“A” is for Autism Awareness in April
According to the autismspeaks.org website, Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. and now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. April is Autism Awareness month so what better time to become educated and aware of autism and its effects on so many individuals and families? This compilation of titles covers information and facts on the Autism spectrum disorder, guides to understanding, as well as titles on medications, treatments, and diets. There are not only nonfiction titles for parents and caregivers but for individuals dealing with the disorder, as well as biographies. Also included is a mix of picture books and fiction that involve characters with autism. Broaden your understanding and your collection with these excellent titles. View the entire list here.
Author Ron Suskind details twenty years with his autistic son, Owen, and how Owen learned to speak again with the help of Disney movies. Ron’s story is an intimate look at family, love, and life. Learn more and order here.
As a young boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed as severely autistic. With the help of his parents’ breakthrough program called Son-Rise, he was able to overcome the disorder. Read about the ground-breaking principles that helped him and thousands of other special children and their families. Learn more and order here.
17-year-old Daisy doesn’t like the fact that her parents are considering placing her unpredictable and violent autistic brother in a group home. The family lives in constant fear of what will set him off and worry that they can’t control him. Daisy is concerned about the break-up of her family and deals by rebelling and focusing on her love of music and playing the trumpet. It’s a realistic portrayal of a family’s struggle and Daisy’s changing feelings on love, responsibility, music, family and friendships. Learn more and order here.
This is a picture book about David, who has autism. It’s told from the perspective of his older brother who is trying to understand David’s world. There are things that David dislikes and sometimes has a hard time communicating with others. On the other hand, he is special and has some amazing talents. It’s a realistic introduction to autism from a sibling’s perspective. Learn more and order here.