Teens and Adults Booklist


Recommended Books For and About Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

For reading recommendations on other topics like education, medical and therapies, please see our Autism Book List

Books on Transition

  • Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Dr. Jed Baker
  • Transition IEPs: A Curriculum Guide for Teachers and Transition Specialists by Paul Wehman (this book has 300 pages of sample transition IEPs for autism, LD, ED, ID and physical disabilities. A great read!)
  • Autism & the Transition to Adulthood: Success beyond the classroom by Paul Wehman, Marcia Datlow Smith and Carol Schall
  • Growing up on the Spectrum by Lynn Kern Koegel and Claire LaZebnik
  • Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals by Jennifer Graham and Peter Wright, Esq.
  • Career Training and Personal Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Practical Resource for Schools, by Vicki Lundine and Catherine Smith. This is a book for educators but may also be beneficial to parents who want to help facilitate their child’s program.
  • My Future My Plan A curriculum designed to motivate and guide students with disabilities and their families as they begin early transition planning for life after high school.
  • Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent’s Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Chantal Sicile-Kira
  • Transition: Stacking the Deck In Your Favor by: Dena L Gassner (This presentation is aimed primarily at parents of teens with Aspergers and covers transition IEPs, OVR and applying for, and appealing denials for SSI.

Books on Girls

  • Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years by Shana Nichols
  • The Care and Keeping of You from the American Girl Library is one in a great series of helpful books for girls.
  • Sex, Puberty, and All That Stuff: A Guide to Growing Up by Jacqui Bailey is a more detailed book about puberty, dating and sex.
  • Period.: A Girl’s Guide by JoAnn Loulan (2001 version)
  • Aspergers and Girls by Tony Atwood

Books on Social and Life Skills

  • Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: A Fun Curriculum with a Focus on Social Understanding by Kelly J. Mahler (this comes with a CD with printable worksheets) that helped us fill in the gaps for my son’s needs and I think your kids will enjoy the games and social stories they include.
  • 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
  • Autism Life Skills: From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More – 10 Essential Abilities Every Child Needs and Deserves to Learn by Chantal Sicile-Kira
  • When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety with visual chart by Kari Dunn Buron
  • Yoga for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents and Caregivers by Dion and Stacey Betts
  • The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence, and Connect with Others (The Instant Help Solutions Series) by Irene McHenry PhD and, Carol Moog PhD
  • The Science of Making Friends, (w/DVD): Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults Paperback by Elizabeth Laugeson
  • The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens With Asperger Syndrome Paperback by Jennifer Cook O'Toole
  • The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens: Help for Unprepared, Late, and Scattered Teens (An Instant Help Book for Teens) Paperback by Sharon A. Hansen MSE NBCT
  • The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals (Instant Help Book for Teens) Paperback by Lisa M. Schab LCSW
  • Asperger's Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends Paperback by Blythe Grossberg
  • The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) Paperback by Elizabeth Verdick
  • Online Safety for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent's and Carer's Guide Paperback by Nicola Lonie
  • Parenting ASD Teens: A Guide to Making it Up As You Go Paperback by Andrew Schlegelmilch
  • Social Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders: The PEERS Treatment Manual Paperback by Elizabeth A. Laugeson

Books on College

  • The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences, 12th Edition: 350 Schools with Programs or Services for Students with ADHD or Learning Disabilities (College Admissions Guides)
  • Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome, by Ann Palmer
  • Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults Paperback by Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories Of College Students With Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes

Books on Employment and Independent Living

  • Asperger's on the Job: Must-Have Advice for People with Asperger's or High Functioning Autism and their Employers, Educators, and Advocates Paperback by Rudy Simone
  • Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum: What You Need to Know to Move into a Place of Your Own, Succeed at Work, Start a Relationship, Stay Safe, and Enjoy Life as an Adult on the Autism Spectrum Paperback By Lynne Soraya

Books on Sexuality and Relationships

  • Asperger’s Syndrome And Sexuality: From Adolescence Through Adulthood by Isabelle Henault
  • Autistics’ Guide to Dating: A Book By Autistics, For Autistics and Those Who Love Them or Who Are in Love with Them by Emilia Murray Ramey and Jody John Ramey
  • Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People With Asperger’s Syndrome by Sarah Attwood
  • The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know Paperback by Tony Attwood

General Books about Aspergers

  • The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome Paperback by Tony Attwood
  • All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Paperback by Mark Haddon

Books written by People with ASD

  • Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
  • Beyond the Wall by Stephen Shore
  • The Way I See It, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's Paperback by Temple Grandin
  • Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism Paperback by Temple Grandin
  • Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism's Silent Prison Paperback by Ido Kedar
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
  • Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends and Family Paperback by Jude Welton
  • What Is My Mother Doing To Me?: A Teenager’s Journey To Recovered Health Through Biomedical Interventions by Andrew Luke Zimmerman


More topic-specific book recommendations can be found on our Teens and Adults articles at http://tacanow.org/family-resources/teens-with-asd-articles/ and http://tacanow.org/family-resources/preparing-for-adulthood/