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It Is Complicated!

Helping a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related disabilities,  is not easy.  We have listed below various resources that may be helpful to parents, teachers and caregivers.

Click below to see our list of books and DVD’s available to borrow from our Resource Center Library.  Items can be loaned out of the Resource Center for up to two weeks, and we ask that you limit the items you borrow to 3 at a time.  DVD’s will be reviewed upon return to be sure they are in good condition.  Please notify us if you borrow a DVD and it is not working properly.

Please contact Cara Romanini at 630-323-7500 ext 250 for more information.

Lending Library


  • Asperger Syndrome: An Owner’s Manual 2 (for Older Adolescents and Adults.  What You, Your Parents, and Friend, and Your Employer, Need to Know (Helen Korin)
Aspergers/High Functioning Autism
  • A Parent’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism
  • Asperger Syndrome-DG-by Ami Klin
  • Aspergers Syndrome and Sensory Issues
  • Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
  • Asperger’s…What Does it Mean to Me? (A workbook)-DG-by Catherine Faherty
  • Hitchhiking Through Asperger Syndrome-DG-by Lise Pyles
  • Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome-DG-by Liane Holliday Willey
  • The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome-DG-by Tony Attwood
  • A Users Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, and AD/HD
  • Dairy-Free Cookbook, 2nd Edition
  • Diet Intervention and Autism
  • Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions
  • Living Gluten-Free For Dummies
  • The Gluten-Free Bible
  • The Gluten-Free Courmet Cooks Fast and Healthy – Wheat Free Recipes With Less Fuss and Less Fat
  • The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook
  • 1001 Great Ideas – for teaching and raising children with autism spectrum disorders
  • A Mind at a Time-DG-by Mel Levine, M.D.
  • Addressing The Challenging Behaviors of Children with HighFunctioning Autism/Aspergers Syndrome in the Classroom
  • Answers to Questions Teachers ask about Sensory Integration
  • Childhood Autism – A clinician’s Guide to Early Diagnosis and Integrated Treatment
  • Drawing with Children-DG-by Mona Brookes
  • Educating Children with Autism (National Research Council)
  • Hopes and Dreams: An IEP guide for parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • If Only We’d Known…DG-by Margaret Sasse
  • Power Cards: Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism
  • Reading Too Soon: How to understand and help the hyperlexic child-DG-by Susan Martins Miller
  • Simple Strategies That Work: Helpful Hints for All Educators
  • The ADHD Autism Connection
  • The Myth of Laziness-DG-by Mel Levine, M.D.
  • With Open Arms: Creating School Communities of Support for Kids with Social Challenges Using Circle of Friends, Extracurricular Activities, and Learning Teams (Schlieder)
  • Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders-DG-by Fred R. Volkmar
  • Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for Peopleon the Autism Spectum
  • Awakening Children’s Minds: How parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference-DG-by Laura E. Berk
  • Babies with Down Syndrome-DG-by Karen Stray-Gundersen
  • Baby’s Smart Start-DG-by Babyscapes, Inc-Video
  • Beyond the Autism Diagnoses a prefessional’s guide to helping families
  • Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for
  • Children With Autism – A Parents Guide
  • Could It Be Autism
  • Counselling People on the Autism Spectrum A practical manual
  • Does My Child Have Autism? A Parent’s Guide to Early Detection and Intervention in ASD’s
  • Does My Child Have Autism?-DG-by Wendy L. Stone, Ph.D.
  • Down Syndrome: The First 18 Months-DG-by Will Schermerhorn-Video
  • DVD: 60 Minutes: Diagnosis: Autism
  • DVD: ABC Nightline Segment (Applied Behavioral Analysis – ABA)
  • DVD: ABC Nightline Segment (Echoes of Autism: Brother’s Keeper)
  • DVD: ABC Nightline Segment (Living with Adult Autism)
  • DVD: ABC Primetime News Segment (Aspergers Syndrome)
  • DVD: ABC Primetime News Segment (Autistic Children)
  • DVD – ASD: What Every Parent Should Know
  • DVD: Autism Spectrum Disoders: Foundation of Understanding: What Every Parent Should Know
  • DVD: CNN: Autism is a World
  • DVD: Difficult Moments for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Educating Children with Autism (National Research Council)
  • Exploring First Feelings-DG-by Institute for Mental Health, Video
  • Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help
  • Helping your Child with Autism Spectrum DisorderA Step by Step Workbook for Families
  • I Am Utterly Unique (Celebrating Strengths of Children with AS and HFA)
  • Making Sense of Autism
  • Medical & Surgical Care for Children with Down Syndrome: A guide for Parents-DG-by D.C. Van Dyke, M.D.
  • Normal Development in the First Ten Years of Life tape 2-DG-by Geri Fox-Video
  • Normal Development in the First Ten Years of Life tape 3-DG-by Geri Fox-Video
  • Normal Development in the First Ten Years of Life Tape 1-DG-by Geri Fox, M.D.-Video
  • Overcoming Autism
  • Special Parent, Special Child-DG-by Tom Sullivan
  • Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids-DG-by Timothy E. Wilens
  • Syndrome of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities-DG-by Byron P. Rourke
  • Targeting Autism: What we Know, Don’t Know,…
  • Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew
  • Ten Things Your Student With Autism Wishes You Knew

Personal Stories

  • A Slant of Sun-DG-by Beth Kephart
  • A Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin’s MotherTells the Family Story
  • A Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin’s Mother Tells the Family Story-DG-by Eustacia Cutler
  • Amazingly Alphie!: Understanding and Accepting Different Ways of Being
  • Autism: An inside – out approach
  • Autism and Sensing The Unlost Instict
  • DVD – Beautiful Son: A documentary about Healing Autism
  • Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autismand Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
  • Different Like Me: My book of autism heros
  • DVD: Autism and Me
  • Elijah’s Cup
  • George and Sam: Two Boys, One Family, and Autism
  • Icy Sparks-DG-by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  • Just Checking: Scenes from the life of an obsessive compulsive-DG-by Emily Colas
  • Let Me Hear Your Voice – A family’s triumph over autism
  • Louder Than Words
  • My Best Friend Will by Jamie Lowell and Tara Tuchel
  • My Friends With Autism
  • Siblings Stories: Reflections on Life with a Brother or Sister on the Autism Spectrum by Feiges and Weiss
  • Sometimes My Brother
  • Special Children Challenged Parents-DG-by Robert A Naseef, Ph.D.
  • Taking Care of Myself: A Healthy, Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism
  • The Dragons of Autism
  • Theres’ a Boy in Here: Emerging from the Bonds of Autism
  • Thinking In Pictures: My Life with Autism
  • Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding social mysteries through the unique perspective of autism
  • When My Worries Get Too Big, A relaxation book fo rchildren who live with Anxiety

Potty Training

  • Getting to Dry: How to Help Your Child Overcome Bedwetting-DG-by Max Maizels, M.D.
  • The Potty Journey:  Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs, Including Autism and Related Disorders (Coucouvanis)

Sensory Issues

  • Answers to Questions Teachers ask about Sensory Integration
  • Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success (Veenendall)
  • Aspergers Syndrome and Sensory Issues
  • Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration Therapy for Children with Autism and other PDD’s
  • Physical Activities for Improving Children’s Learning and Behavior: A Guide to Sensory Motor Development-DG-by Billye Ann Cheatum
  • Sensory Integration and the Child-DG-by A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D.
  • Sensory Processing Disorder: Simulations and Solutions for Parents, Teachers, Therapists
  • The Out of Sync Child-DG-by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
  • The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun
  • The Sensory Sensitive Child
  • too loud too bright too fast too tight: what to do if you are sensory defensive in an overstimulating world
Social Issues
  • Jarvis Clutch-Social Spy: Guidelines for use-DG-by Dr. Mel Levine
  • A 5 is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! An honest guide for teens and young adults by Kari Dunn Buron
  • A is for Autism, F is for Friend (A Kid’s Book on Making Friends with a Child who has Autism)
  • DVD: Normal People Scare Me (A film about Autism)
  • DVD: Spectrum Connections :Connecting through Music (Connecting Body Movements)
  • DVD: Spectrum Connections: Connecting through Music (Connecting Emotions)
  • DVD: Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum
  • Help for the Child with Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Interactive Play for Children With Autism
  • Jarvis Clutch-Social Spy-DG-by Dr. Mel Levine and Jarvis Clutch
  • My Book Full of Feelings: How to Control and React to the Size of Your Emotions by Jaffe and Gardner
  • My Friend with Autism
  • Preparing for Life: The complete guide for transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding
  • Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children
  • Since We’re Friends (An Autism Picture Book)
  • Social Skills Solutions – A Hands on manual for teaching social skills to Children with Autism
  • Social Skills Training for children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communication Problems
  • Taming the Recess Jungle-DG-by Carol Gray
  • The Autism Acceptance Book (Being a Friend to Someone with Autism)
  • The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations
  • The New Social Story Book – Illustrated Edition
  • The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond
  • The Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with Autism
  • Thinking About You, Thinking About Me-DG-by Michelle Garcia Winner
  • Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding social mysteries through the unique perspective of autism

Vaccination Issues

  • A Shot in the Dark: Why the P in the DPT vaccination may be hazardous to your child’s health
  • DVD – Beautiful Son: A documentary about Healing Autism

NOTE: Charlie’s Gift does not endorse or promote ANY of the information provided within the Resource Center. It is the goal of Charlie’s Gift to make as much information as possible available to you so you can more quickly understand your child and begin to put into place those things that are determined to be in the best interest of your child and your family.