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Spectrum Disorders: Books for Children and Youth
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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.
Does My Shirts. Gennifer Choldenko, $8.50 (ages 10 and
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
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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
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.
||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.
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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 and Me Picture Book: a Visual Guide to
Understanding Challenges and Strengths for Children On the Autism Spectrum.
Joel Shaul, $27.95
Children with ASDs often find it difficult to identify
the things they find difficult and, more importantly, to recognize the things
they are good at. This colorful book provides simple self-exploration tools to
help children identify their strengths and begin to tackle the things they find
The book explores a range of common difficulties,
including communication, emotional and sensory regulation, and executive
functioning, encouraging children to explore their personal challenges and
abilities in an engaging and positive way. Illustrated with hundreds of
cartoon-style graphics and containing a wealth of fun tools, games, activities
and photocopiable worksheets, this book is ideal for children with ASDs aged
7-14, and will be equally useful at home or in the classroom.
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 in My Family: a Journal for Siblings of
Children with ASD. Sandra Tucker, $25.95
An interactive workbook full of dynamic activities for
children with siblings on the autism spectrum. Through individualized exercises
in understanding and empathy, this book will serve to empower the child and
strengthen their sibling relationship.
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
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.)
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
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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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.
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,
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
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Colin Fischer. Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz, $19.00 (novel)
SOLVING CRIME, ONE FACIAL EXPRESSION AT
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
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
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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
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
the Drama Queen. Jennie Harding, illustrated by David Padgett,
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.
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
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
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
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, $25.95
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.
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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.
I am an Aspie Girl: a Book for Young Girls with Autism
Spectrum Conditions. Danuta Bulhak-Paterson, illustrated by Teresa Ferguson,
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.
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I Have a Question about Death: a Book for Children
with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs. Arlen Grad Gaines
& Meredith Englander Polsky, $19.95
Death is a difficult topic for any parent or educator to
explain to a child, perhaps even more so when the child has Autism Spectrum
Disorder or other Special Needs. This book is designed specifically to help
children with these additional needs to understand what happens when someone
The first book of its kind, I Have a Question about
Death uses straightforward text and images to walk children through what it
means when someone dies, as well as ways they might want to react or to think
about the person. Using clear illustrations throughout and with information for
parents and guardians, this book is essential for families with a child aged
5-11 with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs.
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.
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)
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I’m Hungry, I’m Hungry, What Shall I
Do? Laurie Eckenrode, illustrated by Michael
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.
Is It OK to Ask Questions about Autism? Abi
Rawlins, $25.95 (ages 5-11)
Through autism awareness workshops in schools, the
authors have compiled the most common questions on the subject. Based on real
questions raised by children aged 5-11, this book provides direct answers as
well as strategies for continuing the discussion to increase autism awareness
in primary school settings.
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
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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.
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
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
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
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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Make Faces. Gerard Emerson
Have fun drawing different faces for different feelings!
Inventor. Mandi Mathis, $16.95
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
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
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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 Book of Feelings. Tracey Ross, illustrated by
Rosy Salaman, $19.95
Even though you can't see them, we all have feelings.
Some feelings are fluffy and make us feel good. Some are sharp and make us
unhappy. Sometimes we have fluffy and sharp feelings at the same time! It's ok
to have different types of feelings, but there are some things we can do to let
the sharp feelings out when they get too big, or when we have too many.
This picture book is ideal for children ages five and above
to help them understand why they might experience different emotions, and what
they can do to help them manage their emotions in a positive way. Written in
simple language, this book will be an excellent tool for any child who finds it
difficult to understand their emotions, particularly those with attachment
difficulties, or a learning or developmental disability.
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!
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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.
My Day is Ruined! A Story for Teaching Flexible
Thinking. Bryan Smith, illustrated by Lisa Griffin, $14.95
Braden was so excited for his upcoming Championship
baseball game! The night before he dreamt of that moment, THE moment, the oohs
and ahhs of the crowd as he scored the game-winning run! But imagine his
surprise when he woke up to pouring rain, and NO GAME! This, coupled with some events
at school that don't go his way, send Braden on an overreaction tailspin! Will
Braden be able to recover from his overreacting tendencies and practice the
tips of flexible thinking that his teacher and mom teach him? Find out in
another comical story by Bryan Smith.
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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
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.
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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.
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.
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,
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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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
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
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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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.
of Idioms: More than 700 Sayings and Expressions. Marvin
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.
Kids Have Autism. Lola Schaefer, $7.95 (Preschool to Grade
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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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
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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Special Book about Me. Josie
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.
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., $22.50
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,
$59.95 (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
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
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Superflex® Takes on One-Sided
Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables.
Stephanie Madrigal & Kelly Kopp, $37.50 (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
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
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, $35.50
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
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
- 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
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.
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, $29.95
Whole Body Listening Larry at School, 2nd Edition. Kristen
Wilson & Elizabeth Sautter, $29.95
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,
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, $32.95
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!
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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