Books to Help You Find the Right Words to Say

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Everyone at times has difficulty finding the right words to say, whether it be in a moment of jubilation or distress.

There are moments and experiences in which our words fail us, strive as we may. The following books, however, help with overcoming this obstacle using a child-friendly approach towards discussing autism.

“The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism” by Ellen Sabin (ages 6 and up) is a workbook that provides exercises and stories to help children understand the different sensory, processing, and communicative issues that their peers with autism encounter. It offers a dual focus on instructing children how to be a good friend for those on the spectrum.

“Autism and Me: Sibling Stories” by Ouisie Shapiro (ages 8 and up) provides just what it’s title implies. The book contains fourteen sibling accounts of what daily life is like when you have a sibling with autism. It offers a realistic but promising attitude towards the environment typically developing children may encounter as their family adjusts itself to accommodate their autistic sibling.

“How to Talk to an Autistic Kid” by Daniel Stefanski (ages 8 and up) is perhaps one of the more important books on this list. Written by a fourteen-year-old on the spectrum, it provides readers with information regarding the complicated manner with which autistic persons navigate the social sphere. As the author explains, “I want to help kids without autism feel comfortable around kids with autism.”

 “Rules” by Cynthia Lord (ages 9-12) offers a similar approach to “Autism and Me: Sibling Stories.” The novel describes the relationship between a 12-year-old girl and her autistic brother as they learn and grow together.

“The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and Their Parents)” by Elizabeth Verdickand Elizabeth Reed, M.D. (ages 8 and up) gives parents a step-by-step guide for that difficult moment when they will ultimately have to explain to their child what their diagnosis means. The book, targeted more for parents but with a focus on child-friendly language, covers informative material and provides words of encouragement to explain to your child.

Other books recommended on this list (which was written by the mother of a child with autism who also happens to be a librarian) are:

“I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism” by Pat Thomas (Ages 5 and up).

“My Brother Charlie” by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peet) (Ages 4 and up).

“Rain Reign” by Ann M. Martin (ages 9-12)

Original story this article is based on can be found here

Written By Sara Power, Fordham University

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