Books About Autism

September 16, 2023

When it comes to understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parent education is key. Whether you are a parent or dedicated caregiver, books offer valuable insights and guidance for navigating the world of ASD and relating to your autistic kid. 

To better understand kids with ASD and this neurodevelopmental condition, we have curated a list of the top parental education books about ASD, each offering a unique perspective and a wealth of information to help you better support and comprehend the world of autism and autistic kids.

Top Parental Education Books About ASD

  • Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D.

Certain forms of autism therapy have traditionally been focused on eliminating the symptoms of autism, such as communication challenges, social difficulties, and repetitive behaviors. However, in this powerful book, Dr. Prizant offers a fresh perspective, suggesting that the most successful approaches to autism should not aim to fix the individual by eradicating symptoms but instead seek to understand the person’s unique experiences and the underlying factors that drive behavior. 

  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

This is a truly remarkable memoir written about a thirteen-year-old boy with autism. In this extraordinary book, Naoki provides a window into his autistic mind, offering readers a glimpse into his thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and responses. His insightful narrative invites readers to understand and appreciate the autistic experience in a profound and enlightening way.

  • The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide (for Dads, too!) by Susan Senator

Raising a child with autism presents unique daily challenges that can sometimes leave parents feeling overwhelmed. In her book, Susan Senator creates common ground with parents of kids with ASD, providing guidance and encouragement on how to find happiness and fulfillment while navigating the complexities of raising an autistic kid. 

  • 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk

This comprehensive guide offers a wealth of ideas, explanations, and strategies to meet the diverse needs of kids with ASD and Asperger’s. It serves as a one-stop resource for finding creative solutions that align with various developmental levels, learning styles, and abilities within the autism spectrum.

  • An Early Start for Your Child with Autism by Sally J. Rogers, Ph.D., Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., and Laurie A. Vismara, Ph.D.:

An “Early Start for Your Child with Autism” is a parental education resource that provides practical strategies based on a groundbreaking early intervention program. This guide empowers parents to make a positive impact on their child’s development through everyday actions and interactions, fostering growth and understanding. 

As you embark on your journey with a child on the autism spectrum, remember that each step forward, no matter how small, is a testament to your dedication and love. Celebrate the unique strengths and qualities of your child, and seek support and knowledge wherever you can find it! 

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