Whether you have Asperger’s, or think you or someone you know might have it, this page will hopefully answer some of the many questions you have.
For simplicity, I’ve divided it into several sections: the basics; books; film and video resources; and miscellaneous other things that may be useful.
If I’ve missed anything, or if you can think of another good resource/link to include here, by all means contact me (using the Reply box at the bottom of this post, or via email) and I’ll put it up. Every little bit helps. 🙂
A. Basic information, or What is Asperger Syndrome?
PiePalace Online Asperger’s Test: This is actually a pretty good little resource. If you’re scoring high on this thing, it’s probably well worth getting in touch with a specialist to see what’s going on.
Tony Attwood’s “What is Asperger’s?” page: Tony Attwood is an Australian psychologist and “Asperger’s expert” with a very positive, straightforward take on things (I’ll list his books below, in the Books section).
Asperger’s Society of Ontario. I mention this one a lot because Ontario is the province in which I live, and this is a good site. Their What Is Asperger Syndrome? page has medical info, and their Common Traits page is a good checklist of “symptoms.”
(Please note: some of my links are to Amazon or other sites where the books are available for sale, but this is just to show you the covers. I don’t endorse any particular online book site — I actually prefer to buy my books from the local family-owned store or get them from the library where possible.)
The Complete Guide to Asperger Syndrome, by Tony Attwood. Really good, positive information.
Look Me in the Eye and Be Different, by John Elder Robison. Robison grew up with undiagnosed Asperger’s and is now one of the best “poster children” I know for the condition. I’ve heard him speak and he’s really funny and optimistic. My review of the book is here.
Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, by Temple Grandin and Sean Barron. The book could use an edit, but the basic information and advice are sound, although it’s geared more towards people with classic autism.
You think your social life could be better. You’ve felt shy as long as you can remember. … The Social Skills Guidebook gives you insights into your interpersonal struggles and behaviors, and offers hands-on advice for developing and improving your people skills.
My Autism and Me. Thirteen-year-old Rosie takes viewers into her world to explain what it’s like to grow up with Asperger’s. I recognized myself in her and I think that’s part of why I loved this.
The Boy Inside. This documentary follows 12-year-old Adam as he tries desperately to control his outbursts and make sense of bullies, girls, and life in the real world.
Snow Cake. A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident. Stars Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman.
Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome. This is just what it sounds like and I loved it. It’s geared to several different age groups, and talks to real kids about living with their Aspergian siblings.
British National Autistic Society’s TV commercials about autism/Asperger’s awareness
D. Interesting, fun, quirky, amusing, food for thought
Matt Friedman’s “Dude, I’m an Aspie!” page. This guy has the funniest, quirkiest little cartoons E.V.E.R. 🙂