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Topics in Autism

Buyer's Guide

Unless otherwise specified, all books on this list can be used by both parents and professionals with children anywhere on the autism spectrum.

Categories: Communication | Learning & Behavior | Other


A Picture's Worth: PECS, 2nd Edition
Explains how to implement PECS, a method that teaches children (whether verbal or nonverbal) to initiate communication with others. Children first use pictures to indicate needs or desires and often progress to speech.
Learning & Behavior
Activity Schedules for Children with Autism, 2nd ed.
  • Recommended age: all
  • Prerequisites: none

Overview and instructions for developing and using activity schedules--pictures or words that cue a child to independently complete a series of activities. Use activity schedules to organize daily routines and improve functioning.

Functional Behavior Assessment, 2nd ed.
  • Recommended age: toddlers to adults
  • Prerequisites: none

Describes a strategy used to identify the factors contributing to problem behaviors--noncompliance, aggression, and repetitive actions--in people with ASD. Instructs how to conduct a functional behavior assessment in home, school, and community settings.

Solve Common Teaching Challenges in Children with Autism
  • Recommended age: all
  • Prerequisites: none

Many teachers of students with autism will need help at some point to determine why their instructional methods are not getting the desired results. Experts in behavior describe eight potential problem areas, and offer teaching strategies to promote successful learning.

Stop That Seemingly Senseless Behavior
  • Recommended age: all
  • Prerequisites: none

Explains how to choose and teach replacement behaviors for problem behaviors once the function of those behaviors are known, plus strategies that can prevent challenging behaviors in the first place. Use with Functional Behavior Assessment.

Visual Supports for People with Autism, 2nd ed.
  • Recommended age: all
  • Prerequisites: none

Overview of how low-tech visual aids can be used to improve academic performance, behavior, language, interaction with others, and self-help skills in people with ASD. Provides information about high-tech options (iPad and smartphones).

Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism

Explains the pivotal steps parents can take now to optimize learning and functioning for young children diagnosed or suspected autism.

Managing Anxiety in People with Autism

Explores anxiety disorders, how they affect people across the autism spectrum, and what interventions can help.


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