Autism is a rather complex condition characterized by social interaction, communication, sensory, and behaviour sensitivities. Individuals suffering from autism often have a difficult time trying to communicate or interact with others around them, and because of this, people often misinterpret their behaviour as being snobbish, rude, and occasionally the symptoms are misdiagnosed for other diseases.

There are several different types of autism, such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Autistic disorder commonly referred to as classic autism. Because of this and the frequent misdiagnosis of the disease, it is important that people are educated and awareness of Autism is promoted. One of the best ways through which this can be achieved is by reading books. Advances in technology have made it possible to have access to books on portable devices such as our phones, tablets, and even kindle. Below are some of the best books about autism that are available on kindle and can help individuals learn more about the condition.

 

Autism: How to Raise A Happy Autistic Child

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This book by Jessie Hewitson details the author’s experiences as tips from other parents and adults who have experienced raising a child with autism or have undergone autism themselves. Including advice from professor Simon Baron-Cohen an autism professional and academic, you can rely on this book to give you insight on autism as it approaches autism not as a disorder but rather as a difference that autistic individuals have.

From the book, readers receive guidance on understanding and supporting an autistic child at home and at school, the key differences between autistic boys and girls, and the steps that one can undertake should they suspect that their child is autistic. This book is not only informative and useful, but it is filled with detailed interviews and researched information that put right distortions regarding autism.

Useful and Informative, Full of New Research and Interviews 

Pros

  • Apart from Kindle, the book is available as a free audiobook that individuals can listen to when they need to take a break on their kindle.
  • It is extremely affordable
  • It is a quick read as it only has 304 pages.

Cons

  • The book is somewhat subjective as it largely focuses on the author’s experiences and what worked for them.

 

The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from The Silence of Autism

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Remarkable is how we would define this New York bestseller book by Naoki Higashida. Naoki wrote this book when he was only thirteen, and it does a great job of giving a rare understanding of the baffling behaviours often witnessed with autistic children. In the book, Naoki explains things that normal people may consider to be humdrum or even annoying.

Some of the things he explains include the things that make him have panic attacks, why he repeats the same question over and over or even why he speaks loudly.  Reading this book sheds light on why it is necessary that autistic individuals are treated with understanding, patience, and compassion. The book provides an excellent opportunity to get into someone else’s mind and see the world in an uncanny yet intriguing light.

Pros

  • The book uses a question and answer format, which make it easy for readers to comprehend the aspects being explained in the book.
  • It is available in many different formats and not just the eBook on kindle.

Cons

  • The book is not reflective of all autistic individuals and does not give information on how to handle autism in other individuals.
  • The book has been translated by adults, which in our opinion, occlude the original intent of the book.

 

Autism: A New Introduction to Psychological Theory and Current Debate

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If you are looking for a book that will jolt and captivate your mind on a lot of things regarding Autism, then this book by Sue Fletcher Watson and Francesca Happé is it. the book, which is well written, gives a relevant and progressive contribution to understanding autism as it critically discusses the physiological theories related to autism, implanting the said theories within community perceptions.

Each section of the book recognizes the diversity of theoretical opinions and the quickly evolving nature of autism studies and further addresses the present discussions and key future issues surrounding autism. It is the ideal book for anyone seeking to expand their knowledge on the disorder regardless of whether they are a student or medical practitioner.

Pros

  • The book is inclusive, as the authors included the opinions and voice of autistic individuals so that readers can contextualize research evidence and theoretical notions with real-life experiences.
  • The book is a quick read and ideal for social, educational, and clinical settings.
  • In addition to being available on Kindle, the book is also available in paperback and hardcover formats.

Cons

  • In comparison to the other books on our list, this book is slightly more expensive.

 

 

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently

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This book by Steve Silberman which has been a number 1 best seller on Amazon’s history of medicine category discusses in depth what autism is and how the comprehension of the condition relates with our future as a society. It is the ideal book for individuals who wish to learn about the condition and its evolution since its earliest discovery. In the book, Steve chronicles the journey and stories of autistic individuals and their families in an attempt to offer a solution to the puzzle that is autism.

Pros

  • It is absolutely free on kindle.
  • It is also available in other formats including audiobooks and paperback

Cons

  • Some readers have found the book to be rather dull and not well written, but we leave that open for your interpretation.

 

Final Thoughts

Autism is a condition that can take a toll not only on those who are suffering from it but also those around them. It is a condition that requires a lot of patience and understanding, and it is therefore important that one is knowledgeable about it so that they know how to empathize with those suffering from it.

While we have listed some of the best books in our opinion, Kindle is loaded with several other options that you can consider as a reader looking to learn more about autism.