Books on Autism

Reviews for books on autism and other related topics.

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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Review – A Friend Like Henry — February 4, 2017

Review – A Friend Like Henry

A Friend Like Henry – Nuala Gardner

a-friend-like-henryDogs and cats are not an uncommon feature in parent biographies for autistic children. Dogs especially are cited in both anecdotal and some more academic literature as being invaluable for a range of mental health conditions and developmental disorders. That’s not to say it’s a blanket benefit – obviously, every individual is different and being autistic or having anxiety does not mean you like dogs.

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Review – Applied Behavior Analysis and Tips for Parents of Autistic Children — January 16, 2017

Review – Applied Behavior Analysis and Tips for Parents of Autistic Children

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Applied Behavior Analysis and Tips for Parents of Autistic Children – Jeffrey Jeschke

I have heard about people using the Kindle marketplace to copy and paste information from other places (such as Wikipedia) and putting them together to make masses of really short books in order to make money. I am not certain this is what this book is but based on the huge range of books the author has on Amazon I am inclined to think it is the case.

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Review – Autism: Simple And Inexpensive Natural Autism Therapies — January 15, 2017

Review – Autism: Simple And Inexpensive Natural Autism Therapies

Review: Autism: Simple And Inexpensive Natural Autism Therapies To Help Your Autistic Child Live A Calm And Healthy Life – Nancy Perez

autism-simple-and-inexpensiveThis is a very short book, coming at around 30 pages including the front page and copyright information. I think it’s meant to be an introductory guide to the different types of therapies – which are simple, inexpensive, and natural – to help autistic children.

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