Top Ten Parenting Books on Autism Reviewed by Special Needs Book Review

Posted in Autism/Aspergers, Best Of, Reviews, Special Needs Children by - December 17, 2012
Top Ten Parenting Books on Autism Reviewed by Special Needs Book Review

Many authors of parenting books on autism often say they wrote their book because when they started their journey of raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) they could not find a practical, informative book on the topic.  However these past few years many wonderful, autism parenting books have been published and parents of a child newly diagnosed with autism can find very good books. Taken from the books we reviewed, here are our TOP TEN Books  for parents raising a child who has autism.

Special Needs Book Review is not paid for reviewing books. We are given the books by publishing companies or by the authors with no strings attached.  The reviews and our TOP TEN Books on autism are entirely our opinions of the books. The ten books are in random order.

Readers can follow the link in each paragraph to the complete review of each book. Also with each review you can find links where to buy them. Furthermore, many of the authors have participated in our Author Interview Series and you will find a link to the  interviews with the review of their book.

 

Our TOP TEN Parenting Books on Autism

Different . . . Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger’s, and ADHD Different . . . Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger’s, and ADHD -by Temple Grandin, PhD. ~  Dr Temple Grandin found the perfect words, Different…Not Less, to describe herself and the fourteen contributors of her new book who all have autism or Asperger’s. In the foreword, Dr Tony Attwood writes, “This is an inspiring book.” Each contributor has a chapter and their story is told in their own words. Dr. Grandin chose individuals from a wide variety of skill sets, from different countries, ranging in age from their 30’s to 60’s but the topics addressed are similar: early years, school years, parental support, bullying, college, family relationships, employment, diagnosis, mentors, etc.  Review

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s: Expanded 2nd Edition by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk  1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s: Expanded 2nd Edition –by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk  ~  Looking for advice, support and encouragement in your overwhelming journey raising a child with autism or Asperger’s? This is the book you need. Teachers, friends, and family of autistic children read this empowering book crammed with information, solutions, and explanations to make the lives of these children better.  Review 

What I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Child with Autism: A Mom and a Psychologist Offer Heartfelt Guidance for the First Five Years  ~  Bravo to authors Bobbi Sheahan and Kathy DeOrnellas, Ph.D. What I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Child with Autism: A Mom and a Psychologist Offer Heartfelt Guidance for the First Five Years  ~  Bravo to authors Bobbi Sheahan and Kathy DeOrnellas, Ph.D. in achieving what they set out to do. Write a book to assure those who love and care for an individual on the autism spectrum that life goes on; it doesn’t have to be all depressing, hard work.  If you are an educator, or know a family with an autistic child, this book is also for you because you will understand the challenges these families face. Reading their book will bring understanding and compassion to others… hopefully those standing in line with you at the checkout counters. Review

Look at my Eyes: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Autism and PDD-NOS  by Melanie and Seth Fowler Look at my Eyes: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Autism and PDD-NOS  -by Melanie and Seth Fowler~  I love this gem of a book from cover to cover! I recommend it to the general public so they can know what it is like to raise a child with autism, in this case a boy diagnosed with PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified). I recommend this book to new parents who are questioning if their toddler is on track with his developmental milestones. Most of all Look at my Eyes in a must-read if you have a child newly diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Review 

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism: What you really need to know about autism from autistics, parents, and professionals  Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism: What you really need to know about autism from autistics, parents, and professionals  ~ Edited by Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Jennifer Byde Myers, Liz Ditz, Emily Willingham and Carol Greenburg.  This awesome book has fifty-five essays written by contributors from the autism community in all walks of life. The autism spectrum disorder community, especially parents of newly diagnosed children, needs this book. It is filled with positive, evidence-based autism information and advice.  There are nine broad themes/chapters and the essays are grouped together accordingly. To quickly retrieve an essay on a particular topic, Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism has a comprehensive index… something so many books lack. Review   

Crazy Love: A Traumedy about Life with Autism  by  Sharie Walter Crazy Love: A Traumedy about Life with Autism  –by  Sharie Walter ~ This book  tickles your funny bone from cover to cover. In her memoir, Sharie keeps you entertained with her amusing stories of life with autism raising her 5 year old daughter. Ms. Walter is surely a talented wordsmith that keeps you chuckling with her brilliantly written snippets of life with autism. Laugh a lot and learn a lot from Sharie Walter’s beautifully written book. Review

The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s by Temple Grandin  The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s –by Temple Grandin, Ph.D.  ~What an amazing accomplishment on the part of her parents, the professionals, caregivers and friends who helped her and on Temple herself to have overcome or learned to cope with many of her challenges caused by autism. Readers will rejoice and be filled with hope for their own loved ones with autism or Asperger’s as they read Temple’s story on how she was motivated to forge ahead and adapt. Review

The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community: Over 600 Must-Have Tips  by Kathy Labosh and LaNita Miller The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community: Over 600 Must-Have Tips  –by Kathy Labosh and LaNita Miller  ~  600 bullet points providing practical tips and tried-out strategies for families and educators to use to meet the needs of autistic children. You will find TIPS to make your home life happier and easier on picky eating, shampoos, and locking doors to prevent elopements, etc. Then you find the hundreds of suggestions on how to go out and enjoy your community. Learn what to do to enjoy the community playground, restaurant, mall, grocery store, movie theater, church, library, and sporting events, etc. Review

Challenging the Myths of Autism: Unlock New Possibilities and Hope by Jonathan Alderson, Ed.M ~ Challenging the Myths of Autism: Unlock New Possibilities and Hope –by Jonathan Alderson, Ed.M ~  In this book, Jonathan examines seven stereotypical characterizations or “myths of autism”. He has a chapter on each of these perennially inaccurate descriptions. Each chapter explains the origins of  the seven myths and discusses the evidence refuting them. The author invites the reader to put aside their preconceived notions of autism which can mislead parents, therapists, and the general public to underestimate the potential of children with autism. Alderson’s book is crammed with heartwarming stories and useful information. Review

Developing Leisure Time Skills for Persons with Autism: Structured Playtime Activities with Valuable Support Strategies for Adults Developing Leisure Time Skills for Persons with Autism: Structured Playtime Activities with Valuable Support Strategies for Adults –by Phyllis Coyne, Colleen Nyberg, and Mary Lou Vandenburg  ~ This book is a detailed guide with comprehensive, structured strategies to help adults introduce meaningful, leisure activities to children with ASD.  The method used is to narrow down the personal preferences and strengths of these individuals and use this knowledge to assist them to be more independent and self-directing in participating in more enjoyable and meaningful leisure activities. Review

Thanks to all who sent us books and to the many authors who took part in our Author Interview Series.

Please note our other “BEST BOOK lists”

 

 

This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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