Autism spectrum resources

5:22 PM, Jan. 20, 2013  |  Comments
'How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' by Daniel Stefanski.
'How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' by Daniel Stefanski.
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Kids with autism don't want to be treated any differently than their peers. Yet it's important to understand the characteristics of autism to be able to communicate more effectively with those affected.

Current reports estimate that 1 in 88 children have autism.

"How to Talk with an Autistic Kid" by Daniel Stefanski offers a very basic understanding of what autism is and its effects on behavior, as well as offering tips on how to communicate with those with autism. Cartoonlike illustrations and jargon-free text (written in first person by a teen with autism) makes this a highly readable book for youth, but even adults will appreciate its accessibility and simplicity. "How to Talk?" is perfect for introducing the topic of autism to grade-school and middle-school students.

Non-fiction for adults

"The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-made Epidemic" by Dan Olmsted

"The Autism Cookbook: 101 Gluten-free and Dairy-free Recipes" by Susan K. Delaine

"Autism Handbook for Parents: Facts and Strategies for Parenting Success" by Janice E. Janzen

"Carly's Voice: Breaking through Autism" by Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleischmann

"The Child with Autism at Home and in the Community: Over 600 Must-have Tips for Making Home Life and Outings Easier for Everyone" by Kathy Labosh

"Children with High-Functioning Autism: A Parent's Guide" by Claire E. Hughes-Lynch

"Eating for Autism: The 10-step Nutrition Plan to Help Treat your Child's Autism, Asperger's, or ADHD" by Elizabeth Strickland

"Empowered Autism Parenting: Celebrating (and Defending) your Child's Place in the World" by William Stillman

"Episodes: My Life as I See It" by Blaze Ginsberg

"The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Autism: From Everyday Meals to Holiday Treats--200 Tasty Recipes your Child will Love to Eat" by Megan Hart

"Finding your Child's Way on the Autism Spectrum: Discovering Unique Strengths, Mastering Behavior Challenges" by Laura Hendrickson

"The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism" - Kate Winslet "Newly Diagnosed Child" by Nancy D. Wiseman

"Healing our Autistic Children: A Medical Plan for Restoring your Child's Health" by Julie A. Buckley

"The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal his Son" by Rupert Isaacson

"How to Talk to an Autistic Kid" by Daniel Stefanski

"Living Gluten Free and Casein Free (GFCF) and Other Interventions" by Barrie Silberberg

"Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Create the Brightest Future for your Child with the Best Treatment Options" by James Coplan

"Not my Boy!: A Father, a Son, and One Family's Journey with Autism" by Rodney Peete

"1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger's" by Ellen Notbohm

"A Practical Guide to Autism: What Every Parent, Family Member, and Teacher Needs to Know" by Fred R. Volkmar

"Right from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism" by Sandra L. Harris

"Step Ahead of Autism: What You Can Do to Ensure The Best Possible Outcome for your Child" by Anne Moore Burnett

"Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew" by Ellen Notbohm

"The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's" by Temple Grandin


These fiction titles (adult and children's) feature themes about or characters with autism.

"Al Capone Shines my Shoes" by Gennifer Choldenko

"Anything but Typical" by Nora Raleigh Baskin

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon

"Daniel isn't Talking" by Marti Leimbach

"Livvie Owen Lived Here" by Sarah Dooley

"Marcelo in the Real World" by Francisco X. Stork

"Rules" by Cynthia Lord

"Sorta like a Rockstar" by Matthew Quick

Picture books

"David's World" by Dagmar H. Mueller

"The Friendship Puzzle: Helping Kids Learn about Accepting and Including Kids with Autism" by Julie L. Coe

"Looking after Louis" by Lesley Ely

"Since we're Friends" by Celeste Shally

"Waiting for Benjamin: A Story about Autism" by Alexandra Altman

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