5 Books Every Autism Parent Should Read…Our List

October 7, 2014

We talk a lot on this blog about autism resources and I thought it was time I put together a list of 5 books we relied on most over the years.  Keep in mind, there are easily hundreds of books we could name here (yes, we do read a lot here) and depending on your focus, we could do 5 books for any number of subjects from signs and diagnosis to recovery.

This list is simply 5 books that were necessary in our process of learning about the best way to handle ZAK’s needs, to motivate and drive us for his recovery and the best way to help others.  Here are the 5 in no particular order:

  1. The Thinking Persons Guide to Autism – This book reminds you that no matter how hard it is to raise a child with autism, don’t ever give up hope and effort.  there are many times that I would pull this book out for motivation and faith.  Autism is not for the weak.  It will try your patience, it will break your spirit and it will test your soul.  This book helps get you through it without an agenda driven by evidence based information.
  2. A Child’s Journey Out of Autism – A wonderful book of hope and perseverance.  Whether you believe or not that you can recover a child with Autism, this book will give you the hope and faith you need.  I have read this book many times as a reminder and author Leeann Whiffen is not only one of Autism’s supreme warriors, she gives an amazing account of what it took to help her son while raising a family and fighting for other’s rights in the state of Utah.  I am lucky enough to have communicated with her several times and she is wonderful.
  3. The Everyday Advocate – The book labels itself as “The tools you need to fight for your child” and it is truly a great resource.  The author, Areva Martin, is an individual rights attorney with a child with autism.  Great book for focusing on advocating for your child.  Especially when you are dealing with teachers, doctors and even family members.
  4. Healing and Preventing Autism – Say what you will about Jenny McCarthy but she is the leading voice thanks to her celebrity and her work with her son in overcoming his autism.  There is some great information here backed by physician Jerry Kartzinel this book discusses the immune system and how improving the health of your child will help improve overcoming autism.  There is also a behavior and remedy chart that we used constantly to help overcome certain challenges that would arise over time.
  5. 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders – Winner of the Teacher’ Choice Award, this book is one of the best.  A great step-by-step when you are seeking answers to the challenges of autism.  Great focus on social, sensory and behavioral issues and how to tackle them.  We have gone back to this book many times over the years.

There are hundreds of books that can help you and this is simply a start.  What we have found is that we try hard to educate ourselves and try it all.  Sadly, what works today may not work tomorrow so having resources and suggestions help us to overcome the challenges of a child with autism spectrum disorders.  Get reading!!!

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Child behavior and autism December 18, 2015 at 12:13 AM

Great list of books for Autism parent. These are all good. A Child’s Journey Out of Autism is really a book of hopes and perseverance. This could inspire a lot of Autism parents.

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