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April is autism awareness month and while your children or closest family members may not personally live with this disorder, chances are that you know someone who does. Many people have their speculations about how the disorder is acquired, but what is most important is how we treat those that actually have autism. Autism Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder has many layers to its condition. It is sometimes diagnosed based on social, behavioral, and communicative challenges and strengths. There are many different types of autism, so no one person should be labeled or categorized the same.
“We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.” -AutismSpeaks.Org
As a former Teacher, I’ve learned that both children and adults can be cruel, insensitive, and sometimes ignorant towards children with Autism. However, we have to begin somewhere, so I suggest that we begin with children. Peers and acceptance play a significant role in the lives of children that live with autism disorder. If we can take the time to teach children how to be accepting of others and their differences, including autism, we will have done a good deed for one cause and for many people. Today I want to share 7 books that can help Educators and Parents teach Autism Awareness and acceptance to students and siblings.
1. “My Brother Charlie” – Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
2. “Leah’s Voice” – Lori DeMonia
3. “Sometimes My Brother” – Angie Healy
4. “Ethan’s Story: My Life with Autism” – Ethan Rice
5. “Just Because” – Rebecca Elliott
6. “A Friend Like Simon” – Kate Gaynor
7. “All My Stripes” – Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer
Do you know any good books that teach autism awareness? Please share them in the comments below!