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Introduction

I read lots of books on Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. I review most of them on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and if you buy any of them after following a link to those stores from here, I get a few pence toward the running costs of this site.

When I am finished with books I have read I recycle them on Green Metropolis, a site where you can sell your second hand books. All books cost �75 to buy... 5p of which goes to the Woodland Trust. Feel free to browse there for bargains, and when you are finished reading them, you can put them back up for sale there... making back some of your money, giving someone else a chance to read them, and helping the environment.

The top ten books I recommend reading are listed below:

 1  -  Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book About Autistic People

 2  -  The Theory of Mind And the Triad of Perspective of Autism And Asperger Syndrome

 3  -  Communication Issues In Autism And Asperger Syndrome

 4  -  Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism

 5  -  The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

 6  -  Women from Another Planet

 7  -  The Exact Mind: An Artist with Asperger Syndrome

 8  -  Songs of the Gorilla Nation : My Journey Through Autism

 9  -  Asparagus Dreams

10 -  Creative Expressive Activities And Asperger's Syndrome

Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book About Autistic People

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I will struggle to find words to describe this book, though I can say I think it is beautiful and it is one of my favourites. This is such a lovely, strong, positive look at the autistic experience. It is practical and well informed, realistic, and yet inspirational. I don't know what else to say other than read it, and perhaps a warning... as a person on the spectrum myself, during and after reading this book I felt so much more relaxed and comfortable about being me that I felt even more disconnected than ever from the neurotypical people with whom I must share my life. This book is not just a book for autistic people though... it will give invaluable insight and advice to anyone who wants to see 'through the eyes of aliens'.

Perfect

The Theory of Mind And the Triad of Perspective of Autism And Asperger Syndrome: A View from the Bridge

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Another fantastic book by Olga Bogdashina. She is far and away my favourite professional author on this subject... always so open minded, interesting, and thorough. The title of this book simply doesn't do it justice. If I could name one book that answers, as fully as presently can be, the question `What is Autism / Asperger Syndrome?' this one would be it.

It is divided in to four sections - Autism as it is Officially Defined, Autism from the Inside, Parents, and Professionals. Each of these sections explores Definitions, Diagnosis, Causes, Development, and Treatments from that particular perspective, and in her usual comprehensive fashion, at the end of each section, the author mops up any angles not yet covered under the heading Miscellany: Thoughts to Share.

As always this book is so comprehensive and detailed that it could put you off. Lighter and shorter reads are available. To anyone who wants to really get a thorough understanding though I cannot recommend this book enough. The authors writing has quality and clarity and she handles the subject matter sensitively and thoughtfully. Top marks as usual.

Highly Recommended

Communication Issues In Autism And Asperger Syndrome: Do We Speak The Same Language?

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Another great book by Olga Bogdashina. My only warning is that you could find it a bit heavy going, but only because it is fantastically comprehensive. This is not just a book about communication issues in Autism... it is a book about language, learning, intelligence, and culture. It is open minded and thoughtful throughout, repeatedly emphasising the two way nature of communication and not just focusing on how to make autistic people do all the work like so many books do. The book is in three parts, the first looking mainly at theories of language and intelligence, the second at language characteristics, learning styles and development in autism, and the third and final part examines strategies to enhance communication. This is not a handbook that can teach someone how to communicate better, but what it is is a thorough guide to understanding what the communication issues of autistic people are.

Highly Recommended

Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism: Different Sensory Experiences, Different Perceptual Worlds

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This is a great book. There are so many books on the market where experts presume to know better than autistic people themselves and disregard autistic peoples own accounts of what it feels like to be autistic, but this one breaks that mould. It is not only packed with factual information about how the brain and the senses work, it explores the autistic experience with an open and enquiring mind, while still tying all this in with conventional explanations of autism and results from existing studies. This book has a great potential to be useful, not just to parents and autistic people themselves who are looking for information and understanding, but to educators and service providers, whom it could inspire and advise. Interesting and accessible, I sat down today and read it the whole way through.
 

Highly Recommended

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

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I have read lots of books on AS and reviewed many of them. What I am always warning is that in most cases any one book never gives a complete picture. Tony Attwood's book though is about as complete a picture as you could get right now and is not only far superior to his first guide to the subject but to many others on the market. If you read just one book on AS this should be it. It is easy to read, packed with information, and the author's respect and appreciation for people with Asperger's is evident on every page. It's professional, it's factual, it's understanding, it's worth owning a copy.

Just one book... make it this one

Women from Another Planet: Our Lives in the Universe of Autism

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This fascinating collection of writings by autistic women is perhaps the best value read for women wanting to find out what they have in common with others on the spectrum, but could still be interesting for anyone wanting to get an insight. Sharing experiences, feelings, conversations, and poetry in a frank and thought provoking way, this book has a charming and refreshing honesty that perhaps autistic people are best capable of and most likely to appreciate. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a very worthwhile read.

Well Worth Buying

The Exact Mind: An Artist with Asperger Syndrome

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This beautiful book is definitely one for the coffee table... large and glossy and full of delicious pictures. It combines the usual characteristics of an art book with the insight of autistic biography and the usual introduction to Asperger syndrome information. In addition to this though it has a very accessible guide to the psychological theories of autism. I identified with the art in it, having produced a similar style of pictures myself in the past (though not as good or as clever). This is an honest and thoughtful celebration of the autistic mind.

Delicious

Songs of the Gorilla Nation : My Journey Through Autism

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This is not just another autistic auto-biography. In talking about her life the author is also talking about her work with and her experiences of Gorillas, and what she has learned from them, creating as a result a thoughtful and intelligent book not just about one person but about what it is to be autistic and what it is to be human.

Recommended

Asparagus Dreams

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Neurotypical people read books by people with AS to find out about the condition or gain some illusive insight. As a person diagnosed with AS myself I just read them as most people would read any `normal' persons auto-biography... for interest and enjoyment and because, for a change, I can identify with the experiences the main character describes.

Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 12 and sent away to a residential school for young people with autism, this is the tale of the next 5 years of this girls life, the characters she meets, the emotional struggles she faces, and her rebellion against a misguided and inflexible system.

However, Jessica makes clear herself in the introduction that this book is not about naming and shaming people from her past. Names are changed, characters are composite, and she describes the experiences rather than the events, in a way that I at least found meaningful and compelling. My only disappointment was reaching the end and still wanting to know what happened next.

I don't think you'll learn much about AS from reading this, but it is still a worthwhile read in my opinion.

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Creative Expressive Activities And Asperger's Syndrome: Social And Emotional Skills And Positive Life Goals for Adolescents And Young Adults

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As a person with Asperger syndrome, this book won brownie points with me straight off when it says in the intro. "The Asperger perspective is just as valid as the non-Asperger perspective". I found the approach described here refreshing and interesting and I wish that I could have gone somewhere to take part in these sorts of activities when I was an adolescent... they actually sound like they would have been quite fun as well as helpful. I'm not a teacher, or a social worker, or a psychologist, and I don't know what you would be looking for in a book like this, but it seems to me like it has got loads of well thought out and explained activities, so I would be surprised if it were to disappoint.

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