Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Autism Books for Children

The number of children diagnosed with autism or otherwise falling on the autistic spectrum is staggering. And chances are very high that you know someone who has a child affected by this disorder. For adults, it can be difficult to fully comprehend the complexity of autism and the social ramifications. So you can only imagine how hard it is for kids to try and understand what is going on with their autistic siblings, schoolmates or neighbors.

A good autism book for children is a tool that adults can use to help explain the disorder. Through compelling illustrations and simple text, children can gain better insight into the behavior of their autistic peers. Reading these books about with your kids also opens the door to a conversation and invites questions that may otherwise go unanswered.

Since We're Friends: An Autism Picture Book
by Celeste Shally and David Harrington

This sweet story offers a nice message for anyone who has the opportunity to befriend a highly functioning autistic child. Two boys, one autistic and one not, form a friendship that withstands some challenges. This is a good story for normally developing children who can learn to overlook quirky behavior and develop an invaluable bond with an autistic child.

I Am Utterly Unique: Celebrating the Strengths of Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
By Elaine Marie Larson and Vivian Strand

Children with Asperger Syndrome and highly functioning autism are the focus of this adorable book focusing on the gifts they have to offer. This book is the perfect read-aloud to children with an autistic-spectrum disorder as it embraces their talents in a fun A-Z format.

Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes

by Jennifer Elder and Marc Thomas

A little boy with Asberger’s Syndrome introduces children to amazing people who have made a significant impact in various fields of study. A common thread among all of these heroes is their autism, making it difficult for them to relate to others. This is an inspirational book for autistic children and their families.

All About My Brother: An Eight-Year-Old Sister's Introduction to Her Brother Who Has Autism

by Sarah Peralta

The sister of an autistic child provides a heartfelt viewpoint of her brother and what is really important about him. Children will learn that while autism can be a dominating characteristic, there are many other interesting things about that person as well. This book is a valuable resource for aunts who want to talk about autism with the other siblings.

Everybody is Different: A Book for Young People with Brothers or Sisters with Autism
by Fiona Bleach

This book is a perfectly inviting resource for siblings of autistic children. Everybody Is Different offers an explanation of autism in kid-friendly language. In addition to educating children about the disorder, the author provides guidance on how to make life a little bit easier with an autistic child.

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

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