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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.


Going to the Shops: A Guide for Parents of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Catriona Hauser N.A.S.

This booklet aims to provide some suggested strategies to help reduce some of the difficulties a young person on the Autism Spectrum may have when going on trips for example to the shops etc.


The Fantastic 19+ Exercise Book

Christine Fiedorczuk

This exercise book has been produced by a small group of young adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities. It is a combination of Yoga and other exercises and is designed to – Begin and End with relaxation and meditation – Gently move and stretch every part of the body – Emphasise the importance of deep breathing.


Homespun Remedies – Stragegies in the Home and the Community

Dion E Betts and Nancy J. Patrick

Homespun Remedies provides practical strategies for helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to function effectively at home and in the community. It encourages parents and carers to think in autism – to take the perspective of an ASD child and work to make their environment a friendlier place.


Encouraging Appropriate Behaviour for Children on the Autistic Spectrum

Shira Richman

Written in an accessible question and answer format, this is a practical guide to help parents and professionals address the most common issues posed by children on the Autistic Spectrum.


Autistic Spectrum Disorders – a guide for Nurseries and Infant Schools

National Autistic Society

This folder contains a number of booklets with informative information on A.S.D. and helpful information for pre-schools.


Understanding the Nature of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome “40 Years of Clinical Practice”

Edward R. Ritvo MD

In this book Professor Ritvo shares his forty years experience and opens his UCLA Casebook to the reader.


Disabled Children and the Law – Research and Good Practice

J Read, L Clements and D Ruebain

This book provides essential information about how the law can be used to promote good practice and policy development for disabled children and young people. A useful guide for people affected by disability and those who work with disabled people and their families.


Eye Contact

Cammie McGovern

A thrilling novel of psychological suspense and a gripping tale of a crime that strikes a small community but above all the powerful story of the tangled emotional bond between a mother and her young son.


Intimate and Personal Care with People with Learning Disabilities

Steven Carnaby and Paul Cambridge

This book considers the management and practice of intimate and personal care with people with learning disabilities. The contributors draw on extensive research and practice experiences to examine and review in detail key aspects of the planning and delivery of intimate and personal care, encouraging a commitment to person-centred approaches.


Children with Seizures – a guide for parents, teachers and professionals

Martin L. Kutscher M.D.

Dr. Martin Kutscher provides all the information you need to approach seizures from a position of strength. He dispels many of the myths of epilepsy and provides a review of the disorder.


The Jumbled Jigsaw

Donna Williams

This book exposes the Autism Spectrum conditions not a as single entity but as the combination of a whole range of often untreated underlying conditions. Donna Williams demonstrates how such common conditions can combine to form a ‘cluster condition’ that underpins the label ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’


The AD/HD Handbook

Alison Munden and Jon Arcelus

This guide provides a comprehensive account of current knowledge of ADHD and offers practical advice to parents, teachers, social workers and other professionals working with young people and their families.


Getting IT

Dinah Murray & Ann Aspinall

Using information technology to empower people with communication difficulties.


Parenting the ADD Child – Can’t Do? Won’t Do?

David Pentecost

This book is a practical self help strategy for parents and essential reading for teachers and other professionals involved in the identification and therapy of ADHD children. Parenting the ADD Child brings together a variety of tried and tested methods in a unique, comprehensive and accessible format.


The Autism Spectrum and Further Education – A Guide to Good Practice

Christine Breakey

This guide for professionals working with students with autism spectrum conditions in further education provides essential guidelines and practice advice on teaching young adults successfully and confidently.


Career Training and Personal Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders – A Practical Resource for Schools

Vicki Lundine and Catherine Smith

This practical training programme assesses ASD students strengths and abilities, fears and challenges and provides instruction on acquiring the skills necessary for a smooth transition from school to employment. This teaching resource includes lesson plans, implementation procedures, interactive activities and photocopiable worksheets providing the teacher with the necessary material to direct this course over one or three years.


Opening the Spectrum

Department of Education Dublin & NI

Special Education Needs Cross Border Professional Exchange Programme Under PEACE II. Insights into working with pupils on the Autistic Spectrum.


Guidelines on the Individual Education Plan Process

National Council for Special Education


“What Do I Do Now”? A Book to Assist Parents Upon Hearing That their Child has Special Needs

The Parents Future Planning Group


Supporting Inclusion – Strategies and Accommodations for the Primary Classroom for students with Intellectual Disabilities and A.S.D.

Jennifer McCann and Rita Honan, Trinity College Dublin & Dept. of Educ.