Research for MOCKINGBIRD

 
 


As with any book, even fiction, it’s important to do research so your story can be as authentic as possible.  Here are some books and websites I found particularly useful while researching Asperger’s for MOCKINGBIRD:


Books


TEN THINGS EVERY CHILD WITH AUTISM WISHES YOU KNEW, Ellen Notbohm


ASPERGER SYNDROME AND THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EXPERIENCE, Susan Thompson Moore


ASPERGER SYNDROME AND ADOLESCENCE, Brenda Smith Myles and Diane Adreon


ADOLESCENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM, Chantal Sicile-Kara


TEACHING YOUR CHILD THE LANGUAGE OF SOCIAL SUCCESS, Duke, Nowicki, and Martin


THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM: PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR UNDERSTANDING UNSTATED RULES IN SOCIAL SITUATIONS, Myles, Trautman and Schelvan


SOCIAL STORIES -- any type


THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ASPERGER’S SYNDROME, Tony Attwood


ASPERGER’S SYNDROME: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS, Tony Attwood


LOOK ME IN THE EYE: MY LIFE WITH ASPERGER’S, John Elder Robison


THINKING IN PICTURES AND OTHER REPORTS FROM MY LIFE WITH AUTISM, Temple Grandin


EMERGENCE: LABELED AUTISTIC, Temple Grandin


THE WAY I SEE IT: A PERSONAL LOOK AT AUTISM AND ASPERGER’S, Temple Grandin


Check your local library for more books on the autism spectrum.


Websites


Autism Answers.com


Autism Society of America


National Institute of Health:  Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


Commonwealth Autism Service, http://www.autismva.org/  (This is a Virginia-based site but other states, and countries, have their own.)

 

National Institutes of Health, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/autism.html


Unlocking Autism, http://www.unlockingautism.org


Centers for Disease Control Autism Spectrum Disorders, Ahttp://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html


Here are some great additions from Melissa McDonald at the University of Maryland:

Asperger’s Syndrome: Helpful Print & Internet Resources:

http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~lewis411/AspergerSyndrome/Aindex.htm

A helpful guide for parents, children, and educators touched by the Autism Spectrum:

http://libraryschool.campusguides.com/content.php?pid=317375&sid=2597313


“Keeping your Autistic Kids Safe”


“Autism Fact Sheet”


Googling “autism” or “asperger’s” will retrieve a variety of sites and articles.


Other Research

There are many seminars and workshops you can attend (check for links in the above websites).  You can interview experts in the field.  For example, I spoke with teachers who interact daily with students on the autism spectrum.  Some of them read parts of my manuscript.  You can also talk with people who have Asperger’s, and their families, for more information that might help you.  I did that while writing MOCKINGBIRD, but I can’t share their names because that’s a violation of their privacy.  If you decide to do this, you will make your own very wonderful friends.