Parenting

Books to Help Kids with Autism Navigate Emotions and Social Cues

Books to Help Kids with Autism Navigate Emotions and Social Cues

A parent’s moral duty is to raise their children so they have the best life possible. This does not change for parents of children with autism. 

However, people with autism can have great difficulties understanding certain things that may seem easy and natural to someone else, such as how to recognize and respond to their emotions or the emotions of others, and how to identify and react to social cues.

They are not alone in this endeavor. Not only have other people faced the same challenges in helping their children succeed, some of them have also produced literature which parents can use to help. No, this is not referring to that ever growing library of parenting books filled with sometimes dubious parenting methods. These are books for the children themselves to read.

While it is still important to continue one’s quest to be the best parent possible for their child, these books can help by targeting the children directly and on their level. They are kid’s books, and are fun, engaging, and may be read by the child on their own accord.

If a parent plans on letting their child read these books by themselves, even with outside recommendations, it may be a good idea to read through and vet the books first! That way if the child has any questions about the book, they can be answered. If the child likes the book, then parent and child will have a shared experience, and making references to the book can both entertain and teach the child.

One’s child does not have to have autism to benefit from reading these books. Some are just entertaining on their own. Some have lessons which are useful for everyone to learn (including adults!). They may also be a good choice to teach children without autism what their fellow peers with autism may be going through.

Next, find thirteen children’s books, both fiction and instructional, to help children learn how to better understand emotions and social cues.