Autism Spectrum Disorders In the Media – Non Fiction

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Non Fiction

Film and Television


Name Description
1. Children of the Stars (2007) An award-winning documentary about children with autism in China. The film examines hardships experienced by parents of children with autism and the lack of international resources for these families.
2. Autism: The Musical (2007) A documentary about the lives of autistic children and their families, while the children write and rehearse a stage production. The film won several awards, including two Emmy Awards. The film centres around The Miracle Project, a non-profit organization focusing on providing a creative outlet for autistic children.
3. The Horse Boy (2009) A book and documentary (both released the same year), which follows the Isaacson family on their journey to Mongolia to help their autistic son.
4. Chicos de otro planeta (2013) A documentary about young adults with Asperger’s in Chile.
5. Girls with Autism A documentary following three girls at Limpsfield Grange, a specialized school in the UK.
6. The Autistic Gardener is that (2015) A British documentary television series. The series is presented by Alan Gardner, a gardener who has Asperger syndrome.




Name Author Description
1. The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism Sean Barron

Dr. Temple Grandin

This work is a journey through the maze of human interaction without being overly academic. With great examples, and excellent use of their own personal stories, the authors have created an easy-to-read ‘traveler’s guide’ to social relationships.
2. The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome Tony Attwood In this book he turns his attention to the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. With an impressive array of specific approaches to supporting people with Asperger’s Syndrome, this book is an essential part of any clinician’s library. However, it is written in a style that is also accessible and attractive to laypeople.
3. Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories Of College Students With Autism





Dawn Prince-Hughes For people of normal or high intelligence with Asperger’s Syndrome, the years following high school can be the most difficult yet. This book is a group of essays from college students with Asperger’s Syndrome, and it offers a glimpse into the language, thought patterns, and social experiences of young adults with this form of high-functioning autism. Although it is difficult to say how much ‘editing’ the essays went through, the tone and style of most of the pieces is authentic and engaging.
4. Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind Simon Baron-Cohen People with autism find it very difficult to understand other people’s intentions, thoughts, or feelings, or to build mental models of their own past experiences to apply to future events. Many people with Asperger’s Syndrome can learn to imitate this process by concentrating on the task of creating connections between themselves and other people in order to understand them better, but it never becomes the automatic process that most of us experience.

This is a deep exploration of the cognitive aspects of autism, with a strong thread of psycho-social philosophy and the meaning of human communication.

5. Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism Dawn Prince-Hughes, Ph.D.


Dawn Prince-Hughes is an anthropologist with Asperger’s Syndrome. Her book follows her development, with a strong focus on how she ‘learned’ many of the things others take for granted: eye contact, how to take turns in conversation, small talk. Her reflections on her work with primates parallel her struggles to teach herself the social rules of engagement in human society. A fascinating ‘inter-species’ memoir that has much to teach us about the essence of humanity.


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