What do you do after you learn that your child has Aspergers or high-functioning autism spectrum disorder?
That’s a big question that many parents face upon learning the news. Whether your receive a formal diagnosis or you suspect that your child might have Aspergers or high-functioning autism, knowledge is key. Books about Aspergers can be a wonderful resource.
As a woman with Aspergers who is raising a daughter with Aspergers…I can whole-heartedly recommend these books as ones that I feel would have greatly helped me better navigate the world in my early years.
5 Essential Books About Aspergers for Parents
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1. The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
Navigating the world of social norms can be an awkward struggle for any tween or teen—but throw in a neurological difference like Aspergers or autism and that struggle gets way more complex. The Asperkid’s Secret Book of Social Rules has been a game-changer in our family—and our Aspergirl isn’t even in kindergarten yet.
Don’t wait until your child is entering middle school to give this essential book a read. The tips are straight-forward, no BS, and get right to the point.
Grab the book here. Read it. Underline it. Study it. Keep in close at hand as your little one grows. This one is an absolute must.
2. Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Aspergers Syndrome by Rudy Simone
This one hit home in our house. As a mom with Asperger’s raising a daughter with Asperger’s—Aspergirls has been read again and again an again.
If you are raising a girl with Aspergers or high-functioning autism, grab a copy of Aspergirls here and dig in to the in-depth analysis of what growing up and living with Aspergers is like from a girl’s perspective. (Spoiler: it’s a heck of a lot different than it is for boys.)
3. Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robinson
A sweet, funny, and deeply insightful memoir by John Elder Robinson Look Me in The Eye offers parents a unique account of growing up as a social pariah. Robinson masterfully chronicles what it’s like to not understand what is “wrong with you” socially until receiving an Asperger’s diagnosis years later.
4. A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder by Sally Ozonoff
A straight-forward guide with useful tips and real-world examples, A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder is a powerful resource to parents raising a child with Aspergers.
Grab a copy here and dig into the direct approach on how to help your child overcome obstacles and utilize their unique set of strengths.
5. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
As you follow the journey of Rose Howard, a girl obsessed with homonyms and a set rules that no one seems to care about as much as her, you’ll gain a fresh perspective on how your autistic child’s mind is working. This quick read can be purchased here. Especially insightful for non-autistic parents of an autistic child.