Autism Treatment Resources

The ADOS assessment Anita W. did on Joshua was quite thorough and I have  looked at a portion of the books and websites she recommended.  I will list them here with the hopes that I will be able to take the time to start going through all of them for ideas as to how to help Joshua with his treatment.  The list is quite overwhelming and, as it is, I have trouble staying awake reading at night.  However, it is an ambitious list that I hope to prioritize and start working on collecting as much information as I can.

Social Communication and social interaction

Dr. Steven Gutstein,

Dr. Barry Prizant ( and

Dr. Stanley Greenspan ( and

Dr. Richard Soloman (

Joshua’s OT uses this model at Rosemary White, OTR/L (206) 367-5853.

Teaching Children with Autism;  Strategies to Enhance Communication and Socialization, by Kathleen Ann Quill

Autism/Aspergers:  Solving the Relationship Puzzle, by Steven Gutstein

Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children:  Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD, and NLD, by Steven Gutstein.

Play Skills

Play and Imagination in Children with Autism, by Panela Wolfberg

Autism and Play, by Jannell Beyer

Teaching Play Skills to Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, by M. Smith, MD

Toilet Training

Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism and other Developmental Issues, by Maria Wheeler

TEACCH Toilet Training  (

ABA Therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis)

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (

University of Washington Autism Center ( )

Spectrum Circles (

Northwest Behavioral Associates (425) 823-6442

Integration with normally developing Peers

  • Kinder Music, Little Gym, Parks and Recreation activities
  • Junior Super Saturday Program (a social and recreational program designed to get children with autism and their typical siblings and peers, ages 3-8 years old, to interact productively ( or call Judy Weiser at (425) 260-8180
  • Peers Play (

Websites about Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Society of America (

Autism Society of Washington (


Autism Speaks (

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (

Research Autism (

Heal Autism Now (

Suggested books and websites regarding understanding autism and how to treat it

Children With Autism:  A Parent’s Guide, edited by Michael Powers

Educating Children with Autism, National Academy Press, 2001

Helping Children with Autism Learn:  Treatment Approaches for Parents & Professionals, by Bryna Siegel

Emergence:  Labeled Autistic, by Temple Grandin

Engaging Autism;  Helping Children Relate, Communicate and Think with the DIR Floortime Approach, by Stanley Greenspan, MD

A Practical Guide to Autism;  What Every Parent, Family Member and Teacher Needs to Know, by Fred Vokmar and Lisa Wiesner

A Lending Library of books about autism spectrum disorders is available through the Autism Outreach Project, made available through the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  (Listed here:

Healing Our Autistic Children, Julie M. Buckley, M.D. (

Defeat Autism Now (

Developing Receptive Language

Visual Strategies for Improving Communication, Vol. 1:  Practical Supports for School and Home, by Linda Hodgdon

Activity Schedules for Children with Autism;  Teaching Independent Behavior, by L. McClannahan and P. Krantz

Encouraging Expressive Language

PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)

Sign Language

Do2Learn (

Speaking of Speech (

Starfall (

More Than Words:  Helping Parents Promote Communication and Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Fern Sussman (

TalkAbility – People Skills for Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Guide for Parents,

Do-Watch-Listen-Say, by Kathleen Ann Quill

The Affect Based Language Curriculum:  An Intensive Program for Families, Therapists, and Teachers, by Greenspan and Lewis

Music Speech Therapy

Chelation Therapy: