Medical advancement has contributed a lot to understand what autism is. How we as individuals can contribute to a better upbringing of our special child so that they can enjoy every flavour of life, says Peter Salzano a passionate blogger and a book lover.
Reading is among one of the best therapies to indulge in learning activities and improve the sense of understanding your child better among the parents of the special child.
There are parents that find it difficult to start with the reading and writing training of their child with autism. The best solution here is to “read to your child” and “read with your child.”
These methods do work, so just start with these basic steps.
Once your child develops an interest in reading you can bring books of his/her choice, and make the learning experience one step further by letting your child choose what to read.
Based on the advice of experts and the suggestions from experienced parents to an autistic child, here is a small list of books shared by Peter Salzano that you can consider:
- Since we’re Friends by Celeste Shally
- My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete
- What it is to be Me! By Angela Wine
- Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? By Jennifer Veenendall
- Tacos Anyone? By Marvie Ellis
- Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? By Jude Welton
- The Autism Acceptance Book by Ellen Sabin
- Autism, the Invisible Cord by Barbara S. Cain
- Different Like Me by Jennifer Elder
- Everybody is Different by Fiona Bleach
There are some books that have pictures that easily catches your child’s attention while reading:
- Go, Dog. Go! By P.D. Eastman
- Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
- Trucks: Whizz! Zoon! Ruble! By Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Megan Halsey
- Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis
- The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales by Stephen Cartwright and Heather Avery
- Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That go by Richard Scarry
Some best Children’s Book About the Autism Spectrum
- A Friend Like Simon by Kate Gaynor
- Hello Roar, Little Dinosaur bu Hazel Reeves
- How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl by Florida Frenz
- How to Talk to an Autistic Kid by Daniel Stefanski
- Ian’s Walk: A Story about Autism by Laurie Lears
- Leah’s Voice by Lori DeMonia
- Looking after Louis by Lesley Ely
- Noah Chases the Wind by Michelle Worthington
- The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen- Year Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
- Rules by Cynthia Lord
- Understanding Samantha: A Sibling’s Perspective of Autism by Dustin Daniels
- Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes by Jennifer Elder
Some useful tips for reading that you can try, as suggested by Peter Salzano:
- Choose a book that has photos and drawings of babies and people’s faces.
- Keep reading the same story or the page again and again as this will help your child learn the language.
- Talk about the picture and be loud while you read
- Choose books that have a repetition of phrases. You can also choose the books with rhymes.
- You can find some creative books in the market that have buttons to press and shares to fill that makes the reading and understanding process easy and effective.
These are some tips by Peter Salzano based on his interaction with autistic children and their parents sharing their experience. You can try these tips and be a support system to enhance the creativity and confidence in your child, making autism no special category to feel worried about.