Top Fifteen Gotta Have Books for Students with Autism
There are so many incredible resources out there now that can help us with our kids on the autism spectrum. How do you know where to start and what to read? I asked the secretary, who is in charge of our lending library for our five school district special education cooperative, to compile a list of the books and materials that were the most popular during this past year. She gave me a list of 34 items. Most, but not all, are books and materials for students on the autism spectrum. Go to our Resource page and you can view/download the list of the most frequently checked out books.
I wanted to narrow the list down and comprise my own list of personal favorites that I use on a regular basis. Most but not all are on the library list. So here is my list of the Top Fifteen Gotta Have/Gotta Read Books for Students with Autism:
1. The Incredible 5-Point Scale by Kari Dunn Buron And Mitzi Curtis
2. The Hidden Curriculum by Brenda S. Myles
3. Building Social Relationships by Scott Bellini Ph.D. Autism Society of America Outstanding Literary Work (2007)
4. Asperger Syndrome: An Owner’s Manual 2 For Older Adolescents and Adults: What You, Your Parents and Friends and Your Employer Need to Know. National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) Honors (2010) by Ellen Korin
5. Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders 2011 Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal Recipient by Kelly Mahler M.S. OTR/L
6. 5 Is Against the Law by Kari Dunn Buron
7. Building Independence: How to Create and Use Structured Work Systems by Susan Kabot Ed.D CCC-SLP, Christine Reeve, Ph.D. BCBA-D
8. Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage and Meltdowns by Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., Jack Southwich
9. Drawing a Blank: Improving comprehension for Readers on the Autism Spectrum by Emily Lland
10. Tasks Galore, Tasks Galore for the Real World, Tasks Galore Making Groups Meaningful by L. Eckenrode, P. Fennell, K. Hearsey
11. Visual Support for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Anne HauBler, Vera Bernard-Opitz
12. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin Ph.D.
13. Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues by Katherine Cook, Nancy E. Miller, Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Louann Rinner, Lisa A. Robbins, M.Ed.
14. When My Worries Get Too Big by Kari Dunn Buron
15. Taking Care of Myself by Mary Wrobel
No matter where you are on your learning curve for autism, you find something of value in both lists.