Teens and Adults Book List

November 8th, 2015

For reading recommendations on other topics like education, medical interventions, and therapies, please see our Autism Book List

Books on Transition

  • Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Dr. Jed Baker
  • Transition IEPs: A Curriculum Guide for Teachers and Transition Specialists by Paul Wehman (this book has 300 pages of sample transition IEPs for autism, LD, ED, ID and physical disabilities. A great read!)
  • Autism & the Transition to Adulthood: Success beyond the classroom by Paul Wehman, Marcia Datlow Smith and Carol Schall
  • Growing up on the Spectrum by Lynn Kern Koegel and Claire LaZebnik
  • Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals by Jennifer Graham and Peter Wright, Esq.
  • Career Training and Personal Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Practical Resource for Schools, by Vicki Lundine and Catherine Smith. This is a book for educators but may also be beneficial to parents who want to help facilitate their child’s program.
  • My Future My Plan A curriculum designed to motivate and guide students with disabilities and their families as they begin early transition planning for life after high school.
  • Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent’s Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Chantal Sicile-Kira
  • Transition: Stacking the Deck In Your Favor by: Dena L Gassner (This presentation is aimed primarily at parents of teens with Aspergers and covers transition IEPs, OVR and applying for, and appealing denials for SSI.

Books on Girls

  • Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage Years by Shana Nichols
  • The Care and Keeping of You from the American Girl Library is one in a great series of helpful books for girls.
  • Sex, Puberty, and All That Stuff: A Guide to Growing Up by Jacqui Bailey is a more detailed book about puberty, dating and sex.
  • Period.: A Girl’s Guide by JoAnn Loulan (2001 version)
  • Aspergers and Girls by Tony Atwood

Social and Life Skills

  • Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: A Fun Curriculum with a Focus on Social Understanding by Kelly J. Mahler (this comes with a CD with printable worksheets) that helped us fill in the gaps for my son’s needs and I think your kids will enjoy the games and social stories they include.
  • The New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and their Peers by Carol Gray
  • Autism Life Skills: From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More – 10 Essential Abilities Every Child Needs and Deserves to Learn by Chantal Sicile-Kira
  • When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety with visual chart by Kari Dunn Buron
  • Yoga for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents and Caregivers by Dion and Stacey Betts
  • The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence, and Connect with Others (The Instant Help Solutions Series) by Irene McHenry PhD and, Carol Moog PhD
  • The Science of Making Friends, (w/DVD): Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults Paperback by Elizabeth Laugeson
  • The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens With Asperger Syndrome Paperback by Jennifer Cook O'Toole
  • The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens: Help for Unprepared, Late, and Scattered Teens (An Instant Help Book for Teens) Paperback by Sharon A. Hansen MSE NBCT
  • The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals (Instant Help Book for Teens) Paperback by Lisa M. Schab LCSW
  • Asperger's Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends Paperback by Blythe Grossberg
  • The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) Paperback by Elizabeth Verdick
  • Online Safety for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent's and Carer's Guide Paperback by Nicola Lonie
  • Parenting ASD Teens: A Guide to Making it Up As You Go Paperback by Andrew Schlegelmilch
  • Social Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders: The PEERS Treatment Manual Paperback by Elizabeth A. Laugeson


  • The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences, 12th Edition: 350 Schools with Programs or Services for Students with ADHD or Learning Disabilities (College Admissions Guides)
  • Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome, by Ann Palmer
  • Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults Paperback by Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories Of College Students With Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes

Employment and Independent Living

  • Asperger's on the Job: Must-Have Advice for People with Asperger's or High Functioning Autism and their Employers, Educators, and Advocates Paperback by Rudy Simone
  • Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum: What You Need to Know to Move into a Place of Your Own, Succeed at Work, Start a Relationship, Stay Safe, and Enjoy Life as an Adult on the Autism Spectrum Paperback By Lynne Soraya

Sexuality and Relationships

  • Asperger’s Syndrome And Sexuality: From Adolescence Through Adulthood by Isabelle Henault
  • Autistics’ Guide to Dating: A Book By Autistics, For Autistics and Those Who Love Them or Who Are in Love with Them by Emilia Murray Ramey and Jody John Ramey
  • Making Sense of Sex: A Forthright Guide to Puberty, Sex and Relationships for People With Asperger’s Syndrome by Sarah Attwood
  • The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know Paperback by Tony Attwood

Asperger's Syndrome

  • The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome Paperback by Tony Attwood
  • All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Paperback by Mark Haddon

Written by People with ASD

  • Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
  • Beyond the Wall by Stephen Shore
  • The Way I See It, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's Paperback by Temple Grandin
  • Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism Paperback by Temple Grandin
  • Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism's Silent Prison Paperback by Ido Kedar
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
  • Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends and Family Paperback by Jude Welton
  • What Is My Mother Doing To Me?: A Teenager’s Journey To Recovered Health Through Biomedical Interventions by Andrew Luke Zimmerman


More topic-specific book recommendations can be found on our Teens and Adults articles at http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/teens-with-asd-articles/ and http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/preparing-for-adulthood/


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