Autism has received a lot of attention in the past few years with the onset of research being performed and the results being published. While there is still no cure for autism, families have turned to other resources to educate themselves on the complex disorder and have sought information on how to coexist with it. Understanding how Autism works can be the key to living a fulfilling life along side those who are diagnosed with the disorder. Many parents have turned to books to help them cope with the changes Autism brings into their lives. Here is a list of the best books out on the market today about Autism.
- Between Their World and Ours: Breakthroughs with Autistic Children (2003) Written by Karen Zelan, this book characterizes autism by describing its symptoms: indifference, or rejection of social contact. Dr. Zelan, a psychotherapist, shares her intimate experiences handling the challenging aspects of this disorder through her relationship with various patients. She specifically addresses parents and the necessity for them to understand the reality of Autism. This book is informative, relates personal accounts and also shares great insight about coping with Autism.
- A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive (2002) Asperger Syndrome closely resembles Autism, a fact Author Sally Ozonoff proves in her popular book. She explains in depth the interchangeability of these syndromes and the distinction between the two. The book focuses primarily on early intervention of these syndromes and teaches basic skills for coping with Asperger’s and Autism.
- Learning to Live With High-Functioning Autism: A Parents Guide For Professionals (2000) Mike Stanton writes of his personal experiences with Autism, something he came face to face with when his son Matthew was diagnosed with the disorder at twelve years old. This book details the author’s need to teach himself and then in return, pass on this knowledge to those assisting his son. This book is specifically for professionals working with the parents and families of those diagnosed with Autism. This book offers a great understanding of what life is like dealing with autism and gives wonderful suggestions of how to handle the disorder.
- Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism (2004) For those of you who appreciate a different approach to Autism, Paul Collins has written a fabulous book that combines a memoir writing style along with historical facts. The book details the author’s own experiences with Autism with his son while speculating at the idea that other famous figures may have had Autism, as well. The writing is enjoyable while also offering much insight into the history of Autism.
- A Positive Approach to Autism (2000) Stella Waterhouse attempts to see the world through the eyes of someone with Autism. Not only does she discuss various symptoms, but she also writes about the possible causes of this condition. This book is a great read for anyone wanting to understand current treatments, diets, and approaches to Autism.
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