- A Full Life with Autism: From Learning to Forming Relationships to Achieving Independence- by Chantal Sicile-Kira - http://www.chantalsicile-kira.com/books/a-full-life-with-autism-from-learning-to-forming-relationships-to-achieving-independence/
- A Parent's Guide to Autism - by Charles A. Hart
- Autism: Special Needs Children- Why My Child Is Different – The Complete Guide To Autism Asperger Syndrome – Autism Therapy, Diet, Diagnosis, Autism Symptoms, … , Limited Edition (autistic children) - by Katherine Dailey
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASDs - by Chantal Sicile-Kira
- Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals - by Catherine Maurice
- Caring for a Child with Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents - by Martine Ives
- Changing the Course of Autism - by Bryan Jepson, M.D. with Jane Johnson
- Children with Autism: A Parent's Guide - by Michael D., Powers
- Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help - by Lynn M. Hamilton
- How they grow: a handbook for parents of young children with autism - by Autism Society of America
- Keys to Parenting the Child with Autism - by Marlene Targ Brill
- Parents' Education As Autism Therapists: Applied Behavioral Analysis in Context - by Mickey Keenan
- Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Caretakers - by Julia Moor
- Raising a Child with Autism: A Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis for Parents - by Shira Richman
- Social thinking Across the Home and School Day - socialthinking.com
- Teaching Children With Autism to Mind-Read : A Practical Guide for Teachers and Parents - by Patricia Howlin
- The Handbook of Autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals - by Maureen Aarons
- What is Autism – by Chantal Sicile-Kira
Aspergers and High Functioning Autism
- Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals - by Tony Attwood
- Asperger's and Girls - by Tony Attwood and Temple Gradin
- Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome - by Rebecca A. Moyes
- Learning to Live With High Functioning Autism: A Parent's Guide for Professionals - by Mike Stanton
- Andy & His Yellow Frisbee - by Mary Thompson
- A place for Noah - by Jos Greenfield
- For The Love of Ann -by James Copeland
- I love my brother!! - by Connor Sullivan
- Ian's Walk - by Laurie Lears
- Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph over Autism - by Catherine Maurice
Helpful Reference Guides
- Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues, 2nd Edition by Maria Wheeler
- Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew - by Ellen Notbohm
- 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition - by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk
- Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders - by Barbara Sher
- The New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and their Peers - by Carol Gray
- Incredible 5-Point Scale Assisting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses - by Kari Dunn Buron
- Visual Supports for People with Autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Autism) - by Marlene J. Cohen
- Activity Schedules for Children With Autism, Second Edition: Teaching Independent Behavior (Topics in Autism) - by Lynn E. McClannahan
- The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism - by Jed Baker
- Apps for Autism: An Essential Guide to Over 200 Effective Apps for Improving Communication, Behavior, Social Skills, and More! - by Lois Jean Brady
- No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior - by Roya Ostovar
Kids & Siblings
Marriage, Relationships – Parents and Caregivers
Diet and Nutrition
Safety & Life Skills
The 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.
We 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
By 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.
Read the full review
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s: Expanded 2nd Edition
By 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.
Read the full review.
The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community: Over 600 Must-Have Tips for Making Home Life and Outings Easier for Everyone
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.
Read the full review.
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
By 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.
Read the full review
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
Edited 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?