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    Default Wonderful new book about Autism Spectrum Disorder

    For a long time I have been very frustrated about searching for a good book about autism for DS. I could find well-done children's books about autism written for typically developing kids (friends or siblings), but not one written for children with autism. I could books about Asperger's syndrome written for kids with that, but my DS doesn't have Asperger's.

    A couple of weeks ago, I found out about Landon Bryce's new book, "I Love Being My Own Autistic Self". After reading several good reviews, I bought it on Amazon. DH and I read it and we loved it. Then we read it with DS and he LOVES it. He's been reading it every day.

    It's a short book, about 30 pages or so, and has a lot of cartoon style illustrations. But there is so much good stuff on those pages. The book is appropriate for kids with autism, kids without autism, families, friends...everyone really. But it's told from the point of view of an autistic character and that is really unusual.

    The book has led us to some interesting conversations with DS...about how he and his classmates all have autism but are all different...about stimming....about some of the negative things DS has heard people say about autism...about sensory overload...and other things. It's been fascinating to talk with DS about these things.

    Here's an interview with the author: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ariane...b_2220035.html

    The Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Being-Own...+autistic+self
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    Thank you, Gena, for sharing that!

    Would you mind sharing some of the titles of books for/about Asperger's? I think my DS might benefit from those. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sariana View Post
    Thank you, Gena, for sharing that!

    Would you mind sharing some of the titles of books for/about Asperger's? I think my DS might benefit from those. Thanks!
    Here are a few I came across:

    What It Is to Be Me: An Asperger Kid Book
    http://www.amazon.com/What-It-Is-Be-...ref=pd_sim_b_5

    Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger Adventure
    http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Bottle-My..._bxgy_b_text_y

    Of Mice and Aliens: An Asperger Adventure
    http://www.amazon.com/Of-Mice-Aliens..._bxgy_b_text_y

    There are several books out for older kids (Tweens and Teens). Here are a couple:

    The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens With Asperger Syndrome
    http://www.amazon.com/Asperkids-Secr...ref=pd_sim_b_4

    The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide: Candid Advice for Teens, Tweens, and Parents, from a Young Man with Asperger's Syndrome
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Aspie-Teen...ref=pd_sim_b_2

    The Amazon pages also list similar books, so you can find more.

    I hope that helps!
    Gena

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    I love Landon's new book. I think it gives an even handed approach to a bunch of spectrum related issues. I'm thinking of giving my copy to the school and ordering another for home. I was familiar with his cartoon characters from his FB feed, but the book gives a better explanation of each "person."
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