: a view from the bridge by Bogdashina, Olga (Jessica Kingsley, 2005)
‘Looks at the perspectives of professionals, parents and individuals on the autistic spectrum. Really enjoyed reading it and gave me greater insight into the autistic mind’

The autistic Spectrum: a guide for parents and professionals by Wing, Lorna (Constable and Robinson, 2002)
Lorna Wing was the first person to use the term Asperger’s Syndrome in a paper in 1981. She also first identified that the autistic spectrum has social impairment at its core. This book explains how people with autism experience the world, why they need an organized, structured environment and ways to improve communication, develop abilities, widen social interaction and cope with family stresses.


Social Skills Training For Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communication Problems by Baker, Jed (JK, 2003)

Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences – Different Perceptual Worlds by Bogdashina, Olga (JK, 2003)
‘An excellent book looking at the different sensory experiences of children on the autism spectrum. Deepened my understanding and explained many of my son’s behaviours’

Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome: 200 Tips and Strategies by Boyd, Brenda (JK, 2003)
Suggests strategies for coping with many of the common problems associated with Asperger’s

My Social Stories Book by Gray, Carol (JK, 2001)
Social stories are short narratives which are used to teach social and life skills to children on the autism spectrum. This book contains over 150 stories for young children.

Can’t eat, won’t eat: dietary difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders by Legge, Brenda (JK, 2001)

Helping Children to Build Self-Esteem: A Photocopiable Activities Book by Plummer, Deborah (JK, 2001)

Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem: A
Photocopiable Activities Book
by Plummer, Deborah (JK)
Simple, effective and fun activities aimed at building and maintaining self-esteem

Homeschooling the child with Asperger Syndrome by Pyles, Lise (JK, 2004)
Not just for those who are homeschooling as it suggests some very helpful learning strategies

How to Live with Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals by Williams, Chris; White, Barry (JK, 2004)
Highly readable explanation of the autistic spectrum and strategies for tackling common problems

Challenging Behaviour and autism: making sense – making progress by Whitaker, Philip (NAS, 2001)
‘My son has quite severe behavioural problems. This book really helped me with strategies to cope and to help modify his behaviour’

Hitchhiking through Asperger Syndrome by Pyles, Lise (JK, 2002)
Written from a parent’s perspective, this book gives a candid and thoughtful account of one family’s trek through the world of Asperger Syndrome. The author believes that, while professional help can be necessary, parents are in the best position to make a difference in their children’s lives: they should be in control of, and involved in, their children’s care and education. She offers practical and positive advice on different topics including diagnosis, dealing with your reactions and those of others, education, diet and medication.

Explaining Asperger’s Syndrome

Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes by Elder, Jennifer (JK, 2005)

Everybody is different by Bleach, Fiona (NAS, 2001)
A book for young people who have brothers or sisters with autism

Asperger’s… What Does it Mean to Me? by Faherty, Catherine
An excellent workbook which can help explain Asperger’s Syndrome to your child as well as self awareness and life lessons

Different Croaks for Different Folks: All About Children with Special Learning Needs by Ochiai, Midori (JK, 2005)

Welton, Jude Can I tell you about Asperger Syndrome: A guide for family and friends (JK, 2003)

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Haddon, Mark (David Fickling Books, 2003)
A novel for teenagers and adults. The central character has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Personal accounts

Multicoloured Mayhem: Parenting the many shades of adolescents and children with autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD by Jackson, Jacqui (JK, 2003)
‘Jacqui is a single parent to 7 children. Amongst them Luke has Asperger’s Syndrome, Joe ad ADHD, Ben has autism and Matthew has dyspraxia and dyslexia. Her account of life with them is inspiring and humorous. I’ve dipped into it when feeling really low and it has made me laugh out loud.’

Martian in the playground by Sainsbury, Clare (Lucky Duck, 2000)

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger’s Syndrome by Jackson, Luke (JK, 2002)
‘This book is a really positive look at Asperger’s Syndrome from a teenager’s perspective. Good for a young person with Asperger’s Syndrome to read independently’

We have a large library and the above books are just a small number of them. We can email a complete list of library books and DVDs to you should you wish. Or, give us a call and arrange a time to come and browse.