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All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome. Kathy Hoopmann, $18.95

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome, drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS. Delightful colour photographs of cats bring to life familiar characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked, and particular eating habits. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality, and potential of people with AS. This engaging book is an ideal, gentle introduction to the world of AS.


The ASD and Me Picture Book: a Visual Guide to Understanding Challenges and Strengths for Children On the Autism Spectrum. Joel Shaul, $27.95

Children with ASDs often find it difficult to identify the things they find difficult and, more importantly, to recognize the things they are good at. This colorful book provides simple self-exploration tools to help children identify their strengths and begin to tackle the things they find harder.

The book explores a range of common difficulties, including communication, emotional and sensory regulation, and executive functioning, encouraging children to explore their personal challenges and abilities in an engaging and positive way. Illustrated with hundreds of cartoon-style graphics and containing a wealth of fun tools, games, activities and photocopiable worksheets, this book is ideal for children with ASDs aged 7-14, and will be equally useful at home or in the classroom.


The ASD Workbook: Understanding Your Autism Spectrum Disorder. Penny Kershaw, $31.95 (Ages 10 and up)

A diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be confusing and overwhelming for all involved, and it can be difficult for parents to know how best to approach the subject with their child. This easy-to-use interactive workbook gives parents the help they need to explain ASDs to their child and provide practical and emotional support following diagnosis.

Parents are invited to work through each chapter with their child as they grow older and go through adolescence, encouraging them to talk through how the ASD affects each area of their life, from making friends to problem-solving to planning a career. The information and advice is presented in a clear and positive way to help both parent and child understand more about what the diagnosis means for them. As the workbook is completed an invaluable record of development will be created for parent and child to look back on together.

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The Asperger Children’s Toolkit. Francis Musgrave, $29.95

Growing up with Asperger Syndrome can throw up all sorts of challenges, but never fear, The Brain Guru, The Sensory Detective and The Social Scientist are here to help!

These likeable characters guide children with AS through some of the trickiest, stickiest conundrums known to humankind: 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, 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.


Asperger Download: a Guide to Help Teenage Males with Asperger Syndrome Trouble-Shoot Life’s Challenges. Josie and Damian Santomauro, $27.50

Written by a young man with Asperger Syndrome and his mother, Asperger Download is a helpful resource for adolescents that defines everyday terms — from abuse to morals to zits — in a voice that other AS teens can relate to. It is particularly relevant and authentic, because Damien has used his personal experiences to create his own reflections on every one of the definitions in the book. Asperger Download: a Guide to Help Teenage Males with Asperger Syndrome Trouble-Shoot Life's Challenges is appropriate for boys ages 11-16.


Asperger Meets Girl: Happy Endings for Asperger Boys. Jonathan Griffiths, $22.95

Men with Asperger's Syndrome, young and old, experience difficulty with social interaction, which can be a stumbling block when it comes to getting a girlfriend. Here is a book that demystifies the enigma of 'relationships' by explaining everything in Asperger-friendly terms (some of them mathematical, naturally). Serious, and seriously funny, this book will help bring happy endings to Asperger boys and make them laugh in the process.


Asperger Syndrome: an Owner's Manual 2 for Older Adolescents and Adults: What You, Your Parents and Friends, and Your Employer, Need to Know. Ellen Heller Korin, $25.95

Asperger Syndrome: an Owner's Manual 2 for Older Adolescents and Adults is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Asperger Syndrome: an Owner's Manual. This interactive workbook deals with issues that older adolescents and adults face, such as relationships, marriage, independent living, employment, and self-care. This much-needed resource is designed to inform and support AS individuals as they come to grips with their strengths and challenges and plan for a successful adulthood within the neurotypical world.

Also available: Asperger Syndrome: an Owner’s Manual: What You, Your Parents, and Your Teachers Need to Know. Ellen Heller Korin, $23.95

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The Asperger Teen's Toolkit. Francis Musgrave, $22.95

With minimal text and fun, comic book style graphics, this is a treasure trove of information for young people with Asperger Syndrome and their carers. Exploring the science of how the human mind works, it gives handy tips on how to cope with all elements of the adult world, including responsibilities, health, sex and relationships.


Asperger’s Rules! How to Make Sense of School and Friends. Blythe Grossberg, $13.95 (ages 9-13)

A large part of school is knowing the rules for behavior in the classroom and learning how to communicate with teachers and classmates. This book makes school easier for kids with Asperger's by explaining the confusing — and often unwritten — rules of the classroom. ASPERGER'S RULES is filled with examples, quizzes, and exercises to help you:

  • Understand your feelings and emotions;
  • Ask teachers for help;
  • Have good classroom behavior;
  • Navigate lunch, recess, gym, and other situations in school;
  • Interact with other kids;
  • Deal with bullies and mean kids; and
  • Maintain healthy habits.

Asperger's Teens: Understanding High School for Students on the Autism Spectrum. Blythe Grossberg, $20.95 (ages 13-15)

If you have Asperger's, high school can be a time of great promise and opportunity — to learn more about subjects you're excited about, join clubs and activities that interest you, and make new friends — but it can also be uncomfortable at times. This book helps you use your strengths and unique personal style to feel more comfortable in high school. Chock full of quizzes, exercises, and examples, this book can help you:

  • Understand your unique strengths and weaknesses
  • Work well with your teachers
  • Connect with other kids at school
  • Recognize and deal with bullying
  • Use social media safely and politely
  • Develop healthy habits
  • Cope with stress and strong emotions
  • Become more independent

Take a look inside, and find some ways to help yourself feel more comfortable and more relaxed in high school — and better able to make friends, understand teachers, and get the grades you are capable of!

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The Asperkid's Not-Your-Average-Coloring-Book. Jennifer Cook O'Toole, $11.95

Gathering the artistic talents of Asperkids and artists from around the world, as well as her own original artwork, Jennifer O'Toole has created a one-of-a-kind coloring book that's educational, fun and above all a celebration of difference! We all know that children with Asperger syndrome are far more likely to learn and enjoy themselves when their special interests are involved, and the color-in drawings in this book cover a wide range of subjects that Aspies love. We're talking mythology, atomic structures, nature, historical fashions, and more! Full of cool art, geeky humor, and inspirational quotations, this is a coloring book for all ages that celebrates the unapologetic awesomeness of Asperkids.


The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: the Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome. Jennifer Cook O’Toole, $27.95

Being a teen or tween isn't easy for anyone but it can be especially tough for Asperkids. Jennifer O'Toole knows; she was one! This book is a top secret guide to all of the hidden social rules in life that often seem strange and confusing to young people with Asperger syndrome.

THE ASPERKID'S (SECRET) BOOK OF SOCIAL RULES offers witty and wise insights into baffling social codes such as making and keeping friends, blending in versus standing out from the crowd, and common conversation pitfalls. Chock full of illustrations, logical explanations, and comic strip practice sessions, this is the handbook that every adult Aspie wishes they'd had growing up. This book provides inside information on over thirty social rules in bite-sized chunks that older children will enjoy, understand, and most importantly use daily to navigate the mysterious world around them.


The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide. J.D. Kraus, $26.50

Candid advice for teens, tweens and parents form a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome. From sensory issues to dating; from driving to social awkwardness — practical tips for getting the most out of middle and high school, academically and socially.

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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 Asperger’s. Catherine Faherty, $49.95

This is a book that will never become irrelevant or "outdated." Every child or teen who uses it also becomes its co-author. Each chapter is divided in two parts: the first part — the Workbook — is for the child to complete, by writing or highlighting "What is True for Me" in lists of simple statements. The second part contains helpful tips and information for the adults helping with the exercises.

The book will provide insight into your child's mind, and make him/her more self aware, learning what autism means in relation to crucial areas of his/her life: friendships, fears, abilities, and much more. This new edition to a favorite resource includes expanded chapters, plus a new chapter on happiness. It offers children and youth with autism and Asperger's syndrome an opportunity to understand themselves in a positive and encouraging way.


Beating Anxiety: What Young People on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know. Davida Hartman, illustrated by Kate Brangan, $25.95

Many young people on the autism spectrum struggle with anxiety, but did you know there are lots of simple things you can do to tackle it? This illustrated book will help you to identify what makes you anxious, and contains heaps of activities to calm your body and mind, stop unhealthy anxiety building up and head off anxious feelings in the future. Did you know that giving your anxiety a silly name (like Dr Dread!) will give you power over it? That pretending you are a jellyfish can make your body feel better? That writing your worries down and jumping on them as hard as you can will help to squash them?

Ideal for children and young people aged 8 to 14, the ideas in this book will help you feel less stressed at home, at school and with friends, and give you healthy habits and coping techniques to last a lifetime.


Blue Bottle Mystery: an Asperger Adventure. Kathy Hoopman & Mike Medaglia, illustrated by Rachael Smith, $19.95

This graphic novel re-telling of Kathy Hoopmann's best-selling Blue Bottle Mystery brings the much-loved fantasy story to life for a new generation of readers. The hero is Ben, a boy with Asperger Syndrome (AS). When Ben and his friend Andy find an old bottle in the school yard, little do they know of the surprises about to be unleashed in their lives. Bound up with this exciting mystery is the story of how Ben is diagnosed with AS and how he and his family deal with the problems and joys that come along with it.

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The Boys’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes During Puberty. Terri Couwenhoven, $22.95 (ages 9+)

Puberty is a time when your body changes both inside and out. All boys, including you, will go though these changes between the ages of 9-16. Have you ever wonder4ed what happens during puberty?

THE BOYS’ GUIDE TO GROWING helps you to understand what body changes to expect and how to handle them. It also explains social rules for keeping your body safe and clean. (Includes a Q & A section, many illustrations to enhance the text, and a note to parents.)


Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A Guide for Friends and Family. Jude Welton, $15.95

This is the story of Adam, a young boy with Asperger Syndrome, who invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. Adam tells the reader what AS is, what it feels like to have it and how to help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This illustrated book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 and also serves a as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.


Colin Fischer. Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz, $19.00 (novel)

SOLVING CRIME, ONE FACIAL EXPRESSION AT A TIME

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate's birthday celebration, Colin is the only one for the investigation. It's up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin's frequent tormenter, didn't bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn't have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun...

Colin Fischer is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, and his story is perfect for readers who are ready to consider the greatest mystery of all: what other people are thinking and feeling.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Mark Haddon, $21.00

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour’s dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.

Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher’s mind.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.


A Different Kettle of Fish: a Day in the Life of a Physics Student with Autism. Michael Barton, $17.95

During a trip to London, taking in tube announcements, guitar shops, and the Science Museum, Michael Barton explores and explains the confusing "neurotypical" world of contradictory signage, hidden meanings and nonsensical figures of speech. His quirky and comic illustrations bring to life the journey from the comfort of his familiar university surroundings into the hectic bustle of central London. A fun and enlightening read for friends, family, caring professionals and anyone interested in an alternative viewpoint on the world. Sure to "strike a chord" with other day trippers on the autism spectrum.

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The Disappointment Dragon: Learning to Cope with Disappointment (for all children and dragon tamers, including those with Asperger Syndrome). K.I. Al-Ghani, Illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $22.95

The Disappointment Dragon sometimes comes to see us all and, if we let him, he can make us feel sad or angry. He visits Bobby when he is not picked for the school football team, he also finds Lucinda when she has to miss an exciting school trip because she has the Chicken Pox. He even tries to take the whole of Class Three down to the Valley of Despair when their favourite teacher moves away. Will the Dragon of Hope be able to chase away the Disappointment Dragon and help them see things more positively?

The fun characters in this charming, fully illustrated storybook will help children to cope with, and discuss openly, their feelings of disappointment. There are many creative suggestions on how to banish the Disappointment Dragon and an introduction for adults explaining disappointment in children and how they can help.


Fragile Bones: Harrison & Anna. Lorna Schultz Nicholson, $12.95

Meet Harrison and Anna. One is a fifteen-year-old boy with an uncanny ability to recite every bone in the skeletal system whenever he gets anxious ― and that happens a lot. The meaning of “appropriate behaviour” mystifies him: he doesn’t understand most people and they certainly don’t understand him. The other is a graduating senior with the world at her feet. Joining the Best Buddies club at her school and pairing up with a boy with Aspergers/autism is the perfect addition to her med school applications. Plus, the president of the club is a rather attractive, if mysterious, added bonus.

Told in the alternating voices of Harrison and Anna, Fragile Bones is the story of two teens whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways. 


A Girl Like Tilly: Growing Up with Autism. Helen Bates, illustrated by Ellen Li, $21.95

Tilly is a bit of a puzzle. She's struggling at school, she really doesn't like surprises, she isn't sure if she's a girl or a boy, and she just doesn't want to make new friends. Why is it such hard work to try and understand people, or for them to understand her? This poignant story maps the entire childhood of a bright young girl with autism. Growing up undiagnosed, she finds life increasingly difficult and confusing. Unable to communicate her thoughts and feelings, she retreats further into her own world while her family grows evermore perplexed and concerned. When a psychologist finally explains what makes her special, they can stop focusing on the problems and start to navigate a new way forward for Tilly.

With vividly expressive illustrations and minimal words, this story is a valuable and accessible tool for helping children aged 7-13 and their families understand female autism, and will also be immensely helpful to readers interested in understanding better how autism manifests in girls.

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The Girls' Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes in the Tween Years. Terri Couwenhoven, $24.95

Here's a book just for girls beginning a new phase of their lives. This appealing and easy-to-follow guide for girls with intellectual disabilities is an introduction to the physical and emotional changes they'll encounter during puberty. Written on a third-grade reading level for preteens or young teenage girls to read by themselves or with a parent, it's filled with age-appropriate facts, realistic illustrations and photos, icons, and a Q&A. The Girls' Guide to Growing Up advises girls about their changing bodies, privacy issues, and how to feel their best.


The Green-Eyed Goblin: What to Do about Jealousy — for All Children Including Those on the Autism Spectrum. K.I. Al-Ghani, illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $24.95

This illustrated storybook explains jealousy through the story of Theo and his Green-Eyed Goblin. It will encourage children to talk about their feelings and learn how to subdue their own Green-Eyed Goblin for good. A section of tried and tested techniques for using with children, and a helpful introduction for parents and carers is included.


The Growing Up Book for Boys: What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! Davida Hartman, illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs, $21.95

The pre-teen and teenage years are a confusing time when bodies start acting with a will of their own, friendships change and crushes start to develop. Using direct literal language and colour illustrations, this book tells boys all they need to know about growing hair in new places, shaving, wet dreams and unexpected erections. It's full of great advice on what makes a real friend, how to keep spots away, and how to stay safe online. Most importantly, it explains that every body is amazing and unique and encourages young boys with autism to celebrate difference!

The Growing Up Guide for Girls: What Girls on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! Davida Hartman, illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs, $21.95

This colourful illustrated guide for girls is full of facts and advice about growing up, puberty, body image, friendship, crushes and more. Written in literal language and addressing sensory issues, safety, and social skills throughout, it offers an ideal introduction to the teenage years for girls with autism aged 9 to 14.

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Growing Up On the Spectrum: a Guide to Life, Love and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger’s. Lynn Kern Koegel & Claire LaZebnik, $19.00

Adolescence is a fraught time for any child and there is little easily accessible information available on how to guide adolescents on the autism spectrum to independent and successful adulthood. Addressing universal parental concerns, from first crushes, a changing body, and the challenges of being socially appropriate to how to succeed at college and beyond, this inspiring volume offers a collection of practical insights that parents, therapists and educators will be able to use with confidence.


The Guide to Dating for Teenagers with Asperger Syndrome. Jeannie Uhlenkamp, $27.50

Everything you have been looking for in a dating guide for teenagers on the Autism spectrum … and more!


Help I've Got an Alarm Bell Going Off in My Head! How Panic, Anxiety and Stress Affect Your Body. K.L. Aspden, $13.95

An illustrated book for children aged 9-11 that explores the science behind our bodies' fight, flight or freeze reactions. With activities to help manage anxiety and keep the nervous system healthy, the book is an incomparable resource for anyone supporting children who are easily angered or anxious including parents, carers and teachers.

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The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults. Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman & Ronda Schelvan, $28.50

In the revised and expanded edition of this popular book, the authors narrow their target to issues common to adolescents and young adults. While many of the features of the original book have been maintained, information on evidence-based practice has been added. Further, a series of instructional strategies are provided that can be used to teach the hidden curriculum. Instructional aids include charts, forms, and templates designed to make the job of teaching and learning the hidden curriculum more effective.


How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate Their Emotions and Senses. Lauren Brukner, illustrated by Apsley, $22.95

Meet Self-Control, a superhero who wants to teach young children his super powers of self-control! Anxiety, frustration, anger, and other difficult feelings won't stand a chance against their new-found powers. Self-Control teaches children with emotional and sensory regulation difficulties aged approximately 4-7 how to calm themselves using self-massage, deep pressure, breathing exercises, and activities such as making an imaginary list and finding their own peaceful place. This illustrated book also features an appendix with photocopiable super power charts, reinforcers, and reminder tools to ensure that parents, teachers, and other professionals can support children in upholding superhero strategies even after the book has been read.


I am Special: a Workbook to Help Children, Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Understand Their Diagnosis, Gain Confidence and Thrive, 2nd edition. Peter Vermeulen, $45.95

I AM SPECIAL is a proven programme for helping children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum to understand themselves and their diagnosis, gain confidence and thrive. Peter Vermeulen describes in-depth the theory and research behind the programme, and explains how to use it in practice. He presents a series of specially-designed worksheets, included on an accompanying CD in a handy printable format, on a wide range of topics, including how the brain works, physical characteristics, likes and dislikes, sensory issues, strengths and weaknesses, learning preferences, relationships and plans for the future. When completed, the worksheets can be used to build up a unique and personal book about the individual on the autism spectrum, to help foster self-understanding and self-confidence. For the very first time, the programme presented in this second edition is suitable for use with teens and adults as well as children, and also contains helpful interactive material for siblings.

This is a unique resource for all those involved in supporting children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum, including teachers, psychologists, counsellors as well as parents and carers.  

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Inside Asperger’s Looking Out. Kathy Hoopmann, $19.95

INSIDE ASPERGER'S LOOKING OUT follows in the best-selling footsteps of Kathy Hoopmann's All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD. Through engaging text and full-color photographs, this book shows neurotypicals how Aspies see and experience the world.

Each page brings to light traits that many Aspies have in common, from sensitive hearing and an aversion to bright lights and strong smells, to literal thinking and difficulty understanding social rules and reading body language and facial expressions. At the same time, the book highlights and celebrates the unique characteristics that make those with Asperger's Syndrome special.


Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! Melanie Walsh, $22.00

Isaac may look like everyone else, but he actually has superpowers that make him different from his brother and his classmates. S ome kids don’t understand that and call him names. But Isaac’s superhero brain remembers loads of things, he has energy enough to bounce on his trampoline for hours, and his ears are so sharp he can even hear the buzzing some lights make in school (ouch!). He tends to say whatever comes into his head and doesn’t realize that he might hurt someone’s feelings — by telling them they have big teeth, for example! Even though he’s not really a superhero — he has Asperger syndrome, which means his brain works a little differently — he does love to play superheroes with his brother, who understands him. Straightforward and engaging, Isaac’s first-person narrative will help kids see the world through the eyes of a child with the high-cognitive type of autism spectrum disorder commonly known as Asperger syndrome.


Jackson Whole Wyoming. Joan Clark, $19.95

Tyler is confused when he is selected by his entire fifth-grade class to present a going-away gift to Jackson, a classmate who is moving out of town. The agonizing dilemma is that while Tyler likes Jackson, he is a little embarrassed to admit it, and is worried about being "lumped together" with Jackson, whom many of the other students view as a bit "strange." The truth of the matter is that Jackson has Asperger Syndrome, which explains his sometimes bizarre behavior and lack of social skills. In the end, Tyler's kind nature prevails and he does a wonderful job of presenting a class book to the departing Jackson. This heart-warming and often humorous book paints a realistic picture of the ups and downs in the life of a fifth-grader and, more important, of a young boy with Asperger Syndrome.

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Kevin Thinks ...about Outer Space, Confusing Expressions and the Perfectly Logical World of Asperger Syndrome. Gail Watts, $17.95

Kevin thinks his mum is ridiculous for saying that he is wasting the sunshine and fresh air. As if it would ever run out! Kevin thinks you should always do up the top button. Why else is it there? Kevin thinks his computer brain is awesome because he can remember lots and lots of important facts about outer space, computers and football. KEVIN THINKS is the story of a boy with Asperger Syndrome who sees the world a little differently. His quirky observations will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS, from his special interest in outer space and his aversion to itchy clothes, to his (mis)understanding of non-literal expressions and his tendency to say exactly what he thinks, regardless of the consequences.


Learning About Friendship: Stories to Support Social Skills Training in Children with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. K. I. Al-Ghani, $22.95

Making friends can be a challenge for all children, but those with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) can struggle more than most. This collection of ten fully-illustrated stories explores friendship issues encountered by children with ASD aged four to eight and looks at how they can be overcome successfully. Each story has a separate introduction for adults, which explains the main strategies within it.

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Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, and (Almost) Everything Else: a Video Guide for Girls. Coulter Video, $36.95 DVD (ages 10 and up)

This DVD for girls nearing or going through puberty builds their knowledge, confidence and self-esteem. The program covers physical, mental and social changes, including clear explanations of menstruation and conception using drawings of the female and male reproductive systems. While appropriate for any girl, it's especially helpful for young women diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or autism requiring support, or who are naturally shy. The video's content advisers include parents, psychologists, teachers, counselors, autism education experts, an OB-GYN doctor and, most importantly, girls. The program is divided into chapters, so parents and professionals can choose which subjects to share with girls based on their stages of development, and answer their questions afterward. Schools will find this a valuable addition to sex education programs.


May I Be Excused, My Brain is Full: Olivia’s Asperger’s Story. Krista Preuss-Goudreault & Gary Wren, $24.95

Olivia invites us into life as an “aspie”.  Her story illustrates her coping strategies and shows us that Asperger’s Syndrome does not define a person, but rather explains a very special part of who they are.

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My Autism Book: a Child's Guide to their Autism Spectrum Diagnosis. Glòria Durà-Vilà & Tamar Levi, $19.95

MY AUTISM BOOK is a beautifully illustrated picture book that helps parents to explain an autism diagnosis to their child in a sensitive, positive and accurate way.

When a child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents often feel overwhelmed and uncertain about how to communicate the diagnosis to their child. This book is designed to be read with the child as a simple introduction to their diagnosis. Written by a doctor and a children's author, the book is tailored precisely to the needs and experiences of the child with ASD aged 5 and up. It 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.


The Panicosaurus: Managing Anxiety in Children Including Those with Asperger Syndrome. K.I. Al-Ghani, Illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $25.95

Sometimes the Panicosaurus tricks Mabel's brain into panicking about certain challenges, such as walking past a big dog on the street or when her favourite teacher is not at school. With the help of Smartosaurus, who lets her know there is really nothing to be afraid of, Mabel discovers different ways to manage Panicosaurus, and defeat the challenges he creates for her.

This fun, easy-to-read and fully illustrated storybook will inspire children who experience anxiety, and encourage them to banish their own Panicosauruses with help from Mabel's strategies. Parents and carers will like the helpful introduction, explaining anxiety in children, and the list of techniques for lessening anxiety at the end of the book.


The Puberty Video for Boys with Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder - Level 1. Coulter Video, $31.95 DVD (ages 10 and up)

This video is narrated by a young man with Asperger Syndrome and a neurotypical female co-host and features anatomical drawings and animation. It describes how male and female bodies change during puberty and how to deal with these changes (and urges) in appropriate ways that avoid social, ethical, and legal pitfalls. It includes information about intercourse, periods, pregnancy, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, and more. The program emphasizes the value of young men waiting to engage in sex until they are mature enough to understand the consequences and make decisions they won't regret. The sections on dating and sexuality include demonstrations of socially expected interactions by age-appropriate male and female actors. This program can help young men deal confidently with a turbulent time in their lives by sharing candid information about what to expect and how to deal with it.

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The Red Beast: Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger's Syndrome. K.I. Al-Ghani, Illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $25.95

Deep inside everyone, a red beast lies sleeping. When it is asleep, the red beast is quite small, but when it wakes up, it begins to grow and grow. This is the story of a red beast that was awakened.

This vibrant fully illustrated children's storybook is written for children aged 5+, and is an accessible, fun way to talk about anger, with useful tips about how to 'tame the red beast' and guidance for parents on how anger affects children with Asperger's Syndrome.


Self-Control to the Rescue: Super Powers to Help Kids Through the Tough Stuff in Everyday Life. Lauren Brukner, illustrated by Apsley, $22.95

The self-control super hero is back! This time, they've come prepared with simple strategies to tackle the difficult emotions and challenges of everyday life. From the morning routine to making friends at recess, paying attention in class and getting a good night's sleep, this guide will help children stay on track and save the day!

Focusing on specific times of the day that present particular challenges, the book uses illustrations and simple language to describe breathing exercises, stretching, and visualization techniques to help children aged 4-7 keep calm and in control. Suitable for all children, but especially those with sensory and emotional regulation difficulties, this is an accessible guide with extra tips and resources for parents, educators or therapists.


Sisterhood of the Spectrum: an Asperger Chick's Guide to Life. Jennifer o'Toole, $22.95

Spectrum gals, ever wished you had a handbook to help navigate the confusing world of teenage girlhood?

Look no further! Aspie-in-the-know, Jennifer Cook O'Toole provides just that with her inspirational guide to life for teenage girls with Asperger syndrome. Drawing on her own, real-life experiences rather than preaching from textbooks, she covers everything you need (and want!) to know, from body shapes and love interests to bullying, friendships and how to discover and celebrate your unique, beautiful self. With illustrations by an Aspie teen and inspirational quotes from well-known, female Aspie voices, including Temple Grandin, Rudy Simone, Robyn Steward, and Haley Moss, Sisterhood of the Spectrum is your perfect companion on the "yellow brick road" to womanhood. It will leave you empowered, informed and excited to be different.

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60 Social Situations & Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict and More. Matt Winter, $31.95

Teenagers and older children on the autism spectrum are, like everyone else, surrounded by complex social codes and rules that govern everyday interaction, but have much more difficulty in interpreting them. This book of realistic and thought-provoking stories provides much needed help.

Written with both parent and teen in mind, every story outlines a real-life situation that young people on the autism spectrum are likely to encounter. Each story is followed by questions such as 'what else might he have done?', 'how do you think she felt?' and 'why do you think they were upset?' along with practical tips for parents on how to initiate constructive discussions. As teens consider these questions with adults, they will begin to be able to put themselves into someone else's shoes and think about how their actions and behaviour may affect those around them. This process will equip them to transfer this invaluable understanding and confidence to other everyday life situations.


Something Different about Dad: How to Live with Your Asperger’s Parent, Revised Edition. Kristi Evans, illustrated by John Swogger, $22.95 (Graphic Novel)

There's something different about Dad. He gets upset when we're even a minute late for dinner, he is angry at noisy family gatherings, and he really likes talking about buses. He is also always on time to pick us up from school, helps with our homework for hours on end, and has a detailed knowledge of car engines that has saved day trips from breakdown disaster. It's ok that there's something different about Dad!

Following the story of Sophie and Daniel whose Dad, Mark, is on the autism spectrum, this heart-warming comic reveals the family's journey from initial diagnosis to gradual appreciation of Dad's differences. The family learn the reasons behind Dad's difficulties with communication, the senses, flexibility, and relationships, and find ways to make family life easier for everyone. It is an informative, light-hearted and reassuring look at growing up with a parent on the autism spectrum.


Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and Other Life Lessons). Jodi Carmichael, illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, $9.50

In this humorous book about an eight-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome, written by Jodi Carmichael and illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, Connor struggles to make his way through a typical school day. In his attempt to be as cool as everyone else, he leaves a hilarious trail of destruction. But, by the end of the day, and despite many miscommunications and misunderstandings, Connor realizes that he is exactly as cool as he is supposed to be.

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The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and Their Parents). Elizabeth Verdick & Elizabeth Reeve, $24.99 (ages 8 and up)

This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS places an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance.

Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, and resources. Sections for parents offer additional information.


Take Control of Asperger’s Syndrome: the Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Janet Price & Jennifer Engel Fisher, $23.95

A unique handbook for older kids and for teens on taking control of their strengths in order to succeed at school, make friends and navigate life’s challenges.


What Did You Say? What Do You Mean? An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors. Jude Welton & Jane Telford, $25.95

Children with autism or Asperger Syndrome (AS) have difficulty understanding figurative language because they use and comprehend language literally and expect words to mean exactly what they say. This can often lead to misunderstandings at home and in the classroom.

What Did You Say? What Do You Mean? looks at a hundred of the most common figures of speech in this visual workbook designed as a springboard for family and classroom discussions. Each figure of speech is accompanied by an illustration showing its literal meaning, which will help AS children recognize and learn to enjoy metaphors and figurative language. The book can be used by parents one-to-one with their ASD child. Teachers can also use the book as the basis for classroom work on figurative language.

What Did You Say? What Do You Mean? 120 Illustrated Metaphor Cards Plus Booklet with Information, Ideas and Instructions. Jude Welton & Jane Telford, $46.95

What Did You Say? What Do You Mean? metaphor cards present 60 common sayings in a fun, illustrated format, encouraging children to understand and play with metaphorical language. Although designed with children with Asperger Syndrome in mind, the cards are useful for all children. The accompanying booklet contains information and ideas for games and activities.

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What Is It Like to Be Me? A Book about a Boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Alenka Klemenc, Illustrated by Urša Rožic, $25.95

Join Greg, a young boy with Asperger's syndrome (AS), as he tells us all about the world as he sees and experiences it. We learn about all the things he loves, including his routine and numbers, as well as his special interest in batteries. Greg also tells us about the things that he finds challenging, from a change in his beloved routine to reading facial expressions, and how these things can sometimes leave him upset and overwhelmed. By explaining the way he feels and how best to calm him down when it all gets too much, Greg helps us to understand AS and how it affects the way he views the people and objects around him.


When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety, 2nd Edition. Kari Dunn Buron, $24.95

Worry and anxiety are on an upswing. In fact, anxiety is the most frequent of all mental disorders in children. High levels of stress and big emotions related to social situations, sensory issues, or general frustration are common in children who live with anxiety. Such stress can lead to a loss of control, resulting in aggressive behavior, such as screaming, throwing things or even hurting someone. Prolonged anxiety can also seriously impact success in academic achievement and cause children to avoid social and extracurricular activities. Now with a special section on evidence-based teaching activities for parents and teachers alike, this bestselling children’s classic just became even better and more relevant. Engaging and easy to read, this illustrated children’s book is filled with opportunities for children to participate in developing their own self-calming strategies. Children who use the simple strategies in this charming book will be able to relax and focus on work — or play!


Why Do I Have To? A Book for Children Who Find Themselves Frustrated by Everyday Rules. Laurie Leventhal-Belfer, Illustrated by Luisa Montaini-Klovdahl, $13.95

Why do I have to? looks at a set of everyday situations that provide challenges for children at home, with their friends, and at school. Laurie Leventhal-Belfer empathizes with children's wish to do things their way, explains clearly why their way does not work, and provides a list of practical suggestions for how to cope with these challenges and avoid feelings of frustration.

 

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Complete Booklist

Adam's Alternative Sports Day. Jude Welton, $22.95

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome. Kathy Hoopmann, $18.95

The ASD and Me Picture Book: a Visual Guide to Understanding Challenges and Strengths for Children On the Autism Spectrum. Joel Shaul, $27.95

The ASD Workbook: Understanding Your Autism Spectrum Disorder. Penny Kershaw, $31.95 (Ages 10 and up)

The Asperger Children’s Toolkit. Francis Musgrave, $29.95

Asperger Download: a Guide to Help Teenage Males with Asperger Syndrome Trouble-Shoot Life's Challenges. Josie and Damian Santomauro, $27.50

Asperger Meets Girl: Happy Endings for Asperger Boys. Jonathan Griffiths, $22.95

Asperger Syndrome: an Owner's Manual: What You, Your Parents, and Your Teachers Need to Know. Ellen S. Heller Korin, $25.95

Asperger Syndrome: an Owner's Manual 2 for Older Adolescents and Adults: What You, Your Parents and Friends, and Your Employer, Need to Know. Ellen Heller Korin, $25.95

Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything. Kenneth Hall, $17.95

The Asperger Teen's Toolkit. Francis Musgrave, $22.95

Asperger’s Rules! How to Make Sense of School and Friends. Blythe Grossberg, $13.95 (ages 9-13)

Asperger's Teens: Understanding High School for Students on the Autism Spectrum. Blythe Grossberg, $20.95 (ages 13-15)

The Asperkid's Not-Your-Average-Coloring-Book. Jennifer Cook O'Toole, $13.95

The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: the Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome. Jennifer Cook O’Toole, $27.95

The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide. J.D. Kraus, $26.50

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 Asperger’s. Catherine Faherty, $49.95

Baj and the Word Launcher: Space Age Asperger Adventures in Communication. Pamela Victor, $20.95

Beating Anxiety: What Young People on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know. Davida Hartman, illustrated by Kate Brangan, $25.95

Blue Bottle Mystery: an Asperger Adventure. Kathy Hoopman & Mike Medaglia, illustrated by Rachael Smith, $19.95

The Boys’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes During Puberty. Terri Couwenhoven, $22.95 (ages 9+)

Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A Guide for Friends and Family. Jude Welton, $15.95

Colin Fischer. Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz, $19.00 (novel)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Mark Haddon, $21.00

A Different Kettle of Fish: a Day in the Life of a Physics Student with Autism. Michael Barton, $17.95

The Disappointment Dragon: Learning to Cope with Disappointment (for all children and dragon tamers, including those with Asperger Syndrome). K.I. Al-Ghani, Illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $22.95

Fragile Bones: Harrison & Anna. Lorna Schultz Nicholson, $12.95

Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome: a User Guide to Adolescence. Luke Jackson, $24.95

A Girl Like Tilly: Growing Up with Autism. Helen Bates, illustrated by Ellen Li, $21.95

The Girls' Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes in the Tween Years. Terri Couwenhoven, $24.95

The Green-Eyed Goblin: What to Do about Jealousy — for All Children Including Those on the Autism Spectrum. K.I. Al-Ghani, illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $24.95

The Growing Up Book for Boys: What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! Davida Hartman, illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs, $21.95

The Growing Up Guide for Girls: What Girls on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know! Davida Hartman, illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs, $21.95

Growing Up On the Spectrum: a Guide to Life, Love and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger's. Lynn Kern Koegel & Claire LaZebnik, $19.00

The Guide to Dating for Teenagers with Asperger Syndrome. Jeannie Uhlenkamp, $27.50

Haze: an Asperger Novel. Kathy Hoopman, $17.95

Help I've Got an Alarm Bell Going Off in My Head! How Panic, Anxiety and Stress Affect Your Body. K.L. Aspden, $13.95

The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults. Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman & Ronda Schelvan, $28.50

How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate Their Emotions and Senses. Lauren Brukner, illustrated by Apsley, $22.95

I am Special: a Workbook to Help Children, Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Understand Their Diagnosis, Gain Confidence and Thrive, 2nd edition. Peter Vermeulen, $45.95

Inside Asperger’s Looking Out. Kathy Hoopmann, $19.95

Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! Melanie Walsh, $22.00

Jackson Whole Wyoming. Joan Clark, $16.95

Jay Grows an Alien. Caroline Levine, $19.50, (ages 9 to 14)

Kevin Thinks... about Outer Space, Confusing Expressions and the Perfectly Logical World of Asperger Syndrome. Gail Watts, $17.95

Learning about Friendship: Stories to Support Social Skills Training in Children with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. K. I. Al-Ghani, $22.95

Lisa and the Lacemaker: an Asperger Adventure. Kathy Hoopmann, $19.95

Managing Puberty, Social Challenges, and (Almost) Everything Else: a Video Guide for Girls. Coulter Video, $36.95 DVD (ages 10 and up)

May I Be Excused, My Brain is Full: Olivia’s Asperger’s Story. Krista Preuss-Goudreault & Gary Wren, $24.95

My Autism Book: a Child's Guide to their Autism Spectrum Diagnosis. Glòria Durà-Vilà & Tamar Levi, $19.95

My Social Stories Book. Carol Gray & Abbie Leigh White, $25.95

Of Mice and Aliens: an Asperger Adventure. Kathy Hoopman, $15.95

The Panicosaurus: Managing Anxiety in Children Including Those with Asperger Syndrome. K.I. Al-Ghani, Illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $25.95

Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges for Children with Asperger Syndrome. Haley Morgan Myles, $14.25

The Puberty Video for Boys with Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder - Level 1. Coulter Video, $31.95 DVD (ages 10 and up)

The Red Beast: Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger's Syndrome. K.I. Al-Ghani, Illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $25.95

Self-Control to the Rescue: Super Powers to Help Kids Through the Tough Stuff in Everyday Life. Lauren Brukner, illustrated by Apsley, $22.95

Sisterhood of the Spectrum: an Asperger Chick's Guide to Life. Jennifer o'Toole, $22.95

60 Social Situations & Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict and More. Matt Winter, $31.95

Something Different about Dad: How to Live with Your Asperger’s Parent, Revised Edition. Kristi Evans, illustrated by John Swogger, $22.95 (Graphic Novel)

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and Other Life Lessons). Jodi Carmichael, illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, $9.50

Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome: a Student Guide. John Harpur, Maria Lawlor & Michael Fitzgerald, $21.95

The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and Their Parents). Elizabeth Verdick & Elizabeth Reeve, $24.99 (ages 8 and up)

Take Control of Asperger's Syndrome: the Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Asperger's Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Janet Price & Jennifer Engel Fisher, $23.95

This Is Asperger Syndrome. Elisa Gagnon & Brenda Smith Myles, $17.95 (9-up)

Trevor Trevor. Diane Twachtman-Cullen, $16.95

What Did You Say? What Do You Mean: an Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors. Jude Welton & Jane Telford, $25.95 (10 - up)

What Did You Say? What Do You Mean? 120 Illustrated Metaphor Cards Plus Booklet with Information, Ideas and Instructions. Jude Welton & Jane Telford, $46.95

What Is Asperger Syndrome and How Will It Affect Me? A Guide for Young People, Martine Ives, $10.50

What Is It Like to Be Me? A Book about a Boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Alenka Klemenc, Illustrated by Urša Rožic, $25.95

When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety, 2nd Edition. Kari Dunn Buron, $24.95

Why Do I Have To? A Book for Children Who Find Themselves Frustrated by Everyday Rules. Laurie Leventhal-Belfer, Illustrated by Luisa Montaini-Klovdahl, $13.95

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