NOTE: Please be aware that this page is not a complete listing of resources. These selections were made with the HF child in mind, although much of the
material is for all children on the spectrum. Materials address issues unique to children that are high functioning, such as therapy options that address
high level social issues. Specifics utilizing ABA treatment for Theory Of Mind, Executive Functioning, and Abstract Thinking. Note: Biomedical
intervention info is located towards the end of this page. It's just as important to assess as therapeutic intervention.
|Behavioral Intervention The medical and parent communities, schools and govt., and early intervention
programs all agree that behavioral intervention is vital. Early Intensive Intervention is the key to maximizing the
outcome of an ASD child. Indeed, what this early intensive intervention entails comes down to economics and
resources. Behavioral intervention is a huge category. This doesn't only mean ABA. Other viable options
include Pivotal Response Training , VBA, and RDI. It's critical to choose the most experienced team rather than
the brand. According to research, ABA is the most viable option we have today.
Richard Saffran's Resource Page; most recommended site by ABA providers A new parent must read
FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment)
Descriptions of ABA: Discrete Trial Training and Natural Environment Training (DTT and NET)
ABA Manual: Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities, by Mark L.
Sundberg, PhD, and James W. Partington, Phd (Behavior Analysts, Inc, Pleasant Hill, CA).
Behavior Analysts. New Verbal Behavior Manual by Mary Barbera Clinical descriptions of ABA and degrees
Looking for an ABA therapist? Read this and other criteria you find, more importantly, other parents!
Advocacy and Research
BIBLIOGRAPHY summarizing intensive early intervention A must read! Contains the scientific backup behind
intensive early intervention, ABA, the correlational data supporting GI and immune therapies such as the
diet, chelation, various supplements as outlined by the DAN protocol.
NY Times: Mainstreaming, a Personal Decision for Parents Times-Tribune article: Mainstreaming Autism
NPR: Mainstreaming Autism Discussion, blog feedback
The Schafer Report The most read Autism publication. Read synopsis' of articles published daily. An
Autism clipping service. Saves time for busy parents - all of the news in one document delivered via email.
Database excellent for researching. FREE
Educating Children With Autism By: National Research Council. Excellent book that supports intensive
early intervention by federal government. See link below to buy.
PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical
articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed
includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.
PDD Fact Sheet National Institute of Health descriptions of all the PDDs
Parent Support True Parenting, help in the UK, MommyChat, a support group for moms
(Explanation for root of Autism)
Autism: Explaining the Enigma (Cognitive Development) by Uta Frith This clinical book provides an explanation for the root of
autism. Parents that understand the core deficits of ASD will increase parents' understanding of the effects that we all know too
well - speech, communication, social, and sensory deficits among others. Parents can make better choices for treatment.
Simon Baron-Cohen worked with Uta Frith and went on to create groundbreaking work in this area. Because of them, my son
now leads a typical life.
(Psychology behind Mindreading)
Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind By: Simon Baron-Cohen
Simon Baron-Cohen argues that we mindread all the time, effortlessly, automatically, and mostly
unconsciously. It is the natural way in which we interpret, predict, and participate in social behavior
and communication. We ascribe mental states to people: states such as thoughts, desires,
knowledge, and intentions. Building on many years of research, Baron-Cohen concludes that
children with autism, suffer from "mindblindness" as a result of a selective impairment in mindreading.
(Theory Of Mind Manual)
Teaching Children With Autism to Mind-Read : A Practical Guide for Teachers and Parents By: Patricia Howlin,
The difficulties experienced by children with autism and related conditions in inferring the thoughts, beliefs,
desires and intentions of others are well documented in numerous studies. It now seems that these deficits
underlie many of the social and communication problems that are characteristic of autism. Teaching Children
with Autism to Mind-Read explores the relationship of "theory of mind" deficits to other areas of children's
functioning and describes existing experimental work that has attempted to enhance the skills associated with
understanding others' minds. The authors provide practical guidelines for helping children with autism
spectrum conditions to improve their understanding of beliefs, emotions and pretence. The authors tackle
specific problematic issues including:
* how to interpret facial expressions
* how to recognise feelings of anger, sadness, fear and happiness
* how feelings are affected by what happens and what is expected to happen
* how to see things from another person's perspective
* how to understand another person's knowledge and beliefs
This easy-to-follow graded teaching guide is of particular relevance to special needs teachers, educational and
clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, and carers of children with autism spectrum conditions.
University Of Cambridge Emotions Library CD; Buy at JKP Publications website.
Mind Reading is a CD or DVD, designed to help people learn about emotions. It contains 412 different
emotional concepts, each one expressed by six actors using the face and the voice. There are also mini-stories
to provide contexts. So there are 2472 faces, 2472 voices and 2472 stories, all about emotions on this one
The New Social Story Book : Illustrated Edition by Carol Gray This technique helps address executive
functioning deficits in ASD. As we know, our kids have trouble accessing information about their environment.
These tools help our children become more internally organized.
Navigating the Social World: A Curriculum for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism
and Related Disorders By: Jeannie McAfee, Dr. Tony Attwood This book is an excellent resource for charts
and other materials that assist monitoring a child in school and at home. Jeannie offers sound tools for Theory
of Mind, executive functioning, abstract thinking, and sensory issues. Excellent for an older child on the
spectrum. Jeanie's website has TONS of excellent links geared towards adults and teens.
Relationship Development Intervention with Children, Adolescents and Adults: Social and Emotional
Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism By: Steven E. Gutstein, Rachelle K. Sheely. This social
curriculum is very similar to Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread (above). Another flavor to address
social deficits in ASD.
Autism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle By: Steven E. Gutstein Another approach to describe theory
of mind and relationship/social deficits in ASD. Theory of Mind is referred to as Primacy of Minds. Whatever!
Figure Of Speech
There's a Frog in My Throat: 440 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me by Loreen Leedy Perfect for the visual
learner. Can explain the meaning of everyday expressions, and it makes a good language reference tool.
Readers might come to this book for a specific saying that the child is exposed to.
Leonard The Leopard That Lied
The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Tony Ross
Autism Research Institute Newsletter
ABA Providers that have Theory Of Mind and Executive Functioning Expertise:
C.U.S.P. (California United Service Providers)
C.A.R.D. Center For Autism and Related Disorders
The Center For Growth and Development, Norwalk, CT
Other Recovery Accounts
A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery by Christina Adams May'05. This book describes what
happens most of the time with ASD, regardless if the child recovers, makes little progress, or makes dramatic progress. And
what happens? Parents utilize biomedical and intensive one-to-one therapies from several philosophies/training. More
importantly, Christina demonstrates how every kid is different and maximizes her son's potential by leaving no stone unturned.
Her child's therapy consisted of a unique blend of ABA and the popular "diet" among others. Most people are not pure
Republicans or Democrats, but a blend of both. And like politics, what works for all kids is a program designed specifically for
that child, and more often than not it's a blend. A wonderful example of utilizing Theory Of Mind.
Let Me Hear Your Voice : A Family's Triumph over Autism by CATHERINE MAURICE See link below to buy. The ultimate
recovery account - mid-90's. Catherine tells her story with amazing clinical detail. Her famous intervention summary has
helped countless families. Intervention is ABA based. See more of Catherine's writing under Therapy Bashing and
Discrimination pages on this site. She has no official site, but has written several ABA books as well.
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder : A Mother's Story of Research & Recovery. by Karyn
Seroussi. See link below to buy. Mid 90's. Karyn recovered her son by utilizing dietary and nutritional intervention. Karyn is
one of the most amazing mothers you can ever come across. She continues to support other parents by giving them sound
information and points in the right directions. Karyn and Lisa Lewis, another parent, founded "the diet" and run the AutismNDI
website. Because of Karyn, we have biomedical intervention such as the GFCF diet to try. Amazing - it helps 48% of all ASD
Mary Romeniec's Recovery Story of Daniel. Published in Mothering Magazine. Mercury induced Autism recovered by
biomedical and therapeutic interventions.
Recovered From Autism, Erica's Story Okay, she may not have a book, but she should! Click through her site for the
homeopathy books she used, including the Impossible Cure. Both Erica and Amy Lansky, the author of Impossible Cure,
recovered their boys utilizing homeopathy.
Autismland: Charlie On My Mind Okay, this isn't a site about recovery. But, this is a very inspirational intellectual haven for any ASD
mom. Kristina Chew is a fantastic writer and her ideas and links can't be missed.
Testing: Understand any test prior to having it done. Know what is available! Read descriptions of various
testing at these sites. Go into a meeting knowing just as much as they do about the tests you are offered.
University of Cambridge
Center For Autism and Related Disorders C.A.R.D.
Autism Spectrum Publishing Companies Browse their sites, order their catalogues - free!
Jessica Kingsley Publishing
What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don'T?: Social Skills Help for Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Focusing on social skills training for adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD), this book offers solutions for tackling behavior that is
often inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive. Advice is given on how to handle common social problems such as manners, etiquette,
communication, subtext, listening, and interpersonal relationships. The format of the book is designed for AD/HD learning styles and includes true
stories, practical exercises, and tips that keep those with AD/HD reading. Adults with AD/HD learn how to identify behaviors in themselves that can
cause problems in social relationships.
Asperger Syndrome and Long-Term Relationships By: Ashley Stanford
Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome by Liane Holliday Willey
Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence By: Luke Jackson, Tony Attwood
Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living with the Ups, the Downs and Things in Between By: Liane Holliday
Willey, Luke Jackson
Right Address ... Wrong Planet: Children with Asperger Syndrome Becoming Adults By: Gena Barnhill
Our Journey Through High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A Roadmap By: Linda Andron
Your Life is Not a Label: A Guide to Living Fully with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome by Jerry Newport, Ron
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) by Mark Haddon
School Outfitters School furniture company. Any company is fine! Look for who has sales or free
shipping! You can buy school tables, chairs, and other furniture for your home program. We've used our
table for years - raising it to fit as he's grown. Surface is washable from paint, food, you name it.
Indestructable from being thrown and pushed over. I've purchased chairs over time to fit my child
ergonomically, so he is less fatigued, more comfortable, and can last longer for sessions. He loves his
table and chairs, and so did his tutors.
Thanks to the ASA (Autism Society of America), To Lisa Lewis, Karyn Seroussi, and those mentioned below, I defer further details
regarding this exponentially large category of intervention to the pros. Look up their individual sites. Keep in mind that all ASD kids
deserve their own 'special blend" of intervention based on countless factors such as current level of functioning, overall presentation,
past outcomes, current program, age, predisposition, behaviors, allergies -brain and traditional, tone, and financial, just to name a
few! The goal is finding the right blend for YOUR child. What worked for others isn't that significant.
Discover Magazine, March 2007 Latest and greatest Biomedical article. Excellent handout for skeptical relatives and friends.
Describes the unique GI and immune systems of our children.
Autism Research Institute. DAN list Find your local Autism Pediatrician
GFCF Diet sign up for the forum. 7000 members! Tons of free advice
TacaNow.org For lack of a better description, this is the Jenny McCarthy website. There are lots of great links,
not just to Biomedical but to Therapies.
Generation RescueGeneration Rescue believes that childhood neurological disorders such as autism, Asperger's, ADHD/ADD, speech delay,
sensory integration disorder, and many other developmental delays are all misdiagnoses for mercury poisoning. Excellent data on chelation, now
recommended for all ASD kids. More on vaccinations, go to Think Twice
Primary Immunodeficiency and Autism Homeopathy resource
Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD by William Shaw, PhD. (The DAN! Protocol bible)
Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis
New GFCF Cookbook by Lori Karavolis, and Autism Mom.
(SCD) Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet [Paperback]
By: Elaine Gloria Gottschall, et al
(BIOSET)The Food Allergy Cure : A New Solution to Food Cravings, Obesity, Depression, Headaches, Arthritis,
and Fatigue by ELLEN DR CUTLER Go to Bioset Institute
Children With Starving Brains: A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition
by Jaquelyn McCandless
Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions by Karen L. Defelice
Enzyme therapy is one of the fastest emerging successful alternatives for people on the autism spectrum as well
as other neurological conditions. Reports of significant improvements in health, pain reduction, language, food
tolerance, socializing and other benefits emerge daily. Drawing on long-standing scientific research and trials by a
wide range of families, Karen DeFelice deals comprehensively with all the information on enzymes that parents or
those new to enzymes need: how enzymes work, who may benefit, what to expect, practical tested advice on
selecting and introducing the right kind of enzymes, and how this can be combined with other approaches and
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser. The title really doesn't do this
book justice. This book is really about the history of our food supply. Eric tells us all about the food we buy in
grocery stores, restaraunts, not just fast-food. All parents should read this in order to make informed choices.
Especially considering that one in six children born have a behavioral disorder. Do you ever wonder why wheat
and dairy is in all packaged foods? Did you ever wonder what is IN packaged foods? This book is 1/4 of this
book is research credits.
The Tipping Point a fascinating study of human behavior patterns, and shows us where the smallest things can
trigger an epidemic of change. Several examples in history are presented, where one small change in behavior
created a bigger change on a national level. He also studies the type of person or group that it takes to make
that change. Lots of information about society!
Blink explores how us humans make decisions. Snap judgments and mind reading are explored. A focus on
the meaning of "thin slices" of behavior vs "thick slicing". . The key is to rely on our "adaptive unconscious"--a
24/7 mental valet--that provides us with instant and sophisticated information to warn of danger, read a
stranger, or react to a new idea. My idol, Dr. Ami Klin of Yale is quoted!
Evidence Of Harm: Research that correlates a subset of ASD to mercury in vaccines.
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Michael Pollan writes about how our food is grown -- what it is, in fact, that we are eating. The book is really
three in one: The first section discusses industrial farming; the second, organic food, both as big business and
on a relatively small farm; and the third, what it is like to hunt and gather food for oneself. And each section
culminates in a meal -- a cheeseburger and fries from McDonald's; roast chicken, vegetables and a salad from
Whole Foods; and grilled chicken, corn and a chocolate soufflé (made with fresh eggs) from a sustainable
farm; and, finally, mushrooms and pork, foraged from the wild.
Alzheimers anyone? Neurodegenerative disease anyone? MSG.....aspartame...hydrolyzed protein..
Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, John Peter Meyers NEW (well, even though the book's been around
Groundbreaking book that introduced the notion that phthalates (plasticizers) are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that interfere
with development. Hmm....craving active synthetic chemicals, persistent synthetic chemicals, other persistent chemicals,
hormone havoc, gross birth defects, hormone disruptors, hormone disruption, hormone messages, other synthetic chemicals,
estrogen mimics, disrupt hormones, falling sperm counts, docrine system, estrogenic chemicals, male sperm count, crossed
bills, hormone mimics, estrogen exposure, plant estrogens, striped dolphins, disrupting chemicals, dioxin exposure, genital
defects, persistent compounds? Excellent. It's the book for you.
The Puzzle of Autism: Putting It All Together by Dr. Amy Yasko and Dr. Garry Gordon
Book Description (Note: To buy her book, go to holistic health.com)
A Guide to Transforming the Treatment of Autism. For Parents and Physicians. "Any parent or physician reading this book should be excited
and hopeful. This protocol has been a tremendous benefit to a number of children. It has worked for children of all ages, and no, this protocol
does not require that your child be less than five years old. Individuals up to 30 years of age have seen benefits from this program. However, it
is not a magic bullet. For most children there is no magic bullet. It is a matter of perseverance, and slowly working your way through the
program to gradually reverse the layers of damage, and put all of the complex pieces back together and in working order. Yes, it can be done,
and it has been done. There are always the "quick fix" kids. The ones that only need a few supplements or just the first phase of the
detoxification program to be on their way to recovery. We all hear about those cases, and it seems like everyone except YOUR child falls into
that category. The reality is that most children do not fall into the quick fix category. But there is hope for every child. So, take a deep breath,
get ready for the marathon, pace yourself, but above all else don't give up on your children."
The China Study: Referred to as the "Grand Prix of epidemiology" by The New York Times, this study
examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500
counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart
disease, diabetes, and cancer. While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing
and reversing these ailments as well as curbing obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the
current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that are widely popular in the West. The politics of nutrition
and the impact of special interest groups in the creation and dissemination of public information are also
Theory of Mind
What is Theory Of Mind? What is Executive Functioning? Online Tutorial
Theory Of Mind in the NY Times
Theory Of Mind Example; written by an Autism Mom, MOM-NOS.
Social Thinking helpful guides and forms
Noodle Magazine (insert in Nick Jr. Magazine, sold nationally)
Pancakes for Breakfast By: Tomie dePaola
Mercer Mayer books (Dog and a Frog)
SuperDuper Inc.Excellent catalogue to order social, communication, and auditory integration materials.
Auditory Integration/Sensory Integration Materials
Earobics Earobics software is the leading solution for providing explicit, comprehensive phonological awareness
and auditory processing training for the prevention and remediation of reading and other language-based
The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Integration Dysfunction by Carol Stock Kranowitz, L
Handwriting Without Tears Program (teaches children how to write letters, numbers, and shapes, among
advanced skills like script)
Development of Pencil Grasp by age (NEW)
Hidden Recovery Links