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ADMI approved resources for children with special needs

As a parent, we know it’s important to you that your child receives care from trustworthy sources. That’s why we’re here to be your trusted partner when seeking services for your child with special developmental needs.

Our specialists at Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) are here to help you locate credible, dependable therapies and services from among the seemingly endless options available. That’s why we’ve developed this resource library to help families understand proven, evidence-based treatments and interventions. Find ADMI-approved resources below:


  • The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment: A Guide for Individuals with Autism Spectrum or Other Social-Cognitive Challenges by Brenda Smith Myles, Judy Endow and Malcolm Mayfield
  • Taking Care of Myself: A Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism by Mary Wrobel
  • Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing by Mavis Jukes and Debbie Tilley
  • Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality by Terri Couwenhoven
  • The Guide to Dating for Teenagers with Asperger Syndrome by Jeannie Uhlenkamp
  • Asperger's Syndrome and Sexuality by Isabelle Henault
  • Moving Out: A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities by Dafna Krouk-Gordon and Barbara D. Jackins
Advocacy and support

Behavioral issues

  • Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber
  • Toilet Training in Less Than a Day by Nathan Azrin and Richard Foxx
  • Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues by Maria Wheeler
  • Take the Fight out of Food by Donna Fish
  • Treating Eating Problems of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities: Interventions for Professionals and
  • Parents by Keith E Williams and Richard Foxx
  • 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 by Thomas Phelan
Diagnosis information

  • Does My Child have Autism? by Wendy Stone
  • Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Tony Attwood
For siblings and peers

  • All Cats Have Asperger's Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman
  • All Dogs Have ADHD by Kathy Hoopman
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Wheelchair Commando by Stan and Jan Berenstain
General websites


  • Fragile X Foundation:
  • Dup15q Alliance:
  • The Facts of Life and More by Leslie Walker-Hirsch (book on sexuality and intimacy for people with ID)
  • Association for X and Y Chromosome Variations:
  • Living with Klinefelter Syndrome, Trisomy X and 47, XYY: A Guide for Families and Individuals Affected by X and Y Chromosome Variations by Virginia Isaacs Cover, MSW

  • Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism: A Manual for Caregivers by Brooke Ingeroll and Anna Dvortcsak
  • An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate and Learn by Sally J. Rogers, Geraldine Dawson and Laurie A. Vismara
  • Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals by Catherine Maurice, Gina Green and Stephen C. Luce
  • The New Social Story Book: Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, and their Peers by Carol Gray
  • Young Children with ADHD: Early Identification and Intervention by George DuPaul and Lee Kern

Special education and behavior support


Shubert Value Pack

Composure: Shubert is a S.T.A.R.

  • Encouragement: Shubert's Helpful Day
  • Assertiveness: Shubert's Big Voice
  • Choices: Shubert's Choice
  • Empathy: Shubert's New Friend
  • Positive Intent: Shubert Sees the Best
  • Consequences: Shubert Rants and Raves

Books for younger children:

  • Sophie Makes a Choice
  • Sophie Rants and Raves

YouTube or DVD:

  • Vaccines – calling the shots


  • The Picture Exchange Communication System Training Manual - 2nd Edition by L. Frost and A. Bondy (2002)
  • A Picture's Worth: PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism - 2nd Edition by L. Frost and A. Bondy (2011)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC by Mirenda and Iacono (2009)

Social skills/pragmatics (Social thinking curricula/books/CDs):

  • Pre-K through K: The Incredible Flexible You Curriculum Set, Volume 1: Includes lesson plans, storybooks, CD
  • 3rd - 5th grade: Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum Package: Included lesson plan, book, comic book, CD
  • Middle/High School: Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME (curriculum book)
  • Middle/High School: Social Fortune or Social Fate: A Social Thinking Graphic Novel Map for Social Quest Seekers
  • The New Social Story Book by C. Gray (2010)

Speech/language development (Resources from ASHA):

  • Speech, Language and Hearing Milestones: Birth to Age Five: 40-minute DVD aimed at parents from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
    • Beyond Baby Talk (Second Edition) by Apel & Masterson: Book from ASHA about ways for parents to encourage language development.
    • Talking on the Go by Dougherty & Paul: Book/CD from ASHA with everyday activities and ideas for parents to enhance speech/language skills for young children.

• Stuttering Foundation of America books and other resources – ask your specialist about a free book or pamphlet.

Funding for this important initiative is provided by the Degenstein Foundation, Sunbury, PA.