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8 Books Parents Should Read After Their Kid Gets Diagnosed with Autism

Hours after Norrin was diagnosed with autism, I found myself crossed legged on the floor of a bookstore. I had piles (okay, a small pile) of books around me. And I spent a few hours reading through book jackets and sifting through pages trying to figure out which book would have the answers I needed to ‘fix’ my son.

That was almost five years ago and my mindset has changed. I don’t want to fix or cure Norrin. Nor am I waiting/hoping he will outgrow it.

But I still need and rely on books. I still spend hours sifting through pages – because being a special needs parent takes a lot of work. I want to know what I’m doing. I want to know what’s out there.

These are 8 books that have help me along the way. I hope they help you too.


  • Must Read Books for Parents Raising Kids with Autism 1 of 9
    Must Read Books for Parents Raising Kids with Autism
    Click through to see all my selections!
  • 10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew 2 of 9
    10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
    written by Ellen Nussbaum
    This was the first book I read after Norrin was diagnosed with Autism. It was one of the first book I read that gave me a sense of peace. It's the first book I suggest to any parent or anyone who wants a better understanding of kids with autism.
    Find it on Amazon for $14.13
  • An Early Start for Your Child with Autism 3 of 9
    An Early Start for Your Child with Autism
    written by: Sally J. Rogers, PhD, Geraldine Dawson, PhD and Laurie A. Vismara, PhD
    An Early Start for your child with Autism is a great book for parents of newly diagnosed children entering Early Intervention and even for parents of slightly older children. However, Drs. Rogers and Dawson don't want to turn parents into therapists. "Rather, these strategies are meant to be used during the normal routines that are part of your daily experience, like bath time, at the park, or while putting your child to bed."
    Find it on Amazon for $12.71
  • Easy to Love but Hard to Raise:Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories 4 of 9
    Easy to Love but Hard to Raise:Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories
    Edited by Kay Marner and Adrienne Ehlert Bashista
    There are so many books written about autism and other invisible disabilities. Books written by attorneys, celebrities and doctors. While some are helpful, they can often be unrelatable. When a parent has a child with a disability, they want a book that will speak to them. Brutally honest and beautifully inspiring, Easy to Love but Hard to Raise are the stories of real parents raising challenging kids - their worries, fears and triumphant moments. These are the stories, so many parents need to read to realize they are not alone.
    Find it on Amazon for $12.48
  • From Emotions to Advocacy 5 of 9
    From Emotions to Advocacy
    From Emotions to Advocacy Written by Pam Wright and Pete Wright No one will advocate for your child they way you will. And walking into meeting it's easy to get emotional when trying to get the appropriate services. This book really helped me walk the fine of managing my emotions while advocating for my child. You will return to this book again and for strategies and tips on navigating the complex system of special education. The 2nd edition includes updated information on The Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 and The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
    Find it on Amazon for $13.93
  • The Autism Sourcebook 6 of 9
    The Autism Sourcebook
    Written by Karen Siff Exkorn
    This book truly offers a vast amount of information. While I don't believe in the idea of 'cure' or 'recovery' - this book provides many resources not only within the United States but around the world.
    Find it on Amazon for $18.51
  • Play and Imagination in Children with Autism 7 of 9
    Play and Imagination in Children with Autism
    Written by Pamela J. Wolfberg
    It can be hard to imagine a child who cannot engage in imaginative play. But play and imagination are skills we still continue to work on in our home. This book really helps me understand the nature of play.
    Find it on Amazon for $23.36
  • The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun 8 of 9
    The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun
    Written by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
    If your kid has Sensory Processing Disorder - you need this book. There are so many activities in this book that you can do inside or outside your home. Don't feel like you will need a ton of space to do these activities either. We live in a two-bedroom apartment and there's all sorts of stuff we can around our place. Your child will get the input they need and the fun they deserve.
    Find it on Amazon for $12.67
  • A Full Life with Autism 9 of 9
    A Full Life with Autism
    Written by Chantal Sicile-Kira and Jeremy Sicile-Kira
    When a child is diagnosed with autism, parents wonder and worry: Will my child be able to communicate? Will my child have friends? Will my child be able to work? Will my child be able to live independently? Will my child grow up and be capable of leading a full life? A Full Life with Autism answers some of those questions, provides solutions and alleviates some of those fears. The book covers all areas of adulthood including: transitioning, love and intimacy and earning a living. Written from both the perspective of mother and son, Jeremy provides his dreams and goals while Chantal provides the steps taken to help Jeremy achieve them.
    Find it on Amazon for $12.33

Have you read any of the books my list? If not, what books have helped you?

Read more of Lisa’s writing at AutismWonderland.

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