Resources for Families with Children with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome

Children with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome have generally “normal” Intellectual Development (IQ), but demonstrate significant challenges across the domains of social communication, social interaction, and unusual behaviors, restricted interests, and/or sensory atypicalities. Children on the spectrum and their family members experience unique challenges on a regular basis. Families with children on the spectrum need to be empowered with knowledge, support, and customized interventions. At GPSS, our staff members are experts in addressing each family member’s unique needs in a way that facilitates overall progress and harmony.

Below, we have listed resources that can be useful in your family’s journey.

Books

For Families with Children on the Spectrum

  • 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s, by Ellen Notobh and Veronica Zysk
  • Playing, Laughing, and Learning with Children in the Autism Spectrum, by Julia Moor
  • Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD by Steven E. Gutstein, Rachelle K. Sheely
  • Visual Supports for People with Autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by M. J. Cohen
  • The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching Play, Emotion, and Communication to Children with Autism (2003) by Jed Barker
  • No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior by Jed Barker
  • Asperger’s. What Does It Mean to me?, by Catherine Faherty and Gary Mesibov
  • The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood
  • Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communications Problems by Jed Baker
  • What It Is to Be Me!: An Asperger Kid Book by Angela Wine
  • The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone With Autism by Ellen Sabin
  • Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends and Family by Jude Welton, Jane Telford, and Elizabeth Newson (older children)

For Families with Adolescents or Adult on the Spectrum

  • No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior by Jed Barker
  • The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood
  • Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Jed Baker
  • Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond by Jed Baker
  • The Social Success Workbook for Teens: Skill-Building Activities for Teens with Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and Other Social-Skill Problems by Barbara Cooper, Nancy Widdows
  • Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide to Day-to-day Life by Nancy J. Patrick
  • The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide: Candid Advice for Teens, Tweens, and Parents, from a Young Man with Asperger’s Syndrome by J. D. Kraus
  • The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum by Jane Thierfeld Brown, Lorraine Wolf, et al.
  • Developing College Skills in Students With Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Sarita Freedman

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