Whether you are just curious or have recently had a loved one diagnosed with Autism, these books are a perfect place to start. These books are informative, and really helped me have a better understanding of what it means to be on the spectrum. With so much to learn it can be extremely overwhelming, but that can change. Take the time to understand what Autism means for you and your child. Everyone's journey is different, but hopefully these books can help someone the way they have me.
The Autism Answer Book: More Than 300 of the Top Questions Parents Ask: I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has recently had a loved one diagnosed with Autism. This book covers everything from sensory, communication, and helpful tips to decode your child's behavior. The Autism Answer Book is so much more than commonly asked questions. It also includes social narratives, planning for the future, and is just a good guide to refer back to from time to time. The questions in the book range from what do about bullying, understanding your child's sensitives, siblings, adulthood, and so much more.
The Everything Parent's Guide To Children With Autism: Know What to Expect, Find The Help You Need, and Get Through the Day: The title is self explanatory. What's so good about this book is this is one of many series of from The Everything Paren't Guide books. But this is a good place to start, and reads well. This book offers a lot of insight on what to do in regards to family, the effects ASD might have on a parent's marriage, types of therapy, being a single parent with a special needs child, sexuality, toilet training, and other co-existing medical conditions.
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: This book attempts to break down the normal stigmas placed on the Autism community. The author does this by sharing tips and new perceptive on your child's behaviors and needs. A lot of the book includes helpful ideas on defusing a meltdown, redirecting your focus positively. As well as advice on dealing with things like tragedy, helpful social interactions, and resistant behavior. I like the book because was written by an Autism mom, so a lot of the information pertains to that.