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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.


The Autism Encyclopedia

J. Neisworth & P. Wolfe

The Encyclopedia gives a clear and comprehensive guide to the wide range of terminology related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Understanding Sensory Dysfunction

P. Goodwin Emmons & L. McKendry Anderson

This comprehensive book is a useful resource for families, teachers and carers living or working with children With sensory dysfunction. It provides a wide range of practical and empowering strategies to assist children with sensory dysfunction in learning, skills development and socialisation.


Person Centred Planning and Care Management with People with Learning Disabilities

Paul Cambridge & Steven Carnaby

This book provides a reflective analysis of person centred planning for people with learning disabilities and supports the implementation of policies promoting social inclusion, individualisation, deinstitutionalisation and user-centred services.


The Genesis of Artistic Creativity

Professor Michael Fitzgerald

The Genesis of Artistic Creativity is a revealing exploration of the social behaviour, language, humour and obsessive and routines of 21 famous writers, philosophers, musicians and painters in light of the recognised criteria for diagnosis of high functioning autism and Aspergers Syndrome.


When My Autism Gets Too Big!

Kari Dunn Buron

This book is written to help children, parents and teachers to understand about the anxiety experienced by children with Autism and offers some suggestions about how the child might recognise anxiety and learn to relax.


“We Can Do it!”

Kari Dunn Buron

A Guide for Parents in helping children who have learning disabilities with Bowel and Bladder Management.


The Sensory World of the Autistic Spectrum: A greater understanding

Kate Wilkes – NAS

This booklet aims to give a basic understanding of sensory integration, offer coping strategies and explain the possible difficulties that individuals with Autism or Asperger syndrome may have.


Understanding Behaviour

Fiona May – NAS

This booklet provides an insight into the practical approaches and strategies which can be applied in a range of day to day situations.


Mental Health in People with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Christine Deudney – NAS

This booklet emphasises the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders.


Autistic Spectrum Disorders in Young Children

Christine Deudney & Lynda Tucker

This booklet is a small guide aimed at early years practitioners


Aspergers Syndrome and Sexuality – From Adolescence Through Adulthood

Isabelle Henault

A Comprehensive sex education programme for those with Asperger Syndrome, comprising workshops and activities for the development of sociosexual skills. This book is a much needed resource for parents, teachers, counsellor and individual with Asperger Syndrome themselves.


The TEACCH Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

G. Mesibov, V. Shea, E. Shopler

This book explains how TEACCH targets critical areas in executive functioning, engagement, communication and social skills. Strategies can be tailored to an individuals unique developmental and functional level. Parents can become involved in all phases of intervention as collaborators, co-therapists and advocates. The programme can be introduced and adapted for individuals of all ages from pre-school children to adults.


People with Autism Behaving Badly.

John Clements

This book is organised around the common messages conveyed by behaviours and some of the underlying issues that drive these messages. Practical ideas for intervention are provided and illustrated by case examples. This hands on practical manual is indispensable for families, carers and anyone involved with people with Autism who need help with behavioural or emotional challenges.


I Dreamed I was Normal – A Music Therapists Journey into Autism.

Ginger Clarkson

This book takes the reader on a journey into the silent, hidden world of Autism.


Autism – The Eighth Colour of the Rainbow – Learn to Speak Autistic

Florica Stone

Florica Stone has been able to develop a supportive two-way channel of communication with her once non-verbal autistic son. Florica shows how shared meanings can be learnt and expressed between autistic and non-autistic individuals, though they experience radically different perceptions of reality.


Art Therapy with Children on the Autistic Spectrum – Beyond Words

Kathy Evans and Janek Dubowski

Research has shown that art therapy can be particularly effective for children with autism and related communication disorders. The authors present a range of case studies of art therapy with individual children with autism to demonstrate the use of practical interventions and the outcomes. This book will be of interest to all specialists in communication disorders, and in particular to professionals working with children with Autism.


Supporting Students with Asperger Syndrome in Higher Education

Rachel Pike – N.A.S.

This booklet is designed for staff in higher education establishments who currently or may have to in the future support students with Asperger Syndrome. It is useful for all staff but especially for lecturers, tutors etc.


Bullying and How to Deal with It : A guide for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Patricia Thorpe – N.A.S.

This booklet gives helpful advice to parents and school staff who work with children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome to deal with bullying.


Asperger Syndrome – An Overview

Stephan Ehlers & Christopher Gillberg

This booklet is aimed at parents of young people with Asperger Syndrome and also professionals who want a concise description.


Classroom and Playground: Support for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Prithvi Perepa – N.A.S.

This booklet is designed for teachers and school staff who have little or no experience of working with children with Autism. It focuses on classroom strategies and playground issues.