Literature Resources

Autism, PDD and ADHD Resources

Explore resources for autism/developmental disabilities, ADHD, and other childhood disorders. View links to helpful websites, previews of useful literature, and ordering information.


Autism/Developmental Disabilities Literature

Project MED (Educational booklets with basic information on medication and patient rights)

  • Project MED (Medical EDucation for Consumers) was created with funding from the U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Project MED educational booklets provide basic information about patients’ rights and medications in easily understood words. There are few medical or legal words, and difficult words are defined.
  • The booklets are designed for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, or reading difficulties; patients with severe mental illness; child and adolescent patients; and people whose first language is not English. By providing this information, we hope to increase each patient’s participation in his or her own health care.

The booklets are available for download as PDF files only. A list of the eight titles and links to download the files are at this website:

Service Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder/PDD (PDF)

The Ohio Autism Task Force developed the Autism Service Guidelines to provide assistance to families and professionals.

The Guidelines concern young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pervasive Developmental Disorder, birth through 21 years of age.

These guidelines include a description of autism spectrum disorder, medical concerns, assessment, and strategies for developing independent living skills, social skills, and instructional strategies.

They also give guidance for assessment, treatment, and developing educational programs.

* Electronic form (PDF) can be downloaded with Adobe Acrobat Reader

The International Consensus Handbook

Steven Reiss and Michael G. Aman, Editors,
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center


This comprehensive and authoritative reference book was developed to provide information on psychotropic medicines for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The handbook is no longer available to order for free from the Nisonger Center. For more information, contact or call (614) 685-3195. To view of the table of contents click here.

ADHD Literature

Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder®

by L. Eugene Arnold, M.Ed., M.D.,
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

A child psychiatrist who has specialized in ADHD for 40 years and is one of the OSU RUPP investigators, Dr. L. Eugene Arnold has just published the third edition of this authoritative reference, which thoroughly reviews the complexities of ADHD diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment. Treatments described include various medications, behavioral treatments, and alternative/complementary treatments such as nutritional/dietary.

This 200 page book was written for physicians and other clinical professionals.
It is now available for order at or by calling HHC Books at 1-800-860-9544. Price $19.95.
Click here to view the table of contents for this third edition of the professional’s guide in PDF.

A Family’s Guide to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

by L. Eugene Arnold, M.Ed., M.D.,
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

Dr. Arnold has written this guide for families dealing with ADHD.
To order, call HHC Books at 1-800-860-9544.
Click here to view the table of contents in PDF.

*Electronic form (PDF) can be downloaded with Adobe Acrobat Reader

Parents’ Survival Handbook

by L. Eugene Arnold, M.Ed., M.D.

A readable distillation of practical insights into child rearing presented with tongue-in-cheek humor and addressing many common problems often avoided by other books. A combination of modern behavioral science, folk wisdom, and common sense, emphasizing practicality, efficiency and what works rather than what ought to be or not be.

Though written by an expert, the book approaches problems from the vantage point of identification with parents and advocates parents rights as one of the best protections of true children’s rights. It supports parents in using their common sense to salvage what is worthwhile from the barrage of advice on child rearing offered by the media, relatives and neighbors — without feeling guilty.

View the table of contents by clicking here.

To order, complete this form and mail with Check or Money Order to: Gene Arnold, M.D., 479 S. Galena Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074. Price: $5.95 + $2.00 for shipping.

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