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7 Autism Books We Love

The world celebrates World Autism Day on 2nd April 2020.

Today we're sharing 7 books about autism that the Out Loud team love.

1. A Friend Like Henry (Nuala Gardner) - a beautiful story about a boy with autism and his dog who helps unlock the world for Henry.

2. The Boy Who Felt Too Much (by Lorenz Wagner) - this book offers a fantastic perspective of both science and family as it tells the story of a neuroscientist whose son has autism and how his research challenges everything we thought we knew about autism and the evolution of Henry Markram's Intense World Theory of autism.

3. The Reason I Jump (by Naoki Higashida) - written by Naoki when he was just 13, this book offers a special insight into what it's like to live with autism.

4. More Than Words Guidebook (by Fern Sussman (Hanen)) - suitable for parents & professionals, we love this easy to follow and beautifully illustrated book full of research based strategies for working with children with autism and other social communication difficulties.

5. My Friend with Autism (by Beverly Bishop) - an engaging picture book that helps explain to children that their friends with autism are great at some things and not so great at other things - just like everyone else. Available in several different formats including a colouring book and a full colour picture book with printable colouring pages on CD.

6. All About My Brother (by Sarah Peralto) - Sarah is 8 years old and has a brother with autism who is non-verbal. This book offers lovely insight into autism from the perspective of a sibling.

7. The Autism Discussion Page (by Bill Nason) - this trio of books are brilliant at helping parents, teachers and health professionals better understand their child/student/client.

And a bonus number 8 is a generic love of social stories. Social Stories were originally developed to assist children with autism to learn socially appropriate behaviour but are useful for ALL CHILDREN. Humans learn through stories that tell them what will happen, how they should respond and why.

If your child is finding it hard to cope with the unfolding COVID-19 situation, we like these social stories for explaining the virus and isolation.

Coronavirus - Why Do I Have to Stay at Home by Northfield Public Schools Community Services - click here to view

Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing (YouTube) - click here to view

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