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Useful Reading Material

On this page, we have listed suggested reading material that is either downloadable or available to buy.


At Spring Common Academy we use the Autism Handbook to support the provision of our autistic students.  Please click on the highlighted text below to view what we consider to be best practice.

Spring Common Academy - Autism Handbook


What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties? The effectiveness of intervention schemes.  Please click on the highlighted text below to access this publication.

Fifth edition - Greg Brooks- Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Sheffield


These articles are available to download for free with kind permission of their authors

What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties? - The effectiveness of intervention schemes, Fifth Ediction

Greg Brooks - Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Sheffield


These suggested books are available to buy on websites such as Amazon:

Autism – A very short introduction    by Uta Frith

This book is written by a leading academic in the area of autism but is very readable.

Autism and Asperger Syndrome     by Simon Baron-Cohen

A little like Uta Frith’s book this is a short introductory book but is probably more academic for those interested in the scientific study of autism.

Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome   by Olga Bogdashina

As the title suggests this book focuses on the different sensory experiences people with autism have, and some of the programmes that may help.

Behavioural Concerns and Autistic Spectrum Disorders       by John Clements and Ewa Zarkowska

This book explores many dimensions of behavioural challenge in people with ASCs, including causation, the impact of behaviour on others, support and intervention.

Autism: An inside-out approach   by Donna Williams

Donna Williams is an internationally renowned speaker on living with autism.  This book explains the problems of being autistic in the modern world.

A Positive Approach to Autism    by Stella Waterhouse

This is a book with a medical orientation which considers the relationship of autism to other developmental conditions.

Asperger  Syndrome, the Universe and Everything    by Kenneth Hall

A short first-hand account of living with Asperger Syndrome by a 10 year old boy with this diagnosis.  It is lively, funny and engaging.

Freaks, geeks & Asperger Syndrome: A user guide to adolescence    by Luke Jackson

Probably the best known personal perspective on Asperger Syndrome written by a young person this is a very enjoyable and interesting read covering how Luke’s AS impacts on his life and thinking as a teenager.

Can I tell you about Asperger Syndrome?      by Jude Welton

This is written by a psychologist from the perspective of a 10 year old with Asperger Syndrome to help others in the family and school to understand the condition.

Autism with Severe Learning Difficulties       by Rita Jordan

Autism is a condition which exists across the range of learning ability and this book is a useful focus on those children with autism and severe learning difficulties.  Rita Jordan is a very well respected researcher and lecturer in autism from Birmingham.

Thinking in Pictures       by Temple Grandin

This is a personal account by a very gifted American animal scientist with Autism of her own experiences.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time    by Mark Haddon

This is first and foremost a novel but does give some insight into the thinking of its narrator, who has Asperger’s Syndrome.