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Act Early Against Autism: Give Your Child a Fighting Chance from the Start. Jayne Lytel, $14.95

Jayne Lytel was a successful syndicated columnist when her son Leo was diagnosed with autism. Using her reporting skills to better understand her son's health issues, she helped Leo gain essential abilities. After four years of therapy, he no longer meets the diagnostic criteria for autism, attends a mainstream school, and is a thriving, healthy child. Act Early Against Autism is a practical and empowering guide for parents on how early intervention can change their child's future.


The Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers at Risk: How to Use Everyday Routines to Build Social and Communication Skills. Deborah Fein, Molly Helt, Lynn Brennan & Marianne Barton, $23.95

Suspecting that your baby or toddler may have autism spectrum disorder or another developmental delay can be scary and overwhelming. But there is a lot you can do to help, even while waiting for an evaluation or early intervention. With the right tools, everyday tasks can be terrific opportunities for building critical social and communication skills. Start at the kitchen table, bathtub, or shopping cart! In this easy-to-navigate guide, leading experts present more than 100 games and activities designed to support development in children from birth to age three. Your child's daily routines are transformed into learning opportunities that promote crucial abilities, like how to imitate others or use simple hand gestures to convey wants and needs. As a parent, you are the most important person in your child's life. Now you can be the best teacher, too.


The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook: How to Bake Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Sesame. Cybele Pascal, $29.95

100 vegan recipes for a delightfully familiar array of treats.

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The Asperger’s Answer Book: Professional Answers to 275 of the Top Questions Parents Ask. Susan Ashley, $16.99

In a time when parents are overwhelmed with confusing—and often conflicting—information, The Asperger’s Answer Book provides them with clear and confident counsel. Written by an experienced child psychologist, The Asperger’s Answer Book covers such topics as:

  • Is it autism or is it Asperger’s?
  • Getting your child evaluated
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Routines and rituals
  • Motor skills
  • Sensory sensitivity
  • Growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s in Pink: a Mother and Daughter Guidebook for Raising (and Being) a Girl with Asperger’s. Julie Clark, $19.95

Join author and mom Julie Clark as she shares her insights on raising a daughter with Asperger's syndrome.  On the way you'll be delighted and intrigued by candid commentary from her daughter Kristina, whose spirit and perseverance outweigh any obstacle she may face.


Asperger's Syndrome in Young Children: a Developmental Guide for Parents and Professionals. Laurie Leventhal-Belfer & Cassandra Coe, $27.95

This landmark book focuses on how Asperger's Syndrome (AS) presents in pre-school children. An essential guide for parents coming to terms with their child's AS diagnosis and for the professionals who work with this age group, it is unique in answering pressing questions specific to younger children. How can parents help their AS child to develop speech and language? What help is available at school and home? When, if at all, should a child be informed about AS? Including a useful summary of early childhood development stages, Leventhal-Belfer and Coe provide a diagnostic model based on assessment of the child in contrast to 'neurotypical' children, considering relationships at home, in school or in care. Their book shows how to develop tailored early intervention strategies and to assist parents, teachers and mental health professionals in making informed decisions to nurture the development of AS children.

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Asperger Syndrome & Your Child: Unlocking Your Child’s Potential. Michael Powers, with Janet Poland, $17.95

Asperger Syndrome and Your Child is an informative and comprehensive guide to this elusive condition and answers the most common questions parents have, while offering an encouraging outlook for the child’s future. Whether your child has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or displays symptoms of the condition, parents need answers and reassurance from a qualified professional.

Dr. Michael Powers is a nationally known expert on the Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger Syndrome. His newest title, Asperger Syndrome and Your Child, is an extremely compassionate and easy-to-read account of everything related to AS. Dr. Powers describes many of the feelings a child with AS may have and outlines ways to involve both family and child in developing a supportive community. Dr. Powers encourages people with Asperger Syndrome to adapt to real-world problems and make the most of their talents, unlocking the potential to become a successful, independent adult. Asperger Syndrome and Your Child is a valuable resource for parents as well as teachers and other professionals who have someone with Asperger Syndrome in their lives.


The Asperkid's Launch Pad: Home Design to Empower Everyday Superheroes. Jennifer Cook O'Toole, $19.95

For Asperkids, home is both their protected lair and their launch pad into success in a neurotypical world. Jennifer O'Toole provides parents with all the help they need in planning their home environment to encourage their Asperkid superheroes to soar.

THE ASPERKID'S LAUNCH PAD is a visually-led guide to preparing a home environment that supports the development of children with Asperger syndrome. From a bedroom light switch that the child can easily reach, to a tucked-away safe place that he or she can retreat to when feeling overwhelmed or anxious, small changes in the home can boost the child's self-confidence, independence, comfort, and life skills. Award-winning author Jennifer O'Toole gives readers a walk-through tour of the home, showing, room by room, how physical surroundings affect Asperkids and highlighting the learning opportunities in every space and object.

Beautifully presented with color photographs throughout, this functional and fun book will win a place in the homes and hearts of all parents of children with Asperger syndrome.


The Autism & ADHD Diet. Barrie Silberberg, $16.99

This simple step-by-step guide to living gluten and casein free is packed with parent-tested tips and answers to questions about how to make the GFCF diet work best for your family.

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The Autism Answer Book: More Than 300 of the Top Questions Parents Ask. William Stillman, $17.95

The Autism Answer Book provides clear and straightforward answers to the most pressing questions parents and family members have about an autism diagnosis. The book covers such topics as social sensitivities; physical well-being; mental health; and school success. Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The Autism Answer Book helps parents understand and accept their child’s illness and develop a plan for success.


Autism and Asperger Syndrome: the Facts, 2nd Edition. Simon Baron-Cohen, $19.95

A new edition of Simon Baron-Cohen's highly successful Autism: the Facts, updated to include the important subgroup of patients with Asperger syndrome. Written first and foremost as a guide for parents, but an excellent guide for professionals as well, it covers the recognition and diagnosis of these conditions, their biological and physiological causes, and the various treatments and educational techniques available.


Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: an Altered Perspective. Barbara Quinn & Anthony Malone, $24.95

Written specifically for parents, this fully-updated second edition sets out what it means for a child to be diagnosed with ASD, PDD (NOS), autism or Asperger Syndrome, and explains where parents should go from there. The authors describe the signs and symptoms of each condition, what a diagnosis means, how a child fits into the diagnostic terminology, and what the diagnostic procedures involve. Associated disorders such as Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and OCD are reviewed, and the authors describe the various treatments, therapies, and educational approaches available. The book also includes new information on medication and on the evolving concept of diagnosis, as well as a list of frequently asked questions and new interviews with parents of children on the autism spectrum.

Accessible, informative, and supportive, this book is an essential guide for parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder.


The Autism Checklist: a Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers. Paula Kluth & John Shouse, $18.95

This useful, accessible guide offers teachers and parents a better understanding of children on the autism spectrum and provides them with the kinds of support and intervention they need. Written in an easy-to-read checklist format, the book is filled with up-to-date research, practical advice, and helpful resources on a wide range of topics. The book covers five areas: basic information on autism, checklists for parents and for teachers, effective support strategies and helpful resources.

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Autism & Diet: What You Need to Know. Rosemary Kessick, $17.95

Autism & Diet offers an accessible, concise guide to all aspects of dietary invention in children with autism. This book is an ideal resource for parents, teachers and any other family member or caregiver who needs to know how to help implement a safe and healthy diet for an autistic child.


The Autism Discussion Page on Anxiety, Behavior, School, and Parenting Strategies: a Toolbox for Helping Children with Autism Feel Safe, Accepted, and Competent. Bill Nason, $29.95

The Autism Discussion Page green book covers anxiety and stress, challenging behaviors, stretching comfort zones, discipline, and school issues. It also provides more general teaching and mentoring strategies for coaching children on the autism spectrum in basic daily living strategies to improve their day-to-day lives. Based on posts on the popular online Autism Discussion Page and organised by subject for ease of reference, this book offers an excellent understanding common challenges for children with autism, and effective strategies for coping with these challenges.


The Autism Discussion Page on the Core Challenges of Autism: a Toolbox for Helping Children with Autism Feel Safe, Accepted, and Competent. Bill Nason, $25.95

The Autism Discussion Page blue book focuses on the core challenges associated with autism (cognitive, sensory, social, and emotional) and provides concise, accessible information and simple tools for supporting children with these vulnerabilities. Based on posts on the popular online community page and organised by subject for ease of reference, this book offers an excellent understanding of how children with autism process and experience the world and effective strategies for coping with the challenges.

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Autism Encyclopedia: the Complete Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders. E. Amanda Boutot & Matt Tincani, $29.95

Concise, reader-friendly articles that provide answers to the most pertinent questions related to educating and parenting children with autism.


The Autism Fitness Handbook: an Exercise Program to Boost Body Image, Motor Skills, Posture, and Confidence in Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder. David Geslak, $29.95

Designed to address specific areas of difficulty for children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the 46 exercises in this comprehensive program are proven to improve body image, motor coordination, posture, muscular and cardiovascular fitness. The boost to confidence, relationships and general wellbeing resulting from this will be transformative for individuals with ASD and their families. Used extensively in homes, schools and specialist ASD programs, the exercises require minimal equipment and can be used in a wide range of settings. Accompanied by clear instructions and explanatory cartoon illustrations, they are easy for non-specialists to follow and can be used just as effectively with groups or individuals. 

Packed with helpful advice from the author, an ASD fitness specialist, as well as inspiring case studies and guidelines on adapting the exercises for different ages and abilities, this popular program contains everything needed to get minds and bodies active while having fun!


Autism and Flexischooling: a Shared Classroom and Homeschooling Approach. Clare Lawrence, $25.95

A growing number of parents are considering part time or 'flexischooling' as an option that might benefit their child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but face concerns such as: Is it possible? Has anyone tried it? How can it be set up? Above all, does it work? This book answers all these questions, and many more. Covering both the home and school angle, it explores ways to evaluate whether the option is right for your child, organizing the arrangement effectively with the school and ensuring that curriculum and examination goals are met, and also includes case examples of successful part time schooling at both primary and secondary level.

This is the first resource of its kind to bring together all of the information needed for both parents and schools to consider the merits and disadvantages of this approach, and to evaluate it as an option for individual children.

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Autism & the Grandparent Connection: Practical Ways to Understand and Help Your Grandchild with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jennifer Krumins, $24.95

For many parents and grandparents a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is a jolt into a new and largely unknown world. One thing is for certain, parents of children with autism need support ... a lot of support. The role of grandparents cannot be overstated. Grandparents have the power to make life more manageable for your children and your grandchild. You have the potential to enhance the whole family's ability to cope and to build a beautiful relationship with your grandchild.

Filled with practical information, this book will undoubtedly give you the tools you need to provide stability, support and strength to your grandchild with autism. You will be empowered to be the best you can be.


Autism Handbook for Parents: Facts and Strategies for Parenting Success. Janice Janzen, $28.95

Autism Handbook for Parents provides families with the information needed to help them advocate for their child and make decisions on the various treatments and educational interventions available. This is a practical guide for those looking to be an effective advocate, teacher and parent for their child with autism.


Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge. Barbara Firestone, Photographs by Joe Buissink, $43.95

Intimate, bold, and inspiring, Autism Heroes provides a compelling and sensitive account of the experiences of 38 families from different walks of life confronting the challenges of autism spectrum disorders with courage, tenacity and love. The families offer their experiences openly and honestly, sharing their challenges, triumphs, and hopes. Their reflections chart the course through the many stages of coping with autism and seeking solutions for their children, and they offer a lifeline of support, insight and encouragement and hope.

Fully illustrated with stunning and evocative photographs by Joe Buissink, Autism Heroes is an invaluable resource for families as well as educators, clinicians, researchers and policy makers.

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Autism and Its Medical Management: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Michael Chez, $24.95

Autism and its Medical Management explains the medical aspects of autism and how both parents and professionals can use current medical knowledge to better understand how to address the medical aspects of autism. Bridging the communication gap between medical professionals and parents, this book offers accessible explanations of medical terminology and treatment relevant to ASDs and is an important tool for parents and professionals working with children with ASDs.


Autism is Not a Life Sentence: How One Family Took on Autism and Won! Lynley Summers, $22.95

Summers takes a unique, approach to teaching and parenting her daughter with autism by applying Chaos Theory in combination with more traditional behavior management strategies. The results have been extraordinary. Jessica, initially introduced to a self-contained classroom wearing a helmet to prevent self-abusive behaviors, is now an accomplished student in high school, composing music, writing stories, and speaking at conferences about life with autism.


The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be. Martha Herbert, with Karen Weintraub, $19.00

Prominent Harvard researcher and clinician Martha Herbert offers a revolutionary new view of autism and a transformative strategy for dealing with it. While other doctors may dismiss your child’s physical symptoms — the diarrhea, anxiety, sensory overload, sleeplessness, immune challenges, and seizures — as coincidental or irrelevant, Dr. Herbert sees them as vital clues to what the underlying problems are, and how to help. In THE AUTISM REVOLUTION, she teaches you how to approach autism as a collection of problems that can be overcome—and talents that can be developed.

Dr. Herbert’s specific recommendations aim to provide optimal nutrition, reduce toxic exposures, shore up the immune system, reduce stress, and open the door to learning and creativity — all by understanding and truly meeting your child’s needs. As thousands of families who have cobbled together these solutions themselves already know, this program can have dramatic benefits—for your child with autism, and for your whole family. 

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Autism: the Road Back. Directed by Sharon Bartlett & Maria LeRose, $19.95 (DVD format, 54 minutes)

Autism: the Road Back charts the personal journey of three families with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It talks to parents, service providers, and experts in the field about assessment, diagnoses, and options available for treatment, and provides guidance for families trying to navigate their way through the challenges of ASD in the first six years of their child's life.


Autism Solutions: How to Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life for Your Child.  Ricki Robinson, $27.50

Innovative strategies for developing the right treatment plan, including:

  • Helping your child communicate
  • Common heath challenges
  • Understanding behavior
  • Medical, social, emotional, and educational development

The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing. Karen Siff Exkorn, $22.99

Providing accessible medical information gleaned from the world's foremost experts, author Karen Siff Exkorn offers an inside look at families with children who have autism, and ties in her own firsthand experience as a parent. The author shares valuable knowledge about the following:

  • What the diagnosis really means
  • Understanding and accessing treatment options
  • Knowing your child's rights in the school system
  • Coping with common marital and familial stress

In The Autism Sourcebook, Siff Exkorn offers parents the wisdom she wishes she'd had at the beginning.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Revised Edition. Chantal Sicile-Kira, $19.00

Newly revised and updated, this award-winning guide covers every aspect of understanding and living with autism today. Comprehensive and authoritative, AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS explains all aspects of the condition, and is written for parents, educators, caregivers, and others looking for accurate information and expert insight. Newly updated to reflect the latest research, treatment methods, and DSM-V criteria, this invaluable book covers:

  • The causes of autism spectrum disorders
  • Getting an accurate diagnosis
  • Treatments based on behavioral, psychological, and biomedical interventions
  • Coping strategies for families and education needs and programs
  • Living and working conditions for adults with ASD
  • Community interaction and teaching strategies and resources for educators and other professionals

Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know. Alan Rosenblatt & Paul Carbone, Editors, $16.95

From autism and Asperger's syndrome through pervasive developmental disorders, this authoritative reference examines how autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are defined and diagnosed and reviews the most current behavioral and developmental therapy treatments available. Through this evidence-based guide, which reflects the new diagnostic thinking from the American Psychiatric Association, parents and caregivers will learn about the symptoms and the incidence of ASDs, screening tools, the roles of complementary and alternative medicine, and what to expect as these children grow into adolescence and beyond. They will also gain insight into how to tap into educational resources and community services and how to access care. In addition to the detailed findings and expert advice, real-life stories included in each chapter help diffuse the isolation many parents experience and offer inspiration and support.


The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What Every Parent and Professional Needs to Know. Tony Attwood, Isabelle Hénault and Nick Dubin, $39.95

The complex world of sex and appropriate sexual behaviour can be extremely challenging for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and, without guidance, many find themselves in vulnerable situations. This book examines how the ASD profile typically affects sexuality and how sexual development differs between the general population and those with ASD. It explains the legalities of sexual behaviour, how laws differ from country to country, and the possibility for adjustment of existing laws as they are applied to the ASD population. With advice on how to help people with autism spectrum disorder gain a better understanding of sexuality and a comprehensive list of resources, the book highlights the need for a more informed societal approach to the psychosexual development of people with ASD.

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The Autism Trail Guide: Postcards from the Road Less Traveled. Ellen Notbohm, $21.50

The Autism Trail Guide: Postcards from the Road Less Traveled will help parents of children with autism take on everyday challenges while celebrating what their children bring to their world. Ellen offers concrete advice on issues such as math homework, video games, and tricky behavior, and also tackles the more abstract concepts of parenting, such as trusting parental instincts, when to take risks, how to hang on, and when to let go.

Also by Ellen Notbohm: Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew; 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; and Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew.


The Autistic Child’s Guide: Presenting SPARK* (Self-Regulation Program of Awareness and Resilience in Kids). Heather MacKenzie, $49.95

THE AUTISTIC CHILD’S GUIDE is an innovative, evidence-based program that teaches children how to manage and regulate their behavior, thinking, and emotions more effectively. SPARK* is appropriate for any child ages two to 12, where self-regulation is a concern, such as autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol disorders, Fragile X, and attention deficits. This book contains step-by-step lessons that can be implemented by teachers, therapists, assistants, and parents. The SPARK* program is a comprehensive, systematic, and practical way to help children learn self-calming, resilience, and self-advocacy strategies that will last them a lifetime.


Autistic Logistics: a Parent's Guide to Tackling Bedtime, Toilet Training, Tantrums, Hitting, and Other Everyday Challenges. Kate Wilde, $19.95

A practical guide to parenting children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It covers all the key problem areas including sleep, food avoidance and tantrums, and is full of tried-and-tested strategies drawn from the author's extensive experience of working with ASD children. It also has exercises for parents and caregivers.


The Autistic Spectrum Parents' Daily Helper: a Workbook for You and Your Child. Philip Abrams & Leslie Henriques, $22.95

An excellent "starter kit" for home use with high-functioning children. The "Workbook for You" section introduces parents to the exercises and activities, and explains visual strategies, schedules, and excursion planning. "Your Child's Workbook" offers hands-on activities for teaching basic skills. "On handy tear-out pages, these engaging games and exercises help your child learn how to…recognize emotions…get dressed…read the clock…visit doctors, dentists, friends and family comfortably…understand safety signs.

"Demystifies the day-to-day challenges of a son or daughter with autism by creating order and learning in their daily activities." —Ari Klin, Ph.D., Yale Child Study Centre

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Behavior Solutions for the Home and Community. Beth Aune, $18.95

Behavior Solutions for the Home is a tool for parents who have children whose behaviors are impeding their daily life. Once they see a particular behavior, they can quickly look up an in the moment solution, and then read more about what could be causing that behavior, and more importantly, how to overcome it. This helpful book is intended to provide general, practical solutions for busy (and often overwhelmed) parents who can benefit from a handy reference guide to help them address common behaviors at home and in the community.  This book is a must-have for every parent and caregiver working with a child on the autism spectrum! 

  • Section One: Self Care and Promoting Independence
  • Section Two: Eating and Mealtime Issues at Home
  • Section Three: Bedtime and Sleeping Issues
  • Section Four: Community Outings
  • Section Five: Family and Friends

The Best Kind of Different: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome. Shonda Schilling, $16.99

The Best Kind of Different is an intimate portrait of two parents struggling to understand the complex beauty of their son.


Can I Tell You about Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals. Ruth Fidler & Paul Christie, $15.95 (ages 7 and up)

Meet Issy — an 11-year-old girl with pathological demand avoidance syndrome (PDA), a condition on the autism spectrum. Issy invites readers to learn about PDA from her perspective, helping them to understand how simple, everyday demands can cause her great anxiety and stress. Issy tells readers about all the ways she can be helped and supported by those around her.

This illustrated book will be an excellent way to increase understanding about PDA in the classroom or at home. It also includes practical tips and recommended resources for parents and professionals.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. Rebecca Landa, et al, $16.95

101 inspirational stories for parents of children with autism and Asperger’s.

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A Child Unlike Any Other. Directed by Anna Barczewska, $14.95 (DVD format, 11 minutes)

Jan Maka was a child like any other, until his family's lives were turned upside down when it was discovered he had autism. Through the voice of Jan's devoted mother and the comments of specialists, this touching short film introduces us to the demanding daily reality of autism.


The Child with Autism Goes to Florida. Kathy Labosh, $10.95

The Labosh family is a veteran of multiple forays into the major Florida theme parks. This booklet is packed with tips on what sensory issues to expect on a given ride and where to find the best spot to take a child who needs a quiet place to calm down. A must have for families headed to Florida theme parks.


The Child with Autism at Home and in the Community. Kathy Labosh & Lanita Miller, $15.95

Over 600 must-have tips for making home life and outings easier for everyone!


The Child with Autism Learns about Faith. Kathy Labosh, $15.95

15 ready-to-use scripture lessons using a number of sensory and cognitive teaching methods.

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Children with High-Functioning Autism: a Parent’s Guide. Claire Hughes-Lynch, $19.99

Children with High-Functioning Autism: a Parent’s Guide offers parents the information needed to help them cope with their child’s autism and to navigate the path as they first perceive differences, seek assistance and treatment, and help their child develop into his or her full potential.


Coloring Outside Autism’s Lines. Susan Walton, $17.99

50+ activities, adventures and celebrations for families with children with autism.


The Complete Autism Spectrum Disorder Health & Diet Guide. Elke Sengmueller, R. Garth Smith & Susan Hannah, $24.95

This incredibly comprehensive book on ASD will be an invaluable resource for parents, caregivers and health professionals alike. It combines the expertise of an outstanding author team with years of invaluable practical experience and a range of skills.

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The Conscious Parent's Guide to Autism: a Mindful Approach for Helping Your Child Focus and Succeed. Marci Lebowitz, $21.50

When a child is given a diagnosis of "on the autism spectrum," parents may be feeling overwhelmed and most likely intimated. Often the focus is on "disabilities" rather than "abilities," and you may be left wondering what you should expect as your child journeys through life.

With The Conscious Parent's Guide to Autism, you will learn how to take a relationship-centered approach to engage your child. Using this mindful method, you can help your child improve language skills, motor skills, and social skills. You'll also learn how to:

  • Honor your child's unique perspective and cognitive strengths
  • Adapt a conscious parenting philosophy that works for everyone
  • Identify triggers that can lead to sensory overload
  • Help your child feel in control with calming routines
  • Educate your family and friends about autism
  • Advocate for your child
  • Find ways to improve communication

Conversations in Pictures: Daily Living Skills. Natural Learning Concepts, $14.50

Conversations in Pictures: Out and About. Natural Learning Concepts, $14.50

Conversations in Pictures visually shows how a conversation takes place between two people. Children learn to stay on topic while they converse with adults and peers. The child learns conversation in two stages. They learn how to respond appropriately to questions and they learn to initiate by asking the questions first. The set is very easy to work with. The cards come on a ring and the cards easily flip over. Each card has a question with a picture on the front. As you flip it over, the child is prompted by a picture and the beginning of the answer on the back. Switch it around when children are learning to initiate conversation.

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Could It Be Autism? A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps. Nancy Wiseman, $18.99

Nancy Wiseman is the founder and president of First Signs, the organization dedicated to educating parents, clinicians, and physicians on the early identification of and intervention for developmental delays. She is also the mother of a child who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, and she draws on her own experiences as well as the latest research to present real strategies. Emphasizing early warning signs, she describes the most important milestones at each stage of a child’s growth, including things parents and pediatricians often overlook. She also empowers parents to act on their instincts and initial concern, rather than to “wait and see,” which is often encouraged. Could It Be Autism? provides vital information so parents can recognize the red flags of developmental delays and begin treatment based on those first signs.


Cowboy & Wills: a Remarkable Little Boy and the Puppy that Changed His Life. Monica Holloway, $18.99

The day Monica Holloway learns that her lovable, brilliant three-year-old son has autism spectrum disorder, she takes him to buy an aquarium. But what Wills really wants is a puppy, and from the moment Cowboy Carol Lawrence, an overeager and affectionate golden retriever, joins the family, Monica watches as her cautious son steps a little farther into the world. And when Cowboy turns out to need her new family as much as they need her, they discover just how much she has taught them about devotion, loyalty, and never giving up.


A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism: Stories of Hope and Everyday Success. Edited by Colleen Sell; Foreword by Doug and Laurie Flutie, $10.95

A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism is a collection of inspiring true stories that relates the strength, love, and devotion families like yours draw on daily. These heartwarming tales will connect you to other devoted and courageous parents, while giving light to your blessing-your child.

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Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism, 4th Edition. Ken Siri & Tony Lyons, $31.95

The parents of children with autism know that learning about treatments is a full-time job. For parents with limited time, ability, or resources, Ken Siri and Tony Lyons have compiled the latest in autism research and treatment. Exploring the possible causes of autism and presenting novel therapies, medications, and interventions, Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism contains contributions from more than ninety experts on a wide variety of research findings, therapies, models, and multifaceted evaluation and treatment centers. Revised and fully updated to include the latest developments, this fourth edition includes up-to-date information,  case studies and research. It also addresses developing technologies, like the iPad, which provides hundreds of apps that help kids with autism communicate and organize their day. Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism is a detailed and informative guide for anyone affected by autism.


Dads and Autism: How to Stay In the Game. Emerson Donnell, $30.95

Bond with your child, develop affection and keep the family intact. The program of tactics and strategies in Dads and Autism are designed to build these connections between parents and child and maintain a lasting relationship between the parents.


Daniel Isn't Talking. Marti Leimbach, $21.00

A fearless, unsentimental novel about a mother’s devotion to her autistic child, by the bestselling author of Dying Young. Author Marti Leimbach is herself the mother of an autistic child and she writes with the tenderness, insight and humour that only experience can bring. Passionate, moving, heartbreakingly real, Daniel Isn't Talking is a smart and engaging novel about a mother’s desperation and the capacities of love.

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A Day at a Time: a Journal for Parents of Children with Autism. Jen Merheb, $17.50

This journal is ideal for organizing your child’s day, as well as making important daily observations. It provides a handy, simple means of tracking your child’s progress as well as organizing medications, appointments and activities.


Diagnosis Autism: Now What? Lawrence Kaplan withJay Burstein, $20.95

Whether your child has recently been diagnosed or you have known for years, you may be asking yourself 'what is the next step?' As the parent of an autistic child and an experienced educator, Lawrence Kaplan has developed a reliable approach for improving communication with physicians, teachers, therapists and other caregivers to help you develop the best possible treatment intervention program for your child's needs.

Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why They Work When They Do, Why They Don't When They Don't. Kenneth Aitken, $32.95

Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders explores the known genetic conditions linked to autism and describes various dietary interventions. For each approach, the author explores the potential benefits; evidence for and against the diet; and information, where available, on relevant publications, web resources and support groups.

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Does My Child have Autism? A Parent’s Guide to Early Detection and Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Wendy Stone & Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, $21.99

Does My Child Have Autism is a question many parents are asking themselves today. Is he avoiding eye contact? Why can’t she talk? Is my child’s development normal or does he have an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Parents know that if their child is somewhere on that spectrum, they need to intervene as early as possible to maximize the benefits of early intervention. This groundbreaking book, by one of the foremost experts, teachers, and clinicians in the field, provides a guide for parents about what to look for at home at twenty-four months or even earlier, what to do, and how to get the right kind of help from doctors, counselors, therapists, and other professionals.


Early Intervention & Autism: Real-Life Questions, Real-Life Answers. James Ball, $34.95

Early Intervention & Autism discusses the components of an ideal program for young children with autism, including a variety of proven techniques. It gives parents tools to assess whether or not the program is a good “fit” for their child and their family and how to make the best use of all available services


Early Start for Young Children with Autism/PDD. Kathleen McConnell & Gail Ryser, $48.50

Early Start for Young Children with Autism/PDD provides teachers, parents, therapists, and caregivers with intervention strategies for young children with autism or another pervasive developmental disorder. Specifically, the strategies presented in this book are techniques that can be implemented for children as young as two years and can be used by teachers and parents as they seek to:

  • provide adequate hours of programming
  • focus on communication
  • incorporate social instruction into everyday situations
  • incorporate play designed to increase cognitive development
  • offer proactive approaches designed to teach good behavior

The ideas offered here are easy and practical to implement. Most suggestions can be tried at school and home with little or no equipment or prior training. This is a charmingly illustrated guide for establishing and implementing interventions that is filled with many reproducible forms. Early Start for Young Children with Autism/PDD is a great resource for early interventionists, preschool teachers, and parents.

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An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn. Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson & Laurie Vismara, $24.50

Cutting-edge research reveals that parents can play a huge role in helping toddlers and preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) connect with others and live up to their potential. This encouraging guide from the developers of the groundbreaking early intervention program “Early Start Denver Model” provides doable, practical strategies you can use every day.

Drs. Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, and Laurie Vismara make it surprisingly simple to turn daily routines like breakfast or bath time into fun and rewarding learning experiences that target crucial developmental skills. Vivid examples illustrate proven techniques for promoting play, language, and engagement. Get an early start — and give your child the tools to explore and enjoy the world.


Empowered Autism Parenting: Celebrating (and Defending) Your Child’s Place in the World. William Stillman, $19.95

William Stillman, an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome and a passionate advocate on behalf of those with autism, offers a commonsense guide for parenting children with autism. He gives parents, caregivers and teachers the information they need to recognize the child with autism's unique personality, passions and intellect. This book offers a sensible ten-step guide for enriching relationships with kids with autism through a belief in their essential competence.


Encouraging Appropriate Behavior for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Frequently Asked Questions. Shira Richman, $24.95

Written in an accessible question-and-answer format for easy navigation, this book provides detailed, practical answers the real questions asked by parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) … This book can be read cover to cover or used as a handy quick reference. It will be invaluable to parents of children with ASDs and the professionals working with them.

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Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism: Helping the Littlest Learners. Lara Delmolino & Sandra Harris, $25.95

When autism is diagnosed or suspected in young children, overwhelmed parents wonder where to turn and how to begin helping their child. Drs. Delmolino and Harris, experienced clinicians and ABA therapists, eliminate the confusion and guesswork by outlining the pivotal steps parents can take now to optimize learning and functioning for children age 5 and younger. The book covers:

  • early indicators of ASD in children younger than 3 years
  • behaviors of 3- to 5-year-olds with a confirmed diagnosis
  • research about effective treatments & teaching methods
  • strategies for boosting play, communication & self-help skills
  • support for the rest of the family

Case studies and a review of evidence-based interventions and proven practices help parents prepare a strong foundation for their child’s future development.


Everyday Activities to Help Your Young Child with Autism Live Life to the Full: Simple Exercises to Boost Functional Skills, Sensory Processing, Coordination and Self-Care.  Debra Jacobs & Dion Betts, $24.95

Does your child struggle with brushing their teeth? Is it difficult to get them dressed and undressed each day? Do they struggle to understand their body's relationship to the world?

This book is brimming with simple ideas, activities and exercises to address these daily challenges that young children with autism face. Easy to carry out and to fit into your routines, they will help improve a child's sense of body awareness, coordination and motor skills, and address key tasks such as eating meals and healthy sleep. There are also ideas for tackling social challenges, including playing with friends, going on holiday and staying calm at school. The final chapter of the book explains the different support professionals parents of a child with autism are likely to encounter and how each can help their child. This jargon-free book shows how occupational therapy techniques can be used to help your young child with autism to live life to the full, and will be an essential tool for parents and carers.


Everyday Solutions: a Practical Guide for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Mindy Small and Lisa Kontente, $24.95

True to its title, this comprehensive resource offers parents and other caregivers practical and effective approaches to solving the many puzzles of daily living with a child with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) — from dressing, toileting, and eating, to going to the playground, visiting the dentist, getting used to a new baby, and many, many more. Each of the everyday scenarios presented is broken down into four components for ease of use:

  • The presenting problem is defined
  • Its possible relevance to ASD is explained
  • Recommendations and strategies are offered
  • A summary conclusion is provided

The author's first-hand experiences working with a wide range of families show in this invaluable manual for novice as well as experienced parents.

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The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Autism. Megan Hart & Kim Lutz, $18.99

From everyday meals to holiday treats, learn how to prepare meals your child will love to eat with this collection of 200 gluten-free and casein-free recipes.


The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Autism, 2nd Edition. Adelle Jameson Tilton, $16.99

Expert, reassuring advice to help your child at home, at school and at play — featuring the latest information on nutritional and complementary therapies.


Families of Adults with Autism: Stories and Advice for the Next Generation. Edited by Jane Johnson & Anne Van Rensselaer, $19.95

Families of Adults with Autism is a collection of real-life stories of people on the autism spectrum growing up, as told by their parents and siblings. This book will offer practical and heartwarming advice to families who are affected by autism spectrum disorders, and provide insights for professionals working with people with ASDs.

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Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: a Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum. Karla Helbert, $25.95

Children and teenagers with autism can struggle to cope with the loss of a loved one, and the complicated and painful emotions of bereavement. This book explains death in concrete terms that the child with autism will understand, explores feelings that the child may encounter as a part of bereavement, and offers creative and expressive activities that facilitate healing.

With illustrations throughout, this interactive book begins with a simple story about what happens when people die. Each chapter then expands on the issues that have been raised in the story and offers a variety of coping skills exercises including writing, art and craft, cooking, movement, relaxation, and remembrance activities. Encouraging children with autism to express their loss through discussion, personal reflection, and creative activity, the book is ideal for children and teens to work through by themselves, or with the support of a family member or professional.


The First Year Autism Spectrum Disorders: an Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed Child. Nancy Wiseman, $19.50

The First Year Autism Spectrum Disorders walks parents through a wide range of medical and lifestyle concerns. It will help parents get the care, therapies and services their child needs. A wealth of information, The First Year Autism Spectrum Disorders is a clear road map for every parent of a child with autism.

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Freedom from Meltdowns. Travis Thompson, $32.95

Filled with simple tips and strategies as well as case studies that illustrate how to deal with disruptive behaviors, this problem-solving guide helps improve the quality of life for the entire family.


From Like to Love for Young People with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Learning How to Express and Enjoy Affection with Family and Friends. Tony Attwood & Michelle Garnett, $19.95

If your child rarely shows you that he or she loves you, it can be profoundly distressing. This is the experience of many parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder, and most fear that it reflects the truth. In fact the truth has generally more to do with the difficulty that young people with an ASD have in communicating like or love for someone physically and verbally. They may not know how to go about expressing themselves in these ways, or understand that family members and friends can find the absence of demonstrative affection upsetting.

This book provides carefully designed activities for parents to work through with their children to help them to understand and express affection. Their child will learn to identify his or her own and others' comfort and enjoyment range for gestures, actions and words of affection and the different ways to express feelings for someone, appropriate to each relationship and situation. The activities are simple, straightforward, and very carefully structured, so that they can be undertaken at the pace that works for the individual family. The book also guides the adult through the challenges faced by the child, leading to greater understanding and confidence in their relationship with their child, and increased ability to nurture the child's ability to form engaged relationships and friendships with others.


George & Sam: Two Boys, One Family and Autism. Charlotte Moore, forward by Nick Hornby. $16.25

Charlotte Moore has three children: the two oldest, George and Sam are autistic; the youngest, Jake, is not. In this extraordinary book she describes the circumstances of their birth, behaviour, diagnosis, treatment — and brilliantly conveys what daily life is like for a family with autism. It's an invaluable book for anyone with an interest in childhood and child development. Written with love, insight and a great deal of humour, George and Sam is a remarkably compassionate and wise look at how mysterious and enchanting her boys really are.

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Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years. Shana Nichols, with Gina Marie Moravcik & Samara Pulver Tetenbaum, $29.95

Growing up isn't easy, and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager can be particularly confusing for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This book covers all the concerns commonly faced by girls with ASDs and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and "fitting in". The authors give candid and realistic advice on a wide range of important teenage topics.

Providing professional perspectives alongside personal experiences from mothers, daughters and educators, this is a unique and indispensible guide for families and their daughters with ASDs, as well as the teachers and professionals who work with them.


Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday Challenges. Lori Ernsperger & Danielle Wendel, $28.95

Girls Under the Umbrella provides insightful first-hand accounts along with research-based strategies and practical techniques for addressing the unique needs of girls on the spectrum. Each chapter includes descriptions of interventions and strategies designed to improve specific behaviors at home, at school, and in the community. Throughout, the emphasis is on what sets girls apart from boys on the spectrum in an effort to ensure that their unique needs are met and their special talents are fostered and nurtured.


Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum. Kyra Anderson & Vicki Forman, editors, $22.95

View the universe of autism — its marvels, chaos, and life-changing impacts — through 33 essays and poems by mothers and fathers raising children on the autism spectrum.

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Healing and Preventing Autism: a Complete Guide. Jenny McCarthy, $20.00

This is the type of guide that many parents have been looking for. Popular author Jenny McCarthy has included information on the environmental, chemical and food triggers that may aggravate autistic symptoms, ADD, ADHD, OCD and other developmental, behavioral or learning disorders; as well as tips for bringing your doctor into a true partnership in your child’s care.


Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions through Everyday Transitions. John Smith, Jane Dolan & Bob Smith, $25.95

Facing any type of change can cause confusion and anxiety for individuals with autism spectrum conditions. Explaining why seemingly minor changes to routine can be emotionally distressing for children with autism, this book teaches parents practical solutions for coping with common transitions including switching from a weekday to weekend schedule, the changing of the seasons, and sleeping in a different bed when on holiday. With insights from the authors' personal experiences and helpful scripts, signs and sketches to use along the way, this book shows that with planning and preparation parents can reduce the stress surrounding change for their child and the whole family.

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Helping Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Step-by-Step Workbook for Families. Stephanie Lockshin, Jennifer Gillis & Raymond Romanczyk, $34.95

This workbook teaches parents how to improve their child's functioning at home, increase his/her social functioning and skills for living more independently (including leisure, self-help, participation in community, etc.) while emphasizing the importance of taking care of the family as a whole.


Hints and Tips for Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Useful Strategies for Home, School, and the Community. Dion Betts & Nancy Patrick, $22.95

Hints and Tips for Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is an essential aid for parents and caregivers to make small and simple changes that result in big improvements in the quality of life of children and their families.


Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome: Real Help for Parents Anywhere and on Any Budget. Lisa Pyles, $22.95

Full of inspiring ideas that can be used with any curriculum, Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome explains how to design a varied study program built around a child's own interests, making use of simple material as well as computers and on-line resources. Including step-by-step instructions on:

  • Assessing and improving body language and social skills
  • Accommodating the child's need for ritual or perfectionism
  • Developing handwriting and coordination skills

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Homeschooling the Child with Autism: Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask. Patricia Schetter & Kandis Lighthall, $27.95

This practical, highly accessible guide answers parents' and professionals' questions about teaching children with autism spectrum disorders at home. The book helps parents decide whether to homeschool and guides them through the process of beginning and maintaining an effective homeschool program. The book also contains tips and suggestions from real-life parents who have successfully homeschooled their children with ASD and includes lists of helpful resources for homeschoolers.


How to Make School Make Sense: a Parents' Guide to Helping the Child with Asperger Syndrome. Clare Lawrence, $24.95

How to Make School Make Sense gives parents of children with Asperger syndrome practical advice on how to work with schools to ensure their child's needs are being met.

The book explores how parents can prepare their child for school life and how they can work with teachers to improve the classroom environment, as well as the school environment as a whole, for their child and consequently for the benefit of all pupils. Strategies include peer education, the use of visual cues and rules and effective communication between parents, teachers and support staff.


How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger's. Jennifer McIlwee Myers, $27.95

In the real world, people on the autism spectrum need the same kinds of day-to-day skills everyone else needs to be functional. No matter how high-functioning children with autism or Asperger's may be or may become, they function better as adults if they’ve had the chance to learn basic skills, from being on time to good personal hygiene. But many reach adulthood without those skills.

Coauthor of the groundbreaking book Asperger's and Girls, Jennifer's personal experience with Asperger's Syndrome and having a brother with autism makes her perspective doubly insightful.  In How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger's, Jennifer can show you how to:

  • Create opportunities for children to learn in natural settings and situations
  • Teach vital skills such as everyday domestic tasks, choosing appropriate attire, and being polite
  • Help individuals on the spectrum develop good habits that will help them be more fit and healthy
  • Improve time management skills such as punctuality and task-switching
  • And much more!

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I Am AspienGirl: the Unique Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Females on the Autism Spectrum. Tania Marshall, $28.50

The lives of Aspie girls and their parents are portrayed in this uplifting and imaginative book.


Just Take a Bite: Easy, Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges! Lori Ernsperger & Tania Stegen-Hanson, $35.50

Is your child a “picky” eater or a full-fledged resistant eater? Does he or she eat only a few 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 about:

  • Gastrointestinal, Physical, and Oral-Motor Development
  • Environmental and Behavioral Factors in Problem Eating
  • Sensory and Motor Based Problems Affecting the Resistant Eater
  • Designing and Implementing a Treatment Plan

The Ketogenic and Modified Atkins Diets: Treatments for Epilepsy and Other Disorders, 6th Edition. Eric Kossoff, et al, $42.95

Now in its sixth edition, The Ketogenic and Modified Atkins Diets is the established, authoritative book on these groundbreaking epilepsy treatments. Written for parents, patients, dietitians, and neurologists, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone considering or starting a ketogenic diet for epilepsy or another neurologic disorder. Chapters cover implementation, recipes, fine-tuning the diets, connecting with support groups, the latest research on the effectiveness of the diets, and much more.

The sixth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect current advances and applications. Two entirely new sections are devoted to the use of ketogenic diets for epilepsy in adults, and diets that can help alleviate the symptoms of other conditions such as cancer, dementia, autism, and migraines. Coverage of the modified Atkins diet is significantly expanded to reflect the growing popularity of this less restrictive diet.


The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook: the Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet. Pamela Compart & Dana Laake, $20.99

The best “kid-friendly” recipes and guide to the gluten-free milk-free diet for ADHD and Autism. What it is. Why it works. How to do it.

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Kindergarten and ASD: How to Get the Best Possible Experience for Your Child. Margaret Oliver, $26.95

Kids with ASD take a big leap when they start kindergarten and parents have as much to learn about school expectations and available services. This book will take away the stress of the move to kindergarten, giving parents key information and the "how-to's" to make the transition as smooth as possible and be the best advocates for their child. In a warm, parent-to-parent style, Margaret Oliver explains the essentials of how the educational system is structured, how special education laws are applied, and what current educational trends mean for individual children. She also gives strategies to overcome sensory, behavioral, social, emotional and communication difficulties.


The Kitchen Classroom: 32 Visual GFCF Recipes to Boost Developmental Skills. Beth Bader & Ali Benjamin, $21.50

The Kitchen Classroom teaches kids how to cook — and how to boost their sensory, motor and social skills. Designed for kids with developmental delays, this book offers a multitude of learning opportunities while helping kids who must follow a gluten-free/casein-free diet develop healthy, tasty recipes the whole family will enjoy.


Learn To Respond Appropriately: Increase Every Day Interaction. Natural Learning Concepts, $18.50

This laminated ring set contains thirty-two clear, crisp photographs of social situations. Teaching is easy since the back of each card has appropriate responses as well as a description of the card.


Living Autism Day-by-Day. Pamela Bryson-Weaver, $23.99

Daily reflections and strategies — to give you hope and courage.

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Louder Than Words: a Mother's Journey in Healing Autism. Jenny McCarthy, $15.50

One morning, Jenny McCarthy was having a cup of coffee when she sensed something was wrong. She ran into her two-year-old son Evan’s room and found him seizing. In that moment, Jenny went from being the mother of an average toddler to being in the midst of a medical odyssey. Doctor after doctor misdiagnosed Evan until — after many harrowing, life-threatening episodes later — one amazing doctor discovered that Evan is autistic.

Though Evan finally had a diagnosis, Jenny didn’t know what to do next and she soon found herself alone without any resources except for her determination to help her son. Her story shares the frustrations and joys of raising an autistic child and shows how with love and determination a parent can shape their child’s life and happiness.”


love anthony. Lisa Genova, $18.99 (novel)

Olivia Donatelli’s dream of a “normal” life shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Understanding the world from his perspective felt bewildering, nearly impossible. He didn’t speak. He hated to be touched. He almost never made eye contact. And just as Olivia was starting to realize that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony died. Now she’s alone in a cottage on Nantucket, separated from her husband, desperate to understand the meaning of her son’s short life, when a chance encounter with another woman facing her own loss brings Anthony alive again for Olivia in a most unexpected way. 

In a piercing story about motherhood, autism, and love, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova offers us two unforgettable women on the verge of change and the irrepressible young boy whose unique wisdom helps them both find the courage to move on.


The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults. Temple Grandin & Debra Moore, $29.95

Parents, teachers, therapists, and anyone who cares about a child or teen on the autism spectrum need this essential roadmap to prepare our youth for being successful adults in today’s world. Best-selling author, autism advocate, and animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin joins psychologist and autism specialist Dr. Debra Moore in spelling out what steps you can take to restore your child’s hope and motivation, and what you must avoid. Eight life stories told by people on the autism spectrum, including chapters on subjects like how to get kids off their computers, how to build on their strengths and get back to caring about their lives, and how to find a path to a successful, meaningful life make this a "must-read" book.

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Make Social Learning Stick! How to Guide and Nurture Social Competence through Everyday Routines and Activities. Elizabeth Sautter, $29.50

This book offers a “social learning diet” of concepts and actions that can be used in everyday life to increase verbal and nonverbal language, listening skills, understanding of hidden rules, perspective taking, executive functioning, and more. The activities are recipes for social and emotional learning for which parents, teachers, and therapists typically already have the ingredients. With close to 200 fun and easy activities, including contributions from leading experts, this book offers numerous ways to embrace teachable moments throughout daily routines without having to do extra work! Events like getting ready for school, preparing dinner, going to the doctor, and celebrating Thanksgiving become opportunities for teaching and reinforcing expected social behavior. Geared toward children in preschool through elementary school, the ideas are meant to inspire creativity that suits each specific child. Activities can be easily tailored to meet a child’s developmental level, needs, or challenges.


Making Peace with Autism: One Family's Story of Struggle, Discovery and Unexpected Gifts. Susan Senator, $18.95

In this insightful narrative, a courageous and inspiring mother explains why a diagnosis of autism doesn't have to shatter a family's dreams of happiness. Senator offers the hard-won, in-the-trenches wisdom of someone who's been there and is still there today — and she demonstrates how families can find courage, contentment, and connection in the shadow of autism. In Making Peace with Autism, Susan Senator describes her own journey raising a child with a severe autism spectrum disorder, along with two other typically developing boys. Without offering a miracle treatment or cure, Senator offers valuable strategies for coping successfully with the daily struggles of life with an autistic child. Along the way she models the combination of stamina and courage, openness and humor that has helped her family to survive — and even to thrive.


Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options. James Coplan, $29.95

This authoritative and empowering book gives caregivers of children on the autistic spectrum the knowledge they need to navigate the complex maze of symptoms, diagnoses, tests, and treatment options that await them.

Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders empowers you to be an expert advocate for your child, so that you’ll know when to say no to an ill-advised therapy or medication and can make with confidence the hundreds of important decisions you will face in the years ahead. For every parent who has made the painful transition from “Why did this happen”, here is the indispensable guidebook you’ve been waiting for.

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Managing Family Meltdown: the Low Arousal Approach and Autism. Linda Woodcock & Andrea Page, $26.95

Challenging behaviour, violent outbursts and meltdowns can put a strain on the entire family of a child on the autism spectrum. This book offers practical, long-term and effective strategies to help resolve common challenging behaviours using a low arousal approach based on avoiding confrontation and reducing stress and anxiety. This hands-on, practical book is appropriate for use with children who are non-verbal, as well as those with higher functioning autism and will be indispensable for families and anyone involved with children on the autism spectrum.


Mastering Mathematics Volume 1. Natural Learning Concepts, $23 .95

The workbook comes with laminated cards and helps learners focus on basic math skills that children learn in Kindergarten and Pre-K. There are 20 pages in this workbook, which comes with ten number cards and ten picture cards. Skills included are:

  • match picture to number
  • addition
  • fill in the blanks
  • least to most
  • match the word to a number
  • identify shapes
  • learn to count backwards

More Than Words: Promoting the Communication Development of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Communication Challenges, DVD. The Hanen Centre, $55.00 DVD format (18 months to 5 years)

This easy-to-use DVD is an invaluable tool for both parents and professionals who support preschool children with social and communication challenges, such as autism spectrum disorder. A companion to Hanen’s popular More Than Words guidebook, the DVD brings to life the research-based strategies parents can use in everyday activities to foster their children’s communication skills.

The book is also available: More Than Words: Helping Parents Promote Communication and Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Fern Sussman, $54.00

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Mother Warriors. Jenny McCarthy, $18.50

Stories of hope and recovery from a nation of parents of autistic children, by the high-profile, bestselling author of Louder than Words.


Mothering Special Needs: a Different Maternal Journey. Anna Karin Kingston, $24.95

This book explores the lived experience of mothers raising a child with a learning disability, through interviews with mothers of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome.

Mothering Special Needs encourages other women who have children with special needs to recognize and express their own aspirations and needs for self-fulfillment. It addresses the social construction of motherhood, discussing issues such as mother-blame and society's images of the self-sacrificing mother, in the context of raising a child with a learning disability.


Mothering Your Special Child. Josie Santomauro, $22.95

A book for mothers, fathers and caregivers of children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Intended as a support tool in the initial period after diagnosis it addresses common questions and concerns that parents have about their child and about Asperger’s.

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Motivate to Communicate!  300 Games and Activities for Your Child with Autism. Simone Griffin & Dianne Sandler, $24.95

This practical resource is brimming with exciting ideas and guidance for motivating children with autism and other communication difficulties. The clear, user-friendly format enables quick access to over 300 practical, fun-filled games and activities for developing your child's communication skills.


My Andrew: Day-to-Day Living with a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Wallis Simpson, $25.50

When the author's son was diagnosed with ASD at the age of four, she began collecting files of paperwork from doctors and therapists, test results, IEPs, and her own journal writings. She later combined this information in chronological order and used it as a resource to explain her son to teachers, grandparents, caregivers, therapists, and other parents. The result is My Andrew, a heartfelt look into the first eight years of a family's journey to raise their son with autism. Written in a journal format, this book presents what ASD means to a family's everyday life — the ups and downs, the victories and the setbacks.


My Child Has Autism, Now What? 10 Steps to Get You Started. Susan Larson Kidd, $14.95

This concise, no-nonsense book will enable parents to regain control of the situation and take the first practical steps towards a calm and happy life with their newly-diagnosed child.

Dr. Larson Kidd's approach draws from the vast amount of information available on parenting a child with autism and distils it into ten manageable steps. It covers the key aspects of life with a child on the autism spectrum, including the basics such as sleeping, eating, and toileting, through adapting the home, creating routines, and exploring therapy. Ready-to-implement strategies are outlined simply and clearly, and are firmly grounded in the author's extensive experience of supporting children with autism.

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My Child Has Autism: What Parents Need to Know. Clarissa Willis, $18.95

This book explains autism in simple terms and offers simple strategies for helping children with autism function in their homes, at school, and in the community. With the help of this book, families will begin to develop strategies to help their child learn independence; build social skills and communicate with others.


Navigating the Medical Maze with a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Practical Guide for Parents. Edited by Sue Ming & Beth Pletcher, $30.95

This comprehensive guide enables parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to play an active and effective role in their child's medical care from diagnosis to early adulthood. With a focus on working with health care providers to ensure the best treatment for your child's unique needs.

This authoritative and accessible book provides parents of children with an ASD with the foundation of knowledge they need to become an active partner in the medical care of their child and the map that will allow them to navigate the complex medical world.


No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming: How to Make Behaving Positively Possible for People with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Bo Hejlskov Elvén, $24.95

Fighting, biting, screaming and other behaviours that challenge the people dealing with them are often triggered by unsuitable surroundings or unrealistic demands. In this fresh and effective approach, Bo Hejlskov Elvén explains how to reassess difficult situations and offers easy and effective strategies for eliciting positive responses without resorting to restraint and punishment.

Based on the successful low-arousal approach, it is a proven method of stepping away from distress and towards calm, improving the quality of life of everyone involved. Helpful examples covering a wide range of developmental disabilities from autism to Down's Syndrome illustrate the positive changes that can be achieved.

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No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior. Jed Baker, $20.50

Meltdowns are stressful for both child and adult. Author of the award-winning Social Skills Picture Book series, Dr. Jed Baker offers parents and teachers strategies for understanding, 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.

"Jed Baker, in this excellent book, gives us the tools to deal with and prevent out-of-control behavior. Wisely, he leads us grown-ups to understand how to change our own behavior in order to help our children change theirs."

- Carol Stock Kranowitz, Author of best-seller “The Out-of-Sync Child”


No More Victims: Protecting Those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators, and Scams. Jed Baker, $16.50

The digital world offers a wonderful way to communicate and socialize with others. Yet, it is also rife with the dangers of being victimized emotionally, physically, and financially. Trusting individuals with autism spectrum disorders, who are oftentimes socially isolated, are especially vulnerable to online predators. Finally, we have a resource to help prepare them for the minefields they may encounter on the Internet. In this much-needed book, Dr Baker presents three main areas of concern for our kids – cyber bullying, online sexual predators, and Internet scams.

Through Dr Baker’s invaluable advice, kids and young adults will learn what to look out for, whom to avoid, and how to protect themselves when they’re communicating online.


Not Even Wrong: a Father's Journey Into the Lost History Of Autism. Paul Collins, $16.50

In Not Even Wrong, Paul Collins melds a memoir of his son's autism with a journey into this realm of permanent outsiders. Examining forgotten geniuses and obscure medical archives, and beginning to see why he himself has spent a lifetime researching talented eccentrics, Collins shows how these stories are relevant and even necessary to shed light on autism.

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Not My Boy! A Father, a Son and One Family’s Journey with Autism. Rodney Peete, $32.99

Rodney Peete offers not only a heartrending, candid look inside his personal journey with his son’s autism but a first-of-its-kind, inspirational road map that will help families facing similar challenges to move forward. Effectively woven throughout Peete’s moving account of his life with his son R.J. are the powerful voices, insights, and dreams of other fathers, high-profile figures as well as unsung heroes, who’ve traveled this difficult path.


100 Questions & Answers about Autism: Expert Advice from a Physician/Parent Caregiver. Campion Quinn, $29.95

Written by a physician who is the parent of an autistic child, 100 Questions & Answers about Autism combines the author’s medical knowledge, extensive research, and personal experience. The text is supplemented with thoughts and comments from other parents of autistic children, making this an invaluable resource for all loved ones of people coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of autism.


101 Tips for Parents of Children with Autism: Effective Solutions for Everyday Challenges. Arnold Miller & Theresa Smith, $22.95

Do you need help dealing with your child's tantrums, inappropriate behavior or communication issues? Then this is the book you've been waiting for. Based on the principles of the Miller Method, this book is filled with effective tips for solving behavioral issues promptly in day-to-day situations. Miller's insights, compiled here and expanded upon by Theresa Smith, are based on an understanding of the cognitive and sensory needs of children with autism and how this can underlie certain disordered behaviors. This practical how-to guide will help you to identify causes of distress, foster friendships, increase focus, toilet train, stop tantrums and handle inappropriate conduct. This will provide essential daily support to parents, families, carers and teachers of pre-adolescent children on the autism spectrum. The book is targeted toward the most affected ASD children.

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1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum, 2nd Edition. Veronica Zysk & Ellen Notbohm, $35.50

Parents and professionals can now bypass countless hours spent seeking answers to the mystifying day-to-day challenges of autism. In a snappy, can-do format, this book offers page after page of try-it-now solutions that have worked for thousands of children grappling with sensory, communication, social, behavioral, and self-care issues. Not only does it provide ideas and activities that can be put into action immediately, but it also explains WHY these methods work so that adults can better understand the children they are working with. Revised and expanded, more than 600 fresh ideas join tried and true tactics from the original edition, while many ideas pick up where the first edition left off — offering modifications for older kids.


1,001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Boys. Ken Siri, $22.50

1,001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Girls. Tony Lyons, $22.50

Everything you need to know about diagnostics, doctors, schools, taxes, vacations, babysitters, treatment, food and more.


Online Safety for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: a Parent's and Carer's Guide. Nicola Lonie, $22.95

Children and teens with autism can be particularly vulnerable to online dangers and this practical handbook explains how you can help your child to navigate websites, chat rooms and social media safely. Providing all the information needed to monitor, educate and guide your child's computer use, the book discusses key concerns such as parental control, social networking, grooming, cyberbullying, internet addiction and hacking. The risks and the warning signs to look out for are clearly explained alongside useful advice and examples from real-life experiences. A Digispeak Dictionary is included that decodes the cryptic language of online slang and there are downloadable forms to help record your child's internet use. The practical solutions in this book will give you peace of mind and ensure that your child can enjoy the educational and social benefits of the internet in safety.

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The Only Boy in the World: a Father Explores the Mysteries of Autism. Michael Blastland, $18.50

The Only Boy in the World is a memoir, an investigation into what makes us human, a study of aberration, and a love story. It’s about all of the odd ways journalist Michael Blastland's autistic son, Joe, has of seeing the world and understanding others, and what that tells the rest of us about how we tick. Through the strange stories of Joe's scrapes and confusions, he makes luminous the routine skills by which the rest of us mostly avoid the disasters that befall him.


Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies and Hope that Can Transform a Child's Life. Lynn Kern Koegel & Claire LaZebnik, $19.00

Since OVERCOMING AUTISM was first published nearly a decade ago, many theories about autism have fallen by the wayside. But the interventions described in this book have been shown to be the best approach to improving the development and quality of life of children with autism. Together, Lynn Kern Koegel, the nationally recognized head of the Autism Research Center at the University of California, and Claire LaZebnik, a professional writer and the mother of a child with autism, have updated their classic guide with today’s cutting-edge research. This revised edition has also been expanded to clarify the importance of community support to affected families and the effect of societal acceptance on a child’s life. Still the only book on autism coauthored by professional in the field and a parent with first-hand experience, Overcoming Autism is as warm and nurturing as it is authoritative.


Parent to Parent: Information and Inspiration for Parents Dealing with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Ann Boushéy, $27.95

When a child is diagnosed with autism or Asperger's Syndrome, what a parent needs most is information and inspiration... after reading this book, parents will come away with a sense of empowerment and feeling that they are not alone, while professionals will gain a valuable insight into the world of parenting a child on the autism spectrum.


Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum: Unexpected Lessons We Have Learned. Maureen F. Morrell & Ann Palmer, $24.95

Two mothers speak openly about their children’s diagnosis and early childhood through to adolescence, young adulthood and the day they leave home. They give a moving account of the challenges they faced and the surprising consolations they found along their sons’ very different paths in life. Through their friendship and two decades of shared experiences of parenting an ASD child, each has gained a clear understanding of her own strengths and limitations, as well as those of her child. Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum offers a personal perspective and practical guidance for parents at the start of their journey with autism, and provides useful insights for professionals working with individuals across the autism spectrum and their families.

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Parenting ASD Teens: a Guide to  Making It Up as You Go. Andrew Schlegelmilch, $25.95

This straight-talking and accessible guide for parents of teenagers on the autism spectrum provides down-to-earth advice on coping with the more difficult issues that can arise at home and school during the adolescent years.

Andrew Schlegelmilch discusses common parenting challenges and offers advice drawn from his extensive experience working with teenagers with autism and their families as Head Psychologist at a college preparatory school. He offers parents professional guidance on what to do about falling grades, how to handle adolescent tantrums, how to talk about sex and sexuality with your child, how to help your child with peer relationships, how to keep your child safe online, and what to do if you suspect your child has mental health problems. Integral to the discussion is how to set realistic expectations and encourage independence in ways that work for both your child with autism and the rest of the family, as well as how to make the best use of the help professionals can offer.


Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts. Eileen Riley-Hall, $24.95

This book is a celebration of all the wonderful and unexpected gifts that having a daughter on the autism spectrum can bring to a family. Each chapter offers encouragement and guidance on issues such as school, friendships, meltdowns, special gifts, family relationships, therapies and interventions. Having daughters on the spectrum presents unique and rewarding challenges and this book is packed with friendly advice and real life examples from a mother who has experienced it all first hand.

This positive, upbeat book is guaranteed to offer support to parents, grandparents and family members, as well as providing educators and anyone else working in a supporting role with an insight into what life is like for girls on the spectrum and their parents.


Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome: 325 Ideas, Insights, Tips and Strategies. Brenda Boyd, $24.95

325 astute and practical ideas, insights, tips and strategies address the complex issues parents face during this crucial period of transition for their child with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder). The practical, bite-size suggestions focus on the vital importance of developing and nurturing an open and healthy relationship with your son or daughter. The easy-to-navigate format will suit busy parents wanting to locate advice to suit their particular needs. All the suggestions are designed to foster understanding and acceptance between family members and help the AS young person with common problem areas such as social vulnerability and peer relationships, self-esteem, anxiety and coping with change. This will be an invaluable companion for parents, carers and family members of an adolescent or young adult with AS.

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Parenting without Panic: a Pocket Support Group for Parents of Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum (Asperger's Syndrome). Brenda Dater, $22.95

Ever wish that parenting a child or teen on the autism spectrum came with instant access to a support group? Brenda Dater has provided parents with exactly that. In this book she draws on her extensive experience as a support group leader and parent of a child on the spectrum to offer trusted advice and tried-and-tested solutions to parents' top concerns, all in an accessible and easy-to-read format. Filled with the voices of other parents in the same situation, the book covers everything from the first steps to take after diagnosis, to advocacy and disclosure, behavior, building independence and resilience, making friends, holidays and vacations, homework, supporting siblings, how to garner support from extended family and friends, and how parents can look after their own wellbeing. This book extends the vital lifeline of a support group to parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum everywhere.


Parenting Your Asperger Child: Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills. Alan Sohn & Cathy Grayson, $17.50

In Parenting Your Asperger Child, Dr. Alan Sohn's and Cathy Grayson's groundbreaking Cognitive Social Integration Therapy (CSIT) offers practical solutions that help parents prepare their children for a fulfilling life of social interaction outside the confines of their syndrome, addressing such topics as:

  • The six characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome
  • How to identify a child's type of Asperger's and the best approaches for dealing with it
  • Understanding how an Asperger's child sees and interprets the world
  • Replacing inappropriate coping techniques with productive skills
  • How to survive and learn from a crisis
  • How school programs can aid in teaching Asperger children
  • Making changes that last …

Parenting Your Child with Autism: Practical Solutions, Strategies, and Advice for Helping Your Family.  Anjali Sastry & Blaise Aguirre, $19.95

Amid a bewildering range of treatments that promise to alleviate or even cure autism, even the leading researchers can't predict what will work for your child. As a parent, you are in a unique position to become the practical expert on your child's needs and strengths. PARENTING YOUR CHILD WITH AUTISM will equip you with family-tested and science-based approaches for meeting the challenges ahead. You'll learn how to: 

  • Get a diagnosis and navigate the health care and educational systems
  • Make sense of your child's treatment options
  • Tap into expert opinions and your own observations to find a treatment program that works
  • Become your child's best advocate and build a better family life

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Parenting Your Complex Child: Become a Powerful Advocate for the Autistic, Down Syndrome, PDD, Bipolar, or Other Special-Needs Child. Peggy Lou Morgan, $19.95

The unique tracking and documentation tools in Parenting Your Complex Child help parents adapt to their child’s challenges, create routines that support the child’s needs, communicate those needs to busy professionals and be taken seriously by them. The book also helps parents lay the groundwork for care to continue after they themselves can no longer provide it. Compassionate, practical, and proven, Parenting Your Complex Child helps parents ensure that life-changing decisions are based on the best interests of the child — and on the best information available.


The Parents Guide to Autism: the Proven Path to Success. Anne Carol Sharples, $19.99

The Parents Guide to Autism is filled with the kinds of practical suggestions that parents need to help their children with autism — and to help themselves — to cope with the many stresses involved in schooling, the community, and at home. Beginning with the diagnoses, at any age, Carol Anne Sharples takes parents through issues of communication, behaviour, bullying, and navigating the complexities of the social world.

Simple, accessible, and practical, The Parents Guide to Autism is a hands-on guide ofr parents, teachers, and anyone who wants to help a child with autism thrive.


The Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum. Jane Thierfeld Brown, Lorraine Wolf, Lisa King & G. Ruth Kukiela Bork, $37.95

Sending a son or daughter off to college is daunting and fear-provoking experience for most parents, but if your child has an autism spectrum disorder, the challenge is magnified many times over. Even high-functioning students with excellent academic preparation face difficulties in higher education, primarily related to communication, social skills, and sensory-based issues. For many, the accommodations and special interventions that supported them in high school will no longer be available on a college campus. This parent-friendly book, made especially so because it is written by parents, who also are autism professionals, takes the fear and mystery out of the college experience. Learn how to select the right campus, how to work with Disability Services staff, what legal protections apply, how to prepare your son or daughter to be an effective self-advocate on campus, what assistance can be reasonably be expected from residence hall managers, faculty, and much, much more.


A Parent's Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive, 2nd Edition. Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson & James McPartland, $24.50

Parents will find the facts they need about high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Asperger syndrome, in this indispensable guide. Leading experts show how you can work with your child's unique impairments — and harness his or her capabilities. Vivid stories and real-world examples illustrate ways to help kids with ASD relate more comfortably to peers, learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and succeed in school. You'll learn how ASD is diagnosed and what treatments and educational supports really work. Updated with the latest research and resources, the second edition clearly explains the implications of the DSM-5 diagnostic changes.

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The Parent’s Guide to In-Home ABA Programs: Frequently Asked Questions about Applied Behavior Analysis for Your Child with Autism. Elle Olivia Johnson, $17.95

ABA is an effective intervention for children with autism and other developmental disorders, but all of the data collection, reinforcement, and strange lingo can be confusing for parents who are not familiar with ABA therapy. Concise and practical, this handbook explains the ins and outs of Applied Behavior Analysis in a chatty question and answer format addressing everything parents need to know from what a typical session will entail, to how to navigate their relationship with their therapist, to how to get more involved and begin using ABA methods themselves.

This book is an ideal introduction for parents to help them understand and get the most out of their child's ABA treatment. It will also be a useful resource for newly-qualified ABA therapists and for ABA agencies to use with clients.


The Parent's Guide to the Medical World of Autism: a Physician Explains Diagnosis, Medications & Treatments. Edward Aull, $22.50

When families are faced with a diagnosis of autism, they find themselves swimming in a vast sea of new terms and treatment options. It can be hard to know what to try or how to proceed. This book identifies the best and safest treatment strategies for your child’s particular diagnosis. Dr Aull explains how he assigns an autism diagnosis and presents the medical treatments available to children and young adults on the spectrum. He offers invaluable information on the results you can expect with all types of medications and what can be done to create a successful treatment regimen.


The Parents' Guide to Teaching Kids with Asperger Syndrome and Similar ASDs Real-Life Skills for Independence. Patricia Romanowski Bashe, $18.00

Blending science with personal experience, author Patricia Romanowski Bashe offers a definitive resource for teaching kids with Asperger syndrome the life skills that build independence, confidence and self-esteem.

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Party Planning for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: How to Avoid Meltdowns and Have Fun! Kate Reynolds, $22.95

Parties and celebrations can be highly challenging for children and teens on the autism spectrum and they can often feel reluctant to participate. Drawing on personal experience with her son, the author highlights aspects of conventional parties that can heighten the anxieties of those on the spectrum and outlines practical solutions to these issues. The book covers considerations for party invitations, prizes, food and venues and includes chapters suggesting activities for age groups 2-8, 9-12 and teenagers.

This book will empower parents and caregivers to plan stress-free parties with ease, enabling those on the autism spectrum to develop social skills and self-confidence — and most importantly, have fun!


Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome: My Daughter is Not Naughty, Jane Alison Sherwin, $24.95

After years of misdiagnosis, Jane's daughter, Mollie, was diagnosed with PDA at the age of seven, and we follow her experiences pre and post diagnosis to age 10 as she attends school, interacts with the outside world and approaches adolescence. Throughout, Jane provides commentary on her daughter's behaviour and the impact it has on her family, explaining the 'why' of PDA traits, including the need for control, meltdowns, obsessive behaviour and sensory issues. She reveals the strategies that have worked for Mollie and provides essential advice and information on obtaining a diagnosis and raising awareness of PDA. The book also includes an interview with Mollie.

Full of advice and support, and with a focus on understanding the child and how he or she sees the world, this book will be of immeasurable value to the parents and families of children with PDA as well as the professionals working with them, particularly teachers and teaching assistants, SEN co-ordinators, psychologists, outreach workers and social workers.

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Plan B: Empowering the Single Parent … to Benefit Their Child with Autism. Karra Barber-Wada, $15.95

For single parents raising a child with autism, this practical book offers valuable advice and insights on:

  • Coming to terms with your Ex
  • Establishing routine in both homes
  • Coping with the death of a spouse
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Enjoying time with your child
  • Maintaining needed services when money is tight
  • Dating and remarriage
  • Meeting the needs of your other children
  • And more …

Plan for People Play. Fern Sussman & Elaine Weitzman, $16.00

Children learn a variety of skills during their play experiences. In fact, everything that your child needs to learn — vocabulary, language skills, social skills and even how to solve problems — can be learned through play. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or social communication difficulties often have a challenging time learning to play, which means they might miss out on important learning opportunities.

PLAN FOR PEOPLE PLAY helps you create enjoyable play situations that encourage your child to participate so that he can have the best possible opportunities to both have fun and build important social communication and interaction skills.

This booklet centers around “people games” — games that focus on interaction instead of on toys. People games are particularly helpful for children with social communication difficulties because they provide many opportunities to build some of the key interaction skills that these children often find difficult. Based on current research on what helps children with ASD learn best, Plan for People Play gives you practical, easy-to-use strategies for:

  • Choosing the most appropriate people games for your child based on his sensory preferences.
  • Identifying the next skill your child can learn in a people game.
  • Using specific interaction strategies during people games to help your child develop more advanced social interaction skills.

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Plausible Answers to the Question: "Why Do They Do That?" Glenda Fuge & Paul Pitner, $31.50

This is a hands-on reference for parents, caregivers, and teachers that takes a unique approach to  behaviors that often dismay and puzzle adults. Using a practical and reader-friendly format, the book presents solutions to some common and not-so-common questions about young children's behavior.


Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum: a Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Carers, 2nd edition. Julia Moor, $24.95

Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum shows parents and caregivers how to break down activities into manageable stages, and looks at ways to gain a child's attention and motivation and to build on small achievements. This updated second edition contains an extensive chapter on how to use the computer, the internet and the digital camera to find and make resources and activities, and suggests many suitable websites to help parents through the internet maze. The ideas are useful both for toddlers and primary age children who are still struggling with play.


The Potty Journey. Judith Coucouvanis, $25.50

A guide to toilet training children with special needs, including autism and related disorders.

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A Practical Guide to Autism: What Every Parent, Family Member and Teacher Needs to Know. Fred Volkmar & Lisa Wiesner, $29.95

A Practical Guide to Autism provides easy-to-access, reliable and practical information regarding the selection of medical care, schools and support services as well as daily living in the family, school and community.


Preventing Autism: What You Can Do To Protect Your Children Before and After Birth. Jay Gordon, $21.95

This groundbreaking approach to preventing autism — from renowned pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon — offers a practical plan for safeguarding the neurological development of your children, from pre-pregnancy preparation through your baby’s first twenty-four months. PREVENTING AUTISM presents a comprehensive program that covers:

  • The latest research on the causes of ASD and the relationship between genetic factors and toxins that trigger developmental delays
  • How to reduce toxic exposure from your food, home, clothing, and cleaning and personal care products
  • The male biological clock, and advice on keeping sperm healthy
  • Planning a nursery that is a healthy nest
  • Dietary guidance for moms-to-be, babies, and nursing mothers
  • Dr. Gordon’s sensible approach to decisions about vaccinations

The Prodigy's Cousin: the Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent. Joanne Ruthsatz & Kimberley Stephens, $37.95

Child prodigies. We mostly know them as the chatty and charming tykes who liven up day­time TV with violin solos and engaging banter. These kids aren’t autistic, and there has never been any kind of scientific connection between autism and prodigy. Until now. Over the course of her career, psychologist Joanne Ruthsatz has assembled the largest-ever research sample of these children. And what Ruthsatz’s investigation revealed is nothing short of astonishing. Though the prodigies aren’t autistic, many have autistic family members. Each prodigy has an extraordinary memory and a keen eye for detail — well-known but often-overlooked strengths associated with autism.

Ruthsatz and her daughter and coauthor, Kimberly Stephens, now propose a startling possibility: What if the abilities of child prodigies stem from a genetic link with autism? And could prodigies — children who have many of the strengths of autism but few of the challenges — be the key to a long-awaited autism breakthrough?

This inspiring tale of extraordinary children, indomitable parents, and a researcher’s unorthodox hunch is essential reading for anyone interested in the brain and human potential. Ruthsatz and Stephens take us from the prodigies’ homes to the depths of the autism archives to the cutting edge of genetics research, all while upending our understanding of what makes exceptional talent possible.

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Put Pretending into Your Child’s Play: Building Pretend Play for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Communication Difficulties. Elaine Weitzman & Lisa Drake, $16.00

Put Pretending into Your Child’s Play focuses on helping parents expand their child’s pretend play skills during fun, everyday play activities. Children with social communication difficulties often find it challenging to pretend, so adults must take some extra steps to provide them with the opportunities and encouragement they need to learn. Booklet highlights include:

  • A checklist for identifying your child’s current stage of pretend play and the next step he can take
  • Guidelines on the best toys to use and how to use them to encourage your child’s development
  • Concrete examples and illustrations of parents using the strategies in the booklet to build their child’s play skills
  • A Pretend Play Plan to help you plan your child’s next play step and how you’ll help him take it

Qigong Massage for Your Child with Autism: a Home Program from Chinese Medicine. Louisa Silva, $31.95

Qigong massage has been used in China for thousands of years as a means to achieve health and wellbeing, and to treat a wide variety of ailments. This book teaches parents a simple qigong massage programme that has been developed specifically for the needs of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

With step-by-step instructions and an accompanying DVD demonstrating the technique in action, this book offers parents clear guidance on how to adopt qigong massage into their child's daily routine successfully. The program is based around a core 15 minute massage that, when performed regularly, has been shown to greatly improve mood and behavior, sleeping patterns, and language and social skills. Qigong massage is the ideal therapy for parents looking for an alternative way to strengthen the mind, body and sensory abilities of their young child with autism aged 6 and under.

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Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Helping Them Maximize Their Strengths, Cope with Adversity and Develop a Social Mindset. Robert Brooks & Sam Goldstein, $19.95

In RAISING RESILIENT CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, Dr. Goldstein and Dr. Brooks teach you the strategies and mindset necessary to help your child develop strength, hope, and optimism. This is the first approach for autism spectrum disorders based in the extremely popular field of positive psychology.

Featuring dozens of stories and an easy-to-follow, prescriptive narrative, Drs. Brooks and Goldstein demonstrate how to apply resilience to every parenting practice when raising a child with autism, preparing him or her for the challenges of today's complicated, ever-changing world and helping your child develop essential social skills. Learn how to:

  • Empower your child to problem-solve on his or her ow
  • Teach your child to learn from mistakes rather than feel defeated by them
  • Discipline your child while instilling self-worth
  • Build an alliance with your child's school

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: the Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Integration Issues, 2nd Edition. Lindsey Biel & Nancy Peske, $18.00

For children who have difficulty processing everyday sensations and exhibit unusual behaviors such as avoiding or seeking out touch, movement, sounds, and sights, this groundbreaking book is an invaluable resource. Coauthored by a pediatric occupational therapist and a parent of a child with SI dysfunction, this updated and expanded edition of Raising a Sensory Smart Child is an indispensable guide for parents, therapists, and teachers who will turn to it again and again.


Ready, Set, Potty! Toilet Training for Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders. Brenda Batts, $22.95

Potty training a child with developmental disorders can be a real challenge, and sometimes the extra difficulties make you feel as though you've tried everything, and failed.

Bursting with ideas on how to see past conventional strategies and adapt toilet training to suit your child, this book outlines methods that have helped even the most despairing of parents and caregivers. Examples of success stories range from two-year-olds to adults aged 20, and show that no matter how difficult it may seem, a little creativity and adaptation can get anyone toilet trained, even when all previous attempts have failed. The program itself is supported by plenty of helpful hints and tips, and covers all you need to get your child past the diaper stage and help them to achieve a big step towards independence.

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Relationship Building & Sexual Awareness for Kids with Autism: S.T.A.R.S. 2. Susan Heighway & Susan Kidd Webster, $33.95

The original S.T.A.R.S. publication was designed for older teens and adults with developmental disabilities. After meeting and talking about sexuality issues with parents, teachers, service providers and persons with developmental disabilities, the authors became aware of the need for a corresponding training guide for children. Many of the problems in the area of sexuality and sexual abuse that adults with disabilities face could be lessened by early education and prevention. This new volume is an essential tool that provided information and assistance in this field. The same comprehensive approach to sexuality education that was used for the original S.T.A.R.S. guidebook is found in the new volume, Relationship Building & Sexual Awareness for Kids with Autism.

  • Why sexuality education?
  • Guidelines for parents and support providers
  • Learning appropriate behaviors for each type of relationship
  • Identifying body parts and understanding their functions
  • Building a positive self-image and identity
  • Understanding public and private behavior
  • And many more!

A Rock and a Hard Place. Anne Sutcliffe, $19.95 (fiction)

A Rock and a Hard Place draws the reader into the heartbreaking dilemma faced by Lucy, mother of three children, the oldest of whom has severe autism. Due to 9-year-old Hollie's erratic and often destructive behaviors, the day-to-day life of the rest of the family is fragmented and chaotic, putting a strain on Lucy's marriage and affecting her younger children, who are beginning to show signs of low self-esteem and lack of focus. In trying to get the best possible educational services for her daughter and at the same time preserve her family, Lucy is stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

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School Success for Kids with Autism. Andrew Egel, Katherine Holman & Christine Barthold, $22.95

By outlining the best practices found in today's classrooms, SCHOOL SUCCESS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM describes how parents and teachers can work together to create nurturing, supportive, and effective classroom environments from preschool to high school. This book covers topics such as understanding how schools define autism; helping students make transitions between teachers, schools, and grade levels; finding the best instructional strategies and supports for inclusive classrooms; helping kids with homework; selecting curriculum; and providing interventions in the home to help develop needed skills.


School Success for Kids with High-Functioning Autism: Practical Strategies for Parents and Teachers. Stephan Silverman, Lauren Kenworthy & Rich Weinfeld, $23.95

Smart kids with autism spectrum disorders need specific interventions to find success in school and beyond. Based on the new criteria in the DSM-5, SCHOOL SUCCESS FOR KIDS WITH HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM also describes how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and social communication disorders (SCD) will now identify the students formerly identified as having Asperger’s syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, high-functioning autism, or PDD-NOS.

Relying on the latest research, and presenting it in easy-to-understand and practical language, the authors identify how the key components of ASD and SCD will appear to parents and professionals and what steps should be taken once these signs are evident. This book is sure to help any parent or teacher wanting to see their smart kids with autism succeed!

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Securing Appropriate Education Provision for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Allison Hope-West, $26.95

This accessible guide cuts through all of the jargon surrounding special educational needs and walks parents and professionals through the entire journey of securing appropriate educational provision for a child with autism spectrum disorder. Recognizing that mainstream schooling is not the best option in every case, she also shows that independent schools and home-schooling can be viable options in some cases. A multitude of useful resources, websites and other sources of further information are also included.

Whether you are the parent or caregiver of a child with ASD, or a professional working with children with autism, the ideas and information in this book will steer you through the complex maze of issues surrounding how to secure appropriate education provision for children with ASD.


Shapes, Colors and Numbers: Workbook and Laminated Cards. Natural Learning Concepts, $18.50

Great workbook with laminated cards. There are ten shape cards, ten number cards and ten colour cards. There are 20 pages in this workbook. Children love this reinforcing workbook and card set. No writing required; simply place the card in the correct square.


Sharing Information about Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Do Respite or Alternative Caregivers Need to Know. Beverly Vicker, $27.95

Leaving a child with a paid respite care worker, friend, neighbor, or even an extended family member, represents a potentially stressful situation for parents of children who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or any other developmental challenge. Sharing Information about Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorders eases some of the apprehensions associated with parents communicating their child’s behavior, daily living patterns and food rituals to a person who is not familiar with the child. A caregiver might forget important verbal suggestions from the parents, but if the information is written down, the caregiver has a backup resource to aid his or her memory recall while the parents are away.

  • Describes how parents can document their child’s medical issues, preferences, skill levels, and other information
  • Short handouts that can help respite workers understand general topics such as the importance of routines or relaxation strategies
  • Case studies illustrate how information about behavior and positive behavior supports might be shared, in a written format, between a parent and respite worker
  • Blank forms for parents to use for paper-and-pencil preparation of information material. In addition, an accompanying CD allows parents to use their computer to prepare the information sheets and to print the supplementary handouts.
  • References and suggested reading or viewing material

While it is very challenging to prepare someone for the task of childcare, this book helps parents to remember to share the important “stuff” about their particular child.

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Siblings: the Autism Spectrum through Our Eyes. Jane Johnson & Anne van Rensselaer, Editors, $15.95

Growing up with a sibling on the autistic spectrum can be difficult, and the needs of a child with autism often overwhelm a family, leaving neuro-typical children feeling overshadowed. In this book, the 'neuro-typical' siblings get to have their say. They recount the good, the bad, and the downright annoying in a way that all young people in a similar situation will immediately recognise. Young siblings of all ages candidly recount how being 'the neuro-typical one' can be tiring, frustrating, and lonely, but equally rewarding, and every story is injected with wisdom gained by young people who often have to grow up a lot more quickly than their peers. 

This book is essential reading for children and teenagers with a sibling on the autistic spectrum, and for parents wishing to understand how autism in the family will affect their neuro-typical child.


Sibling Stories: Reflections on Life with a Brother or Sister on the Autism Spectrum. Lynne Stern Feiges & Mary Jane Weiss, $20.95

A valuable new resource, not only for siblings, but for parents, professionals and anyone whose life is touched by autism.


Sleep Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Kenneth Aitken, $47.95

Problems with sleeping are common and make life difficult for the individual who is affected and for those around them. Sleep difficulties are particularly prevalent amongst people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and often cause or worsen other difficulties.

This comprehensive guide to the management of sleep problems introduces all the proven remedies and focuses on the problems commonly found in ASDs and related conditions. The author discusses sleep in depth, including how we currently define and understand it. The full spectrum of sleep disorders is explained alongside the range of possible treatment approaches. The book also examines why some sleep problems are more common among people with an ASD than others, how sleep problems evolve over time, what can be done to treat them and the likely benefits from different treatments.

This book is a complete resource for professionals, families and carers working with those suffering from sleep problems of any kind. It will be of great interest to anyone wanting to gain a thorough understanding of sleep in relation to ASDs.

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Sleep Well on the Autism Spectrum: How to Recognise Common Sleep Difficulties, Choose the Right Treatment, and Get You or Your Child Sleeping Soundly. Kennth Aitken, $31.95

Why are sleep disorders more common in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), and how can parents recognise the signs and symptoms? Which treatments are most effective, how easy are they to implement and how successful can they be?

Full of helpful information and practical advice, this comprehensive guide introduces the most common sleep issues in children with ASDs, describing both mainstream and complementary options for treatment, what is involved and the outcomes that can be expected. The author describes common underlying conditions that might lead to sleep difficulties, including genetic conditions, diet and physical factors, explaining how parents can identify these. Various issues that can affect sleep are explored, including night terrors, teeth grinding, bedwetting and sleepwalking, and practical solutions are given.

This is essential reading for parents of children and teenagers on the autism spectrum who have difficulties associated with sleeping, and will also be of great help to all individuals with ASDs who experience sleep problems.


The Socially Included Child: a Parent’s Guide to Successful Playdates, Recreation and Family Events for Children with Autism. Laurie LeComer, $17.50

Parents of children with autism often end up skipping family functions, playdates, and social outings for fear that their children will be unsafe, behave inappropriately, or feel overwhelmed. Now, no matter a child’s language skills or behaviors, he or she can start participating socially with this indispensable step-by-step guide for socializing any child on the autism spectrum.

Here is the essential guide for parents who want to ensure that their children enjoy the benefits—and fun—of socializing, while still accommodating their special needs.


Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Guide for Frazzled Families. Terry Katz & Beth Malow, $25.95

Pinpoint and solve the problems underlying sleep difficulties and improve your entire family's quality of life with the effective interventions found in this easy-to-understand and empathetic guide to good sleep. Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is based on a multi-year study of sleep in children with ASDs which concluded that parent training was the key to resolving sleep problems.

The authors show parents how to evaluate both daytime and night-time habits and routines, in order to identify causes of impaired sleep and make necessary modifications. Parents are then taught to use strategies — social stories, visual schedules, visual cues, rewards — to help their child get ready for bed, fall asleep, and stay asleep. 

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Special Diets for Special Kids. Lisa Lewis, $37.50

Over 200 gluten-free, casein-free recipes are included in this new edition of Special Diets for Special Kids. Combining volumes 1 and 2 into a new and updated edition, this jam-packed resource includes information on the latest research into the effects of diet for children with autism, ADHD, allergies, celiac disease and more. The recipes are easy to make and delicious. Best of all — this new edition comes with a CD-ROM of printable recipes.


A Special Kind of Brain: Living with Nonverbal Learning Disability. Nancy Russell Burger, $31.95

This enjoyable and personable book offers advice on subjects ranging from diagnosis and therapy to the routine and not-so-routine aspects of parenting a child with NLD. An essential guide, this book will reassure and inform parents, caregivers, educators and professionals who work with children with NLD.


Special-Needs Kids Eat Right: Strategies to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Focus, Learn and Thrive. Judy Converse, $17.50

With current, practical advice and cutting-edge strategies, Special Needs Kids Eat Right is a resource parents of children with dietary challenges related to developmental delays can turn to again and again for information, inspiration and a positive action plan.

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The Special Needs Planning Guide: How to Prepare for Every Stage of Your Child's Life. John Nadworny & Cynthia Haddad, $32.50

Developed by two financial planning experts who also have family members with special needs, this one-of-a-kind book includes all the tools families need to create an effective action plan for their finances. A book parents will use for the rest of their lives, this guide is also a valuable addition to the reference library of every service provider.


A Spectrum of Light: Inspirational Interviews with Families Affected by Autism. Francesca Bierens, $29.95

Over a period of fourteen years, Francesca Bierens interviewed ten families of children on the autism spectrum. This book records their answers: how they felt, how they coped, and what gave them strength and solace. Each family discusses how they reacted when they found out their child had autism, and their feelings leading up to diagnosis. They share their positive and negative experiences of professionals, and describe the support that they received, often from grandparents, respite care givers, support groups and other parents. Two of the original children, now in their 20s, also talk about the experience of growing up with autism, and describe how their lives are now.


S.T.A.R.S. a Social Skills Training Guide for Teaching Assertiveness, Relationship Skills and Sexual Awareness. Susan Heighway & Susan Kidd Webster, $26.95

Specially designed for teaching adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, the STARS model focuses on four areas: Understanding Relationships, Social Skills Training, Sexual Awareness and Assertiveness—with the goals of promoting positive sexuality and preventing sexual abuse. Assessment tools help identify the strengths and needs of each individual, and then the activities can be catered to address specific needs. Goals and activities cover a variety of important skills:

• Building a Positive Self-Image • Making Choices • Learning Relationship-Appropriate Behaviors • Engaging in Mature Relationships • Identifying Body Parts and Understanding Their Functions • Understanding Public and Private Behavior • Understanding Sexual Feelings and Behaviors • Understanding Reproduction • Health Issues Related to Sexual Awareness • Recognizing a Situation as Potentially Unsafe • Learning to Say “No” and Using Basic Self-Protection • And many more!

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Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism. Portia Iversen, $18.00

Strange Son is the extraordinary account of two families who redefined how autism and autistic people should be treated, all the while helping to answer some of autism's most baffling questions and prompting new research. The result is a book suffused with uplifting human drama.


SuperNourishment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Practical Nutritional Approach to Optimizing Diet for Whole Brain and Body Health. Angelette Müller, $24.95

Full of simple yet innovative recipes, this book provides a comprehensive guide to keeping your child on the autism spectrum healthy through a nutritionally dense diet while addressing their needs and individual eating challenges. It also includes practical tips on everything from how to transform a limited diet to how to shop for what you need.


Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child with Asperger's (ASD): Create a Personalized Guide to Success for Home, School, and the Community. Cornelia Pelzer Elwood & D. Scott McLeod, $33.95

With clear instructions and adaptable checklists and worksheets, this book will enable parents of children with ASD to create a personalized toolkit of information and strategies to support their child at school, at home, and in the community.


Take Out the Toys. Fern Sussman & Elaine Weitzman, $16.00 http://www.parentbooks.ca/thumbs/tiny%20maple%20leaf.JPG

This booklet focuses on expanding your child’s “functional play” — the kind of early toy play that involves doing conventional or “expected” actions on toys, like putting shapes into a sorter or building a tower with blocks. Why Is Early Toy Play Important? Many studies have shown that the better the play skills of a young child with autism, the better his play and language skills will be later on. Your child’s play may not be as complex or creative as that of typically developing children. But by using specific interaction strategies during your everyday play activities, there’s a lot you can do build his skills.

Take Out the Toys offers simple, research-based strategies for building your child’s early toy play through imitation — helping him learn to copy the actions he sees you perform on toys. Imitation is a critical skill that not only helps to develop play skills, but is also connected to social interaction and language skills. 

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Talk to Me: Conversation Strategies for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum or with Speech Language Impairments. Heather Jones, $22.95

If your child finds talking to people a struggle, this is the book to get the conversation started. In this hands-on guide, Heather Jones offers practical advice, born of experience with her own son, which will help you teach your child the principles of communication. Full of strategies and examples, it shows how you can allay fears, build confidence and teach your child to enjoy conversation. Once a child gets used to talking with other people, many life skills can develop more easily as they grow up — from making friends and shopping for themselves, to being interviewed and eventually getting a job.

This handy book provides guidance and inspiration to parents, teachers and anyone else who cares for a child who finds language and comprehension difficult.


TalkAbility: People Skills for Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum — a Guide for Parents. Fern Sussman, $54.00

This highly anticipated Hanen guidebook provides a much-needed resource to parents of verbal children on the autism spectrum, as well as to the professionals who support them.

TalkAbility contains a wealth of practical strategies that can be built into everyday conversations and activities to help these children develop the people skills they need to connect well with others. By applying the TalkAbility strategies, parents and professionals will help verbal children on the autism spectrum:

  • take appropriate turns in a conversation and then wait for others to take theirs
  • tune into what people say without words in a conversation
  • understand how other people feel and respond appropriately
  • learn how to play with other children and make friends

Written by Fern Sussman, the author of More Than Words™, this user-friendly, beautifully illustrated guidebook from The Hanen Centre is sure to be an invaluable resource.


Teaching Your Child with Love and Skill: a Guide for Parents and Other Educators of Children with Autism, Including Moderate to Severe Autism. Joyce Show, $27.95

Guided by love, faith and unwavering resolve, Joyce Show offers practical advice based on her experiences as both a mother and a physician. She takes the reader by the hand through all the steps of cognitive, social, and emotional development from initial engagement to abstract thinking, and provides straightforward primers for popular interventions such as Floortime and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Parents will learn how to motivate play, build up communication, deal with challenging behaviors, and teach important everyday life skills, while growing in a trusting relationship with their child.

This book offers encouragement and guidance to the parents of any child on the autism spectrum whether high or low functioning, as well as the teachers, therapists, family members, and friends who support them.

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Temple Talks about Autism and Sensory Issues: the World's Leading Expert on Autism Shares Her Advice and Experiences. Temple Grandin, $13.50

Have you even wanted to talk to Temple about the sensory issues people with autism, Asperger’s, PDD and Sensory Processing Disorder deal with? Here, in this handy reference book, Temple gives a overview of what it is like to have autism and sensory difficulties, tells how she overcame her sensory issues, gives useful tips, then answers your questions in an easy to reference Q&A.


Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, Updated & Expanded Edition. Ellen Notbohm, $26.95

This simple, compassionate book is brimming with insight, compassion, and wisdom for parents and anyone else who interacts with a child with autism. TEN THINGS EVERY CHILD WITH AUTISM WISHES YOU KNEW illuminates the minds and hearts of children on the autism spectrum. Newly updated and expanded, this edition takes a deeper look into the potential of every child with autism.


Dr. Thompson's Straight Talk on Autism: the Expert Guide Parents Can Trust. Travis Thompson, $29.95

A straightforward, easy-to-read sourcebook for anyone new to helping children with autism, this guide offers simple, specific strategies that improve quality of life—for children and for whole families.

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TIPSTeaching Important Parenting Strategies: Raising a Child with Limited Verbal Skills. Megan Ahlers & Colleen Hannigan Zillich, $23.95

TIPS — TEACHING IMPORTANT PARENTING STRATEGIES is an excellent resource for anyone raising a young child with limited communication skills and/or challenging behaviors. Based on questions and answers that parents and caregivers have asked the authors throughout the years, TIPS may be read in its entirety, or readers can skip around among individual questions and answers. Regardless, the book can be used as a reference for finding practical, user-friendly solutions to common universal challenges encountered by parents and caregivers, including communication, behavior, technology, community outings, and sensory needs. All answers follow best practice and evidence-based strategies.


Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues, 2nd Edition. Maria Wheeler, $27.50

Maria Wheeler offers effective strategies that take the child’s sensibilities into account rather than trying to make traditional methods fit the child. Tips, case examples, and cautions help make the process more of a lesson and less of a battle for all involved. Practical and comprehensible, this book will help guide families and caregivers working with children and youth in a supportive and compassionate manner.


Toilet Training Success: a Guide for Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Frank Cicero, $17.50

TOILET TRAINING SUCCESS is a helpful guide for effective toilet training interventions for individuals of different ages, and with a wide range of development disabilities. 

This practical handbook tackles one of the most important daily living skills: toilet training. Comprehensively written, this book guides parents and professionals from the beginning of the toilet training process to the end, from knowing necessary pre-requisite skills, to doing a complete skills assessment, followed by detailed descriptions of the steps necessary for basic toilet training and bowel training processes. Dr. Cicero then tackles the issues of independent request training, the problem of and treatment for regression, as well as overnight toilet training. 

Each section is divided into clear and understandable parts, and feature call-out boxes that list important points discussed in that section for easy reference. Users of this guide have the flexibility to tailor toilet training interventions to their students needs, using all or some sections of the book. TOILET TRAINING SUCCESS also features an extensive FAQ section covering a range of common questions and concerns, as well as a helpful appendix with sample training charts, data collection table, and example training programs.

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Top 10 Tips: a Survival Guide for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum. Teresa Cardon, $21.50

Top Ten Tips offers 520 practical, tried-and-true tips. The book is organized so that you don't have to read through theories or lengthy descriptions — it is all practical; short and sweet. The stuff you want to know NOW! The book is broken down into nine chapters with topics ranging from family outings, holidays, travel, school, and frequent activities (bath time, meal time, etc.). This at-your-fingertips tool will help families with a child on the autism spectrum navigate their way through everyday activities and occurrences in.


Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd Edition. An Introduction to ABA for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals. Albert Kearney, $29.95

This introductory guide to ABA demystifies the often complex terminology, the underlying principles, and commonly-used procedures of ABA using accessible, everyday language.

This revised and updated edition reflects recent developments and introduces new key terms. Albert J. Kearney explains the kinds of learning and reinforcement processes that form the basis of ABA programs. Having covered these essential principles, he describes how the science of behavior analysis can be effectively applied to real life behavior problems. He looks at how behavior is assessed and various intervention techniques that are often employed with children who have autism and other special needs. Having laid these essential foundations, Kearney touches on more advanced topics: the applications of ABA in behavioral education, such as precision teaching and programmed instruction.


Understanding Controversial Therapies for Children with Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Other Learning Disabilities: a Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Lisa Kurtz, $19.95

Understanding Controversial Therapies covers a wide variety of mind-body interventions and manipulative techniques, as well as energy therapies, biologically based methods, and alternative medical systems. For each approach, the author provides a detailed description of what the treatment involves, which professionals will be working with the child, and an explanation of the rationale behind the therapy. She also offers advice on who to approach for treatment, and includes a list of recommended resources and useful contacts for further information.

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Unfolding the Tent: Advocating for Your One-of-a-Kind Child. Anne Addison, $22.95

Unfolding the Tent is written for the parents of children with neurological and related disorders, introducing the concept of 'Life Maps' as a systematic approach to developing goals and strategies that guide an individual towards reaching their potential.


Uniquely Human: a Different Way of Seeing Autism. Barry Prizant, $34.00

Essential reading for any parent, teacher, therapist, or caregiver of a person with autism: a groundbreaking book on autism, by one of the world’s leading experts, who portrays autism not as a tragic disability, but as a unique way of being human.

Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. This perspective leads to therapies focused on ridding individuals of “autistic” symptoms. In Uniquely Human, Dr. Prizant suggests a major shift in understanding autism: Instead of classifying “autistic” behaviors as signs of pathology, he 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 naturally lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life. In fact, argues Dr. Prizant, attempts to eliminate “autistic” behaviors may actually interfere with important developmental processes.

While it never discounts the difficulties of living with autism, Uniquely Human offers inspiring stories, and practical advice drawn from Dr. Prizant’s four-decade career working in universities, schools, hospitals, and in private practice. It conveys a deep respect for people with autism and the qualities that make them special. Filled with humanity and wisdom, Uniquely Human offers a compassionate and insightful perspective that parents, professionals, and family members will find uplifting and hopeful.


We Said, They Said: 50 Things Parents and Teachers of Students with Autism Want Each Other to Know. Cassie Zupke, $21.50

Although the demands of educating a child with autism forces parents and educators to work closely together, their ability to function as a team is often hampered by their lack of understanding of each other’s motivations and limitations. This creates an environment of mistrust, frustration and fear that can turn a classroom into a war zone.  

WE SAID, THEY SAID voices what parents and educators want to say to each other, but don’t. It explains why they do what they do. It helps fill the chasms of misunderstanding that breed assumptions like “They don’t care about my child,” and “They’re just in denial.”  It gives educators and parents the necessary tools to build the relationships they need to help their children.

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What I Wish I’d Known about Raising a Child with Autism. Bobbi Sheahan & Kathy DeOrnellas, $15.95

A mom and a psychologist offer heartfelt guidance for the first five years.

Bobbi Sheahan, mother of a child with autism, and psychologist Kathy DeOrnellas offer themselves as your scouts in the field, who have valuable information to share — from the moment you realize your kid is different. They candidly tackle ASD issues such as:

  • Picky Eating
  • Bedtime Battles
  • Potty Training
  • Speech Delays
  • Discipline
  • Early Intervention
  • Sibling Rivalry

What is Autism? Understanding Life with Autism or Asperger's. Chantal Sicile-Kira, $16.50

Though in recent years the diagnosis of autism has reached epidemic proportions, it is far from understood. In WHAT IS AUTISM Chantal Sicile-Kira provides a clear, instructive explanation of autism spectrum disorders and what life is like for those on the spectrum. WHAT IS AUTISM explores in a simple question-answer format topics such as the causes of autism, prevention, symptoms, behavior, and emotional effects of autism on families.

"A wonderful first introduction to autism for parents, teachers, relatives, and neighbors of a child on the autism spectrum." —Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures


What to Feed an Asperger: How to Go from 3 Foods to 300 with Love, Patience, and a Little Sleight of Hand. Sarah Patten, $19.95

Packed full of tips and tricks to improve the diet of super sensitive Asperger kids, this book is a must read for parents who want to help their children overcome food avoidance and sensory sensitivities. 

Sarah Patten shows other parents that they are far from alone in their struggle to get their children to eat a varied and well-balanced diet. She describes how, through a combination of love, patience and a little sleight of hand, she managed to get her son to go from eating just three bland white foods to eating a colourful and nutritious diet including fruit and vegetables. Providing recipes for many simple, healthy meals given the Asperger seal of approval, as well as advice for making mealtime routines, eating together as a family and eating out as stress-free as possible, the book provides a wealth of ideas and strategies for moving towards a more varied and nutritious diet. It also includes food diaries and charts to make planning meals and tracking progress simple.

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What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child with Autism. Jonathan Levy, $17.95

What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child with Autism gives you the best tangible things you can do — right now — to work with your child and draw him or her back into our interactive world.


What's Wrong with My Child? From Neurological  and Developmental Disabilities to Autism — How to Protect Your Child from B12 Deficiency. Sally Pacholok & Jeffrey Stuart, $21.95

Has your baby lost the ability to smile, sit upright, walk, or coordinate movement? Has your child been diagnosed with developmental delay, behavioral problems, or even autism? Is your child falling behind in school or becoming socially withdrawn? Is your older child depressed or suicidal?

B12 deficiency in children can be misdiagnosed as autism and other neurological disorders. It causes developmental delay or regression, learning and intellectual disabilities, seizures, mental illness, and neural tube defects. In women, B12 deficiency can cause infertility, miscarriages, preeclampsia, stillbirths, and postpartum depression.

What’s Wrong with My Child is the only book for parents that offers a complete guide to detecting and preventing disorders caused by B12 deficiency from early fetal development through adolescence. This book will help you understand the risk factors and warning signs of pediatric and maternal B12 deficiency. You’ll learn how to prevent serious injury with timely intervention, and how to work with your doctors to get effective treatment for your child. A treasury of potentially life-saving information, What’s Wrong with My Child is a must-read for all parents, expectant parents, teachers, and healthcare providers and a wake-up call to a medical establishment that continues to fail our children.


The Wisdom of Sam: Observations on Life from an Uncommon Child. Daniel Gotlieb, $24.95

The Wisdom of Sam is the extraordinary story of the interaction between a grandfather who is quadriplegic and a grandson who is autistic as they share their discoveries about empathy, compassion, courage, happiness, and the power of laughter.

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Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Step-by-Step Guide for Parents and Caregivers. Dion Betts & Stacey Betts, $27.50

Having successfully used yoga to combat the stress of their own busy lives, Dion and Stacey Betts discovered its potential for their son Joshua, who has Asperger Syndrome. This fully-illustrated book combines the authors' professional expertise with their experience of parenting, offering a range of gentle and fun yoga positions and breathing techniques that are effective in dealing with the increased levels of anxiety, disorientation and tactile sensitivity often found in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is ideal for parents and caregivers who want to use simple yoga techniques to help children with ASDs overcome some of the symptoms of the disorder.


Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child: Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting. Nancy Williams, Illustrated by Leslie White, $22.95

Yoga therapy is gaining rapid recognition as a form of treatment that can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of children with a variety of complex needs. This book contains a specially-designed yoga program for use with children of all abilities, and provides both parents and professionals with the knowledge they need to carry out the therapy themselves.

The program consists of a series of postures, each of which is explained and accompanied by an illustration. The postures are designed to help children understand and use their bodies, and work towards positive changes such as realigning the spine, encouraging eye-contact, and promoting calm and steady breathing. Consideration is given to creating the right setting for carrying out the therapy, assessing an individual child's particular needs, and making the sessions fun using games and props. Sections on yoga therapy for specific conditions such as autistic spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy are included, and the book concludes with child and parent reports on how the program has worked for them, and a list of useful contacts and resources.

This practical book is a must for parents, teachers, therapists and other professionals, and anybody else who wants to help a child to develop through enjoyable and therapeutic yoga sessions.


Your Special Grandchild. Josie Santomauro, $15.95

A book for grandparents of children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Supportive and practical, it is intended for the early period after diagnosis and deals with many of the common questions and concerns that grandparents have about Asperger Syndrome.

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