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Autism is a disorder where people face problems like a deficiency in communication, social interaction, sensory issues and the range of interest. It is like an Asperger spectrum disorder which includes a large range of symptoms and behavior.
Autism is not a single condition; it is a spectrum of disorders that affect up to fifteen million people in the country. It is a complex neurological disorder that causes impairments of social interaction and competitive repetitive behavior.
Books can be a great resource for the parents as well as the teachers who have to deal with any autistic child. Keeping this in mind we have prepared this list of best books you can buy to get essential training or self-awareness to tackle the situation. These books have been written by people with autism, parents with an autistic child, teachers, therapists, and researchers who have experienced many of the same issues.
In this article, we shed lights on providing you with the best books on Autism and to tackle the situation.
Best books on autism spectrum disorder
1. Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
(By Allen Notbohm)
It is a well-written book with a sense of humor. In this book, “ Allen Notbohm ” tells that when she was a child, she was born with autism. Her autism is one aspect of her total character, it does not define as a person. On that time she was a person without thoughts and any talents.
Her sensory perceptions are disordered, it means the ordinary sights, sounds, smell, taste, and touches of everyday life that she may not even notice in her painful journey. She just defends herself. Her hearing may be sensitive that it may be her first sense to become overstimulated. For her, receptive and expressive language proves to be difficult.
She doesn’t like other children who thought that it may not be good to make eye contact or conversation with the Autism affected person. This book helps those children and her/his parents to fill up with positivism with their disabilities.
2. Uniquely Human: A different way of seeing autism
(By Dr. Barry M. Prizant )
A major goal of Human is to expose false and old fashion negative stereotypes and inaccurate representations of persons with autism and the family experience. But it lacks major attention to supporting and including people with autism and related disabilities.
Embracing, supporting and respective autistic people allows us all to be more soft-hearten human being in all aspects of our lives. They enable us to understand people with learning differences, who try so hard to overcome their neurologically-based challenges.
Parents and guardian of every child have shared the fact with me that this book helped them understand their child better and take a more positive approach in raising their child.
3. Thinking in pictures: My life with autism
( By Dr. Grandin Temple)
This storybook is written by Dr. Grandin Temple. When Grandin was a child, She loves caring for cattle and animals. She doesn’t want to go to school. She couldn’t speak and make eye contact.
When you read this book you found it helpful both for the way Grandin Temple describes her own ways of seeing the world and for the references she lists. There were reluctantly and slightly unpleasant feelings about reading this book for the first time. There are also other people who feel so close to the mirror view of my life and thinking processes.
This story is for such type of people who are suffering from tantrum(an uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration) who can’t control anger and doesn’t have any solution for frustration. Nowadays temple Grandin is also a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.
4. All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism
( By Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer)
This book realizes that having autism is not bad although you have to be proud of the fact that God makes you different from other people, having something different in you. It is a story of a zebra who is called unique because of her body stripes.
Zane the zebra has autism, and he is worried about what his friends and classmates will make a joke of his stripes, which make him different and funny in the classroom.
As Zane learns that having disabilities is one of the many things that actually make him special, young readers will relate to Zane and realize that they, too, have to be proud of something is different in him that makes him good and strange.
5. Andy and His Yellow Frisbee (Woodbine House, 1996)
(By Mary Thompson)
I recommend this book for those persons who are surviving in between those children who are different from you. This book is written about a girl. When a new girl at school notices Andy playing alone with his yellow Frisbee (a plastic disc designed for skimming through the air and it is the type of outdoor game), who protects her older sister named Rosie, becomes tensed that she will upset Andy.
In this book, Rosie’s shows her explanations of autism. The readers of this book learn about the challenges faced by those on the autism spectrum.
At the end of a chapter of this book, the publisher also gives his best helpful and insightful list of autism facts.
6. The Asperger Children’s Toolkit (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012)
(By Francis Musgrave)
Most of the books about the autism spectrum are aimed at adults or neuro-typical peers, but Francis Musgrave’s “The Asperger Children’s Toolkit” is primarily meant for autistic children themselves. It is not a significant list of do’s and don’ts. Rather, Musgrave focuses on positive behavior using easy language directed straight to the children themselves.
The book also taught a helpful introduction to parents. This book is for how to teach our children about digital media and providing information regarding the pros and cons of the internet and social media. Also how they need to use the text messaging as well as face conundrum(Puzzle) problems that mean confusing and difficult problems.
7. Autism Spectrum Disorder: The complete guide of understanding autism
(By Chantal Sicile-Kira)
In your daily routine, what should you do and what didn’t for your health? Sometimes you are feeling very crazy about being healthy. So in this book, you can found anything related to your health. After reading these chapters, you don’t need to rush to a doctor. Those things you may be heard from a doctor like- your health, behavior, treatment and scientific problem and other types of autism, all of these solutions are available in this book.
The book can be helpful for your parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone in the life of the child who is suffering from some disabilities. “The Complete guide of understanding autism” by Chantal Sicile-Kira. You can find all the chapters on diagnosis problem, treatment and autism problem in this book.
8. The curious incident of the dog in the night time
(By Christopher John Francis Boone)
This is the perfect book depicting the story of a person who can’t imagine the feelings and thoughts of other persons. In this book, Christopher tries to explain the life he has as an autistic person with a mild effect. Christopher has an exceptional ability of mathematics and science but with the argument with his father of not obeying him he gradually becomes socially under-equipped.
Meanwhile, Christopher slowly becomes a normal person by throwing back autism behind and achieves something that a normal human being can be proud of.
This story is not only for john but for every person like us who if diagnosed with Autism can overcome the disorder if we have some special ability.
9. The Remarkable Courage of “Being Seen”
(By Anlor Davin)
This is the book of the french woman named Anlor Davin, who in her initial years struggles to make a mark in the social world. Unknown of having an autistic disorder, she just turns over a new leaf and tries her luck in the foreign land. Later she became a popular author and advises the new people to spread the awareness about the disorder.
This book can be the role model for the persons affected with autism. In fact, the author also wanted to express her condition but quite get frustrated at some times.
The book clearly expresses the effect of the disorder of autism to the person, but at the same time provides you in insight on how to overcome the disorder by not giving up.
10. It’s an Autism Thing…I’ll Help You Understand
(By Emma Dalmayne)
The author Emma Dalmayne, mother of six children, try to expose the fact behind a number of negative responses heard by the parents of the autistic children. Her perfect answer to this is the book called “It’s an Autism Thing…I’ll Help You Understand”.
After having diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome two years ago, she now knows much about her condition. Emma had difficulties to interact with the society at her early years and had gradually become the victim of nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.
Now, leaving her past behind, Emma is now a prominent social activist. Her book ” It’s an Autism Thing…I’ll Help You Understand” is the perfect idea to get the inspiration from her difficult life diagnosed with the Autism.
Emma is also active on social media to educate the parents about the importance of Autism.
Best Autism books for teachers:
1. Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s
( By John Elder Robison)
When John Robison fights with the problem of Asperger’s syndrome, he is affected by a high functioning of autism. In Look Me in the Eye, John Robison tells about his struggle with his neurological difference (body functions, and nerve connecting disorder), and how this neurological disorder affects his desires and efforts to concentrate on relationships and connect with others socially.
From a teacher’s point of view, this book is highly recommended to use as a unit on autism. However, the story is related to all young people, especially for the students who are feeling socially shameful and find difficulties with making friends. Students will learn from John’s feelings of loneliness, sadness, and being angry when he is rejected by others.
2. The Way I See It
(By Dr. Temple Grandin)
This book is written by Temple Grandin. In this book, Temple Grandin talks about social and works experience in a very interesting way. Temple Grandin speaks about life with autism, the life of that type of people and children who never speaks.
It’s sound interesting to hear what is life without communication or verbal abilities and with the indication or representative conduct about having autism. He was seeing the interest in his book by those children who have the non-verbal abilities and taught him how to explain our words via pictures and images.
Temple Grandin made different treatment options available for both medical and on one’s own with regards to different variations in one’s treatment, medicines, and general level of health.
In this book, you have 63 essays in general about the diagnosis, treatments and non-verbal abilities. And the fourteen essays are new in the second edition. Each and every essay contains the length of four and five pages.
3. Behavior Solution for the Inclusive Classroom
(By Beth Aune, Beth Burt, and Peter Gennaro)
This book may help those teachers who are seeking a solution for their students who are suffering from autism. In education classroom, you can teach those students whose behavior is not good or we can say misbehavior children with the help of this book.
Teachers are not being trained in how to handle dirty behaviors of a student. Disturbing behavior is distracting for students and teachers, so teachers need to know what to do in the right way.
This book tells how to teach disturbing students, plus provides extra teaching techniques. The teachers can prevent the behavior from repeated again and again. Some students may come with disabilities such as misbehaving, difficulties with classwork or homework, poor -handwriting, (ADHD).
This book is very helpful for the teachers who want to learn how to face those type of students with the habit of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder such as noisy, chewing nails and clothes, not following directions, rude behavior and something like that.
4. Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
(By Shannon Des Roches Rosa)
The main goal of “Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism” TPGA is to help you grow past society’s accepted autism inventions and negativity, by providing clear, thoughtfully and carefully presented balanced, and referenced information.
We also want you to understand that autism awareness and acceptance are not noble but necessary attitudes and are separate reasons from the autistic and other autism communities’ never-ending fights for medical issues, legal, social weakness, and educational accommodation drawing the attention towards this matter.
Contributors write Fifty-five essays for the autism community in all walks of life. The bunch of stories was written by autism parents about the up and down they experience every day. Some are written by professionals who care for autistic children and others are by autistic themselves who bared their souls so others will understand.
5. A mind at a time
(By Dr. Mel Levine)
In “A mind at a time”, Dr. Levin shows parents and others who care for children on how to identify these individual learning patterns. He explains how teachers and parents can encourage a child’s strengths and bypass the child’s weaknesses.
This book is based on learning power. Dr. Levin says every person mind is different and in the typical situation or in a soft situation every children’s brain works differently.
So, Dr. Levine is talking about those parents and teachers who understand the ability of her child or student that how to identify their children’s learning. He said that we have 8 fundamental system or component and also added that we can never control other minds.
6. Special People, Special Ways
(By Arlene Maguire, illus)
“Special people, special ways”, the aim of this book is how to present a person with autism in a positive way. How to treat and how to talk to him? And being happy in a very critical situation and be with him in those circumstances. Each and Every page give a side of positive thinking and images of an autistic child.
Parenting Media Award winner and 2009 Preferred Choice Award Magazine by Creative Child, this book explains it all. The book tells that in our past, the physical limitations is a world of special gifts for each of us to share.
Teachers and parents love to read this book aloud to promote understanding and immunity at school with classmates and at home with parents. The individual hard work attracts children of all ages.
7. 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children With Autism or Asperger’s
(By Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk)
In “1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism and Asperger’s” you can found 1800 plus ideas for teaching and develop a child who is having these disabilities.
Some of the ideas are picked up from the first edition, offering corrections for older kids, setting in on Asperger’s challenges, and enhancing already-effective and good ways to help your child or student having scored success at any field like- home, in school, and in the society. I think everyone, no matter if he/she has the children or not, should read this book.
8. The new social story book
( Carol Gray )
One of the top Books to teach your students about the Autism is “The new social story book”. This book is of good help for the teachers which consists of more than 150 interesting stories to educate the kids.
Stories like “Mistakes Can Happen on a Good Day” and “It Was Fun but Now We’re Done,” are the typical morale booster for the kids effected with the autistic syndrome. Many more stories related to similar kids struggling to cope with Autism is depicted in the book. Students can learn these strategies and can apply in their own lives.
9. The Social Skills Picture Book
(By Jed Baker, Ph.D. )
“The Social Skills Picture book” is an award-winning book on the autism spectrum. The book provides an insight into the way on how to counter autism through the pictures with the best possible ways.
The book contains various illustrations regarding how to grasp the concepts necessary to overlook Autism. It includes pictures on how to identify the welcoming and unwelcoming look, sharing, turn-taking, etc.
Just try another useful book “The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond” written by Jed Baker. The book goes one step further to contain methods to draw the attention of the listeners of the Autistic student.
10. Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger’s
Lynn Kern Koegel, Claire LaZebnik
A very popular book to teach about the autism among the next generation is named “Growing up on the Spectrum”.
The book provides the practical solution on autistic Spectrum, needed by most of the adults. As the teacher point of view, the book is more helpful to teach their students about how to succeed in the college or other institutions. The book also gives the idea to overcome the complex situation of student life in the shadows of Autistic syndrome.
In addition, the pairs creation in the form of “Overcoming Autism” is also worth to read.
Best Autism books for parents :
1. The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community: Over 600 Must-Have Tips for Making Home Life and Outings Easier for Everyone
(By Kathy Labosh and LaNita Miller)
“The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community” is the book for those people who are parents of a child. These books give instruction on how a happy home begins with you. All children and especially those with autism are sensitive to their parent’s moods.
A shouting conversation between you and your partner may seem like ”just a normal argument” to you, but it can terrify a child with autism. As a result, he may act out for days or weeks after the argument, and some children will avoid for a lifetime with anything they connect with the traumatic event.
All parents have arguments, but if you stay calm and deal with negative emotions in positive ways, you can actually a mature person to deal with conflict. So, Kathy Labosh and Lanita Miller say, There is a shift of focus from the couple to the child with autism. There are small but meaningful things in which you can support your children.
2. Asperger Syndrome and Your Child: A Parent’s Guide
(By Michael D. Powers and Janet Poland)
“Asperger’s Syndrome and Your Child”, a formative, appreciating, and complete guide to this ailment condition. Most of the time you have a question in your mind about your children’s future. Dr. Michael has strong weaves and a strong concern and caring side account of everything related to Asperger’s syndrome.
He offers such type of practical advice from getting the right diagnosis and advice to help your child so that he/she can develop his social skills. For non- verbal children who suffer insights about their own conditions, this book can give an outlook on how these children live with these type of disorder.
Asperger Syndrome and Your child is an essential book for parents as well as teachers and other professionals who have someone in her/his life with disabilities.
3. Parent Survival Manual: A Guide to Crisis Resolution in Autism and Related Developmental Disorders
(By Eric Schopler)
Balancing the competitive needs of flexibility, standardization, development, and distribution of a treatment manually does not guarantee that the treatment will be delivered as intended. Training and guidance of therapists and continuous monitoring are essential steps toward the promise that treatment procedures are implemented in a manner.
I would generally recommend this book as an excellent resource for every parent and teacher of an autistic child. It would benefit from reading, taking examples directly or adapting the rules to fit specific situations and the personality of the child.
Those who care for her children will find this book to be a golden chance for facing autism of useful ideas.
4. Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Carers
(By Julia Moor)
This book is about learning how to act and play with a child having disabilities on the spectrum. The book is written in simple English language, which makes it very easy to understand and integrate the playing ideas. Young child’s parents think to make her children secure and how to best help their child. People enjoyed this book.
However, my few appreciations are that some of the links and references in the back of the book are mostly from UK sites. Basically, this book gives the reader creative ideas of how to interact and behave with an autistic child. This book is great for parents and therapists.
It is that type of book I think everyone should read, whether you have an autistic child or not. There are several useful ideas in this book on how to be with your child in a friendly manner. This book does not provide just the playing ideas, its also about how to manage the activities in different stages.
5. Son Rise: The Miracle Continues
(By Barry Neil Kaufman)
“Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” is a television programmatic film. The story is based on a newborn child who was only eighteen years old. And his name was Raun and he was affected by some disabilities like classic Autism. Every child hears the word impossible.
The “experts” showered my parents having always some negative predictions like hopeless, unreachable and his parents had believed these “experts” and his journey would have been over. Instead, his parents opposed the professionals, disbelieved their predictions, and grabbed hold of the belief that they could at least try to do the impossible, reach the unreachable.
Soon we were devoting ourselves full-time to sharing what we learned, not only with families with special or unique children but also with thousands of people wanting to use the attitude. The book itself provides happiness, peace of mind, inspiration when facing the challenges in your lives.
6. Easy to Love but Hard to Raise
(By Edward M. Hallowell )
“Easy to Love but Hard to raise” , this book is like short stories and poems that are personally said by those parents of an Autistic disorder child that takes an already challenging and difficult job for every parent. Approx thirty-two parents contribute their stories to this book.
Every writer’s perspective is to point the sensitive area that is true based on stories and poems, written by parents. This book explains an answer very carefully like why autistic children’s facing trouble making friends. This is a unique addition to the library of any parents rising difficulties and some challenges.
7. Everybody Is Different: A Book for Young People Who Have Brothers or Sisters With Autism
(By Fiona Bleach)
This book is helpful in making our family life more comfortable and happy. “Everybody is Different”, this book is available for young people who have brothers or sisters with autism.
Fiona Bleach published this book on 1st April 2015 with 82 pages. It shows how autistic children feel every day and minute. Every person has their own choice and nature. The book also says on how to deal with the child who has ASD (Asperger’s Spectrum Disorder) or autism.
8. The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults
(Temple Grandin, Ph.D. and Debra Moore, Ph.D. )
“The Loving Push” is the perfect book for parents to teach their kids diagnosed by the autism spectrum at an early age to reach the new heights later in his/her life.
In the book, Temple Grandin and her co-author, Dr. Debra Moore just provide their best easy to follow guidelines. It helps parents to just push their kids out of the autistic barrier. The pair just give the importance of spending the time with your autistic child and encourage his/her strength towards the upcoming life.
9. What I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Child with Autism: A Mom and a Psychologist Offer Heartfelt Guidance for the First Five Years
(Bobbi Sheahan and Kathy DeOrnellas, Ph.D )
The book “What I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Child with Autism” is a tailor-made guide for the parents who try to find the answers to their child’s autistic problems.
From the book, Bobbi Sheahan tries to shed lights on the initial concerns regarding the proper care of our child diagnosed with the autistic syndrome. With Kathy, a mother of an autistic child co-writes this bestseller, the book is worth to read. It gives the answers to our autistic child habits of picky eating, bedtime battles, speech delays, in-discipline, etc.
10. Hopes and Dreams: An IEP Guide for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(Kirby Lentz )
The book “Hopes and Dreams” is ideal for the parents of children with Autistic spectrum disorders. With the best possible effective practical resources and proper guidance from the IEP team, really this book is worth to see.
In this Book, The reader-friendly text and accompanying worksheets make ease for the parents to educate their child. The book is also a good help to realize your child’s dreams. The book also comes with the companion CD from which you can customize your info, making a must to read.
Today, Autism has gradually become a global problem, but mainly it concerns the children of our society. Although there are a lot of books available in the markets to make us understand, it is our efforts and awareness that can strike the chord.