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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism, 2001
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Understanding Autism/Aspergers

Asperger Syndrome: Strategies for Solving the Social Puzzle
By Nancy J. Kaufman and Vicki Lord Larson
Thinking Publications, 199 pp
This resource written for teachers, parents, and professionals, provides a clear definition of Asperger Syndrome and an extensive review of the literature and relevance in meeting the needs of these students, as well as example IEP goals developed for case studies.
Why we recommend this book: It directly addresses the challenges children with Asperger’s Syndrome experience in the educational setting.

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
By Tony Attwood
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 397 pp
Comprehensive, practical, and easy to read, this book provides the reader with an understanding of how and why people with Asperger’s Syndrome are different to other people. Key points and strategies listed at the end of each chapter provide a valuable summary of the characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome.
Why we recommend this bok: Attwood writes with sensitivity and understanding that convey his genuine appreciation for people with Asperger’s Syndrome, based on his extensive clinical experience. The book is indexed and can be read in sections 

Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence
By Luke Jackson
Foreword by Tony Attwood
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 217pp
Description: Written by a teenager with Aspergers Syndrome, the book provides invaluable insight to parents and teachers as well as reassurance to teenagers with HFA/Aspergers that contrary to the title, they are not freaks.
Why we recommend this book: Luke Jackson provides a very readable and open account of what it is like to be a teenager with Aspergers Syndrome. He discusses topics unique to teenagers with Aspergers Syndrome, including when it may be appropriate to discuss one’s diagnosis with others, bullying and learning issues as well as a topic that is of interest to all teens: dating. He includes an appendix which lists common idioms and their explanations, a list that should serve as a gentle reminder to parents and teachers regarding the nuances and complexities involved in understanding the English language.


Pain, Waste, and the Hope for a Better Future: "Invisible Disabilities" in the Educational System 
By Margi Nowack
Insightful and poignant, Nowack describes the struggle of families to obtain appropriate special education services for their children with "invisible disabilities" including autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and ADHD, and makes reasonable suggestions for correcting the situation.

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