5 Books on Autism That Bring Hope, Practical Help & Happier DaysParents all over the world will be able to relate and be moved by these wonderful autism books written by authors from Australia, Canada and the United States. Small world, right? While these five autism books are very different from one another, their primary goal is the same: to make the lives of those who are on the spectrum and those that love them or work for or with them better. The increasing numbers of individuals being diagnosed with autism and the challenges facing autistic adults in the future is very troubling. It does not matter what you do in life, each day you cross paths with an individual who has autism. In the U.S., there are approximately 50,000 young people on the autism spectrum transitioning to adulthood every year. Autism is not just a family matter; autism affects all members of society directly or indirectly. Employees or employers, university classmates or professors, patients or doctors, customers or clerks may be on the autism spectrum. Many autistic adults are able to weave their just place in our communities, but many more could do so if our communities had support services for autistic adults in place and a more informed populace. The following books that have strategies for families raising a child with autism, some have information for the general public so they can learn about autism and be more understanding and compassionate towards autistic individuals and their caregivers, others are for the professionals who work with those on the autism spectrum. As a parent you will feel empowered, as a teacher you will have greater insight into the needs of the child and their families.
1. Dealing With Autism – How I Successfully Raised My Child and How You Can TooRead complete review.
2. Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and Its Impact on ADD, Anxiety, and AutismRead complete review.
3. Living Autism Day-by-Day: Daily Reflections and Strategies to Give You Hope and CourageBy: Pamela Bryson-Weaver Two of Pamela Bryson-Weaver’s three children have special needs; John, her youngest son, has autism and Joshua has Tourettes and ADHD; therefore, if you are raising or working with a child with special needs she knows what it is like. In her book she shares with others struggling with autism her uplifting thoughts, helpful resources, and even the blessings of autism in her day-by-day almanac. Each day of the year has a page that starts with a quotation, and a reflection about autism. Then you find simple actions to help you live autism day-by-day followed by a lined space to add your own notes, thoughts, and ideas. This book may be read all at once and then re-read day-by-day. The second time hopefully you will take the time to journal in your feelings as this has proven to be very therapeutic. It has 448 pages and is the perfect size to handle well and it is very well made to withstand years of use. It has a handy index to quickly find information and at the end it has lists of educational and professional resources. Living Autism Day-by-Day has already won many awards:
- 2015 International Book Awards
- Finalist 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards
- National Medalists BPA 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards™
- Silver Winner National Indie Excellence® Awards
- 2015 Finalist Moms Choice Award