Autism Book List


These are the most recommended book resources for families affected by autism.

General Information

  • A Child's Journey out of Autism: One Family's Story of Living in Hope and Finding a Cure by Leeann Whiffen, 2009
  • Autism and the Transition to Adulthood, Success Beyond the Classroom by Paul Wehman
  • Aspergers and Girls by Tony Atwood
  • All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann
  • TACA’s Autism Journey Guide
  • Thinking in Pictures – Temple Grandin
  • Beyond the Wall – Stephen Shore


Education and Therapies

  • Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration: Therapy for Children with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders by Paula Aquilla, Shirley Sutton, Ellen Yack
  • Sensory Secrets, How to Jump Start Learning in children by Catherine Chemin Schneider OTRL
  • Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with ASD by Kelly Mahler
  • The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations by Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa L. Trautman, Ronda L. Schelvan
  • The New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, and their Peers by Carol Gray
  • Engaging Autism by Stanley Greenspan
  • Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands On Learners by Deanna Horstmeier, PhD
  • Visual Strategies for Improving Communication – Linda Hodgdon
  • The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth - Stanley Greenspan - 1998


Early Intervention / Applied Behavorial Analysis (ABA)

  • Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism, Maurice, Green & Luce 1996
  • Right From the Start - Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism by Sandra Harris and Mary Jane Weiss - 1998
  • Let Me Hear Your Voice - A Family’s Triumph over Autism Catherine Maurice - 1993
  • Teaching Developmentally Disabled Children - The Me Book - O.Ivar Lovaas – 1981


Medical Treatments

  • Infectious Behavior: Brain-Immune Connections in Autism, Schizophrenia, and Depression by Paul Patterson, 2011
  • What is My Mother Doing to Me? by Andrew Zimmerman, 2010
  • A Guide to Scientific Nutrition for Autism and Related Conditions, from Kirkman Labs, 2002
  • Kirkman Labs Guide to Intestinal Health
  • Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians by Bryan Jepson, 2007
  • Is This Your Child? Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults, Doris J. Rapp, 1992
  • Children with Starving Brains: A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2007 Edition, by Jacquelyn McCandless, MD
  • Autism: Have We Done Everything We Can for this Child? Effective Biomedical Treatments, by Sidney Baker, MD and Jon Pangborn, MD
  • What Your Doctor May Not Tell you About Vaccinations, by Stephanie Cave, MD
  • Evidence of Harm, by David Kirby (a must have)
  • Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Karyn Seroussi, 2000
  • Biological Treatments for Autism & PDD, William Shaw, MD, 2003, 2nd Edition



  • The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide Parts 1 and 2 by Brittany Angell and Iris Higgins, 2012
  • Special Diets for Special Kids ONE AND TWO - Lisa Lewis
  • Special Foods for Special Kids - Todd Edelson
  • Allergy Cooking with Ease - Nicolette Dumke


IEP / School Districts & Legal Issues

  • Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Wright
  • Autism, Asserting Your Child's Right to a Special Education, by David Sherman, 2007
  • The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Education Child - Lawrence Siegel, 2007 edition
  • You’re Going to Love this Kid: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom, Paula Kluth