Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment

autism spectrum disorders and visualAutism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment by Marilyn H. Gense and D. Jay Gense.

(XOT Gense 2005)

This book includes topics such as understanding ASD and visual impairment, program planning and instructional strategies, career education, recreations and leisure, and classroom supports. Pp. 329.

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Temple Grandin

temple grandinTemple Grandin

(XOT Templ 2010)

This movie 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 unkown.

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Safety and Autism Spectrum Disorder

safety and autismSafety and Autism Spectrum Disorder

(XOT Safet 2010)

DVD produced by Illinois Assistive Technology Program (www.iltech.org) This DVD gives information on various assistive devices often used for people with other disabilities and shows how they can be modified for people living with ASD.

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Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues

asperger syndrome and sensory issuesAsperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues by Brenda Smith Myles, Katherine Tapscott Cook, Nancy E. Miller , Louann Rinner, and Lisa A. Robbins.

(XOT Myles 2000)

This addition uncovers the puzzling behaviors by children and youth with Asperger syndrome (AS) that have a sensory base and, therefore, are often difficult to pinpoint and interpret. The book covers the impact of the sensory system on behavior, reviews formal and informal assessment tools and offers an invaluable set of practical interventions that can be used by parents and educators alike to promote success for children and youth with AS. Pp. 129.

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Special Diets for Special Kids

special diets for special kidsSpecial Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D.

(XOT Lewis 1998)

This text gives information for reader’s understanding and implementing special diets to aid in the treatment of autism and related developmental disorders. Pp. 251.

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The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook

kid friendly cookbookThe Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook by Pamela Compart and Dana Laake.  

(XOT Compa 2006)

In addition to updates on new research and findings, readers will find recommendations from the authors for packing school lunches and snacks, plus 100 brand new recipes! Pp. 352.

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Pathways to Participation: Planning Community Outings for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Pathways to Participation: Planning Community Outings for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Rachel Huckfeldt, M.S. BCBA and Rebecca Trammell, M.S., CCC/SLP.  

(XOT Huckf 2007)

This manual presents a model for teaching full community inclusion for children with autism between the ages of five and eleven. The activities are intended for children with autism who are at least partially included in an age-appropriate general education classroom, have the ability to attend to a teacher, and have some functional self-management skills.

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Emergence

emergenceEmergence by Temple Grandin.

(XOT Grand 1986)

Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. An intelligent child with a thirst for knowledge, but unable to properly express herself or control her behaviour, Temple struggled through grade school. Eventually moved from a “normal” school to an educational program for autistic children, she began to suffer “nerve attacks.” Now Temple tells the story of how she went from a fear-gripped, autistic child to a successful professional and a world leader in her field. A chronicle of perseverance and courage, EMERGENCE gives new hope and insight into the tragedy of autism and the vast potential of the human spirit. Pp.200.

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Women with Attention Deficit Disorder

women with addWomen with Attention Deficit Disorder by Sari Solden.  

(XOT Solde 1995)

Every year, millions of withdrawn little girls and chronically overwhelmed women go undiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder because they don’t fit the stereotypical profile: they’re not fast-talking, hyperactive, or inattentive, and they are not male. Sari Solden’s groundbreaking study reveals that ADD affects just as many women as men, and that the resulting depression, disorganization, anxiety, and underachievement are also symptoms of ADD. The book explores treatment and counseling options, and uses real-life case histories to examine the special challenges women with ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) face, such as the shame of not fulfilling societal expectations. Included is a brand new chapter on friendship for women with ADHD. Three empowering steps — restructuring one’s life, renegotiating relationships, and redefining self-image — help women take control of their lives and enjoy success on their own terms. Pp.304.

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Look Me in the Eye

look me in the eyesLook Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison.  

(XOT Robis 2007)

This book is the moving, darkly funny story of growing up with Asperger’s at a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist. Robison takes you inside the head of a boy whom teachers and other adults regarded as “defective,” who could not avail himself of KISS’s endless supply of groupies, and who still has a peculiar aversion to using people’s given names (he calls his wife “Unit Two”). Ultimately, this is the story of Robison’s journey from his world into ours, and his new life as a husband, father, and successful small business owner—repairing his beloved high-end automobiles.  Pp. 304.

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Sensory Processing Disorder: Simulations & Solutions (DVD & Kit) (

sensory processing disorderSensory Processing Disorder: Simulations & Solutions (DVD & Kit)

(XOT Brack 2006)

This practical DVD presents basic information about sensory systems along with simple solutions for how to deal with sensory challenges both home and at school. Viewers will experience what it feels like to have a sensory processing disorder by engaging in simulated exercises for a variety of sensory-processing difficulties. Kit includes enough materials for a group of as many as 25-50 participants.

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Autism- The Musical

autism the musicalAutism- The Musical DVD by Elain Hall.

(XOT Music 2007 DVD)

This DVD follows the extraordinary and innovative acting coach Elaine Hall, five autistic children, and their parents as they improbably, heroically mount a full-length original stage production. Through trial and error, tears and laughter, these incredible families learn to communicate their feelings in song and performance, finding solace and joy in the act of creating.

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My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children

my sensory bookMy Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children by Lauren H. Kerstein.

(XOT Kerstein 2008)

This book is designed to assist children with establishing a clearer understanding of their sensory systems and how they impact their emotions. A major emphasis is placed on identifying the triggers for strong reactions to many seemingly harmless events, which in turn helps put strategies in place that may mitigate these feelings and ultimately help them cope more effectively with the world around them. The workbook includes activities for self-exploration and helps children (and their adult facilitators) develop a personal plan for handling challenging situations.  Pp.157.

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Visual Recipes: A Cookbook for Non-Readers

visual recipesVisual Recipes: A Cookbook for Non-Readers by Tabitah Orth.

(XOT Orth 2006)

This cookbook is laid out entirely with pictorial and text descriptions on how to cook basic recipes. The step by step instructions are short, clear, and easy to understand. The book has 35 total recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, side orders, snacks, deserts, and drinks. It was written specifically for people with autism and other developmental disabilities who are non readers so that they could become more independent in the kitchen.  Pp.107.

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Developing Leisure Time Skills for Persons with Autism: A practical Approach for Home, School and Community

developing leisure time skillsDeveloping Leisure Time Skills for Persons with Autism: A practical Approach for Home, School and Community by Phyllis Coyne.

(XOT Coyne 1999)

This book provides comprehensive, structured strategies to help adults introduce meaningful activities to ASD children, which they can practice at school or at home. The first half of the book provides forms and charts that will help adults assess the child’s sensory needs, select age-appropriate activities, and then determine level of interest in specific activities. The second half provides numerous “Activity Cards” for going to the park, playing games, listening to music, and many more!  Pp.228.

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Sensory Perceptual issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences, Different Perceptual Worlds

sensory perceptual issues in autismSensory Perceptual issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences, Different Perceptual Worlds by Olga Bogdashina.

(XOT Bogda 2003)

In this book, Olga Bogdashina attempts to define the role of sensory perceptual problems in autism identified by autistic individuals themselves. This book singles out possible patterns of sensory experiences in autism and the cognitive differences caused by them. The final chapters are devoted to assessment and intervention issues with practical recommendations for selecting appropriate methods and techniques to eliminate the problems and enhance the strengths. In addition, parents of autistic individuals and autistic individual themselves will find the information will enable them to initiate relevant strategies and environmental changes to facilitate more effective learning.  Pp.192.

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