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23 Nov 2009, 10:51 pm

This is the place to discuss books on ASD's. I've read:

Growing up on the spectrum- at least their section on dating. It gave me some good ideas and helps me to understand that the hard part of dating is getting the first date.

The Autistic's Guide to Dating- It was not bad. It's more of two people sharing what they've learned from experience. Not very extensive.

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome- Love it! I learned so much about Asperger's and discovered things about myself.

I'm interested in reading Asperger's in Love. Is it any good? What other books on ASD's have you read?

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24 Nov 2009, 12:06 am

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome. Duh. A lot of resources in this book but no great depth if that is what you are looking for. Clever ways to deal with icky teachers.

Different Minds, Deirdre V. Lovecky Ech. She makes some good points about part-to-whole reasoning and the relationship between AD/HD and AS.

Pretending to be Normal by Liane Holliday Willey. Very much a practical, how-to book. Interesting that she said her daughter with AS is the one who always can tell when she's merely mimicking NT behavior -- same thing happened with me and my mom.

A Real Person, Gunilla Gerland. I liked this autiebiography for the theme of being a real person, talking about being different.

Nobody Nowhere, Donna Williams. I barely remember this one. I like Gunilla Gerland's book the best.

Sorry I have no patience for subtitles.


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24 Nov 2009, 6:57 am

Solutions for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome: Maximizing the Benefits, Minimizing the Drawbacks to Achieve Success . Great book, the author draws from her practical experience as a counselor of people with AS, explain brain differences and differences in behaviour.

A Guide to Asperger Syndrome. A psychiatrist's view of the syndrome from one of its leading experts Christopher Gillberg.

Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. Another book by a psychiatrist who draws from his experience with TEACCH.

Autism for Dummies. Good book. Explain the basics.

Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Uta Frith (editor). Contains the translation of Hans Asperger "Autistic Psychopathy in Childhood" and discussion of diagnostic criteria based on clinical accounts and research data. A little difficult to read.

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26 Nov 2009, 5:27 pm

Constructing Autism Majia Holmer Nadesan. Gives an excellent coverage of the history of autism research and shows major difficulties with current concepts of autism. Easily the best book on autism I've read.

Communication difficulties in autism and Asperger's Syndrome Ogla Bogdashina. Argues autisics affective speak a different language and that we have learn that language. Argued this was due to how autistics structure information. However, felt her controversial cognitive psychological claims were not backed up and ultimately contradictory.

Sex and Sexuality in people with autism Picked off the shelf thinking that I did not realise the library stocked pornography. :D Probably a good guide for a specialist, with practical information on how to communicate these issues.

Autism: An Introduction to Psychological Theory Francesca Happe. Excellent book as she not only summerises lots of positions she also evaluates them well, putting them into the contexts of what cognitive psychology is actually trying to do.

Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism An Insider's View Wendy Lawson. Mildly autobiographical but largely just an account of the differences between autistics and none autistics. Makes a few good observations but little your autistics will probably not already know.

Autism: Explaining the enigma Uta Frith. Classic text that is highly accessible.

'An ideal of total self-sufficiency. That secret smile may be the Buddha's but it is monstrous seen on a baby's face. To conquer craving is indeed to conquer pain, but humanity goes with it. That my autistic daughter wanted nothing was worst of all.' Park

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26 Nov 2009, 5:49 pm

I don't remember, exactly. When my son was diagnosed, at age 6, I read a lot of books about AS. It seemed like so many of them painted a stereotypical picture of AS (even in little boys) which didn't fit my son. You can read books about AS for an entire year before seeing anything that suggests that there are adult female aspies.

Books that I've read that I personally related to a lot, which made me begin to consider my own place on the spectrum:

"Songs of the Gorilla Nation" by Dawn Prince-Hughes (I think that's her name.)

"Thinking in Pictures" by Temple Grandin.

A friend of mine recommended that I read "Nobody Nowhere" by Donna William, but I didn't relate to that one so much, except the part about liking to look at sparkly things in the air.


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26 Nov 2009, 7:07 pm

elderwanda wrote:
"Songs of the Gorilla Nation" by Dawn Prince-Hughes
I'm reading that right now! Excellent book!

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28 Nov 2009, 11:47 am

Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book About Autistic People by Jasmine Lee O'Neill is my favourite book about autism. There is a review of it here: . It is really positive about autism.


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28 Nov 2009, 4:20 pm

I read The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon, nice story about a boy with ASD.
And I read Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts. by Simon Baron-Cohen. Very good and easy to read.
Plus some Dutch books on ASDs (one extended PhD thesis) that probably are of no interest to anyone reading this on WP ;)

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28 Nov 2009, 4:29 pm

I've never read any ASD books

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28 Nov 2009, 6:04 pm

I'm reading Alone Together Making an asperger marriage work, Getting to Grips with asperger syndrome, and 22 things a woman must know.

That's all because I met a guy who was diagonosed with asperger syndrome.
I like him very much.

But after I read the books, I felt upset.
It seems that man is trying to escape from me.
Maybe he don't feel comfortable being together with me.
But I don't know how come.
I thought we spent very happy time together.