Books for Parents

Autism a Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach by Heather Miller-Kuhaneck
More than just an Occupational Therapy book — very comprehensive book covering all aspects of Autism including genetics.

Autism and Its Medical Management: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Michael G. Chez

Autism Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle–A New Developmental Program that Opens the Door to Lifelong Social and Emotional Growth by Steven E. Gutstein
RDI has changed since book was written, but describes the social & emotional gaps RDI aims to close.

Autism Life Skills: From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More – 10 Essential Abilities Every Child Needs and Deserves to Learn by Chantal Sicile-Kira

The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping, and Healing–from a Mother Whose Child Recovered by Karen Siff Exkorn
Book describes different treatments/interventions/therapies and many, many resources available.

Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference by Laura E. Berk
Book is technical in beginning, but worth reading. Summarizes studies on how children’s minds develop.

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals by Catherine Maurice, Gina Green, and Stephen C. Luce
Book contains ABA curriculum that you can do at home.

Combining Neuro-Developmental Treatment and Sensory Integration Principles: An Approach to Pediatric Therapy by Erna I. Blanche, Tina M. Botticelli and Mary K. Hallwa
Exercises to do at home with your child.

Creative Therapy for Children With Autism, ADD, and Asperger by Janet Tubbs
Great activities to do at home with your child.

Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012 by Ken Siri, Tony Lyons, Rita Shreffler and Teri Arranga

Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders by Dr. Robert Melillo
Assessment and program for doing Brain Balance at home.

Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, and Engagement by Sally J. Rogers PhD and Geraldine Dawson PhD
Home program for Early Intervention.

Emergence: Labeled Autistic by Temple Grandin and Margaret M. Scariano
An insightful look into the mind of a person with Autism.

Exploring the Spectrum of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Intervention Strategies by Carolyn Murray-Slutsky

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene
Great book that provides insight into how to avoid meltdowns and behavior problems for children.

Feeding and Nutrition for the Child With Special Needs: Handouts for Parents by Marsha Dunn Klein and Tracy A. Delaney
Helps parents determine oral-motor issues that might be causing feeding & eating issues. Exercises to improve oral-motor issues.

Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet by Cheri Fraker, Dr. Mark Fishbein, Sibyl Cox, and Laura Walbert
Excellent, straight-forward approach to expanding the child’s diet.

Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow by Carol Kranowitz
Excellent OT program you can do at home.

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders by Kenneth Bock and Cameron Stauth
Discusses biomedical aspects, nutritional supplements, diets & prescription medications.

Introduction to How Does Your Engine Run?: The Alert Program for Self-Regulation by Mary Sue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger

I Love You Rituals by Becky A. Bailey
Wonderful rituals and finger plays that will let your child know how much you love them.

Just Take a Bite by Lori Ernsperger & Tania Stegen-Hanson
Strategies & exercises to help with eating issues.

Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes by Jenny Clark Brack
Great activity themes.

More Than Words: Helping Parents Promote Communication and Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Fern Sussman
Great strategies for promoting communication.

No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior by Jed Baker
Great strategies for avoiding meltdowns or dealing with them if they happen.

101 Games and Activities for Children With Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorders by Tara Delaney

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz
Book full of fun activities that also help with sensory integration, motor skills, coordination, muscle strength, etc.

Ready to Use Fine Motor Skills & Handwriting Activities for Young Children by Joanne M. Landy, Keith R. Burridge and Joanne M. Landy

Ready to Use Fundamental Motor Skills & Movement Activities for Young Children by Joanne M. Landy and Keith R. Burridge

The RDI Book by Steven E. Gutstein
Discusses the theory behind RDI and the principles of the modern RDI program.

Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD by Steven E. Gutstein and Rachelle K. Sheely
Book full of fun RDI activities that you can do at home with your child.

Relationship Development Intervention with Children, Adolescents and Adults by Steven E. Gutstein and Rachelle K. Sheely
RDI for older children & adults.

The Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) Program and Education by Steven E. Gutstein
Discusses home schooling with RDI and how to work with a school/teacher to integrate RDI into the classroom.

Teaching Children With Autism to Mind-Read : A Practical Guide for Teachers and Parents by Patricia Howlin
Workbook that has exercises aimed at helping a child with Autism to understand what others may be thinking in certain situations.

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
Insight into Autism from a person who has it.

Tool Chest for Teachers, Parents, & Students: A Handbook to Facilitate Self-Regulation by Diana A Henry
Exercises to do at home or school.

Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach by Ross W. Greene and J. Stuart Ablon
Book is a little technical in the beginning, but provides many clear examples at how to approach situations to avoid meltdowns and behavior problems. Note that this approach seems to be for children that are verbal.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations by Stephanie Cave and Deborah Mitchell
Book includes alternate vaccination schedule.

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