The best books for high functioning autism feature knowledge and skills to assist in enhancing potential. It has been stated many times that some of the most prolific minds of our time were autistic. People such as Mozart and Einstein were said to have shown signs of high functioning autism. There are many aspects to the life of an individual with high functioning autism that must be addressed. No one book could address them all.
Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit
Some of the best things in life are free. The organization Autism Speaks offers a free book on their website devoted to high functioning autism. The book entitled Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Toolkit is available on their site for download and printing if needed. The first section deals with an introduction to Asperger's, high functioning autism and the causes. This book then addresses strengths and challenges for each individual person who reads the book and features a strengths and challenges chart. The purpose of this chart is to chronicle the strengths and challenges of the individual with asperger's or high functioning autism. There are several chapters devoted to function and theory of mind. Theory of mind simply means the difficulty that a high functioning autistic individual or an individual with asperger's would have understanding the way that others feel, think, or their intentions.
Next the book addresses asperger's and high functioning autism from a diagnostic point of view. It discusses the criteria for an asperger's or high functioning autistic diagnosis as well as tests used. The final sections discuss the classroom, transitioning into adulthood, and various resources available. This book is a virtual powerhouse of information. One of the best things about this guide is that it is free.
Our Journey Through High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome: A Roadmap
This book was written by several families with children who are high functioning autistics or have asperger's syndrome. The style is entertaining whilst offering a great deal of information. Simply put this book is a glimpse into the life of other families with children who are diagnosed with high functioning autism or asperger's syndrome.
Developing Talents- Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy
This book, written by Temple Grandin, discusses job prospects for individuals with asperger's and high functioning autism. It evaluates in some depth the many types of vocational training given in therapy programs. The author is autistic and this book gives a concrete look at securing employment as an autistic individual.
The no-nonsense style to this book makes it a must read. Families who seek information on developing talents and skills for future career options for those with high functioning autism and asperger's syndrome will find this book enlightening and helpful.
Look Me In The Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robinson
This is a chronicle of the life of John Elder Robinson. He was not diagnosed with asperger's syndrome until he was forty years old. This book explores his troubled childhood and many professional endeavors leading up to diagnosis as well as his life following the diagnosis. His descriptive powers will allow any parent or caregiver to see through the eyes of their high functioning autistic or asperger's child or loved one.