Best Autism Books for Teachers for Overcoming Challenges in the Classroom

Best Books On Autism For Parents and Teachers To Raise an Autistic Child

Every autistic child has unique needs & behaviors. It is very important for the teachers to understand the behavior and healthcare challenges they are facing. It has been found that the teacher often faces several kinds of problems while educating children with autism.

Children with Autism faces difficulties in communicating and expressing with their fellow students and teachers in the classroom. Some common challenges they face are:

  • Difficulty with Reading or Speech Comprehension
  • Social Communication Difficulties
  • Lack of Tolerance for Autistic Behaviors and Passions
  • Difficulty With Changes in Routines and Schedules
  • Executive Functioning Challenges
  • Fine and Gross Motor Challenges

Keeping all these things in mind we have prepared this list of top 10 Autism Books that can help in effective schooling for children, youth, and young adults.

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10 Best Autism books for teachers:

1. Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s

( By John Elder Robison)

Look Me in the Eye: My life with Asperger’s

When John Robison fights with the problem of  Asperger’s syndrome, he is affected by a high functioning of autism. In Look Me in the Eye, John Robison tells about his struggle with his neurological difference (body functions, and nerve connecting disorder), and how this neurological disorder affects his desires and efforts to concentrate on relationships and connect with others socially.

From a teacher’s point of view, this book is highly recommended to use as a unit on autism. However, the story is related to all young people, especially for the students who are feeling socially shameful and find difficulties with making friends. Students will learn from John’s feelings of loneliness, sadness, and being angry when he is rejected by others.

2. Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

(By Shannon Des Roches Rosa)

Thinking Person's Guide to Autism

The main goal of “Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism” TPGA is to help you grow past society’s accepted autism inventions and negativity, by providing clear, thoughtfully and carefully presented balanced, and referenced information.

We also want you to understand that autism awareness and acceptance are not noble but necessary attitudes and are separate reasons from the autistic and other autism communities’ never-ending fights for medical issues, legal, social weakness, and educational accommodation drawing the attention towards this matter.

Contributors write Fifty-five essays for the autism community in all walks of life. The bunch of stories was written by autism parents about the up and down they experience every day. Some are written by professionals who care for autistic children and others are by autistic themselves who bared their souls so others will understand.

3. The Way I See It

(By Dr. Temple Grandin)

The Way I See It

This book is written by Temple Grandin. In this book, Temple Grandin talks about social and works experience in a very interesting way. Temple Grandin speaks about life with autism, the life of that type of people and children who never speaks.

It’s sound interesting to hear what is life without communication or verbal abilities and with the indication or representative conduct about having autism. He was seeing the interest in his book by those children who have the non-verbal abilities and taught him how to explain our words via pictures and images.

Temple Grandin made different treatment options available for both medical and on one’s own with regards to different variations in one’s treatment, medicines, and general level of health.

In this book, you have 63 essays in general about the diagnosis, treatments and non-verbal abilities. And the fourteen essays are new in the second edition. Each and every essay contains the length of four and five pages.

4. Special People, Special Ways

(By Arlene Maguire, illus)

 Special People, Special Ways

“Special people, special ways”, the aim of this book is how to present a person with autism in a positive way. How to treat and how to talk to him? And being happy in a very critical situation and be with him in those circumstances. Each and Every page give a side of positive thinking and images of an autistic child.

Parenting Media Award winner and 2009 Preferred Choice Award Magazine by Creative Child, this book explains it all. The book tells that in our past, the physical limitations is a world of special gifts for each of us to share.

Teachers and parents love to read this book aloud to promote understanding and immunity at school with classmates and at home with parents. The individual hard work attracts children of all ages.

5. Behavior Solution for the Inclusive Classroom

(By Beth Aune, Beth Burt, and Peter Gennaro)

This book may help those teachers who are seeking a solution for their students who are suffering from autism. In education classroom, you can teach those students whose behavior is not good or we can say misbehavior children with the help of this book.

Teachers are not being trained in how to handle dirty behaviors of a student. Disturbing behavior is distracting for students and teachers, so teachers need to know what to do in the right way.

This book tells how to teach disturbing students, plus provides extra teaching techniques. The teachers can prevent the behavior from repeated again and again. Some students may come with disabilities such as misbehaving, difficulties with classwork or homework, poor -handwriting, (ADHD).

This book is very helpful for the teachers who want to learn how to face those type of students with the habit of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder such as noisy, chewing nails and clothes, not following directions, rude behavior and something like that.

6. 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children With Autism or Asperger’s

(By Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk)

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children With Autism or Asperger’s

In “1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism and Asperger’s” you can found 1800 plus ideas for teaching and develop a child who is having these disabilities.

Some of the ideas are picked up from the first edition, offering corrections for older kids, setting in on Asperger’s challenges, and enhancing already-effective and good ways to help your child or student having scored success at any field like- home, in school, and in the society. I think everyone, no matter if he/she has the children or not, should read this book.

7. A mind at a time

(By Dr. Mel Levine)

A mind at a time

In “A mind at a time”, Dr. Levin shows parents and others who care for children on how to identify these individual learning patterns. He explains how teachers and parents can encourage a child’s strengths and bypass the child’s weaknesses.

This book is based on learning power. Dr. Levin says every person mind is different and in the typical situation or in a soft situation every children’s brain works differently.

So, Dr. Levine is talking about those parents and teachers who understand the ability of her child or student that how to identify their children’s learning. He said that we have 8 fundamental system or component and also added that we can never control other minds.

8. The new social story book

( Carol Gray )

The new social story book

One of the top Books to teach your students about the Autism is “The new social story book”. This book is of good help for the teachers which consists of more than 150 interesting stories to educate the kids.

Stories like “Mistakes Can Happen on a Good Day” and “It Was Fun but Now We’re Done,” are the typical morale booster for the kids effected with the autistic syndrome. Many more stories related to similar kids struggling to cope with Autism is depicted in the book. Students can learn these strategies and can apply in their own lives.

9. The Social Skills Picture Book

(By Jed Baker, Ph.D. )

The Social Skills Picture Book

“The Social Skills Picture book” is an award-winning book on the autism spectrum. The book provides an insight into the way on how to counter autism through the pictures with the best possible ways.

The book contains various illustrations regarding how to grasp the concepts necessary to overlook Autism. It includes pictures on how to identify the welcoming and unwelcoming look, sharing, turn-taking, etc.

Just try another useful book “The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond” written by Jed Baker. The book goes one step further to contain methods to draw the attention of the listeners of the Autistic student.

10. Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger’s

Lynn Kern Koegel, Claire LaZebnik

Growing Up on the Spectrum

A very popular book to teach about the autism among the next generation is named “Growing up on the Spectrum”.

The book provides the practical solution on autistic Spectrum, needed by most of the adults. As the teacher point of view, the book is more helpful to teach their students about how to succeed in the college or other institutions. The book also gives the idea to overcome the complex situation of student life in the shadows of Autistic syndrome.

In addition, the pairs creation in the form of “Overcoming Autism” is also worth to read.

That’s all in this article, We hope you find this helpful.