Books written by or recommended by autistic people, with links to Amazon and Waterstones (for those who prefer to avoid shopping at Amazon) where available:
Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults
by Dr Luke Beardon
“In this sensitive and insightful book, Dr Luke Beardon asserts that there are many hugely intelligent, empathic, kind, caring, loyal and skilled autistic individuals – so it’s time to treat them as such and respect their differences.”
Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide
by Barbara Bissonnette
“This is the definitive guide to surviving and thriving in the workplace for people with AS. It includes everything from realistic strategies for meeting employer expectations, to how to get on with your colleagues and work as part of a team, multitask and manage projects, and handle anxiety and effectively resolve problems. Common employment challenges are illustrated through examples from the author’s extensive experience coaching individuals with AS at all job levels, from entry-level to manager and professional positions. ”
Living Well on the Spectrum
by Valerie L.Gaus
“In this wise and practical book, experienced therapist Valerie L. Gaus helps you identify goals that will make your life better and take concrete steps to achieve them. Grounded in psychological science, the techniques in this book help you:
*Learn the unspoken rules of social situations.
*Improve your communication skills.
*Get organized at home and at work.
*Manage anxiety and depression.
*Strengthen your relationships with family and friends.
*Live more successfully on your own or with others.”
by Steve Silberman
“A tome that beautifully, compassionately and brutally traces the history of autism from centuries past into the present and possible future… Everyone needs to read this book. Everyone. ” —Forbes
Women and Girls With Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Sarah Hendrickx
“Outlining how autism presents differently and can hide itself in females and what the likely impact will be for them throughout their lifespan, the book looks at how females with ASD experience diagnosis, childhood, education, adolescence, friendships, sexuality, employment, pregnancy and parenting, and aging.”
Safety Skills For Asperger Women
by Liane Holliday Willey
“Life with Asperger’s Syndrome can be a challenge at the best of times, and trials and tribulations that neurotypicals take in their stride can leave Aspies perplexed and unsure of how best to solve problems and keep themselves safe, both physically and emotionally. This book explores difficulties that those with AS may face, and suggests practical and helpful ways of overcoming them.”
Autism and Asperger Syndrome
by Simon Baren-Cohen
“In this new* book Simon Baron-Cohen summarizes the current understanding of autism and Asperger Syndrome. He explains the process of diagnosis, as well as the options for education and intervention for those with these conditions. Taking a lifespan approach, Professor Baron-Cohen considersa how the conditions affect very young children through to adulthood. He also outlines his new Empathizing-Systemizing (ES) theory, which aims to explain all of the psychological features of autistic-spectrum conditions.
This book is designed firstly for people with these conditions and their families. It will be useful to clinicians, teachers, and other professionals involved in the care and support of people on the autistic spectrum. The book will also provide an invaluable introduction to the topic for students in the social and biological sciences.” (*Published in 2008)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome
by Valerie L. Gaus
“Valerie L. Gaus shows how to adapt the proven techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to build clients’ social and coping skills, facilitate self-acceptance, and treat comorbid anxiety and depression. Illustrated with detailed case examples, the book is grounded in cutting-edge knowledge about information-processing differences in ASD. ”
How You Can Talk to Anyone in Every Situation
by Emma Sargent and Tim Fearon
(Not specific to autism)
“Whether you’re very shy or you just don’t really enjoy small talk situations, this book will deliver all the techniques, tips and know-how you’ll need to talk to anyone about anything, at any time and in any situation.”
The Autistic Spectrum
by Lorna Wing
“This acclaimed, authoritative guide explains how people with autism experience the world and why they need an organized, structured environment, presenting a window into the world of those with the disorder. Wing suggests ways of improving communication, developing abilities and widening social interaction, and how to cope with stresses within the family.”
Odd Girl Out
by Laura James
“Odd Girl Out gives a timely account from a woman negotiating the autistic spectrum, from a poignant and personal perspective.”
Nerdy, Shy and Socially Inappropriate
by Cynthia Kim
“Well known in the autism community and beyond for her popular blog, Musings of an Aspie, Cynthia Kim’s book is rich with personal anecdotes and useful advice.”
by Rudy Simone
“This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt, and savant skills, to friendships, romance and marriage. Employment, career, rituals and routines are also covered, along with depression, meltdowns and being misunderstood. Including the reflections of over thirty-five women diagnosed as on the spectrum, as well as some partners and parents, Rudy identifies recurring struggles and areas where Aspergirls need validation, information and advice.”
Integrative Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Autism Spectrum Conditions
by David Moat
“People on the autism spectrum often present with symptoms indicating poor self-awareness or hyper-awareness, low self-esteem, depression and difficulty connecting with others. Treatment which relies on medical and behavioural views of autism risks ignoring emotional factors. This book demonstrates that counselling and emotional support is not only possible for people on the autism spectrum, but essential.
David Moat describes the impact of autism on emotional perception and regulation, and looks at how various therapeutic principles can helpfully be applied to address these issues. He identifies strategies for dealing with common emotional difficulties, including anxiety, anger and depression, as well as techniques for aiding relaxation. Specific approaches to use as part of holistic care are described, including play therapy, the use of imagery and story-making, hypnotherapy, intensive interaction, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and positive psychology.”
The Electricity of Every Living Thing
by Katherine May
“A life-affirming and perspective-shifting memoir of one woman’s walk in the wilds as she comes to terms with an Asperger’s diagnosis.”
by Lucy Blackman
“An essential resource for anyone interested in autism, sensory issues, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), language and the practice of writing, Lucy’s Story is also an intriguing, poignant and exciting autobiography.”
Pretending To Be Normal
by Liane Holliday Willey
“Compelling and witty, Liane Holliday Willey’s account of growing to adulthood as an undiagnosed ‘Aspie’ has been read by thousands of people on and off the autism spectrum since it was first published in 1999. Bringing her story up to date, including her diagnosis as an adult, and reflecting on the changes in attitude over 15 years, this expanded edition will continue to entertain (and inform) all those who would like to know a little more about how it feels to spend your life `pretending to be normal’.”