Autism Spectrum Disorders
Baron-Cohen, S. (1995) Mindblindness: an Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind , Cambridge, MA, MIT Press.
Baron-Cohen excels in his capacity to unify complex argument and extensive empirical findings within a clear, persuasive and accessible theoretical framework.
Mukhopadhyay, T.R. (2000) Beyond the Silence: My Life, and the World of Autism , London, National Autistic Society.
A fascinating, poignant and unique book: the biography of the 11 year-old poet, Tito.
Powell, S. and Jordan, R. (eds) (1997) Autism and Learning: a Guide to Good Practice , London, David Fulton.
An excellent collection of essays on how to enhance educational experiences for people with autism.
Focusing specifically on Asperger's syndrome
Frith, U. (ed.) (1991) Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
A fascinating collection of essays about Asperger's syndrome, including one of Asperger's original papers in translation. Frith's books are always worth reading for the author's wisdom and accessible style.
Attwood, T. (1998) Aperger's Syndrome: a Guide for Parents and Professionals , London, Jessica Kingsley Publishing.
A highly regarded book written by an expert who has worked in this area for 25 years.
Sainsbury, C. (2000) The Martian in the Playground , Bristol, Lucky Duck Publishing.
Clare Sainsbury has Asperger's syndrome. Her book offers excellent insights into life as a schoolchild with this problem, and includes a collection of first-person testimonies.