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Children With Autism: A Parent's Guide 2nd Edition
Type of Resource: Book
Edited by Michael D. Powers, Psy. D.
Publisher: Woodbine House, 2000
ISBN: 1-890627-04-6
Synopsis: This book begins with a forward by Temple Grandin, a scientist with autism. This book is geared toward parents, but would definitely be helpful to teachers and professionals working with children with autism. It discusses the differences between the disorders on the PDD spectrum, medical problems children with autism face, what life is like on a daily basis for these children and their families, a child with autism's development and how it deviates from the development of a typical child. It discusses routine, behavior management, self-stimulatory behavior, a glossary of terms often associated with autism, and what the future may hold for these children. This book will help educators learn about a broad range of issues concerning the "whole child."

Autism-PDD Resources Network
Retrieved from the World Wide Web March 24, 2003
Synopsis: This site is highly recommended for anyone seeking information about a broad range of topics within autism and is extremely user friendly. It includes information about diagnosis, educational settings, assisted technology, thinking skills for kinds, and laws. It also has information about multiple treatments, including (but not limited to) TEACCH, PECS, ABA, diets, sensory therapy, speech, medications, music therapy, and occupational therapy. These descriptions are brief and provide only concise explanations for each, but they do include many of the most resent research. The site also includes articles on a range of topics that could provide useful information involving current research.

Retrieved from the World Wide Web March 25, 2003
Synopsis: "A parents' guide to the diagnosis, treatment and education of children with
autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder and related disorders." ( This website is very user-friendly and contains general information about autism, information about TEACCH, ABA, Floor Time, Sensory Integration Therapy, additional resources, news, upcoming events and conferences, and a message board which is an open forum of issues about PDD. This website appears to be updated regularly. This website would be very useful to a parent or educator looking for general information about a multitude of subjects regarding autism.

Autism Society of America
Retrieved from the World Wide Web March 25, 2003
Synopsis: This website is excellent for both educators and family members of children with autism who are seeking information on family issues, planning for the child's future, resources for families, IEP information or treatments. The treatments include information on medications, vitamins/minerals, dietary interventions, ABA, TEACCH, PECS, Floor Time, Social Stories, Sensory Integration, and Facilitated Communication. The information on these treatments tends to be general, and do not discuss ways in which the programs can be implemented.

The Autism Foundation of New York
Retrieved from the World Wide Web March 25, 2003
Synopsis: This website will help anyone who works with children with autism in New York State updated about current news and events. It also includes some information and resources, though these appear very limited. Its highlight for educators seems to be the information it contains regarding upcoming events and research.

Visual Strategies For Improving Communication: Practical Supports for School and Home
Type of Resource: Book
Linda A. Hodgdon
Publisher: QuarkRoberts Publishing, 2000
ISBN: 0-9616786-1-5
Synopsis: Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of Autism is the communication barrier that falls between the child with autism and the world surrounding them. This book provides information and strategies about decreasing this barrier in a visual, understandable way. "Hodgdon's initial and primary intervention concern is comprehension," (Hodgdon, Forward, VIII) with the understanding that an increase in comprehension would lead to an increase in communication. She discusses, in great depth, visual communication tools (schedules, calendars, saying "no"), giving directions, organizing the environment, bridging communication between environments, how to make visual tools, planning communication tools, necessary supplies, and the role of the teacher and other educators in a child's life. These practical uses are very helpful to the teacher looking for help implementing a communicative program for a child with autism in their class.

Solving Behavior Problems In Autism: Improving Communication with Visual Strategies
Type of Resource: Book
Linda A. Hodgdon
Publisher: QuarkRoberts Publishing, 1999
ISBN: 0-9616786-2-3
Synopsis: Many of the negative behavior patterns that occur or develop in autism come about because of frustration due to the communication deficits that transpire as a result of the disorder. This book provides anyone working with a child with autism practical ideas about how to use visual communication tools to shape behavior. This is a book that focuses on "changing the child" rather than the environment. It begins by discussing behavior and communication, provides tools for assessing behavior, and discusses ways it is possible to improve communication. Hodgdon then provides very specific visual tools such as calendars, schedules, ways to make choices and requests, and protest and rejection skills. BY improving communication and environmental comprehension skills, Hodgdon explains that behaviors due to frustration or anger would decrease due to heightened understanding.