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An Introduction to Autism, 2021/22, Semester 2
Anita Collins
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Reading List

Core (all available electronically)

Baron-Cohen, S. 2008.  Autism and Asperger syndrome. [Online] Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Accessed 23 Jan 2020] Available from:   

Powell, S. & R. Jordan. Eds. 2011. Autism and learning: a guide to good practice. [Online] London: Routledge. [Accessed 23 Jan 2020] Available from:    


Recommended (all available electronically)

Akhtar,Y. 2021. Understanding Autism, walk a mile in their shoes Independently Published 

Bogdashina, O. 2003. Sensory perceptual issues in autism and Asperger syndrome : different sensory experiences, different perceptual worlds . [Online] London: Jessica Kingsley  [ Accessed 19 Jan 2021] Available from:

Bogdashina, O. 2005. Communication issues in autism and Asperger syndrome : do we speak the same language? [Online] London: Jessica Kingsley  [ Accessed 19 Jan 2021]   Available from:

Bogdashina, O. 2005. Theory of mind and the triad of perspectives on autism and Asperger syndrome : a view from the bridge [ Online] London: Jessica Kingsley [ Accessed 19 Jan 2021]

Bowen, M & Plimley, L 2008  The autism inclusion toolkit: training materials and facilitator notes  [Online] Los Angeles: SAGE [ Accessed 12th March 2021] 

Breakey, C. 2006. The autism spectrum and further education : a guide to good practice [ Online] London: Jessica Kingsley [ Accessed 19 Jan 2021] 

Coleman, M. ed. 2005.  The neurology of autism [Online] Oxford: Oxford University Press [ Accessed 19 Jan 2021]

Cumine, V., Leach, J. 2000. Autism in the early years : a practical guide [Online] London: Fulton.[Accessed 19 Jan 2021]

Delmolino, L., Harris, S. 2012. Matching children on the autistic spectrum to classrooms; A guide for parents and professionals. Journal of autism and developmental disorders. ISSN: 0162-3257. 42 (6) pp 1197-1204.

Delmolino, L., Harris, S. 2012. Matching children on the autistic spectrum to classrooms; A guide for parents and professionals.  Journal of Austism and Developmental Disorders  42 (6) pp 1197-1204.  

Denis, A., Di Carlo, C. 2013. Back to basics: working with young children with autism in inclusive classrooms.  Support for Learning. 28 (2) pp52-66

Farrell, M. 2012. The effective teacher’s guide to autism and communication difficulties: practical strategies. [Online] 2nd ed. London: Routledge. Available from:

Frith, U. 2008. A very short introduction to autism. [Online] Oxford: Oxford University Press  [Accessed 23 Jan 2020] Available from:

McAllister, K., Maguire, B. 2012. A design model: the autism spectrum disorder classroom design kit. British Journal of Special Education. 39 (4) pp201-208.

Murray, S. 2008. Representing autism : culture, narrative, fascination [Online] Liverpool: Liverpool University Press [ Accessed 19 Jan 2021]




Attwood, T. 1998. Asperger's syndrome : a guide for parents and professionals ISBN: 1853025771 (pbk).  London: Jessica Kingsley

Boucher, J. Autism spectrum disorder : characteristics, causes, and practical issues ISBN: 9781446295670 (pbk.); 9781446295663 (hardbound); 1446295664 (hardbound); 1446295672 (2nd ed). London:Sage. 

Clements, J. 2000. Behavioural concerns and autistic spectrum disorders : explorations and strategies for change. London: Jessica Kingsley

Cumine, V. 1998. Asperger syndrome : a practical guide for teachers . London: Fulton

Frith, U. and E. Hill. eds. 2004. Autism, mind and brain ISBN: 0198529244 (pbk.) : £35.00; 0198529236. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hall, K. 2001. Asperger syndrome, the universe and everything . London: Fulton

Higashida, N. 2013 The reason I jump : the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism ISBN: 9780812994865 (hardcover : acid-free paper); 9780812994872 (ebook) London: Sceptre

Hewitt, S. 2005. Specialist support approaches to autism spectrum disorder students in mainstream settings London: Jessica Kingsley

Jones, G. 2002. Educational provision for children with autism and Asperger syndrome : meeting their needs ISBN: 1853466697 (pbk). London: David Fulton.

Jordan, R. 1999.  Autistic spectrum disorders : an introductory handbook for practitioners London: Fulton

Lawson, W. 2001. Understanding and working with the spectrum of autism : an insider's view ISBN: 1853029718 (pbk). London: Jessica Kingsley.

Mesibov, G., Shea, V., & E. Schopler. eds. 2004. The TEACCH approach to autism spectrum disorders New York: Springer

NAS 2004. Schools, units and classes : for children with autism and Asperger syndrome. London: NAS  

Sacks, O. 1995. An anthropologist on Mars : seven paradoxical tales London: Picador

Sainsbury, C. 2000. Martian in the playground : understanding the schoolchild with Asperger's syndrome Clifton: Lucky Duck

Sanders, R. 2007. How to talk to parents about autism London: Norton

Thompson, T. 2007. Making sense of autism Baltimore: Brookes Publishing

Whitaker, P. 2001. Challenging behaviour and autism : making sense - making progress : a guide to preventing and managing challenging behaviour for parents and teachers ISBN: 1899280510. London: NAS.

Williams, D. 1992. Nobody nowhere. London: Doubleday

Wing L 1996. The autistic spectrum: a guide for parents and professionals. London: Constable and Co.


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Journals/newspaper articles

Your Autism Magazine: the magazine of the National Autistic Society  

Support for learning (nasen - National Association for Special Educational Needs - journal)

British journal of special education (nasen research journal)

Journal of research in special educational needs. ISSN: 1471-3802


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VLE resources/E - learning resources

Asperger Information Service:

Oasis (On-line Asperger Information Service – lots of useful information including teaching tips for working with ‘high functioning’ students with autism)

Autism Europe: (European association co-ordinating regional associations across Europe)

National Autistic Society: (This website lists links to other websites and most recent research as well as general information on autism, Asperger syndrome etc.)

Autism Education Trust  Not for profit programme led by National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism

Parental perspective: (A blog based on one parent’s experiences with her son who has Asperger syndrome)

TEACCH website (University of North Carolina) (information on structured teaching) 

This list was last updated on 20/01/2022