Books on Autism That can Help You

Many people prefer books on Autism to the information that can be found on the web since published authors may be more credible. Although you can find hundreds and hundreds of books on this topic, this article aims to give you a brief glimpse into a few favorites

Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes let’s us into the world of What it’s like to be a high-functioning autistic. It’s a memoir about being autistic and learning to accept and even revel in the uniqueness of being autistic and has received several positive reviews.

Teaching Children With Autism: Strategies for Initiating Positive Interactions and Improving Learning Opportunities by Robert L. Koegel and Lynn Kern Koegel discusses the behavioral characteristics of autism, intervention methods, and key topics along with concrete ways to help support families, focus on long term goals and shorter term problem solving.

Soon Will Come the Light : A View from Inside the Autism Puzzle, is by Thomas McKean, an autistic author. His narration successfully gives the reader with a new insight into areas that are really only known to those individuals with autism. How many of you wonder what your children with autism see when they have that far away look in their eyes? This is really one of the only books on autism that can give you more of an understanding of that.

Teaching Children With Autism to Mind-Read: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Parents is by Patricia Howlin. This book is especially interesting since it is the first guide on applying Theory of Mind–the ability to infer the mental states of others and use this information to interpret their behavior–to children with autism. It focuses on the effective treatment of social and communicative abnormalities in children with autism and guides the reader through the underlying experimental and clinical principles. It then gives a graded program for teaching children each of these skills. Reviews of this book are very positive.

The Complete IEP Guide : How to Advocate for Your Special Ed. Child by Lawrence M. Siegel clearly outlines an IEP (Individualized Education Program) and how to arrange the best possible program for your child and how to resolve disputes with school districts. The book also contains letters and forms which can be copied, and more. A great guide when it comes to the other more political and practical areas of dealing with autism.

Laying Community Foundations: For Your Child With a Disability : How to Establish Relationships That Will Support Your Child After You’re Gone by Linda J. Stengle addresses specific ways to help disabled children, teenagers and adults establish those all-important long-term relationshipsand offers general time frames for achieving the various steps in a long term care plan. This one also comes with examples and checklists to help you track your progress.

The above books on autism are just a sampling of what you can find. As you can see the viewpoints and niches vary quite a bit – you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for!

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