This topical guide on autism will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.

Books

Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

  • A is for Autism : a Child’s View
    Amy E. Stukey
    Gotcha Apps., 2016
    Presents, from a child’s perspective, the typical traits that many people with autism share.
    PZ 7 .St96 2016 976434570
  • A Parents’ ABC of the Autism Spectrum
    Stephen Heydt
    Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017
    This book provides an alphabetical categorization of the possible issues a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may encounter.
    WM 203.5 .H514 2017 960940071
  • Autism
    Lisa D. Benaron
    Greenwood Press, 2009
    This book covers the historical and current understanding of autism spectrum disorders. The author also refers to the importance of screening and early intervention as well as areas of research.
    WM 203.5 .B465 2008 232786764
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants and Toddlers: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment
    Katarzyna Chawarska, Ami Klin, and Fred R. Volkmar
    Guilford Press, 2008
    This book contains information on research issues and approaches to assessing social, cognitive, adaptive, communication, and sensory-motor impairments in the first two years of life. The book also addresses ways to support families in coping with an early ASD diagnosis and in making informed decisions on the use of controversial treatments.
    WM 203.5 .A939cha 2008 180195552
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice
    Laura J. Hall
    Pearson Merrill, 2009
    Hall discusses the causes and characteristics of ASDs as well as best practices for increasing academic achievement for students with autism. The text includes the use of practices mandated by IDEA 2004 and NCLB.
    WM 203.5 .H177a 2009 190867427
  • Could It Be Autism?: A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps
    Nancy D. Wiseman and Kim Painter Koffsky
    Broadway Books, 2006
    The authors include information to help parents recognize the warning signs of developmental delays and begin treatment as early as possible.
    WM 203.5 .W814 2006 60791751
  • Do lemons have feathers? : more to autism than meets the eye
    David J. Burns
    Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016
    Drawing on his own lived experience of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the author provides guidance on how to take advantage of the supposed disadvantage. Filled with often hilarious anecdotes, spanning the confusion of his early diagnosis, to his marriage and life with his four children, he proffers his advice on how to cope with everything from school work to flirting.
    WM 203.5 .B872 2016 928107517
  • Educating Children with Autism
    This 300-page online book includes information related to early intervention, preschool, and school programs designed for children with autism from birth to age 8. Issues examined relate to the education of children with autism: early intervention, diagnosis and classification, inclusion, assistive technology, and the rights of children with autism under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think
    Stanley I. Greenspan and Serena Wieder
    Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2006
    The authors describe the Floortime approach and show how to enter a child’s world and bring her or him into a shared world of relating, communicating, and thinking.
    WM 203.5 .G815en 2006 63171057
  • In a Different Key:  The Story of Autism
    John Donvan & Caren Zucker
    Crown Publishers, 2016
    This is the story of the discovery of autism, and the first child diagnosed with the disorder, as well as a history of the last eighty years of progress in understanding what autism is.
    WM 203.5 .D7199 2016 907884208
  • Let’s Talk: Navigating Communication Services and Supports for Your Young Child with Autism
    Paul Rhea
    Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 2016
    The book aids parents in understanding the basics of ASD, the roles of various professionals who address communication problems, as well as the treatment delivery systems and critical target skills (e.g., motor imitation, joint attention, play, spontaneous communication) for improving communication for children with ASD.
    WM 203.5 .P2811 2016 916684459
  • Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Clarissa Willis
    Gryphon House, 2006
    This guide details the major characteristics associated with autism. It suggests how teachers and parents can connect with children in meaningful ways to encourage those with autism to learn and grow.
    LC 4717 .W735 2006 69734422
  • The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Carol Turkington and Ruth Anan
    Facts On File, 2007
    The authors provide a reference guide to this condition. Entries include the different types of autism, treatments, social impact, possible causes, and more.
    WM 203.5 .T939e 2007 61687803
Videos

Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

  • ABC: Autism, Behavior and Communication: Using Visual Strategies to Support Young Children
    30 minutes; DVD (Apples Video Magazine #161)
    STARnet Regions I & III, 2008
    This presentation suggests practical approaches to help families and educators support children who have behavior or self-management challenges.
    You can watch this video online at the  Apples Video Magazine YouTube Channel.
    LC 4717 .A134 2008 235974468
  • Different Shades Of Autism: The Screening And Diagnosis Of Autism Spectrum Disorders
    60 minutes; DVD
    Veronica Bird Charitable Foundation; 2000
    This is a documentary about the screening and diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders. It provides useful information for the early recognition and possible treatments of autism and related disorders
    WM 203.5 .D569 2000 502952669
  • Infant Development and Behavior in Autism: Insights from “Baby Sibs” Studies
    60 minute DVD
    Child Development Media, 2006
    This DVD describes behavioral markers and developmental trajectories observed early in life in infants who have subsequently been diagnosed with ASD. Video clips illustrate these.
    WM 203.5 .I61a 2006 Vol. 9 233831698
  • Making Our Way: Autism
    Maine Public Broadcasting Network, 2011.
    Daily life for a child with autism is a challenge for the child and the family.
  • MeMoves
    DVD
    Thinking Moves, LLC, c2009.
    This program is for all ages and abilities. A multimedia program that transforms the mind and body through interactive “body puzzles,” this system was designed to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, providing participants with tool for self regulation in only a few minutes. A surprisingly simple, yet powerful combination of music, movements. The movements in MeMoves are designed to integrate the brain and body by creating new connections and strengthening those that already exist. Organized into three categories; Joy, Focus and Calm, users select one of 13 video sequences and follow along (imitate) the actions on the screen.
     WE 103 .M46 2009 712021546
  • More Than Words: Promoting the Communication Development of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Communication Challenges
    5 hour DVD
    Hanen Centre, 2008
    This DVD may be used by both parents and professionals to support preschool children with social and communication challenges, such as autism spectrum disorder. The DVD includes the research-based strategies parents can use in everyday activities to foster their children’s communication skills.
    WM 203.5 .S964dvd 2008 318360527
  • Siblings of Autism
    Listen 2 Kids Productions, LLC, 2013
    Siblings of kids who have autism have unique perspectives on Autistic Spectrum Disorder. These wise siblings ages four to eighteen tell us about their frustration, their pain, and their growth to acceptance and their exceptional loyalty to their siblings.
    HQ 773.8 .S53sib 2013 849675469
  • Straight Talk About Autism with Parents & Kids
    80 minute DVD
    Program Development Associates, 2008
    This DVD features interviews with children with autism and their parents. Issues discussed include the difficulty of getting an accurate diagnosis, parental acceptance of the diagnosis, communication, and beginning school.
    WM 203.5 .S894 2008 190824220
  • The Early Learner at Home: Intervening with a Beginning Learner with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
    66 minute DVD
    Autism Teaching Tools, 2007
    This video shows parents and professionals several behaviorally based interventions including verbal behavior, pivotal response, natural environment teaching, and the picture exchange communication system (PECS).
    WM 203.5 .E12dvd 2002 235973818
  • Visual Supports & Other Strategies for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    DVD, 30 minutes. (APPLES Video Magazine; no. 156).
    University Television, 2007
    This program addresses the use of schedules, mini-schedules, calendars, transition tools, choice boards, social stories, and picture cues to enhance communication and structure the learning environment to improve a child’s independence, participation, and interaction with others.
    WM 203.5 .V834h 2007 191820562
Organizations
  • Autism Speaks
    Autism Speaks is both an advocacy and support organization. Its Web site includes a definition of autism along with family resources, science news, and local chapters. View Illinois specific information. Also in Spanish.
  • First Signs, Inc.
    First Signs, Inc., is an organization formed to educate both parents and professionals about autism. The Web site includes research reports and resources related to the early warning signs of autism and related disorders.
  • Operation Autism
    Operation Autism is a Web-based resource specifically designed and created to support military families that have children with autism.
Articles

The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

  • After the Diagnosis: Ten Things Parents Need to Do When Facing Autism Spectrum Disorders
    The author of this article suggests 10 helpful steps for parents when a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 14(1), 31–36
    Mothers’ Recollections of Early Features of Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Roy McConkey, Maria Truesdale-Kennedy, and Arlene Cassidy. (2009)
    Early intervention may be delayed for autism spectrum disorders because children have not received a formal diagnosis. Parents often notice the features of ASD from an early age. Speech and communication difficulties and behavior problems were the most often reported. This study was designed to document how parents described the features that caused them to be concerned.
  • Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 25(4), 195–207
    The Usage and Perceived Outcomes of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Programs for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Kara Hume, Scott Bellini, and Cathy Pratt. (2005)
    The authors studied families of children with autism spectrum disorders who were using early intervention and early childhood services to examine the perceived effectiveness of the services and service delivery methods. Parents reported that parent training was most effective in contributing to their child’s development.
Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

  • 100 Day Kit
    The Autism Speaks kit was created for families to use following their child’s diagnosis of autism. It can be downloaded for free.
  • A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism
    This free online manual from the National Autism Center is written to assist parents in making decisions about how to help their children with autism spectrum disorders reach their full potential.
  • Autism Source
    ASA’s Autism Source is a database of resources in local communities. It includes contact information for ASA chapters and other local supports.
  • Autism: Be Aware of the Signs
    Each child is unique. Infants reach such milestones as waving bye-bye or smiling in response to a smile at different ages. Discuss any concerns with a doctor so the child can be screened. A child who is identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can begin getting special help. This may limit the symptoms and help the child lead a fuller life. Also available in Spanish and Polish.
  • Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorders
    This 2-page PDF created by the Head Start Center for Inclusion offers families and professionals a brief description of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, some behavioral symptoms that a child with autism could exhibit and some strategies for overcoming challenges that may be associated with autism.
  • EITP: Autism Resources
    The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) website offers a variety of national and regional resources related to Autism.
  • Handling Challenging Behaviors in Child Care and at Home: Autism
    Illinois Early Learning (IEL) staff prepare and regularly update resource lists related to popular topics (many addressed by guest experts). These Resource Lists contain a wealth of information on early care and education, including Web materials, IEL resources, and listings of relevant articles and books.
  • Information for Educators
    This section of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Web site has tools and information about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) for educators. It includes a childcare provider resource kit.
  • Information for Families
    This Web site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes sections related to diagnosis, treatment, parent resources and tips, and links to additional resources. Also in Spanish.


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