Adulting: how to become a grown-up in 468 easy(ish) steps, by Kelly Williams Brown. Subjects covered include domesticity (finding an apartment and furniture, cleaning), cooking, some useful social rules, finding and keeping a job, money, maintenance etc- in great detail. (This book wasn’t specifically written for an autistic audience, but I can imagine giving a book like this as a reference to my children as they approach independence). Some of the specific references are American, but the general principles are useful everywhere.
Cure your child with food, by Kelly Dorfman. Despite the controversy of the “c” word in autism circles, I did find this an interesting read. The book is a series of case files, demonstrating her “nutrition detective” strategies, and examples of how eliminating certain foods or supplementing other nutrients helped with whatever was ailing the child. I have noted a few things to discuss with our doctor and dietitian!
Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety, by Nick Dubin. Written with an Aspie’s logical ordering and meticulous attention to detail, Nick is also a psychology doctorate student – so he knows his subject well!
The book starts with an explanation of how anxiety works, how to control it, and specifics about Asperger’s and anxiety. It then moves into a chapter on Cognitive-behavioural therapy – which was by no means a light read, but by the end, I felt that I understood this much better, so it was worth persevering through. It wasn’t a difficult read due to the writing – more that this can be a complex subject that takes concentration to understand. Other subjects included mindfulness, and how anxiety can affect relationships, employment, shame, and health, and a chapter on anxiety and spirituality. I found all but the last of these insightful, but he did state that that chapter was his personal viewpoints and opinions, which were eclectic.
As a first reading, I found this book interesting, to be able to understand the thought processes behind anxiety, especially as experienced by Aspies. To use it as a self-help book (which I think it would be well-suited for, for adults) would require several readings and processing time between.
“House Rules” by Jodi Picoult.
This book is fiction, about a boy with Aspergers who loves forensic analysis, and ends up a suspect in a murder case. After wading through tomes of non-fiction books about Autism, it was refreshing to read a fiction book that showed me, rather than told me, what Aspergers can look like – and kept me engrossed until the end.
Autism Discussion Page – A public Facebook group (you don’t need a Facebook login to read it) by Bill Nason. HEAPS of info, discussions and slides (go to Photos then Albums).
Love Tears and Autism – A very thoughtful book about a parent’s experience of life with Autism. Very similar to our own story.
An Extraordinary Gift – A very grace-filled look at Aspergers.
The Australian Autism Handbook – A great starting place for everything Autism in Australia!
Look me in the eye – An autobiographical account of life with undiagnosed Aspergers.
Pretending to be normal – An autobiographical book about life with undiagnosed Aspergers.
Send in the idiots – This book follows the lives of several students who started out together in an Autism school. (The title isn’t as confronting as it appears!)
The Complete Guide to Asperger Syndrome – As the title says – The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome.
Aspergers and Girls – As the title says – Aspergers and Girls.
Aspergirls – Uplifting book about girls with Aspergers.
How to teach life skills to kids with Autism or Aspergers – Wonderfully written and practical book on a much needed subject!