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Useful Books on Autism

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Recommended Reading

Charlene Tait, Deputy CEO, offers some suggestions for useful publications:

When I first started working in the field of autism it was really difficult to find useful autism reading material. Today we are inundated with information and it seems there has been an explosion of literature of all kinds available on autism.

Of course, this a really positive change as it means more people know and understand the needs of people on the autism spectrum and as importantly that more people want to know.

The following are my top six books about autism. I hope there is something here that you find useful and interesting.

Charlene Tait

Cumine, V., Dunlop, J., Stevenson, G.(2009) Asperger’s syndrome: A Practical Guide for Teachers. London: Routledge.

This is the second edition of this a gem of a book. It is packed full of valuable information and is useful beyond the classroom. The authors give one of the most accessible accounts of psychological theories of autism but more importantly they give relevant practical examples and good practice advice.

Nazeer, K. (2006) Send in the Idiots: Or how we grew to understand the world. London: Bloomsbury

There are a number of personal accounts authored by people on the spectrum and I particularly liked the approach taken in this book.

Attwood, T. (2006) The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Does exactly what it says, provides a comprehensive overview of Asperger’s Syndrome and the range of issues, challenges and supports they may require.

Nichols, S., Moravick, G.M.,Tetenbaum, S.P. (2009) Girls Growing Up On The Autism Spectrum. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

This is a book I have dipped in and out of. I have included it because I think it is useful for parents, practitioners and women on the spectrum to have a resource that raises and tackles issues that are directly relevant to females. The book covers a whole range of topics such as self-perception, puberty and sexuality.

Bowler, D. (2007) Autism Spectrum Disorders: Psychological Theory and Research. West Sussex: Wiley.

This is not for the faint hearted and is more of a reference book and really useful for those with a more academic interest in autism. This book provides useful reviews of research in relation to psychological theories and is useful for stimulating thinking and discussion about a range of topics.

Aitken, K.J. (2014) Sleep Well On The Autism Spectrum. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This book is absolutely packed with useful current information that reflects research into sleep disorders. Although it is an excellent resource for professionals, the flow charts are well designed and represent good practice to keep the focus for parents. The rating system for different interventions is particularly good. This will definitely become a resource frequently employed in Scottish Autism’s sleep counselling services.