The Top Five Autism Books for Parents and Educators

Top Five Autism Books for Parents and Educators

Parenting or teaching a child with autism spectrum disorder is both challenging and rewarding. The adults in the lives of children with autism have to organize their home or classroom environment to make it a pleasant place where these kids can thrive.

Caregivers have to understand the characteristics of kids on the spectrum and know what the children are trying to communicate by their unexpected or different behaviors.  Knowing all this is a tall order and there is no better place to start than with a good book.

Top five autism booksWe often hear that knowledge is power. That information is power. Good books can arm you with the strategies and information you need. Helen Exley said, “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”  Add a parent’s love and a teacher’s dedication to the mix and we have folks that truly can make all the difference in a child’s life!

Here are a few books about autism that I recommend.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded Edition

Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wished You KnewBy Ellen Notbohm

Ms. Notbohm, a mother of sons with autism and ADHD, writes from experience and from the heart. Her positive messages cross over to families of children with many special needs. Many of her suggestions are simple and just plain common sense; however, many need to read her book to realize it is true.

Don’t be fooled by the title’s use of the words, “Ten Things”. The book has ten chapters, each one dealing with one of the “ten things”. This updated edition of her book has a section called Ten Things I Want My High School Senior with Autism to Know.

You will find very important advice about raising young adults as they transition into adulthood. The advice is not autism-specific…proving once more that this book if for everyone. Detailed chapter titles and an index make this book a resource you will return to time and time again.
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1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s: Expanded 2nd Edition 

1001 Great Ideas for teaching and raising children with autismBy Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk

This book should be required reading for all those who love, work, live, and care for children, especially those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Riding on the huge success of their first edition, in this revised and expanded edition, authors Notbohm and Zysk now offer over 1800 effective, immediately useful ideas.

This new book offers modifications and accommodations for older kids. It has fresh ideas on Asperger’s syndrome challenges and updated  ideas among the tried and true tactics of the first edition to effectively parent and teach kids so they achieve success at home, in school, and in the community.

The detailed Table of Contents and thirty pages of Index allow you to quickly locate and reread information.  This is a go-to resource book to be kept at arms’ reach in your home or classroom during all the years of teaching and raising children with autism spectrum disorder.
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The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community: Over 600 Must-Have Tips for Making Home Life and Outings Easier for Everyone

The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community By Kathy Labosh and LaNita Miller

Kathy Labosh, mom of two sons with autism, and LaNita Miller, a special needs teacher, have successfully written this ‘book of instructions’ for parents, grandparents, friends and professionals on how to make life easier for the caregiver and easier for the child with autism.

This go-to guide is divided into two parts filled with advice on issues happening in the home and trail markers for when families venture into the community. The authors go right through a house giving efficient tips for the problems confronting families in each area from picky eating, to shampoos, to opening doors to run away.

Readers learn what to do to enjoy the community playground, restaurant, mall, grocery store, movie theatre, library, sporting events and all the health caregivers’ offices. Once you have enjoyed a first reading of this easy-to-read, instructional guide book, keep it handy to refer to it often. The detailed index will let you find exactly the tip you are looking for to take on the issues and challenges of home life and outings to make your day or your child’s day a better one.
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Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom: A Handy Reference Guide that Explains Behaviors Associated with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other Special Needs

Behavior Solutions for the inclusive classroomBy  Beth Aune, OTR/L, Beth Burt and Peter Gennaro.

The authors have used language that all can understand. It is not technical, not filled with acronyms or professional jargon but great on-the-spot, doable solutions to make better the life of a child, his classmates, his parents, and his teachers. After having been read once, so you know the many behaviors and solutions included, this book belongs close at hand to be consulted numerous times.

The authors found a very simple and effective format which they use throughout the book. The behavior and possible causes of the behavior are explained clearly in less than twelve lines on one page and the next page or two have bullet form solutions. These solutions are practical, tactful and immediately doable without expensive, extra teaching tools. The detailed Table of Contents and efficient eleven pages of Index makes it a breeze to find solutions to your problems.
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Be sure to check out the second book by Aune, Burt, and Gennaro, More Behavior Solutions IN and BEYOND the Inclusive Classroom. It has the same features and excellent information. Inclusive classrooms are found in most school districts; therefore, this book has new ways of doing things to accommodate children with special needs in the general education classrooms and surrounding areas. Read the full review

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

The Thinking Person's Guide to AutismEdited by Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Jennifer Byde Myers, Liz Ditz, Emily Willingham and Carol Greenburg.

Fifty-five essays written by  contributors from the autism community in all walks of life. This collection of stories was written by autism parents  about the ups and downs they experience every day. Some are written by professionals who care for and counsel autistic children and others are by autistics themselves who bared their souls so others will understand.

Every essay touched my heart. The teacher in me wants to shout out <  A+  > for all these essays and congratulations for this outstanding book! Once you have enjoyed this book once keep it handy to reread a favorite essay. Also with its comprehensive index, you can identify and locate important information for quick reference. Read the full review

So…. What are your favorite “life changing” autism books?

 

Lorna d'Entremont

Written on 2013/04/05 by:

Lorna d'Entremont

Lorna d’Entremont has a Master of Education and has taught thirty years in French elementary classrooms in Nova Scotia. When she retired from teaching, she joined her daughter as co-owner of Sentio Life Solutions, the makers of the sensory, oral-motor tools KidCompanions Chewelry. She blogs about issues that concern parents of children with special needs and also writes reviews for their Special Needs Book Review site, http://www.specialneedsbookreview.com/. She is a wife, mom of three, and grandmother of five granddaughters.
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  • Michele

    The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood and Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum by Eileen Riley-Hall.

    • Lorna d’Entremont

      Thanks Michele for your book suggestions. I have read articles written by Tony Attwood and listened to a few videos…always very interesting. Another great book about girls is Asperger’s in Pink by Julie Clark.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicci.carabin Nicci Carabin

    Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum: Unexpected Lessons We Have Learned by Maureen Morrell and Ann Palmer.

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  • McNall Mason

    Max From The Planet of Cool – By Max Suarez (a 10yr old autistic kid) and McNall Mason (his mom)

  • jdrewes

    Lorna, thanks for the great list of Autism resources! This is a posting we wil bookmark. We plan to do a blog posting similar to this for special needs parents within the next few weeks.

    J.Drewes
    Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy & Autism Services
    http://www.achievebeyondusa.com

  • Judie

    Bryna Siegel’s The World Of The Autistic Child

  • http://www.personal-success-factors.com/ steveborgman

    Do you have suggestions for books that can help kids understand their own diagnosis? And also books that can help teachers and parents explain to other kids and siblings what autism is?

    • Christina

      How old are the kids. I watched this movie with my son who is twelve. I explained that she had a similar condition but he had a cough and she had pneumonia.

      (He doesn’t have the same outward behavior)

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278469/

      • http://www.myaspergers.net/ steveborgman

        Nice! That’s a good one. I didn’t have a particular age range in mind, but 12 is about the time when kids become more self conscious, so this is a good one!

        • Christina

          Yep. He just started jr. High. Yours?

    • Rosie

      They’re not out yet, but these sound like they could be of use :)
      My Autism Book
      http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781849054386
      Can I tell you about Autism? http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781849054539