Children’s Books about the Autism Spectrum Disorder

Children with autism can learn the different aspects of their diagnosis with a single book. They can also feel related to the characters that appear in the story since there is nothing more appealing than an individual facing the same challenge as you. These kinds of books can be a helpful guide for every person that knows someone within the spectrum, and they can give small tips for daily interactions.

Because 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, it’s very common to meet someone within the spectrum (it could even be your new neighbor). So these books can give a better understatement of their struggles, and it doesn’t matter the age: preschoolers or teens can read these.

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All My Stripes by Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer (Ages: 4-8)

Zane is the main character of the book, a zebra with autism that is worried because his differences can make him stand out. But his mother helps him learn that autism is just one of his many qualities that make him unique. The book also contents a foreword by Alison Singer, President of the Autism Science Foundation.

The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism by Ellen Sabin (Ages: 6-13)

This is an activity book ideal for classrooms and other group settings. It is an educational tool and a great way to engage a conversation between students to learn how to embrace people’s differences and to treat them with kindness. The activities help them know how a child with autism can feel and how they can react.

Ethan’s Story; My Life with Autism by Ethan Rice (Ages: 6-9)

This is a special book because it was written by a kid with autism, something very surprising since he was only seven and his single thought was to help his classmates to understand him and what is like living with autism. Here Ethan explains his challenges and struggles using his way, and how he is always grateful.

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Ages: 7-10)

“Charlie has autism. His brain works in a special way. It’s harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe.” This is one of the amazing lines that the book gives us. Holly is an actress and autism spokesperson whose son Charlie was diagnosed with ASD and, for that reason, this book was created along with her daughter. Ryan shows us what is like to be a big sibling for children with autism, and how proud she is that her brother knows all the American presidents and can play the piano.

Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes by Jennifer Elder (Ages: 8-12)

An eight-year-old boy named Quinn is the main character here, and he takes us to meet his autism heroes: inspirational people that excelled in different fields like math, science, physics, literature, and even philosophy. These heroes are well known historical figures, and it has been rumored for years that they could be within the spectrum because of their behavior. Different Like Me is fully illustrated and can be a great educational tool.

These books can show you that your child is not alone: there are many people with the same challenges and struggles as your family, and also important historical figures lived with ASD. Reading to your child can be a great activity and a way to form bonds, so start the reading time at home! Come to Autism Soccer and check our different programs for your children.

Reading and ASD.


Reading is a fantastic gift for kids, but for children with autism, it can mean a new understanding of their condition.
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Back to School: How to Help Your Child with Their New School Year

The school is an environment that encourages and helps the development and social adaptability of our children, but it can turn out to be a tense environment, with excess stimuli and provoking disruptive behaviors if we don’t pay attention to specific details. Parents of children with autism need to take into account general issues when preparing the children to go back to school. It’s not just about taking them and leaving them there, it’s about taking them to a place where they will be happy, and they will learn.

Tips for back to school

Communication with the teaching team (principals and teachers) is essential for a proper school experience process. Before returning to school, it’s advisable to have a meeting with your teachers and the school guidance team (pedagogical team).

It’s important to know the general project and the type of activities that we’ll have for our child; whether it’s inclusion or integration. There may also be plans to work individually and in a different environment of your classroom on some specific topics.

If the professionals involved in your child’s treatment have written instructions to apply in the school context, you should immediately inform the school. Thus the general project of the school year is modified according to the particular needs that arise.

In the meeting you make with the pedagogical team, it’s recommended that you comment on the needs or other relevant subjects that are necessary to share, such as:

  • What does the child like.
  • What subjects attract the attention and which ones don’t.
  • How to maintain or recover the child’s attention.
  • What situations can disorganize the child behaviorally, and how to recover it.
  • What can he eat and what can not.
  • Associated health problems.
  • Expose the areas of strength and areas that require support. A summary of the previous school year is very valuable.

Prepare the child

The school and teachers need to prepare to receive the child with autism, regardless of their adaptive level and academic performance. But it’s also necessary to prepare our child for the return to school, for this it’s advisable to take into account some things:

  • Have conversations with him about the school.
  • Visit previously the school where the child is going to study.
  • Make social stories about returning to school, with graphic media, toys or simulations of school activities.
  • The holidays are always out of control of the sleep schedule, so to begin to establish a schedule to sleep and wake up is fundamental.

The return to school is an activity that we must prepare with a special dedication.

Our child must be happy and safe at school.

Learning what makes your child happy in the academic sense is fundamental to help them reach their success in their school year.

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The Real Parental Responsibility When It Comes to Schooling

Many parents assume that teaching is a responsibility that belongs solely to schools, so teachers are perceived as the only ones with a say in the matter of education. But this is not the case: the people responsible for what children learn are first and foremost the parents or caretakers since they are the ones who model their behaviors as lessons for their children.

Today we give you some information about the role of parents and their responsibility in the continued education of children outside of the classroom, and the importance of reinforcement of lessons at home. Keep reading!

Parent’s responsibility in the education of children

The first educators of children are the adults at home. Children learn by observing their parents, these model their behavior by showing them how to act. Later, learning is done at school where teachers and classmates are other important influences.

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn much more quickly through interactive, visual, and auditory strategies. They also learn by observing and taking behavioral cues from the people they consider their role models. It is necessary to emphasize here, how vital the commitment of the parents to the education of their children is. Ensure good education via example.

Learning for children with autism is a combination of two teaching scenarios, parenting, and schooling. Although both environments are fundamental for their development, the responsibility falls primarily on the parents.

Children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) learn at their own pace and with different teaching techniques and strategies. While it is true that teachers must be adequately prepared to help them in the learning process, parents are required to assume the more prominent role.

What is the main responsibility of parents when it comes to continued schooling?

  • Reinforcing lessons from school.
  • Acting according to the lessons they give their children; being coherent with actions and words.
  • Speaking to children about positive attitudes when it comes to school and homework.
  • Doing homework with them, and guiding them through it, but not doing the work for them.
  • Listening to their feedback on lessons.
  • Asking pertinent questions: How was your day? What did you learn today? What was your favorite lesson? And so on.
  • Requesting feedback from teachers from time to time.
  • Further encouraging them to participate in activities that are appealing and instructive to them.

Parents collaborate with this process by asking for a follow-up to certain tasks, practicing lessons with their children at home, maintaining good communication lines with their teachers, educating themselves on different subjects to better know how to help. In this way, they can work in unity with the educators to whom total responsibility has been assigned. With the help of a sport, children can grow with a positive and proactive attitude towards school in general!

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If we work together, we will see great changes in our children.

It’s much more than taking them to and from, it’s hands-on in the process of learning.

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