The Book Nook

We occasionally find books and other publications that we think will be of interest to you, so we'll put information here about them to give you the opportunity to see what they're all about!  Read a good book lately related to autism and other developmental disabilities? Let us know and we'll review it!

A Buffet of Sensory Interventions:  Solutions for Middle and High School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • AUTHOR: Susan Culp, M.S., OTR/L
  • DESCRIPTION:   Promotes understanding and offers solutions so that teens can begin to take ownership of their sensory needs through self—advocacy and self-regulation.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: A Buffet of Sensory Interventions

A Work in Progress

  • AUTHOR: Ron Leaf , Ph.D. & John McEachin, Ph.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  A Work In Progress is a two part manual that serves as a guide for any parent or professional working with Autistic children. The ABA based behavioral intervention strategies and the detailed curriculum focus on facilitating the child's development and helping him or her to achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life possible. The book has served as a launching pad for many parents in the beginning stages of diagnosis and has been used as the cornerstone of countless intervention programs, meeting with enormous success.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: A Work in Progress

Assessment in Early Childhood Education, 7th edition

  • AUTHOR: Sue C. Wortham and Belinda Hardin
  • DESCRIPTION:   Helps prepare future and current teachers to measure or evaluate children in early childhood, to become fully informed about the range of assessment possibilities available, and to learn how those techniques and instruments can be most beneficial to the children in their classrooms. Included is information about standardized tests and other types of assessment, such as screening tools, observations, checklists, and rating scales. Assessments designed by teachers are explained both for preschool children and for kindergarten and third grade children who are transitioning into literacy. This new edition features expanded and enhanced material covering the ever-growing trend toward performance assessment, portfolios, and other methods of reporting a child’s performance. Throughout, the approach of the authors is to present the development of an assessment system that includes traditional as well as authentic assessment strategies in a comprehensive plan and to seek to inform the reader about all types of assessments and their appropriate use.
  • Visit the following web page for more information:  Assessment in Early Childhood Education

Autism....What Does It Mean to Me?: A Workbook Explaining Self Awareness and Life Lessons to the Child or Youth with High Functioning Autism or Aspergers

  • AUTHOR: Catherine Faherty
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:     Autism…What Does It Mean To Me? by Catherine Faherty has come to seem even more groundbreaking than it did in its first edition, 14 years ago. The format Catherine developed, in which the book is literally co-created by the autistic child (or adult), is still the only one of its kind. It’s not because there aren’t autism books galore. People purchase books like Catherine’s alongside books written by PhDs, researchers and scholars; memoirs written by parents of young children; and, increasingly, autobiographies written by autistic adults. Each of these books has something to teach its reader about autism. But only Catherine’s is a collaboration with the child him- or herself. Autism…What Does It Mean To Me? is both a book and a collection of worksheets, each page of which offers the chance to explore a particular topic. Like the first edition, each chapter includes both worksheets for the child (or adult) with autism, as well as pages of explanatory material and ideas for further study for the teacher, parent, or professional.
    New pages include additional pages directed towards older readers. For example, teens exploring how their identity relates to their diagnosis may be interested in the pages titled: The Wording for Me and Autism: “Identity First” and “Person First” (p. 20, 21). Pages 28-29 offer additional resources to the parent or professional regarding this language. Pages regarding the importance and meaning of stimming are new, along with pages regarding Self-Injurious Behavior, tics, emotional pain, empathy, and many, many more. In the section regarding Friends, Catherine includes what she’s learned from adults and teens regarding the importance of internet friendships as a vital and sustaining force in many otherwise isolated lives. She’s also added new information regarding the dangers that may be associated with meeting people online, and practical tips regarding protecting one's personal safety.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Autism....What Does it Mean to Me?

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals

  • AUTHOR: Catherine Maurice, Gina Green and Stephen G. Luce 
  • DESCRIPTION:  An easy to read guide to selecting and implementing behavior and skills programs for young children.  It provides skills lists and programs for all areas of development, and behaviors needed for learning.
  • Visit the following web page for more information:  Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism

Building Independence:  How to Create and Use Structured Work Systems

  • AUTHOR: Christine E. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Susan Kabot, EdD, CCC-SLP
  • DESCRIPTION:  Information about how to set up and implement work systems using evidence-based practices in order to build skills and independence.
  • Visit the following web page for more information:  Building Independence: How to Create and Use Structured Work Systems

Building Social Relationships 2 - A ​Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum

  • AUTHOR: Scott Bellini, Ph.D. 
  • DESCRIPTION: Building Social Relationships organizes the myriad social skills strategies and resources currently available to make it easier for parents and educational professionals to teach social skills and design social skills programs for children with ASD. A comprehensive five-step model addresses the need for social programming for children and adolescents with ASD. This second edition, emphasizes the importance of targeting both social skills and social-cognitive processing.
  • Visit the following web page for more information:  Building Social Relationships 2

Do-Watch-Listen-Say: Social Communication Intervention for Children with Autism

  • AUTHOR: Kathleen Ann Quill, Ed.D., BCBA-D
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  This 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.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Do-Watch-Listen-Say.

Essential for Living

  • AUTHOR:  Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Troy Fry and Colleen Cornwall
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION: Essential for Living is the most innovative and comprehensive functional skills curriculum, assessment, and teaching manual on the market today. The Essential for Living Professional Practitioner's Handbook is designed for verbal and non-verbal children and adults of all ages with moderate-to-severe intellectual or developmental disabilities, including, but not limited to, autism. It is also designed for children and adults with multiple handicaps, including those who are deaf and blind or medically fragile. It is currently used by teachers, transition coordinators, case managers, speech-language pathologists, and behavior analysts in public school classrooms, school-to-adult transition programs, private schools, and ABA centers, along with vocational and residential programs.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Essential for Living

FBA to Z: Functional Behavior and Intervention Plans for Individuals with ASD

  • AUTHORS: Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., Barry G. Grossman, Ph.D., Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., and Shawn A. Henry, M.S.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION: Presents an alternative approach to conducting FBAs that is more holistic than the traditional FBA and considers not just the surface patterns but also the underlying needs related to autism. This revolutionary approach to the FBA highlights the need to understand an individual's unique needs and strengths within each phase. Using a case study throughout the book, the authors address the unique characteristics of individuals with ASD within the FBA, ultimately resulting in the development of comprehensive, meaningful, and effective interventions, based on the specific needs of the learner.
  • Visit the following web page for more information:  FBA to Z

Functional Assessment and Program Development for Problem Behavior: A Practical Handbook (3rd edition)

  • AUTHORS: Robert E. O'Neill, Ph.D.,  Richard W. Albin, Ph.D.,  Keith Storey, Ph.D., Robert H. Homer, Ph.D.,  Jeffrey R. Sprague, Ph.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Guides readers through the procedures of conducting a functional assessment, including a variety of strategies for assessing problem behavior situations. The book also presents a systematic approach for designing behavioral support programs based on those assessments. Professionals and students alike appreciate the step-by-step guidance as well as the wealth of examples and forms that equip users to begin conducting functional assessments and developing their own intervention programs.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Functional Assessment and Program Development

 How Do I Teach This Kid? Visual Work Tasks for Beginning Learners on the Autism Spectrum

  • AUTHOR:  Kimberly A. Henry
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  First Runner-Up in the 2006 Writer's Notes Book Awards, this book utilizes the strengths of children with ASD to help them develop new skills. Tasks are visually oriented, consistent; expectations are clear. Using easy-to-make "task boxes" children learn:
    • motor   
      matching
      sorting
      reading
      writing
      math skills

      Tasks include:
      pushing items through a small openings (children love the "resistance" it takes to push them through)
      matching simple, identical pictures or words
      sorting objects by color, size, or shape.
      Ideas are plentiful, materials colorful, and children love the repetitive nature of the tasks, which help them learn to work independently! Sample data sheets are included.
    • Visit the following web page for more information:  How Do I Teach This Kid?

How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behavior (K-8): Practical, Ready-to-Use Interventions That Work

  • AUTHORS:  Kaye L. Otten, Ph.D. and Jodie Tuttle, M.Ed.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  This book offers educators a practical approach to managing problem behavior in schools. It is filled with down-to-earth advice, ready-to-use forms, troubleshooting tips, recommended resources, and teacher-tested strategies. Using this book, teachers are better able to intervene proactively, efficiently, and effectively with students exhibiting behavior problems.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behaviors

Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders

  • AUTHORS: Kelly J. Mahler, MS, OTR/L
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  This innovative curriculum teaches important hygiene skills and associated social understanding using a fun approach that targets the core characteristics and learning styles of children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. The author's generous use of structure, predictability, self-monitoring and ways to convey and check for social understanding is worked into all discussions and activities. Ranging from basic daily hygiene to picking, using public restrooms, burping and farting, topics focus on healthy and socially acceptable behaviors.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Hygiene and Related Behaviors

Just Take a Bite: Easy Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges

  • AUTHORS: Lori Ernsperger, Ph.D. and Tania Stegen-Hanson, OTR/L
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Is your child a “picky” eater or a full-fledged resistant eater? Does he or she eat only 3-20 foods, refusing all others? Eat from only one food group? Gag, tantrum, or become anxious if you introduce new foods? If so, you have a resistant eater. Learn the possible causes, when you need professional help, and how to deal with the behavior at home. Learn why “Don’t play with your food!” and “Clean your plate!”—along with many other old saws—are just plain wrong. And who said you have to eat dessert last? Get ready to have some stereotypes shattered!
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Just Take A Bite

Navigating the Social World: A Curriculum for Individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and Related Disorders

  • AUTHOR: Jeanette McAfee, M.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Pediatrician Jeanie McAfee originally created this user-friendly social curriculum for her daughter Rachel, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age ten. Since then, it has become a staple for parents and educators. It addresses the most urgent problems facing those with Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism, and related disorders. Dr. McAfee covers how to increase communication skills, recognize and cope with emotions, recognize and prevent stress, develop abstract thinking skills, address behavioral problems, and much more. Tasks are broken down into small steps, repeated until they are mastered, then generalized. Helpful handouts, templates, and forms will help keep teachers and learners on track.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Navigating the Social World

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

  • AUTHOR:  Steve Silberman
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION: This book upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.  Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for a 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.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out of Control Behavior

  • AUTHOR: Jed Baker, Ph.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Dr. Jed Baker offers parents and teachers strategies for preventing and managing meltdowns. His 20+ years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum, combined with his personal experiences raising his own children, have yielded time-tested strategies, and results! Dr. Baker offers an easy-to-follow, 4-step model that will improve your everyday relationships with the children in your life: 1) Managing your own emotions by adjusting your expectations, 2) Learning strategies to calm a meltdown in the moment, 3) Understanding why a meltdown occurs, and 4) Creating plans to prevent future meltdowns.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: No More Meltdowns

One-on-One

  • AUTHOR: Marilyn Chassman
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  One-on-One presents structured, step-by-step learning activities for students who are non-compliant and who have minimal skills. For professionals and parents working with low-functioning children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Developed by author Marilyn Chassman, this program chronicles a five-year process of homeschooling her son Brian, a child with autism who exhibited very aggressive behaviors and did not communicate. The One-on-One manual provides over 30 structured learning activities, each presented step by step. All activities are illustrated and presented in detail so it's easy for you to recreate them at home or in the classroom.

    Chassman's approach focuses on breaking down each task to its basic components and then linking them together, one step at a time. Covers dealing with aggression, record keeping, communication, self-help, fine and gross motor skills and sensory toleration.

  • Visit the following web page for more information: One-on-One

Outsmarting Explosive Behavior

  • AUTHOR:  Judy Endow, MSW
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  This revolutionary program is designed to help decrease - and in some cases eliminate - explosive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders. Tantrums and meltdowns are among the greatest challenges presented by ASD, often leaving parents and educators searching for answers. Outsmarting Explosive Behavior is a visual program, laid out as a fold-out poster, that can be individualized for each user. Four train cars represent the four stages of explosive behavior: Starting Out, Picking up Steam, Point of No Return, and Explosion. By using visuals to appeal to children with ASD, this program makes it easy to help them identify their current state and take steps to decrease the chances of a meltdown.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Outsmarting Explosive Behavior

Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

  • AUTHOR: Jed Baker, Ph.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Typically, ASD high school graduates are unprepared for the transition to independence. Early, ongoing training in the social skills crucial to establishing successful adult relationships—in college, vocational school, residential living, or on the job—can help. He also guides readers through the legal, financial, educational, vocational, and community resources available after graduation. The essence of the book lies in the 73 “Skill Lessons” targeting nonverbal communication, empathy, anger/anxiety management, conversational skills, and employment-related skills—which can be taught by parents, teachers, or professionals. This easy-to-follow resource offers a complete toolbox of social skills and the means to attain them.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Preparing for Life

Quality Literacy Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • AUTHOR: Edited by Christina Carnahan, Ed.D., and Pamela Williamson, Ph.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  This textbook brings together experts from both the autism and reading fields to provide a detailed discussion of literacy instruction, thus supporting professionals and families alike in building lifelong literacy instruction geared to the needs of students on the autism spectrum. Using case examples, the textbook brings theory and research to practice, thus meeting the mandate for evidence-based practice and illustrating that having effective literacy skills enhances the quality of life of all individuals, including those with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Quality Literacy Instruction

Scripting with Idioms: Everyday Social Scripts for Real Time Practice with Idioms

  • AUTHOR: Carla Butorac, M.A.T., SLP
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:

    Idioms are difficult to understand when encountered only in a written context. Studies have shown that in teaching children on the autism spectrum about idioms, the key is application. Students need to see how they can use idioms in everyday conversations. Instead of simply writing another textbook about the meanings of these challenging phrases, Carla Butorac, MAT, SLP, has created an interactive workbook full of scripted conversations, quizzes, and other features to help students practice.
    Scripting with Idioms was specifically designed not only to be used by educators, but also by parents, caregivers, and families. Many will find idioms easier to understand and use with Butorac’s guide.

  • Visit the following link for more information about this book: Scripting with Idioms

    Sensory Processing 101
  • AUTHORS: Dayna Abraham, Claire Heffron, Pamela Braley, and Lauren Drobnjak
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Whether you are a parent, educator, caregiver, or therapist, this easy-to-read guide is your starting point to gain a better understanding of sensory processing and the body’s sensory systems.   Sensory Processing 101 contains simple explanations about sensory processing, creative and engaging sensory activities for kids, and reproducible sensory resources - all in one place so you can find what you're looking for quickly and easily.
  • Visit the following web page for more information:  Sensory Processing 101

Setting up Classroom Spaces That Support Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • AUTHORS: Susan Kabot, Ed.D., CCC-SLP and Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  This long-awaited book shows through clear and brief text and lots of photos how to determine what type of furniture and materials to choose for various types of classrooms and how to arrange them in a way that creates an effective learning environment while reducing anxiety and preventing problem behaviors.  As such, it uses evidence-based practices of structure and visual supports to enhance the well-being and success of students.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Setting up Classroom Spaces That Support Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sexuality and Relationship Education for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • AUTHOR: Davida Hartman
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) require specialized teaching strategies when learning about puberty, sexuality and relationships. This professional resource offers practical teaching advice geared towards the needs of young people on the autism spectrum.   Beginning with information on good practice, policy, teaching methods and recent research, the book then divides into key sex education topics that assist professionals in developing their own individualized and developmentally appropriate curricula. Covering issues of gender, public and private, puberty, hygiene, emotions, sex and more, each topic provides an overview of the difficulties that children with autism might experience, discussion and activity ideas and photocopiable resources including instructional stories, checklists and illustrations. The final section demonstrates how to respond to ongoing patterns of inappropriate behavior and put together a behavior plan.
  • Visit the following web page for more information:   Sexuality and Relationship Education

Social Skills Training

  • AUTHOR: Jed Baker, Ph.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  A "how to" manual, Jed Baker puts his experience with social skills training groups into a curriculum that "really works." The book covers everything from assessment and strategies for social skills training to behavior management and peer acceptance through sensitivity training. The strength of the book is in its over seventy lesson plans and activities, which makes it ready-to-use for parents and teachers.
  • Visit the following web page for more information about Social Skills Training and other Jed Baker books, such as: No More Meltdowns; Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens; No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators, and Scams; and Preparing for Life - The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism/Asperger's Syndrome

Social Thinking Thinksheets for Tweens and Teens: Learning to Read In-Between the Social Lines

  • AUTHOR: Michelle Garcia-Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • DESCRIPTION:  Information, lesson plans and activities to help students learn to read between the lines and understand social communication. This book "focuses on the social issues and challenges faced by pre-adolescents and adolescents and introduces social concepts and strategies that can help individuals navigate these tricky years."
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Social Thinking Worksheets

Stars in Her Eyes - Navigating the Maze of Childhood Autism

  • AUTHORS: Dr. Linda Balboa and Elizabeth Obrey
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  "designed to help parents and teachers navigate the dizzying maze of autism. Dr. Barboa shares heartfelt narratives from parents and teachers who have gone before and paved the way. Each contributor gives practical advice from her own unique experiences. Stars in Her Eyes includes powerful yet light-hearted vignettes relating to each topic. The reader will feel that he is sitting in the same room with these authors, enjoying the enlightening conversation of those living with autism on a daily basis."
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Stars in Her Eyes designed to help parents and teachers navigate the dizzying maze of autism. Dr. Barboa shares heartfelt narratives from parents and teachers who have gone before and paved the way. Each contributor gives practical advice from her own unique experiences. Stars in Her Eyes includes powerful yet light-hearted vignettes relating to each topic. The reader will feel that he is sitting in the same room with these authors, enjoying the enlightening conversation of those living with autism on a daily basis. designed to help parents and teachers navigate the dizzying maze of autism. Dr. Barboa shares heartfelt narratives from parents and teachers who have gone before and paved the way. Each contributor gives practical advice from her own unique experiences. Stars in Her Eyes includes powerful yet light-hearted vignettes relating to each topic. The reader will feel that he is sitting in the same room with these authors, enjoying the enlightening conversation of those living with autism on a daily basis. designed to help parents and teachers navigate the dizzying maze of autism. Dr. Barboa shares heartfelt narratives from parents and teachers who have gone before and paved the way. Each contributor gives practical advice from her own unique experiences. Stars in Her Eyes includes powerful yet light-hearted vignettes relating to each topic. The reader will feel that he is sitting in the same room with these authors, enjoying the enlightening conversation of those living with autism on a daily basis.

Tasks Galore - For The Real World

  • AUTHORS:  Laurie Eckenrode, Pat Fennell, and Kathy Hearsey
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Tasks Galore For The Real World is a valuable tool for preparing your older elementary students, adolescents, and adults for independence in the home, school, community, or workplace.  The Introduction Section describes a process for developing and teaching functional goals.  Forty-three colorful photo pages present task ideas in these categories:
    • Domestic Skills
    • Vocational Skills
    • Independent Living Skills
    • Job Sites & School Transition Ideas
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Tasks Galore - For The Real World 

Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: The Workbook

  • AUTHOR: Julie A. Hadwin, Patricia Howlin, Simon Baron-Cohen
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  This workbook expands upon the authors' Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: A Practical Guide to present the most effective approaches, strategies, and practical guidelines to help alleviate social and communication problems in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 
    • Complements the best-selling Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: A Practical Guide for use in practical settings
    • Answers the need for more training of professionals in early interventions for children assessed with ASD called for by the National Plan for Autism
    • Written by a team of experts in the field
    • Covers issues such as how to interpret facial expressions; how to recognize feelings of anger, sadness, fear and happiness; how to perceive how feelings are affected by what happens and what is expected to happen; how to see things from another person's perspective; and how to understand another person's knowledge and beliefs
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read

Teaching Students with Classic Autism Functional Social Skills in Natural Settings

  • AUTHORS: Susan J. Sheridan, Ed.D. and Deborah E. Bahme, M.Ed.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  This highly practical book guides teachers and other practitioners in developing and implementing comprehensive social skills programs for individuals with classic autism. This program was developed specifically for students with classic features of autism, who tend to learn best by participating in activities they find interesting, engaging, and part of their daily lives. As a result, the social skills are embedded in motivating lessons in real-life social situations, involving such things as learning to do something nice for others, working on a classroom project, or waiting in a cafeteria line. To make this well-crafted functional social skills curriculum even more relevant, it includes a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use assessment tool tied to IEP development using evidence-based practices.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Teaching Students with Classic Autism

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

  • AUTHOR: Ellen Notbohm
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Framed with both humor and compassion, the book describes ten characteristics that help illuminate—not define—children with autism....  This updated edition delves into expanded thought and deeper discussion of communication issues, social processing skills, and the critical roles adult perspectives play in guiding the child with autism to a meaningful, self-sufficient, productive life.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

The Comprehensive Autism Planning System (CAPS) for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome, Autism and Related Disorders (Second Edition)

  • AUTHOR:  Shawn Henry and Brenda Smith Myles, PhD
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  This system allows educators to understand how to implement an instructional program for students with ASD. Known as CAPS, the model answers common questions about finding the right supports to fit a child's learning style in order to help him reach his full potential. Used with The Ziggurat Model, CAPS enables educators and other professionals to address adequate yearly progress (AYP), response to intervention (RTI), and positive behavior support (PBS) designed to help those with ASD. This expanded second edition of CAPS adds important new material on technical assistance/consultation, as well as up-to-date considerations of current mandates and trends that support CAPS use, including a major focus on evidence-based practices for ASD.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: CAPS

The Eclipse Model: Teaching Self-Regulation, Executive Function, Attribution, and Sensory Awareness to Students with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and Related Disorders

  • AUTHOR: Sherry A. Moyer, MSW
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  The ECLIPSE Model targets the skills needed to improve social competence, such as executive functioning, theory of mind, causal attribution, processing speed and working memory. Without effective use of these skills on a regular basis, development of other areas of functioning - academic, adaptive, social and vocational skills - will be inhibited. The ECLIPSE Model directly addresses four challenge areas that are not typically covered by other curricula: self-regulation, executive function, attribution retraining and sensory awareness. These four areas impact almost all activities across environments, and individuals without adequate skills in these areas are unlikely to reach their full potential. The curriculum provides step-by-step lessons for teaching these vital skills in a way that will motivate young people.
  • Visit the following web page for more information:  The Eclipse Model 

* The Explosive Child  *Lost at School  *Treating Explosive Kids: A Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach

  • AUTHOR: Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
  • NOTE:  While these books are not specific to autism, they provide insight and strategies that work well with individuals with ASD, as well as others who have significant behavior challenges.  DESCRIPTIONS:  The Explosive Child :  "A more contemporary approach to understanding and helping inflexible, easily frustrated, explosive children at home and in school..."                         

    Lost at School.  A practical guides to help schools be successful with explosive students, in practical and effective ways, rather than through disciplinary approaches. Treating Explosive Kids: A Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach.    A framework for dealing with non-compliant, explosive children at school and home.  It integrates theory into practice.

  • Visit the following web page for more information: Ross W. Greene's books

The Girl Who Thought In Pictures ~ The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

  • AUTHOR: Julia Finley Mosca
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION: Meet Dr. Temple Grandin—one of the world’s quirkiest science heroes! When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe! The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin is the first book in a brand new educational series about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists. In addition to the illustrated rhyming tale, you’ll find a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Temple herself!
  • Visit the following web page for more information:  The Girl Who Thought In Pictures

The Incredible 5-Point Scale - Second Edition

  • AUTHORS: Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Supporting emotional regulation has become a critical priority in effective programming for students with ASD. The Incredible 5-Point Scale was one of the first practical supports to help all partners recognize and teach students to become aware of their state of regulation. The Significantly Improved and Expanded Second Edition of the now classic resource expands on the core idea of the original scale by providing current clinical examples of how to use the scale across different age groups and functioning levels. New scales are offered specifically designed for young children and those individuals with more classic presentations of autism, including an expanded use of the Anxiety Curve. Another addition is a list of goals and objectives related to incorporating scales in students’ IEP’s.
  • Visit the following web page for more information: The Incredible 5-Point Scale

The Integrated Self-Advocacy  ISA® Curriculum

  • AUTHOR: Valarie Paradiz, Ph. D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:   Self-advocacy plays a vital role in nearly every aspect of life for individuals on the spectrum, in school, at home, in the community and at work. The more self-awareness they possess, the more they can be players in advocating for their own comfort, happiness and well-being. Yet, children and adults with autism spectrum and related conditions often receive limited support in these vital life skills. This is because people have little time to develop thoughtful, person-centered materials and tools, or simply have no clue how to begin to provide this kind of support. This cutting-edge curriculum helps professionals and family members provide safe forums for self-discovery, structured learning activities and a cumulative understanding of the many facets of self-advocacy. The ISA® Curriculum presents 11 units with detailed lesson plans, worksheets and activities, including scanning sensory and social environments, identifying how and when to self-disclose, exploring the history of autism, studying role models with ASD, developing media literacy on topics involving autism and cultivating deep and focused interests for vocation and leisure time. Students' work throughout the lessons culminates in the creation of a personal self-advocacy portfolio, a living document that can be adjusted over the life span.
  • Visit the following web page for more information:  The Integrated Self-Advocacy ISA® Curriculum

The New Social Story Book

  • AUTHOR: Carol Gray
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION: The New Social Story Book takes children, step-by-step, through basic activities like brushing teeth, taking a bath or wearing a safety belt in the car with simple stories.  Each story is accompanied by one or more line drawings to illustrate key points.
    Carol Gray's methods of creating a Social Story have become a widely recognized way of teaching social and life skills to children with Autism or Autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A revised book, each story included in the New My Social Stories Series is created according to specific criteria based on the learning characteristics of children with ASD.
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The Potty Journey - Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs, Including Autism and Related Disorders

  • AUTHOR:  Judith Coucouvanis, M.A., NP, PMHCNS-BC
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  

    International Book Award Winner and National Parenting Publications Award Winner. By reading The Potty Journey, you will learn about * how to tell if the child is "ready" * easy and time-saving data collection methods * the importance of routines and how to develop effective routines * the impact of a consistent schedule * using rewards effectively * the hidden curriculum of public restrooms * the significance of dry pants * and last, but not least, the importance of being patient and keeping a sense of humor. Along the way, you will hear about how to deal with accidents, obstacles, and other mishaps. Full of useful information and real life examples, The Potty Journey is reader-friendly and helps you organize and make sense of what often seems to be an overwhelming undertaking. Throughout the book, parents, educators and child care providers who have put into practice Judith's strategies share their successes with toilet training children across a wide range of ages and disabilities.

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The Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching Play, Emotion and Communication to Children with Autism

  • AUTHOR: Jed Baker, Ph.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this book uses photographs of students engaging in a variety of real-life social situations.  Color photographs illustrate the “right way” and “wrong way” to approach each situation – and the positive/negative consequences of each.  An adult then explains each situation, asking questions such as “What is happening Here? “   Children can role-play skills until they are confident enough to practice them in real life.  
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The Social Times

  • AUTHOR: Kari Dunn Buron
  • DESCRIPTION:

    Monthly newsletters for students with autism and other cognitive challenges.  It provides special topics, stories, and other activities that can be done in the classroom or at home to help gain an understanding of school expectations and the hidden curriculum. "A Fun Supplement to Any Social Skills Program. Using a magazine format in full color and with standard columns in each issue, The Social Times is written directly to students in their "voice." Each issue offers critical information all the while making each lesson entertaining and applicable to the lives and concerns of today's students. In its premiere volume, The Social Times addresses topics such as friendship, body language, anxiety, controlling feelings, etc."

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The Someday Birds

  • AUTHOR: Sally J. Pla
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Charlie’s perfectly ordinary life has been unraveling ever since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan.  When his father heads from California to Virginia for medical treatment, Charlie reluctantly travels cross-country with his boy-crazy sister, unruly brothers, and a mysterious new family friend. He decides that if he can spot all the birds that he and his father were hoping to see someday along the way, then everything might just turn out okay. Debut author Sally J. Pla has written a tale that is equal parts madcap road trip, coming-of-age story for an autistic boy who feels he doesn’t understand the world, and an uplifting portrait of a family overcoming a crisis.
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The Ziggurat Model: A Framework for Designing Comprehensive Interventions for Individuals with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome

  •  AUTHOR:  Ruth Aspy, Ph. D., and Barry G. Grossman, Ph.D 
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  The Ziggurat Model, for individuals across the spectrum and across the lifespan, is now even more fine-tuned for early intervention. Includes: • the latest autism research • a new Underlying Characteristics Checklist for Early Intervention, UCC-EI, backed by a comprehensive case study. This version of the critically acclaimed Ziggurat Model also offers a special section on how to integrate it with The Comprehensive Autism Planning System and includes the following features, which are increasingly being adopted by school districts as essential tools in program planning and treatment: • Classic (CL) and High-Functioning (HF) Underlying Characteristics Checklist (UCC)  • Individual Strengths and Skills Inventory (ISSI) • Updated Global Intervention Plan: Guide to Establishing Priorities, which incorporates person centered planning While The Ziggurat Model is designed to address the needs of all individuals with autism spectrum disorder, this book is written explicitly for those who are higher functioning. The book includes assessment tools, case scenarios, and interventions developed with their needs in mind.
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Think Social!  A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students

  • AUTHOR: Michelle Garcia-Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Think Social! is a core Social Thinking curriculum book and complements Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME. The book provides step-by-step methods for teaching social-cognitive and -communicative skills to students who have these challenges that affect their school and home life. Students and adults with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome, nonverbal learning disability, ADHD and similar difficulties, diagnosed and undiagnosed, have benefited from these methods. As a complementary book to the  Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME curriculum,  Think Social! sequences through eight chapters and 69 lessons that teach students the basics of working and thinking in a group. Each chapter addresses how to use and interpret language (verbal and nonverbal) to understand the contexts where real communication happens. The lessons span from kindergarten through adulthood. Teachers, parents, therapists and other caregivers are encouraged to modify activities to better fit the age of the students.
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Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME

  • AUTHOR: Michelle Garcia-Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • DESCRIPTION:  How to teach perspective taking and social thinking to people with social cognitive learning challenges. "For ages K-adulthood, the book provides the foundation for teaching students how to make social thinking work in their real lives...."
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Totally Chill: My Complete Guide to Staying Cool - A Stress Management Workbook for Kids With Social, Emotional, or Sensory Sensitivities

  • AUTHOR: Christopher Lynch, Ph.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  "When parenting, teaching and working with children who have social, emotional, and/or sensory sensitivities, we often put the emphasis on learning new skills.....but stress management skills are often not addressed..... It is crucial that children learn and develop skills to help them to manage their stress as independently as possible."
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Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

  • AUTHOR:  Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Dr. Prizant offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don't aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual's experience and what underlies the behavior. Instead of classifying "autistic" behaviors as signs of pathology, Dr. Prizant sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it's better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life.
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Visual Strategies for Improving Communication

  • AUTHOR:  Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  This Revised & Updated edition of this bestseller is the most comprehensive book to explain the use of visual strategies to improve communication for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and others who experience moderate to severe communication challenges. It is full of easy to use techniques and strategies that will help these students participate more effectively in social interactions and life routines.
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Visual Thinking Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • AUTHOR: Ellyn Lucas Arwood, Ed.D., Carole Kaulitz, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, and Mabel Brown, M.A.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Photographs, checklists, cartoons, flowcharts and stick figures are commonly used as teaching tools for individuals on the spectrum who tend to think and learn visually; but the type of visual chosen for a particular individual matters. This companion book helps parents, educators and therapists understand how to match the developmental level of visual aids to the developmental level of the person looking at the visual. The proper choice of visuals is critical, as it enhances the development of language for children with autism spectrum disorders. The authors also show how effective communication can help reduce the confusion and anxiety that can lead to meltdowns.
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What's That Look on Your Face? All About Faces and Feelings

  • AUTHOR: Catherine S. Snodgrass
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION: Combining Catherine's experiences as a mother and her talents as an illustrator, What's That LOOK on Your Face? not only helps children recognize the facial expressions that accompany specific feelings, on a broader scale it teaches that external behavior mirrors mental/emotional states, thus providing the key to unlocking the apparent mystery behind somebody's actions.
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When My Worries Get Too Big!  A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live With Anxiety   Second Edition

  • AUTHOR:  Kari Dunn Buron
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Now with a special section on evidence-based teaching activities for parents and teachers alike, this best-selling children's classic just became even better and more relevant. Engaging and easy-to-read, this illustrated book is filled with opportunities for children with anxiety disorders to participate in developing their own self-calming strategies. Children who use the simple strategies in this charming book, illustrated by the author, will find themselves relaxed and ready to focus on work or play behavior, self-regulation, regulation, preschool, elementary and anxiety.
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Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears?

  • AUTHOR: Jennifer Veenendall
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Meet Izzy, a feisty first grader, whose behavior is often misunderstood as she tries to cope with sensory overload in her new surroundings. This brightly illustrated book creates an environment that is accepting of students with sensory modulation difficulties, including many on the autism spectrum. It's a great resource for occupational therapists, teachers, and parents to share with children. Resources for adults at the end of the book include definitions of sensory processing and sensory modulation disorder, suggested discussion questions and lists of related books and web sites.
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 You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids

  • AUTHOR: Michelle Garcia-Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP and Pamela Crooke, Ph.D.
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  Every one of us is a Social Detective. We are good Social Detectives when we use our eyes, ears, and brains to figure out what others are planning to do next or are presently doing and what they mean by their words and actions. This entertaining comic book offers different ways that can be reviewed repeatedly with students to teach them how to develop their own social detective skills. Enjoy watching your students and kids blossom day-by-day into successful Social Detectives! Then, have children practice their detective skills with the interactive Social Detective App that's based on the book!
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Young Children with Special Needs

  • AUTHOR: Stephen R. Hooper and Warren Umansky
  • FROM THE DESCRIPTION:  The field's classic book on early childhood special education. Taking a unique perspective, it offers readers a solid foundation in child development and addresses how children with special needs develop differently. Rich with expertise, this edited work features contributions from leading educators within each developmental domain. Chapters explore assessment and early intervention, and the role diversity and technology play in both. New to this edition includes an increased emphasis on family partnerships and a separate chapter dedicated to fine-motor and oral-motor development.
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