Reading is one of the best ways to learn and there are some brilliant books out there about autism. Here are books I have read and would recommend you try.
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Books about autism
A great introductory book for parents. A really easy read with brilliant coverage of the key areas of information parents need to know.
A fascinating book full of the history of autism and the neurodiversity movement. It did take me a while to read but it was really worthwhile. This book genuinely helped me to understand autism and see the real value and positives of neurodiversity. I really would urge everyone to take the time to read this book.
An easy short read written when Naoki Higashida was 13. The Japanese author is autistic and non verbal. This fantastic book provides an insight into his world. A must read for any parent of a non – speaking child.
In Higashida’s second book he writes as a young man. I found it to be a very moving book particularly as he shows a real depth of understanding towards his readers. Another must read.
This is a wonderfully honest account of life growing up on the spectrum. Undiagnosed until she was an adult Charlotte provides great insights into being autistic. It is written for everyone and will be enjoyed by autistic and neurotypicals alike. This is an easy read and one I really enjoyed reading and learnt a lot from.
A great insight into how a visual mind works by one of the most famous autistic authors. The book may be slightly dated language wise but it is still a very interesting read.
Books on communication
A really quick easy read full of fantastic advice on communication. So many misunderstandings can be avoided if we all learn to communicate for a neurodiverse world.
A quick but fun read. The book explores the bizarre idioms of the English language. Very funny and makes some great points about our use of everyday language.
I had the privilege of attending a short workshop by the authors at the Autism Show and their helpful advice on using Lego to support language development is very useful.
A helpful Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anxiety Management
An easy read full of great advice on supporting autistic children with anxiety.
A must read book for young autistic girls.
Books for Children
A perfect introduction to autism for young children from the Suzie books series.
A lovely book highlighting differences in communicating feelings
Underdogs is a near future dystopian war novel with a band of neurodiverse students from a specialist school as its heroes. An easy to read thriller with real depth to the characters. I really enjoyed getting inside the head of young people with autism, ADHD and anxiety and getting a glimpse of how they view the world.
The second book in the series Underdogs Tooth and Nail is now available and it is as brilliant as the first book. Some fantastic characters providing insights into neurodiversity who I am now fully invested in so looking forward to book 3 – Underdogs Acceleration.
You may also want to see my book reviews of 100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play by Georgina Durrant.
I hope you get as much out of these books as I did. If you have suggestions for me to read next let me know in the comments.
A few recommendations from my friends:
My Building Attention eBook might be of interest. It contains tips on getting attention and 23 fun activities.
It is designed to support young children that struggle with attention and communication. Each activity can be completed quickly using household items.