Teaching children about autism and other developmental disabilities can be quite challenging. However, if you have a few good books by your side, the task can be much easier. There are quite a few children’s books on autism and Asperger’s and having them in your home library can help you to explain autism to your kids and encourage them to be more understanding and compassionate.
Here are some of the best autism-related kids’ books:
Taking Autism to School by Andreana Edwards and Tom Dineen
This fun to read, illustrated story book is a great way to talk about autism and other childhood conditions that kids may find difficult to understand. The story is about a little girl and her friend who has autism. The story revolves around how this little girl is curious about her new classmate and friend and how she learns about the world as experienced by her friend. The book is a great guide for parents and teachers since it includes a quiz as well as tips for teachers.
What It is to be Me! An Asperger Kid Book by Angela Wine
Written simply with lovely pictures, this children’s book is perfect for young kids in the age group of 4-8 years. The book is all of 18 pages long and offers a short and sweet insight into the life of child who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Angela Wine’s son, Danny, has Asperger’s and this book is written from his perspective. This book is a great gift for anyone who wishes to learn about Asperger’s syndrome and not just kids.
A book for children aged 9-12 years, this book is filled with encouraging information, activities and more to help children be kind and accepting towards those with autism. Ellen’s writing encourages kids to introspect and be more thoughtful without preaching to them. The book is a must-have for your home library and will go a long way in helping your children to be aware and understanding towards children – siblings and friends with autism.
This lovely book has illustrations that kids can color in while learning about how children with autism are different in some ways and the same in others. The book, like the other books in this list, encourages inclusion and acceptance while increasing awareness among children. An added bonus is the appendix at the end that helps to explain and describe key aspects of autism in an easy-to-understand way.
The Special Needs Acceptance Book by Ellen Sabin
Another amazing children’s book by Ellen Sabin, this one helps children to understand and accept those with special needs and not just autism. So, if you know of someone who has Down’s Syndrome or any other developmental disability, this book will help your child to understand how “special” they are. The book focuses on “walking in another’s shoes” to help children understand that they must treat others they way they’d like to be treated. The book is fun-to-read but not filled with fluff, is educational but not preachy and therefore, is the perfect book for children to read about special needs. What are your favorite children’s books about autism or special needs?
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