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
AVAILABLE TO BUY
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.