Resources for Caregivers of Individuals with Autism

The coronavirus has had drastic effects upon people with autism and their caregivers. The disruption in routines, the introduction of new societal norms such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing, the process of getting vaccinated, and the gradual transition to a “new normal” is extremely difficult for individuals with ASD. In addition, many caregivers have found themselves thrust into the roles of their children’s teacher and therapists – experiences that present their own challenges. Listed below are resources that are designed to assist both the individual with autism and his or her caregivers. These resources are divided into five sections:

  1. Information geared toward the pandemic.
  2. Links to the websites of local and state autism-related organizations.
  3. Autism-Related Facebook Groups.
  4. A list of “The Best Autism Apps” (published in Autism Parenting Magazine in May 2020).
  5. Titles of autism-related ebooks that can be borrowed though the Library’s hoopla app.

Have questions about hoopla? Go to → hoopla instructions.

Part 1: Guides for Coping with the Pandemic and Resources for Remote Learning
  • Autism NJ
    • Provides guidance on preparing individuals with autism for the vaccine, wearing masks, adjusting to disruptions in their routines, coping with regression and challenging behaviors, remote learning resources, and useful apps. Also contains strategies for caregiver self-care, financial concerns, and practical information regarding COVID-19 and its effects on the delivery of therapies. Autism NJ also has a hotline: 1-800-428-8476.
  • University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
    • Contains a social story designed to prepare those with ASD to receive the vaccine.
  • Harvard Health Publishing: Harvard Medical School
    • An article containing tips for helping those with ASD cope with taking a COVID test and adjust to wearing masks.
  • The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
    • A social story about wearing masks for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Education Law Center
    • Contains information about the rights of students with disabilities while schools are closed.
  • New Jersey Autism Warriors
    • This Facebook group is the online caregiver support group for POAC Autism Services. Learn how other people have coped with the challenges that you are encountering, and provide advice to others
  • Mom2Mom Helpline
    • Provides peer support to mothers of children and adults with special needs. Can also be reached by phone at 1-877-914-6662.
  • The Arc of New Jersey
    • Contains COVID-19 resources for individuals and their caregivers – including plain-language explanations, a list of 75 stay-at-home activities, housing updates, and income support.
  • New Jersey Division of Disability Services
    • Contains an emergency preparedness checklist for people with disabilities.
  • Autism Speaks
    • Has a wide variety of resources geared toward families and toward adults who have autism. There is an Autism Response Team (ART) available to answer questions by phone, email, and live chat (1-888- 288-4762). Also contains tips for discussing COVID-19 with your child, a social story about wearing masks, guidance if your child needs to be hospitalized, behavioral resources, coping with stress, and parental training and support resources.
  • Child Mind Institute’s Autism Center
    • Offers suggestions for talking to your children about the coronavirus, teaching handwashing techniques, developing routines and creating schedules, and writing an emergency plan.
  • Echo Autism
    • Contains information about teaching handwashing to children, how to do ABA, speech, and OT therapy at home, behavior management techniques, how to teach at home (including links to websites on various subjects), and more.
  • Wolf + Friends
    • Available as a free app through the App Store and Google Play, this resource enables you to meet moms in your area who are raising children with special needs. Contains remote learning resources, free articles, Zoom video chats, and a directory of specialists in particular fields.
  • Education.com
    • Contains free printable worksheets on a wide variety of topics for children in preschool through fifth grade. Also has online games, songs, activities, and stories. Must create a free account to use.
  • SplashLearn
    • Uses fun, online games to teach math to children in grades 1 to 5. A free account is necessary to access some of the resources.
Part 2: Local and State Autism-Related Organizations

Employment Training and Assistance

Allaire Community Farm → Provides PreEmployment Training, Therapy Farm Animals

Community Options → Employment Training for High School Students, Employment, Housing

One-Stop Career Centers are offering virtual services (One-Stop Career Centers are closed during the pandemic) → Employment Assistance

Water & Sims → Provides Supported Employment Services

 

Information and Referral

Ocean County Department of Human Services (Children’s InterAgency Coordinating Council, Office of Individuals with Disabilities) → Information and Referral, Advocacy, Community Education

Ocean County Health Department → Information and Referral

SPAN Advocacy Network → Information and Referral, Caregiver Support and Resource Center

Toms River Mayor’s Advisory Council on the Americans with Disabilities Act → Advocacy and Assistance

Toms River Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities → Advocacy and Assistance

 

Legal Services

Community Health Law Project → Legal and Advocacy Services.

Hinkle Prior & Fischer → Special Education Law, Estate Planning

The Matus Law Group → Special Education Law, Estate Planning

Sussan Greenwald, & Wesler → Special Education Law, Estate Planning

 

Medical Specialists

Children’s Specialized Hospital → Developmental Pediatricians, Neurologists, Psychiatrists

Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center → Developmental Pediatrics, Holistic, and Biomedical Treatments

Community Medical Center → Autism-Friendly ER

Developmental Pediatrics of Central NJ → Developmental Pediatrics

KidZdent → Special Needs Dentistry

The Milestones Center → Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates → Special Needs Dentistry

 

Miscellaneous

Canine Companions → Service Dogs

Encouraging Kids Family Resource Center → After School, Evening, and Weekend Programs for Students with Special Needs. Educational Advocacy.

The Friendship Circle of Central Jersey → Social and Respite Programs

Mosaic Music Therapy → Music Therapy

New Jersey Camp Jaycee → Summer Camp for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities → Public Policy

Ocean County Family Support Organization → Peer Support, Dissemination of Information, and Family Training

POAC Autism Services → Recreational and Support Services, Family Training

Rising Treetops at Oakhurst → Summer Camp, Respite, After School Program

South Jersey Music Therapy → Music Therapy

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym → Recreation (Indoor Play)

 

Multiservice Organizations

Easterseals NJ → Summer Camp, Behavioral Health Services, Residential Services, Day Programs, Supported Employment

Ladacin Network → Services for All Ages: Early Intervention, Child Care, School, Therapy, Day Programs, Vocational Therapy, Housing

SERV Behavioral Health Systems → Services for All Ages: In-Home Services, Vocational Training, Residential Services

21 Plus, Inc. → Residential Services, Vocational Services, Supported Employment

 

New Jersey State Services

For behavior therapy and respite for children under the age of 21, contact PerformCare (the New Jersey Children’s System of Care) at www.performcarenj.org or by calling 1-877-652-7624.

To inquire about home and community-based services for individuals 21 and older, contact the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) at http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd or by calling 1-800-832-9173.

A “Transition to Adulthood Timeline for Parents,” which begins at age 14, is available on The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities’ website. Click here to view this document.

 

A Bright Tomorrow → Support Coordination for Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

A Care Connection of New Jersey → Support Coordination for Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

Ocean Partnership for Children → Care Management and Service Planning for Children with Behavioral and Emotional Challenges (accessible through PerformCare)

Owen Health Care → Children’s Behavior Therapy through PerformCare, Support Coordination for Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, Respite, Summer Camp, Supported Employment

PrimeTime Center → Adult Day Programs (Life Skills, Recreation, Social Skills, Vocational Skills, and More) (admission through DDD)

SPWA Services → Support Coordination for Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

 

Safety Agency

Ocean County Commission on Child Safety and Awareness → Safety

Ocean County Sheriff’s Office → Safety

 

Schools

To view a comprehensive list of schools, visit Autism NJ’s Directory of Schools Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

The Alpha School → School for Ages 5 to 21

Children’s Center of Monmouth County → School for Ages 3 to 21

The Gateway School → School for Ages 5 to 21

The Harbor School → School for Ages 5 to 21

Hawkswood School → School for Ages 3 to 21

Ocean County College → Education (Disability Services)

Ocean County College → Summer Camp

The Shore Center for Students with Autism → School for Ages 3 to 21

 

Therapy (ABA, DIR/Floortime, Occupational, Physical, Speech)

Brain Builders → ABA, OT, Speech. New Toms River center offers ABA & Therapy Services under one roof!  Remote learning can also be done at the center, as per individual child's needs and insurance approval.

Brett DiNovi & Associates → ABA Therapy

Caring Family Community Services ABA Therapy

Children’s Specialized Hospital → Speech, OT, PT, Feeding Therapy

The Family Resource Network → ABA Therapy, Recreational Programs, Information

Graham Behavior Services → ABA Therapy

Hybridge Learning Group → ABA, Speech, OT

Kaleidoscope Family Solutions → ABA Therapy

Limitless Victory Therapy Services → Occupational Therapy

Mastermind Behavior Services → ABA Therapy

Positive Development  DIR/Floortime

Proud Moments ABA  ABA Therapy

The Puzzle Place Center for Autism → ABA, Speech, OT

Sensory Playground → ABA, Speech, OT, PT

Social Behavior Learning Solutions → ABA Therapy

Speech Language Associates → Speech Therapy

Speech Pathology Solutions, LLC → Speech Therapy

Sunny Days Sunshine Center → ABA, OT, PT, Speech

Unlocked Potential → ABA Therapy

Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital → Feeding, OT, PT, Speech

Part 3: Autism-Related Facebook Groups

Autism Parents Support Group

Autism Society Southwest New Jersey Affiliate 532

New Jersey Autism Warriors

New Jersey Autism Moms

NJ Special Needs Connection

Parent to Parent NJ

Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Other Support Needs

Sensory Ideas for Kids

SPAN Parent Advocacy Network

Part 4: The "Best Autism Apps" According to Autism Parenting Magazine (May 2020)

The apps listed below are free to download, although they may offer in-app purchases.

 

Autism Support Groups

MyAutismTeam (Apple and Android)

→Caregivers can meet other people in similar circumstances, make friends, and get practical tips.

 

Behavioral Intervention Plan

I’m On It: Focus Timer for ADHD & ASD (Android Only)

→Helps individuals stay focused on tasks by allowing the user to set a timer for specific activities.

Autism Early Intervention App (Android Only)

→Works on academics, social skills, and daily routines. Contains visual cues, tactile tracing, and audio information.

 

Education

AutEdu (Autism Education) (Android Only)

→Enables communication between caregivers and teachers.

Otsimo (Apple and Android)

→Teaches letters, numbers, colors, animals, and more. Also provides Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), which is often used in speech therapy.

 

Functional Life Skills

Daniel Tiger for Parents (Apple and Android)

→Helps develop skills such as sharing, potty training, and working through emotions.

Aiko & Egor: Animation 4 Autism (Apple and Android)

→Uses simplified animations and interactive characters to teach. Best watched with caregivers.

 

Games

Infant Zoo LITE for Babies (Apple and Android)

→Provides visual input through high quality illustrations, animal sounds, and stimulating bubbles.

Magic Fluids Lite (in App Store) / Magic Fluids Free (in Google Play) (Apple and Android) 

→Promotes calming and relaxation by allowing users to create a dynamic wallpaper. Touch the screen and watch beautiful motions of colorful smoke and water.

 

Health Management

Chronaly: Powered for Autism (Apple and Android)

→Track behavior and health. Share data with teachers and therapists. Also allows you to create a schedule.

Part 5: Autism Resources Available on hoopla

Have questions about hoopla?

Go to → hoopla instructions.

 

Resources for Adults/Caregivers

 

  • The Autism Full Employment Act

    By Michael Bernick & Louis Vismara

    Impactful and integral to our economic recovery after the pandemic, The Autism Full Employment Act will rebuild and approve autism employment programs.

    Employment remains the issue today for many adults with autism. Due to the pandemic of 2020, authors Michael Bernick and Dr. Lou Vismara set out to develop an Autism Full Employment Act. At the time, the national economy was decimated, and it was clear that it would need to be rebuilt, starting in 2021 and beyond. The Act will be an attempt not only to rebuild autism employment programs, but also to address the limitations and shortcomings of the current system.

    The Autism Full Employment Act shows how there can be a place in the job world for the wide range of adults with autism, ADHD, and other learning and mental health differences-many of whom are not employed today. Bernick and Dr. Vismara review the autism employment initiatives in recent years among major employers, state and local governments, autism-focused businesses, and autism transition programs, and present strategies to build on these initiatives. They set out more fully the meanings of "autism talent advantage," "autism friendly workplace," and "employment for the more severely impacted."

  • The Autism Relationships Handbook: How to Thrive in Friendships, Dating, and Love

    By Joe Biel and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN

    Dr. Faith G. Harper joins autistic publisher and author Joe Biel to offer hard-won guidance on a wide range of topics about friendships, dating, and romance and answer a ton of questions. What do you want out of a relationship? What is the difference between flirting and harassment? How do you have a fun date and get to know someone when eye contact and prolonged conversation aren't your strengths? How do you change a casual acquaintance into friendship or dating? How do you express your needs and make sure you're hearing your partner when they express theirs? How do you maintain a healthy, happy long-term relationship? Autistic readers will find valuable answers and perspectives in this book, whether you're just getting ready to jump into dating, seeking to forge closer friendships, or looking to improve your existing partnership or marriage.

  • Autism Translated: 5 Keys to Help You Understand & Connect with Teens & Adults on the Spectrum

    By Toni Boucher

    Do you care about a teen or adult on the spectrum but have a hard time understanding why they do what they do? Do you wish you could have a better connection and feel the frustration of wanting to help but don't know how?

    Then this book is for you.

    It was created with the support of hundreds of autistic individuals and their families.

    They share their wisdom and insight about growing up autistic so you can learn from their experiences.

    This book reveals 5 little-known keys to help you build a better relationship with your autistic child, parent, partner or student. Learn to: 1- Eliminate harmful stereotypes from your thinking 2- Identify and harness autistic strengths 3- Understand what it feels like to be autistic 4- Communicate more effectively 5- Create an authentic & healthy bond.

  • Autism 2 Awesome: Allow Your Greatest Crisis to Become Your Greatest Miracle

    By Kerry L. Brooks

    In 2003, Kerry L. Brooks's son was diagnosed with autism, devastating his family. Their physician offered only two recommendations: prepare their son for a group home, and focus on having other children.

    Kerry was no medical expert, but he was a determined father and his son's biggest advocate. Refusing to follow the doctor's orders, he and his wife continued to search-not for a cure, but for strategies that would help their son reach his highest potential.

    In Autism 2 Awesome, Kerry shares these strategies and his family's journey from devastating diagnosis to high school honors graduation. No matter the challenge, every parent can benefit from looking within, trusting their instincts, and most importantly, celebrating every miracle.

  • Exploring Autism: a Conversation with Uta Frith

    By Howard Burton

    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and one of the world's leading experts on autism - Uta Frith, Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London. Topics that are examined in this extensive conversation are what autism actually is, the reasons behind the increased number of diagnoses over the last few years, autism spectrum disorders, Asperger's syndrome, mentalizing, brain imaging to research the cognitive and neurobiological bases of autism and more.

  • Surviving Autism

    By Judith Gompf

    You will find tips on what to look for in your child, help with doctors and specialists, how to manage the day to day, what resources your child may need and how to get them. What agencies you may want to work with and how to get the resources. Help with the public school system, getting your child an Individual Education Plan (IEP), how to manage bad behaviors, meltdowns, schedules and finances.

  • Underestimated: An Autism Miracle

    By J.B. Handley & Jamison Handley

    The incredibly moving and inspiring story about a quest to finally be heard.

    In Underestimated: An Autism Miracle, Generation Rescue's co-founder J.B. Handley and his teenage son Jamison tell the remarkable story of Jamison's journey to find a method of communication that allowed him to show the world that he was a brilliant, wise, generous, and complex individual who had been misunderstood and underestimated by everyone in his life.

    Jamison's emergence at the age of seventeen from his self-described "prison of silence" took place over a profoundly emotional and dramatic twelve-month period that is retold from his father's perspective. The book reads like a spy thriller while allowing the reader to share in the complex emotions of both exhilaration and anguish that accompany Jamison's journey for him and his family. Once Jamison's extraordinary story has been told, Jamison takes over the narrative to share the story from his perspective, allowing the world to hear from someone who many had dismissed and cast aside as incapable.

  • We Walk: Life with Severe Autism

    By Amy S.F. Lutz

    In this collection of beautiful and raw essays, Amy S. F. Lutz writes openly about her experience―the positive and the negative―as the mother of a son with severe autism. Lutz's human emotion drives through each page and challenges commonly held ideas that define autism either as a disease or as neurodiversity. We Walk is inspired by questions raised by Lutz as a parent of a severely autistic, now twenty-one-year-old son: What is the place of the intellectually and developmentally disabled in society? What responsibilities do we, as citizens and human beings, owe one another? Who should decide for those who can't decide for themselves? What is the meaning of religion to someone with no abstract language? In exploring these questions, We Walk directly, but humanly examines social issues such as inclusion, religion, therapeutics, and friendship through the lens of severe autism.

    In a world where the public perception of autism is largely shaped by the "quirky geniuses" featured on television shows like The Big Bang Theory and The Good Doctor, We Walk demands that we center our debates about this disorder on those who are most impacted by it.

  • How to Start Looking at Autism

    By Greg Stucky

    Have you heard about autism but don't know what it is? Does your child exhibit signs of autism, but you're not sure what to believe? Do you have a hard time around friends, coworkers or family that you suspect might be on the spectrum?  This quick guide to autism is written with you in mind.  After reading this book you'll not only understand how autistics think, but also how to engage with and succeed with them.


Resources for Teens

 

  • Handling Autism

    By Racquel Foran

    This book explores autism and how people diagnosed with the disorder manage it. It examines how autism affects daily life, work, and education, and it explains the latest interventions and therapies available. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

  • 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 teenage years are a time when being social is the #1 priority for kids. But for kids with Asperger's, who have acute social challenges, these years can be the most difficult, confusing time in their lives. Enter J. D. Kraus, a young man who has been there, done that! He offers practical advice to his peers so they can get the most out of middle school and high school, both academically and socially. Parents and teachers will love seeing life through J.D.'s eyes, plus "Notes to Parents" sections offer great advice for caregivers and educators alike.

  • The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence, and Connect with Others

    By Irene McHenry & Carol Moog

    This book offers a unique, strengths-based approach to help teens with autism spectrum (including Asperger's Syndrome) develop social skills, strengthen communication, and thrive. The activities contained in each chapter are custom-designed to work with the unique perspectives, sensory processing, neurological strengths and challenges that teens with autism bring to their encounters with the social world. This is the only book available for teens with autism that specifically integrates mindfulness skills and imaginative scripted roleplaying activities for building authentic social experiences.


Resources for Children

 

  • Maybe Autism is My Superpower

    By Ben Blanchet

    After seeing a superhero movie, Ben Blanchet, a thirteen-year-old boy who has autism, claims that maybe autism is his superpower. This book details a fascinating conversation between Ben and his mom. Ben describes the unique ways he hears, sees, and thinks about the world around him. His amazing narrative of his special gifts will also have you wondering if autism really is a superpower. The commentary throughout the book is by his mom, Angela Blanchet.

  • Roaring for Autism Presents: K-Rex

    By Tyeisha Brown

    This book is about a big-hearted dinosaur named K-Rex. He is a kind dinosaur with many friends who go on many adventures. He also happens to be on the autism spectrum. Come with us on a journey as K-Rex takes you into his daily life on the spectrum.

  • Autism Doesn't Stop Me

    By Gabby Duran

    Gabby knows how hard it is to be different from others in the school. Sometimes her own experiences were painful and lonely. She was told she was autistic, and she felt very alone. Gabby rode a special bus to school and went to classrooms where there were few students. Other kids on the playground didn't include her. Even most adults didn't understand her. She wanted friends so badly, and she wanted to be included in schoolyard games! But things got better for her and it will get better for you too!

  • Me, Autism, and My Little Brother

    By Azari Jones

    This story is about a loving bond between a sister and a brother. A sister who tries to see the world through her brother's eyes. She doesn't see his disability; she just sees her little brother.

  • Understanding Autism

    By Jessica Rusick

    In this title, readers learn common symptoms and behaviors of autism and how it affects kids at school and in relationships. Text includes suggestions on how to be a kind and respectful friend to someone with autism and appropriate activities kids can enjoy together. A famous person who has overcome the challenges of autism is highlighted. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.


Resources for Educators, Health Professionals, and Therapists

 

  • Social Skills Games & Activities for Kids with Autism

    By Wendy Ashcroft, Ed.D., Angela M. Delloso, and Anne Marie K. Quinn

    This book provides complete instructions for using fun, engaging games and activities to teach social skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Perfect for teachers struggling to help their students with autism learn to interact socially with their peers, these games are sure to become a much-loved part of students’ daily routines.

  • Autism and Asperger’s Conditions: A Practical Guide for Nurses

    By Christopher Barber

    Autism and Asperger's Conditions covers a wide range of issues relating to the care and support of those with autism and Asperger's syndrome. This book aims to improve nurses' professional interactions with those with autism spectrum disorders through improved awareness, knowledge and understanding of what these conditions are and what they are not, possible causes, diagnostic issues, nursing interventions, the history of autism, and issues that affect children, adolescents and adults with these conditions and their families. A highly practical and accessible text, autism spectrum conditions are covered from a variety of perspectives, both within and outside of a learning disability setting.

  • Educating Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Teachers, Counselors, and Psychologists

    By Erin E. Barton & Beth Harn

    Educating Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is aimed at providing strategies for teachers, school counselors, and psychologists to help address the needs of children on the spectrum, as well as their families. Including forms, charts, and a range of classroom activities, this is a great resource you will need to gain the insight and tools for making a difference in the educational lives of young children with autism.

  • Decoding Autism and Leading the Way to Successful Inclusion

    By Barbara Boronson

    More students on the autism spectrum are taught in general education settings today than ever before, bringing an array of notable strengths and skills that add intriguing new dimensions to educational programs. But these students also present challenges that are broader, deeper, and more intractable than those of their typically developing peers. Because reaching and teaching students on the autism spectrum in an inclusive environment complicates the work of teachers, school and district administrators must be prepared to provide knowledgeable, mindful leadership.

    Decoding Autism and Leading the Way to Successful Inclusion empowers school and district leaders to ensure that students on the spectrum are welcome, supported, understood, and set up for success. It's an essential resource for any education leader committed to achieving a differentiated, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all students in their care.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis of Language and Cognition: Core Concepts & Principles for Practioners

    By Mitch Fryling, PhD

    Written by leading experts in language and cognition, this groundbreaking behavior analysis textbook brings the study of verbal behavior into the 21st century with cutting-edge research. Students and clinicians in the burgeoning field of applied behavior analysis will find the theoretical foundation they need to effectively help the increasingly diverse clients seeking their services.

  • Teaching Adolescents with Autism: Practical Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

    By Walter Kaweski

    Award-winning educator Walter Kaweski offers secondary teachers practical strategies and heartfelt insights based on his extensive experience as an autism specialist, inclusion coordinator, and father of a son with Asperger syndrome. Teaching Adolescents with Autism offers hundreds of valuable ideas to help teachers. This unique book takes the mystery out of teaching adolescents with autism and inspires teachers to appreciate the individuality of each student.

  • Teaching Children with Autism in the General Classroom: Strategies for Effective Inclusion and Instruction in the General Education Classroom

    By Vicky Spencer & Cynthia Simpson

    Teaching Children With Autism in the General Classroom provides an introduction to inclusionary practices that serve children with autism, giving teachers the practical advice they need to ensure each student receives the quality education he or she deserves. Promoting field-tested strategies and techniques, this book offers teachers sound advice for creating a classroom environment conducive to learning success for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Part 6: World Autism Month Booklist
  • Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum

    By Michael McCreary (YA B McCr, Hoopla, Overdrive)

    Like many others on the autism spectrum, stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told that he doesn't look autistic. As he's quick to point out in this memoir, autism looks different for everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

     

  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-year-old Boy with Autism

    By Naoki Higashida (616.85882 Higa, CD 616.85882 Higa, Overdrive)

    A journey into the mind of a remarkable thirteen-year-old boy with severe autism, this book offers insight into what it is like to have the disorder.

     

  • Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism

    By Naoki Higashida (616.85882 Higa, Overdrive)

    In this book, Naoki Higashida shares his thoughts and experiences as a 24-year old man with severe autism. In short, powerful chapters, he explores education, identity, family, society and personal growth.

     

  • A Boy Called Bat

    By Elana Arnold (J Arno, Hoopla, Overdrive)

    For Bat, life tends to be full of surprises. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk which she needs to take care of. He has one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a terrific pet.

  • Since We’re Friends

    By Celeste Shally (E Shal)

    The narrator of this children’s book describes his friendship with Matt, an autistic boy.

  • Counting by 7s

    By Holly Goldberg Sloan (J Sloa, CD J Sloa, Hoopla, Overdrive)

    Willow is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by sevens.  Suddenly Willow's world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world.

     

  • In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

    By John Donvan (616.85882 Donv)

    Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi became the first child diagnosed with autism.  In A Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those children who have it.

     

  • Rain Reign

    By Ann M. Martin (J Mart, PLAY J Mart, CD J Mart, Overdrive)

    Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger's syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms. She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms. Just as a storm hits town, Rain goes missing. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.

     

  • Rules

    By Cynthia Lord (J Lord, CD J Lord, Overdrive)

    Frustrated by life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence.  Her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

    By Mark Haddon (YA Hadd, CD Fic Hadd, Hoopla, Overdrive)

    Despite his overhwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

     

  • My Brother Charlie

    By Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete (E Peet)

    A young girl describes what it is like to have a twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy.

  • Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism

    By Temple Grandin (B Gran)

    Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person.  Grandin charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words.

     

  • The Kiss Quotient

    By Helen Hoang (Q Hoan, Fic Hoan, Hoopla, Overdrive)

    Stella has less dating experience than most thirty-year-olds because she has Asperger's. She decides to hire a professional escort to practice being in love.

     

 

The information provided in this document is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical, legal, or financial advice, or treatment for specific medical conditions.

 

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