4 Autism Children's Books to Foster Acceptance and UnderstandingAutism awareness should not be only talked about in April when we celebrate Autism Awareness Month and Autism Awareness Day. Parents with children on the autism spectrum really wish to see a progressive movement from awareness to understanding to acceptance. No better place to start this process to embrace and cherish differences than with young children. I have four great autism picture books to recommend to make this happen. Sharing these books with your children is the perfect way to open up discussions on children with special needs, accepting differences, respecting and including others.
1. My Friend with Autismby Beverly Bishop with illustrations by Craig Bishop Beverly Bishop was determined to help her son with autism fit in with his peers by fostering understanding and acceptance among her son’s friends and schoolmates. She wrote this 41 page book for her son’s elementary teachers and peers. The author uses a peer narrator to convey her message. This is very effective because her target audience will easily relate to the characters in her book. Congratulations to the team behind this book for winning the About.com Readers’ Choice Awards 2012 for Favorite New Special-Needs Children’s Book. For teachers, this book in addition to having a teachable theme or message which can be used and reused throughout the year, the students can bring home the coloring pages that reinforce the lessons of the book. Hopefully, parents will also take this opportunity to foster acceptance of differences. Teachers are given permission to make copies of material in the book and on its accompanying CD of coloring pages. Read the complete review.
2. You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kidsby Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke with illustrations by Kelly Knopp A book to be enjoyed by all the young Social Detectives who might have School Smarts, Science Smarts, or Music Smarts and need just a little help with their Social Smarts to make a big difference in their daily interactions. A book not only for students who have challenges relating to autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s, ADHD and like challenges but a resource to be used as a way to introduce the concepts of Social Thinking to grandparents, siblings, friends, and peers.
- Winner of a 2012 Mom’s Choice Award,
- 2012 National Parenting Publications Award
- The 2012 Autism Society Outstanding Literary Work of the Year!