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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The term “autism spectrum disorder” (ASD) covers a broad range of complicated conditions that typically include difficulty with communication and socialization, learning and developmental deficits, and obsession with a narrow range of subjects. Many people with ASDs also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, and reacting to different sensations. The thinking and learning abilities of people with ASDs can vary—from gifted to severely challenged.  30-50% of people with autism also have seizures.  The most effective treatments available today are applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and occupational, speech and physical therapy, which have proven to be the most effective.
Dr. Leo Kanner first described autism in 1943.  He reported on eleven children who showed a marked lack of interest in other people, but a highly unusual interest in the inanimate environment. Initially, autism was thought to be an early form of schizophrenia, which led to the belief that its onset could be caused by negative experience or bad parenting. We now know that this is not the case.
Asperger’s Syndrome, named after Hans Asperger, who originally studied and cataloged the symptoms of the syndrome in 1944, used to be considered a separate but related condition, and was recently removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) and is now diagnosed as a particular range on the autism spectrum.
Autism is four times more likely to affect boys than girls, and is found in all racial, ethnic, and social groups. There is no known single cause for autism, although the best available science points to important genetic components. Through twin studies, scientists have determined that autism is a genetically based condition. If one identical (monozygotic) twin has autism then there is an 80-90% chance that the other twin will also be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. For non-identical (dizygotic) twins the chance is about 3-10% that both twins will develop autism spectrum disorder. The chance that siblings will both be affected by ASD is also about 3-10%. 
Scientists are unsure what, if any, environmental triggers may be involved in autism.  One theory, popular in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, that vaccines cause autism, has since been disproven by numerous studies conducted around the world. 
National Resources for ASD:
Autism Science Foundation
The Autism Science Foundation provides funding directly to scientists conducting cutting edge autism research to discover the causes of autism and develop better treatments.  They also provide information about autism to the general public, and support the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
American Academy of Pediatrics
We are a social education service that encompasses the work of international-award-winner (Aspie, teacher, and Aspie mommy), Jennifer Cook O’Toole, in multiple mediums. Asperkids exists to make life for children with Aspergers more positive and purposeful, and to assist the adults in their lives in the ways they understand, parent, teach and respond to their children.
Asperger's Syndrome Education Network: A national non-profit organization headquartered in New Jersey that provides education and support to families and individuals affected with Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, and related disorders.
Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 650
Bethesda, MD 20814-3015
(301) 657-0881
(301) 657-0869 (fax)
At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.
Autism Speaks
2 Park Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 252-8584
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) National Autism Organization. The mission of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation is to develop and award grants to programs that benefit adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
P.O. Box 1149
Ridgewood, New Jersey 07451-1149
1 (877) 444-1149 (toll free)
(775) 243-9847 (fax)
The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), including autism, Apserger syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (PDD NOS).
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
A national network of state-based advocacy groups for families affected by Learning Disabilities. They have been very supportive of issues surrounding some of the learning difficulties common to children with severe social disability, such as those characterized by Non-verbal Learning Disability (NLD).
Executive Director: Ms. Jean Peterson
4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
(412) 341-1515
(412) 344-0224 (fax)
National Autism Center
The National Autism Center is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting effective, evidence-based treatment approaches and providing direction to families, practitioners, organizations, policy-makers, and funders. The Center is bringing nationally renowned experts together to establish national treatment standards, model best practices, and conduct applied research, serving as a vital source of information, training, and services.
41 Pacella Park Drive
Randolph, Massachusetts 02368
(877) 313-3833
(781) 440-0401 (fax)
OASIS - Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support
A national online support group and resource for parents, professionals, and individuals with Asperger Syndrome. Includes online support boards, chatrooms, as well as publications, resources, and other comprehensive information.
Contacts: Barbara Kirby and Patricia Romanowski Bashe

The Think Person's Guide to Autism
A source for evidence-based information curated by people with autism, parents of children with autism and autism professionals.

Connecticut Resources for ASD:
Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic
Fred Volkmar, M.D. & Ami Klin, Ph.D.
230 South Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 737-4337
Angelfish Therapy
Angelfish Therapy offers Pediatric Aquatic Therapy, Swim lessons, and Summer Camps for children with special needs.  We work with children with a variety of diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Rett Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or any condition that affects sensory or neurological function, motor coordination, or core strength.
Locations in Danbury, Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport and Wilton
Ailene Tisser, owner: (203) 969-6431 or
Achieve Fluency
Co-Directors Danusia Pawska, BCaBA and Christine Cukar-Capizzi, BCaBA
Achieve Fluency is a private learning center and consulting service that serves children with significant language delays. Our program focuses on developing basic communication and language skills, reading comprehension, reading fluency (decoding), written expression, basic math skills, and reasoning/problem solving. Our highly effective teaching methods are based on the principles and practices of applied behavior analysis with special emphasis on fluency-based instruction. Each student's program is highly individualized and is closely measured to assure rapid progress in his or her areas of need. Our staff includes board certified associate behavior analysts and certified teachers who have extensive experience teaching children with autism and related disabilities applying principles from behavior analysis.
Greenwich, CT
(203) 698-0247
Birth to Three Program
Birth to Three is a State of Connecticut program that aims to strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities. Children under the age of three who live in Connecticut are eligible for the Birth to Three System when they either: are experiencing a significant developmental delay, or have a diagnosed physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay.
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
1 (800) 505-7000
In the Southern Fairfield Region services for children on the spectrum are now consolidated through Rehab Associates:
728 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 341-0488
Fairfield Office
1931 Black Rock Tpk.
Fairfield, CT 06825
(203) 384-8681
Branches of Hope, Inc
A center for autism and related disorders offering comprehensive services and supports for children, families, schools and communities across settings.
Director: John C Burke, Ph.D. (
Clinical Director: Janie Dyment -Burke, M.A., M.S. (
335 Post Road West
Suite 102
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 227-3383
Center for Special Needs
Behavioral Treatment and Assessment of Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Michael Powers, Psy.D.
Glastonbury, CT
(860) 430-1762
Center for Speech and Learning
Providing speech, occupational and family therapy. Insurance accepted.
801 Edgewood Ave., Rear
New Haven, CT 06515
Chapel Haven
Independent Living Skills for adults with Developmental Disabilities
(203) 397-1714
The Child Guidance Center of Southern Ct, Inc.
Offer developmental evaluations, support groups for parents of developmentally delayed/autistic children, and accept insurance
Cara E. Barbierri, Psy.D.
Coordinator of Developmental Evaluations and Group Psychotherapy Program
103 West Broad St
Stamford, Ct 06902
(203) 324-6127
Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center
A non-profit organization founded in the year 2000 that hopes to provide for all parents and professionals the most recent information and research to help them understand the barriers and challenges people with autistic spectrum disorders face in everyday life by sponsoring professional development sessions for parents, school personnel, community providers and other professionals working with his population and by expanding support throughout the State of Connecticut, and to encourage the development of resources.
1978 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT
(203) 248-5222
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC)
A statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 21. They can help you with: understanding special education laws, identifying your child's educational needs, communicating more effectively with professionals, and participating in the educational decision making process.
338 Main Street
Niantic, CT 06357
(860) 739-3089 (V/TDD)
1 (800) 445-CPAC
Connect to Talk
Center and home based provider for speech and language services, occupational therapy, motor/sensory and behavioral difficulties and social skills training. ABA services including functional behavioral assessments, parent/caregiver training, school shadows, respite services, and IEP/PPT consultations.
6 Hollyhock Road
Wilton, CT
(203) 210-7124
1011 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT
(203) 200-7256
Crystal Wood Stables Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy Program
A therapeutic intervention that involves a 20 to 30 minute treatment session given by an OT, PT, or SLP using the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy to work towards therapy goals and functional outcomes.
Durham, CT
(860) 349-2298
(860) 349-6843
Provides information and resources that enable parents to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of current treatment approaches. 24 hour hotline, internet discussion list, web site.
P.O. Box 388
Ellington, CT 06029-0388
(860) 571-3888
Deborah Fein, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269
(860) 486-3518
Eagle Hill (Learning Disabilities specialty school)
Greenwich, CT
(203) 622-9240
Farmington Valley Aspergers Network (FAVAN)
A support group for parents of children of the "high" end of the autism spectrum (AS, PDD-NOS, High-Functioning Autism). Meets once each month in Simsbury, CT.
FOCUS Alternative Learning Center
Specializes in working with kids ages 6-18 years old who are on the autistic spectrum, suffer from high anxiety, experience processing difficulties and who are otherwise as we like to say, "creatively wired and socially challenged."
126 Dowd Avenue P.O. Box 452
Canton, CT 06019
(860) 693-8809
(860) 693-0141 (fax)
Foundation School (school for special needs)
719 Derby-Milford Road
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 795-6075
Franklin Academy
Franklin Academy provides students with nonverbal learning differences the academic and social skills to become life-long learners, to pursue college and career goals, and to enjoy fulfilling lives. Located on a 25-acre campus, Franklin Academy is a private, non-profit, coeducational boarding and day school that educates children with nonverbal learning disabilities in a safe and supportive environment. The Board of Trustees, the administration, and the faculty are committed to offering each student attending Franklin Academy a personalized curriculum designed to develop and enhance academic and social skills.
106 River Road
East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 873-2700
(860) 873-8861
Friends of Autistic People
A parents' group in Fairfield, CT, dedicated to raising awareness of the needs of autistic adults and working toward services needed by autistic adults. Parents of autistic and PDD children of any age encouraged to join with no membership fees.
Brita Darany
974 North St.
Greenwich, CT 06831
(203) 661-8510
Greenwich Autism Program
Susan G. Izeman, Ph.D. BCBA, Director
132 East Putnam Ave
Cos Cob, CT 06807
(203) 629-1880 ext. 327
Laurie A. Lustiber, MS, CCC/SP
Speech-Language Pathologist
182 Meadows End Road
Monroe, CT 06468
(203) 261-6582
Maggie Casciato
PDD Parent Support Group Leader
Fairfield County, CT
(203) 261-7980
McCarton Center
The McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental disabilities and special needs. The McCarton Center was founded in 1998 by Cecelia McCarton, MD, a leading expert in developmental pediatrics and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Based on its Integrated Education Model, the McCarton Center provides not only assessment and diagnoses, but also an individual development plan for each child. This may combine a variety of therapies including aspects of speech and language therapy, sensory integration therapy, socialization with peers, developmental play skills and applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy.
The McCarton Center
350 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 996-9019
Fax: (212) 996-9047
Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association
Patricia Carrin - NLDA President
507 Hopmeadow St.
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 658-5522
(860) 658-6688 (fax)
Rosalie Greenbaum, Ph.D.
Specializes in Pervasive Developmental Disorders, offering comprehensive evaluations
New Canaan, CT
(203) 972-6889
Barbara Greenspan
Occupational Therapy
(203) 858-8490
6 East Main Street
Westport, CT
Communication Clinic of Connecticut, LLC
Dr. Nancy Schwartz
The Communication Clinic of Connecticut services children with speech and language difficulties between the ages of one year and 21 years.  While the clinic is known for working with children on the Autistic Spectrum, we also specialize in working with children who have been diagnosed with Childhood Speech Apraxia.   In addition, we treat children who have been diagnosed with the following disabilities: Nonverbal Learning Disability, Receptive Language Disorder and/or Expressive Language Disorder, Semantic Language Disorder, and Down Syndrome.
(203) 544-9560
137 Ethan Allen Highway (Rte 7)
Suite 1
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Caley Schwartz
Psychologist at Yale, works well with spectrum disorder children.
Speech & Language Consultants, LLC
Center for Communication, Behavior, Sensory Development, Literacy, and Technology
Landria M. Seals, M.A., CCC-SLP Executive Director
258 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 604-0602 (fax)
Wendy D. Marans, M.S., CCC/SLP
Licensed Speech Pathologist
Communication Disorders Specialist
234 Church Street, 3rd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 789-0424
(203) 562-1675
OT Works for Kids
Occupational Therapy
139 Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06851
Center for Pediatric Therapy
1300 Post Road Suite 204
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824
Phone (203) 255-3669
Fax: (203) 255-1173
Alphabet Soup
Pediatric oral motor, feeding, speech and language services
83 East Avenue, Suite 313
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 854-9845
Norwalk Hospital Development and Therapy Clinic
Norwalk Hospital’s Pediatric Therapy Center provides comprehensive, advanced pediatric developmental assessment and therapy treatment services all in one, family centered location. Created through a partnership with Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Developmental – Behavioral Pediatrics Program, the center offers specialized outpatient services to diagnose and treat children with developmental, behavioral and physical conditions. The Center also provides therapies, support services and educational programs in a child-friendly environment and under the guidance of a multidisciplinary team of pediatric experts.
34 Maple Street • Norwalk, CT 06856
(866) NHB-Well
Yale Psychological Assessment Service
The Yale Child Study Center Psychological Assessment Service has a long history of providing a broad range of testing services to school-age children and youth throughout Connecticut. Common referrals include: IQ testing, giftedness testing, educational testing for learning disabilities, neuropsychological testing of executive functioning, memory, and attention, second opinions, and assessment of personality and behavioral functioning. We provide comprehensive evaluations for elementary, middle school and high school age children.
Yale Child Study Center
230 S. Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 785-6227
(203) 785-7400 (fax)
Audiology/ Hearing
·        Michael Tassiello-Norwalk Hospital                                     203-852-2495
·        Pauline Bailey (audiology/processing evaluation)- Stamford               203-322-2942
·        Yale BAERs-New Haven                                                203-785-2467
Where to find an accredited ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapist:
Valuable Apps
Parenting Magazine’s top picks for iPad apps for autism spectrum disorder:
Learning Difficulties and Special Needs Guide to Media:
The Friendship Circle App Review of special needs apps:
Valuable Articles:
Complementary and Alternative Medicine review:

Sleep Issues:
Toilet Training:
Autism Science Foundation Pinterest Page
10 Commandments on Interaction with Kids on the Autism Spectrum
When should you tell your children a sibling has a disability?
Children’s show (based on Marc Brown’s Arthur character) introducing a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder:
Autism Spectrum Disorders Books:
Picture books that educate children about special needs:
Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communications Problems by Jed Baker
In this book, the author translates years of experience working with students with Asperger Syndrome and social-communication difficulties. The essence of this resource: 70 of the skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social-communication problems. Each skill is presented with a reproducible skill handout, as well as activity sheets listing ways teachers and parents can demonstrate, practice and reinforce the skill in the classroom and at home.
The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism by Jed Baker
Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this book uses photographs of students engaging in a variety of real-life social situations. The realistic format plays to the visual strengths of children with ASD to teach appropriate social behaviors. Color photographs illustrate the ""right way"" and ""wrong way"" to approach each situation and the positive/negative consequences of each. A facilitator (parent, teacher, etc.) is initially needed to explain each situation, and ask questions such as ""What is happening in this picture?"" Children role-play skills until confident enough to practice them in real-life interactions.
Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond by Jed Baker
Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this picture book appeals to the visual strengths of students on the autism spectrum, with color photos of students demonstrating various social skills in the correct (and sometimes incorrect) way. The skills depicted are meant to be read, role-played, corrected when necessary, role-played some more and, finally, to be practiced by the student in real-life social situations. “Thought bubbles” show what people are thinking during these interactions (not always what you hoped!). Practical, engaging, and down-to-earth, this is a valuable tool to help teens navigate the often-mysterious rules of social conduct in everyday situations.
In How to Talk to an Autistic Kid, a 14-year-old boy describes what it’s like being autistic. With frankness and optimism, author Daniel Stefanski provides personal stories, clear explanations, and supportive advice about how to get along with kids with autism. Luke has three sisters and one brother in various stages of their adolescent and teenage years but he is acutely aware of just how different he is and how little information is available for adolescents like himself.
Drawing from his own experiences and gaining information from his teenage brother and sisters, he wrote this enlightening, honest and witty book in an attempt to address difficult topics such as bullying, friendships, when and how to tell others about AS, school problems, dating, relationships and morality.
Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome:  A User Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson
Have you ever been called a freak or a geek? Have you ever felt like one? Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has Asperger Syndrome. Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are other aspects of life which are more difficult. Adolescence and the teenage years are a minefield of emotions, transitions and decisions and when a child has Asperger Syndrome, the result is often explosive.
In his bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye, John Elder Robison described growing up with Asperger’s syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn’t exist. He was intelligent but socially isolated; his talents won him jobs with toy makers and rock bands but did little to endear him to authority figures and classmates, who were put off by his inclination to blurt out non sequiturs and avoid eye contact.
By the time he was diagnosed at age forty, John had already developed a myriad of coping strategies that helped him achieve a seemingly normal, even highly successful, life. In Be Different, Robison shares a new batch of endearing stories
about his childhood, adolescence, and young adult years, giving the reader a rare window into the Aspergian  mind.
The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens With Asperger Syndrome
From the author: “Being a teen or tween isn't easy for anyone -- but it's especially tough for Asperkids. I know. I was one, I taught a whole bunch, and I am going to be raising three! That's also why I know that Asperkids deserve their very own guide to all of the hidden social rules that are awfully confusing to us, even if they seem obvious to everyone else.”
Asperger’s Rules!:  How to Make Sense of School and Friends
Additional recommendations from the Yale Autism Resource Program:
General Resources for Social Skills Instruction – School Age
Baron-Cohen, S. & Howlin, P. (1999). Teaching children with autism to mind-read: A practical guide for teachers and parents. New York: Wiley.
Begun, R. (1995). Ready-to-use social skills lessons & activities for grades prek-k. Champaign, IL: Research Press Publishers.
Charlop-Christy M, Le, L & Freeman, K. A comparison of video modeling with in vivo modeling for teaching children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2000; 30:554-552.
Duke, M., Martin, E., & Nowicki, S. (1996). Teaching your child the language of social success.
Elias, M. & Tobias, S. (1999). Social problem solving: Interventions in the schools. Guilford School Practitioners Series.
Gray, C. (2000). The new social story book. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons (800-489-0727).
Goldstein, H. (2002). Promoting social communication: Children with developmental disabilities from birth to adolescence. Paul Brookes Publishing (1-800-638-3775).
Guiding Eyes for the Blind Guiding Eyes for the Blind has introduced a program in which its world-renowned dogs are trained to provide safety for children with autism. 611 Granite Springs Rd Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 1 (800) 942-0149 (914) 245-4024 (914) 245-1609 (fax)
Knapczyk, D., & Rodes, P. (1996). Teaching social competence: A practical approach for improving social skills in students at risk.
McConnell, N., & LoGiudice, C. (1998). That’s life! Social language.
McGann, W. & Werven, G. (2001). Social communication skills for children. Vero Beach, FL: The Speech Bin. Resource List 2 01/26/10
Michelle, L. (2000). How kids make friends: Secrets for making lots of friends, no matter how shy you are. Evanston, IL: Freedom Publishing Co.
Siperstein, G., and Richards, E., (2004). Promoting social success. A curriculum for children with special needs. Paul Brookes Publishing. (1-800-638-3775).
Myles, B., Trautman, M., & Schelvan, R. (2004). The hidden curriculum: Practical solutions for understanding unstated rules in social situations. Autism Asperger Publishing Company.
Wiig, E., et. al. S-Maps: Rubrics for curriculum-based assessment and intervention. Greenville, SC: Super Duper Publications. (1-800-277-8737).
Winner, M.G. (2002). Thinking about you, thinking about me: Philosophy and strategies to further develop perspective taking and communicative abilities for students with social cognitive deficits.
Communication Skills for Young Children & Toddlers
Apel, K. & Masterson, J. (2001). Beyond baby talk: From sounds to sentences- A
parent’s complete guide to language development. Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing.
Bondy, A. & Frost, L. (2002). A Picture’s worth: PECS and other visual communication
strategies in autism. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.
Hodgdon, L. (2001). Visual strategies for improving communication: Practical supports for school and home. Troy, Michigan: QuirkRoberts Publishing. (1-248-879-2598).
Pepper, J. & Weitzman, E. (2004). It takes two to talk. A practical guide for parents of children with language delay. Toronto, Ontario: The Hanen Centre.
Quill, K. (2000). Do watch listen say: Social and communication intervention for children with autism. Paul Brookes Publishing. (800-638-3775.
General Communication Skills – School Age
Caillou (television program) Agent Oso (television program)
Baker, J. (2001). The social skills picture book: Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with Autism. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc. Resource List 3 01/26/10
Beilinson, J.S. & Olswang, L.B. (2003). Facilitating peer-group entry in kindergartners with impairments in social communication. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 34,154.
Boardmaker (Version 5.0) [Computer software]. Solana Beach, CA: Mayer-Johnson, Inc.
Phone: 800-588-4548
Bornstein, H., Saulnier, K., & Hamilton, L. (1983). The comprehensive Signed English dictionary. Washington, DC: Gallaudet College Press.
Brinton, B., et al. (2004). Description of a program for social language intervention: “If you can have a conversation, you can have a relationship.” Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 35, 283-290.
Duke, M., Nowicki, S., & Martin, E. (1996). Teaching your child the language of social success. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Freeman, S. (1996). Teach Me Language: A language manual for children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and related developmental disorders. Langley, B.C.: SKF Books.
Gray, C. (1994). Comic strip conversations and social stories. Arlington, TX: Future Education Resources.
Phone: 616-954-9747
Gray, C. (1994). The original social story book. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.
Phone: 616-954-9747
Gray, C. (1995). Comic-strip conversations. Arlington, TX; Future Horizons.
Hamersky, J. Cartoon cut-ups: Teaching figurative language and humor. Greenville, SC: Super Duper Publications. (1-800-277-8737).
Hodgdon, L. (1995). Visual strategies for improving communication: Practical supports for school and home. Troy, MI: QuirkRoberts Publishing.
Phone: 248-879-2598
Hodgdon, L. (1999). Solving behavior problems in autism. Troy, MI: QuirkRoberts Publishing.
Hoskins, B. Conversations: A framework for language intervention. Greenville, SC: Super Duper Publications. (1-800-277-8737).
Inspiration [Computer software]
Inspiration Software, Inc.
7412 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy Resource List 4 01/26/10
Suite 102
Portland, OR 97225
Phone: 800-877-4292
Kid Pix Deluxe 3 (2003) [Computer software]
Riverdeep Interactive Learning
399 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 888-242-6747
Leaf, R. & McEachin. (1999). A work in progress: Behavior management strategies for intensive behavioral treatment of autism. New York, NY: DRL Books, L.L.C.
Phone: 800-853-1057
Maurice, C. (1996). Behavioral intervention for young children with autism: A manual for parents and professionals. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.
Microsoft PowerPoint [Computer software]
2003 Microsoft Corporation
Myles, B., Trautman, M., Schelvan, R. (2004). The hidden curriculum: Practical solutions for understanding unstated rules in social situations. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.
Nelson, N., et. al. (2004). The writing lab approach to language assessment and intervention. Paul Brookes Publishing. (1-800-638-3775).
Paul, R. (2006). Language disorders from infancy through adolescence. Assessment and intervention, 3rd edition. Mosby, Inc. (800-325-4177).
Picture Exchange Communication System
Pyramid Educational Consultants
226 West Park Place, Suite 1
Newark, DC 19711
Phone: 888-732-7462
Quill, K. (1995). Teaching children with autism: Strategies to enhance communication and socialization. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers, Inc.
Quill, K. (2000). Do watch listen say: Social and communication intervention. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.
Phone: 800-638-3775
Reese, P.B. & Challenner, N.C. (1999). Autism and PDD: Primary social skills lessons. East Moline, IL: Linguisystems, Inc. Resource List 5 01/26/10
Phone: 800-776-4332
Spector, C. Saying one thing, meaning another. Activities for clarifying ambiguous language. Greenville, SC: Super Duper Publications. (1-800-277-8737).
Story Book Weaver [Computer software]
The Learning Company Publisher of Storybook Weaver Deluxe, 2004
Sussman, F. (1999). More than words: Helping parents promote communication and social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder. Toronto, Canada: The Hanen Centre.
Phone: 416-921-1073
Winner, M. (2002). Thinking about you, thinking about me: Philosophy and strategies to further develop perspective taking and communicative abilities for persons with social cognitive deficits. San Jose, CA: Michelle G. Winner, SLP.
Phone: 408-557-8595
Wolfberg, Pamela J. (2003). Peer play and the autism spectrum: The art of guiding children’s socialization and imagination: Integrated play group field manual. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC).
Asperger’s Syndrome
Bashe, P., Kirby, B., Baron-Cohen, S. & Attwood, T. (2005). The OASIS guide to Asperger syndrome: Completely revised and updated: Advice, support, insight, and inspiration. New York: Crown Publishers.
Bolick, T. (2001). Asperger syndrome and adolescence: Helping preteens and teens get ready for the real world. Gloucester, MA: Fair Winds Press.
Jackson, L. & Atwood, T. (2002). Freaks, geeks and Asperger syndrome: A user guide to adolescence. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Klin, A., Volkmar, F. & Sparrow, S. (2000). Asperger syndrome. New York: Guilford Press. Resource List 6 01/26/10
Meyer, R.G. (2001). Asperger syndrome workbook: An employment workbook for adults with Asperger syndrome. London & Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Myles, B. & Southwick, J. (2005). Asperger syndrome and difficult moments: Practical solutions for tantrums, rage and meltdowns. Autism Asperger Publishing Company.
Powers, M. (2002). Asperger syndrome and your child. NY: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.
VIDEO (Parent, Sibling, Peers, Self): The boy inside. Kaplan, M. (2006). Moving Images Distribution, Vancouver, BC., 800-684-3014.
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
Catalano, R. (1998). When autism strikes. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Adaptive Functioning & Daily Living Skills
Durand, M. (1998). Sleep better! A guide to improving sleep for children with
special needs. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
Special Education 2007. Puberty education for students with special needs. Marshmedia. (800-821-3303).
Wheeler, M. (2004). Toilet training for individuals with autism and related
disorders: A comprehensive guide for parents and teachers. Arlington, TX:
Future Horizons. Internet:
Wrobel, M. (2003). Taking care of myself: A hygiene, puberty and personal curriculum for young people with autism. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.
Behavioral & Emotional Issues
Coloroso, B. (1995). Kids are worth it! Giving your child the gift of inner discipline. Harper Collins Publishers.
Fried, S. & Fried, P. (1996). Bullies & victims: Helping your child survive the schoolyard battlefield.
Greene, R. (2001). The explosive child: A new approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. Resource List 7 01/26/10
Harris, S. & Weiss, M. (1998). Right from the start: Behavioral intervention for young children with autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals. Bethesda,
MD: Woodbine House.
Hodgdon, L. (2003). Solving behavior problems in autism:
Improving communication with visual strategies. Troy, MI: QuirkRoberts Publishing. (248-879-2598).
Krantz, P. & McClannahan, L. (1999). Activity schedules for children with
autism: Teaching independent behavior. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.
McNamara, B. & McNamare, F. (1997). Keys to dealing with bullies. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.
Shure, M., Digeronimo, T., & Sheldon, A. (1996). Raising a thinking child: Help your young child to resolve everyday conflicts and get along with others: The ‘I can problem solve” program. New York, NY: Henry Hott & Co., Inc.
Issues Related to Adolescents & Young Adults
Baker, J. (2005). Preparing for life: The complete guide for transitioning to adulthood for those with autism and asperger’s syndrome. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc.
Coulter, D. & Gerhardt, P. (2001). Asperger Syndrome: Transition to College and Work. DVD.
Goldstein, A. & McGinnis, E. (1997). Skillstreaming the adolescent: Student manual. Revised Edition. Champaign, IL: Research Press Publishers.
Grandin, T & Duffy, K. (2004). Developing talents: Careers for Individuals with asperger’s syndreome and high-functioning autism. Autism Asperger Publishing Co.
Harpur, J. & Fitzgerald, M.L. (2004). Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Howlin, P. (2004). Autism and asperger syndrome: Preparing for adulthood, second edition. Routledge: London and New York.
Jamieson, J. & Jamieson, C. (2006). Managing Asperger Syndrome at College and University. London: David Fulton Publishers Ltd.
Johnston-Tyler, J. (2009). Preparing Your Neurodiverse Student for College. DVD.
Mayo, P. & Waldo, P. Scripting social communication for adolescents. Greenville, SC: Super Duper Publications. (1-800-277-8737).
McGinnis, E. & Goldstein, A.P. (1997). Skill Streaming the Adolescent: New Strategies Resource List 8 01/26/10
and Perspectives for Teaching Prosocial Skills. Champaign, IL: Research Press.
Palmer, A. (2005). Realizing the Ceollege Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Educational Resources
Handleman, J. & Harris, S. (2001). Preschool education programs for
Children with Autism. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, Inc.
National Research Council. (2001). Educating children with autism. Committee on
Educational Interventions for Children with Autism. Division of Behavioral and
Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
Myles, B. & Adreon, D. (2001). Asperger syndrome and adolescence: Practical solutions for school success. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.
Parent Resources
Addison, A. (2005). Unfolding the tent: advocating for your one-of-a-kind child. Shawnee Mission, Kansas: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.
Attwood, T. (1998). Asperger’s syndrome: A guide for parents and professionals. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Bashe, P. & Kirby, B. (2001). The OASIS guide to Asperger syndrome. New York: Crown Publishers.
Braaten, E. & Felopulos, G. (2004). Straight talk about psychological testing for kids. New York, NY: Guildford Press,
Doyle, B. T., & Iland, E. D. (2004). Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z: Assessment, diagnosis…& more! Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.
Doyle, B. T., & Iland, E. D. (2005). Los Trastornos del Espectro de Autismo de la A a la Z: Toda le informaciĆ³n que quiere. Saugus, CA: Emily Iland, Inc.
Exkorn, K. (2005). The autism sourcebook: Everything you need to know about diagnosis, treatment, coping, and healing.
Fouse, B. (1999). Creating a win-win IEP for students with autism: A how-to manual for parents and educators. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.
Firestone, B. (2007). Autism heroes. Portraits of families meeting the challenge. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Resource List 9 01/26/10
Jacobson, J., Foxx, R. & Mulick, J. (2004). Controversial therapies for developmental disabilities: Fad, fashion, and science in professional practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Ozonoff, S., Dawson, G., & McPartland, J. (2002). A parent's guide to Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism: How to meet the challenges and help your child thrive. New York: Guilford Press.
Powers, M. (2000). Children with autism: A parent’s guide. Bethesda, MD:
Woodbine House.
Wing, L. (2001). The Autistic Spectrum: A parent’s guide to understanding and helping your child. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press.
Wright, P., & Wright, P. (2006). Wrightslaw: From emotions to advocacy, 2nd edition. The special education survival guide. Hartfield, VA: Harbor House Law Press, Inc.
Wright, P., & Wright, P. (2007). Wrightslaw: Special education law, 2nd edition. Hartfield, VA: Harbor House Law Press, Inc.
Self/Sibling Resources
Amenta, C.A. (1992). Russell is extra special. A book about autism for children. Washington, DC: Magination Press.
Elder, J. (2005). Different like me: My book of autism heroes. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (
Faherty, C. (2000). Asperger’s…..What does it mean to me? Future Horizons, Inc. (800-489-0727).
Hale, N. (2004). Oh brother! Growing up with a special needs sibling. Washington, DC: Magination Press.
Harris, S. (1994). Siblings of children with autism: a guide for families. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.
Shore, S. (2003). Beyond the wall. Personal experience with autism and asperger syndrome. 2nd edition. Autism Asperger Publishing Co. Shawnee Mission, KS.
Shore, S. (2004). Ask and tell: Self-advocacy and disclosure for people on the autism spectrum. Autism Asperger Publishing Co. Shawnee Mission, KS.
Vermeulen, P. (2000). I am special: Introducing young people to their autistic spectrum disorder. Jessica Kingsley Publishers Resource List 10 01/26/10
VIDEO: Understanding brothers and sisters on the autism spectrum. 2007., 336-794-0298.
VIDEO: Understanding brothers and sisters with Asperger’s syndrome. 2007., 336-794-0298.
Willey, L. (1999). Pretending to be normal. Living with Asperger’s syndrome. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Ltd.
Healthcare Batshaw, M. (2000). When your child has a disability: The complete sourcebook of daily and medical care, revised editition.
Legge, B. (2002). Can’t eat, won’t eat. Dietary difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders. Phildelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Volkmar, F.R., & Wiesner, L.A. (2004). Healthcare for children on the autism spectrum: A guide to medical, nutritional, and behavioral issues. Bethesda,MD: Woodbine House.
Resources for NLD
Rourke, B.P. (1989). Nonverbal learning disabilities: The syndrome and the model. New York: Guilford Press.
Rubinstien, M. (2005). Raising NLD superstars. PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Stewart, K. (2002). Helping a child with nonverbal learning disorder or Asperger's syndrome; A parent's guide. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
Thompson, S. (1997). The source for nonverbal learning disorders.
Whitney, R.V. (2002). Bridging the gap; Raising a child with nonverbal learning disorder. New York: Penguin Putnum