Wading through the books on Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism
There are hundred of books maybe even thousands of books that are all about Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism.
Here is a list from good reads
another from autism resources
these lists are long but, I’m sure not full, as new books are published frequently
I’ve started with 3 just 3 books for right now
please don’t look at this so much as an endorsement…but more of a review on my thoughts on the books listed
I hope at some point in the future to create a chart rating the books on their features…but right now I have more reading to do
The following are the books I have started on.
Living Well on the Spectrum by Valerie L. Gaus. PHd
(think of this book almost an encyclopedia type guide to autism spectrum, it is filled with a lot of useful information…but also a lot you may never use depending on where you fall on the spectrum)
I personally think this book would be better if split into two books,
Book 1: the information
Book 2: more of an accompianing workbook with the quizzes, charts, and diagrams
one area of the book I found most helpful and plan to print and hang copies on my sons wall
is a gray box area called: A word about strangers and Aquaintances
this is an area that seems to be pretty common from what I’ve been reading on Autism and Aspergers
people on the spectrum are often too trusting
have difficulty defining relationships
also included in chapter 6 are several highly informative charts about how to discern if the person you are talking to or about is a friend or aquaintance, and how to talk to and converse with appropriately
Asperger’s Syndrome by
like that this book ends nearly every chapter with a concise, boxed in summary.
again not everything in this book applies to everyone on the spectrum, but much of this book applies to everyone(does that make sense?)
the book concludes with FAQ’s and resources, as well as information on diagnostic criteria, and a formal bibliography with other books you may find useful.
Asperger’s Rules by
I decided to order this book, the other two I took notes on but this one is arranged in such a way that I want to be able to reference it more often…with my child.
It is comprised of many short “quizes” and by short I don’t think there is any quiz with more than about 5 questions
these quizes are meant to be
reflective of situations that have happened or
preparatory of situations that may happen
there are some great flow charts
sample/practice/what if dialogues
and is easy to navigate from one chapter to the next
to jump around as necessary
so here I am, digging in trying to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can, so we can move forward and prepare my child for the best future possible!