Autism: Not the Matter of Shame but of Pride

Author: Sherry Helms

Today is June 18, the day which is marked as the Autistic Pride Day summoning people worldwide every year to celebrate  the neurodiversity of people on the autism spectrum. Autistic pride is pride in autism, about shifting views of autism from “disease” to “difference”, emphasizing the innate potential in all human phenotypic expressions and celebrates the diversity various neurological types express.

To add more strength to noble cause of Autistic Pride Day, we’ve joined this celebration for (mentally) differently-abled by compiling a list of those Books on Autism that shatter the myth that a person with any of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) cannot do anything sensible and remarkable, and that call them exceptional instead of abnormal. Now, we urge our readers to heed the call of this very day and join us in the celebration by reading out these enlightening books. You can also gift and recommend the same to those including children who have autistic brain(s) in their family or vicinity. We believe these books surely make a difference in the way people think about the persons suffering from ASD.

Here’s the list:

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew – Winner of an iParenting Media Award and Honorable Mention in the 2005 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, this book by Ellen Notbohm is a must-read for every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician. The author composed this book with both humor and compassion to better define the top ten characteristics that illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. His personal experiences as a parent, an autism columnist, and a contributor to numerous parenting magazines coalesce to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum.

The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone With Autism – Written by Ellen Sabin, this book is an interactive, educational, and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people’s differences. It offers educational information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises that invite children to “walk in someone else’s shoes” as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves.

Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think – Grateful parents and professionals worldwide highly recommend this essential guide based on Floortime approach for treating children with any of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Unlike other approaches that focus on changing specific behavior, Greenspan’s program promotes the building blocks of healthy emotional and behavioral development.

Now available in paperback, Engaging Autism includes new, exciting information on neuroscience research into the effects of this approach, plus guidance for parents navigating the controversies surrounding the treatment of autism.

Autism’s Hidden Blessings: Discovering God’s Promises for Autistic Children & Their Families – God has a unique and magnificent purpose for every child-a purpose that is no less important for special-needs children. Through the story of her own ongoing struggles and victories raising her autistic son, Kelly Langston brings to light God’s promises for exceptional kids and highlights covenants that assure special-needs parents of their children’s potential and beauty. This is a book that has great encouragement and inspiration for special needs families, that can change the views of parents towards their autistic children or family member.

Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes – Fully illustrated in color and written in child-friendly language, this book has a story of eight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Julia Bowman Robinson, among others. All excel in different fields, but had one thing in common that they often found it difficult to fit in-just like Quinn.

This book introduces children aged 8 to 12 years to famous, inspirational figures from the world of science, art, math, literature, philosophy and comedy, who were like Quinn but made a great difference.

The list of books is just scratching the surface. You can get a wide range of Books on Autism on our official website,

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