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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.


Final Report, Visits and Seminar, Fondation Autisme Luxemburg, Potimalisateion of Residential

Optimalisation of Residential settings and promotion of employment for adults with severe Autism.


Autism and Creativity, Is there a link between Autism in men and exceptional ability.

Prof. Michael Fitzgerald

This book examines the possibility that High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome may be more widespread than previously thought. What contribution have major figures presenting Autistic features made to society? Persons looked at include Eamonn de Valera, William Butler Yeats and Lewis Carroll.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Mark Haddon

This is the story of Christopher, who is fifteen and has Asperger Syndrome. He has a photographic memory, understands maths and science, but what he does not understand is other human beings. When Christopher decides to write a murder mystery after his neighbour’s dog dies, he uncovers other mysteries that threaten to bring his whole world crashing down.


Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome

J. Harpur, M. Lawlor & M. Fitzgerald

How will I cope with the workload?’ or ‘How will I make friends?’ This books takes first hand interviews from students with Asperger Syndrome and direct clinical experiences and address these and other questions, providing benefits throughout the college years and beyond.


Asparagus Dreams

Jessica Peers

Jessica recalls her school years, after being expelled from mainstream school at twelve and sent to a residential school for young people with Autism. Her story is told with humour and insight and will open the eyes of the reader to the difficulties and the rewards of having this condition.


I have Autism.....What’s that?

K. Doherty, P. McNally & E. Sherrard.

Provides explanations of the ‘differences’ between people with Autism & others. It is straightforward but kind.


Support for the Bereaved and the Dying in Services for Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Helen Green Allison

This is a subject that is difficult for everyone but especially those with Autism or Asperger Syndrome. The author approaches the subject with sensitivity, looking carefully at all the issues which need to be addressed and giving a wide range of references and sources of information. This book will be of particular relevance to those who work with adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.


Talking Together....about Growing Up, a workbook for parents of children with Learning Disabilities.

Lorna Scott & Lesley Kerr-Edwards

This book is for the parents of young people with Learning Disabilities, so you can help your child learn about the changes that happen when they are growing up. It is aimed at the young person who may have difficulty reading on their own. Talking together is for children at the stage of puberty when their bodies start to change, or just before.


Accessing the Curriculum for Pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Gary Mesibov & Marie Howley

Using the TEACCH Programme to help inclusion. This book explains ways to open up the curriculum to pupils who ASDs. The particular difficulties experienced by pupils are discussed in direct relation to specific areas of the curriculum. This book will particularly benefit those on specialist Autism Courses, all providers of Autism-Specific Training, teachers and training assistants.


Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the Early Years, A Guide for Practitioners

Dr. Rita Jordan

Although this book is aimed at practitioners working in early years settings, it will also be helpful to parents of young children with as ASD. Some sections included are: Diagnosis, understanding ASDs, Educational, working with parents, communication, social understanding, play and managing behaviours. The main areas are addressed in a clear and readable style, always with practical focus and short examples.


We can do it! Helping Children who have Learning Disabilities with Bowel and Bladder Management

ERIC (National Charity)

This booklet outlines a number of practical methods to guide parents who have children with learning disabilities – whether these are moderate, severe or profound – as well as children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.


Once in August Long Ago, A week in the life of an Autistic Boy

Liam Nolan

This book was first written by Liam as a personal diary. It was written a long time ago, when Liam and his wife Oonagh’s ten year old son with Autism came home for a week long holiday from the institution where he was in full time care. It reflects the mental anguish caused to a young man and his wife trying to deal with a child who had a condition no-one understood.


Calling the Shots, Childhood Vaccination, One Family’s Journey

Mary Alexander

Written by a mother whose 2 year old daughter fell ill after receiving a meningitis vaccine. This book mixes Mary’s personal experience with factual research. She examines that status quo of vaccinations and highlights some of the questions she believes should be at the forefront of parents minds.


MMR and Autism, What parents need to know

Michael Fitzgerald

In this book, Michael Fitzpatrick, a general practitioner who is also the parent of an Autistic child, explains why he believes the anti-MMR campaign is misguided.


Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Julia Moor

A Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Carers. It shows how to break down activities into manageable stages and looks at ways to gain a child’s attention and motivation and to build on small achievements.


Sensory Smarts

Kathleen Chara and Paul J. Chara Jr.

A Book for Kids with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorders Struggling with Sensory Integration Problems.


How to Live with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Chris Williams and Barry Wright

This book explains with many illustrations the nature of this condition and its variations and tackle common problems experienced in everyday activities. It also suggests strategies for coping with aggression and tantrums, approaches to preoccupations and compulsions.


Pre-Schoolers with Autism

Avril V. Brereton and Bruce J. Tonge

An Education and Skills Training Programme for Parents. This Manual provides all the information, support and resources needed to participate in a ground-breaking training programme that has been developed to help parents implement early interventions for very young children with Autism.


Supporting a Child with Autism

Sharon Powell

This booklet provides a practical introduction to Autism. It provides examples of the sorts of behaviour that a child may show in the classroom and this is followed by a practical guide to develop simple effective strategies for working with the child with Autism.


Specialist Support Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder Students in Mainstream Schools

Sally Hewitt

This books provides a range of successful teaching strategies for use with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and associated behavioural difficulties.