Education and Counseling for Individuals Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders


The Best Books About Aspergers


I’m a psychologist in the Chicago area. I’ve been getting more and more Aspergers clients over the last year, but am not well versed with this disorder or its treatment. Are there any books on this subject that you would recommend?


The following is an alphabetical list of “must have” books if you’re really serious about becoming an “expert” in the Aspergers field. These are all in my personal library:

1. An Asperger Marriage by Gisela Slater-Walker

2. Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students With Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes

3. Asperger Syndrome and Long-Term Relationships by Ashley Stanford, Liane Holliday Willey

4. Asperger Syndrome in the Family: Redefining Normal by Liane Holliday Willey

5. Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs by Maxine Aston

6. B. Smith Myles, K. Tapscott Cook, N. E. Miller, L. Rinner, L. A. Robbins, Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World, (2000) Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

7. Biological Basis of Autism by William Shaw, Ph.D., available from Great Plains Laboratory (913) 341-8949

8. Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa L. Trautman, Ronda L. Schelvan, The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situaitons, Autism Asperger Publishing Company (2004)

9. Children with Starving Brains, by Jacquelyn McCandless, M.D.

10. Employment for Individuals With Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability: Stories and Strategies by Yvona Fast

11. Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson

12. G. Berard, Hearing Equals Behavior, (1993) Keats Publishing Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut

13. Gail Gillingham, Autism: Handle with Care! (1998, 3rd edition), Tacit Publications, Inc., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

14. H. Irlen, Reading by the Colors: Overcoming Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Through the Irlen Method, (1991) Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY.

15. How to Find Work That Works for People with Asperger Syndrome: The Ultimate Guide for Getting People With Asperger Syndrome into the Workplace (and Keeping Them There!) by Gail Hawkins

16. J. Dimitrius and M. Mazzarella, Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior—Anytime, Anyplace, (1999) Ballantine Publishing Group

17. J. L. Savner, and B. Smith Myles, Making Visual Supports Work in the Home and Community: Startegies for Individuals with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, (2000) Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

18. J. Newport and M. Newport, Autism-Asperger’s & Sexuality, (2002) Future Horizons

19. Jean Kearns Miller, editor, Women from Another Planet: Our Lives in the Universe of Autism,(2003) 1stBooks Library

20. Jeanette McAfee, Navingating the Social World: A Curriculum for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and Related Disorders, (2002) Future Horizons, Inc.

21. Jerry Newport, Your Life is Not a Label: A Guide to Living Fully with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome for Parents, Professionals, and You!, Future Horizons, Inc.

22. K. Stewart, Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide, (2002) New Harbinger Publications

23. L. Holliday Willey, Pretending to be Normal, (1999) Jessica Kingsley Publishers

24. Loving Mr. Spock: Understanding an Aloof Lover, by Barbara Jacobs

25. Rebekah Heinrichs, Perfect Targets: Asperger Syndrome and Bullying, (2003) Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

26. Right Address ... Wrong Planet: Children with Asperger Syndrome Becoming Adults by Gena Barnhill

27. Stephen M. Shore (editor), Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, (2004) Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

28. Stephen Shore, Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, (1961) Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

29. Succeeding in College With Asperger Syndrome by John Harpur, Maria Lawlor, Michael Fitzgerald

30. Temple Grandin & Kate Duffy, Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism, (2004) Autism Asgerger Publishing Co.

31. Temple Grandin, Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism, (1996) Vintage Books

32. Teresa Bolick, Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens and Teens Get Ready for the Real World, (2001) Fair Winds Press, Gloucester, MA

33. The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome: A guide to an Intimate Relationship with a Partner who has Asperger Syndrome by Maxine C. Aston

34. Tony Attwood, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, (1998) Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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