We have families reach out to us all the time looking for books or resources to really help them understand and ultimately find ways to better support their children with Autism.
We have listed our top 7 favorite Autism Books we often recommend for families seeking advice on dietary needs, ways to approach autism, and inspiring stories of treatment and recovery. The best way we could love and raise a child with autism is learning and growing along with our children and discovering a new adventure as a family.
The Encyclopedia of Dietary Interventions for the Treatment of Autism and Related Disorders
by Karyn Seroussi
“There is still a great deal to learn about childhood disorders like autism and ADD, but we do know that for some individuals, changes in diet can make a significant difference. In addition to improved physical symptoms (such as skin rashes or digestive problems), behavioral and learning problems can also improve through dietary intervention. This reference guide includes discussion of the research behind dietary interventions and the principles behind the different types of diets discussed.”
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
by Naoki Higashida and KA Yoshida
“You’ve never read an autism book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.”
Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism
by Barry M. Prizant and Tom Fields-Meyer
“Autism therapy typically focuses on ridding individuals of “autistic” symptoms such as difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.”
Nourishing Hope for Autism: Nutrition and Diet Guide for Healing Our Children
by Julie Matthews and CNC
“Julie Matthews, widely respected autism nutritionist, provides intense research and extensive clinical nutrition experience in this comprehensive guide. This autism book gives practical steps for dietary intervention and a roadmap for getting started, evolving, and customizing the varied approaches.”
Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World
by Raun K. Kaufman
“As a boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic, with an IQ below 30, and destined to spend his life in an institution. Years later, Raun graduated with a degree in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate autism expert and educator with no trace of his former condition. In Autism Breakthrough, Raun presents the ground-breaking principles behind the program that helped him and thousands of other families with special children.”
Autistic Logistics: A Parent’s Guide to Tackling Bedtime, Toilet Training, Tantrums, Hitting, and Other Everyday Challenges
by Kate Wilde
“Based on decades of experience, Kate Wilde tackles these day-to-day issues and more, using tried-and-tested techniques to help you transform the challenges of home life and create harmony. The unique approach featured in this autism book, which encourages you to support your child’s need for control rather than fight against it, can have transformative results. Not only will you learn to see through your child’s eyes and help your child in a way that honors his/her specialness, but you will also begin to free yourself from the pressure and discomfort that can so often accompany everyday challenges.”
Son Rise: The Miracle Continues
by Barry Neil Kaufman
“The Kaufman’s work is inspiring, ground-breaking and visionary. It is the science of love, compassion and insight that will transform the world.”
We hope these autism books give your family the tools you’ve been looking for to help you on this amazing journey of discovering your child. Autism is just a word. A child with autism is a miracle waiting to unfold with love, support and knowing they have the world to explore. Keep the hope alive and always keep sharing this adventure we call life!
Thank you for the book suggestions. I read a really terrific book about autism and have posted a review on my website.