Below is a list of books that parents have found helpful and informative. If you know of a great book that would help our parents, please feel free to Contact Us and we can add it to our list.
Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Manage Anxiety
This book provides a guide for caregivers and then the workbook section allows children to identify situations that make them anxious and learn how to perceive the situation differently.
Starving the Anxiety Gremlin
This is a unique resource to help young people understand different types of anxiety and how to manage them, including panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, generalised anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Based on cognitive behavioural principles that link thoughts, feelings and behaviours, the techniques described help young people to understand why they get anxious and how they can 'starve' their anxiety gremlin in order to manage their anxiety.
Making Sense of Sex, a guide to puberty, sex and relationships for people with Asperger's Syndrome
This book is ideal for those who need clear, detailed explanations and direct answers to the many questions raised by puberty and sexual maturity. Sarah Attwood describes developments in both the male and female body, and explains how to maintain hygiene and personal care, and to promote general good health. She examines emotional changes, including moods and sexual feelings, and provides comprehensive information on sex, sexual health and reproduction. She looks at the nature of friendship, how it changes from childhood to adulthood and its importance as a basis for sexual encounter. She also offers coping strategies for different social experiences, from bullying to dating, and includes essential tips on the politics of mature behaviour, such as knowing the difference between public and personal topics of conversation.
Pokémon Book of Joy
Recommended by a parent...Written by some of the greatest Pokémon trainers in history, this inspirational book of wit and wisdom offers advice for every turn of life’s winding path.
Bursting full of positive messages, humour, and fun, this charming book of inspirational quotes and illustrations shows that although Jigglypuff, Meowth and Pikachu may be Pokémon, their values could not be more human.
Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children
This is the second edition of a critically and professionally acclaimed book for social workers, therapists, and parents who strive to assist poorly attached children. This work is a composite case study of the developmental course of one child following years of abuse and neglect. This work focuses on both the specialized psychotherapy and parenting that is often necessary in facilitating a child's psychological development and attachment security.
William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day
This is a story about a little boy with attachment difficulties (RAD), due to having suffered trauma in his early life. William is now struggling with overwhelming feelings & difficulties in his everyday life, and these difficulties impact on his family. It is a story for therapeutic parents, adopters and foster carers to read to their child. The story will help children with attachment difficulties make sense of their own behaviours and feelings, and most importantly, will assist the parent in building connections to their traumatised child.
Sophie Spikey has a Very Big Problem
Following huge acclaim for Sophie's brother, 'William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day'. Sophie Spikey is now also here to help! Sophie did not have an easy start in life. She has attachment difficulties, (RAD) and she cannot trust adults to help her. Now she has a big problem. She has lost her shoes again and has no idea how she is going to be able to leave the house. One thing she knows for sure, is that she will NOT be asking her new mum for help. Feeling overwhelmed by shame, and with her head feeling 'busy and hot' Sophie is frozen and needs some help. Luckily, Sophie's new mum has a good idea about how to help Sophie. She has had to learn to be very clever, since she adopted Sophie and her siblings. Second in the Therapeutic Parenting series, this is a simple straightforward story which gets straight to the heart of the matter.
Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues
Practical solutions for making sense of the world This is an immensely valuable book filled with practical advice for analyzing sensory processing difficulties. Individuals with Asperger Syndrome, their families, and community professionals called upon for assistance will find this book helpful in designing environmental adaptations and intervention strategies that enable individuals to be more successful.
Can I tell you about Asperger Syndrome?
This is a great little book ideal to give to the child with Asperger's to read through to find out that they are not alone and that their thoughts & feelings are a lot like other children with Asperger's. It is also handy to give to friends and family to give them an easy understanding of the condition.
Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome. A user guide to adolescence
This book is recommended by lots of parents, it's written by a boy with Asperger syndrome but writes that he hopes that his book will be helpful to people 'all over the autistic spectrum, not just those with Asperger Syndrome'. People have commented that it's the first book they have ever read that sums up how it really feels to be a teenager with a different mind. The book is an excellent introduction for family and friend's who want to know more about the problems AS people face and how life is for them.
A Volcano in my Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger
This is a brilliant book with lots of pages with activities to photocopy for children to express on paper how their anger makes them feel and what gets them frustrated. It has chapters to explain how to help your child understand their anger, that its not bad as long as it's safe and that there are safe ways to express it. A definite must!!
Parenting a child with Asperger syndrome
This is a great book written by a mother of a child with AS. It has 200 easy to read, practical tips and strategies. It is useful to 'dip in and out' of when you need it most! This book helps parents to respond positively to the challenge of AS and find the 'treasure' in their child's way of being.
The Red Beast: Controlling anger in children with Asperger Syndrome
This is a great children's book with pictures and dialogue showing how children feel the anger 'brewing' inside of them and how that anger can be controlled. Highly recommended.
Books for Loan
Autism Collection Somerset - All Somerset Libraries will have a selection of books, with Bridgwater, Frome, Taunton, Williton and Yeovil Libraries having the full collection. There are 40 books in the collection from Authors like Temple Grandin, Sarah Hendrickx, Lorna Wing, NAS and Tony Attwood. All libraries will be able to source every book in the collection to loan to you.
Somerset Parent Carer Forum have a selection of the books to loan to their members.
Cerebra have a popular postal lending library of books on topics relating to neurological conditions, media (DVDs) and sensory equipment, such as fibre optics and the ever popular Sensory in a Suitcase, which contains a range of equipment to stimulate all the senses. Anyone can borrow items from their library and it’s free to return them by using our freepost address for books or a courier service that they arrange for you for sensory equipment. You can borrow two books at a time and one sensory item for a month at a time.