Members of the branch have found the following books useful. Click the picture to take you to an external site for purchase. 

A Practical Guide to Autism
Fred Volkmar (2009)

A book that provides the best and most comprehensive information about recent scientific developments and a splendid practical guide for how they are being implemented and what we are learning in the process. The issues are presented in all of their complexity but translated into language that is clear, direct, and easy to follow. The format also lends itself to understanding the complex issues and their implications through excellent charts, question and answer sections, and chapters that vary from describing diagnostic issues to stating very specifically how to expand and evaluate the services one is receiving. The comprehensive references and lists of additional resources also add greatly to the overall package. (USA)

Autism - A Very Short Introduction
Uta Frith (2008)

This Very Short Introduction offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome. Explaining the vast array of different conditions that hide behind these two labels, and looking at symptoms from the full spectrum of autistic disorders, it explores the possible causes for the apparent rise in autism and also evaluates the links with neuroscience, psychology, brain development, genetics, and environmental causes including MMR and Thimerosal (UK)

A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioural Treatment of Autism.
Ron Leaf & John McEachin (1999)

A comprehensive guide on applied behaviour analysis (ABA) by the Directors of Autism Partnership which sets out the basic curriculum used on Autism Partnership's ABA programmes including dealing with difficult behaviours; learning to learn skills; stages of therapy; evaluation; reinforcement; disruptive behaviours; behaviour problems; self-stimulatory behaviours; sleep problems; toilet training; eating problems; as well as play and social skills.

A really useful insight into what ABA looks like in practice.


More than Words:Helping Parents Promote Communication and Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
A Hanen Centre Book by Fern Sussman (1999)

The NAS Earlybird Parent Workshops owe much to the Hanen More than Words programme.This is a great book for those early days from when you first have concerns or have just received a diagnosis and are waiting for intervention to start. It gives practical, easy to access ideas on how to communicate with your child. Often recommended by speech therapists, some Local Authorities and PCTs have speech therapists trained in the Hanen method who deliver parent workshops.

Can be hard to get hold of and often overpriced so shop around on Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smiths, ebay or Wilmslow.

Other Hanen books and DVDs available include 'It Takes Two to Talk" for children with language delays (but not autism although there is much overlap between the two books) and "Talkability" for more verbal children with high functioning autism including Aspergers addressing social and conversation skills.

Disabled Children, A Legal Handbook
Steve Broach, Luke Clements and Janet Reed (2010)

A summary of the law surrounding disabled children published in October 2010. Includes information on the Equality Act.

It can be downloaded for free here or purchased in hardcopy from good bookshops.

Steve Broach a Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers has also published other free legal guides on action parents and voluntary groups can take against cuts to services:

Cemented to the Floor by Law: Respecting Legal Duties in a time of cuts.

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