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9 Inspiring Books for Autism Awareness Month

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Inspiring Books for Autism Awareness MonthDid you know autism as a diagnosis didn’t exist until the 1940s? Or that many people on the autism spectrum have an internal visual processor that translates your words into vivid pictures? Or that a leading autism scientist had purported Nazi ties? You do now, thanks to this roundup of 9 inspiring and insightful autism books to highlight Autism Awareness Month.

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida 978-0812985153 The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
by Naoki Higashida

Ever wondered any of the following: What is autism? Why don’t people with autism make eye contact? Why do they talk so loudly? Why don’t they like to be touched? Every chapter in this book is a question and Higashida, a 13-year-old Japanese boy with autism, answers us – simply and beautifully.

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, this in-depth look focuses on the history of autism – from Donald Triplett, the first child diagnosed with autism in 1943, to the importance of Leo Kanner’s neurodiversity advocacy, the politics of research, and controversial figures such as the Austrian pediatrician, Hans Asperger.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Meet Christopher Boone. He’s obsessed with mystery novels, prime numbers, and finding out who killed his neighbor’s dog.

The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules by Jennifer Cook O’Toole | Books for Autism Awareness Month The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
O’Toole’s book – “for Aspies by an Aspie,” she says – lays out rules, scenarios, and expectations that might seem obvious or normal to some of us – but not to teens and tweens on the spectrum.

Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Sarita Freedman Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
by Sarita Freedman

Navigating first-day orientation, roommates, group projects, or socializing at parties can be tough for anyone heading to college – and more so for someone on the autism spectrum. Written with a more scholarly point-of-view but still digestible for the lay person, Freedman’s book is a must for therapists, professionals, and parents of college-bound ASD kids.

A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder by Sally Ozonoff and Geraldine Dawson Austism Awareness Month A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Sally Ozonoff and Geraldine Dawson

They say parenthood doesn’t come with an instructional manual but Ozonoff and Dawson’s comprehensive resource – covering everything from the autism definition and original diagnosis to treatment strategies, defining strengths, and social challenges – is as near as you can get for parents of a child with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism.

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant 978-1476776248 | Books for Autism Awareness Month Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant
Did you have an expletive-filled outburst in traffic the other day? Get nervous talking to people at the party last weekend? Don’t like someone up in your personal space? Yup – you’re human. Prizant suggests the volume of emotional regulation, social anxiety, sensory issues, and the like is just turned up a little higher in people with autism and the key to understanding these accentuated behaviors is understanding and managing the triggers and causes.

Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin | Austism Awareness Month What Is Autism? Autism Definition Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
When thinking of famous people with autism, Temple Grandin is the person that comes top of mind for many of us. Yes, thanks in part to the award-winning HBO bio-pic, but also because of her many books, like this one, brimming with fearlessness, humanity, and canny knack for explaining the inexplicable internal experience of autistic people.

Look Me In the Eye by John Elder Robison Austim Awareness Month What Is Autism Definition Look Me In the Eye by John Elder Robison
Robison’s memoir tells of his tumultuous upbringing with an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother, life on the road as a pyro tech for KISS and Pink Floyd, his “a-ha!” Asperger diagnosis at 40 years old, and insights as a neurodiversity advocate. Pop culture bonus 411: Robison is the older brother of Augusten Burroughs, author of “Running with Scissors.”

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