There are many excellent books available for both parents and children to learn more about ASDs and how to help. Our Autism Resource Specialists have curated this list of books that we think will be useful for you.
Learning the basics
Could It Be Autism? A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps by Nancy D. Wiseman (2007).
Demystifying Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide to Diagnosis for Parents and Professionals by Carolyn Thorwath Bruey (2004).
Early Intervention and Autism: Real Life Questions, Real Life Answers by James Ball (2008).
Helping Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Step-By-Step Workbook For Families by Stephanie B. Lockshin, Jennifer M. Gillis and Raymond G. Romanczyk (2005).
Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope that Can Transform by Lynn Kern Koegel and Claire LaZebnik (2005).
The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide (and Dads Too!): Creating a Balanced and Happy Life While Raising a Child with Autism by Susan Senator (2010).
Discovering therapy approaches
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
A Work in Progress: Behavioral Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism, editors Ron Leaf and John McEachin (1999).
ABA Program Companion: Organizing Quality Programs for Children with Autism and PDD by J. Tyler Fovel (2002).
Behavioral Interventions for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals, Editors Catherine Maurice, Gina Green, and Stephen Luce (1996).
Raising a Child with Autism: A Guide to Applied Behavioral Analysis for Parents by Shira Richman (2000).
Right from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism by Sandra L. Harris and Mary Jane Weiss (2007).
Teaching Individuals with Developmental Delays: Basic Intervention Techniques by Ivar Lovaas (2002).
Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think by.Stanley Greenspan and Serena Weider (2009).
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Picture’s Worth: PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism by Andy Bondy and Lori Frost (2011).
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD, and NLD by Steven E. Gutstein and Rachelle K. Sheely (2002).
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz (2006).
The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders by Carol Stock Kranowitz (2006).
Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske (2007).
Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder by Lucy Jane Miller and Doris A. Fuller (2007).
Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support (SCERTS)
The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Barry M. Prizant, Amy M. Wetherby, and Emily Rubin (2005).
Parenting children with autism spectrum disorders
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger's, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition by Ellen Notbohm, Veronica Zysk, and Temple Grandin (2010).
Activity Schedules for Children with Autism: Teaching Independent Behavior by Lynn McClannahan (2010).
Asperger's and Girls by Tony Attwood, Temple Grandin, Teresa Bolick, and Catherine Faherty (2006).
Autism Solutions: How to Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life for Your Child by Ricki G. Robinson (2011).
Can’t Eat, Won’t Eat: Dietary Difficulties with Autistic Spectrum Disorders by Brenda Legge (2007).
Get Out, Explore, and Have Fun! How Families of Children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome Can Get the Most Out of Community Activities by Lisa Jo Rudy (2010).
Healthcare for Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Guide to Medical, Nutritional, and Behavioral Issues by Fred Volkmar and Lisa Wiesner (2004).
Just Take a Bite: Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges! By Lori Ernsperger, Tania Stegen-Hanson, and Temple Grandin (2004).
More Than A Mom: Living a Full and Balanced Life When Your Child Has Special Needs by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett (2006).
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (2006).
Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids by Timothy Wilens (2006).
Teach Toileting: A Revolutionary Approach for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Special Needs by Deborah Bialer (2009).
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm (2005).
Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues by Maria Wheeler and Carol Stock Kranowitz (2007).
Visual Supports for People with Autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Marlene Cohen and Sloan (2007).
Behavior and emotional regulation
Freedom from Meltdowns: Dr. Thompson’s Solutions for Children with Autism by Travis Thompson (2008).
My Book Full of Feelings: How to Control and React to the Size of Your Emotions by Amy V. Jaffe and Luci Gardner (2006).
No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior by Jed Baker (2008).
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene (2010).
The Incredible 5-Point Scale: Assisting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis (2004).
When My Worries Get Too Big: A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety by Kari Dunn Buron (2006).
Communication skills and social skills
Do-Watch-Listen-Say: Social and Communication Intervention for Children with Autism by Kathleen Ann Quill (2000).
More Than Words: Helping Parents Promote Communication and Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Fern Sussman (1999).
Social Communication Cues for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Conditions: How to Give Great Greetings, Pay Cool Compliments and Have Fun With Friends by Tarin Varughese (2011).
Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities by Mark L. Sundberg and James W. Partington (2010).
The New Social Story Book, Tenth Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger’s, and Their Peers by Carol Gray and Tony Attwood (2010).
The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders by Mary Barbera and Tracy Rasmussen (2007).
Thinking About You, Thinking About Me by Michelle Garcia Winner (2007).
With Open Arms: Creating School Communities of Support for Kids with Social Challenges Using Circle of Friends, Extracurricular Activities, and Learning Teams by Mary Schlieder (2007).
You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids by Michelle Garcia Winner, Pamela Crooke, and Kelly Knopp (2010).
Organization and executive function
Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: a Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare (2010).
Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel (2008).
Strategies for Organization: Preparing for Homework and the Real World by Michelle Garcia Winner (2005).
Obtaining educational services
How to Compromise with Your School District without Compromising Your Child: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children With Developmental Disorders by Gary Mayerson (2004).
IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers: Handout Version by Anne Eason and Kathleen Whitbread (2006).
The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child by Lawrence Siegel (2011).
The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism by Areva Martin (2010).
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide by Pam Wright and Pete Wright (2006).
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law by Pam Wright and Pete Wright (2007).
Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives by Barbara D. Bateman and Cynthia Herr (2006).
60 Social Situations and Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict, and More: Seeing the Big Picture by Lisa Timms (2011).
A Spectrum of Relationships: A Guide to Understanding Social Connections for Teens and Adults with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome by C.S. Wyatt (2011).
Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent’s Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Chantel Sicile-Kira and Temple Grandin (2006).
Autism-Aspergers and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond by Jerry Newport, Mary Newport, and Teresa Bolick (2002).
Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions by Nick Dubin and Michael John Carley (2007).
Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years by Shana Nichols (2008).
Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Aspergers by Lynn Kern Koegel (2010).
Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People with Asperger’s Syndrome by Sarah Attwood (2008).
Perfect Targets: Asperger Syndrome and Bullying – Practical Solutions for Surviving the Social World by Rebekah Heinrichs and Brenda Smith Myles (2003).
Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide to Day-to-day Life by Nancy J. Patrick (2008).
The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide: Candid Advice for Teens, Tweens, and Parents, from a Young Man with Asperger’s Syndrome by J.D. Kraus (2010).
The Bully Blockers: Standing Up for Classmates with Autism by Celeste Shally (2009).
Books in Spanish
El Manual del Autismo: Informacion Facil de Asimilar, Vision, Perspectivas y Estudios de Casos de un Maestro de Educacion Especial by Jack E. George (2009).
Introducción al Enfoque ABA en Autismo y Retraso de Desarrollo. Un Manual para Padres y Educadores by Claudio Trivisonno (2010).
Los Trastornos del Espectro de Autismo de la A a la Z by Emily Doyle Iland and Barbara T. Doyle (2005).
Books for children with ASD
I Am Utterly Unique: Celebrating the Strengths of Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism by Elaine Marie Larsen.
Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome by Clarabelle van Niekerk.
What It Is to Be Me! An Asperger Kid Book by Angela Wine.
A Special Book about Me: A Book for Children Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome by Josie Santomauro.
Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A Guide for Friends and Family by Jude Welton.
Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes by Jennifer Elder.
Books for siblings
All About My Brother by Sarah Peralta.
Everybody Is Different: A Book for Young People Who Have Brothers or Sisters With Autism by Fiona Bleach.
Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism by Laurie Lears.
My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete.
Autism through a Sister's Eyes by Eve B. Band.
Rules by Cynthia Lord.
Sometimes My Brother: Helping Kids Understand Autism Through a Sibling's Eyes by Angie Healy.
Books to teach other children about autism
A Friend Like Simon by Kate Gaynor and Catriona Sweeney.
My Friend Has Autism by Amanda Doering Tourville and Kristin Sorra.
My Friend With Autism: Enhanced Edition with CD by Beverly Bishop.
A Is for Autism F Is for Friend: A Kid's Book for Making Friends with a Child Who Has Autism by Joanna L. Keating-Velasco.
Taking Autism to School by Andreanna Edwards.
The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism by Ellen Sabin.