Those who know me know that I am an avid reader. After my days as a Quality Engineer, and before my days as an autism Mom, I briefly dabbled with the idea of trying to be a book reviewer. Here are some of my favorites:
A beautifully written account of a mother's determination to heal her son's autism. For those of you in the process of receiving a diagnosis or beginning therapy, this is a wonderful book to read. It will inspire you and give you hope.
Jenny McCarthy compiles stories of her fight for autism awareness and the stories of other "mother warriors" who strive to cure their children's autism. This book is so powerful and is the reason I decided that my son's future would be limitless. This book made me determined to not let autism have my son.
While this book is written about Sensory Processing Disorder, it is important to remember that most children with autism also have some degree of SPD. This book will open your eyes to how your child experiences the world with their sensory challenges. I highly recommend it to any parent with a child with sensory issues; it will open your eyes to your child's world.
The book upon which DIR/Floortime programs are based and designed for children on the autism spectrum. Word of warning - this book is incredibly dry but informative. You can skip most of the chapters and get straight to the meat of the book - Floortime techniques. You all know how big of a proponent I am of Floortime. It is a program that will benefit all children with developmental disabilities, but it can also help you use playtime to get your NT children to think critically and abstractly. This book is very uplifting for parents of ASD kids, because it reminds you that our children are capable of abstract thinking, if we have the courage to help them achieve it.
If you need inspiration and hope for recovery for your child, this is that book. It is the personal story of a mother who manages to recover her children from autism. It highlights the highs and lows of diagnosis, treatment, and family life with children on the spectrum. An absolute must read for all autism moms.
The best way to know what autism is like is to hear it from an autistic person themselves. Carly's Voice provides insight both from a parent's perspective and from that of the autistic child. Carly's journey highlights the liberation of a brilliant mind and the struggles that we simply cannot understand without hearing them from those who experience those challenges daily. She helped me understand how the world must seem to my little boy.
Other Books I Love
A novel highlighting the lives of two African-American maids, the women they serve, and one woman's desire to bring about societal change in 1960s Mississippi. Being a girl growing up in the South, this book resonates with me with some of the injustices that have occurred in the cities I call home.
My absolute favorite book of all time. Like with the above book, I connect with this book because of the stories of growing up in the South. That, and the main character and I have identical names. I always liked that part.
This is the book that made me want to study biology in college. It's also the book that led to an obsession with dinosaurs that started in the 5th grade and has stuck with me to this day. An absolutely brilliant piece of science fiction writing and so much better than the movie.
I'll admit that I never utilized this book in the way the author intended, which was to follow her "Super Baby Food Diet". However, it is an incredible resource for when to introduce certain foods, how to prepare them, and how to store them. I absolutely recommend it to any parent who wants to prepare fresh, homemade baby food for their children.