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.
Find the children’s books below that can help them with emotions and social cues
Armond Goes to a Party by Nancy Carlson- this book talks about a boy who has Aspergers syndrome. He watches adults over the party and learns how to handle business of a party. There is high amount of social interaction in parties and they are filled with chaos and noise. For elementary school aged children on the spectrum, this book is aimed for.
The Asperkid’s Secret Book of Social rules by Jennifer Cook O’Toole- the complexity of social network increases as children grow older. When young, children on the spectrum may get along with their peers very well but as the teen years approach, it may become difficult to understand. This book ispresented in a fun format and it is aimed for teens, tweens and children. Basic social situations, online interactions are covered in this book.
The Conversation Train by Joe Shaul- some children have this frustrating habit without any sort of segue, from topic to topic they derail conversations. In this book to teach the expected pattern of conversation to children on the spectrum, metaphor of trail and derailing is used. This can make social interactions easier.
Everybody is Different by Fiona Bleach- families with children both on and off the spectrum can find this book useful. It is more of instructional than fictional. This book explains about autism and in a simple manner talks about its effects. Also for families to get along it offers practical advice.
The Kid’s Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control by Lauren Brukner- the difficult part for children on the spectrum is to stay in control. This book teaches about sensory regulation and emotional control as well. This book offers advice to children on the spectrum on how they can regulate their emotions and sensory issues which includes earing noise- reducing headphones and breathing exercises.
The Kraken’s Rules for Making Friends by Britanny R.Jacob- in this book a kraken – a sea monster is shown who teams up with a great white shark. They learn about friendship and how to maintain a good friendship. Whenever your child feels that he or she does not belong to, this can be helpful. It can make them understand that everybody needs friends and if an eight armed monster can make friends then they too can make friends.
A Little Book about Feeling by Abbie Schiller and Sam Kurtzman-Counter- through this book child can lean the meaning of emotions. To explain the feelings to the kids, adorable felt animal characters are used.
Making Friends is an Art by Julia Cook- by way of a lonely pencil this book teaches about friendship skills and socialization. It continues the theme of friendship.
My Book Full of Feeling by Amy Jffe andLuci Gardner – parent of an autistic child are aware that emotions can be blown out of proportion and mismanaged. Both parent and the child can go through this book. They can put their emotions into perspective and over their emotions a greater measure of control can be given. This will help them understand that small or big anger should not be expressed in a big way. Any child on the spectrum can use this book and for those learning about their emotions can use this book.