Autism Awareness Week 2019

2 April is World autism day, with the week surrounding it (1- 7 April) being World Autism Awareness Week!
The goal of the day, and the week, is to spread awareness about autism, making more people aware what it is and what it means being autistic.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
– National Autistic Society

Every one of us are different, and the same goes for anyone with autism. There are certain difficulties that autistic people might share, such as social interaction and communication difficulties and sensory sensitivity – but it’s important to remember that each individual are different and some might find things more difficult than others.
Many people with autism have a intense and often high-focused interest in specific topics or areas – something that can work in their favour if they choose to work in that field.

If you would like to know more about autism and the autistic spectrum, these books are a good place to start.

New Ways of Understanding Autism
by Brigitte Harrisson, Lise St-Charles, and Kim Thúy

Introduces a new model pioneered at the SACCADE centre of expertise on ASDBoth authors are experts on autism are originators of the SACCADE model, and one has lived experience with autismWith stories contributed by Kim Thúy (author of the Governor General’s Award–winning novel Ru) on parenting child with autism.

Autism: how to raise a happy autistic child
by Jessie Hewitson

For every child diagnosed with autism, there are usually two worried parents who may not have a clue about the condition or how best to help their little one. Jessie Hewitson’s son was two-years old when he was diagnosed with autism. Like many other worried parents before her, Jessie’s immediate instinct was to learn everything she could about the condition and how best to support her child. But when The Times award-winning journalist embarked on her own investigative process, she soon uncovered a cloud of conflicting, panic-inducing information. She realised that advice from unsafe corners of the Internet, strangers and even well-meaning friends can make you feel overwhelmed, vulnerable and disheartened. She decided to write this book to provide other parents in similar situations with a wealth of practical and reliable support, all in one place.

A-Z of autism: a guide for parents and professionals
by Jim Carrington

A guide for parents and professionals aims to provide insight and advice to empower others raising, supporting and caring for children with autism to deal with experiences that can be challenging and overwhelming but also extremely rewarding. Written from first-hand experience by an author who is both a parent of a child with ASC and a primary SENCo, this book pinpoints areas where a child with ASC and/or their parents may struggle, covering many aspects of autism from diagnosis, schooling, and puberty to siblings, sensory issues and diet. This book provides friendly and accessible information and approaches topics in alphabetical order, allowing parents and professionals to dip in and out to access information and support.

Coming home to autism: a room-by-room approach to supporting your child at home after ASD diagnosis
by Tara Leniston and Rhian Grounds

This friendly book offers a blueprint for family life with autism by using rooms in the home to represent key developmental areas. There are ideas and routines to try at home, including advice on toilet training, diet and nutrition, sensory play, and much more, and you can dip in and out of chapters as you need information.

María and me: a father, a daughter (and autism)
by María Gallardo and Miguel Gallardo

A father’s first-hand account of what life is like with his daughter María who has autism. On a trip to the Canary Islands in Spain, some challenges arise as a result. This book shows how the two work around these issues and gives insight into how María sees and experiences the world.

A Normal family: everyday adventures with our autistic son
by Henry Normal and Angela Pell

Johnny is 19. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic – he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last 18 years this is what his father, TV producer and comedy writer Henry Normal and his wife Angela have been trying to come to terms with. This is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by autism – it’s about the hope, the despair, and the messy, honest, sometimes hilarious day-to-day world of autism, as well as a wonderful, warm book about the unconditional, unconventional love between a father, a mother and a son.

To Siri, with love
by Judith Newman

Writer Judith Newman never had any illusions that her family was ‘normal’. She and her husband keep separate apartments – his filled with twin grand pianos as befits a former opera singer; hers filled with the clutter and chaos of twin adolescent boys conceived late in life. And one of those boys is Gus, her sweet, complicated, autistic 13-year-old. With refreshing honesty, ‘To Siri, With Love’ chronicles one year in the life of Gus and the family around him – a family with the same crazy ups and downs as any other. And at the heart of the book lies Gus’s passionate friendship with Siri, Apple’s ‘intelligent personal assistant’.

A practical guide to happiness in children and teens on the autism spectrum: a positive psychology approach
by Victoria Honeybourne

Give a young person with autism the tools to grow up healthy and happy, with this practical guide to emotional wellbeing. Informed by positive psychology (also known as the science of happiness) and filled with activities, this is a refreshing resource for helping young people build lasting foundations for resilience, self-worth and happiness.

We have a number of books to help explain autism to young children, have a look here.

National Autistic Society have useful information and support for an one who needs it.

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Autism can be hard to understand for children, parents, family and friends.  Sharing stories about other children with autism can put a child’s mind at ease, make the experiences easier to cope with and more understandable.


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How to Fly with Broken Wings – Jane Elson

Willem has Aspergers Syndrome and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. Willem and Sasha form an unlikely friendship. Because they share a secret. Sasha longs to fly too. This is a charming tale about overcoming obstacles and finding friendship in unlikely places.
Age: 11+


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Looking After Louis – Lesley Ely

Louis’s classmates find a way to join him in his world by using imagination, kindness and a special game of football.
Age: 4+


Me and Mister P by Maria Farrer

Arthur just wants a normal brother. When a polar bear arrives to stay he helps Arthur to enjoy Liam’s company rather than always seeing the negative side of his brother’s behaviour. Great for any football fans.
Age 8+


Scarlet Ibis – Gill Lewis

After a fire in their flat caused by their mother smoking, Scarlet and her autistic brother are sent to different foster homes. This is the story of Scarlet fighting to keep her family together.
Age 10+


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How to Look for a Lost Dog – Ann M Martin

11-year-old Rose is autistic and obsessed with homonyms. Her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain (Reign, Rein).  The dog becomes her best friend – her anchor in a confusing world.  When Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for her.
Age: 9+


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My Brother is Autistic – Jennifer Moore-Mallinos and Marta Fabrega

Have a brother with autism can be hard, especially at school.  Maybe if the children knew more about autism they’d stop teasing him.
Age: 5+


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Roar’s Strumming, Let’s Get Humming – Hazel Reeves and Dave McTaggart

One of a series of books about Roar the Dinosaur. It invites children, mothers, fathers, carers and professionals to celebrate the strengths of children with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Age: 5+


Autism – Louise Spilsbury

Explains what autism is and how it might affect people’s behaviour.
Age 6+


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Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers! – Melanie Walsh

Meet Isaac. He’s a superhero! He might look like everyone else, but he has a kind of autism called Asperger’s. Inside this book he’ll tell you all about what it’s like to have his Asperger superpowers.
Age: 3+


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Tomas Loves… – Jude Welton and Jane Telford

Meet Tomas, a little boy who loves trains and hates change.  This book encourages children to recognise what they have in common with him as well as what makes him different.
Age: 2+


Useful Organisation

National Autistic Society
Charity providing information about autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, and campaigning on behalf of people with autism.

Autistic Spectrum

Autism is a neurodiverse condition that can affect how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. It is is a spectrum condition, meaning that whilst all autistic people share certain difficulties, being autistic will affect them in different ways.
Autism can be hard to understand for children, parents, family and friends.  Sharing stories about other children with autism can put a child’s mind at ease, make the experiences easier to cope with and more understandable.


A friend for Henry
by by Jenn Bailey

Follow Henry’s school day as he tries to find a friend who enjoys the same things as him.
Age: 3+


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How to Fly with Broken Wings
by Jane Elson

Willem has Autism and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. Willem and Sasha form an unlikely friendship. Because they share a secret. Sasha longs to fly too. This is a charming tale about overcoming obstacles and finding friendship in unlikely places.
Age: 11+


Looking After Louis 
by Lesley Ely

Louis’s classmates find a way to join him in his world by using imagination, kindness and a special game of football.
Age: 4+


Me and Mister P
by Maria Farrer

Arthur just wants a normal brother. When a polar bear arrives to stay he helps Arthur to enjoy Liam’s company rather than always seeing the negative side of his brother’s behaviour. Great for any football fans.
Age 8+


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Scarlet Ibis
by Gill Lewis

After a fire in their flat caused by their mother smoking, Scarlet and her autistic brother are sent to different foster homes. This is the story of Scarlet fighting to keep her family together.
Age 10+


How to Look for a Lost Dog
by Ann M Martin

11-year-old Rose is autistic and obsessed with homonyms. Her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain (Reign, Rein).  The dog becomes her best friend – her anchor in a confusing world.  When Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for her.
Age: 9+


My Brother is Autistic
by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos and Marta Fabrega

Having a brother with autism can be hard, especially at school.  Maybe if the children knew more about autism they’d stop teasing him.
Age: 5+


Roar’s Strumming, Let’s Get Humming 
by Hazel Reeves and Dave McTaggart

One of a series of books about Roar the Dinosaur. It invites children, mothers, fathers, carers and professionals to celebrate the strengths of children with Austism.
Age: 5+


Through the eyes of us
by Jon Roberts

‘Through the Eyes of Us’ is a beautiful, colourful picture book for children which gives insight into the world of children with autism following the experiences of Kya, who has severe autism.
Age: 4+


Autism
by Louise Spilsbury

Explains what autism is and how it might affect people’s behaviour.
Age 6+


M is for Autism
by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School, Martin and Vicky Martin
Age range: 9+

M. That’s what I’d like you to call me please. I’ll tell you why later. Welcome to M’s world. It’s tipsy-turvy, sweet and sour, and the beast of anxiety lurks outside classrooms ready to pounce. M just wants to be like other teenagers her age who always know what to say and what to do. So why does it feel like she lives on a different plane of existence to everyone else? Written by the students of Limpsfield Grange, a school for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder with communication and interaction difficulties, M is for Autism draws on real life experiences to create a heartfelt and humorous novel that captures the highs and lows of being different in a world of normal.


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Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers!
by Melanie Walsh

Meet Isaac. He’s a superhero! He might look like everyone else, but he has a kind of autism called Asperger’s. Inside this book he’ll tell you all about what it’s like to have his Asperger superpowers.
Age: 3+


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Tomas Loves…
by Jude Welton and Jane Telford

Meet Tomas, a little boy who loves trains and hates change.  This book encourages children to recognise what they have in common with him as well as what makes him different.
Age: 2+


Useful Organisations

National Autistic Society:
Charity providing information about Autism, and campaigning on behalf of people with autism.