Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing disorder

* The girl with the curly hair by Alis Rowe

My family have known me my entire life. Yet, they still don’t really know what it’s like being me, having Asperger’s Syndrome. So I wrote this book. The hardest thing about having Asperger’s Syndrome is that it can seem like an invisible condition. I hope this book will build the bridge between people with Asperger’s Syndrome and the rest of the world. Most people with Asperger’s Syndrome are able and willing to work and live a “normal” life, with the right support and adjustment. The main problem is that most people are just unaware of how they can help. So, let us begin our journey into the wearing but wonderful world that is Asperger’s Syndrome.

 

 

* The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism by Naoki Higashida

What is it like to have autism? How can we know what a person - especially a child - with autism is thinking and feeling? This groundbreaking book, written when he was only thirteen, provides some answers. Severely autistic and non-verbal, Naoki learnt to communicate by using a 'cardboard keyboard' - and what he has to say gives a rare insight into an autistically-wired mind. He explains behaviour he's aware can be baffling such as why he likes to jump and why some people with autism dislike being touched; he describes how he perceives and navigates the world, sharing his thoughts and feelings about time, life, beauty and nature; and he offers an unforgettable short story.

 

* The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion

‘I've read a lot about relationships with people on the autism spectrum and this book really spoke to me. I remember the moment my husband realized he loved me and I know that I just have to go back to that moment any time the doubts creep in. This is an incredibly astute book that demonstrates the quirkiness and sensitivity needed to deal with such a confusing situation.’

 

* Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir by Chris Packham (inspired BBC documentary, Asperger’s and Me )

An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham only felt at ease in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young Kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love, and that would change him forever.

 

* The Out of Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz - a groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)--and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents