This list of recommended books is perfect for parents, caregivers, friends, and family to better understand different aspects of autism, ABA, emotions, and much more!
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Uniquely Human is the first on my list of recommended books because it looks at autism in a different way. It moves away from looking at it as a disorder and shifts the focus to the individual’s abilities and strengths. This book can help provide a deeper understanding of autism, while also delivering strategies and suggestions. Uniquely Human is a must-read for anyone who knows someone with autism. Check out this Talks at Google video featuring the author of Uniquely Human, Barry M. Prizant.
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
This great book is also on the top of my list of recommended books because it shares a unique perspective and personal experience of an individual with autism. It provides a more in-depth look at what someone with autism could experience. It is important to note that individuals with autism experience different symptoms and present symptoms in different ways and that the content of this book is based on the author’s experiences.
Behaviorspeak: A Glossary of Terms in Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) uses a lot of technical terminologies that aren’t exactly simple. This book provides a glossary of those technical terminologies and explains the terms in funny, easy-to-understand language. Behaviorspeak is great for anyone who wants to better understand ABA terminology at any level—parent, professional, educator, student, or interested person.
Meet the Sight Words
Meet the Sight Words is a series of leveled readers. The series provides sets of books at different reading levels to help early readers with emerging skills. Sight words are words that we read from sight without needing to spell out, and that occur frequently in writing. Mastering sight words at an early age can be beneficial for continued development and growth in reading and language.
The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions
This book helps early readers and learners to identify emotions. It talks about the different emotions we may be experiencing and how we may feel when experiencing those emotions. It is a good beginner book to learn about emotions.
What Should Danny Do?
This is the first book in the series, which is geared towards teaching an understanding of the choices we make. What Should Danny Do? is interactive, allowing the reader to be engaged with the book to make choices when presented with situations kids face. The day and lives are shaped by the choices made. There are so many skills about choices and the effect those choices have on our days and lives, as well as social-emotional skills that can be gained from this book and the entire series.
BOB Books are a series of book sets that aim at teaching pre-reading skills. These sets can be used at different reading levels for early readers to teach letters, word families, letter sounds, sight words, and so much more.
Social Skills Activities for Kids
This is an interactive book