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Can the World Afford Autistic Spectrum Disorder? Nonverbal Communication, Asperger Syndrome and the Interbrain. Digby Tantam, $32.95

How is nonverbal communication carried out, and why do people on the autism spectrum find it so difficult? What are the consequences of this for them, and how do these consequences affect their personality, self-awareness, and sense of place in the world?

Digby Tantam explores the latest theories on nonverbal communication and how it shapes social behaviour. He provides abundant evidence for it being impaired in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He shows how knowledge of this difference can be used to overcome some of the impairments in nonverbal communication in people with ASD, but also how acknowledging these problems can result in more positive development elsewhere.

This book will be fascinating reading for anyone interested in communication, and particularly for people who have ASD themselves, for their families, and all professionals working with people on the autistic spectrum. It sharpens our understanding of the mysterious phenomenon of human communication and clarifies the special status of people with ASD, showing how much we can learn from their experience.


Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome: a Parent's Guide, 2nd Edition. Kathryn Stewart, $30.95

The book offers readers ways to evaluate their child’s strengths and weaknesses in areas such as visual and spatial functioning, writing problems, information processing and organizational skills, social and emotional capabilities, language skills, and interactive abilities. It offers specific strategies for intervening and helping the child to cope with these obstacles, such as teaching the child how to socialize with humor and empathy, alternatives for learning to write, tips for organizing daily activities, multi-tasking, and more.


Helping Children with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities to Flourish: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Marilyn Martin, $31.95

In Helping Children with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities to Flourish, Marilyn Martin presents a comprehensive developmental profile of children with NLD. She explores the controversies surrounding the disorder so parents and professionals can identify learners with NLD and insure they receive early intervention. Offering practical advice on NLD at home and at school, she describes step-by-step interventions for improving a range of skills from penmanship to social acumen.

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The Hidden Curriculum and Other Everyday Challenges for Elementary-Age Children with High-Functioning Autism. Haley Morgan Myles & Annelise Kolar, $26.50

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.


The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults. Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman & Ronda Schelvan, $27.95

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


How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends. Don Gabor, $22.00

Break through the shyness barrier, be a better speaker, meet more people and make new friends. How to Start a Conversation shows you how communicate with confidence, wit and enthusiasm in person or on the phone, one-on-one or in groups.

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Making Sense of Children's Thinking and Behavior: a Step-by-Step Tool for Understanding Children with NLD, Asperger's, HFA, PDD-NOS, and other Neurological Differences. Leslie Holzhauser-Peters & Leslie True, $25.95

Making Sense of Children's Thinking and Behavior offers parents and professionals a tool for understanding children with neurological differences. These children have an atypical view of the world, unique to their particular disability, which can make their behaviour confusing and at times challenging. Each child therefore requires individualized accommodations in understanding and responding to them.

The Systematic Tool for Analysing Thinking (STAT) offers such a system. It provides a step-by-step method for forming a hypothesis about a child's behavior, by laying bare the thinking behind it. It then suggests appropriate ways of responding, in order to try and both explain and eventually remedy the difficult behavior.


New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 15th Anniversary Edition. Carol Gray, $54.95 (includes CD-ROM)

Since the early 90s, Carol Gray’s world-famous Social Stories have helped thousands of children with autism spectrum disorders. This 15th Anniversary Edition of her best-selling book offers ready-to-use stories that parents and educators have depended on for years, and new sections added are: How to most effectively use and apply the stories; How to improve the lives of younger children; and Social Stories for teens and adults with autism. Developed through years of experience, these strategically written stories explain social situations in ways children and adults with autism understand, while teaching social skills needed for them to be successful at home, school, work, and in the community.


NLD from the Inside Out: Talking to Parents, Teachers, and Teens about Growing Up with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. Michael Brian Murphy, $29.95

Written by and for teens and young adults with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD), as well as for their parents, teachers, therapists, and others who care about them, and backed by the latest neuropsychological research, NLD from the Inside Out offers hundreds of useful tips on:

  • Organization and planning, including study skills
  • How to successfully navigate the transition from dependent child to independent adult
  • Creating more harmonious family and peer relationships
  • Changing disabling attitudes

The book will help teens and young adults to avoid the angst and pitfalls often associated with NLD. More than that, it offers real stories from now-thriving young adults who grew up with NLD, proof that a full and rewarding life lies ahead for those who are now struggling.

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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. Cesare Cornoldi, Irene Mammarella&  Jodene Goldenring Fine, $48.95

Increasing numbers of children and adolescents are being diagnosed with nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD), yet clinicians and educators have few scientific resources to guide assessment and intervention. This book presents up-to-date knowledge on the nature of NLD and how to differentiate it from DSM-5 disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and developmental coordination disorder. Effective strategies for helping K-12 students and their families address the challenges of NLD in and outside of the classroom are illustrated with vivid case material. The authors thoughtfully consider controversies surrounding NLD, discuss why the diagnosis is not included in the current DSM and ICD classification systems, and identify important directions for future research.


Nonverbal Learning Disabilities in Children: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice. John Davis & Jessica Broitman, $93.50

This resource offers a well-rounded understanding of NVLD, placing it within the context of other developmental disorders, most notably high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The most current genetic, environmental, and neurobiological theories of and research into the causes of NVLD, in-depth diagnostic methods, and quality interventions are examined. Using an evidence-based approach, this groundbreaking volume:

  • Conceptualizes NVLD as a disorder with subtypes.
  • Differentiates between diagnostic criteria for NVLD and Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Analyzes the co-occurrence of NVLD with other developmental disabilities and psychological disorders.
  • Provides a comprehensive psychoeducational assessment model.
  • Describes efficacious treatments and supports their empirical validation.
  • Offers guidelines for sustaining treatment gains through effective collaboration of school personnel and family members.

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities in Children is a must-have reference for researchers, practitioners, and graduate students in school and clinical child psychology, education, speech-language therapy, and other disciplines and professions involved in identifying and treating children with NVLD.


Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: a Clinical Perspective. Joseph Palombo, $41.00

A nonverbal learning disability (NLD) is a developmental disorder that impairs a person's capacity to perceive, express, and understand nonverbal (nonlinguistic) signs. The dysfunctions affect behaviors, social interactions, perceptions and feelings regarding self and others, and emerging personality patterns. NLD constrains an individual's capacity to function in a wide variety of domains, including the academic, social, emotional, and vocational.

Based on current neurobehavioral research, this book brings together perspectives drawn from the three major domains of knowledge about NLD - neurobehavioral, social, and intrapersonal. Addressed to clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, and other psychotherapists, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: a Clinical Perspective is a fund of knowledge and clinical wisdom for working with youth with NLD.

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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home: a Parentís Guide. Pamela Tanguay, $29.95

Do you know a child who is bright, charming and articulate, but has no friends? A child who showed early signs of intelligence, but is now floundering, academically and emotionally? Children with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) are an enigma. They're children with extraordinary gifts and heartbreaking challenges that go far beyond the classroom.

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home explores the variety of daily life problems children with NLD may face, and provides practical strategies for parents to help them cope and grow, from preschool age through their challenging adolescent years. The author, herself the parent of a child with NLD, provides solutions to the everyday challenges of the disorder, from early warning signs and self-care issues to social skills and personal safety. User-friendly and highly practical, this book is an essential guide for parents in understanding and living with NLD, and professionals working with these very special children.


Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at School: Educating Students with NLD, Asperger Syndrome, and Related Conditions. Pamela Tanguay, $31.95

Most teachers will at some point come across a child with nonverbal learning disabilities, and this practical and informative book will be invaluable in helping them to help such children to achieve their full potential in the classroom.

Topics such as finding the right school, curriculum modifications, and social and emotional issues experienced by children with NLD are covered. However, the bulk of the book outlines specific teaching strategies, from how to deal with essay questions, to tips on helping the student master long division and ideas for improving reading comprehension. The author defines and discusses concepts such as frontloading and a cooperative learning environment, and discusses how they benefit the student with NLD.


Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Understanding and Coping with NLD and Aspergerís. Rondalyn Varney Whitney, $17.00

Nonverbal Learning Disorder is a neurological deficit that impairs the understanding of nonverbal cues like tone of voice and facial expressions. Though they can be exceptionally bright and articulate, children with NLD often have difficulty in social situations, and can become depressed, withdrawn, or anxious. In this revised edition (previously published as Bridging the Gap), Rondalyn Varney Whitney offers practical solutions and all-new activities that will help parents understand and work with their NLD children.

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Raising NLD Superstars: What Families with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Need to Know about Nurturing Confident, Competent Kids. Marcia Brown Rubenstien, $24.95

Instead of suggesting the one-size-fits- all model of intervention, Raising NLD Superstars looks at the individual nature of NLD children and offers practical, easily-adaptable advice on helping them find their place in the family, at school and other social groups. Marcia Brown Rubenstien is an educational consultant and the parent of a child with nonverbal learning disabilities. She looks at the practicalities of day-to-day life as well as planning for a child's future independence with humor and practical, supportive insight. This book will help parents and caregivers alike to support NLD children in reaching their potential.


The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond. Jed Baker, $54.95

The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond offers parents and educators of teens (and young adults) photos of actual students engaging in a variety of social situations. This visual learning format shows, rather than tells, students the right (and wrong) ways to interact in different circumstances. The photos illustrate the positive and the negative consequences of social interactions in a wide variety of real-life situations that are important to teens.


Socially Curious and Curiously Social: a Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke, $34.95

This book is a “get real” discussion about what really goes on inside the mind of people as we share space together. From discussing the “ins and outs” of what it means to be a “Social Thinker” to figuring out texting, dating, the many different levels of friendship and the many and varied emotions we experience as we relate to others, the authors describe the “real world” of being with other people.

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Take Control of Asperger’s Syndrome: the Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Janet Price & Jennifer Engel Fisher, $24.95

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


Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: a Practical Guide for Teachers and Parents. Patricia Howlin, Simon Baron-Cohen, Julie Hadwin, $95.99

The difficulties experienced by children with autism and related conditions in inferring the thoughts, beliefs, desires and intentions of others are well documented in numerous studies. It now seems that these deficits underlie many of the social and communication problems that are characteristic of autism. Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read explores the relationship of "theory of mind" deficits to other areas of children's functioning and describes existing experimental work that has attempted to enhance the skills associated with understanding others' minds. Drawing on their own intervention programme, and providing detailed information about the teaching materials and strategies they use, the authors provide practical guidelines for helping children with autism spectrum conditions to improve their understanding of beliefs, emotions and pretence. The authors tackle specific problematic issues including:

  • how to interpret facial expressions
  • how to recognise feelings of anger, sadness, fear and happiness
  • how feelings are affected by what happens and what is expected to happen
  • how to see things from another person's perspective
  • how to understand another person's knowledge and beliefs

This easy-to-follow graded teaching guide is of particular relevance to special needs teachers, educational and clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, and carers of children with autism spectrum conditions.

Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: the Workbook. Patricia Howlin, Simon Baron-Cohen, Julie Hadwin, $37.95

This workbook presents the most effective approaches, strategies, and practical guidelines to help alleviate social and communication problems in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The workbook complements the best-selling Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: A Practical Guide for use in practical settings.

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Thinking about YOU, Thinking about ME: Teaching Perspective Taking and Social Thinking to Persons with Social Cognitive Learning Challenges, 2nd Edition. Michelle Garcia Winner, $71.95

Thinking about YOU, Thinking about ME is one of Michelle Garcia Winnerís best-selling works. This newly revised edition includes 140 new pages of information, including two new chapters and an updated philosophy throughout. The assessment chapter has been re-written and expanded to include a Social Thinking Dynamic Assessment Protocol®, with more detailed assessment techniques. As well, this second edition includes:

  • Winner's 3 Levels of Social Cognitive Perspective Taking
  • Review of Social Cognition and Related Theories
  • The 4 Steps of Communication Explained and Related Treatment Activities
  • Concrete Strategies to help students become aware of the impact their words and actions have on other people's thoughts, emotions and actions
  • Sample IEP Goals and Benchmarks

Understanding Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: a Common Sense Guide for Parents and Professionals. Maggie Mamen, $27.95

This easy-to-read guide offers a complete overview of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLDs) and the wide variety of symptoms which different types of NLD present.

Maggie Mamen enables readers to select the most relevant strategies for coping with and managing particular symptoms. She provides a wealth of practical advice on key skills such as developing written and verbal communication, understanding social clues, managing behaviour, self-regulation and improving organization. She also covers relevant teaching methods for the classroom.

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What Did You Say? What Do You Mean? An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors. Jude Welton & Jane Telford, $25.95 (ages 10+)

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

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


What Did You Say? What Do You Mean? 120 Illustrated Metaphor Cards Plus Booklet with Information, Ideas and Instructions. Jude Welton & Jane Telford, $46.95 (ages 6-13)

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


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Complete Booklist

Can the World Afford Autistic Spectrum Disorder? Nonverbal Communication, Asperger Syndrome and the Interbrain. Digby Tantam, $32.95

Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome: a Parent's Guide, 2nd Edition. Kathryn Stewart, $30.95

Helping Children with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities to Flourish: a Guide for Parents and Professionals. Marilyn Martin, $31.95

The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults. Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman & Ronda Schelvan, $26.50

How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends, Revised and Updated. Don Gabor, $22.00

Letís Talk Emotions: Helping Children with Social Cognitive Deficits, Including AS, HFA and NVLD, Learn to Understand and Express Empathy and Emotions. Teresa Cardon, $34.50

Making Sense of Children's Thinking and Behavior: a Step-by-Step Tool for Understanding Children with NLD, Asperger's, HFA, PDD-NOS, and other Neurological Differences. Leslie Holzhauser-Peters & Leslie True, $25.95

Mindblindness: an Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind. Simon Baron-Cohen, $30.50

New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 15th Anniversary Edition. Carol Gray, $54.95 (includes CD-ROM)

NLD from the Inside Out: Talking to Parents, Teachers, and Teens about Growing Up with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. Michael Brian Murphy, $29.95

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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. Cesare Cornoldi, Irene Mammarella&† Jodene Goldenring Fine, $48.95

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities in Children: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice. John Davis & Jessica Broitman, $93.50

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: a Clinical Perspective. Joseph Palombo, $41.00

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home: a Parentís Guide. Pamela Tanguay, $29.95

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at School: Educating Students with NLD, Asperger Syndrome, and Related Conditions. Pamela Tanguay, $31.95

Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Understanding and Coping with NLD and Aspergerís. Rondalyn Varney Whitney, $17.00

Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesnít Fit In, When to Worry and When Not to Worry. Perri Klass & Eileen Costello, $22.00

Raising NLD Superstars: What Families with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Need to Know about Nurturing Confident, Competent Kids. Marci a Brown Rubinstein, $24.95

Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD. Stephen Gutstein & Rachelle Sheely, $39.95

The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond. Jed Baker, $54.95

The Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching Play, Emotion and Communication to Children with Autism. Jed Baker, $54.95

Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communication Problems. Jed Baker, $52.95

Socially Curious and Curiously Social: a Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke, $34.95

Take Control of Aspergerís Syndrome: the Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Aspergerís Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Janet Price & Jennifer Engel Fisher, $24.95

Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: a Practical Guide for Teachers and Parents. Patricia Howlin, Simon Baron-Cohen, Julie Hadwin, $95.99

Thinking about YOU, Thinking about ME: Teaching Perspective Taking and Social Thinking to Persons with Social Cognitive Learning Challenges, 2nd Edition. Michelle Garcia Winner, $71.95

Understanding Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: a Common Sense Guide for Parents and Professionals. Maggie Mamen, $27.95

What Did You Say? What Do You Mean: an Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors. Jude Welton & Jane Telford, Book $25.95; Cards $46.95

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