Here is a listing of some of the titles that I have really enjoyed over the years. Although these works are primarily related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, I think they are worth your time. The more we can adjust our perspectives and increase understanding of the challenges faced by our loved one(s) or others, the more we can appreciate their unique gifts and the joy they bring to our lives. If there is a title that you would recommend, please let me know. I’m always open to suggestions and looking for opportunities to expand my understanding and encourage others to do the same.
I am currently reading:
- Uniquely Normal: Tapping the Reservoir of Normalcy To Treat Autism by Robert J. Bernstein. Published by Future Horizons, Inc., Arlington, TX.
This book is an engaging look at the career of Dr. Bernstein and provides some thought provoking and important insights to his approach to working with and supporting individuals across the lifespan and their loved ones.
Other books that you may find interesting:
- The Loving Push: How parents and professionals can help spectrum kids become successful adults by Temple Grandin, Ph.D. and Debra Moore, Ph.D. Published by Future Horizons Inc., Arlington, TX.
This text provides some insight and helpful strategies to help your loved one engage in the real world utilizing their strengths as a foundation from which they can build independence.
- The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. Published by HarperCollins, New York, NY.
Dr. Greene outlines his approach to uncovering and addressing issues that underlie behaviors and helps parents, educators and professionals engage in a looking at situations from a new perspective. It is a great read for parents, educators and anyone who has the pleasure of working with children with special needs.
- Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D. with Tom Fields-Meyer. Published by Simon and Schuster, New York, NY.
I met Dr. Prizant at a book signing event several years ago while I was still in graduate school. His approach to working with individuals on the spectrum is a refreshing change and demonstrates the great respect and patience he shows with his clients as they navigate the world. This text, along with Uniquely Normal: Tapping the Reservoir of Normalcy To Treat Autism (by Robert Bernstein) are MUST READS for all individuals that love and or work with individuals affected by Autism.
- Different . . . Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger’s, and ADHD by Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Published by Future Horizons Inc., Arlington, TX.
This is the first book that I read that allowed me to start to change my thought process about my son’s challenges. I hope that it will encourage you to think differently and reframe how you may be thinking about those affected by Autism or really any difference in ability.