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Autism Resources for Parents and Children

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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
"This translation is a lovely and useful window into the mind of a person with autism. It underscores the fact that autism is a different way of experiencing life in a way that may appear to be withdrawn but is often actually over-engaged. A must read - and a quick one, too."
Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child's Life
Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child's Life
"I just added this book because it talks frankly and usefully about recognizing managing the challenging and often bizarre behaviors that can accompany autism."
The Siege: A Family's Journey Into the World of an Autistic Child
The Siege: A Family's Journey Into the World of an Autistic Child
"This book shows that the struggle to cope with this disorder has been going on for decades and is notable because the sequel offers a glimpse into the long-term life issues."
The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)
The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)
"A good basic resource that covers a lot of ground and explains the value of "floortime therapy""
Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help
Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help
"An excellent basic resource, that like others on this list will send you toward the resources that address your particular situation."
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: A Mother's Story of Research & Recovery
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: A Mother's Story of Research & Recovery
"At some point it because too much to read another parent's story, but if you have any digestive issues at all this is absolutely essential.  It will lead to you other important references."
Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism
Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism
"Proof positive that autism brings with it gifts that can change the world."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
"At last - fiction that has an autistic protagonist.  Absolutely the best way to explain autism without having to tell everyone the intimate details of your own story."
Exiting Nirvana: A Daughter's Life with Autism
Exiting Nirvana: A Daughter's Life with Autism
"I admit that I have started but am not ready to finish this book."
A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies & A Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism
A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies & A Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism
"Real tools and strategies for dealing with things that acutally happen (or don't) in your house."
George & Sam: Two Boys, One Family, and Autism
George & Sam: Two Boys, One Family, and Autism
"Hands down the best narrative written by a parent about the day to day life and eccentricities in a family with autism.  This book is helpful because George and Sam are autistic in very different ways, which is not uncommon in families where more than one person has the disorder."
Songbook
Songbook
"Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) is a reminder that there are other parents out there with autistic children who are looking at their situations in creative ways."
The Out-of-Sync Child
The Out-of-Sync Child
"This isolates and gives insight into the sensory issues that affect all people to some degree or another."
The Out-of-Sync Child has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction
The Out-of-Sync Child has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction
"More good tools for helping the whole family find creative outlets for their energy."
Thomas the Tank Engine's Big Lift - And - Look Book
Thomas the Tank Engine's Big Lift - And - Look Book
"People with autism tend to love trains, and the faces on these seem to reach them especially well.  The older videos narrated by Ringo Starr, Goerge Carlin and Alec Baldwin are the BEST."
My First Word Book (My First series)
My First Word Book (My First series)
"Now for the kids - this whole series of books is invaluable because it uses real pictures without distracting details.  Great for language acquisition."
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
"All Eric Carl books are visually arresting and have simple text and good story lines."
Good Night Gorilla & More Bedtime Stories (Scholastic Video Collection)
Good Night Gorilla & More Bedtime Stories (Scholastic Video Collection)
"With autism comes repetition and this series of DVDs is perfect because they are superb books, they have a read-along format, and the whole family can watch them again and again without going insane."
Poppleton
Poppleton
"This is the first in a series of books that is ideal for first reading becasue the stories are short, funny, and the animals are interesting and well-developed characters."
We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Classic Board Books)
We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Classic Board Books)
"A large, beautifully illustrated book that has rhythm, repetition and suspense."
Frog and Toad Are Friends
Frog and Toad Are Friends
"Another series that is also part of most elementary school curricula - wonderful for developing social skills."
The Great Gracie Chase: Stop that Dog!
The Great Gracie Chase: Stop that Dog!
"Many children with autism love animals and they often love to be chased - this book fits that bill perfectly."
Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection (Railway Series)
Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection (Railway Series)
"The paperback  versions with individual sories that are cued to the videos are a great tool also - this is a nice book to keep in the car because it has all of the stories."
Al Capone Does My Shirts
Al Capone Does My Shirts
"If there are older siblings, this book presents autism in a context that allows those childrne to talk about it with thier peers in a comfortable way."
Big Book Of Trains
Big Book Of Trains
"Another great book for the car - big with lots of detailed photos."
Animal Encyclopedia
Animal Encyclopedia
"Animals are popular with all children, and this book has terrific photos and descriptions."
My Best Friend Will
My Best Friend Will
"This is the best classroom inclusion book I have seen so far, and we donated copies to each of the elementary schools in our District."
Flat Stanley Collection Box Set, The
Flat Stanley Collection Box Set, The
"Flat Stanley helped us break through the literal-mindedness barrier that always come swith autism - and, after the Frog and Toad books, helped us make the next step in reading comprehension."
Kipper - Pools, Parks & Picnics
Kipper - Pools, Parks & Picnics
"All of the Kipper shows are sweet and simple and never get old, even when played again and again and again.  And there are virtually no episodes that model behavior patterns that need to be undone."