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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   06/04/2017

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Books on ASD suggestions please.

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I was wondering what books anybody has found useful and can relate to in regards to ASD? I have read a book by Tony Attwood which was good but I would like to gain more info on the condition and other related issues that go with it especially from a female point of view.


Any suggestions would be great.


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Chris Slater-Walker, Gisela Slater-Walker; An Asperger Marriage; ISBN: 1843100177;

Ashley Stanford; Asperger Syndrome and Long Term Relationships; ISBN: 1843107341;

Luke Jackson; Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence; ISBN: 1843100983;

Jean Kearns Miller; Women from Another Planet?: Our Lives in the Universe of Autism; ISBN: 1410734315;

Karen E. Rodman; Asperger's Syndrome and Adults... Is Anyone Listening? Essays and Poems by Partners, Parents and Family Members...; ISBN: 1843107511;

Eileen Riley-Hall; Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts; ISBN: 1849058938;

Rudy Simone; Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome; ISBN: 1849058261;

Jennifer McIlwee Myers; How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger's; ISBN: 1935274139;

Charlotte Moore; George & Sam: Two Boys, One Family, and Autism; ISBN: 0312374240;

Paul Collins; Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey Into the Lost History of Autism; ISBN: 1582344787;

Dawn Prince-Hughes; Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism; ISBN: 1400082153;

Deborah Lynn Jacobs; The Same Difference; ISBN: 0880924659;

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The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome by Tony Attwood - Latest version has new section on DSM5

Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome by Philip Wylie
Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety: A Guide to Successful Stress Management by Nick Dubin
Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth edited by Tony Attwood (half way through reading this one)
I'm finding them all useful at the moment

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