Resources Page

This page has the links to all the resources mentioned in the book. If you find any broken links please let me know, email me at: alan@autismsparks.com

If you don’t already have a copy of the book, get yours now by clicking the appropriate link below.

 

 

Chapter 1 – What Is Autism?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, A novel by Mark Haddon

This is a wonderful read about a child with autism (although this is never explicit in the book), trying to solve a mystery. The book is very insightful about how confusing and confused our world is from the viewpoint of someone with autism.

Available from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 

A is for Autism, a short film by Tim Webb which includes individuals with autism talking about their sensory experiences

Watch all 11 minutes of it:

 

Making Sense of Sensory Behavior

Download this useful booklet free from Falkirk Council.

 

Raising a Sensory Smart Child, by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske

For a more comprehensive guide to sensory issues, get this practical, parent friendly book, available from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 

Sensory Overload

Ever wondered what sensory overload might be like? Watch these 2 video simulations.

Sensory Overload (Interacting with Autism Project) from Miguel Jiron on Vimeo.

Chapter 2 – Intensive Play

Rocket Balloons

These make the most amazing sound as they whizz about the room – you can get them in toy shops, or on amazon.com or amazon.co.uk.

If you can find flying saucer balloons, these are a great alternative – they spin round and round while they deflate, making a fantastic sound at the same time.

 

Chapter 3 – Attention

This chapter was inspired by Gina Davies of Attention Autism. Gina has developed an approach to working with children with autism that is fun, motivating and effective. To find out more, check out her website www.attentionautism.com

Here are a couple of science websites that will give you great ideas to try, especially with an older child:

Steve Spangler Science website

The Naked Scientists website

 

Chapter 4 – Make It Visual

Visual Strategies for Improving Communication, book by Linda Hodgdon

This book is a quite expensive, but it has a wealth of information about visual strategies. Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 

Pictoselector

There’s no need to buy a very expensive program to make your symbol cards. Pictoselector is great free program – which includes a large range of symbols.

Download it here.

 

Now, Next Board

Easily make your own now, next board with a piece of card. If you want a template, you can download one here, but it’s really not necessary.

 

Calendars

Buy an office calendar with squares for each day that you can write in, or print one of these to use:

Jan to Dec 2014

 

Velcro

Sticky velcro is so useful for visuals that you should consider buying them in a bigger pack. They are available in rolls which is probably the most cost-effective. They are available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

 

Chapter 5 – Well-Being

Dancing Raisins

Ever watched raisins dance? Clever little things.

 

 

 

Mentos

Watch what mentos mints do to fizzy drink:

 

Chapter 6 – General Strategies

There are currently no links for this chapter.

 

Chapter 7 – Behavior Concerns

The Incredible 5 Point Scale, book by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Beth Curtis

Ideas for helping your child to grade their own experiences and to understand what responses are appropriate, available from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

 

Blackout Blinds

If you are struggling with getting your child’s room dark enough, try using blackout blinds. Check out Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind, available on amazon.co.uk, but not currently on amazon.com. You may be able to find them on ebay. The sucker attachments make them easy to use anywhere.

 

Sleep Better, book by V Mark Durand

An excellent guide to helping your child to sleep better, available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

 

People with Autism Behaving Badly, by John Clements

An excellent guide to understanding and tackling behavior difficulties, written by one of the people I respect most when it comes to behavior issues. Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

 

Chapter 8 – Technology

 

Computer Time

If you’re struggling to limit your child’s time on the computer without conflict – this program may help. It has a 14 day trial, so give it a try here.

 

Timelock

This app allows you to limit the time your child spends on the iPod or iPad. Here’s the iTunes link.

 

Apps for Autism, book by Lois Jean Brady

If you’re serious about using Apps to help your child with Autism, then this is a really useful resource. Lois has organised a wealth of apps into categories that will help you to consider uses you probably haven’t thought of. Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 

Recommended Books

 

Carly’s Voiceby Arthur Fleischmann and Carly Fleischmann

This is the remarkable story of Carly Fleischmann, and how typing gave her a way to reveal an intelligence that her family had never been aware of.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 

A Real Boy by Christopher Stevens and Nicola Stevens

One family’s experience  of living with a child with autism. Moving, real and extremely well written. A good read.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 

How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay

I first came across Tito in a television documentary about him when he was about 10. Non-verbal and severely autistic, Tito showed through his poetry the brilliance of his mind. This book is a fascinating glimpse into how Tito sees the world.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 


Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is probably the most famous person with autism – and was named in Time Magazine’s 2010 list of the 100 people who most affect our world. A recent HBO bio-pic about her life starred Claire Danes (who won a Golden Globe for her performance). In this book, Temple Grandin explains how her mind works, by thinking in pictures.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 


Raising a Sensory Smart Child by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske

If you want to know how to help your child with sensory issues then this book with give you the practical information you need. Clear, practical and easy to read. Co-written by an occupational therapist and a parent.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 


Visual Strategies for Improving Communication by Linda Hodgdon

This book is quite expensive, but look on it as an investment. It is full of practical explanations, ideas and examples for using visual strategies with your child. The author is a speech and language therapist who is known for being a pioneer in using visual strategies.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 


People with Autism Behaving Badly by John Clements

I first heard John Clements speak at a conference a few years ago, and was inspired by what he had to say particularly around well-being. It had a big impact on my practice. If you are struggling with difficult behaviour, then this book is a great place to start. Highly recommended.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk


Sleep Better by V Mark Durand

Considering how common sleep difficulties are for children with autism, it is surprising that there are so few books for parents about it. I recently bought one that seemed promising, but it was far too technical to be useful. This book by V Mark Durand on the other hand is much easier to read, and is full of practical suggestions.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 


Just Take a Bite by Lori Ernsberger

This is an excellent resource if your child has issues with food. Clearly laid out, comprehensive and practical.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 


Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Issues by Maria Wheeler

Full of practical tips and things to consider, especially if your child has sensory issues with regard to using the toilet. Helpful for trouble-shooting when your efforts are not going according to plan.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 


The New Social Story Book by Carol Gray

Carol Gray came up with Social Stories twenty years ago, and they are now used with children with autism all over the world. This recent book by her, is a great resource. If you don’t use social stories because you don’t know where to start, then get this book.  It has a tutorial section that will show you exactly how to write them. The rest of the book is examples of social stories that you can adapt for your child – it even comes with a CD that has all the stories in Word and pdf formats to make it easier for you to adapt them.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 


Apps for Autism by Lois Jean Brady

iPads and iPods are great, but what makes them really useful are the apps. But there are so many apps available; where do you start? Lois has made a really useful resource by reviewing lots of great apps, and putting them into categories. Just looking at the category titles will give you ideas that you probably hadn’t ever considered.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

 


The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood

The clue is in the title for this book. Comprehensive, authoritative and well-written. If your child has Asperger’s Syndrome, get this book.

Available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk