When I got my son’s diagnosis, I’ll admit that I went into full blown research mode. I read every blog post I could find, and talked to everyone I knew who knew anything about autism. I read studies, and researched therapies, and found as much information as I could. If you aren’t much of a blog reader, there are tons of books about autism that are worth the read, so I figured in this post I’d share some of the best books about autism!
This is part of the Autism A-Z Series for Autism Acceptance Month, so be sure to check back to this post to read the rest of the posts in the series! I’m also still hosting the Fundanoodle Fundraiser for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, so be sure to get your orders in here! Now back to the actual point, sharing some of the best books about autism!
Literature: The Best Books About Autism
Look Me in the Eye is the true and often shocking story of John Robison, a man who was thought to be simply a “social deviant” until he gets a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. With the new understanding of himself, the author shares his story in a very unique way. It’s a great read, especially since I love to see things from self-advocates’ perspectives. You can get Look Me in the Eye here!
The Reason I Jump is another book written by a self-advocate that gives unique insight to the mind of an autistic teenager. Naoki Higashida wrote this book as a nonverbal thirteen year old. So many people believe that non-verbal autistic kids don’t have a voice, but books like this completely prove that wrong. Answering questions like why he jumps and why he lines up his toy blocks and cars, this book really lets you into the mind of autistic kids. You can get The Reason I Jump here!
Uniquely Human seeks to show autism as a difference, rather than a disorder, and throughout the book it does just that. As I’ve learned more and more about neurodiversity, I’ve become more passionate about sharing with people to help them understand. Autism is simply a neurological difference which is not just normal, but necessary for society. This book is written by an expert who shares how the most successful therapies for autistic people don’t aim to eliminate autistic “symptoms”, but seek to understand the autistic individual and help them to cope. You can get Uniquely Human here!
NeuroTribes is probably the most interesting book available on neurodiversity. It covers the history of autism, including those experts who discovered it. It also showcases the path that autism has taken in recent years with more self advocates supporting neurodiversity and advocating for technological advances, respect, support, and accomodations. You can get NeuroTribes here!
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded EditionAutism Every Day: Over 150 Strategies Lived and Learned by a Professional Autism Consultant with 3 Sons on the SpectrumAutism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World101 Games and Activities for Children With Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing DisordersThe Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with AutismLook Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’sAutism Spectrum Disorder (revised): The Complete Guide to Understanding AutismUniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism
These are just a handful of the best books about autism that don’t paint autism as a tragedy that needs to be stopped. Most of these books have an emphasis on neurodiversity, support, and self-advocacy, which, if you haven’t noticed, are all topics I’m pretty passionate about. What books have you read about autism that you’d add to this list?
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