These books and websites will help you and your family learn more about autism and related disorders.

This list of resources was compiled in 2011.


The Autism Mom's Survival Guide (For Dads, Too!) by Susan Senator. Author of Making Peace with Autism and mother of three Senator, whose oldest son has autism, returns with guidance and encouragement on how to feel happy and fulfilled while raising a child with autism.

Engaging Autism by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., and Serena Wieder, Ph.D. One of the world's leading child psychiatrists, the late Dr. Greenspan pioneered Floortime, a method that encourages two-way communication and social problem solving.

How to Talk to An Autistic Kid by Daniel Stefanski. A kid with autism himself, 14-year-old Daniel Stefanski offers insights on what makes children with autism tick, and how other kids can befriend them.

Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph Over Autism by Catherine Maurice. The author describes her medical nightmare of false hopes after receiving daughter Anne-Marie's autism diagnosis -- and the intensive behavioral therapy that saved their family.

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete. Actress and cofounder of the HollyRod Foundation (, Robinson Peete, wrote the children's book with her 13-year-old daughter, Ryan, whose twin brother has autism.

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin. A gifted animal scientist who has designed a third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States, Grandin tells her inspiring story (also portrayed in the award-winning HBO film, Temple Grandin).

Web Resources

Association for Science in Autism Treatment Established in 1998, this non-profit organization of parents and professionals is committed to adopting higher standards of accountability for care, education and treatment for individuals with autism, by sharing only accurate, scientifically sound information with users.

Autism Science Foundation Founded on three basic principles -- that autism is known to have a strong genetic component, that early diagnosis and intervention are critical, and that vaccines do not cause autism -- this non-profit strives to provide funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting autism research. Visit the site to learn more.

The Autism Society As the country's leading grassroots autism organization, The Autism Society has spearheaded local, state and federal legislation to protect families affected by autism, and provides the latest information on the causes of and treatment options for autism spectrum disorders. Go to "Get Involved" to find a chapter near you.

Autism Speaks Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism advocacy organization. And in 2010, it took its mission global with the launch of the Light It Up Blue campaign (, an initiative to raise awareness during World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month, both in April.

Awe in Autism Instead of advocating for specific treatments or therapies, Awe in Autism celebrates those affected by autism through original works of art, music, literature, poetry, photography and video. Browse the site's galleries for inspiration and encouragement, and find out how you can submit your own work.

Easter Seals Nearly 90 years after its inception, Easter Seals offers services and support to children and adults living with autism and other disabilities through a network of more than 550 sites in the U.S.

Grandparents Autism Network GAN informs grandparents about autism and the medical, educational, legal and social issues that affect their families, enabling them to share how they may improve the quality of life for their children and grandchildren.

Interactive Autism Network One of the largest online autism research efforts in the United States, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) allows families affected by autism spectrum disorders to share information with researchers in a secure setting. In doing so, users contribute to breakthrough research into the causes, diagnosis and treatments of autism.

Moms Fighting Autism The site hosts monthly webinars where moms who have children with autism can listen to guest speakers' perspectives on various topics that affect them.

Organization for Autism Research Led by parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) seeks to use applied science to answer questions that those impacted by autism confront daily. Visit the site's "Family and Friends" page to learn how to find, evaluate and understand autism research studies.

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