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Book titles 'General' and 'For Children' are included below for your convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material.External web siteACT Public Library has many books on relevant subjects (ie Asperger, Autism Spectrum Disorder) and they can be easily transferred between the various branches (even online!). Books are also available through companies such as External web sitebook in hand, Silvereye Education Publications, Footprint Books.


  • Autistic Children's Association of QLD
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorder: information & strategies for primary school staff
  • Brenda Legge
    • Can't Eat, Won't Eat, ISBN: 1853029742 - written by a parent of a child with Asperger Syndrome, with input from parents, children and professionals. This book covers dietary difficulties and ASD. It aims to reassure other parents and suggests practical methods of dealing with the problems, advice and comments.
  • Brenda Smith-Myles
    • Asperger syndrome and sensory issues - practical solutions for making sense of the world, ISBN: 0 96725 148 6
  • Brenda Smith Myles and Jack Southwick
    • Asperger syndrome and difficult moments: practical solutions for tantrums, rage and meltdown ISBN: 0 96725 143 5
  • Brenda Smith Myles and Richard Simpson
    • Asperger syndrome: a guide for educators and parent
  • Christopher Gillberg
    • A Guide to Asperger Syndrome, ISBN: 0521001838 - covers symptoms of Asperger syndrome, diagnosis, background and problems, as well as strengths. It is aimed at a wide readership, including those affected by Asperger syndrome, their families, friends, teachers and employers, as well as health professionals.
  • Clare Sainsbury
    • Martian in the Playground: Understanding the Schoolchild with Asperger's Syndrome, ISBN 1 873942 08 7 - Its aim is to illuminate what it means to be a person who has Asperger's Syndrome by providing a window into a unique and particular world. Drawing on her own experience of schooling, and that of a network of friends and correspondents who share her way of thinking and responding, Clare Sainsbury reminds us of the unique potential for harm which education holds for those who do not "fit".
  • Diana Roe
    • Autism spectrum disorder and young children, ISBN 1875890483 - outlines the different kinds of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), how to recognise symptoms and how a child is assessed for ASD. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Young Children also contains useful tips for careers and parents alike in understanding and communicating with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Dr. Liane Holliday Willey and Dr. Tony Attwood
    • Crossing the Bridge (Video), ISBN: 0966652932 - Asperger Syndrome through the eyes of Dr. Liane Holliday Willey, an adult diagnosed with the disorder.
  • Jude Welton
    • What did you say? What do you mean? ISBN: 1843102072 - People with ASD often have problems with expressions such as chip on the shoulder or raining cats and dogs. This amusing book aims to help with explanations and witty drawings of 100 of the commonest metaphors and would make a good present.
  • Lise Pyles; foreword by Tony Attwood
    • Hitchhiking through Asperger syndrome, ISBN 1853029378 - Written from a parent's perspective, this book gives a candid and thoughtful account of one family's trek through the world of Asperger Syndrome. The author makes it very clear that, while professional help can be necessary, parents are in the best position to make a difference in their children's lives and should be in control of, and involved in, their children's care and education.
  • Luke Jackson; foreword by Tony Attwood
    • Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence, ISBN: 1 84310 098 3 - Luke is 13 and has Asperger syndrome. He is aware of how little information there is for teenagers like himself so, with the help of his teenage brothers and sisters, he has written this honest and witty book. It covers a host of tricky teenage topics, including bullying and dating.
  • Mary Wrobe
    • Taking Care of Myself, ISBN:1885477945 - A Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism
  • Patricia Romanowski Bashe, Barbara L. Kirby; foreword by Tony Attwood
    • The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration, ISBN: 1400081521 - Covering every aspect of Asperger Syndrome (AS), often called high-functioning autism, this new guide provides both practical guidance and welcome reassurances from families who have met the challenges of AS.
  • Rebecca A Moyes
    • Incorporating Social Goals in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers and Parents of Children with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome, ISBN: 185302967X
  • Temple Grandin; foreword by Oliver Sacks
    • Thinking in pictures: and other reports from my life with autism, ISBN: 0679772898 - Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism because she is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us. In this unprecedented book, Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person. She tells us how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism to function in the outside world. What emerges is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who gracefully bridges the gulf between her condition and our own while shedding light on our common identity.
  • Tony Attwood; foreword by Lorna Wing
    • Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, ISBN: 1853025771 - aims to assist parents and professionals in the identification and treatment of children and adults with Asperger syndrome. It is based on an extensive review of the literature and his experience as a specialist in this area over the past 25 years.
  • Tony Attwood
    • Why does Chris do that? ISBN:1931282501 - Some Suggestions Regarding the Cause and Management of the Unusual Behavior of Children and Adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
  • Wendy Lawson
    • Life behind glass: a personal account of autism spectrum disorder, ISBN: 1 85302 911 4 - the author offers a very personal view of life on the autism spectrum. Although she knew she was different at an early age, she did not receive the correct diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS) until she was 42 years old. During her life she has had trouble understanding emotions, has experienced sensory difficulties, and has had an ongoing struggle with depression. However, she has also married, had children, and has earned two university degrees. This book provides a unique look at one woman's experience with AS.

For Children

  • Babette Cole
    • Mummy laid an egg, ISBN: 009940785X - Mum and Dad decide it's time to tell their children the facts of life. But do they dare - and do they even really know them?
    • Hair in funny places; ISBN: 0099266261 - Puberty. Who else but Babette Cole would have the temerity to tackle this subject in a picture book, and the genius to carry it off. The text, which takes the form of a conversation between a small girl and her teddy bear, is ingenious and funny. As it turns out, it is the behaviour of the wonderfully depicted Mr. and Mrs. Hormone that plays havoc with the physical and emotional states of girls and boys between, roughly, eight to eighteen years. The book is bound to be controversial but Babette Cole has never taken the conventional path and her readers love her for her outrageous approach to little-mentioned topics.
    • The Bad Good Manners Book, ISBN: 0241134781 - a lighthearted look at etiquette for the young
  • Barbara Cain
    • Double Dip Feelings; ISBN: 1557988110; - Designed to help children understand emotions, and shows that it is possible to experience two contrasting feelings at the same time, such as feeling both proud and scared on the first day of school.
  • Karl Dunn Buron, Foreword by Brenda Smith Myles
    • When my Autism gets too big! A relaxation book for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ISBN 193128251X - More than any other issue, "losing control" can cause major problems for children with ASD. Through the irresistible character of Nicholas, this book gives young children an opportunity to explore with parents or teachers their own feelings as they react to events in their daily lives while learning some useful relaxation techniques. Children who use the simple strategies presented in this book will find themselves relaxed and ready for work or play.
  • Kathy Hoopmann - Asperger adventures
    • Blue bottle mystery; ISBN: 1853029785
    • Of Mice and Aliens; ISBN: 184310007X
    • Lisa and the Lacemaker; ISBN: 1843100711
  • Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
    • How to be a friend; ISBN: 0316109134 - Dinosaur characters illustrate the value of friends, how to make friends, and how to be and not to be a good friend.
  • Mark Haddon
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, ISBN 0385509456 - Christopher is an intelligent youth who lives in the functional hinterland of autism--every day is an investigation for him because of all the aspects of human life that he does not quite get. When the dog next door is killed with a garden fork, Christopher becomes quietly persistent in his desire to find out what has happened and tugs away at the world around him until a lot of secrets unravel messily.
  • Russell Deal
    • The Wrong Stone, ISBN 0958018901 - What is it like to be different? to stand out? to feel unwanted? The Wrong Stone knows. Will it be the crusher and the end of the road for him? Join this delightful, ragtag, razzamadazzle pile of stones and find out.
    Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
    • How are you Peeling? Foods with moods, ISBN: 0439104319 - Brief text and photographs of carvings made from vegetables introduce the world of emotions by presenting leading questions such as "Are you feeling angry?".
  • Tedd Arnold
    • Parts, ISBN 0140565337 - No. 1 in series, Give me a hand . . . hold your tongue . . . scream your lungs out . . . what's a kid to do if he wants to keep all his body parts in place? Depicting more than 100 body-part idioms
    • More parts, ISBN 0142501492 - No. 2 in series
    • Even more parts; ISBN: 0143501267 - No. 3 in series
    • Help! I'm falling apart, 1997, ISBN: 0140562796 - You think you're an average kid. Then you notice your belly button is shedding big fuzzballs of lint. Skin is peeling from your toes. Your teeth have started falling out. Is this average, ordinary kid stuff? Or are you coming unglued?
    • Help! I'm falling to bits!, 1998, ISBN: 0750024801 - This fun and reassuring picture book is ideal for any child who is worried about their body. 1998
    • Help! I'm cracking up!, 2001, ISBN: 0140568794 - People say the strangest things! Give me a hand . . . Hold your tongue . . .Scream your lungs out . . .
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