Six Books on Parenting Teens with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

Eileen Bailey Health Guide March 27, 2012
  • While the Autism and Asperger's Center at HealthCentral.com is a great place to find information on parenting children and teens on the autism spectrum, you may want to seek out additional information. The following are some of the books available to help guide you through your journey:

     

    Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent's Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders


    Author: Chantal Sicile-Kira

    Publisher: Perigee Trade

    Publish Date: 2006

     

    Written by the mother of a child with autism, this book provides detailed information on what autism is as well as real-life wisdom for going through the adolescent years. She covers issues such as hormones, hygiene, friendships, safety, transitions, sex and discusses how social and academic expectations can impact your child throughout these years.

     

    A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive


    Authors: Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, James McPartland

    Publisher: The Guilford Press

    Publish Date: 2002

     

    Asperger's syndrome (AS) and high functioning autism (HFA) can be even more confusing and hard to understand than those on the more severe end of autism. You may not even be sure your child has AS or HFA or whether the strange behaviors you see are, well, strange. This book helps parents sort out the confusing information and provides a practical resource for making it through the teen years.

     

    Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years


    Authors: Shana Nichols, Gina Marie Moravcik, Samara Pulver Tetenbaum

    Publisher: Jessica Kingsly Publishers

    Publish Date: 2008

     

    Girls with AS and autism face a whole new set of issues: menstruation, fashion, friendships and dating. This book addresses the unique needs of girls on the autism spectrum and helps guide parents through the tumultuous adolescent years faced by someone with a disability. Teachers and educators would also benefit from this book.

     

    Yoga for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents and Caregivers


    Author: Dion E. Betts and Stacey W. Betts

    Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

    Publish Date: 2006

     

    Children and teens on the autism spectrum often struggle with sensory issues, anxiety and poor motor control. Yoga helps to strengthen muscle tone and can relieve anxiety. The authors of this book provide an easy to follow guide to help you work with your child through simplified or modified movements, poses and breathing exercises.

     

    Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens & Teens Get Ready for the Real World


    Author: Teresa Bolick

    Publisher: Fair Winds Press

    Publish Date: 2004

     

    This book goes through a number of challenges common in teens with AS, such as executive function and social skills. Each deficit or challenge area is discussed, first through a clinical discussion, then an explanation of how this challenge might manifest in daily life and finally ideas for parents and teachers to help children and teens work through this difficulty.

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    Parenting Your Asperger Child: Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills

     

    Author: Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson

    Publisher: Perigee Trade

    Publish Date: 2005

     

    Asperger's syndrome can look different in teens. Some don't have outbursts or tantrums, some don't have special interests, but are still rigid in thinking processes or show no interest in friendships. This book describes the different subtypes of AS to help parents understand that AS is not always the same. There are many helpful and practical ideas to help parents manage the issues they face on a daily basis.

     

    I hope you find these books helpful. Please stay tuned in the coming months for an excerpt from my, The Essential Guide to Asperger's Syndrome, a book I wrote with help from Dr. Robert Montgomery.

     

    Next week, I'll provide books written specifically for teens to help them learn ways to cope with the symptoms of autism and Asperger's syndrome.