Further Reading

Biographies and Memoirs

The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened with Autism
Patricia Stacey
The author and her husband were told that their six-month-old son, Walker, might never walk or talk, or even hear or see. Unwilling to accept this grim prediction, they embarked on a five-year odyssey that led them into alternative medicine, the newest brain research, and toward a new understanding of autism.

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin's professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field. Standing at the intersection of autism and animals, she offers unparalleled observations and groundbreaking ideas about both.

Emergence: Labeled Autistic
Temple Grandin & Margaret M. Scariano
Emergence is the first-hand account of a courageous autistic woman who beat the odds and cured herself. This searingly honest account captures the isolation and fears suffered by people with autism and their families.

Soon Will Come the Light: A View from Inside the Autism Puzzle
Thomas A. McKean
This book is a view inside the mind and experiences of a man who is autistic. McKean give a compelling account of how people with autism deal with the baffling world around them

Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism
Dawn Prince-Hughes
Prince-Hughes's memoir portrays the struggles of growing up with Asperger Syndrome before it became fully understood in the mid-1990s. Her relationship with gorillas is valuable in showing her journey toward connecting with other people.

Pretending to Be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome
Liane Holliday Willey
Chronicling her life from her earliest memories through her career as a university lecturer, writer, wife and mother, Willey shares the daily struggles and challenges that face many of those who have Asperger's Syndrome.

Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic
Donna Williams
Fellow suffers of the complex and much-misunderstood disease of autism will find a familiar voice in Australian-born Williams, one of the survivors of this disorder.

A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery
Christina Adams
A compelling story of autism, early intervention, and recovery written by the child's mother, who is NPR's Day to Day show commentator. Adams describes the rigorous diet, one-on-one ABA ("applied behavioral analysis") program, speech and physical therapy, and various drug therapies that aided Jonah in his recovery.

Finding Ben: A Mother's Journey Through the Maze of Asperger's
Barbara Levinson
In this heartfelt memoir, practicing psychologist LaSalle recounts her son's troubled youth up to his being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), at age 25. LaSalle does a good job of showing the thin line between gifted and disabled that exists with children who have Asperger's.

There's a Boy in Here
Judy & Sean Barron
The triumphant story of a child overcoming autism. It is told through the voices of both mother and son. The insights that the young man now has into his behavior and what he remembers from his experiences are fascinating.