Explaining Autism

Not so long ago, books that poignantly explained the diagnosis of autism in everyday language were few and far between. We’ve compiled a list of books for the individual who has been diagnosed, and for parents, siblings, peers, extended family members, teachers, and other professionals. This list will continue to grow. We hope it is useful.

For ages 4 to 8, this book is recommended for children who have siblings with autism:

Bleach, F. (2002). Everybody Is Different: A book for young people who have brothers or sisters with autism. London: The National Autistic Society.

This book introduces siblings, peers, and other children to the everyday challenges faced by children with Asperger Syndrome at home or at school. Written for children ages 6-12, the book may be read independently by older children and may help to facilitate further discussion led by parents and teachers. A section at the end of the book, Notes on Asperger Syndrome, summarizes the characteristics of Asperger Syndrome:

Ganon, E. (1999). This is Asperger Syndrome. Kansas: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

This autobiographical book recounts the insights, struggles, and joys of an individual with autism. Hall’s book is for anyone interested in understanding more about autism, including parents, siblings, teachers and professionals:

Hall, K. (2000). Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Written by a parent of a child with autism, and realizing that no child is alike, the author attempts to give a voice to her son’s thoughts and feelings. This book is for all ages:

Notbohm, E. (2005). Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew. Texas: Future Horizons.

Written by a sibling who has a brother with autism, Sarah invites readers of all ages to share ideas for how to live with siblings or classmates who have autism spectrum disorders:

Peralta, S. (2002). All About My Brother. Kansas: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

For ages 6 and up, this interactive and educational book about autism invites children to walk in someone else’s shoes through understanding and acceptance:

Sabin, E. (2006). The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a friend to someone with autism. Watering Can Press.

Drawing on personal and professional experience, author Stephen Shore has written an informative book for professionals as well as individuals who have Asperger Syndrome. Forward written by Temple Grandin:

Shore, S. (2003). Beyond the Wall Beyond the Wall: Personal experiences with autism and asperger syndrome. Kansas: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

For ages 4-8, this book gives a snapshot of what it is like to have a diagnosis of Asperger’s:

Wine, A. (2005). What It Is to Be Me: An asperger kid book. Kentucky: Fairdale Publishing.

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