Reading is an essential tool for promoting early childhood development skills in language and cognition. These skills, in turn, can impact a child’s potential for health, productivity, and education over the course of a lifetime. Reading aloud to children leads to improvements in IQ, working memory, and vocabulary.
Children and teens who read develop insights for living with autism. Not only that, but reading can be a fun way for children and teens to enhance social skills, broaden awareness, and boost problem-solving. Here’s another best book list for kids with autism!
Best interactive books for children
Touch! My Big Touch-and-Feel Word Book — Word pairings with 30 sensory surfaces teach children word and sensory associations, build vocabulary, and improve sensory processing skills.
The Three Little Pigs: A Nosy Crow Fairy Tale — A unique retelling of a fairytale classic, paired with an app, combines words, numbers, and technology for an interactive, multi-sensory experience.
Color My Senses: The Sensory Detective Coloring Book — By reading this winner of the 2017 “Book of the Year” award by Creative Child Magazine, children learn about their senses and nervous system while coloring various illustrations.
Best books to help young children understand their life with autism
Covid-19 Isn’t Fair! — This book explores the challenging realities kids face during these times of uncertainty.
Answers to common questions, emotions, and tips for managing these emotions are also explored.
Rosalee the Seeker: A Sensory Processing Disorder Story — Available on Kindle, this illustrated story features Rosalee, a child with a big heart who has sensory processing disorder. Learn lessons with Rosalee as she navigates her world with misadventures and adventures alike!
Nathan’s Autism Spectrum Superpowers (One Three Nine Inspired Book 1) — This first book in a series explores the story of Nathan, a child with autism, from a positive perspective. He and his friends learn to live with unique autistic abilities presented as superpowers that sometimes spiral out of control.
Best books for school-aged children
I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism — Differences between children with autism and their classmates are discussed in this book written by a psychotherapist. Identifying social challenges, understanding emotions, and interacting positively can help kids and parents successfully navigate this stage of life.
Ethan’s Story: My Life With Autism — This unique book was written by a child with autism. Eight-year-old Ethan describes his life with autism as a gift from God!
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) — Designed to be read by kids and parents together, this book is a comprehensive guide to managing emotions and building life skills. Worksheets, checklists, and other interactive resources are included.
Best books for teens with autism
Awkward — Common interaction scenarios are presented with suggestions and cautions for teens with autism whose social world is expanding to include friends, family, work, and the broader community.
Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express — Siblings, one with autism and one without, discuss the challenges of having autism or having a sibling with autism during the teenage years with bravery and honesty.
Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s — This guide covers practical tips for anxiety and anger management, communication skills, and tips for successful employment.
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