Introduction to Autism and ADHD: recommended reading?

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Introduction to Autism and ADHD: recommended reading?

Post by bicycleclips » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:44 am

Hi

Please can anyone recommend a good introductory text on adult autism and / or ADHD? Just starting new job in this area and have only a smattering of knowledge ....
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Re: Introduction to Autism and ADHD: recommended reading?

Post by workingmama » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:58 am

Someone I worked with recommended Dr Chris Green's ADHD as an absolute starter for ten, and I really enjoyed it. HTH.
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Re: Introduction to Autism and ADHD: recommended reading?

Post by messymind » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:12 pm

Not sure about ADHD but the national autistic society is good for easy access/ easy to read knowledge as a starter.

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Re: Introduction to Autism and ADHD: recommended reading?

Post by ILikeBrains » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:46 pm

Hi!

A few relating to AS;

Tony Atwood's "The Complete Guide to Asperger's" is pretty comprehensive, and I've heard some good things about "Aspergirls" by Rudy Simone although I've yet to have a look. I really liked "Freaks, Geeks and Asperger's Syndrome" by Luke Jackson for a personal perspective on the difficulties faced by a young person growing up with a diagnosis. I realise this isn't specifically adult orientated but it really gives you an insight into issues that may impact on the individual and their families during later years.

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Re: Introduction to Autism and ADHD: recommended reading?

Post by bicycleclips » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:33 am

Thanks everyone. I also got recommendations from a friend who gave this speech at the Royal Society for World Autism day, so in the interests of information for future searches on the forum I've given his recommendations below.

The speech he gave can be found on this link

http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/12369/

The books he recommends are:
Roy Richard Grinker's 'Unstrange Minds' - http://www.unstrange.com/

'The Autism Matrix' by Gil Eyal et al - http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745643991

'Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion' by Michael Fitzpatrick

'The Myth of Autism' by Sami Timimi, Neil Gardner and Brian McCabe
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Re: Introduction to Autism and ADHD: recommended reading?

Post by eponymous85 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:03 am

It depends what you want it for, i.e. personal reading, recommendations for clinical work, introduction for someone newly diagnosed, academic reading etc.

I found the following books helpful:

Autism & Asperger Syndrome: The Facts - Simon Baron-Cohen
The Autistic Spectrum - Lorna Wing
and actually to normalise a lot of this stuff 'The Essential Difference' by Simon Baron-Cohen as well
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Re: Introduction to Autism and ADHD: recommended reading?

Post by stacey112 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:16 pm

Hi, not sure if this will be any help now but thought I would also recommend the research autism website. It has quite a lot of useful information on there. And of course the National Autistic Society which has lots of handouts and factsheets you can download.

http://www.autism.org.uk/
http://www.researchautism.net/pages/welcome/home.ikml

Hope this helps :D

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