The Autism Depot

This page is meant to be a resource for parents of autistic children. This page grew as we became more experienced handling Tara's problems. I've written short reviews of various books that I've read since Tara's diagnosis. Due to the flood of new books since the mid 1990s I’ve been unable to keep up.


Definition (from the CDC)

Autism is one of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). ASDs are developmental disabilities that cause substantial impairments in social interaction and communication and the presence of unusual behaviors and interests. Many people with ASDs also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, and reacting to different sensations. The thinking and learning abilities of people with ASDs can vary—from gifted to severely challenged. An ASD begins before the age of 3 and lasts throughout a person's life.

ASDs include autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder - not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS, including atypical autism), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions all have some of the same symptoms, but they differ in terms of when the symptoms start, how severe they are, and the exact nature of the symptoms. The three conditions, along with Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder, make up the broad diagnosis category of pervasive developmental disorders.


Upon receiving Tara's diagnosis I became an avid reader. We had the names of a ton of books tossed at us by various sources with no real descriptions of the contents. Also no such information was available at the time on the WWW so I decided to initiate this page for just that purpose. I figured that if I wanted the information then others would too. John Wobus has added a Bibliography Page to his Autism Resouces. What follows is a list of books that I've read, most recent on top to aid frequent visitors, linked to my review of it.


The best place to start looking for information on Autism is the Autism Resource Page maintained by John Wobus. This is where I started finding useful information. It contains a FAQ as well as several papers on Autism. Stephen Edelson, Ph.D., has created another excellent page at the Center for the Study of Autism in Portland, Oregon. This site is working hard at becoming the best-organized place to find Autism information on the Web.


Autism Society of America (ASA)

7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 650
Bethesda, MD 20814

If you have a web site relating to Autism and would like to include a link to this page feel free, you do not need to seek my permission. Please keep in mind that there are several good Autism specific directories of web links out there. I do not intend that this site would ever compete with them.

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