South Pasadena Public Library Buys New Batch of Books on Autism Spectrum Disorders

It seems like Autism is almost everywhere these days, and that’s because it is. The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has exploded: increasing somewhere between 2000% and 4000% in only 25 years. Nationally, Autism now affects an estimated one in every 100 children across all racial and socioeconomic lines. The exact causes of ASD are unknown.


Locally, the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library started a partnership more than 4 years ago with the Institute for the Redesign of Learning (known as the Almansor Center) and the Kiwanis Club of South Pasadena, to present the ‘Raising Abilities Collection,’ more than 75 up-to-date books for various ages on Autism. A brochure listing most of the titles in the series is available at theLibrary.  The new titles recently ordered for the collection are:


  •          Targeting Language Delays: IEP Goals & Activities for Students with Developmental Challenge
  •           Lucky Dogs, Lost Hats, and Dating Don’ts
  •           Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Frazzled Families
  •          Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism: Helping the Littlest Learners
  •          Teaching Social Skills to People with Autism: Best Practices in Individualizing Intervention
  •          A Picture’s Worth: PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism
  •          Talking is Hard for Me!: Encouraging Communication in Children with Speech-Language Difficulties
  •          Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  •          Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language
  •           Moving Out: A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities
  •          Try Reading Again: How to Motivate and Teach Older Beginners, Age 10 and Up
  •          The Boy’s Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes during Puberty
  •          The Girl’s Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes in the Tween Years
  •          When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect: A Guide to DS-ASD for Parents and Professionals
  •          Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning