Book Resources

Biomedical Treatments

Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments by Jon Pangborn, PhD, and Sidney Baker, MD, is the Autism Research Institute’s Bible of autism treatment.

The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD with Karen Weintraub talks about autism as a cluster of medical conditions that can be treated. We applaud this view of autism as treatable and curable.

Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide by Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jerry Kartzinel is an easy-to-read guide to biomedical interventions.

Education


Autism Life Skills: From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More
by Chantal Sicile-Kira is a guide for understanding the challenges that many teens with autism face.

Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method
by Soma Mukhopadhyay gives you the theory and practical exercises to get started with the Soma’s letterboard-based teaching method with your child.

You’re Going to Love this Kid!
by Paula Kluth is a terrific guide for teachers and parents to work together in mainstreaming a child with autism.

Poetry


Danson: The Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child’s Innermost Thoughts and Feelings
by Michele Pierce Burns and Danson Mandela Wambua. Like Elizabeth, Danson emerged from his silence to write poetry with Soma’s help.

The Kiss of God by Marshall Stewart Ball
is a collection of poems and short passages written by a boy much like Elizabeth: bright, spiritual, and nonverbal.

The Mind Tree
by Tito Mukhopadhyay is a beautiful book of prose and poetry written by Soma’s brilliant, nonverbal son with autism.

Vaccinations


Evidence of Harm
by David Kirby is one of the most thoroughly researched accounts of the controversy over the link between vaccinations and the autism epidemic. It’s both accessible in its handling of medical topics and compelling in its recounting of stories of relentless parents who have fought to find the truth about the issue.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Vaccinations
by Dr. Stephanie Cave is a balanced approach to vaccinating children which lays out the risks and benefits of each vaccination and offers an alternative timetable for parents to consider.

Memoirs

Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Arthur Fleischmann. Carly Fleischmann is a lot like Elizabeth. They both are profoundly affected by autism and cannot speak but have powerful “voices” about advocating for the world to look beyond the behaviors and assume intelligence.

All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa: Raising Three Daughters with Autism
by Kim Stagliano. Kim manages to make you laugh as you read about her family’s struggle to raise their daughters.
Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph Over Autism by Catherine Maurice is the inspiring story of one mother’s successful conquest over autism in her son and daughter using ABA.
Louder Than Words by Jenny McCarthy is an entertaining story of how the Hollywood actress recovered her son from autism.
Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin gets you into the mind of a brilliant person with autism.

Diet

Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall discusses the scientific basis and practical implementation of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet from the mom who created it and saved her daughter.
Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis is a terrific guide to the gluten-free, casein-free diet, including easy-to-make recipes.
We Band of Mothers by Judy Chintz tells her son’s story as well as stories of other children who have been greatly helped by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Children’s Books

The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism by Ellen Sabin shows children how to appreciate differences in their friendships.
Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes by Jennifer Elder and Marc Thomas is a delightful children’s book of one-page biographies of those likely to have been on the autism spectrum such as Albert Einstein and Thomas Jefferson.

Spiritual

I Prayed, He Answered by William Vaswig is Pastor Bill’s story of healing prayer for his son.
Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel by Luke Timothy Johnson taught me to think about learning people and God as a lifelong process.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl helped me to put the autism struggle in the right perspective: we are not victims, and we will be victorious.
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster is a practical guide to all kinds of prayer, culminating in prayer as a way of life.
Sealed Orders by Agnes Sanford is her moving autobiography filled with stories of God’s healing power.