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17 Books on Autism Recommended by Parents as a Christmas Gift

2013-12-08 16:41
Books to Read on Autism

Christmas is just over 2 weeks away and last minute shopping for autistic children, their parents and family friends can get just a little stressful. What books can you give your children? Parents of autistic children give their suggestions, reading material to compliment some of the movies based on autism.

Between the holiday hustle and bustle along with the stress it all entails, the hardest presents are often left last and ideas are often more than welcome.

Autistic children are not the easiest to shop for. With sensory issues and proneness to breakdowns (which a proper diet can often calm down), Santa might be having a little more trouble than usual finding the best and most appropriate gifts for your little ones. If toys are not on your list this year, perhaps you should opt for books instead. After all, they can be for the kids, the adults, and for the family around you that is not sure what to think about the existence of autism around them.

It is not easy to accept that your child has autism. Many families collapse once a diagnosis is made. Holidays become a trial and siblings drift apart. Some members may refuse to acknowledge that the autistic member exists. Communication problems may create immense obstacles in understanding one another, leading to burdensome frustrations that would be better avoided. All in all, living with autism in the home is not always so dandy. That does not mean there's nothing good to it however. Autistic individuals simply think in a different manner and it takes a bit of an open mind to understand the way most on the spectrum function.

After asking parents on two rather substantially large discussion groups, here are the most recommended books by parents and autistic individuals alike:

  1. Born on a Blue Day: Synaesthesia, severe autism and living a normal life? Here is how...
  2. The Autism Revolution: Some great tips on living life to the fullest while staying happy and healthy.
  3. The Reason I Jump: Great for young adults and parents of autistic children in understanding the world of living on the spectrum.
  4. Learning to Dance in the Rain: A year in the life of a mother of an autistic child. A beautiful story that gives much to the readers in terms of education, enlightenment and simple hope.
  5. The Spark: A mother's efforts which helped a severely autistic child flourish into a genius provides hope for others facing similar situations.
  6. The Autistic Brain: Temple Grandin combines scientific research with her own reality to present the psychology, with all its intricacies, of autism.
  7. Living Through Autism's Eyes: My Journey with My Son was written by one of the group managers on an Autism parental support group on Facebook.
  8. My child's got autism: don't panic
  9. Mommy, I Wish I Could Tell You What They Did To Me In School Today: This book offers a rare glimpse into the mind of nonverbal children in school and what they wish they could have said.

Recommended parenting guides include:
The Parent's Handbook: With tips and tricks, do's and don'ts and helpful passages to get you through the day, parents of autistic children swear by this book.

Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: This includes what parents and caregivers need to know about the pre-teen and teenage years of children with autism.

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The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome: Whether you are little exposed to autism or need to brush up on your knowledge, this is a great book to guide you through all that you will face with a child diagnosed with Asperger's. Unfortunately, the May 2013 DSM-V removed the extra categorizations and placed Asperger's under the overall umbrella label of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Fabric of Autism: Science meets reality in this work looking at underlying causes and avenues for treatment when it comes to autism.

Great books for autistic children include:
All Cats have Asperger Syndrome: Fun and full of color. Recommended with All Dogs Have ADHD.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Written by an autistic savant at 15 years of age, this book is great for young autistic adults and preteens.

A Friend like Henry: An autistic boy and the dog that changed his life and let his family glimpse his world from the outside. Great read for young adults and preteens alike.

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger's: A 13 year old boy's life in a witty and rather inspiring story for those who fall on the spectrum with him.

Furthermore, most recommended authors are Travis Breeding and Temple Grandin. Their books can be easily found by a simple search in any major online bookstore.

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