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At Home in the Land of Oz

At Home in the Land of Oz

Autism, My Sister, and Me
2nd edition

Anne Clinard Barnhill

Anne's sister Becky was born in 1958, before most people had even heard of autism. Diagnosed with "emotional disturbance," Becky was subjected to well-meaning but futile efforts at "rehabilitation" or "cure," as well as prolonged spells in institutions. This bittersweet memoir will resonate with everyone interested in autism spectrum conditions. more »

2007, Paperback: £15.99/ $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-859-7, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 224pp

Keywords: Asperger syndrome, autism, families, memoirs, parenting

Autism Heroes

Autism Heroes

Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge

Barbara Firestone, Ph.D.
Photographs by Joe Buissink

This book provides a compelling account of the experiences of 38 families from different walks of life confronting the challenges of autism with courage, tenacity and love. Each narrative is set against the backdrop of Firestone's insightful essays which are fundamentally important to all families living with autism. more »

2007, Hardback: £29.99/ $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-837-5, 244mm x 279mm / 9.5in x 11in, 240pp

Keywords: Asperger syndrome, autism, children, families, memoirs, parenting

Breaking Autism's Barriers

Breaking Autism's Barriers

A Father's Story

Bill Davis as told to Wendy Goldband Schunick

Few books about autism have been written from a father's perspective. None so effectively walks the reader through each moment of a family's experience. It is an honest, direct account from a father's point of view of bringing up a child with autism, and the pressures and pleasures this brings to him, his wife Jae and his daughter Jessica. more »

2001, Paperback: £18.99/ $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-85302-979-0, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 400pp

Keywords: autism, children, memoirs, parenting

Bringing Up a Challenging Child at Home

Bringing Up a Challenging Child at Home

When Love is Not Enough

Jane Gregory

Jane Gregory's daughter Chrissy exhibits behaviour which people find challenging - screaming fits, stripping off her clothes and violent outbursts. As an adult she was diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder and autism. Jane offers practical advice for other parents, and explains how she got the right support and effective treatment. more »

2000, Paperback: £15.99/ $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-85302-874-8, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 192pp

Keywords: anger management, autism, challenging behaviour, children, fiction, intellectual disabilities, memoirs, mental health, mental illness, occupational therapy, parenting

Buster and the Amazing Daisy

Buster and the Amazing Daisy

Nancy Ogaz

Daisy White was not crazy. Clumsy maybe, but definitely not crazy. In this adventure story, Daisy, who has autism, defeats her bullies with the help of Buster, a very special rabbit. All is going well until a terrible fate threatens Daisy's new friend Cody. Will Daisy be able to gather her courage and special talents to save him? more »

2002, Paperback: £10.99/ $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-721-7, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 128pp

Keywords: Asperger syndrome, autism, children, fiction, inclusive classroom, parenting, special education

A Different Kind of Boy

A Different Kind of Boy

A Father's Memoir About Raising a Gifted Child with Autism

Daniel Mont

This is the story of an autistic boy who is also loving, brilliant and resilient. In this book, his father writes about the joys, fears, frustration, exhilaration, and exhaustion involved in raising his son. He writes about the impact on his family, the travails of navigating the educational system, and the lessons he has learned about life. more »

2001, Paperback: £14.99/ $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-715-6, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 256pp

Keywords: autism, children, gifted and talented, giftedness, memoirs, parenting, special education

Eating an Artichoke

Eating an Artichoke

A Mother's Perspective on Asperger Syndrome

Echo R. Fling

For five years, Echo Fling accompanied her son Jimmy to doctors, medical specialists, learning consultants and psychologists. Aged ten, Jimmy was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. This is the book that Echo needed when she first set out to have Jimmy diagnosed, and it will enable parents and teachers to understand and help other children with AS. more »

2000, Paperback: £14.99/ $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-85302-711-6, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 208pp

Keywords: Asperger syndrome, children, families, memoirs, parenting

Elijah's Cup

Elijah's Cup

A Family's Journey into the Community and Culture of High-functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome (Revised edition)

Valerie Paradi┼ż

This book is both an exploration of the history of autism spectrum disorders and a powerful story of the author's own struggle with her son Elijah's Asperger's Syndrome.Her inspiring narrative offers compelling insights into daily life with Elijah's Asperger's syndrome and her own 'shadow syndrome', which affects many family members of autistics. more »

2005, Paperback: £14.99/ $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-802-3, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 240pp

Keywords: advocacy, Asperger syndrome, children, families, high functioning autism, memoirs, parenting

An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch

An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch

Teaching Social and Physical Boundaries to Kids

Hunter Manasco
Illustrated by Katharine Manasco

The rules of physical contact can be tricky to grasp. This friendly picture book explains in simple terms how to tell the difference between acceptable and inappropriate touch, helping children with special needs stay safe. Each story covers a different type of touch and will help children understand how boundaries change depending on the context. more »

2012, Hardback: £11.99/ $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-84905-871-1, 246mm x 173mm / 10in x 7in, 72pp

Keywords: Asperger syndrome, autism, child development, child protection, children, disability, early intervention, life skills, parenting, sex education, sexual abuse, social skills, social work, special education

Families of Adults with Autism

Families of Adults with Autism

Stories and Advice for the Next Generation

Edited by Jane Johnson and Anne Van Rensselaer

The book is a collection of real-life stories of people on the autism spectrum growing up, as told by their families. Accounts explore the challenges that families of people with autism have faced, and the techniques they have used to improve the quality of their children's lives, from vitamins and dietary changes to intensive interaction. more »

2008, Paperback: £15.99/ $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-885-6, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 192pp

Keywords: adults, Asperger syndrome, autism, counselling, disability, employment, families, health care, memoirs, occupational therapy, parenting, supported living

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome

A User Guide to Adolescence

Luke Jackson

Drawing from his own experiences and gaining information from his teenage brother and sisters, Luke Jackson wrote this enlightening, honest and witty book in an attempt to address difficult topics such as bullying, friendships, when and how to tell others about AS, school problems, dating and relationships, and morality. more »

2002, Paperback: £12.99/ $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-098-0, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 224pp

Keywords: adolescence, anxiety, Asperger syndrome, bullying, diet, education, educational psychology, high functioning autism, inclusive classroom, memoirs, occupational therapy, parenting, self esteem, sensory issues, social skills, special education, speech and language therapy

Growing Up Severely Autistic

Growing Up Severely Autistic

They Call Me Gabriel

Kate Rankin

Gabriel is a teenager who is severely autistic: he is completely unsocialized, is incontinent and is unable to speak. In this book his mother, with great honesty, describes what it is like to bring up an autistic child who requires constant care and exhibits challenging behaviour. more »

2000, Paperback: £15.99/ $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-85302-891-5, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 208pp

Keywords: augmentative communication, autism, challenging behaviour, children, memoirs, occupational therapy, parenting

Hope for the Autism Spectrum

Hope for the Autism Spectrum

A Mother and Son Journey of Insight and Biomedical Intervention

Sally Kirk

When Sally Kirk's son, Will, was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, she did everything she could to understand his condition and to find ways of improving his life. Here, she shares the story of her journey and how her discovery of biomedical interventions significantly improved his behaviour and changed their lives for the better. more »

2008, Hardback: £35.00/ $55.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-894-8, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 432pp
2010, Paperback: £16.99/ $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-84905-824-7, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 432pp

Keywords: Asperger syndrome, autism, biomedical intervention, diet, health care, memoirs, occupational therapy, parenting, sensory issues, special education, speech and language therapy

I'm not Naughty - I'm Autistic

I'm not Naughty - I'm Autistic

Jodi's Journey

Jean Shaw

Written by his mother but told from Jodi's perspective, this is an insightful account of growing up with autism. The difficulties faced by 13-year-old Jodi and his family (obtaining a diagnosis, seeking support and, above all, learning to live with autism twenty-four hours a day) are not underplayed, but are recounted with empathy and humour. more »

2002, Paperback: £14.99/ $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84310-105-5, 216mm x 138mm / 8.5in x 5.5in, 128pp

Keywords: anger management, augmentative communication, autism, challenging behaviour, children, memoirs, parenting, sensory issues, speech and language pathology

Karina Has Down Syndrome

One Family's Account of the Early Years with a Child who has Special Needs

Cheryl Rogers and Gun Dolva

Since their initial shock at their daughter's disability, Karina's parents have experienced the challenges and joys of raising a child with special needs. This is the account of Karina's first six years, as told to Cheryl Rogers. It is a valuable resource for the families of Down Syndrome children, teachers and disability service workers. more »

1999, Paperback: £16.99/ $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-85302-820-5, 216mm x 138mm / 8.5in x 5.5in, 112pp

Keywords: Down's syndrome, families, intellectual disabilities, memoirs, parenting

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