I was crouched on the floor of Barnes and Noble, peering sideways at book titles, when the salesperson approached me. I really wanted to be left alone, but my heart rate slowed as I spied her lanyard covered in puzzle pieces, then glanced upward at her kind eyes. She was an autism mom like me. And a smart one. Before long, she had filled my arms with books.
I’ve been reading ever since. I’ve sorted the legitimate from the cuckoo. Let me be your kind guide through the bookshelves and the Web. Titles with * are written by people with autism.
* Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking published by the Autism Self Advocacy Network
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
* The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
* Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida
* Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening by John Elder Robison (and other titles)
The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism edited by Shannon Des Roches Rosa, et al.
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm
* The Way I See It by Dr. Temple Grandin (and other titles)
No More Meltdowns by Dr. Jed Baker
The Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
Raising a Sensory Smart Child by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk