5 Must-Read Books about Autism
There are plenty of unanswered questions about autism. The medical community continues to research the condition, trying to answer some of these queries. The factors that cause autism as well as the best methods to treat it are probably some of the most pressing questions that face the community today. While those questions certainly are important, and answers to them would definitely change the way we treat and interact with people with autism, at present, there’s still a great deal of mystery surrounding the condition.
Sometimes, all of these unanswered questions can seem like a giant wall with no gate. The scientific literature about autism is ever-developing, but it’s not the only genre of autism-focused writing that’s grown in recent years. Below, we’ve compiled a short list of books about autism. Authors range from loved ones to autistic individuals themselves, and they all offer a unique perspective that fosters a more empathetic understanding of the condition.
When we talk about autism, there are many questions that may come to mind, and several of those questions still remain unanswered. There are research studies continuously going on in the medical community trying to answer most of these questions. The literature about autism is also showing an increased development. The following is a list of books that can provide some knowledge about autism:
- The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism: This book, published in 2005, was written by Naoki Higashida, who is a charming, smart, and self-aware thirteen-year-old boy living with autism. The book is essentially a memoir that effectively demonstrates how a mind that is autistic tries to think, perceive, and respond to certain circumstances which very few of us can even imagine. Parents, friends, and other close ones who find it troublesome to get into the head of their loved one suffering from autism will discover a way to break through into the curious and complex life of such individuals. Naoki Higashida’s book is also known to answer the most delicate and impossible questions that we all want to know, and this is done with the help of constructed words, thoughts, and sentences that someone with autism may be unable to speak out loud. The author shared his unique point of view not only about autism, but about life as a whole.
- Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s: This book, published in the year 2007, was written by John Robison. Ever since John was small, he had greatly longed to feel a connection to the world and the people around him, but due to his distinct, odd behavior, such as trying to avoid eye contact, blurting out anything that came to his mind, and digging holes five feet in depth and then sticking his younger brother in them, he was kept on the outside looking in. He received no proper guidance from his mother or his father, and so he shifted his focus to machines. John was not diagnosed with Asperger’s until the age of 40, which meant that he spent the first half of his life in a state of confusion and frustration. This memoir is known to provide its readers with a chance to understand more about autism and how frustrating it can be.
- Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism: This book was published in the year 1995 and was written by Temple Grandin. The author is an animal scientist who is known for her designs in livestock handling facilities in the United States. She is a woman who thinks about, reacts to, experiences, and perceives the world in a way that is inexplicable to others. She writes from the perspective of an autistic person as well as a scientist. This book is about an extraordinarily gifted person who has helped bridge the gulf between others and her autistic condition.
- Rules: This book was published in 2006 and was written by Cynthia Lord. As a 12-year-old child, she had dreamt of a normal life, but with a brother suffering from autism, it was nearly impossible as her family dynamic revolved around her brother’s disability. For a number of years, Cynthia had been trying to teach her brother how to keep his pants on in public to stop the unnecessary embarrassment she felt. But the summer she met a paraplegic boy, her own behavior turned upside down, which then forced her to ask the question, “What is normal?”
- Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant: This book was published in 2006 and is authored by Daniel Tammet. This book explains how incredibly the mind works. Daniel is lives with autism, but he also has super mathematical abilities as well as a flawless memory. He even has a vast knowledge of various languages and other information, too. This book provides an insight into the mind in general as well as Daniel’s special mind, too.