This topical guide on autism will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these books or contact us to request them.
Lisa D. Benaron
WM 203.5 .B465 2008 232786764
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.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants and Toddlers: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment
Katarzyna Chawarska, Ami Klin, and Fred R. Volkmar
WM 203.5 .A939cha 2008 180195552
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.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice
Laura J. Hall
WM 203.5 .H177a 2009 190867427
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.
- Could It Be Autism?: A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps
Nancy D. Wiseman and Kim Painter Koffsky
WM 203.5 .W814 2006 60791751
Broadway Books, 2006
The authors include information to help parents recognize the warning signs of developmental delays and begin treatment as early as possible.
- Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think
Stanley I. Greenspan and Serena Wieder
Autism Collection WM 203.5 .G815en 2006 63171057
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.
- Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Collection LC 4717 .W735 2006 69734422
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.
- The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Carol Turkington and Ruth Anan
Autism Collection WM 203.5 .T939e 2007 61687803
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.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these videos or contact us to request them.
- ABC: Autism, Behavior and Communication: Using Visual Strategies to Support Young Children
30 minutes; DVD (Apples Video Magazine #161)
LC 4717 .A134 2008 235974468
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.
- Different Shades Of Autism: The Screening And Diagnosis Of Autism Spectrum Disorders
60 minutes; DVD
WM 203.5 .D569 2000 502952669
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
- Infant Development and Behavior in Autism: Insights from “Baby Sibs” Studies
60 minute DVD
Autism Collection WM 203.5 .I61a 2006 Vol. 9 233831698
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.
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.
- More Than Words: Promoting the Communication Development of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Communication Challenges
5 hour DVD
WM 203.5 .S964dvd 2008 318360527
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.
- Straight Talk About Autism with Parents & Kids
80 minute DVD
Autism Collection WM 203.5 .S894 2008 190824220
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.
- The Early Learner at Home: Intervening with a Beginning Learner with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
66 minute DVD
Autism Collection WM 203.5 .E12dvd 2002 235973818
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).
- Visual Supports & Other Strategies for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
DVD, 30 minutes. (APPLES Video Magazine; no. 156).
WM 203.5 .V834h 2007 191820562
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.
- Autism Society of Illinois
ASI is the Illinois Chapter of the Autism Society of America (ASA). ASI provides education, training, individual assistance, and practical support for parents; increases public awareness of autism; and offers a referral network of professionals.
- 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.
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.
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, Autism Society of America (ASA)
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. One child says several words at 12 months while another talks at 18 months. However, consider screening for a child who seems to be much later than others his age in reaching developmental milestones. Remember autism is only one possible reason for delays. 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.
- 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.
- EITP: Autism Resources
The 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.