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Recommended Books 

Here are some of PRISM's favourite reference books. Please let us know what resources you have found helpful.


The Autism Discussion Page on the Core Challenges of Autism: A Toolbox for Helping Children with Autism Feel Safe, Accepted, and Competent, By Bill Nason

This book focuses on the core challenges associated with autism (cognitive, sensory, social, and emotional) and provides concise, accessible information and simple tools for supporting children with these vulnerabilities. Based on posts on the popular online community page and organised by subject for ease of reference.


The Autism Discussion Page on Anxiety, Behaviour, School, and Parenting Strategies, By Bill Nason

This book covers anxiety and stress, challenging behaviors, stretching comfort zones, discipline, and school issues. It also provides more general teaching and mentoring strategies for coaching children on the autism spectrum in basic daily living strategies to improve their day-to-day lives.


Tool chest for teachers, parents, & students: A handbook to facilitate self-regulation, By Diana A Henry 

This is a useful workbook full of practical tips and activities that will help your child. 


Thinking in Pictures, By Temple Grandin

Grandin delivers a report from the country of autism. Writing from the dual perspectivies of a scientist and an autistic person, she tells us how that country is experienced by its inhabitants and how she managed to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world. What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own


The Explosive Child, By Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.

In this book Ross Greene focuses on children with behavioural and anger management problems, no matter what their diagnosis. He explains what he believes the causes to be, and outlines his strategy for dealing with violent outbursts and improving behaviour in the long term.


Autistic Thinking, By Peter Vermeulen

The author investigates the ways in which autistic thought is different from that of neurotypicals and explains the logic behind the way individuals on the autistic spectrum behave.


The Out of Synch Child, By Carol Stock Kranowitz

The Out-of-Sync Child broke new ground by identifying Sensory Processing Disorder, a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. This newly revised edition features additional information from recent research on vision and hearing deficits, motor skill problems, nutrition and picky eaters, ADHA, autism, and other related disorders.


Communication Issues In Autism And Asperger Syndrome: Do We Speak The Same Language? By Olga Bogdashina

Providing a theoretical foundation for understanding communication and language impairments specific to autism, Bogdashina explores the effects of different perceptual and cognitive styles on the communication and language development of autistic children. She stresses the importance of identifying each autistic individual's nonverbal language - which can be visual, tactile, kinaesthetic, auditory, olfactory or gustatory - with a view to establish a shared means of verbal communication. 


Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences, By Olga Bogdashina

In this book, Olga Bogdashina attempts to define the role of sensory perceptual problems in autism identified by autistic individuals themselves. The ability to perceive accurately stimuli in the environment is basic to many areas of academic, communicative and social functioning. Although people with autism live in the same physical world and deal with the same 'raw material' their perceptual world turns out strikingly different from that of non-autistic people.


Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World, By Brenda Smith Myles

This book uncovers the puzzling behaviour by children and youths with Asperger Syndrome (AS) that have a sensory base and, therefore, are often difficult to pinpoint and interpret. 


The 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

This "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), this is the handbook every adult Aspie wishes they'd had growing up, but never did.


The Autistic Spectrum, By Lorna Wing

This is a general introduction which explains what autism is, and a few of the sources of help that are available to those affected by it.


Jessica Kingsley Publishers is the main publishers on the subject of Autism and currently have over 600 titles aimed at professionals, parents and people with an ASC.


Your local Library

It is always worth checking in your local library for books. DLR libraries will order in books from libraries outside of DLR. You can search the online catalogue here.




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