10 Best Books on Autism for Educators, Therapists, and Caregivers

1 – The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome: Tony Attwood, 2006. This book is a comprehensive guide to understanding and managing Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. It provides information on the diagnostic criteria, social and emotional difficulties that individuals with Asperger’s face, and the challenges they may encounter in education, employment, and relationships. The author also discusses strategies for managing sensory sensitivities, stress, anxiety, and depression commonly experienced by individuals with Asperger’s.

2 – Neurotribes: Steve Silberman, 2015. This book provides a historical perspective on autism and argues that the current understanding of autism as a disorder is limiting and incorrect. It explores the contributions of individuals with autism to society, challenges the assumptions that neurotypical individuals make about autism, and discusses the importance of creating a more inclusive society for people with autism.

3 – The Autistic Brain: Temple Grandin and Richard Panek, 2013. Written by an individual with autism, this book explores the science behind autism and provides insights into the experiences of people with autism. The book discusses the various theories about the causes of autism, including genetic and environmental factors, and explains how individuals with autism perceive the world around them. The author also provides advice on how to support individuals with autism and promote their strengths and interests.

4 – Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism: Barry M. Prizant, 2015. This book challenges the view that autism is a disorder and instead argues that it is a different way of thinking and perceiving the world. The author provides examples of the strengths and talents of individuals with autism and suggests that society should focus on supporting these strengths rather than trying to fix the perceived deficits.

5 – The Reason I Jump: Naoki Higashida, 2013. Written by a 13-year-old with autism, this book provides insights into the experiences of individuals with autism. The author explains the challenges he faces in communication, social interaction, and sensory processing, and offers advice on how neurotypical individuals can better understand and support individuals with autism.

6 – Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s: John Elder Robison, 2007. This memoir by an individual with Asperger’s provides a personal perspective on the challenges and strengths associated with the condition. The author shares his experiences growing up with undiagnosed Asperger’s, his struggles with social interaction and employment, and his eventual diagnosis and success in the field of engineering.

7 – Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism: Temple Grandin, 2006. This memoir by a woman with autism provides insights into the sensory experiences and thought processes of individuals with autism. The author explains how her visual thinking style has helped her excel in the field of animal science and offers advice on how to support individuals with autism in education and employment.

8 – The Autistic Spectrum: Lorna Wing, 1996. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the autism spectrum and the various conditions that fall under it. It discusses the diagnostic criteria for autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other related conditions, and provides guidance on how to support individuals with these conditions in education and employment.

9 – Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Simon Baron-Cohen, 2008. Written by a leading researcher in the field of autism, this book provides an overview of the current understanding of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. It discusses the genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to these conditions, the cognitive and social differences that individuals with these conditions exhibit and the challenges faced by individuals with autism and Asperger’s in education, employment, and relationships. The author also explores interventions and therapies that have been developed to support individuals with these conditions.

10 – The Loving Push: Debra Moore and Temple Grandin, 2016. This book provides advice for parents and caregivers of individuals with autism on how to encourage independence and success. The authors suggest that individuals with autism need a “loving push” to develop their strengths and achieve their goals, and provide practical strategies for parents and caregivers to support this development while also addressing the challenges associated with autism. The book emphasizes the importance of individualized support and understanding the unique needs of each person with autism.