Books, and other Resources

The guide to good mental health on the autism spectrum by Jeanette Purkis, Dr Emma Goodall and Dr Jane Nugent

This book looks at common mental health issues and gives guidance on treatment options, as well as strategies to improve and maintain mental wellness. The inclusion of personal stories and mentoring advice from a lived experience perspective makes this book a useful resource for people on the spectrum, their families and friends, and health professionals alike. For more information view article…

The autism spectrum guide to sexuality and relationships by Dr Emma Goodall

This straight-talking, informative guide will help adults on the autism spectrum to unravel the complexities of sexuality and relationships and navigate the associated social, emotional and physical issues. Expert advice and real-life examples give you the knowledge to reflect on your own sexuality, provide you with information on different types of relationships and give you the confidence to decide which relationships are right for you.

Understanding and facilitating the achievement of autistic potential by Dr Emma Goodall
This book will enable teachers and parents to gain an understanding of the autistic spectrum and what that means for children on the autistic spectrum. This book provides practical and easy to implement strategies that will enable teachers and parents to ensure that they provide the right kinds of opportunities for autistic spectrum children to achieve their potential.

IHC’s Library  is one of New Zealand’s largest and most up-to-date collections of books, journals and audiovisual resources covering all aspects of intellectual disability.  Our resources are varied and meet the needs of families, teachers, health professionals, academics and researchers.  The Libraary has over 5,000 books, nearly 700 DVDs and subscribes to about 60 journals.  The resources on Autism Spectrum Disorder form one of the largest sections in the collection.

Library membership is FREE!  We pay for the postage to you – the only cost to you is return postage if you are unable to visit the library.  More information and how to contact us.

Jill Bevan-Brown and Vijaya Dharan Autism Spectrum Disorder in Aotearoa New Zealand: Promising practices and interesting issues
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Aotearoa New Zealand: Promising practices and interesting issues (NZCER Press), won the Best Resource in Higher Education award in the New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards last week. Judges commented that the book was strongly tailored for a New Zealand audience, and “a timely publication given the growing awareness of autism.”

Improving Life Outcomes Changing lives through Communication and Learning. DottyWobble supplies communication systems, teaching resources and custom made resources.

Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum by Stephen Shore, Ed.D.  Ask and Tell is unique by being the first book to speak to the twin issues of self-advocacy and disclosure for people with autism and by consisting exclusively – including the cover art and the preface by Temple Grandin – of contributions by those on the autism spectrum for persons on the spectrum.

Understanding Autism for Dummies by Linda G. Rastelli and Stephen Shore, Ed.D. A resource helping the reader sort out challenges relating to selecting interventions, financial concerns, education, family issues, and adulthood. Newcomers and seasoned members in the autism community will find valuable advice for empowering people with autism to use their strengths for maximizing their potential in life.

Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome by Stephen Shore, Ed.D. Written by a person with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome, offers so much more than the traditional autobiography. Drawing on personal and professional experience, Stephen Shore, combines three voices to create a touching and, at the same time, highly informative book for professionals as well as individuals who have Asperger Syndrome.

Asperger’s Adolescent Autonomy Checklist When an Adult with Asperger’s Syndrome will often need to be able to do in order to leave home and go on to start living a Positive, Adult, Autonomous, Independent life.

A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism A manual providing information and resources for families of children with autism spectrum disorders created by National Autism Center (NAC) Massachusetts, USA.

Apps for Autism A book with an essential guide to over 200 effective apps for improving communication, behaviour, social skills and more! Speech Language Pathologist Lois Jean Brady wrote this book in order to educate parents, teachers, and other professionals about the breakthrough method she calls “iTherapy”.

When Stuff Happens (2010): Tautoko Services New Zealand A workbook designed for parents to go through with their child young person following an earthquake.  It is intended as a resource only to be used with an adult, and it is not appropriate to give it to a child without a parent assessing suitability and guiding them through the workbook.

Beyond Diagnosis: Welcome to the Autism Spectrum! ASK (Autism Spectrum Kiwis) Trust A booklet that will help people recently diagnosed on their journey forward as a person on the Autism Spectrum.  In addition to valuable reference material, it contains a wide and healthy range of perspectives about diagnosis, meaning, feelings, disclosure and other key topics.

Autism at School: A DVD resource for teachers and parents in New Zealand. Southern Moon Productions For children on the autism spectrum, school can be a frightening, even sickening, place.  A child’s ability to learn can be greatly affected by anxiety and difficulty understanding teachers and other students.  As more children in New Zealand are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the pressure increases on schools and teachers trying to cope.

In My Shoes DVD (2008): An everyday look at Autism Spectrum Disorder. Peoplemedia A DVD containing information about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It gives the viewer a glimpse of what it’s like to live in the shoes of someone with ASD. You’ll also see what it’s like to care for someone with ASD. It is designed as a resource for schools and the community at large, with four segments all targeted at differenct audiences.

Bierens, F. (2009) A spectrum of light: inspirational interviews with families affected by autism. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers The emotional trauma that families go through when they find out their child has an autism spectrum disorder can feel like being plunged into darkness. Francesca Bierens is here to show that there is also a light at the end of the tunnel. Over a period of fourteen years, Francesca Bierens interviewed ten families of children on the autism spectrum. This book records their answers: how they felt, how they coped, and what gave them strength and solace. Their stories should be read by anyone who is affected by or working with autism.

Dowrick, P. W. & Yuen, J. W. L.  Creating Video Futures, Unit at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii.
Video ‘Self Modeling’ is one of a number of programs available on the Creating Futures website. Start up kits are intended for school principals, teachers and specialists who wish to establish a supplemental literacy programs at their schools to help students with learning difficulties.

Perry, N. (2008) Adults on the autism spectrum leave the nest. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Children on the Autism Spectrum often grow up to find they are unable to cope effectively with the challenges of adult life. This book shows that, with the appropriate lifelong care from parents and carers, it is possible for those with neurodevelopmental disabilities to achieve supported independence and live fulfilling adult lives.

 Taylor, P. (2009) A beginner’s guide to the pervasive developmental disorders: a simple introduction to autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS for parents and teachers. Nelson: Altorfer Publishing.
Dr Paul G Taylor MB FRCPC (Professional Expert Group for Altogether Autism) is an experienced consultant paediatrician who works directly with many young people with pervasive developmental disorder, their families and their schools.  He has written a book about the Pervasive Developmental Disorders with a major focus on PDD-NOS (Not Otherwise Specified).


ASK Trust’s library is now open to the general public (previously for ASK members only). It comprises a very comprehensive selection of books for, about and by ASD adults, as well as a range of other books of interest to ASD adults, families and professionals. See


Wide selection of books on ASD and related conditions, of interest to ASD adults, families and professionals – including recent publications in new or near-new condition. Prices heavily reduced prices to clear. See for details