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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 playbook for teens: imagination-based mindfulness activities to calm yourself, build independence, & connect with others / McHenry, Irene; Moog, Carol. -- Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2014.
This book offers a unique, strengths-based approach to help teens with autism spectrum (including Asperger's Syndrome) develop social skills, strengthen communication, and thrive. The activities contained in each chapter are custom-designed to work with the unique perspectives, sensory processing, neurological strengths and challenges that teens with autism bring to their encounters with the social world. By engaging in these activities, teens will gain an authentic awareness of their surroundings, leading to better social interaction that is also rewarding, interesting, and fun.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 M124 2014

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 disorder / Rodger, Marguerite. -- St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing Company, 2014.
This informative book provides insight into how children diagnosed with ASD experience the world around them and helps promote understanding and acceptance.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 R64 2014

Autism spectrum disorder: the complete guide to understanding autism / Sicile-Kira, Chantal. -- New York, NY: Perigee, 2014.
Newly updated to reflect the latest research, treatment methods, and DSM-V criteria, this book covers the causes of autism spectrum disorder, getting an accurate diagnosis, treatments, coping strategies for families and education needs and programs, living and working conditions for adults with ASD, and community interaction and teaching strategies and resources for educators and other professionals.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 S53 2014

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

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

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

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

The loving push: how parents and professionals can help spectrum kids become successful adults / Grandin, Temple; Moore, Debra. -- Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc., 2015.
Parents, teachers, or therapists, can benefit from this roadmap to prepare our youth for being successful adults in today's world. The authors provide the steps to take to restore your child's hope and motivation, and what you must avoid. Eight life stories are told by people on the autism spectrum, including chapters on subjects such as how to get kids off their computers, how to build on their strengths and get back to caring about their lives, and how to find a path to a successful, meaningful life.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 T47 2015

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

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

NeuroTribes: the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity / Silberman, Steve. -- New York: Avery, 2016.
The author finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years, and provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 S55 2016

A parent's guide to high-functioning autism spectrum disorder [2nd ed.]: how to meet the challenges and help your child thrive / Ozonoff, Sally; McPartland, James C; Dawson, Geraldine. -- New York: The Guilford Press, 2015.
Parents will learn practical strategies for helping their son or daughter relate more comfortably to peers, learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and succeed in school. The book also discusses what scientists currently know about ASD and how it is diagnosed, as well as what treatments and educational supports have been shown to work. Updated with the latest research, resources, and clinical strategies, the second edition clearly explains the diagnostic changes in DSM-5.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 O9 2015

The parents' practical guide to resilience for children aged 2-10 on the autism spectrum / Purkis, Jeanette. -- London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018.
Building resilience and independence in children with autism can be hugely beneficial in helping them live an independent and rewarding life. This book is based around major life events; each milestone includes exercises that you can work through to more effectively build resilience and independence in your child.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 P76 2018

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.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 A355 2014

A practical guide to happiness in children and teens on the autism spectrum: a positive psychology approach / Honeybourne, Victoria. -- London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018.
This guide contains practical ideas for helping children strengthen their self-worth, optimism and receptivity to happiness, and informs how children can build resilience and better understand their feelings, giving them the skills to flourish and thrive and to ward off negative thoughts.  It contains activities that are ideal for all learning levels and can be done individually or in groups, at home or in the classroom.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 H66 2018

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

Same but different: teen life on the autism express / Peete, Holly Robinson; Peete, Ryan Elizabeth; Peete, RJ. -- New York: Scholastic Press, 2016.
Being a teen with autism can get pretty hairy--especially when you're up against dating, parties, sports, body changes, school, and other kids who just don't 'get' you.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 P48 2016

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

Talking with your child about their autism diagnosis: a guide for parents / Dundon, Raelene. -- London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018.
For parents coming to terms with their child's autism diagnosis, this guide is both a practical tool and a source of moral support. Helping you decide who needs to know about the diagnosis and how to explain it, it includes worksheets designed to help your child understand what autism is.
FAM RJ 506 .A9 D75 2018

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

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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

Asperger's rules / Grossberg, Blythe N. -- Washington, DC: Magination Press, 2012.
Offers guidance to young people with Asperger's syndrome by explaining how to understand and communicate with their peers and teachers, standing up for and taking care of themselves, setting realistic goals, and making friends.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 G75 2012

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

Do - watch - listen - say [2nd ed.]: social and communication intervention for children with autism / Quill, Kathleen Ann; Stansberry Brusnahan, L Lynn. -- Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes, 2017.
This updated comprehensive intervention guide and accompanying activities are easily adapted to develop a curriculum for both children who are verbal and those who use augmentative and alternative communication, and it can be implemented at home or in the classroom. Excellent for educators and speech language pathologists, this practical, user-friendly resource gives you the methods you need to build social and communication skills in children with autism.
FAM RJ 506 .A96 Q55 2017

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

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

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

Flexible and focused: teaching executive function skills to individuals with autism and attention disorders / Najdowski, Adel C. -- San Diego: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, 2017.
Presents step-by-step lessons for practitioners, educators, and parents to implement with individuals with executive function deficits; includes data sheets, task analyses, worksheets, and visual aids.
FAM RJ 506 .A94 N35 2017

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

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

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 low-cost games and activities for sensorimotor learning: a sourcebook of ideas for young children including those with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and other learning differences / Kurtz, Lisa A. -- London ; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publisher, 2014.
Using materials that are readily-available in most households or that can be purchased or homemade at a very low cost, these games and activities are appropriate for all children, including those with autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other learning challenges. The book includes clear descriptions of how to carry out each activity, helpful illustrations, and ways to adapt activities according to the child's individual needs. In addition, a comprehensive reference guide to the activities enables easy searching for games suited to the development of particular skills.
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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

The Asperger children's toolkit / Musgrave, Francis. -- London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012.
This book guides children with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) from anxiety and negative thinking, to sensory overload, emotions, friendship and trust and social situations. By working through the activities and using the cut-out-and-keep tools with a parent, caregiver or teacher, children with AS will learn how to build upon their strengths and develop techniques for coping with areas of difficulty--as well as how to handle setbacks and celebrate successes along the way! The important topic of staying safe in the digital world is also covered, providing children with the knowledge and know-how they need to use the internet, social networking and text messaging safely.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 M98 2012

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

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 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 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

Inside Asperger's looking out / Hoopmann, Kathy. -- London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013.
Highlights the unique characteristics that make those with Asperger's Syndrome special. In this title, each page brings to light traits that many Aspies have in common, from sensitive hearing and an aversion to bright lights, to literal thinking and difficulty understanding social rules and reading body language and facial expressions.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 H65 2013

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

My autism book: a child's guide to their autistic spectrum diagnosis / Durà-Vilà, Glòria; Levi, Tamar. -- London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014.
This book explains what an autism diagnosis means and encourages an exploration of the child's likely strengths and differences using clear language that speaks directly to the child. The colourful pictures throughout show how the world looks from the child's perspective and the book ends with a summary checklist to encourage the child to record and discuss how autism affects them.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 D76 2014

My brother Charlie / Robinson Peete, Holly; Peete, Ryan: Scholastic Press, 2010.
Callie is very proud of her brother Charlie. He's good at so many things -- swimming, playing the piano, running fast. And Charlie has a special way with animals, especially their dog, Harriet. But sometimes Charlie gets very quiet. His words get locked inside him, and he seems far away. Then, when Callie and Charlie start to play, Charlie is back to laughing, holding hands, having fun. Charlie is like any other boy -- and he has autism. Ages 4-8.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 P44 2010

Understanding autism / Renfrew, Ruth; deLoache, Shawn. -- New York: Medikidz USA, Inc., 2018.
In graphic novel format, the Medikidz, superheroes from the planet Mediland, help David and his friends understand autism.
FAM RJ 506 .A98 R46 2018

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

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

Education Advocacy Resources - Autism Ontario / Ressources pour la défense des droits à l’éducation - Autisme Ontario

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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 June 2018
● 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 March 2018
● 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

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

iWritewords Lite
● PT. Global Dinamika Informatika
● English, French, Italian / anglais, français et italien
● Free with in-app purchase / Gratuit avec des achats
● Last updated July 2017 / Dernière mise-a-jour 2017 juillet
● 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

● 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

Autism Ontario – Ottawa Chapter
250 City Centre Ave
Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7

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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Last Updated: December 2018
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