This is an awesome Asperger’s booklist for anyone looking for support for their child or in their parenting.
Some of these books are detailed, some practical, some emotional. Some are for parents some for teachers and some for kids.
They are all really helpful.
Asperger rules – how to make sense of school and friends fab for secondary school kids with ASD. This book covers common school situations and the challenges that they can present to a child with Asperger’s. Kids will find the how-to for understanding and communicating with peers and teachers, standing up for and taking care of themselves, setting realistic goals, and making friends
A book of beautiful photos and simple sentences summing up the unique challenges of Asperger’s this book made me cry and made so much sense. A child with ASD will relate to this so much
Can I tell you about Asperger Syndrome A really basic guide with tips for teachers too and perfect to give to extended family. Probably only a 20 minute read if that, a really good intro to people who don’t know about ASD.
Asperger Syndrome – a guide for parents and professionals by Tony Attwood
This is a serious book that describes the syndrome and its implications well and clearly and in detail. Tony Attwood is the respected Guru on ASD and his writing is v accessible.
The Explosive Child – helpful for parents who have children who have frequent meltdowns and who get v quickly stressed, frustrated and upset – all about communication and problem solving rather than reward and punishment. I think teachers might find this useful too if they have a child who regularly gets v upset/aggressive. I highly recommend this book it challenges how you think.
What to do when your temper flares – this is a kid’s guide to overcoming problems with anger. The age guide is 6-12 but it has some greater anger managing strategies in and activities the kids can complete themselves, It is also one they can read themselves and work through it aims to help them make their short fuse a lot longer fuse! I like this book a lot.
The incredible five point scale – a fab book to help kids and teens understand various social interactions and control their emotional responses, can be adapted to any area where this is tricky to help kids self-regulate and make an action plan of strategies. This is best for 1:1 works with kids who are struggling to control their emotional self or could also be used in a group
Why do I have to …a book for kids frustrated by everyday rules. – this is for kids who get stuck with the basic rules such as why do I have to do homework…why do I have to listen to a teacher talking about something I know, why do I have to be quiet when I am working. Probably most useful for kids who are struggling with school and social rules,
What to do when you worry too much this the most AMAZING book for young people who experience anxiety or just too many worries full of great strategies that I have seen work lots of time . It might look a little young but the tools work for everyone. Cannot recommend this enough, one for ALL kids who worry
Different like me is a book filled with Autism heroes for kids age 8 and up. It is a really good way for kids with ASD to feel not so alone and that there are some really strengths in their uniqueness
The kids guide to staying awesome From breathing exercises, pressure holds and finger pulls, to fidgets, noise-reducing headphones and gum, the book is brimming with fun stuff to help kids feel cool, calm and collected Some nice ideas here.
I really hope you find this Asperger’s Booklist list useful and if you do please pass it on. You might also like this post on autism and public health