Books on Autism

Reviews for books on autism and other related topics.

Review – Working with Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom — July 12, 2017
Review: Finding out about Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and PDD — May 7, 2017
Review – Autism Heroes: Portraits of families meeting the challenge — April 8, 2017
Review: Autism Supporting Difficulties — February 27, 2017

Review: Autism Supporting Difficulties

Autism Supporting Difficulties: Handbook of ideas to reduce anxiety in everyday situations – Gaynor M Jackson

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Sometimes people just need clear, straightforward advice on what they can try. This is the case for almost everyone. So it’s little surprise that it is regularly the case for parents of children with autism. Many autism books are long and get quite heavy going with diagnostic information and details.

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Review: An Exact Mind — February 23, 2017

Review: An Exact Mind

An Exact Mind – Peter Myers, Simon Baron-Cohen and Sally Wheelwright

An Exact Mind.pngI think I wrote this same thing when I reviewed Drawing Autism, but at the risk of repeating myself – I am largely disinterested in art. It’s not as if I have some ingrained hatred for it – but I just have little desire to go and actively look at any. I wouldn’t say that I would necessarily go and seek out the art that is in this book if it didn’t have anything to do with autism – but the style was interesting enough to me that I spent a little bit of time actually looking at the images.

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Review – Max:An Autistic Journey — February 21, 2017
Review: Dude, I’m an Aspie (Kid’s Edition) — February 16, 2017

Review: Dude, I’m an Aspie (Kid’s Edition)

Dude, I’m an Aspie. Kid’s Edition – Matt Friedman

dude-im-an-aspieAt the beginning of this blog, I wrote about how I would read all kinds of autism/SEND books regardless of my own biases towards the type of book. I am well aware of my bias against ABA, but another one I have is for books written by those self-diagnosed as autistic. I do not consider it possible to diagnose yourself. I consider it suspecting, and I believe that the distinction is important – especially as I have had self-diagnosed individuals tell me that I am not autistic because, as a female, I present with some very stereotypical autistic traits…. I am aware I have a bias against people who self-diagnose, and particularly those who then write about “Neurotypicals and Autistics” in some kind of dichotomous way…because these people could be Neurotypical themselves so I think it’s quite hypocritical. It is this aversion that has put a lot of books on my “I’ll read it later” pile – and this is the first one to come off the top.

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Review: Touch and Go Joe — February 14, 2017

Review: Touch and Go Joe

Touch and Go Joe – Joe Wells

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This is an autobiography of OCD written by a teenage boy. In the book, Joe comments on how the media have contributed to this skewed view of what OCD is and – despite this book being over ten years old now – this is still too often the case today. In some ways, public understanding of OCD is worse now than it was when Wells wrote this book. People really over-generalised the idea of “everyone has a bit of OCD” and instead of it being a helpful way of showing that some parts of OCD are just everyday human traits intensified, now people are casually slapping the OCD label on people who like to put their CDs in order and keep their kitchens tidy.

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Review: Experiences of an Extraordinary Autistic Man — February 12, 2017

Review: Experiences of an Extraordinary Autistic Man

Experiences of an Extraordinary Autistic Man – Hans-Martin Ramsl

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For some reason, I thought I had got this book from somewhere other than Kindle Unlimited. Subsequently, I was quite surprised to see it load up as being 16 pages long on my tablet. I think I’ve read quite a lot of these self-published books recently and the quality is highly variable. Perhaps it’s time I returned to traditionally published books for a while.

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Review: A Very Simple Guide to Writing Effective Social Stories — February 11, 2017

Review: A Very Simple Guide to Writing Effective Social Stories

A Very Simple Guide to Writing Effective Social Stories – A.A Mahmood

A Very Simple Guide to Writing Social Stories.pngLike many interventions, strategies, and supports within the field of autism and SEND, Social Stories have some reasonable anecdotal evidence for their effectiveness but little in the way of scientific research. Even the meta-analysis that I read recently – which grouped together all the studies it could find on Social Stories which didn’t have methodological issues – was limited in its conclusions for a wide range of reasons.

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