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Adolescents on the autism spectrum : a parent's guide to the cognitive, social, physical, and transition needs of teenagers with autism spectrum disorders / Sicile-Kira, Chantal -- New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 2006.
Using clear examples, practical advice, and supportive insights, this book covers: health risks; treatments, therapies, and teaching strategies; teaching skills to cope with puberty, self- care, and social skills; teenage emotions, sexuality, appropriate relationships, and dating; and developing an Individual Educational Program and preparing for life after high school.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 S525 2006

Autism all-stars: how we use our autism and Asperger traits to shine in life -- London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012.
Looking at the positive influences, great talents and unique thought processes of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, this book is a celebration of those who have used their autism to shine in life.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 A98 2012

The autism mom's survival guide (for dads, too!): creating a balanced and happy life while raising a child with autism / Senator, Susan -- Boston: Trumpeter Books, 2010.
Given the daily challenges of raising a child with autism, it's easy for parents to lose themselves. This book offers guidance and encouragement on how to find happiness and fulfilment in the midst of the struggles of raising an autistic child.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 S456 2010

The autism revolution: whole-body strategies for making life all it can be / Herbert, Martha. -- Ballantine Books: Ballantine Books, 2012.
Dr. Martha Herbert offers a new view of autism and a strategy for dealing with it. In this book, she discusses how to approach autism as a collection of problems that can be overcome, and talents that can be developed. Each success achieved gives the child more room to become healthy and to thrive.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 H45 2012

Autism spectrum disorders: a handbook for parents and professionals -- Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007.
This A-Z work contains original entries on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Entries include facts about disabilities, personal and historic perspectives, interventions, assessments, educational methods, trusted internet resources and national organizations. It also includes personal perspectives from individuals with ASD and their parents.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 A923 2007

A brief guide to autism treatments / Sandberg, Elisabeth Hollister; Spritz, Becky L. -- Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013.
The vast number of intervention options available for children with autism can be overwhelming for parents. This book provides brief, user-friendly descriptions of the most commonly publicized treatments for autism and summarizes popular opinion and the scientific
evidence in an objective and accessible way.

FAM RJ 506 .A9 S26 2013

Can I tell you about Autism?: a guide for friends and family / Welton, June. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2014.
A boy named Tom describes what life with autism is like, explains the challenges he faces, and suggests ways for parents and educators to help those who suffer from the condition.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 W44 2014

Dear Gabriel: letter from a father / Freihow, Halfdan W. -- Toronto, ON: House of Anansi Press Inc. 2008.
The author describes his day-to-day experiences working with his autistic son to overcome many social and intellectual challenges.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 F7413 2008

An early start for your child with autism: using everyday activities to help kids connect, communicate, and learn / Rogers, Sally J.; Dawson, Geraldine; Vismara, Laurie A. -- New York: Guilford Press, 2012.
Cutting-edge research reveals that parents can play a huge role in helping toddlers and preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) connect with others and live up to their potential.  This encouraging guide from the developers of a groundbreaking early intervention program provides doable, practical strategies you can use every day.
FAM RJ 506.A9 .R642 2012

L'enfant autiste: stratégies d'intervention psychoéducatives / Mineau, Suzanne. -- Montréal: Éditions du CHU Sainte-Justine, 2013.
Les conseils suggérés dans cet ouvrage visent à offrir aux parents un soutien à court terme à la suite de l'annonce du diagnostic de leur enfant. Les auteures, des psychoéducatrices chevronnées, ont tiré parti de leurs années d'expérience professionnelle en évaluation et en intervention auprès des enfants autistes et de leurs parents pour déterminer les objectifs et les stratégies qu'elles considèrent comme les plus importants en début d'intervention.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 .M45 2013

Functional behavior assessment for people with autism: making sense of seemingly senseless behavior / Glasberg, Beth A. -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2005.
This guide describes functional behaviour assessment (FBA), a strategy that parents and professionals can use to identify the factors contributing to problem behaviour.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 G63 2005

Girls growing up on the autism spectrum: what parents and professionals should know about the pre-teen and teenage years / Nichols, Shana -- London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009.
Covers various concerns commonly faced by girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and 'fitting in'. The aim of this book is to help the reader understand the social, emotional, and behavioral challenges for a girl or young woman with an ASD in late elementary school, high school or the young adult years.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 N42 2009

Girls under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorder: practical solutions for addressing everyday challenges / Ernsperger, Lori -- Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Pub. Co, 2007.
The authors provide first-hand accounts of girls’ lives along with research-based strategies and practical techniques for addressing the unique needs of girls on the spectrum while nurturing and developing their gifts and talents. Throughout each chapter, you will find descriptions of interventions and strategies designed to improve specific behaviors at home, at school, and in the community.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 E86 2007

Grandir avec toi: une fratrie singulière [DVD] -- Montreal: Fédération québécoise de l'autisme et des autres troubles envahissants du développement, 2005.
Partager son enfance avec un frère ou une sœur souffrant d’un trouble envahissant du développement (TED) présente d’indéniables difficultés. La gêne, la jalousie et la colère s’entremêlent souvent à l’amour et à la culpabilité. L’attention des parents, nécessairement mal répartie entre les enfants de la famille, fait parfois défaut à ceux d’entre eux qui, au fond, savent bien qu’ils en ont moins besoin. Par la force des choses, ces derniers font souvent preuve d’une grande maturité.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 G62 2005

Growing up with autism: working with school-age children and adolescents -- New York: The Guilford Press, 2007.
This book provides accessible guidance and hands-on suggestions for supporting positive behavior, communication, and social skills; managing issues related to mental and physical health and sexuality; helping families access services and navigate the legal system; and optimizing the educational and transition planning process.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 G76 2007

The horse boy: a father's quest to heal his son / Isaacson, Rupert -- New York: Little, Brown and Co, 2009.
When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbour's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected? Also available in DVD format.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 I795 2009

Making autism a gift: inspiring children to believe in themselves and lead happy, fulfilling lives / Cimera, Robert Evert -- Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2007.
This book provides numerous strategies to help parents and teachers maximize the success of their children and students. Also included is the rarely discussed topic of adult autism and what parents can hope for when they are no longer able to care for their child.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 C485 2007

Making peace with autism: one family's story of struggle, discovery, and unexpected gifts / Senator, Susan -- Boston: Trumpeter Books, 2005.
In this insightful narrative, a courageous and inspiring mother explains why a diagnosis of autism doesn't have to shatter a family's dreams of happiness. Senator offers the wisdom of someone who's been there and is still there today—and she demonstrates how families can find courage, contentment, and connection in the shadow of autism.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 S457 2005

A mother's courage: talking back to autism [DVD] -- New York: First Run Features, 2010.
Follow one woman's journey as she tries to help her severely autistic son break out of his own mind. Traveling to the United States from her home in Iceland to try to learn more about this complex condition, she meets along the way other families who have similar situations and all are looking for some answers.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 M67 2010

Parenting across the autism spectrum: unexpected lessons we have learned / Morrell, Maureen F. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2006.
Maureen F. Morrell and Ann Palmer are raising two very different children: Justin, a whirlwind of activity and mood swings, who is supervised in a residential farm community, and Eric, quiet and passive, who lives independently at college. The authors give an account of the striking similarities as well as the stark differences in their experiences of parenting children at opposite extremes of the autism spectrum. The two mothers speak openly about their children's diagnosis and early childhood through to adolescence, young adulthood and the day they leave home.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 M677 2006

Parenting on the autism spectrum: a survival guide / Adams, Lynn. -- San Diego: Plural Pub., 2010.
This book combines current research and literature reviews with experiences of families impacted by ASD for the past 20 years. It offers hands-on activities that will allow parents to help their child develop communication skills, and it has a collection of practical, real-world information and insights to help parents plan for their child's needs.
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Preparing for life: the complete handbook for transitioning to adulthood for those with autism and Asperger's syndrome / Baker, Jed -- Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, 2005.
A life skills guide for individuals with autism and Asperger's syndrome discusses social skills and strategies needed for success in the adult world, including discussion of perspective-taking, nonverbal communication skills, and stress management.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 B3 2005

The reason I jump: the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism / Higashida, Naoki. -- New York: Random House, 2013.
Written by a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this memoir demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 .H65 2013

Right from the start: behavioral intervention for young children with autism / Harris, Sandra L. -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2007.
This book helps to guide parents through the complex process of understanding the differences among ABA programs and selecting the right program based on the individual needs of the child and the family.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 H269 2007

Solving sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders: a guide for frazzled families / Katz, Terry; Malow, Beth A. -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2014.
The authors show parents how to evaluate sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorder. They describe the basics of sleep; the connection between sleep and autism; how to evaluate daily routines and sleep habits; types of sleep problems children might have and what to do; medical considerations and partnering with a health care provider; how to help children transition to bedtime, fall asleep, and stay asleep; and how to evaluate the sleep plan and apply it to new situations like sleepovers and vacations.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 K366 2013

That's life with autism: tales and tips for families with autism -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2006.
Each chapter addresses a specific topic, and ranges from the effect of autism in the family on couple or sibling relationships and intervention options to educational issues, diet, and the role of friends and relatives. It also provides starting points for the development of positive strategies, including
networks of support in which parents can learn from and find support from others in similar situations.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 T43 2006

Vivre l'autisme [DVD] -- Toronto: Autism Ontario, 2008.
Cinq simulations qui aideront les élèves à comprendre l'autisme. Grâce à cinq activités de simulation, les élèves comprendront mieux ce qui vivent les personnes autistes.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 V58 2008

Yoga for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a step-by step guide for parents and caregivers / Betts, Dion E. -- London, UK: Jessica Kingsley, 2006.
This illustrated book offers gentle and fun yoga techniques to help deal with the anxiety, disorientation, and tactile sensitivity often found in children with ASDs.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 B47 2006

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Autism and Social Skills

A 5 is against the law!: social boundaries: straight up!: an honest guide for teens and young adults / Buron, Kari Dunn -- Shawnee Mission, KA: Autism Asperger Pub. 2007.
This book focuses on behaviours that can spell trouble for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries. The author uses a direct and simple style, the author with lots of examples and hands- on activities.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 B87 2007

Building social relationships: a systematic approach to teaching social interaction skills to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and other social difficulties / Bellini, Scott -- Shawnee Mission, KA: Autism Asperger Publishing Co. 2006.
This book addresses the need for social programming for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders by helping children identify the skills they need to form relationships and an intervention plan to help them acquire these skills.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 B45 2006

Conversations en bandes dessinees: interactions avec des élevés atteints d'autisme ou d'autres troubles apparentes par le biais d'illustrations en couleurs / Gray, Carol -- Arlington TX: Future Horizons, 1996.
L'auteur combine bâton chiffres avec des «symboles de conversation" pour illustrer ce que les gens disent et pensent pendant les conversations. Les enfants peuvent tirer leurs propres «bandes dessinées» pour montrer ce qu'ils pensent et se sentir sur des événements ou des personnes. Différentes couleurs peuvent représenter les différents états d'esprit. Ces «bandes dessinées» trompeusement simples peuvent révéler ainsi que transmettre beaucoup d'informations de fond.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 G72314 1996

Early intervention games: fun, joyful ways to develop social and motor skills in children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders / Sher, Barbara -- San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Suggests games and activities that encourage children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders to enhance or improve their social, motor, and sensory skills, and provides tips to modify games for various skill and sensory levels.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 S53 2009

Giggle time - establishing the social connection: a program to develop the communication skills of children with autism, Asperger syndrome and PDD / Sonders, Susan Aud -- London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003.
Giggle Time is a step-by-step program for parents, teachers and other professionals to help develop the non-verbal, verbal and social reciprocity skills of children with autism. It describes in accessible detail how to communicate with children with autism and gives clear instructions on "how to" techniques for developing language skills.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 S66 2003

I can't do that!: my social stories to help with communication, self-care and personal skills / Ling, John -- London: Paul Chapman Publications Co. 2006.
Social Stories were originally developed to help children on the autistic spectrum understand the social confusion that they faced in coming to terms with their worlds. Since then, practitioners have developed the ideas for a much wider audience. Examples are provided, but the intention is that the adult and child work together to write a personal story that the child owns.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 L56 2006

Make play rock: plan for people play / Sussman, Fern; Weitzman, Elaine. -- Toronto: The Hanen Centre, 2014.
This book provides parents with simple, research-based ideas for how they can build their child's interaction and communication skills during 'people games' - games that focus on interaction instead of toys. These games provide the opportunity for children with autism and other social communication difficulties to learn important skills like paying attention to others, taking a turn in an interaction and ending a game.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 .S8 2014

Meaningful exchanges for people with autism: an introduction to augmentative & alternative communication / Cafiero, Joanne M. -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2005.
When children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) have difficulty communicating, the world can be a painful and frustrating place.  Fortunately, there are tools and strategies that can help make interactive communication possible for individuals with ASDs who can’t use speech effectively.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 C34 2005

More than words: a parent's guide to building interaction and language skills for children with autism spectrum disorder or social communication difficulties / Sussman, Fern -- Toronto: Hanen Program, 2012.
Updated to reflect the most current view on naturalistic models of communication, this illustrated guidebook provides a step-by-step guide for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social communication difficulties. Presented in a user friendly format, the book’s research-based strategies show parents how to turn everyday activities with their child into opportunities for interaction and communication. Also available in DVD format 
FAM RJ 506 .A96 .S8 2012

The new social story book / Gray, Carol -- Arlington, TX: Future Horizons Inc. 2010.
This revised edition offers ready-to-use stories that parents and educators have depended on for years, but now features over 25 additional Social Stories, ground breaking new strategies for creating custom stories, and a modern design complete with full-color photos. Developed through years of experience, these strategically written stories explain social situations in a way children with autism understand, while teaching the social skills children need to be successful at home, at school, and in the community.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 G69 2010

Pathways to play!: combining sensory integration and integrated play groups; theme-based activities for children with autism spectrum and other sensory- processing disorders / Fuge, Glenda -- Shawnee Mission, KA: APC, 2004.
This book presents a series of ready-to-go theme-based activities to address children’s sensory issues. With fun and motivating titles the 40 carefully designed activities makes it easy for professionals and parents alike to provide structured peer play activities with a sensory-motor foundation.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 F83 2004

Reaching out, joining in: teaching social skills to young children with autism / Gill- Weiss, Mary Jane -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2001.
Explains how autistic children develop social skills differently, and how Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) works. Presents practical activities (both home and school) to help kids become more socially adept.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 G53 2001

Self-help skills for people with autism: a systematic teaching approach -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2007.
Addresses essential skills - eating, toileting, dressing, and personal hygiene. Explains how to break skills down into small steps and individualize instruction. Techniques can be used to teach toddlers through teens.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 S437 2007

Social and communication development in autism spectrum disorders: early identification, diagnosis, and intervention -- New York: The Guilford Press, 2006.
This book provides information to help the reader understand and treat the early social- communication difficulties that are hallmarks of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Valuable advice is offered on matching treatment to individual children's needs.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 S628 2006

The social skills picture book: for high school and beyond / Baker, Jed -- Arlington, TX: Future Horizons Inc. 2006.
Contains photos of teens engaging in social situations to show the right and wrong way of interacting as well as the positive and negative consequences of each.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 B344 2006

The social skills picture book: teaching communication, play and emotion / Baker, J -- Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc. 2001.
For students who need extra help learning appropriate social skills. Uses pictures to demonstrate 30 social skills e.g. conversation, play, emotion management and empathy.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 B333 2001

Social skills training: for children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome and social-communication problems / Baker, Jed -- Shawnee Mission, KA: Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2003.
In this comprehensive and user friendly book, the author translates years of experience working with students with Asperger Syndrome and social-communication difficulties. After brief introductory chapters, the reader is presented with 70 of the skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social- communications problems.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 B35 2003

Spaghetti is not a finger food: (and other life lessons) / Carmichael, Jodi. -- San Francisco: Little Pickle Press, 2012.
We follow a delightfully quirky day in the life of Connor, a brilliant student with an equally high talent for second-guessing the rules.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 .A35 2012

Succeeding with interventions for Asperger syndrome adolescents: a guide to communication and socialisation in interaction therapy / Harpur, John -- London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006.
This book presents effective strategies to tackle the specific difficulties in social interaction and communication that are experienced by adolescents with Asperger Syndrome (AS). Focusing on the development of interaction skills through teaching social competence, the authors explain how to design an effective social skills intervention programme whose primary objective is successful peer interaction.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 H2685 2006

Super skills: a social skills group program for children with Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism and related challenges / Coucouvanis, Judith -- Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co. 2005.
To many children on the autism spectrum, social skills pose greater challenges than academics.  This series of social skills activities are designed to help elementary-aged students with autism spectrum and other social cognitive deficits succeed in the social realm.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 C68 2005

Teaching playskills to children with autistic spectrum disorder: a practical guide / Smith, Melinda J. -- New York: DRL Books, 2001.
The guide begins by defining play and delineating methods of developing and teaching playskills. It addresses everything from building toys to games and music, to sensory play as well as imaginative play.  The final chapters deal with the important yet challenging aspects of peer interactions and the
dynamics of playgroups for preschool and school- aged children.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 S654 2001

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Autism and Education

Addressing the challenging behavior of children with high-functioning autism/Asperger syndrome in the classroom: a guide for teachers and parents / Moyes, Rebecca A. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2002.
This book provides possible explanations for problem behavior and a wealth of practical help for both teachers and parents to address them. Teachers learn how to create environmental supports and how to incorporate specific teaching strategies. Students with autism learn the new skills they might need, and ways of making their behavior more acceptable.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 M68 2002

Asperger Syndrome and adolescence: practical solutions for school success / Myles, Brenda -- Shawnee Mission, KA: Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2001.
Good tool to help children entering high school. Many specific scenarios about classroom interactions, and interventions to address challenges associated with the disorder.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 M95 2001

Autism spectrum and further education: a guide to good practice / Breakey, Christine -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2006.
This guide for professionals working with students with autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) in further education meets the increasing demand for information and support on this subject. The author covers key areas and offers strategies and solutions for communicating effectively, helping students to manage transition, and understanding and minimising the causes of ASC behaviours as well as teaching social skills and ASC self- awareness.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 B74 2006

Do you understand me?: my life, my thoughts, my autism spectrum disorder / Koborg Brosen, Sofie -- London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006.
Written by an 11 year old with autism spectrum disorder who wanted her classmates to understand her world, things she found difficult, and what she really liked. Ideal for parents, teachers, support workers and caregivers.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 K6213 2006

The effective teacher's guide to autism and communication difficulties: practical strategies / Farrell, Michael -- London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2006.
This clear, practical and teacher-friendly book examines the causes and consequences of autism and other communication difficulties. Focusing on educational aspects, the book pays particular attention to issues teachers may encounter with speech, grammar, meaning, use of language and comprehension.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 F37 2006

Everyday education: visual support for children with autism / Dyrbjerg, Pernille -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007.
Visual support aids can be highly effective tools for increasing levels of communication and independence in children with autism, who often have difficulty interpreting spoken language and non-verbal facial expressions.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 D9713 2007

Helping children with autism to learn -- London: David Fulton Pub, 2000.
This book considers how individuals with Autism can be enabled to learn through specific approaches to teaching that draw together understandings of how such individuals think and learn, and the implications for those who aim to teach them. Both teachers and parents will benefit from the insights this book.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 H435 2000

Higher functioning adolescents and young adults with autism: a teacher's guide -- Austin, TX: Pro Ed, 1996.
This guide provides important insights and practical strategies for teaching and supporting higher functioning students with autism in school.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 F84 1996

I need help with school: a guide for parents of children with autism & Asperger’s syndrome / Moyes, Rebecca A. -- Texas: Future Horizons, 2003.
Written especially for those dealing with autism and Asperger's Syndrome, this book also tackles important issues that will come up during your child's early school experience, such as developing social skills, addressing challenging behaviors, encouraging self-esteem, and dealing with teasing and bullying.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 M6 2003

Identifying, assessing, and treating autism at school / Brock, Stephen E. -- New York: Springer, 2006.
The book offers a one-stop resource that enables school psychologists to coordinate efforts between students and parents as well as other educators, administrators, and social services providers to determine which interventions are likely to be most effective in meeting the unique needs of children with autism. It is designed as a practical, easy-to- use reference for school psychologists and other educational professionals.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 B76 2006

Incorporating social goals in the classroom: a guide for teachers and parents of children with high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome / Moyes, Rebecca A. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2001.
This book provides practical, hands-on strategies to teach social skills to children with high- functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome. It includes a detailed description of the social deficits of these children as they appear in the classroom - difficulties with such things as understanding idioms, taking turns in conversation, understanding and using tone of voice and body language - and ways to address them.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 M69 2001

Keys to success for teaching students with autism / Ensperger, Lori -- Arlington, TX: Future Horizons Inc. 2002.
This much-needed resource unlocks the secrets of six critical teaching elements, including; creating an effective classroom environment; curriculum
development; instructional strategies; managing problem behaviors; data collection and building collaborative teams.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 E76 2002

Making sense of art: sensory-based art activities for children with autism, Asperger syndrome, and pervasive development disorders / Davalos, Sandra R. -- Shawnee Mission, KA: Autism Asperger Publishing Co. 1999.
Making Sense of Art offers visual activities developed for children with autism, Asperger Syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders. The activities are designed to stimulate the child’s senses through manipulation and exploration, arouse curiosity and creativity, and develop a sense of mastery.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 D38 1999

Navigating the special education system in Ontario: a handbook for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders -- Toronto: Autism Society Ontario, 2002.
This publication of original material is a must for every parent whose child with autism is embarking on, or is in, the school system in Ontario. It includes the following sections: The Individual Education Plan (IEP) Process; How to represent your child at an Identification Placement & Review Committee (IPRC) meeting; Behavioral issues; Assessments; Parents’ rights and responsibilities; How to develop an effective home-school communication book; How to teach your child to advocate for him/herself and Personal stories.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 N38 2002

Naviguer à travers le système de l'enfance en difficulté de l'Ontario: un guide pour les parents d'enfants atteints de troubles envahissants du développement de d'autisme avec trouble connexes -- Toronto: Autism Society Ontario, 2002.
Cette publication de matériel original est un must pour tous les parents dont l'enfant avec l'autisme se lance dans, ou est dans le système scolaire de l'Ontario. Il comprend les sections suivantes: Le processus du plan d'enseignement individualisé; Comment  représenter votre enfant à une réunion du Comité identification, de placement et d'examen; problèmes de comportement, des évaluations, les droits et les responsabilités des parents, comment élaborer un livre efficace de communication entre la maison-école, comment apprendre à votre enfant à plaider pour lui / elle-même et des histoires personnelles.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 N3814 2002

Simple strategies that work!: helpful hints for all educators of students with Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, and related disabilities / Myles, Brenda Smith -- Shawnee Mission, KA: Autism Asperger Publishing Co. 2006.
Children and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism have great potential, but all too often their abilities are not realized. This guide provides effective approaches and strategies that teachers can take to help their student with AS/HFA on the road to success. It also discusses
problems that may arise in the inclusion classroom and how educators can make even small adjustments to accommodate their students with autism, while not interfering with standard classroom routines.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 M98 2006

Specialist support approaches to autism spectrum disorder students in mainstream settings / Hewitt, Sally -- London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005.
Hewitt promotes tried and tested initiatives to evaluate staff expectations, convey meaning in the classroom through alternative methods of communication, re-think the physical environment of pupils and celebrate achievement with rewards. With an abundance of cost- and time-effective management guidelines for teachers and support staff of affected pupils, this book facilitates a more inclusive school setting and stresses the importance of a consistent working approach both at school and home.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 H49 2005

Teaching children with autism and related spectrum disorders: an art and a science / Magnusen, Christy -- London, UK: Jessica Kingsley, 2005.
By highlighting workable solutions to everyday problems, and emphasizing that teachers need to understand techniques and have the ability to adapt them to the situation that faces them, this book will be invaluable to all those involved in teaching children with ASDs.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 M32 2005

Toilet training for individuals with autism & related disorders: a comprehensive guide for parents & teachers / Wheeler, Maria -- Dallas, Texas: Future Horizons, 2004.
This book contains specific issues involved in toilet training children with autism. It includes easy-to-read bulleted lists with do's and don'ts, along with fifty real-life examples. It helps readers to learn how to gauge 'readiness' and overcome fear of the bathroom.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 W43 2004

Visual supports for people with autism: a guide for parents and professionals / Cohen, Marlene J. -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2007.
Visual supports are particularly beneficial to people with autism because they help make abstract concepts concrete and capitalise on the user's inherent visual learning strengths. This book shows parents and educators how incorporating these aids while teaching can improve academic performance, behaviour, interaction with others, and self-help skills.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 C64 2007

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Autism and Children

All cats have Asperger Syndrome / Hoopman, Kathy -- London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006.
This picture book takes a look at Asperger syndrome. Featuring photographs of cats, this book aims to bring to life familiar characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked, and particular eating habits. It evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 H65 2006

Arnie and his school tools: simple sensory solutions that build success / Veenendall, Jennifer -- Shawnee Mission, Kansas: Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2008.
Written from Arnie's point of view, this book uses simple language to describe some of the sensory tools and strategies Arnie uses at school and home to help him achieve a more optimal level of alertness and performance and helps create an environment that is accepting of students with sensory modulation difficulties, including many on the autism spectrum.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 V43 2008

Asperger's, huh?: a child's perspective / Schnurr, Rosina G. -- Gloucester, ON: Anisor Publishing, 1999.
A book about a child with Asperger syndrome. Appropriate for ages: 5-10 years.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 S34 1999

Baj and the word launcher: space age Asperger adventures in communication / Victor, Pamela -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2006.
Baj lives in the future on a planet called Aular and in many ways is like any other kid, but he has trouble reading body language, making eye contact, and taking turns in conversation. When Baj is given a special present-a magical communication kit-he begins to understand the complex rules of the social world.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 V53 2006

Blue bottle mystery: an Asperger adventure / Hoopman, Kathy -- London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2001.
Ben finds an unusual old bottle buried in the schoolyard, and in a roundabout way it helps Ben and his family find out what is causing some of the persistent problems he has both at home and at school.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 H66 2001

Can I tell you about Asperger Syndrome?: a guide for friends and family / Welton, June -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2004.
In this book, Adam, a young boy with autism, helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS; he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 W44 2004

Going to the dentist: a picture social skills story book / Bailey, Cindy -- New York: DRL Books Inc. 2002.
A guide to going to the dentist for very young or developmentally disabled children. Appropriate for ages 2-6 years.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 B34 2002

Going to the doctor: a picture social skills story book / Bailey, Cindy -- New York: DRL Books Inc. 2002.
A guide to going to the doctor for very young or developmentally disabled children. Appropriate for ages 2-6 years.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 B342 2002

Going to the grocery store: a picture social skills story book / Bailey, Cindy -- New York: DRL Books Inc. 2002.
A book about going to the grocery store for young or developmentally disabled children. Appropriate for ages 2-5 years.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 B343 2002

I can fix it: a tale from the Iris the dragon series: a children's book dealing with Asperger syndrome and stigma / Grass, Gayle; Ross, Graham. -- Perth, ON: Iris the Dragon, 2009.
Iris helps the central character in the book understand herself but decides to also tackle the challenge of getting the whole community to support and understand what children with various mental health conditions are confronted with in life.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 G73 2009

I see things differently: a first look at autism / Thomas, Pat; Keay, Claire. -- Hauppauge, New York: Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2014.
This book will help children understand what autism is and how it affects someone who has it. The story line is simple and easily accessible to younger children, who will learn that exploring the personal feelings around social issues is a first step in dealing with them.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 T56 2014

Lolo / Marleau, Brigitte -- Montréal, QC: Boomerang éditeur jeunesse Inc, 2006.
Marco va à l'école avec un jeune garçon, Lolo, qui est autistique. Pour les enfants de 4-8 ans.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 M37 2006

Mon amie Dylan: qu'allons-nous apprendre? [DVD] -- Toronto: Autism Ontario, 2008.
Les camarades de classe de Dylan partagent leurs sentiments à son égard et nous parlent de leur relation avec elle. Ils offrent des suggestions et des idées qui les ont aidés à mieux connaître Dylan.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 .M66

The way to A: empowering children with autism spectrum and other neurological disorders to monitor and replace aggression and tantrum behavior / Manasco, unter -- Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2006.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 M36 2006

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Web Sites

Autism Parent Resource Kit – Ministry of Children and Youth Services / Trousse de ressources sur l’autisme pour les parents – Ministère des services à l’enfance et à la jeunesse

Knowledge Base – Autism Ontario / Base de connaissances - Autisme Ontario

Autism Ontario / Autisme Ontario

Autism Canada Foundation

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Government of Canada / Trouble du spectre autistique (TSA) – Gouvernement du Canada

Questions and Answers: Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders – Ontario Ministry of Education / Questions et réponses: Les élèves atteints de troubles du spectre autistique – Ontario ministère de l’éducation

La Fédération québécoise de l’autisme et des autres troubles envahissants du développement (FQATED)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Condition Information - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Center for Study of Autism

Geneva Centre for Autism

Asperger’s Society of Ontario

Asperger’s - American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Asperger’s Syndrome Fact Sheet – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Asperger’s Syndrome - Health Link BC

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Autism Tracker Lite: Track, Analyze and Share ASD Daily
● From Track & Share Apps, LLC
● English
● Lite version free, can purchase full version
● Last updated Oct 2014
● From iTunes: Autism Tracker can be life changing for families with an autistic child.Track what matters to your child and family.Use the visual calendar and multi-item graphs to view and discuss patterns.  Share individual events or entire screens with your team using Dropbox, email or Twitter (Twitter lets you set up closed groups).  Autism tracker is an educational app that helps families explore autism.  Each of its screens represents a different domain of autism.Several screens are already set up to get you started – mood, behavior, food, health and reports.
● Available from iTunes

Sesame Street and Autism
● Sesame Workshop
● English
● Last updated Nov 2015
● From Google Play: These resources are for all families, with or without children with autism. They’ll help build understanding, reduce stigma, and provide support with everyday routines.For parents and caregivers, the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children app provides tools to help families with preschool children with autism, as well as help those just learning about autism celebrate differences and build bridges of acceptance.
● Available from Google Play and iTunes

LetMeTalk: Free AAC Talker
● From Appnotize UG
● Free
● English
● Last updated June 2016
● From Google Play: LetMeTalk enables you to line up images in a meaningful way to read this row of images as a sentence. To line up images is known as AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication).The image database of LetMeTalk contains more than 9,000 easy to understand images from ARASAAC. Additionally, you can add existing images from the device or take new photos with the build in camera.
● Available from Google Play and iTunes

Model Me Going Places
● From Model Me Kids, LLC
● English
● Free
● Last updated Sept 2012
● From iTunes:Model Me Going Places is a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community.  Each location contains a photo slide show of children modeling appropriate behavior.  Locations include: Hairdresser; mall; doctor; playground; grocery store and restaurant.
● Available from iTunes

Story Creator – Easy Story Book Maker for Kids
● From Innovative Mobile Apps Ltd.
● English
● Free with In-app purchases
● Last updated Nov 2013
● From iTunes: With story creator you can easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text and audio in one collection.  Customer Reviewer: “I love this app.I use it for making social stories for the student’s whom I support.  Using real life photos of them doing “the right thing” helps tremendously”
● Available from iTunes

iWritewords Lite
● PT. Global Dinamika Informatika
● English, French, Italian / anglais, français et italien
● Free with in-app purchase /Gratuit avec des achats
● Last updated May 2013 /Dernière mise-a-jour 2013 mai
● The lite version is limited to 3 letter and 3 words.How to play: Help Mr. Crab collect the numbered balls by dragging him with your finger and drawing the letter at the same time.Once all of the letters in the word are drawn properly, a cute drawing appears.  Slide the letters into the spinning hole and advance to the next level. / La version Lite est limitée à 3 lettres et 3 mots. Comment jouer: aider M. Crab recueillir les boules numérotées en lui faisant glisser avec le doigt et le dessin de la lettre dans le même temps. Une fois que toutes les lettres du mot sont dessinés correctement, un dessin mignon apparaît. Faites glisser les lettres dans le trou de filage et passer au niveau suivant.
● Available from / Disponible depuis iTunes

Sentence Builder for Special Needs Children Free
● Emmy Chen
● English
● Free with in-app purchase
● Last updated Dec 2014
● The app starts with simple sentences and progresses to more complex sentences.  The sentences focus on daily life situations, with many references to numbers, colors and dialogue.
● Available from iTunes

● From David Borgenvik
● English
● Free
● Last updated April 2014
● From iTunes: Give food to the man and see how his teeth get more and more dirty.  Brush the teeth until they are clean
● Available from iTunes

● From Yohei Iwakaki
● English
● Free
● Last updated Nov 2015
● Customer reviewfrom Apps for Autism : a must-have resource for the special needs community(2011): ActionPotato is simple and fun with appealing, clear graphics.  Students who play this game have no idea they are targeting eye-hand coordination, motor control, coordination, and visual perception skills.  Students rarely get frustrated because the potatoes are really easy to catch.Recommended for younger individuals and/or individuals who have motor planning challenges
● Available from iTunes and Google Play

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Local Contacts

Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre / Centre de traitement pour enfants d'Ottawa
395 Smyth Rd
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L2

Autism Ontario – Ottawa Chapter
1140 Morrison Dr.
Ottawa, ON K2H 8S9

Children at Risk
235 Donald St., Suite 212
Ottawa, ON K1K 1N1

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

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