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Books to rent

The Irish Society for Autism has a large library of books and booklets available for rent. For further information on what is available, please see the list below.


My World

Various Authors

In this book the famous and the anonymous tell of their worlds through verse and prose. In their sorrow and joy, their work and play, a common thread appears, every one of us is unique.


Autism with Severe Learning Difficulties

Dr. Rita Jordan

This book deals with the dual diagnosis of Autism with severe learning difficulties. In this book Dr. Rita Jordan shares her understanding of Autism and the most effective strategies for dealing with concomitant. This book will be invaluable to parents, key works and all who advise them in living and working with this fascinating group of individuals.


Incorporating social goals in the classroom

Rebecca A. Moyes

This book provides practical hands on strategies to teach social skills to children with high functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. It includes a detailed description of the difficulties with such things as understanding idioms, taking turns in conversations, understanding and using tone of voice and body language, and ways to address them. Parents will find this text an excellent training tool to help develop social education curricula for their children, and teachers will find it particularly helpful as an easy to read manual containing many strategies to utilise in the classroom.


Fragile Success, Ten Autistic Children, Childhood to Adulthood

Virginia Walker Sperry

In this uncommon book we get a view of Autism in all its variations as former teacher Virginia Walker Sperry traces the life of students over thirty years. As you follow the children into adulthood you get a first hand account about individuals with developmental disability as witnessed by their parents, teachers, medical professionals, social workers and peers. These case histories provided exceptional insight into the mystery and diversity of Autism.


Caring for a Child with Autism, A Practical Guide for Parents

Martine Ives & Nell Munro

This book answers the questions commonly asked by parents and carers of a child, following a diagnosis of Autism, and discusses the challenges that can arise in home life, education and socialising. It covers a wide variety of therapies and approaches providing unbiased info so that families can evaluate options for themselves.


A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD

Luke Jackson

This book is written by a twelve year old who has Asperger Syndrome. He tells you everything you need to know both good and bad, about the Gluten free and Casein Free Diet. He offers encouragement and advises on what to expect from the diet and how to live with the diet.


Access and Inclusion for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, - “Let Me In”

M. Hesmondhalgh & C. Breakley

Based on pioneering work at The Resource at King Ecgbert School, Sheffield, the authors of this book explore the universal issues of access and inclusion in employment and education for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. They describe the challenges they faced in establishing and running an Integrated Resource for children with ASD within a mainstream secondary school. The pupils at the resource participate in the regular school curriculum, but also learn a wide range of additional life skills.


Home Educating our Autistic Spectrum Children, Paths are made by Walking

Terri Dowty & Kitt Cowlishaw

In this book parents who home educate their children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome tell their personal stories of how they reached the decision to educate at home, how they set about the task and how it transformed their children’s lives. It offers advise on getting started with home education by answering questions about teaching materials, curricula and socialisation.


Challenging Behaviour and Autism, Making Sense, Making Progress

Various Authors

This book is for parents, teachers and carers of young children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, it offers practical strategies for preventing and managing the sorts of challenging behaviour most likely to be encountered. The books core message can be summed up in a single sentence”to change a child’s behaviour you need to be able to make sense of that behaviour and making sense of that behaviour means making sense of his or her Autism”


A Guide to Services for Adults with A.S.D. for Commissioners and Providers

H. Morgan, G. Jones & R. Jordan

This guide has been written for those professionals who commission or provide services for adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.


Facing the Crowd, Managing Other Peoples insensitivities to your disabled Child

Deborah Fullwood & Peter Cronin

A guide to managing other peoples insensitivities to your disabled child.


A Guide to Services for Children with A.S.D. for Commissioners and Providers

R. Jordan, G. Jones & H.

This guide is for commissioners and providers in education, health, social services. It’s purpose is to serve as a brief guide to Autistic Spectrum Disorders and developments in education and social welfare with respect to those disorders.


Autism NI, A Special Edition, A Journey Through Therapies


A selection of personal accounts of various therapies contributed by local parents and professionals from PAPA, N. Ireland.


A Study to Evaluate the TEACCH Project.


A study to evaluate the TEACCH Project in the South Eastern Education and Library Board Area Northern Ireland. The study was conducted by PAPA (Parents and Professionals and Autism, Northern Ireland). 1995-1996


Could this be Autism?

The National Autistic Society

A guide to recognising & supporting children with Autism for all professionals in Health, Education & Social Care.


The Report of the Task Force on Autism, October 2001

Dept. of Science and Education

This is a report on the Education Provision and support for persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in Ireland. The report covers many areas including: identification, referral & assessment, parents as partners and Education (incl. Third Level).


Report on the Task Group on Autism, Northern Ireland

Dept. of Education

Published in 2002, this book covers the findings of the Task Group on Autism in Northern Ireland, covering such areas as the Implications of Educational Provisions and Provision for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and severe learning difficulties.


The Autistic Spectrum- A Parents Guide

The National Autistic Society

An easy to use, 6-part information pamphlet pack, which covers topics from recognising the signs and diagnosis to financial help.


Asperger Syndrome: A Clinical account

Lorna Wing

The clinical features and management of Asperger Syndrome are described in this book. Classification is discussed and reasons are given for including the syndrome in a wider group of conditions, which have in common, impairment of development of social interaction, communication and imagination.


Autistic Spectrum Disorders, A Guide to Services

H. Morgan G. Jones & R. Jordan

This is a guide to services for Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders for Commissioners & Providers.