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Autism and Asperger syndrome (The facts)

BARON-COHEN, Simon

2008    157 pages    (Oxford University Press)

ISBN 13: 9780198504900   

In this book, Simon Baron-Cohen summarizes the current understanding of autism and Asperger syndrome. He explains the process of diagnosis as well as the options for education and intervention for those with these conditions. Taking a lifespan approach, Professor Baron-Cohen considers how the conditions affect very young children through to adulthood. He also outlines his new Empathizing-Systemizing (ES) theory, which aims to explain all of the psychological features of autism-spectrum [...]

In this book, Simon Baron-Cohen summarizes the current understanding of autism and Asperger syndrome. He explains the process of diagnosis as well as the options for education and intervention for those with these conditions. Taking a lifespan approach, Professor Baron-Cohen considers how the conditions affect very young children through to adulthood. He also outlines his new Empathizing-Systemizing (ES) theory, which aims to explain all of the psychological features of autism-spectrum conditions. This book is degined firstly for people with these conditions and their families. It will be useful to clinicians, teachers and other professionals involved in the care and support of people on the autistic spectrum. The book will also provide and invaluable introduction to the topic for students in the social and biological sciences. [less]

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Autism as a metabolic disorder

SHATTOCK, Paul and SAVERY, Dawn

1997    22 pages    (Autism Research Unit, University of Sunderland)

Evidence is presented for this model which supports the proposal that the symptoms of autism are the consequence of physiological problems which are of metabolic origin. The relationship between these metabolic abnormalities and the symptoms of autism is explored. An understanding of these may provide clues about potentially useful interventions.

Evidence is presented for this model which supports the proposal that the symptoms of autism are the consequence of physiological problems which are of metabolic origin. The relationship between these metabolic abnormalities and the symptoms of autism is explored. An understanding of these may provide clues about potentially useful interventions. [less]

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Autism handbook, The

NYE, Andrew (Ed.)

2000    198 pages    (National Autistic Society)

ISBN 10: 1899280243

The original idea behind the Handbook was to bring together in one document information that covered the various needs of all relevant groups: people with autism themselves, parents of children with the disability and professionals working in related disciplines. In this second edition, the Handbook once more offers practical advice on a range of topics, such as pre-school approaches and benefits, and begins with answers to 'frequently asked questions'. Important sections have been added on the [...]

The original idea behind the Handbook was to bring together in one document information that covered the various needs of all relevant groups: people with autism themselves, parents of children with the disability and professionals working in related disciplines. In this second edition, the Handbook once more offers practical advice on a range of topics, such as pre-school approaches and benefits, and begins with answers to 'frequently asked questions'. Important sections have been added on the transition to further education for students with autism, on options beyond college and on day-to-day living in adult life, including guidance on partnerships. Most importantly in recognition of the enormous difficulty faced by many in gaining access to vital services, a section has been included called 'Know your rights'. This gives step-by-step guidance on a variety of issues, from getting a diagnosis to help with the assessment and statementing process, from welfare benefits available to contacts for further information. [less]

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Autism: handle with care!: understanding and managing the behavior of children and adults with autism

GILLINGHAM, Gail

1995    134 pages    (Tacit Publising)

ISBN 10: 0968421911

‘Autism: Handle with care!’ is a well written manual for understanding the autistic person in one's home or classroom. Gail Gillingham quotes autistic individuals as they explain what autism is. She addresses sensory sensitivities in a simple, concise manner helping the reader to understand the important perceptual differences autistic people have. She gives practical advice and helps to dispel many of the myths surrounding the autism diagnosis. Gail Gillingham asks the reader [...]

‘Autism: Handle with care!’ is a well written manual for understanding the autistic person in one's home or classroom. Gail Gillingham quotes autistic individuals as they explain what autism is. She addresses sensory sensitivities in a simple, concise manner helping the reader to understand the important perceptual differences autistic people have. She gives practical advice and helps to dispel many of the myths surrounding the autism diagnosis. Gail Gillingham asks the reader to begin to respectfully listen to what autistic persons have to say, for they are the ones experiencing the effects of autism and are, therefore, the experts. [less]

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Autism - the eighth colour of the rainbow: learn to speak autistic

STONE, Florica

2004    298 pages    (John Wiley & Sons)

ISBN 10: 1843101823

Through her questioning of traditional approaches regarding autism, and with determination and patience, Florica Stone has been able to develop a satisfying and supportive two-way channel of communication with her once non-verbal and solitary autistic son. In Autism - the eighth colour of the rainbow’ Florica shows how shared meanings can be learnt and expressed between autistic and non-autistic individuals, though they experience radically different perceptions of reality. Through [...]

Through her questioning of traditional approaches regarding autism, and with determination and patience, Florica Stone has been able to develop a satisfying and supportive two-way channel of communication with her once non-verbal and solitary autistic son. In Autism - the eighth colour of the rainbow’ Florica shows how shared meanings can be learnt and expressed between autistic and non-autistic individuals, though they experience radically different perceptions of reality. Through interacting with and listening to her autistic friends and son, she began to understand the autistic learning style and to decipher the various behavioural needs that arise from their particular sensory processing. In this inspiring, much-needed guide she presents ways of creating autistic-friendly environments, modifying traditional responses to autistic behaviour and using literal learning, and provides many useful examples and exercises. This book will help parents, teachers and professionals to learn how to interact meaningfully with autistic children, continuously enhance communication and bring about long-lasting changes. [less]

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Autistic spectrum: a guide for parents and professionals, The

WING, Lorna

1996    239 pages    (Robinson Publishing)

ISBN 10: 1841196746

Over 500,000 people of all ages in the UK have disorders in the autistic spectrum. About one-third also have varying degrees of learning difficulty. All have impairment of social interaction, communication and imagination - the world appears a bewildering and sometimes frightening place. Wing's acclaimed guide explains how people with autism experience the world and why they need an organized, structured environment. She suggests ways of improving communication, developing abilities and widening [...]

Over 500,000 people of all ages in the UK have disorders in the autistic spectrum. About one-third also have varying degrees of learning difficulty. All have impairment of social interaction, communication and imagination - the world appears a bewildering and sometimes frightening place. Wing's acclaimed guide explains how people with autism experience the world and why they need an organized, structured environment. She suggests ways of improving communication, developing abilities and widening social interaction, and how to cope with stresses within the family. [less]

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Autistic thinking - this is the title

VERMEULEN, Peter

2001    159 pages    (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

ISBN 10: 1853029955

To understand the ways people with autism think, Peter Vermeulen argues, we need to try to get inside their world. The latest scientific thinking is clearly explained, and illustrated by numerous personal accounts. This introductory book offers the reader a real window into the autistic mind and the very individual way in which it processes information. Honest and accessible, this book will be invaluable to anyone involved in the care of an autistic child.

To understand the ways people with autism think, Peter Vermeulen argues, we need to try to get inside their world. The latest scientific thinking is clearly explained, and illustrated by numerous personal accounts. This introductory book offers the reader a real window into the autistic mind and the very individual way in which it processes information. Honest and accessible, this book will be invaluable to anyone involved in the care of an autistic child. [less]

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Demystifying the autistic experience: a humanistic introduction for parents, caregivers and educators

STILLMAN, William

2003    176 pages    (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

ISBN 10: 1843107260

Parents, caregivers and educators are often at a loss about how best to support an individual with autism because they are overwhelmed by 'behaviours', inundated with prognoses and clinical jargon, or confused by technical information. This book introduces autism from a non-clinical, humanist perspective, emphasizing that we are all more alike than different. The author deconstructs the fundamental concepts of the autistic experience using language, examples and anecdotes that are concrete and [...]

Parents, caregivers and educators are often at a loss about how best to support an individual with autism because they are overwhelmed by 'behaviours', inundated with prognoses and clinical jargon, or confused by technical information. This book introduces autism from a non-clinical, humanist perspective, emphasizing that we are all more alike than different. The author deconstructs the fundamental concepts of the autistic experience using language, examples and anecdotes that are concrete and understandable for all. Reinforced for the reader is the importance of listening carefully to what people are telling us about valuing differences, personal passions, communication, and holistic wellness. [less]

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Do you understand me?: my life, my thoughts, my autism spectrum disorder

BROSEN, Sofie Koborg

2006    51 pages    (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

ISBN 10: 1843106466

Sofie Koborg Brosen is eleven years old and, like other children of her age, goes to a mainstream school, loves reading comics and being with her family and her cat, Teddy. But Sofie is not the same as everyone else - she has autism spectrum disorder. Fed up of being misunderstood by her classmates, she has written a book about her world so others can learn to understand her, and vice versa. Sofie describes her day-to-day life in clear, unambiguous language and tells readers about things she [...]

Sofie Koborg Brosen is eleven years old and, like other children of her age, goes to a mainstream school, loves reading comics and being with her family and her cat, Teddy. But Sofie is not the same as everyone else - she has autism spectrum disorder. Fed up of being misunderstood by her classmates, she has written a book about her world so others can learn to understand her, and vice versa. Sofie describes her day-to-day life in clear, unambiguous language and tells readers about things she finds difficult: being given too many instructions, disruptions to her routine, being teased, strong lights and smells and too much noise. She also tells about what she really likes - feeling accepted by other children, reading, nature, her autism camp and her cat. This fully illustrated book has already attracted much positive attention in Denmark. 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. Teachers, parents, carers, support workers, children with autism spectrum disorders and their classmates will find this an entertaining, informative and attitude-changing read. [less]

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Golden hat: talking back to autism, The

WINSLET, Kate with THORSTEINSSON, Keli and ERICSDOTTIR, Margret

2012    286 pages    (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN 13: 9781451645439   

Doctors told Margret Dagmar that her son Keli, who lives with a severe form of non-verbal autism, would never be able to communicate; she was told that he would be best off locked in an institution for the rest of his life. Driven by a love for her child, Margret embarked on a mission to find a way to connect with him. Oscar Award-winning actress Kate Winslet paired up with Margret and Keli to produce a documentary film about their journey. The team found an organization called Helping Autism [...]

Doctors told Margret Dagmar that her son Keli, who lives with a severe form of non-verbal autism, would never be able to communicate; she was told that he would be best off locked in an institution for the rest of his life. Driven by a love for her child, Margret embarked on a mission to find a way to connect with him.

Oscar Award-winning actress Kate Winslet paired up with Margret and Keli to produce a documentary film about their journey. The team found an organization called Helping Autism Learning Outreach (HALO), where specialists taught Keli other ways to communicate. He now composes beautiful and deeply moving poetry; one poem Keli wrote is called "The Golden Hat," which describes a magical hat that enables an autistic boy to communicate.

Inspired by Keli's poem, Winslet developed a way to raise awareness and funds to support autism outreach. Her project asks friends to pass a hat-chosen from Kate's closet-from one to another, after they've each taken a self-portrait wearing it. The list of those photographs includes Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, Oprah, Sting, Daniel Craig, and many more. [less]

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I have autism… what's that?

DOHERTY, Kate, McNALLY, Paddy and SHERRARD, Eileen

2003    32 pages    (Down Lisburn Trust)

This cheerful book helps children and young people with autism to discover how they are different from neuro-typical people. Written in straightforward language and illustrated with helpful and amusing pin men, it explores different approaches to talking, playing and learning and offers coping strategies.

This cheerful book helps children and young people with autism to discover how they are different from neuro-typical people. Written in straightforward language and illustrated with helpful and amusing pin men, it explores different approaches to talking, playing and learning and offers coping strategies. [less]

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Little Rainman: autism - through the eyes of a child

SIMMONS, Karen L.

1996    72 pages    (Future Horizons Incorporated)

ISBN 10: 1885477295

Recommended by world-renowned author and speaker Dr. Temple Grandin, this children's book paints a picture of what life is like for children with autism. Unique illustrations accompany a child's voice as he explains the different ways he thinks, sees, hears, and feels. This book is great for reading to children with or without autism to encourage acceptance and understanding. Written by Karen Simmons, mother of a son with autism, this was one of the first books of its kind and it [...]

Recommended by world-renowned author and speaker Dr. Temple Grandin, this children's book paints a picture of what life is like for children with autism. Unique illustrations accompany a child's voice as he explains the different ways he thinks, sees, hears, and feels. This book is great for reading to children with or without autism to encourage acceptance and understanding. Written by Karen Simmons, mother of a son with autism, this was one of the first books of its kind and it continues to be a classic in the autism community. [less]

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Living with autism (Overcoming common problems)

MARSHALL, Fiona

2004    118 pages    (Sheldon Press)

ISBN 13: 978085969979    ISBN 10: 1859699110

What is autism? · How does an autistic child see the world? · How can you communicate with your autistic child? · Where can you find help with the challenges of caring for an autistic child? Fiona Marshall answers all these questions and more, breaking through the myths about autism and offering practical help. [...]

What is autism?
· How does an autistic child see the world?
· How can you communicate with your autistic child?
· Where can you find help with the challenges of caring for an autistic child?
Fiona Marshall answers all these questions and more, breaking through the myths about autism and offering practical help. [less]

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Meeting the needs of children with autistic spectrum disorders

JORDAN, Rita Jordan and JONES, Glenys

1999    69 pages    (Routledge)

ISBN 10: 1853465828

This text is meant as a companion for students in teacher-training, newly-qualified teachers, or for anyone teaching children with autistic spectrum disorders for the first time in a mainstream setting. Using a case-study approach, the authors: help the teacher to identify the meaning behind pupils' actions and reactions; provide suggested responses via practical exercises and curriculum ideas; and provide signposts to other useful literature and list services and organisations which can [...]

This text is meant as a companion for students in teacher-training, newly-qualified teachers, or for anyone teaching children with autistic spectrum disorders for the first time in a mainstream setting. Using a case-study approach, the authors: help the teacher to identify the meaning behind pupils' actions and reactions; provide suggested responses via practical exercises and curriculum ideas; and provide signposts to other useful literature and list services and organisations which can further help the pupil. No prior knowledge of autistic spectrum disorders is required. [less]

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Neurotribes: the legacy of autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently

SILBERMAN, Steve

2015    534 pages    (Allen & Unwin)

ISBN 13: 9781760113636   

Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction A New York Times bestseller Foreword by Oliver Sacks - What is autism: a devastating developmental condition, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Following on from his groundbreaking article 'The Geek Syndrome', Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the [...]

Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction
A New York Times bestseller
Foreword by Oliver Sacks - What is autism: a devastating developmental condition, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it.
Following on from his groundbreaking article 'The Geek Syndrome', Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.
Going back to the earliest autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle while casting light on the growing movement of 'neurodiversity' and mapping out a path towards a more humane world for people with learning differences. [less]

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Ten things every child with autism wishes you knew

NOTBOHM, Ellen

2005    111 pages    (Future Horizons Incorporated)

ISBN 10: 1932565302

Framed with both humour and compassion, this book defines the top ten characteristics that illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. Ellen’s personal experiences as a parent, an autism columnist, and a contributor to numerous parenting magazines to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum. Every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and informative book ‘in their back pocket’. [...]

Framed with both humour and compassion, this book defines the top ten characteristics that illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. Ellen’s personal experiences as a parent, an autism columnist, and a contributor to numerous parenting magazines to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum. Every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and informative book ‘in their back pocket’. Table of Contents: Chapter 1: I am first and foremost a child, Chapter 2: My sensory perceptions are disordered, Chapter 3: Distinguish between won’t and can’t, Chapter 4: I am a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally, Chapter 5: Be patient with my limited vocabulary, Chapter 6: Because language is so difficult for me, I am very visually oriented, Chapter 7: Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do, Chapter 8: Help me with social interactions, Chapter 9: Identify what triggers my meltdowns, Chapter 10: Love me unconditionally. [less]

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That's life with autism: tales and tips for families with autism

ROSS, Donna Satterlee and JOLLY, Kelly Ann [eds.]

2006    207 pages    (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

ISBN 10: 1843108291

‘That's life with autism’ is full of advice and inspiration, written by parents for other parents and professionals caring for children on the autism spectrum. The overall message of this book is that people affected by autism are not alone. Each chapter addresses a specific topic, and range from the effect of autism in the family on couple or sibling relationships and intervention options to educational issues, diet, and the role of friends and relatives. Points for reflection [...]

‘That's life with autism’ is full of advice and inspiration, written by parents for other parents and professionals caring for children on the autism spectrum. The overall message of this book is that people affected by autism are not alone. Each chapter addresses a specific topic, and range from the effect of autism in the family on couple or sibling relationships and intervention options to educational issues, diet, and the role of friends and relatives. Points for reflection prompt the reader to discuss and think further about the issues covered. The contributors also provide starting points for the development of positive strategies, including networks of support in which parents can learn from and find support from others in similar situations. The practical and positive book will be of interest to parents of autistic children and to anyone working with children on the autism spectrum, from professionals to school. [less]

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Understanding and working with the spectrum of autism: an insider's view

LAWSON, Wendy

2001    223 pages    (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

ISBN 10: 1853029718

To many of the people who live or work with an individual with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the processes by which those with autism make sense of the world around them may seem mysterious. In Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism Wendy Lawson demonstrates these processes using comparisons from the non-ASD world to help professionals, families and carers to relate to and communicate with people with ASD better. Exercises at the back of the book encourage the reader to [...]

To many of the people who live or work with an individual with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the processes by which those with autism make sense of the world around them may seem mysterious. In Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism Wendy Lawson demonstrates these processes using comparisons from the non-ASD world to help professionals, families and carers to relate to and communicate with people with ASD better. Exercises at the back of the book encourage the reader to reflect on what has been discussed. The second part of the book contains chapters presenting a range of interventions and strategies for particular situations. Wendy illustrates her text with examples from her own life and from the lives of those she has met or worked with to clarify her points. She analyses ASD characteristics and examines interventions for dealing with social skills, anger management and self-esteem. Stress, its effects on the families of children with autism, and how best it can be alleviated, is also explored.

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. [less]

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Understanding autism for dummies

SHORE, Stephen Shore and RASTELLI, Linda G.

2006    365 pages    (John Wiley & Sons)

ISBN 10: 0764525476

Sound advice for parents whose kids have trouble concentrating According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated five to ten percent of children suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This book provides answers for parents of children who may have either condition, as well as for adult sufferers. Written in a friendly, easy–to–understand style, it helps people recognize and understand ADD and ADHD symptoms and [...]

Sound advice for parents whose kids have trouble concentrating
According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated five to ten percent of children suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This book provides answers for parents of children who may have either condition, as well as for adult sufferers. Written in a friendly, easy–to–understand style, it helps people recognize and understand ADD and ADHD symptoms and offers an authoritative, balanced overview of both drug and non–drug therapies. [less]

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