Autism Spectrum Disorders

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1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger's
by Ellen Notbohm & Veronica Zysk
The authors present parents and educators with over 1800 ideas try-it-now tips, eye-opening advice, and grassroots strategies. More than 600 fresh ideas join tried and true tactics from the original edition, while many ideas pick up where the first education left off, offering modifications for older kids, honing in on Asperger's challenges, and enhancing already-effective ways to help your child or student achieve success at home, in school, and in the community.

A Mind Apart: Understanding Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
by Peter Szatmari, MD
Why would a child refuse to talk about anything but wasp wings-or the color of subway train doors? What does it mean when a nine-year-old asks questions about death hundreds of times a day? And how can parents build a close relationship with a little girl who hates to be touched? In this compassionate book, leading autism authority Dr. Peter Szatmari shows that children with autism spectrum disorders act the way they do because they think in vastly different ways than other people. Dr. Szatmari shares the compelling stories of children he has treated who hear everyday conversation like a foreign language or experience hugs like the clamp of a vise. Understanding this unusual inner world-and appreciating the unique strengths that thinking differently can bestow-will help parents relate to their children more meaningfully, and make the "outer world" a less scary place.

A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome & High-Functioning Autism

If you are the parent of a child with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism - or are simply wondering whether your child's unusual interests, behavior, and difficulty relating to others are cause for concern - this is the book for you. Leading psychologists explain how to work with your child's paradoxical combination of precocious talents and social difficulties to help him or her learn to engage more fully with the world.

A Thorn in My Pocket
by Eustacia Cutler
A Thorn in My Pocket is the author's story of raising her autistic daughter, Temple Grandin, in the conservative "leave-it-to-Beaver" world of the fifties, a time when autistic children were routinely diagnosed as "infant schizophrenics" and banished to institutions. She tells of her fight to keep temple in the mainstream of family, community and school life, how Temple responded and went on to succeed beyond the author's wildest dreams.

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome
by Kathy Hoopmann
All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS), drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS. Delightful color photographs of cats bring to life families characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked and particular eating habits. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality and potential of people with AS.

Asperger's and Girls
by Tony Attwood & Temple Grandin
Asperger's and Girls is an exceptional book that recognizes the unique problems of girls on the Asperger Spectrum. It covers topics such as diagnoses, education, puberty, relationships and careers. Experts in the field share practical advice. Women and girls with AS share intriguing stories that make you laugh and make you cry, but ultimately give you hope.

Asperger's Huh? A Child's Perspective (Children's Library)
by Rosina G. Schnurr, Ph.D.
This book is geared specifically for children in the 6-12 age range when the diagnosis is frequently made. Written from the perspective of an 11-year-old boy who has just been diagnosed, the book explains the disorder, offers reassurance and gives practical suggestions. (6-12)

Asperger's Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence Through Adulthood
by Isabelle Henault
In this comprehensive and unique guide, the author delivers practical information and advice on issues ranging from puberty and sexual development, gender identity disorders, couples' therapy to guidelines for sex education programs and maintaining sexual boundaries.

Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
by Tony Atwood
Providing a description and analysis of the unusual characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome, with strategies to reduce those that are most conspicuous or debilitating, this guide brings together the most relevant and useful information on all aspects of the syndrome, from language and social behavior to motor clumsiness. (parents & professionals)

Autism Methodology Cases to Live By: Legal Guidance for Practical Program Strategies
by Elena M. Gallegos, Esq. and Jill M. Shallenberger, Esq.
This resource transforms autism case law into practical guidance on selecting methodologies. Analysis of key cases shows you the essential lessons to be learned and turns them into useable strategies - helping you create a comprehensive autism program and select child-appropriate methodologies that are educationally sound and legally defensible.

Autism Sourcebook, The: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping, and Healing
by Karen Siff Exhorn
Practical advice and information from the world's foremost experts on autism - and a mother's own hard-won lessons from helping her son recover from the disorder. The author offers parents the wisdom she wishes she'd had at the beginning.

Autism Speaks Family Services Transition Tool Kit
by Autism Speaks
A guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. The guiding principle that was used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness.

Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z
by Barb Doyle & Emily Doyle Iland
This extremely comprehensive book goes step-by-step through the symptoms, definitions, assessments, and diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The authors describe ASDs in terms of the parents, teachers, the school system, medical professionals, adult service providers, and private agencies involved. In addition to revealing what parents and professionals can expect, this book also provides practical strategies to improve the assessment process and help the child or adult deal with the stress of the evaluations.

Basic Skills Checklists: Teacher-friendly Assessment for Students with Autism or Special Needs
by Marlene Breitenbach
An easy-to-use, informal assessment tool that brings method to the madness of classroom assessment. It focuses on pre-academic, readiness, and academic skills expected from learners in the early elementary years. The author developed these helpful checklists in special-needs and inclusive classrooms while serving children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Beyond the Wall
by Stephen Shore
This book is an important welcome addition to the literature on Asperger Syndrome. Stephen Shore understands AS from the inside, and has taken on the valuable role of guide to the outsider. A patient teacher, he opens doors for the traveler that otherwise remain closed. His book, and the life it describes, will go a long way to raising awareness of AS, highlighting the special strengths that AS confers, whilst not minimizing the difficulties. It also contains a wealth of information on how to manage AS.

Breaking Autism's Barriers: A Father's Story
by Bill Davis
The story of a father's journey through autism with his son. Describes the stages of realization, intervention, and therapy the family went through in their search to find a lifestyle and a therapy that would help their son overcome the powerful spectrum disorder, providing inspiration for other families undergoing that process.

Changing The Course of Autism
by Bryan Jepson, M.D.
Twenty years ago, autism was a rare disease -- today, most Americans know a family with an autistic child. Autism is currently affecting half a million American children, or 1 in 150. This makes it the most common developmental disability -- more common than Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy combined.

Children with Autism
by Woodbine House
This book is recommended as the first book on autism that parents and families should read. This comprehensive book will ease the fears and concerns of many parents struggling to understand and cope with their child's disorder. (parents & professionals)

Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
by Tony Attwood
This book is 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 this correspondence; with individuals with AS, this book is both authoritative and extremely accessible.

Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome, The
by Tony Attwood
This book is 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, this book is both authoritative and extremely accessible. Chapters examine: causes & indications; the diagnosis and its effect on the individual; theory of mind; etc.

Dangerous Encounters: Avoiding Perilous Situations with Autism
by Davis & Schunick
The authors masterfully translate how to interpret common behaviors of people with Autism for law enforcers, rescue personnel and other first responders. However, all people desiring a deeper understanding in making the world a safer and more understandable place for people with Autism will benefit greatly from reading this book.

Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
by Temple Grandin & Kate Duffy
This book provides advice and illustrations from Temple Grandin's own experiences as well as the advice of other adults with autism or Asperger Syndrome who have also achieved lucrative and enjoyable careers. It is designed to take readers - those on the autism spectrum and their family members, teachers, counselors, and other adults who make a difference in young lives - through the career planning process. Includes information on discovering and growing the talents and interests that might lead to satisfying work as well as a career planning and job search process.

Different Not Less
by Temple Grandin
This book is a compilation of success stories from adults with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Each shares what helped them during their childhood and young lives that made them the independent adults they are today. One of the most important missions Temple Grandin has is making sure people with autism and Asperger's make something of their lives. As Temple says quite bluntly, "Being on Social Security is NOT a job choice."

Early Intervention & Autism
by James Ball
If you have a child with autism then this book will become an essential addition to your library. It explains early intervention, but it offers to much more. This book gives parents the hands-on tools and strategies to start working effectively with a child, even before early intervention services kick in.

Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities Journal - Volume 47, Number 3
by Council for Exception Children - Division on Autism and Development Disabilities (DADD)
This professional journal published by DADD focuses on individuals with autism, intellectual disability, and other developmental disabilities.

Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-verbal Learning Disability
by Yvona Fast
With practical and technical advice on everything from job hunting to interview techniques, from 'fitting in' in the workplace to whether or not to disclose a diagnosis, this book guides people with NLD or AS successfully through the employment mine field.

Every Turtle Counts
by Sara Hoagland Hunter
When one of earth's rarest sea turtles becomes stranded on the shores of Cape Cod, only one special child is sure it can be saved. Based on the international effort to preserve the last of the Kemp's ridley sea turtles, Every Turtle Counts is the touching story of Mimi, an autistic child whose challenges, like the turtle's, are many, but whose determination is undaunted.

Everybody Is Different
by Fiona Bleach
This book is different! It is specially designed to give answers to the many questions of brothers and sisters of young people on the autistic spectrum. As well as explaining the characteristics of autism, it is full of helpful suggestions for making family life more comfortable for everyone concerned.

Facing Autism
by Lynn M. Hamilton
Perhaps one of the most devastating things you can learn as a parent is that your child has been diagnosed with autism. Children with autism do have the possibility to improve greatly. Discover the steps you can take today to begin the fight for your child's future in this book. (parents & professionals)

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence
by Luke Jackson
This guide was written by Luke Jackson, a 13 year old from the UK, who is one of seven children. He has Asperger's Syndrome, one of his brothers has ADHD, and another is autistic. Jackson's conversational and humorous test offers helpful insights into the challenges faced by those with AS, on such topics as fascinations and fixations, sensory perception, diet, sleep, teenage language, problems with socializing at school, homework, dealing with bullies, dating, and moral dilemmas.

Game of My Life, The
by Jason ?J-Mac? McElwain
The Greece Athena Trojans high school basketball team took the court for the final game of the regular season. With four minutes and nineteen seconds left on the clock, the coach sent Jason McElwain - an autistic student and the team manager - to the scorer's table. He scored twenty points, including a school record six three-pointers. 'J-Mac', as Jason became known, was carried off the court on the teammates' shoulders. J-Mac's story gives young people everywhere a lot of hope and not just young people living with Autism, but all young people. It teaches them to never give up on their dreams and to be ready for their shot when called upon.

How Do I Teach This Kid to Read?: Teaching Literacy Skills to Young Children with Autism, from Phonics to Fluency
by Kimberly A. Henry Grade levels K-3
This book presents simple, instructional strategies that can be used to help develop early literacy skills in young children with autism. The author provides dozens of fine-tuned, easily adaptable activities that teachers and parents can implement separately or in infinite combinations.

How Do I Teach This Kids?: Visual Work Tasks for Beginning Learners on the Autism Spectrum
by Kimberly A. Henry
This is the first in a series of books designed to share ideas for using visual strategies to teach children with autism. This resource provides special education teachers, therapists, parents, and home-based therapists with practical, easy-to-implement ideas for creating over 80 different work tasks or boxes to be used to teach students to work independently and for an established length of time.

How to Set Up a Classroom For Students with Autism
by S.B. Linton
This book is a mentor teacher in a book! This manual is a must have for teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, related service providers and parents who want to examine the items needed in an effective autism classroom. It's an 82 page manual for those new to working with students with autism or for professionals who would like to enhance their current autism classroom set-up.

Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
by Kelly J. Mahler
This book teaches important hygiene skills and associated social understanding concepts in a fun, yet structured manner. The curriculum is aimed at meeting the constant search for inventive and intriguing methods for teaching often quite boring topics surrounding functional life skills.

Ian's Walk: A Story About Autism
by Karen Ritz
So genuine are the paintings of narrator Julie, her big sister, Tara, and her younger autistic brother, Ian, that the tree children look as though they will continue walking, tying a shoe, or feeding the ducks just as soon as the page is turned. As Tara and Julie take Ian along on their walk to the park, Julie describes how Ian acts differently from most people, showing no interest, for example, in the food or customers in Nan's diner and paying attention only to the rotating ceiling fan. Admirably patient with Ian, Julie nevertheless grows angry with his seemingly stubborn ways. Yet her close observations of her brother serve her well when Ian wanders away. Through its simple plot, the story conveys a complex family relationship and demonstrates the ambivalent emotions Julie feels about her autistic brother.

Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Maureen A. Flanagan
This book gives parents and teachers knowledge, techniques, and activities to enable them to work on these oral-motor skills with the children in their lives. It will show how oral motor treatment helps to increase oral awareness, normalize oral sensitivity, improve oral strength and stability, facilitate more typical movement patterns, increase separation and grading of movement, and improve the child's overall ability to initiate movements.

Incredible 5 Point Scale, The
by Kari Dunn Buron & Mitzi Curtis
This is an excellent book that will help teachers, aides, principals and parents to truly understand the behavior of students with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism while learning simple and effective methods for managing behavior problems. This approach will also allow many students to ultimately self-manage their behavior.

Just Give Him the Whale!
by Paula Kluth & Patrick Schwarz
When learners with autism have deep, consuming fascinations trains, triangles, basketballs, whales teachers often wonder what to do. This concise, highly practical guidebook gives educators across grade levels a powerful new way to think about students obsessions as positive teaching tools that calm, motivate, and improve learning.

Letters to Sam
by Daniel Gottlieb
When his grandson was born, Daniel Gottlieb began to write a series of heartfelt letters that he hoped Sam would read later in life. He planned to cover all the important topics - dealing with your parents, handling bullies, falling in love, coping with death - and what motivated him was the fear that he might not live long enough to see Sam reach adulthood. You see, Daniel Gottlieb is a quadriplegic - the result of a near-fatal automobile accident that occurred two decades ago - and he knows enough not to take anything for granted. Then, when Sam was only 14 months old, he was diagnosed with Pervasive Develop-mental Disability, a form of autism, and suddenly everything changed. Now the grandfather and grandson were bound by something more: A disability - and Daniel Gottlieb's special understanding of what that means became invaluable. This lovingly written, emotionally gripping book offers unique - and universal - insights into what it means to be human.

Making Lemonade: Hints For Autism's Helpers
by Judy Endow
This book is a collection of poems by the author and are beautiful and complex expression of what it is to know Autism from the inside out. These poems are more than moving, they are instructive and teach much about how to support, listen, and appreciate. It will help families, educators, and others who support the challenges, difficulties, wonder, and uniqueness that is Autism.

Managing Family Meltdown: the Low Arousal Approach and Autism
by Linda Woodcock and Adrea Page
This book offers practical, long-term and effective strategies to help resolve common challenging behaviors using a low arousal approach to behavior management – a non-aversive approach based on avoiding confrontation and reducing stress and anxiety.

Mirror Mirror: Reflections On Autism
by Barbara Massine-Johnson
This inspirational and informative book is a reflective look into the world of autism spectrum disorders. The compelling examples and testimonies give the reader not only a fresh look at autism, but a truthful depiction of the complexities of family life while submerged within.

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities At School: Educating Students with NLD, Asperger Syndrome & Related Conditions
by Pamela B. Tanguay & Sue Thompson
Pamela Tanguay addresses issues related to the academic education of the child with NLD and related conditions. The author defines and discusses concepts such as frontloading and a cooperative learning environment, and explains how they benefit the student with NLD and related conditions.

Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome
by Patricia Romanowski Bashe & Barb Kirby
Whether your child has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or troubling symptoms are just becoming apparent, this book will guide you in the right direction. The authors know first-hand the joys and frustrations of raising children with Asperger Syndrome, and they share their own experiences as well as those of dozens of parents facing the same challenges. You'll learn what AS looks like and how it is diagnosed; how parents can accept and work with the diagnosis; what interventions, therapies, and medications are available.

Parallel Play
by Tim Page
The author didn't know he had Asperger's syndrome until he became a man. In this affecting memoir of his boyhood, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Page revisits his early days through the prism of newfound clarity. A triumphant account of a disadvantaged boy who grew into a high-functioning, highly successful adult - perhaps not despite his Asperger's but because of it.

Practical Solutions for Stabilizing Students with Classic Autism to Be Ready to Learn
by Judy Endow
The author gives us powerful new tools for supporting children in self-regulatory and stabilizing activities, as well as helpful review and interpretation of existing strategies. By bringing these important resources together, Judy demonstrates the variability of experience and needs across the spectrum, presenting, useful scenarios and personal insight as a person with Autism.

Pretending to Be Normal
by Liane Holliday Willey
This book 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 through her life as a university lecturer, writer, wife and mother, Liane Holliday Willey shares, with insight and warmth, the daily struggles and challenges that face many of those who have Asperger's Syndrome. (parents & professionals)

Realizing the College Dream with Autism Or Asperger Syndrome
by Ann Palmer
This accessible book focuses on how parents can help their ASD child to get to college, and how to get the most out of it. The author offers tried-and-tested advice on how to prepare students for the transition from home life and high school to a new environment and educational challenges, and explains how to support them through potential problems with social integration, academic pressure, self-disclosure, and appropriate levels of participation in college.

Self-Help Skills for People with Autism
by Stephen R. Anderson
For children with autism, developing basic self-help skills is just as important as acquiring communication, social, and academic skills. It addresses a core group of essential skills - eating, toileting, dressing, and personal hygiene - that are key for children's independence and participation in school, home, and community. It describes an optimistic approach that assumes everyone is teachable if skills are broken into small steps and taught using individualized and systematic instruction based on scientifically proven methods.

Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social Communication Problems
by Jed Baker PhD
In this book, the author translates years of experience working with students with Asperger Syndrome and social-communication difficulties. The essence of this resource: 70 of the skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social-communication problems. Each skill is presented with a reproducible skill handout, as well as activity sheets listing ways teachers and parents can demonstrate, practice and reinforce the skill in the classroom and at home.

Solutions For Adults with Asperger Syndrome
by Juanita P. Lovett
Although more adults that ever are being accurately diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS), it's still a condition typically associated with young children and adolescents. As a result, adults and their families have had few places to turn for useful, practical guidance on what life is like for adults with AS, why it's difficult to get a correct diagnosis, and - once correctly diagnosed - how to maximize its benefits while minimizing its drawbacks. That is, until now.

Straight Talk On Autism
by Travis Thompson, Ph.D.
Travis Thompson takes you beyond understanding the disorder and reveals specific ways to help children develop critical skills they'll use their whole lives. Based on the latest research and the author's extensive clinical experience, these ready-to-use tips and strategies are just what you need to guide children with autism spectrum disorders as they meet their toughest challenges head-on.

Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome
by Harpur, Lawlor & Fitzgerald
Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome demystifies the range of college experiences for students with AS. It is a must for these students, their parents and counselors alike, providing benefits that will continue throughout the college years and beyond.

Taking the Mystery Out of Medications in Autism/Asperger Syndromes
by Luke Tsai, M.D.
Dr. Tsai wrote this book to empower you with the knowledge of the standard of medication treatment of ASD. It provides information that educates the caregiver so they can respond with knowledge to the judgments made by their physician. (parents & professionals)

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
by Ellen Notbohm
Framed with both humor and compassion, this book defines the top ten characteristics that illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. The author's personal experiences as a parent, an autism columnist, and a contributor to numerous parenting magazines combine to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum.

The PRT Pocket Guide
by Robert Koegel & Lynn Kern Koegel
A great resource for educators, behavior specialists, early interventionists, SLPs, occupational therapists, and families, this reader-friendly pocket guide is the perfect introduction to PRT, the popular approach that uses natural learning opportunities to modify pivotal areas of behavior. Pioneering autism experts Robert and Lynn Koegel speak directly to the reader, demystifying PRT and clearly explaining why it leads to widespread and rapid progress for children.

The Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching Play, Emotion, and Communication to Children with Autism
by Jed Baker PhD
The book uses pictures of real children in real activities demonstrating different behaviors and the positive or negative responses the child receives based on their choice.

Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports From My Life with Autism
by Temple Grandin
In this, Grandin delivers a report from the county of autism. Writing from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person, she tells us how she managed to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world. What emerges from this book is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own, sheds light on the riddle of our common identity. (parents & professionals)

Toilet Training For Individuals With Autism Or Other Developmental Issues
by Maria Wheeler
Individuals with Autism are reportedly one of the most difficult populations to toilet train. This second edition offers effective strategies that take the child's physical and emotional sensitivities into account instead of trying to force traditional methods. Easy-to-read bulleted lists offer more than 200 do's and don'ts, along with over 50 real-life examples, to help make the process more of a lesson and less of a battle for all involved.

Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome
by Clarabelle Van Niekerk & Liezl Venter
This book gives readers a glimpse into the life of Sam, an undiagnosed child. There is something about Sam that causes him to behave a little differently than other children, making him an easy target for bullying at school. One evening--without telling anyone--Sam and his dog, Oscar, leave home to visit the fair. This is a defining moment for his worried parents, who decide that very night that it is time to see the doctor.

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
by Temple Grandin & Sean Barron
Dr. Temple Grandin and Sean Barron use their colorful life stories to explain the unwritten rules and patterns of social relationships. They create guidelines for living and working with others and illustrate their infinite applications, in even the most complex situations. The authors' brilliant insights are invaluable to anyone who has ever felt "outside the norm" in school, at work, or when relating to people in general.

Visual Recipes: A Cookbook For Non-Readers
by Tabitha Orth
This book is aimed at addressing the needs of young children between the ages of three and ten years of age, and people with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Each aspect of the design and formatting of Visual Recipes is supporting a deficit while utilizing a strength. Each step is framed, which helps the person stay organized, giving him or her the visual information he needs.

Way I See It, The
by Temple Grandin
In this innovative book, Dr. Grandin gets down to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do's and don'ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her 'insider' perspective and a great deal of research.

We're Amazing, 1, 2, 3! - Sesame Street
by Leslie Kimmelman
Elmo and Abby from Sesame Street meet a new friend, Julia. Julia and Elmo like many of the same things just in different ways. Elmo helps Abby to understand Julia and not to be scared or make assumptions because she has autism.

When My Autism Gets Too Big
by Kari Dunn Buron
More than any other issue, 'losing control' can cause major problems for children with ASD. Through the irresistible character of Nicholas, this book gives young children an opportunity to explore with parents or teachers their own feelings as they react to events in their daily lives while learning some useful relaxation techniques. Children who use the simple strategies present in this charming book will find themselves relaxed and ready to work or play.

You're Going to Love This Kid
by Paula Kluth, Ph.D
This strategy-filled guidebook provides education professionals with specific, creative ideas for including students with autism in both primary and secondary school classrooms. This book is your practical guide to understanding students with autism and including them fully in the classroom.

Your Life Is Not a Label
by Jerry Newport
The author offers first-person knowledge of how to handle the challenges of Asperger's so you can live your adult life as an independent person. This is a step-by-step guide to overcoming the large and small problems that are a part of everyday life - school, dating, jobs, finances, driving, public transit, pets, relationships, stress, traveling, depression, and much more. It will help you see yourself as 'okay'. Being different is challenging, but the real reward is discovering that you can overcome, live life fully and be more than just a label.


First Signs Screening Kit for Pediatric Practitioners (CD/manual)
First Signs, Inc.
The first three years of life are critical to a child's future potential. Intensive, well-designed and timely intervention can improve the prospects - and the quality of life - for many children who are considered at risk for cognitive, social, or emotional developmental delays. A well-implemented program can brighten a child's future and lessen the impact a developmental disorder has on the family.

Living In The Spectrum: Autism & Asperger's
Mindscape Productions (Audio CD)
This audio CD provides a clear description of Asperger syndrome and the differences between this disorder and Autism. 'Living In The Spectrum' helps parents balance a realistic understanding of their child's limitations with the optimism necessary to help their children reach maximum potential.


5 Promising Approaches for Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum
60 minutes
Steven Shore brings humor and wise solutions to working with children on the autism spectrum disorder. His presentation is worthwhile for both parents and professionals.

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back To Autism
103 minutes
A Mother's Courage does not sugarcoat autism, or celebrate it, or cure it. The movie's strength lies in that it shows the heart-wrenching reality of what families have to go through to get assessments, diagnosis and advice; it shows the reality of the pain parents feel when their bubbly, verbal child regresses and becomes autistic.

Asperger Syndrome Living Outside the Bell Curve
18 minutes
In recent years schools have seen a marked increase of Asperger Syndrome diagnoses. This DVD looks at Asperger students in general and focuses in on 12 year old Andrew. Includes an in-depth interview with Dr. Tina Iyama. She explains the causes, symptoms, and strategies for coping with Asperger Syndrome. Andrew shows that with appropriate supports it's possible to flourish outside the accepted social and educational bell curve.

Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents & Professionals
Dr. Tony Attwood
Dr. Attwood's presentation in this DVD is on Asperger's Syndrome diagnosis and support. He covers the theory of mind of those with this challenge, and as he does, his ideas broaden our perception and understanding.

Asperger Syndrome: Success in the Mainstream Classroom
44 minutes
This DVD includes interviews with psychologist Dr. Jed Baker, parents, regular and special education teachers, an instructional aide and a Child Study Team case manager/social worker -- al describing specific steps that have worked for them in guiding and teaching students with Asperger Syndrome who attend mainstream classes in middle and high school.

Asperger Syndrome: Transition to College and Work
57 minutes
The program includes techniques to help students understand their role in the transition process, obtain special education services at the college level, learn to be self advocates, and focus on finding a career field which uses their interests and talents. The conclusion includes steps students should take during each of year of high school.

Behind The Glass Door: Hannah's Story
53 minutes
This DVD reveals both the tremendous challenges and deep joys of raising a child with a severe developmental disability. As an infant, Hannah would not respond when someone walked in the room. When other babies were walking, she still crawled. At two years old, Hannah could not speak a word. She lived in her own little world. She lived in her own little world, one of constant tantrums that kept her family awake at nights for weeks on end. Frustration and sleepless nights turned into desperation. But Hannah's mother prayed to God and clearly heard film say in her heart, "Hannah has been made in my image. You need to look at her like I see her." Through the support of a team of careworkers and other professionals, Hannah made progress. Her family discovered she could count. And then one day, she spoke--in perfect, clear English. Soon, she was using the family computer to study dinosaurs. Hannah's story is an inspiring account of how one, dedicated family has learned to raise a child diagnosed with PDD, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a form of autism.

Classroom Success: Implementing Successful Behavior Plans for Students with ASD
75 miutes
This DVD provides comprehensive, evidence-based strategies for effective interventions for all individuals with autism spectrum disorders, at all ages. Speakers focus on ways to improve the quality of life for the affected individuals and their families and caregivers by conducting timely presentations.

Dr. Tony Attwood Presents: Asperger's Diagnostic Assessment
4 hours
This 4 hour 2 DVD set with program guide offers diagnostic characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome in children and adults, patient interviews and impacts on girls. An essential guide for Child Psychologists, Special Ed Teachers, and parents.

Dr. Tony Attwood Presents: Asperger's Syndrome: volume 2
45 minutes
This is the second in the Attwood series on Asperger's Syndrome. This DVD goes depth on three important issues: Anger management, teaching teachers, and teenage issues.

Dr. Tony Attwood: Asperger Syndrome, vol. 2
Dr. Tony Attwood
In this new DVD, Tony Attwood goes into depth on three important issues; Anger management, teaching teachers, and teenage issues. Readers of his book will be aware of his thoughtful and down-to-earth approach and this DVD presents groundbreaking new approaches to significant challenges.

Early Identification of ASD Using Social-Emotional Indicators
60 minutes
There is overwhelming evidence linking early intervention to better outcomes for children diagnosed with ASD. In order to implement early intervention, practitioners first need to identify children at risk at a very young age. This DVD will present initial results from a retrospective video study assessing child and parent purposeful social-emotional initiations and responses collected across four time points from children under 15 months.

Living Along The Autism Spectrum: What Does It Mean to Have Autism or Asperger Syndrome?
by Stephen Shor
Living Along The Autism Spectrum exams the perspectives of both a father and an individual on the spectrum. Topics range from family coping to employment. The DVD provides valuable insight into the range of emotions experienced in connection with an autism diagnosis and covers topics that can be used to generate important discussions.

More Than Words
by The Hanen Program
Promoting the communication development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social communication challenges. A companion to the book "More Than Words Guidebook).

More Than Words
by The Hanen Program
Promoting the communication development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social communication challenges. A companion to the book "More Than Words Guidebook).

OT For Children with Autism, Special Needs & Typical
45 minutes
This DVD introduces parents to Occupational Therapy (OT) and what it can do for a child. Britt Collins combines traditional OT exercises with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach parents and caregivers various skills which can assist in desensitizing a child and help them on the path to reprogramming their brain function.

Straight Talk About Autism with Parents & Kids: Childhood and Adolescent Issues
37 minutes
This two-part program features interviews with kids with autism and their parents. They examine the key issues encountered during childhood and adolescence.

Temple Grandin
109 minutes
This DVD paints a picture of a young woman's perseverance and determination while struggling with the isolating challenges of Autism at a time when it was still quite unknown. The film chronicles Temple's early diagnosis; her turbulent growth and development during her school years; the enduring support she received from her mother and, aunt, and her science teacher; and her emergence as a woman with an inmate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior.

The Asperger's Difference
by Center for Spectrum Services - 31 minutes
The Asperger's Difference follows three articulate young people as they navigate the waters of daily life and journey towards self-understanding and self-advocacy. Their poignant and candid insights into the longing and isolation they feel offer a window into the Asperger's experience. It also offers the viewer the opportunity to see often overlooked strengths in individuals with AS: the poise, self-awareness and sense of humor, which give us the complete picture of what it means to live with Asperger's.

The Autistic ABA Therapist
by Kelly Londenberg 35 minutes
The author has worked with over 300 autistic children. Because of her extensive background in working with many autistic children and young adults, Kelly has gathered years of practical experience and knowledge. In this DVD, Kelly shares her thoughts and experiences with Autism and how it feels to be autistic. She discusses her experience with sensory problems, the pain of being touched, her difficulties with emotions, how food such as milk and bread affect her behavior and why changes in her environment affects her emotionally.

The Power of Words: How we talk about people with autism spectrum disorders matters
12 minutes
One in 150 children in the United States has autism. As an adult with an autism diagnosis, Judy Endow has experienced first-hand what it feels like to be the '1' in the 1 in 150. Based on a poem "The Language of Us and Them" (Shevin, 1987), "The Power of Words" combines words, pictures, and music to present examples of how the '149' talk about the '1' with autism, noting that even well-meaning and kind words can set the tone for acceptance or rejection as well as for inclusion or exclusion. While acknowledging the importance of a proper diagnosis, Judy warns about the damage and pain labeling can cause by separating and isolating. This powerful DVD inspires us to use language wisely.

Thomas & Friends: Autism Educator Toolkit
PBS Kids
Designed to help support the development of social emotional skills using the characters of Thomas and his train friends.

Understand Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome
109 minutes
This DVD contains four programs for siblings of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and their parents. Each program covers a range of challenges and strengths, and describes techniques siblings can use to get along and support each other. Parents can show their children the programs that best suit their age and developmental levels.

Walking In The Dark: Finding The Light In Autism
95 minutes
Autism is a rapidly growing developmental disorder that affects 1 out of 110 children in the US. When parents are given the diagnosis that their child has autism, the often feel a sense of being lost or feel hopeless. In this documentary hope is restored. The primary purpose of this documentary is to serve as an educational tool to help parents seek those unanswered questions, find ways to network and to get involved.

Writing Social Stories With Carol Gray
by Carol Gray
This DVD and activity workbook provides a step-by-step training for writing effective Social Stories. A Social Story is a ground-breaking tool that uses several carefully-written sentences to describe a social situation to someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Carol Gray explains the element that makes Social Stories so successful and teaches you how to tailor the text to an individual's specific needs.

You're Going To Love This Kid
by Paul Kluth
What if your school just said "yes" to inclusion? How would students with and without autism benefit? How would you solve the challenges? What do great inclusive schools really look like? Paula Kluth has the answers and now they're on one powerful DVD that will help make your school an inclusion success story. One of today's most dynamic, respected, and in-demand experts on autism and inclusion, Paula Kluth brings together more than a dozen of her colleagues for this complete professional development package on effective inclusion. Hosted by Paula and expanding on key lessons from her bestselling books and popular presentations, the 55-minute professional development video walks you through the what, why, and how of honoring and supporting all learners.


Autism Spectrum Disorders
Disability fact sheet from CPIR in regards to information on the Autism Spectrum Disorders. (English)

Autism Spectrum Disorders Resource Booklet
ND Department of Health
This booklet (produced by the ND Department of Health, Children's Special Health Services) contains the contact information for specialty health services sites, interventions for ASD sites, family support services sites, and more. (English)

Ayude a su hijo(a) con Trastorno del Espectro Autista (Manual para padres)
Channing Bete
Si su hijo tiene autismo o un trastorno relacionado, este manual es para usted. Puede ayudarle a aprender sobre el autismo y trastornos relacionados y cómo se tratan. También aprenderá cómo trabajar con su hijo y las personas que ayudan a su hijo. (If your child has Autism or a related disorder, this handbook is for you. It can help you learn about Autism and related disorders and how they are treated. You will also learn how to work with your child and the people who help your child.) (Spanish)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #15

El Espectro el Autismo
Hoja de información sobre discapacidades de CPIR con respecto a la información sobre los trastornos del espectro autista. (Disability fact sheet from CPIR in regards to information on the Autism Spectrum Disorders.) (Spanish)

Guidelines for Serving Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Educational Settings
These guidelines are designed as a tool to assist those who are educating children and youth ages 3 – 21 with identified Autism Spectrum Disorders in educational settings. (English)

Helping Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Parent's Handbook
Channing Bete
If your child has Autism or a related disorder, this handbook is for you. It can help you learn about Autism and related disorders and how they are treated. You will also learn how to work with your child and the people who help your child. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #14

Online Resources

Anne Carlsen Center

The Anne Carlsen Center offers a rich tradition of empowering individuals with disabilities and their families. Our experienced staff provides compassion, training, services and supports in homes and communities across North Dakota.

ND Autism Connection

The ND Autism Connection (NDAC) is a Bismarck based non-profit organization formed in 2006 to be a support group for families living with autism spectrum disorders dedicated to raising money to bring awareness and education.

North Dakota Autism Center

The North Dakota Autism Center is dedicated to helping people and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities through our excellent care, therapy, advocacy, and support.

Red River Valley Asperger-Autism Network

The Red River Valley Asperger-Autism Network's mission is to educate, empower, advocate, and support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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