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(Visit our list of Featured Books specifically for Families of children on the spectrum)

A Is for All Aboard! Paula Kluth & Victoria Kluth, $23.50

Sure to captivate children with autism—and any young train enthusiast—this book will help kids of all ages improve their literacy skills as they learn the ABCs of one of their favorite topics.

The Adventure of Maisie Voyager. Lucy Skye, $17.95 (novel)

Maisie Voyager used to explore the world with her parents. She now lives in a tall town house with Aunt Hetty, experiencing 'normal' life. But strangers start appearing, cryptic messages are left, and Aunt Hetty is kidnapped! Following a trail of clues that leads her to abandoned tin mines and a hunt for treasure, Maisie discovers that evil Dr Gallows and his gang have taken her family hostage and it's up to her to save them. Facing many challenges along the way including sinister strangers, cold dark tunnels and the colour purple, Maisie has a big adventure ahead of her with big decisions to make.

This captivating novel is a great read and offers a positive heroine with a unique outlook on life that all children will relate to, especially children on the autism spectrum.

Al Capone Does My Shirts. Gennifer Choldenko, $8.50 (ages 10 and up)

It’s 1935 and twelve-year old Moose has just moved to Alcatraz so his father can work as a guard and his sister can attend a special school in San Francisco. He has to leave all his friends and his baseball team behind - but if his sister Natalie can get help, it’s worth it. Isn’t it?

But on Alcatraz, his father is busy and his mother is preoccupied with Natalie’s condition (today it would be called autism), which is even worse now that there’s no extended family to help with her tantrums and constant needs. All Moose wants to do is protect Natalie, live up to his parents’ expectations and stay out of trouble — but on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away!

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All About My Brother. By Sarah Peralta, $22.95

Through her colourful illustrations and text, eight-year-old Sarah gives simple depictions of everyday life with her brother Evan. Sarah encourages students to learn more about autism in order to increase awareness and lessen the fear surrounding the disorder. (ages 6-10)

All My Stripes: a Story for Kids with Autism. Shaina Rudolph & Danielle Royer, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin, $13.95

In All My Stripes, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his "autism stripe." With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes — the unique strengths that make him who he is!

Andy and His Yellow Frisbee. Mary Thompson, $21.50

This story brings a message of tolerance and acceptance to young readers. It will appeal to those not only interested in autism but anyone who's experienced being the new kid in school or the child who's struggled in making friendships. (ages 6-10)

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Ann Drew Jackson. Joan Clark, $19.75

Ann Drew Jackson lets children with and without autism spectrum disorders get a glimpse of the frustrations that can drift into people’s lives. Through the experiences of Jackson and Hillary readers learn, from both sides of the spectrum, that people are people despite life’s circumstances.

Anything But Typical.Nora Raleigh Baskin, $9.99 (ages 10-14)

Jason is a 12-year-old with autism, living in a neurotypical world and most days it’s just a matter of time before something goes wrong …

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

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

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

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The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo. Josie Santomauro, $22.50

AAPC’s latest release, The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo, is an illustrated, rhyming children’s book that connects the characteristics of various zoo animals to the major social skills characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder. The book demonstrates how some animals exhibit specific characteristics, eccentric behaviors and special needs. The book capitalizes on their strengths.

The goal of this book is for children to recognize their characteristics and learn how to capitalize on them or adapt for greater success in the social realm. This resource can be used with children and their peers to talk openly about diagnosis, challenges and differences, read by them or with an adult. Professionals can also use the resource in schools or clinics.

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

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

These likeable characters guide children with AS through some of the trickiest, stickiest conundrums known to humankind: from anxiety and negative thinking, to sensory overload, emotions, friendship and trust and social situations. By working through the activities and using the cut-out-and-keep tools, children with AS will learn how to build upon their strengths and develop techniques for coping with areas of difficulty — as well as how to handle setbacks and celebrate successes along the way! The important topic of staying safe in the digital world is also covered, providing children with the knowledge and know-how they need to use the Internet, social networking and text messaging safely.

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

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

The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide. J.D. Kraus, $26.95

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

The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism. Ellen Sabin, $25.95 (ages 8-14)

An interactive, educational and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people's differences. The 62-page spiral-bound book offers educational information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises that invite children to “walk in someone else's shoes” as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves.

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Autism and Me: Sibling Stories. Ousie Shapiro, photos by Steven Vote, $21.99

Acceptance, wisdom and love are all present in these inspiring essays and war, rich photos.

AUTISTIC? How Silly is That!  Lynda Farrington Wilson, $16.95

There's more to this boy than being autistic. This delightful picture book goes beyond labels and reminds us all that children with autism are KIDS first!

Babies Are Noisy: a Book for Big Brothers and Sisters, Including Those on the Autism Spectrum. Anne-Marie Harrison, $17.95

This engaging illustrated children's book is ideal for preparing young children age 3+ on and off the autism spectrum for the arrival of a new brother or sister. Covering everything from trips to the hospital, what to expect when the baby arrives and the fun, family times to look forward to, BABIES ARE NOISY is mindful of how children with autism think, learn and experience the world and is full of strategies for coping with the sensory issues and routine changes that a new baby brings.

Reflecting the real life situations that families with a child with autism find themselves faced with, this book can be read with parents and professionals to prepare the child for the arrival of their new sibling.

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

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

A Book About What Autism Can Be Like. Sue Adams, $15.95 (Gr. 1-4)

Chris and Andrew are good friends. They are the same in many ways — but they are also very different. Chris has autism and shares his view of the world with the reader with simple text and line drawings.

The Boy Who Said Nonsense. Felizia Sanzari Chernesky, $26.99

Tate is different, and not just because he came from a pumpkin patch. He loves numbers, especially the number eleven, and he can count lots of things just by looking at them! But all this counting makes most people think Tate talks nonsense. Tate never seems to mind, but his brother does. No one seems to understand the way his mind works — until his older brother makes a connection and helps the whole family see things from Tate’s perspective.

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

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

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

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

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

Can I Tell You about Sensory Processing Difficulties? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Sue Allen, $15.95

Harry explains what happens when the sensory information that we all process throughout the day does not transmit smoothly and leads to challenges in learning, movement or behaviour. He talks about how he can be helped at home and at school and the different types of sensory processing challenges that other children can face.

The Cat’s Pajamas. Wallace Edwards, $19.95

A gorgeously illustrated eye-spy book and a unique introduction to idioms, this book is truly the cat's meow. The Cat's Pajamas depicts 26 idioms, bringing new meaning to familiar sayings and tickling your funny bone with a surreal illustration on each page. To ensure you get the hang of it, each expression is used in a sentence and explained at the back of the book. And if you look closely you'll discover a cat hidden in every painting; some cats are a piece of cake to find, others may require you to use your noodle.

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The Chameleon Kid: Controlling Meltdown Before He Controls You. Elaine Larson, $23.95

An occasional meltdown is a reality of childhood for most children. For a child with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism, meltdowns are often more frequent, explosive and long-lasting events. In The Chameleon Kid, an illustrated children's story, Elaine Marie Larson suggests ways children on the high end of the autism spectrum can attempt to approach and control their meltdowns before the meltdowns take control of them.

A Chance to Be Me: a Video Presentation & Class Discussion on Developing Relationships with Students with Autism. Together for Autism/Autism Ontario, DVD 22 minutes, $30.00

A Chance to Be Me is about three students who are affected quite differently by autism. What makes these three unique is not that they have autism, but that they have close friendships and acceptance in their school community…

Autism Ontario has developed an interactive video for junior, intermediate and high school students as an orientation to autism. It includes an educator's guide to help promote further classroom discussion and to outline each segment of the video.

Clever Carter: a Story about Autism. Sara Park, $17.95

Clever Carter was developed as a resource to assist in educating young children about a friend or classmate with autism. The story uses rhyming text to narrate the abilities, traits, and behaviors that Carter has, and how his classmates can understand him better — include him in their play.

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


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

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

Color My Senses: the Sensory Detective Coloring Book. Paula Aquila, $13.50

Color My Senses is an insightful way to teach kids about our amazing sensory system.

David's World: a Picture Book about Living with Autism. Dagmar Mueller & Verena Ballhaus, $25.95

David does not like when people are noisy; he does not like being hugged — not even by his own brother. David does not laugh when happy or cry when sad. He speaks his own language, which is difficult to understand at times. And he eats the same foods almost every day. However, David is a brilliant pianist and seems to have an amazing ability to communicate with the family dog. And even though he is not like most children, through the eyes of his brother we are able to see how he makes progress toward understanding his world.

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Different Kinds of Special. Donna Carol Koffman, illustrated by Breanne Biggar, $12.95

A gentle story to help children learn empathy, acceptance and understanding.

Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes. Jennifer Elder, $23.95 (ages 8 to 12)

Eight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Andy Kaufman, among others. All excel in different fields, but are united by the fact that they often found it difficult to fit in — just like Quinn.

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

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

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

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Do You Understand Me? My Life, My Thoughts, My Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sofie Koborg Brøsen, $20.95

This fully illustrated book is a readable insider’s view of life as a child with autism attending a mainstream school and will be an invaluable resource in helping other children to understand their classmates with autism spectrum disorders. Teachers, parents, carers, support workers, children with autism spectrum disorders and their classmates will find this an entertaining, informative and attitude-changing read.

Ellie Bean the Drama Queen. Jennie Harding, illustrated by David Padgett, $13.95

This is the story of Ellie and what it’s like to have sensory issues — and of how Ellie learned to keep calm and not overreact!

Erin’s Period Book. Barb Zimmerman, $23.95

Erin’s Period Book uses factual language, photos and illustrations to explain menstruation. A simple tool for teaching girls with developmental delays how to take care of their menstrual needs at home, school or out in the community.

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Flying to See Janet: a Fun Guide to the Airport Experience. Laura Vickers, $17.95

Traveling by plane can be a stressful experience for anxious children (and their parents!) Prepare children for the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the airport experience in advance with this fun picture book. Children will join Janet as she learns what to expect at each stage of a plane journey - from packing and getting ready to leave home, to traveling to the airport, checking in, going through security, boarding the plane, taking off, turbulence, using the on-board bathroom, landing, and baggage reclaim. Particular emphasis is placed on coping with sensory issues, and the book provides many welcome ideas for distractions and suggestions for activities to relieve boredom during the flight. It closes with a useful list of practical hints and tips for parents and caregivers. With bright and cheerful illustrations, and a timeline on each page allowing children to keep track of where they are on their journey, this book will be an enjoyable read for children aged three to twelve, and will be especially useful for those on the autism spectrum.

French Fries. Lilli Mayerson, $18.95

The fact that there are so many children diagnosed with ASDs means there are many more siblings living with autism — siblings who may feel alone, angry, or afraid. French Fries is a sibling’s story and a tool that families can use to discuss their feelings.

Friends Learn About Tobin. Diane Murrell, $24.50 (ages 4-6)

Tobin’s friends are learning to understand him as they come to accept and appreciate his differences.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Growing Into a Young Lady. Barb Zimmerman, $15.95

Using simple language, photos and illustrations this book shows girls with developmental delays what to expect and how to take care of their changing bodies.

Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum: a Kid’s Guide to Living With, Learning From, and Loving a Parent With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Elizabeth Marks, $20.25

A parent with ASD can provide his or her children deep love and support, along with a perspective on the world that is wonderfully unique. At the same time, the emotional and physical demands of parenting can be taxing for someone with autism.

Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum tackles a topic that has received little attention – the relationship between a neurotypical child and a parent on the spectrum.  As such, this illustrated children’s book provides a conversational starting point for families with a parent on the autism spectrum. While narrated from the perspective of a boy whose father has ASD and a mother who does not, his thoughts and questions apply equally to other variations of this family structure.

While an ASD parent craves order, reason, and predictability, the experience of parenthood is inherently chaotic. This book fills a critical gap in resources for children and families with parents on the autism spectrum. It takes children’s feelings of love, confusion, and worry seriously and promotes mutual respect, affection, and accountability among family members. Overall, this title reflects the importance of every family member’s commitment to growing together.

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

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

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The Hidden Curriculum and Other Everyday Challenges for Elementary-Age Children with High-Functioning Autism. Haley Morgan Myles & Annelise Kolar, $20.95

In this 2nd expanded edition, previously entitled PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO EVERYDAY CHALLENGES FOR CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME, young authors Haley Myles and Annellise Kolar give simple, no-nonsense advice on how to handle everyday occurrences that can be challenging for children on the autism spectrum. This reader-friendly book provides social rules that help children with peer relationships, school and everyday activities. New hidden curriculum tips, including tips on Internet safety, provide children essential social rules for succeeding in an ever-changing interactive world.

How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl. Florida Frenz, $16.50

With powerful words and pictures Florida Frenz chronicles her journey figuring out how to read facial expressions, how to make friends, how to juggle all the social cues that make school feel like a complicated maze. Diagnosed with autism as a two-year-old, Florida is now an articulate 15-year-old whose explorations into how kids make friends, what popularity means, how to handle peer pressure will resonate with any pre-teen. For those wondering what it's like inside an autistic child's head, Florida's book provides amazing insight and understanding. Reading how she learns how to be human makes us all feel a little less alien.

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

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

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid. Daniel Stefanski, $18.99

If you know someone with autism, you might find it hard to understand the person. 14-year-old Daniel Stefanski has autism, and his upbeat book will give you the confidence and tools needed to befriend kids with autism.

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I am an Aspie Girl: a Book for Young Girls with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Danuta Bulhak-Paterson, illustrated by Teresa Ferguson, $19.95

Girls with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are often quite different from boys with an ASD. In this fully-illustrated, colour storybook, Lizzie, an 'Aspie Girl', talks about all the things she and other girls with Asperger Syndrome sometimes find difficult, and all of the things that make them special.

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

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

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

I See Things Differently: a First Look at Autism. Pat Thomas, $9.50 (Ages 4-8) 

This book will help children understand what autism is and how it affects someone who has it. A wonderful catalyst for discussion that will help children to better understand and support autistic classmates or siblings. The story line is simple and easily accessible to younger children, who will learn that exploring the personal feelings around social issues is a first step in dealing with them.

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Ian's Walk: a Story about Autism. By Laurie Lears, $10.50

Ian's Walk brings to light the world of the autistic child. This is a great book for siblings to explain differences in sensory perception as well as schools interested in autism awareness. (ages 4-6)

I’m Hungry, I’m Hungry, What Shall I Do? Laurie Eckenrode, illustrated by Michael Arrigo, $14.75

Meet Triggy, a very hungry and thirsty triangle who can’t decide what to eat or drink! Children will enjoy this engaging board book as Triggy embarks on a cafeteria adventure.  Triggy enthusiastically identifies the foods, snacks, drinks, and desserts from which he can choose while his facial expressions endearingly convey his emotions as he ponders each decision. I’M HUNGRY, I’M HUNGRY, WHAT SHALL I DO?, filled with simple, brightly colored illustrations and rhyming text, will be especially appealing to younger children who are acquiring language and reading skills. Children will have fun recognizing and learning the names of various foods and drinks. The concepts in the book can inspire questions and insights from children concerning how they make their own food choices.

It's Raining Cats and Dogs: an Autism Spectrum Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors and Everyday Expressions. Michael Barton, $17.95

It's the beginning of a new year at school. Katie is in grade four now and is picked to be a helper in Mr. Appleton's class — helping kids with special needs. As Katie searches for ways to reach Michael, a boy with autism, she comes to a new understanding of what friendship means.

Jackson Whole Wyoming. Joan Clark, $16.95

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

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Jasper and the Magpie: Enjoying Special Interests Together. Dan Mayfield, illustrated by Alex Merry, $17.95

Jasper loves collecting shiny things but his parents worry about his unusual hobby until they find a way to embrace it as a family. This fun and thought-provoking rhyming storybook will delight anyone with a special interest and encourage readers to be more accepting of difference and unusual passions. The story will resonate particularly with children on the autism spectrum and their friends and family. For ages 6 and upwards.

The Kaleidoscope Kid. Elaine Marie Larson; illustrated by Vivian Strand, $33.50

The Kaleidoscope Kid is written for children with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism to remind them of their many special gifts and intellectual strengths. Their outlook and creative ways are truly as variable and colorful as the view through a kaleidoscope. While written for young readers, The Kaleidoscope Kid entertains and educates readers of all ages through light verse and colorful, light-hearted illustrations.

The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses. Lauren Brukner, Illustrated by Apsley, $22.95

Packed with simple ideas to regulate the emotions and senses, this book will help children tackle difficult feelings head-on and feel awesome and in control! From breathing exercises, pressure holds and finger pulls, to fidgets, noise-reducing headphones and gum, the book is brimming with fun stuff to help kids feel cool, calm and collected. They will learn how to label difficult feelings, choose the perfect strategies and tools to tackle them, and use these correctly whether at home or at school. The strategies and tools are accompanied by cartoon-style illustrations, and the author includes useful tips for parents and teachers as well as handy visual charts and checklists to track learning and progress.

Armed with this book, kids will be well on their way to managing difficult emotions and feeling just right in whatever situation life throws at them! Suitable for children with emotional and sensory processing difficulties aged approximately 7 to 14 years.

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Kooper's Tale. Donna Carol Koffman & Lawrence Segel, $14.95

When Kooper graduates from school, he goes to live with a boy named Reese. Reese has autism, and needs a strong, gentle friend who can keep him safe. That's just what Kooper was trained for! Kooper is a service dog, and he and Reese soon become best friends.

The Last Bedtime Story That We Read Each Night. Carol Gray, illustrated by James Markus, $16.50

Short, sweet and reassuring, this bedtime book will become part of the bedtime routine — and help children to fall asleep feeling safe in the knowledge that they are loved and cared for.

Leah's Voice. Lori DeMonia, illustrated by Monique Turchan, $18.950

Leah's Voice is a story that touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs such as autism. Children who have a brother or sister with special needs may find it difficult to explain to their friends, or feel disappointed when their friends aren't more understanding. Leah's Voice tells the story of two sisters facing these challenges. Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance

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Let’s Make Faces. Gerard Emerson Langeler, $14.50

Have fun drawing different faces for different feelings!

The Littlest Inventor. Mandi Mathis, $15.95

The Littlest Inventor is a brilliantly colored picture book featuring a smart, sensitive boy with sensory issues. These issues make it challenging to experience something most of us have no problem with, like a simple trip to the grocery store. But, by being both self-aware and proactive, the Littlest Inventor can help himself succeed in the very task he finds most difficult. He invents his own resources and tools to make the trip fun!

For those with sensory processing disorder, life can often be overwhelming. But, when equipped with knowledge to help ourselves and confidence to be ourselves, life becomes not just manageable, but enjoyable.

Love for Logan. Lori DeMonia & Monique Turchan, $18.50

Love for Logan is an inspirational story based on actual events. A young girl learns to better understand why day to day life can be challenging for her older sister. While sharing a special night, the story embraces how one girl's love for her sister empowers her to overcome one of life's obstacles.

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

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

Mockingbird. Kathryn Erskine, $8.50 (novel, ages 10 and up)

Ten-year-old Caitlin is a girl with Asperger’s Syndrome. Her brother Devon has always been there to help her make sense of the world. Now Devon is gone and so Caitlin turns to what she knows best — textbooks and dictionaries — and discovers she has the power to heal within herself.

My Autism Book: a Child's Guide to their Autism Spectrum Diagnosis. Glňria Durŕ-Vilŕ & Tamar Levi, $19.95

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

When a child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents often feel overwhelmed and uncertain about how to communicate the diagnosis to their child. This book is designed to be read with the child as a simple introduction to their diagnosis. Written by a doctor and a children's author, the book is tailored precisely to the needs and experiences of the child with ASD aged 5 and up. It explains what an autism diagnosis means and encourages an exploration of the child's likely strengths and differences using clear language that speaks directly to the child. The colourful pictures throughout show how the world looks from the child's perspective and the book ends with a summary checklist to encourage the child to record and discuss how autism affects them.

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My Best Friend Will. Jamie Lowell & Tara Tuchel, $28.95

Enter Willie's world through Jamie's eyes as it unfolds at school, at home, and at play. In the process, you will gain a rich understanding and appreciation of Willie's many unique qualities and come to accept that these are all a part of who he is.

My Brother Is Autistic. Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illustrations by Marta Fàbrega, $8.99

Having a sibling with autism can be hard, especially at school. Maybe if the other kids knew more about autism they’d stop teasing Billy and just be nice!

My Brother Charlie. Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete, $21.99 (ages 10-14)

Callie is very proud of her twin brother Charlie. He’s so good at so many things — swimming, playing the piano, running fast. And Charlie has a special way with animals, especially their dog Harriet. Charlie is in many ways just like any other boy — and he has autism.

My Brother is Different: a Sibling's Guide to Coping with Autism / a Parent's Guide to Help Children Cope with an Autistic Sibling. Barbara Morvay, $29.50

This is a book for siblings and for parents. The sibling section of the book takes an honest look on what it's like to have a brother or sister with autism. The day-to-day challenges are frank and reflect the joys and the hardships.

The parent section of the book gives parents practical advice and guidance on helping their neuro-typical child manage their feelings and to strengthen their sibling relationship.

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My Friend Dylan. Together for Autism/Autism Ontario, $30.00 (DVD, 10 minutes, Grades 2 to 6)

Dylan is an eight year old girl with autism who goes to school in a most supportive environment. What is most important and touching is the support of her friends. In this ten minute video, designed for children in grades 2 to 6, Dylan's classmates share their feelings about her and their views on the relationships they share. Offering tips and insight on what they've found helpful in getting to know Dylan it becomes obvious that they're benefiting enormously from their friendship with her.

Mon amie Dylan: Qu'allons-nous apprendre? Dans cette vidéo, les camarades de classe de Dylan partagent de leurs sentiments à son égard et nous parlent de leur relation avec elle. Ils offrent des suggestions et des idées qui les ont aidés à mieux connaître Dylan. Auditoire visé: les enfants de la 3e à la 6e année. Environs 10 minutes, $30.00 DVD

My New School: a Workbook to Help Students Transition to a New School. Melissa Trautman, $21.95

Venturing into the unknown can be scary and when it comes to changing schools, it helps to have a plan. This workbook is a practical guide that will ease the transition and help you to make new friends.

My Parent Has an Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Workbook for Children & Teens. Barbara Lester, $22.95

Growing up with a parent on the autism spectrum can be difficult, and children and teens may struggle to understand why their parent is different from others. It can be equally difficult for parents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to explain their unique set of strengths and challenges to their child in a sensitive and positive manner, and any adult faced with this situation will be in need of a helping hand.

This supportive workbook has been designed with precisely this purpose in mind. In child-friendly language, the author describes the common characteristics of ASD, and encourages children to think about how the world might look from their parent's perspective. This workbook is ideal for any family with a parent on the autism spectrum, and is suitable for children and teens of all ages, whether or not they are on the autism spectrum. It will also be a useful resource for professionals who work with such families. 

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Nobody’s Perfect. Marlee Matlin & Doug Cooney, $6.99 (novel, for ages 9 – 12)

Megan and her school friends have been making big plans for her birthday party. Then a new girl, Alexis, joins their class. Alexis is smart, pretty, and rules the soccer games on the playground, but she resists making new friends and refuses to come to Megan’s party. While the others think the new girl may just be shy, Megan fears that Alexis doesn’t like her because she is deaf — because she’s not perfect. When Megan discovers that Alexis’ little brother Justin has autism, she realizes that Alexis is embarrassed by him and afraid of what others will think.

Off We Go to the Dentist.  Avril Webster, $11.50
Off We Go for a Haircut.  Avril Webster, $11.50
Off We Go to the Grocery Store.  Avril Webster, $11.50

These simple social stories provide young children with the language to self-soothe as they embark on different, often overwhelming, outings.

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The One and Only Sam. Aileen Stalker, $22.95

A story explaining idioms for children with Asperger Syndrome and other communication difficulties.

Our Brains are Like Computers: Exploring Social Skills and Social Cause and Effect with Children on the Autism Spectrum. Joel Shaul, $27.95 (age 8++)

This highly visual social skills book uses computer metaphors and visual diagrams to help children on the autism spectrum to understand how their words and actions can affect other people. Easily identifiable computing and social networking metaphors are used to explain how memories are saved in the brain, like files in computer folders, and how, just as files can be shared and downloaded on the internet, people learn about you by sharing their positive and negative impressions with each other. The author explains why certain actions may be 'liked' or 'disliked' by others, and offers guidance on appropriate and inappropriate social behavior.

This book also features photocopiable worksheets to reinforce the guidance and lessons offered in the book.

Out of the Blue. Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Robin Hegan, $9.95

Idioms often confuse young children because they express sentiments apart from the words' literal meanings.  They can also become a wonderful sources of verbal play, worlds of delight that mark a child's passage into advanced literacy. OUT OF THE BLUE explores color idioms and the meaning of these phrases through clever illustrations and fun wordplay.

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Personal Hygiene? What's the Got to Do with Me? Pat Crissey, $25.95

Personal Hygiene? What's that Got to Do with Me? is a curriculum developed for students ages 8 to 14 with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, learning and developmental disabilities. It is designed to help them understand how others perceive their appearance and the social implications of neglecting personal hygiene. Simple factual information is accompanied by humorous cartoons that emphasize how others view someone with poor hygiene. Step-by-step cartoons explain exactly what the student needs to do and quizzes and activity pages provide numerous opportunities for repetition and reinforcement of the key points. There are also hands-on activities to demonstrate why and how to perform various hygiene tasks. Several social stories are also provided, along with a set of worksheets that help students set up a daily schedule to allow time for completing necessary hygiene tasks.

Point to Happy: a Book for Kids on the Autism Spectrum. Miriam Smith, $23.95

Designed for children on the autism spectrum, POINT TO HAPPY combines a picture book and a pointer for children who communicate best through pictures. Dozens of friendly photographs are compelling to look at and easy to understand. The text is clear and direct. By pointing to the pictures in the book — moods, activities, everyday objects, the rituals of going to bed and getting ready in the morning — children will learn to convey their wants and needs, their experiences and, most importantly, their feelings.

Rules. Cynthia Lord, $7.99 (ages 10 to 14)

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public" in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

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Russell’s World: a Story for Kids about Autism. Charles Amenta, $14.50

Russell is a boy with autism, a great big smile and family who loves him. Step into Russell’s World with photos and stories, and see what Russell and his family do every day.

Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms: More than 700 Sayings and Expressions. Marvin Terban, $12.99

Cat got your tongue? Penny for your thoughts?

Every day, idioms bring color to our speech. But for some people, idioms are difficult to comprehend. This essential resource offers explanations for everyday idioms that will make understanding them as easy as pie!

The Sensory Team Handbook: a Hands-On Tool to Help Young People Make Sense of Their Senses. Nancy Mucklow, $28.95

The Sensory Team Handbook is the first book on sensory processing written for pre-teens and young teens. Upbeat, humorous, and hands-on, each chapter is stuffed with comics, cartoons, diagrams, quizzes, trivia and question-answer sections. The handbook compares the senses to a sports team in need of a coach and then shows the reader how to become that coach. This unique sensory team approach turns therapy into something kids can do by and for themselves. Entirely jargon-free, and written in simple, everyday language, The Sensory Team Handbook will inspire kids and teens to take charge of their own sensory issues.

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Sexuality and Safety with Tom and Ellie Series.

Ground-breaking and honest, these books will be invaluable additions to the shelves of parents of children with ASD and other developmental challenges, as well as mental health and legal professionals, teachers, carers and other professionals working with individuals with special needs. Each book teaches and reinforces ideas about safety, privacy, and boundaries, while teaching about normal physical and emotional changes during puberty and adolescence.

Ellie Needs To Go: a Book about How to Use Public Toilets Safely for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $17.95

When Ellie is in the park with her father, she needs to go to the toilet. Ellie knows that public toilets are different to her toilet at home. This visual resource helps parents and carers teach girls and young women with autism and related conditions about how to use public toilets safely. It covers the subtleties of social etiquette including where to stand and look, as well as practicalities such as remembering to lock the cubicle door. With simple and effective illustrations throughout, the book is the perfect starting point for teaching independence when using public toilets.

Tom Needs to Go: a Book about How to Use Public Toilets Safely for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, Illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $17.95

When Tom is out shopping, he needs to go to the toilet. Tom knows that public toilets are different to his toilet at home. There are urinals and cubicles and he has to decide which to use. This visual resource helps parents and carers teach boys and young men with autism or other special needs about how to use public toilets safely. It covers the subtleties of social etiquette including where to stand and look, as well as practicalities such as remembering to lock the cubicle door. With simple and effective illustrations throughout, the book is the perfect starting point for teaching independence when using public toilets.

Things Ellie Likes: a Book about Sexuality and Masturbation for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $17.95

Ellie likes lots of different things. She likes listening to music and making pizza. There are also things that Ellie enjoys doing in private, like touching her vagina. This accessible and positive resource helps parents and carers teach girls and young women with autism or related conditions about masturbation. It covers when and where it is appropriate and helps to establish boundaries surrounding privacy more generally. With simple but explicit illustrations, this book provides the perfect platform to discuss sexuality with girls and young women with autism or related conditions.

Things Tom Likes: a Book about Sexuality and Masturbation for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, Illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $17.95

Tom likes lots of different things. He likes singing and watching TV in the family room. There are also things that Tom enjoys doing in private, like touching his penis. This accessible and positive resource helps parents and carers teach boys with autism or other special needs about masturbation. It covers when and where it is appropriate and helps to establish boundaries surrounding privacy more generally. With simple but explicit illustrations, this book provides the perfect platform to talk about sexuality with boys and young men with autism or special needs.

What's Happening to Ellie? A Book about Puberty for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $14.95

Ellie notices that her body is changing. Hair is growing in new places and there are other changes happening too. Ellie's mum helps her understand that she has started growing into a woman. Following Ellie as she begins to notice changes to her body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach girls with autism and related conditions about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as periods. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with girls and young women with autism or related conditions.

What's Happening to Tom? A Book about Puberty for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, Illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $17.95

Tom notices that his body is changing. Tom's voice is different and hair is growing in new places. There are other changes happening too. Tom learns that he has started growing into a man. Following Tom as he begins to notice changes to his body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach boys with autism or other special needs about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as wet dreams. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with boys and young men with autism or special needs.

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Simon Says. By Michele Shapiera, $14.95.

Michele Shapeira provides a voice for 8-year-old Simon, a non-verbal boy with PDD. Having first hand experience with her own child with PDD, the Author has created a book that encourages the inclusion of children with disabilities in the regular classroom. This book offers classroom integration activities including how to create a picture board and sensory displays. (ages 6-9)

Since We're Friends: an Autism Picture Book. Celeste Shally, illustrated by David Harrington, $19.95

Matt’s autism doesn’t stop him from having fun! Even when Matt struggles to navigate social situations, his friend is there to help him out. The two boys enjoy playing sports, watching movies, reading books, and talking about animals. Working together, a best friend’s compassion and understanding turn Matt’s frustration into excitement. Whether on the basketball court, the playground swings, or at the neighborhood pool, the two friends enjoy each other’s company.

Some Kids Have Autism. Lola Schaefer, $7.95 (Preschool to Grade 2)

Text and photographs describe children who have autism.

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

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

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

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Sometimes My Brother: Helping Kids Understand Autism Through a Sibling’s Eyes. Angie Healy, $21.50

Three-year-old Foster talks about his older brother, Gavin, who has autism. Sometimes My Brother shows readers the challenges the boys face and the obstacles they overcome. Vibrant photographs bring the reader right into their living room, school and playground. Foster's innocent approach is perfect for teaching others what autism is all about, and for letting other siblings of children with autism know that they are not alone. There is a how-to section at the end so families can create their own personalized books for sharing their story with others.

Sometimes Noise is Big: Life with Autism. Angela Dunn, $24.95

This book is an introduction into how some people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) might experience the world around them. If we view things from someone else’s point of view, we often understand them better, and that can go a long way to reduce stress and frustration on both sides. Everyone with ASD experiences things a little differently, but this book outlines some of the more common struggles for people on the spectrum.

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

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

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A Special Book about Me. Josie Santomauro, $10.95

A book for children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. The book  includes information on Asperger’s, poems, stories, illustrations and activities to help them come to terms with and move forward from their diagnosis of AS.

Sundays with Matthew: a Young Boy with Autism and an Artist Share Their Sketchbooks. Matthew Lancelle & Jeanette Lesada, $17.95

This unique and engagingly illustrated children's book is based on the author's experience working with a fifth grader with autism, helping him recognize his own and others' emotions and, in general, interact with people. Playing on the visual strengths of many on the spectrum, the content of this book comes directly from sketchbooks featuring the drawings of both the child and the adult. Beyond being a fascinating read, the concept can be replicated with other children.

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Superflex: My Hero Inside (Music CD). Think Social Publishing Inc., $21.95

Sing your Unthinkables to rest with these 13 fun, catchy, and educational songs that support children's social emotional learning as taught through the Superflex curriculum! Each song is an upbeat combination of music and lyrics that can help kids learn more about Social Town, the sneaky Unthinkables, and training at the Superflex Academy to help them seek their "Hero Inside". Music and lyrics are based on the concepts and characters in the original Superflex curriculum created by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner.

Superflex® Superdecks. Think Social Publishing, $57.95 (ages 8-11)

Kids love Superflex and are eager to explore new ways to learn about the supportive Thinkables, the sneaky Unthinkables and discover new strategies to defeat them, using Superflex’s very cool Five-Step Power Plan. The Superflex Superdecks contains four standard playing card size decks, 52 cards each, that can be used in all sorts of superflexible ways to help you teach the who, what, when, where, and why of Superflex. Each deck comes with a game, instructions, and answer sheet. Additional games and activities are available in a free PDF download, along with blank templates to create your own cards to expand and individualize each deck to your students’ needs

Superflex® Takes on Brain Eater and the Team of Unthinkables. Stephanie Madrigal & Michele Garcia Winner, $37.95 (includes CD-ROM with handouts)

SUPERFLEX TAKES ON BRAIN EATER focuses on one of the social cognitive challenges we see most often in our students - distractibility! The engaging comic book (and CD with lessons) is the third in our Superflex series designed to help children learn more about their own social behavior and strategies to regulate it!

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Superflex® Takes on One-Sided Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables. Stephanie Madrigal & Kelly Kopp, $35.95 (includes CD-ROM with handouts)

In this newest comic, children become familiar with several ways to squash the powers of two, related Unthinkable characters: One-Sided Sid, who gets people to talk only about themselves, and his sidekick sister Un-Wonderer, who likes to keep people from thinking about others. This clever duo tries to get students to do or say things that show they're only thinking about themselves and not others.

Superflex® Takes on Glassman and the Team of Unthinkables. Stephanie Madrigal & Michele Garcia Winner, $34.95

SUPERFLEX TAKES ON GLASSMAN shows elementary school students how they can use strategies to conquer their own “Team of Unthinkables”. In the process, students learn to calm themselves and to use strategies to assess the size of problems and other issues. As students face Glassman and other Unthinkables, they build up and learn to flex nimble, new thinking skills that help them manage and work on the thoughts and behaviors that may be causing them problems.

Also: Superflex® Takes on Rock Brain and the Team of Unthinkables. Stephanie Madrigal & Kelly Kopp, $17.00

Superflexible Me! Superflex Cape. $28.95

Defeat those clever Unthinkables in style, and discover your hero inside! The Superflexible Me! Superflex Cape provides a fun way to help kids remember to use their superflexible thinking anytime, anywhere and call upon the strategies they’re learning about in Superflex…A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum.

Superflex is the superflexible thinking superhero that lives inside each of us and helps us work through our social challenges. The “Superflexible Me!” message reinforces the idea that while we know and love Aiden, the Superflex in our product series, each and every one of us has a Superflexible hero inside!

  • One-size-fits most kids
  • Measures 22" long
  • Velcro easy-off collar closure
  • 100% satin polyester

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

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

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

Taking Autism to School. Andreanna Edwards, $16.95

This book educates children about autism, a complex and often misunderstood condition. Told by Angel, whose friend Sam is autistic, the story describes the common characteristics of autism.

Taking Care of Myself: a Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism. Mary Wrobel, $34.50

Specifically designed to address the health and safety needs of students aged five and up with autism spectrum disorders. Through a unique combination of social stories and easy-to-understand activities,whether you're concerned about abuse or just want bath time and doctor's visits to be a more pleasant experience, this book is must-read for those who love and guide students with disabilities.

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Temple Did It, And I Can, Too!: Seven Simple Life Rules. Jennifer Gilpin Yacio, illustrated by Lynda Farrington Wilson, $20.50

Here is a children’s book that will help guide and inspire all kids to reach their full potential. Temple Did It, and I Can Too! explains the obstacles Dr. Temple Grandin faced while growing up, then gives the rules she followed to overcome them and become a leading animal scientist. This colorful book was written with the input and guidance of Dr. Grandin, and even includes an introduction by her. Includes worksheets for kids to identify and reach their goals.

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World. Sy Montgomery, $22.99 (ages 10 +)

When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism. While Temple's doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make. 

This compelling biography complete with Temple's personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism. 

That’s What’s Different About Me! Helping Children Understand Autism Spectrum Disorders. Heather McCracken. Programme Kit (includes DVD, Manual & 6 Coloring Books) $65.95; Coloring Book only, $3.25

That’s What’s Different About Me is a fun and interactive program that provide children with information about autism in an age-appropriate and sensitive manner. Designed for use by parents, teachers, and other professionals, the kit contains:

  • That’s What’s Different About Me DVD: This interactive DVD contains a brief introduction for teachers and parents, the puppet play, a review of the learning goals and friendship tips, and frequently asked questions.
  • That’s What’s Different About Me Program Manual: This manual is designed to assist in implementing the program at home or at school.
  • That’s What’s Different About Me Children’s Story and Coloring Book: This story and coloring book tells the story of Crystal and how she and Freddie learned to be better friends.

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Thinkables & Unthinkables Double Deck. Think Social Publishing, $28.95 (ages 8-11)

The Thinkables & Unthinkables Double Deck is the superflexible teaching tool you asked for to use with individuals who are learning about or have already been introduced to Superflex, the 14 original Unthinkables, and the newer characters, the Thinkables (first mentioned in the book, Social Town Citizens Discover 82 New Unthinkables for Superflex to Outsmart.

  • You take the lead in using the cards — they’re a blank canvas of possibilities!
  • Create games such as “Go Fish” with the cards
  • Use the Thinkables cards to say “good job” when a child or student has mostly put an Unthinkable to rest
  • Use an Unthinkable card as a visual tool to remind a student to use his/her strategies when one of those clever, sneaky characters is invading the student’s brain
  • Pick an Unthinkable or Thinkable and play “I Spy…” where students use their Social Detective skills to look for that character showing up in themselves or others in the group, the classroom, or the school
  • The possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination and your own superflexible thinking!

Tobin Learns to Make Friends. By Diane Murrell, $18.95

Tobin is a little red engine who longs to have friends his age. His conductor guides him through social situations involving sharing, following rules, interrupting, crowding and shouting. This is a great book for introducing social skills to young elementary students with Autism. (ages 4-6)

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Tomas Loves: a Rhyming Book about Fun, Friendship, and Autism. Jude Welton & Jane Telford, $17.95

This charmingly illustrated, rhyming book is a perfect introduction to autism for young readers aged two and over including siblings, friends and children on the autism spectrum themselves. It captures the world of Tomas — a little boy who loves trains, rhyming words and his dog Flynn and hates sudden noise and surprises.

Waylen Wants to Jam: a True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination. Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier & Mary Birdsell, $12.95 (ages 3-8)

Waylen has autism. One thing he loves is playing the drum because it is so much fun. Waylen could do that all day long. But learning to be in a drumline is different. How will Waylen learn to drum with his line? What happens when Waylen is jamming?

A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible. Lauren Kerstein, $24.95

This picture book assists children on the autism spectrum, and any child for that matter, in examining their black-and-white thinking in order to begin to think more flexibly — rainbow thinking. Using repeated rhymes and illustrations, the child begins to recognize that the more flexible his thinking is, the better he is able to cope with the challenges that life inevitably brings, ultimately, leading to fewer tantrums and meltdowns.

What Does Happy Look Like?  Joseph & Silvana Karim, $21.95

Engaging colors and illustrations help children understand their emotions and put words to their most challenging feelings.

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

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

What's That Look on Your Face? All About Faces and Feelings. Catherine Snodgrass, $25.50 (Gr. 2-5)

Recognizing and interpreting facial expressions and the feelings they represent poses a great challenge for children with language and communication difficulties, including those with an autism spectrum disorder. This strikingly illustrated book helps young readers link faces to feelings by presenting situations they can all relate to. Each page spread is devoted to a feeling expressed through an exaggerated facial expression accompanied by a short poem that further elaborates on the expression to reinforce its meaning.

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

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

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Who Took My Shoe? Karen Emigh, Illustrated by Steve Dana, $11.50

Children with ASD's often struggle to understand abstract language. Brett and his dog Herman go in search of Brett's lost shoe by investigating the Where, Who, What, Why, When, and How of its disappearance.

Whole Body Listening Larry at Home, 2nd Edition. Kristen Wilson & Elizabeth Sautter, $28.95

Whole Body Listening Larry at School, 2nd Edition. Kristen Wilson & Elizabeth Sautter, $28.95

These colorfully illustrated storybooks provide fun ways to teach children an abstract but essential idea — that their eyes, hands, brains — their whole bodies! — communicate and affect the people around them. Being a good listener means much more than just hearing what is said with the ears. It is important to break down ALL of the components of listening for your child. Parents, teachers and therapists can use these books to teach this challenging concept at home, at school, in the car, with friends, with grandparents — and a number of other very recognizable situations.

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

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

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Why Johnny Doesn't Flap: NT is OK! Clay Morton & Gail Morton, illustrated by Alex Merry, $17.95

Johnny is different. He is never exactly on time, he can't seem to stick to a routine and he often speaks in cryptic idioms. Johnny is neurotypical, but that's OK.

A picture book with a difference, Why Johnny Doesn't Flap turns the tables on common depictions of neurological difference by drolly revealing how people who are not on the autistic spectrum are perceived by those who are. The autistic narrator's bafflement at his neurotypical friend's quirks shows that 'normal' is simply a matter of perspective.

You Are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke, Illustrated by Kelly Knopp, $31.95

Every one of us is a Social Detective. We are good Social Detectives when we use our eyes, ears, and brains to figure out what others are planning to do next or are presently doing and what they mean by their words and deeds. This entertaining comic book offers different ways that can be reviewed repeatedly with students to teach them how to develop their own social detective skills. Enjoy watching your students and kids blossom day-by-day into successful Social Detectives!

You Are a Social Detective: Bridging the Gap Between Social Struggles & Social Success! USB Flash Drive. Social Skill Builder & Social Thinking Publishing, $121.95 (ages 7-12)

Developed in collaboration with Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke, and based on their book You Are a Social Detective, this interactive USB Flash Drive teaches school-aged children to become better social thinkers. By putting on their detective hats and deciphering expected and unexpected social behavior, learning to make smart social guesses, and investigating social clues, children can learn to see how others people’s emotions and responses are connected to their own behavior. This exciting and fun learning tool motivates students to learn while having fun! Includes:

  • 6 interactive levels
  • Over 200 videos targeting a range of abilities
  • A fun and motivating reinforcement game
  • Automatic scoring to track student responses
  • Printout of Social Maps

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You, Me and My OT. Paulette Bourgeois, illustrated by Kristi Bridgeman, $11.95

Emma wants to be an astronaut for a school project. She also has a disability. So Emma and her occupational therapist make plans to help her blast off with the rest of her class!

Your Special Friend. Josie Santomauro, $10.95

A book for peers of children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. A fun and accessible introduction for the friend of child recently diagnosed with Asperger’s or for use in a classroom setting.

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