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When we got home from receiving C’s autism diagnosis, I went straight to my computer and ordered a bunch of books about ASD. I felt like there was so much I needed to learn and I had no idea where to begin. Some of them read like a textbook and others contain personal stories written by people living with autism. I personally found the latter to be most helpful. I downloaded several books through my Kindle app on Intel Tablets. It was invaluable to be able to read them anytime and anywhere. There are many nights that I bring my tablet into C’s room to read while he falls asleep. Here are my 5 favorite books about autism and Asperger’s:
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm – I purchased three copies of this book: one for me, one for my mom, and a third for my in-laws. Behaviors are examined and explained in easy to understand language. This is an excellent resource that I quickly read through and continue to reference.
What Color is Monday? by Carrie Cariello – I actually purchased this during the month between C’s evaluation and diagnosis and devoured it in just one day. Cariello’s stories about her son, Jack, were intriguing, endearing, and eye-opening for me. When I read this book, I didn’t feel so alone in the things that were happening with C. I read this book for the second time this month and pulled even more from her words. I highly recommend this one!
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida – A friend of ours gave us this book, which might be the most insightful one that I have read. I cried during a few parts because I felt like I was finally able to understand why my son does certain things and what he might be feeling in those moments. Higashida is asked questions in this book and he does his best to answer them for himself and for others with autism. His view on the autistic mind is poetic. This is a must-read.
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison – When Robison was diagnosed with Asperger’s later in life, he was better able to understand himself. His book recounts his childhood through adulthood, his amazing engineering abilities as well as his social deficits. My son was specifically diagnosed with the form of autism that, prior to DSM-5, was considered Asperger’s. Robison’s book helped me gain an insight into the way my son’s mind works.
The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood – From childhood to adulthood, you will find helpful information in this book. One reviewer called it the Asperger’s encyclopedia and I tend to agree! It is more of a research-style book than the others listed above, but I am very happy that it made my list of purchases.
Do you have any books to add to this list? I’m always looking for more to learn and understand about autism and Asperger’s!