Five Must-Read Books for Parents with Children on the Autism Spectrum

If you’re a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, it might be overwhelming to realize just how many resources and materials are out there for you to dive into. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to deal with behavioral challenges, or just want to read the stories of other parents like you, there’s no shortage of good books for you to choose from. We did some research, and put together a short list, in no particular order, of five must-read books for you to check out. See the list below, and don’t forget, our blog is another great resource for info on ABA therapy, early intervention and more!

1) The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a 13-Year Old Boy with Autism

“The Reason I Jump” is the perfect example of a book about the uncertainties and challenges of someone with autism. Written as a series of questions and answers, the author dives deep into their own psyche, painting a picture of autism through their own personal lens, and answering common questions with the voice of a stylistic storyteller. It’s Available on Amazon in a variety of formats.

2) Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

Dr. Barry Printzer, a famous autism advocate, details his positive view of autism, explaining the ways autism makes individuals uniquely human. He advocates for services that focus on positives and strengths and the de-stigmatization of individuals on the spectrum. It’s a good read that challenges traditional notions of neurodevelopmental disorders. It’s Available on Amazon in a variety of formats.

3) Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

The title says it all. This book is considered a must-have for educators and parents alike. It outlines ten concepts that can help neurotypical people better understand the unique identities of individuals with autism. It expands on communication issues, behavioral challenges and social interactions among other things.

It’s Available on Amazon in a variety of formats.

4) Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s

In this autobiographical New York Times Best-Seller, John Robison weaves the tale of his own life: struggling with having Asperger’s syndrome without knowing it. The book has been called “deeply human”, and is filled with dark humor and honesty that makes it hard to put down.

It’s Available on Amazon in a variety of formats.

5) A Full Life with Autism: From Learning to Forming Relationships to Achieving Independence

Unlike the other books in this list: this book is truly meant to be a guide for helping your children with autism lead fulfilling lives. This book answers the tough questions that any parent of a child with autism has asked themselves, while inspiring hope and positivity.

It’s Available on Amazon in a variety of formats.

These books are guaranteed to make you consider autism from a variety of perspectives, giving you a glimpse into the lives of other parents of children with autism, and the children themselves. If you have any other recommendations, or want more resources, keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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