Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z: Assessment, Diagnosis… & More!

autism spectrum disorders from a to zAutism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z: Assessment, Diagnosis… & More! by Barbara T. Doyle.

XAB Doyle 2004

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 professional 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. Finally, they tackle the controversial issues surrounding the causes of ASD and available treatment options.

Helpful sections include:

  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • The Diagnostic Process
  • Characteristics of ASD
  • Considerations in the Diagnosis of ASD
  • Diagnostic Criteria, Explained

And many more!

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Something Different About Dad: How to Live With Your Asperger’s Parent

something different about dadSomething Different About Dad: How to Live With Your Asperger’s Parent by John Swogger.

XBM Evans 2011

Growing up with a parent on the autistic spectrum can be difficult, and children may often feel confused and worried by the fact that their parent is different thanothers. This positive book takes an honest look at how Asperger’s Syndrome can affect a family when a parent is on the spectrum, and reassures young people that it’s ok to have a parent who is different. Following the story of Sophie and Daniel whose dad, Mark, has Asperger Syndrome, the book reveals the family’s journey from initial diagnosis to gradual acceptance of the fact that there is something different about Dad. Sophie and Daniel learn the reasons behind their dad’s problems with communication, his social and emotional difficulties, and the issues caused by his inflexibility of thought, sensory and motor skills, and anxiety. They also come to recognize his positive attributes, including his loyalty, punctuality, and his ability to help with homework. The warm, funny story emphasizes how love within a family can overcome all difficulties, looking at sensitive issues in a lighthearted, yet reassuring manner.

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My Parent Has an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Workbook for Children & Teens

my parent has an autism spectrum disorderMy Parent Has an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Workbook for Children & Teens by Barbara R. Lester.

XFM Leste 2011

The workbook has been designed with precisely this purpose in mind. It will strengthen relationships between parents with ASDs and their children by facilitating understanding of behavior and situations that all the family will previously have noticed but not understood, and shows how to develop effective problem solving strategies. Chapters of this book cover everything from dealing with the initial diagnosis to understanding special interests, difficulties with social skills and figures of speech, and the need for rules and routines. Every chapter concludes with a worksheet for parent and child to complete together, which encourages mutual understanding and fosters healthy relationships.

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The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching Play, Emotion, and Communication to Children with Autism

social skills picture bookThe Social Skills Picture Book Teaching Play, Emotion, and Communication to Children with Autism by Jed Baker.

XSS Baker 2001

This book uses photographs of students engaging in a variety of real-life social situations. The realistic format plays to the visual strengths of children with ASD to teach appropriate social behaviors. Color photographs illustrate the “right way” and “wrong way” to approach each situation and the positive/negative consequences of each. A facilitator (parent, teacher, etc.) is initially needed to explain each situation, and ask questions such as “What is happening in this picture?” Children role-play skills until confident enough to practice them in real-life interactions.

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Spotlight on Social Skills Adolescent

spotlightonsocialskillsadolescentSpotlight on Social Skills Adolescent by Carol LoGuidice.

LoGui 2008

Increase success in social communication with instruction that systematically targets specific skills and uses a variety of learning methods.

The activities teach explicit aspects of social skills in everyday contexts with these learning strategies:

  • Explicit instruction
  • Modeling
  • Observation
  • Discussion
  • Role-Playing
  • Other guided practice
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The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)

survivalguideforkidswithautismThe Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve M.D.

XBC Verdi 2012

This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically. Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get “stuck” on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing (“stims”). The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance. Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions (“What’s an ASD?” “Why me?”) and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, resources, and a glossary. Sections for parents offer more detailed information.

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Mikey

MikeyMikey by Mindee Pinto and Judy Cohen.

XBC Pinto 2013

In this book, Mikey explains how a young child with autism sees, hears, and feels the world around him in his school environment. Mikey is not just intended for educators; although, all teachers should read it to their classes. It is intended to educate adults as well as young children to increase their awareness and understanding of the child with autism. This book, and others to follow, was inspired by my vast experiences as a teacher working with children with autism.

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French Fries: The Forgotten Children of Autism

french friesFrench Fries: The Forgotten Children of Autism by Lilli Z. Mayerson

XBC Mayer 2009

One in 150 children are diagnosed with autism. This is a sibling’s story about disappointment and excitement, frustration and genuine love. A book to use as a tool to discuss their feelings and give comfort to siblings affected with autism.

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The Asperkid’s Secret Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens With Asperger Syndrome

theasperkidsThe Asperkid’s Secret Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens With Asperger Syndrome by Jennifer Cooke O’Toole.

XSS O’Toole 2013

Being a teen or tween isn’t easy for anyone — but it’s especially tough for Asperkids. I know. I was one, I taught a whole bunch, and I am going to be raising three! That’s also why I know that Asperkdis deserve their very own guide to all of the hidden social rules that are awfully confusing to us, even if they seem obvious to everyone else. “The Asperkids’ (Secret) Rule Book of Social Rules.” This isn’t your momma’s Emily Post, and there is no “don’t do this” finger-wagging or patronizing “high and mighty preaching” here. Instead, the “Secret” Book gives Asperkids (aged 10-17) respectful, funny insights written “for Aspies by an Aspie.” Chock full of illustrations, logic and even a practice session or six (in comic strip style, thank you very much!), this is the handbook every adult Aspie wishes we’d had growing up, but never did.

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Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments

aspergerssyndromeanddifficultmomentsAsperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments by Brenda Myles and Jack Southwick.

XBM Myles 2005

This expanded edition of the bestselling AAPC classic offers both parents and professionals tried-and-true solutions to minimize and circumvent the often frightening circumstances that surround the rage cycle not only for the child with Asperger Syndrome but others in the environment as well. In addition to almost doubling the section on interventions, this highly practical and user-friendly resource also focuses on the reactions of the adults around the child. This detailed book takes the reader through the stages of the rage cycle and emphasizes the importance of utilizing the teachable moments before and after a rage episode.

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The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations

hidden curriculum2The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations by Brenda Myles, Melissa Trautman, and Rhonda Schelvan.

XSS Myles 2013

In the revised and expanded edition of this popular book, the authors narrow their target to issues common to adolescents and young adults. While many of the features of the original book have been maintained, information on evidence-based practice has been added. Further, a series of instructional strategies are provided that can be used to teach the hidden curriculum. Instructional aids include charts, forms, and templates designed to make the job of teaching and learning the hidden curriculum more effective.

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A Practical Guide to Autism: What Every Parent, Family Member and Teacher Needs to Know

autismA Practical Guide to Autism: What Every Parent, Family Member and Teacher Needs to Know by Fred Volkmar and Lisa Wiesner

(XAB Volkm 2009 c.2)

Written by the director of the Yale Child Study Center and a pediatrician, A Practical Guide to Autism is filled with advice and answers to everyday questions about living and learning with autism. This book has easy-to-access, reliable information regarding the selection of doctors, schools, services, and insurance, as well as day-to-day living in the family, school, and community.  A Practical Guide to Autism also provides a detailed background on autism and related Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger syndrome.

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My Special Brother Turtle

IMG_1142My Special Brother Turtle by Karina MacLean.

(XBC Macle 2007)

This is a book that focuses on the challenges of living with a family member with pediatric bipolar disorder and ADHD written from the point of view of the older sister (age 10) of the 7-year-old brother.

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Thinking, Feeling, Behaving: An Emotional Education Curriculum for Children/Grades 1-6 Revised Edition & Thinking, Feeling, Behaving: An Emotional Education Curriculum for Adolescents/Grades 7-12

grades 1-6Thinking, Feeling, Behaving: An Emotional Education Curriculum for Children/Grades 1-6 Revised Edition

(XSS Verno 2006 1-6) 

Thinking, Feeling, Behaving: An Emotional Education Curriculum for Adolescents/Grades 7-12

(XSS Verno 2006 7-12)

both books by Ann Vernon.  

These books are essential resources for helping students learn to overcome irrational beliefs, negative feelings, and the negative consequences that may result. The books are packed with creative and easy-to-do activities. The activities include games, stories, role plays, writing, drawing, and brainstorming. Each activity is identified by grade level and categorized into one of five important topic areas: Self-Acceptance; Feelings; Beliefs and Behavior; Problem Solving and Decision Making; and Interpersonal Relationships. Thinking, Feeling, Behaving is an emotional education curriculum based on the principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. The books are designed to be used in classroom or small group therapeutic settings. 1-6 is 294 pages; 7-12 is 292 pages.

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The Incredible 5-Point Scale: The Significantly Improved and Expanded Second Edition

incredible 5 point scaleThe Incredible 5-Point Scale: The Significantly Improved and Expanded Second Edition by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis.

(XBM Buron 2012 Improved)

Assisting students in understanding social interactions and controlling their emotional responses. Pp. 97.

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The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job

hidden curriculumThe Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, Judy Endow MSW, and Malcolm Mayfield.  

(XSS Smith 2013)

A Guide for individuals with Autism Spectrum and Other Social-Cognitive Challenges. Pp. 99.

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