Our Top Ten Books on Autism and Aspergers
Emotional Mastery For Adults with Asperger’s
This book was written in response to many of the questions about anxiety, depression and the frustration of living with Asperger’s that we received from readers of this website. One of the things that people with Aspergers struggle with is their emotions. This book gives a lot of practical advice that you can follow in your daily life. Since its release it has received 34 stunning reviews.
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Autism Parenting Magazine
Not quite a book, but this monthly publication gives the latest solutions, news, research and advice that parents need to be aware of. There are also articles written for adults. Its currently available on a monthly basis. Get a FREE copy of Autism Parenting Magazine.
Emergence: Labeled Autistic by Temple Grandin
Emergence is one of the true stories about Temple Grandin’s struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome. In this book she explains how she longed for her mother to hug her but couldn’t handle physical contact. She talks about being sent to boarding school and then on to college. Her explanation of her quick reactions to anger and why she had nerve attacks was insightful. It’s inspiring to know that with time things get easier to manage.
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
Thinking in Pictures is another true story about Grandin’s struggles growing up as an Aspie. She tells how she designs a “squeeze machine” based on the cattle mechanism at her aunt’s farm. The book goes on to tell the difficulties faced when trying to get ranchers to believe her cattle handling designs will work. She uses her visual thinking skills to her advantage and inspires others to draw on their individualized talents to do the same to make their own successful life.
Different …Not Less by Temple Grandin
A book with inspirational stories of people that have autism, Asperger’s and ADHD and how they used their strengths to become successfully employed adults.
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Aspergers by John Elder Robison
An interestingly sad, but true story about Robison growing up with a dysfunctional family, while struggling with his quirks of being an Aspie years before there was an Asperger diagnosis. Robison struggles socially throughout his life but finds a useful means to his talents by building outlandish guitars for the band Kiss. Later in life he steers his career towards a more stable job as a toy maker.
Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Tony Attwood
This is “THE GUIDE” most professionals use to learn about Aspergers. It tells how Hans Aspergers noticed the same traits in a group of kids. It has diagnostic questions to help pinpoint Aspie traits. It is all about Aspergers and how the label came to be and when.
Asperger Syndrome and Long-Term Relationships by Ashley Stanford
An inspirational read by a Neuro-Typical woman that is married to a man with AS. She gives an honest view of what a relationship is most often like with an AS person.
Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A Guide for Friends and Family by Jude Welton
A helpful, short read for friends, family and coworkers of an Aspie to better understand the struggles they deal with on a daily basis. Please note that this is small (pamphlet size) read. For a more detailed read with a similar motive try Business for Aspies: 42 Best Uses of Asperger Syndrome Traits in the Workplace by Ashley Stanford. Business for Aspies: 42 Best Practices for Using Asperger Syndrome Traits at Work. It gives an employee and employer perspective on using Asperger traits to the advantage.
Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome by Rudy Simone
Finally, a book that discusses the different AS characteristics in females with Asperger Syndrome, instead of only noting the characteristics of male Aspies.
A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive by: Sally Ozonoff, PhD; Geraldine Dawson, PhD; and James McPartland
This book is helpful for parents that are looking for facts and help for their child. It walks you through how to get a diagnosis, getting your child help at school, not avoiding important topics (ie. explaining sexuality), channeling their strengths, all the way to discussing Asperger’s in adulthood. It is one of the most detailed books about AS for parents in print.
Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World by: Brenda Smith Myles, Katherine Tapscott Cook, Nancy E. Miller, Louann Rinner, Lisa A. Robbins
A realistic read about what sensory issues are and interventions to help ease them in an easily understood chart