Education is essential to truly understanding Asperger’s Syndrome. You may find the following books, websites, and information helpful for you, but because they have not been especially recommended for you or your child by Dr. Goldman please do not consider them medical advice.
- Asperger’s Disorder by Tony Attwood
- Look Me in the Eye; My life with Aspergers by John Elder Robison
- Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
- Pretending to be Normal by Liane Holliday-Willey,PhD
- Parents Are Teachers Too by Wesley C. Becker;
- Shadow Syndromes by John Ratey MD (see section on “Shy Gorillas” on P.226).
- The Mozart Effect by Don Campbell
- Asperger’s Disorder by Tony Attwood (Jessica Kingsley, London) www.jkp.com
- Asperger Syndrome: The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome, by Patricia Romanowski Bashe and Barbara L Kirby
- Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome, A User Guide to Adolescence, by Luke Jackson.
- Parenting Your Asperger’s Child by Sohn and Grayson.
- Navigating the World of Social Skills, by Jeannette McAfee, MD
- Social Skills: Solving the Relationship Puzzle, by Steven E. Gutstein, Ph.D.
- Inside Out: What Makes the Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick? by Michelle Garcia Winner
- Asperger’s…What Does It Mean To Me? A Workbook. by Catherine Faherty
- Teaching Your Child the Language of Social Success, by Duke, Nowicki and Martin
- Jarvis Clutch, Social Spy, by Mel Levine.
- Quirky Kids by Perri Klass and Eileen Costello
- Finding a Different Kind of Normal by Jeanette Purkis
Books for Adults with Asperger’s or Social Skills deficits:
- Aspergers Syndrome and Long term relationships, by Ashley Stanford and Jessica Kingley
- An Asperger Marriage by Gisela and Christopher Slater-Walker
- Asperger Syndrome in the Family, Redefining Normal, by Liane Holliday-Willey
- Living and Loving with Asperger Syndrome, by the McCabe Family.
- Aspergers Disorder, a Workplace Guidebook, by Roger Meyer.
- A Survival Guide for People with Asperger’s Syndrome, by Marc Seeger, provides great insight and suggestions from an expert–someone who lived with Asperger’s.
- Asperger’s Support Group (AspergersSyndrome@listbot.com)
- OASIS (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Suppport) is a wonderful site and message board dedicated to Asperger’s syndrome. In particular, see WONDERFUL SUGGESTIONS FOR THE TEACHERS.
- AASCEND for Autism and Aspergers Syndrome networking (415-248-1670)
- Institute for the Study of Neurotypicals ISNT@autistics.org
- Oops! Wrong Planet is a very, very extensive listing of links on the autistic spectrum. Enjoyably and eccentrically presented.
- Aspen (Asperger Syndrome Education Network) lists support groups and features articles on Asperger’s.
- TEACCH – Information on Autism offers a select series of informative articles on Autism and Asperger’s.
- BBB Autism Online Support covers an enlarged autistic spectrum
- Autcom has excellent, responsible information. See especially their Red Flags page for evaluating treatment claims.
- Asperger Syndrome Coalition has excellent materials on Asperger’s and related conditions.
- www.TonyAttwood.com includes numerous excellent articles and an Asperger’s rating scale by the leader in the field of Asperger’s syndrome.
Books on Hyper-perceptual Problems:
- Too Loud Too Bright Too Fast Too Tight by Sharon Heller, PhD
- The Out of Sync Child by Stock-Kranowitz
Insistence on Sameness:
Certain individuals, often but not necessarily those who have Asperger’s Syndrome, are easily overwhelmed by minimal change, are highly sensitive to environmental stressors, and sometimes engage in rituals. They are anxious and tend to worry obsessively when they do not know what to expect; stress, fatigue, and sensory overload easily throw them off balance.
The following suggestions pertain mainly to children with Asperger’s Syndrome, but for adolescents and adults with or without Asperger’s, one could apply these suggestions to other situations, e.g. work instead of school, and to employers or immediate supervisors rather than parents or teachers.
- Provide a predictable and safe environment;
- Minimize transitions;
- Offer consistent daily routine: These people must understand each day’s routine and know what to expect in order to be able to concentrate on the task at hand;
- Avoid surprises: For example with children, prepare the child thoroughly in advance for special activities, altered schedules, or any other change in routine, regardless of how minimal;
- Allay fears of the unknown by exposing the child to the new activity, teacher, class, school, camp, and so forth beforehand, and as soon as possible after he is informed of the change, to prevent obsessive worrying. (For instance, when the child with Asperger’s Syndrome must change schools, he should meet the new teacher, tour the new school, and be apprised of his routine in advance of actual attendance. School assignments from the old school might be provided the first few days so that the routine is familiar to the child in the new environment. The receiving teacher might find out the child’s special areas of interest and have related books or activities available on the child’s first day).