In honor of April being Autism Awareness Month, I’ve decided to put together a few books that may help us all better understand the developmental disorder, whether it be for our own knowledge, or to provide more support to a loved one.
1. My Friend Has Autism by Amanda Doering Tourville
This is great to assist kids in understanding what may be going on with their friend, their family member, or even themselves. Ms. Tourville has also authored similar children’s books such as, My Friend Has Down Syndrome and My Friend Has ADHD which could also provide some guidance for kids regarding those specific issues.
2. The Autism Book: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Early Detection, Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention by Robert W. Sears MD, FAAP
The author provides a helpful tool that should be able to answer a majority of the questions you may have about Autism. This is perfect if you have a few questions in mind that you may not know exactly how to ask. Dr. Sears is also the author of The Vaccine Book, focusing completely on child vaccinations, as well as The Allergy Book.
3. The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone With Autism by Ellen Sabin
This children’s activity book is designed to allow kids to apply the information they have learned about Autism, in addition to ask any new arising questions. Great for a class.
4. The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
Naoki Higashida vividly recounts his daily life as a, then, thirteen year old boy with Autism. Told with genuine honesty in addition to passionate emotion, The Reason I Jump is a story that you will, surely, never forget.
5. The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
A highly intriguing scientific study of what exactly goes on in the minds of those who are Autistic. A great and resourceful book for those who are looking to understand the mentality of the disorder.
6. Unstrange Minds by Roy Richard Grinker
Respected Anthropologist Roy Richard Grinker shares his research on the rise in Autism diagnoses during the last twenty years.
My hope is that these books offer some insight into the reality of Autism and how it affects both the people who have been diagnosed, as well as their loved ones. May they be helpful tools to you. Happy Autism Awareness Month!
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