20 Autism Books That Parents Should Read (According to a Child Psychiatrist)

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Books provide comprehensive information about autism spectrum disorders, including their characteristics, challenges, and strengths. Understanding the nature of autism helps parents make sense of their child’s behaviors and experiences. Many books written by individuals with autism offer firsthand accounts of their experiences. This can provide valuable insights into the unique perspective of someone with autism, helping parents understand how their child may perceive and interact with the world. Books often offer practical advice and strategies for managing various aspects of life with a child on the autism spectrum. This can include tips for communication, behavior management, social skills development, and educational support. *We do earn a small commission if you purchase a book, but the price of the book is the same as it would be normally for you!

  1. Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity” by Devon Price
  2. “Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism” by Temple Grandin
  3. “Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity” by Steve Silberman
  4. “The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed” by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
  5. “Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism” by Barry M. Prizant
  6. “An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn” by Sally J. Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, and Laurie A. Vismara
  7. “The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder” by Carol Stock Kranowitz
  8. “Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew” by Ellen Notbohm
  9. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism” by Naoki Higashida
  10. “Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World” by Raun K. Kaufman
  11. “The Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching Communication, Play, and Emotion” by Jed Baker
  12. “A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive” by Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, and James C. McPartland
  13. The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be” by Martha Herbert and Karen Weintraub
  14. “Autism Adulthood: Strategies and Insights for a Fulfilling Life” by Susan Senator
  15. “Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life” by Lynn Kern Koegel and Claire LaZebnik
  16. “Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Every Parent Needs to Know” by Alan I. Rosenblatt
  17. “The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults” by Debra Moore and Temple Grandin
  18. “Autistics on Autism” by Kerry Magro
  19. “Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts” by Eileen Riley-Hall
  20. “The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome” by Jennifer Cook O’Toole

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