The power of a book can be measured by the degree of impact it brings to the reader’s life, but how much impact could spur the change on the person is up to that person alone. In simpler terms, a book is only a tool that helps its readers change the course of their lives but only if they open their hearts and minds to such change. In the modern era, our preconceptions about books have shifted from just plain educational to completely entertaining and life-changing. Today’s generation of book readers are very sensitive to the author’s own opinion and can easily get attached to a specific book if they happened to share the same viewpoints and perceptions with that of the author. Having said that, it is only worth noting that the readers give a book the power to influence decisions, motivate actions, and initiate transitions. This rationalization can be easily seen in the context of inspirational books that are most sought by people who need specific guidance and encouragement as they face difficult challenges in their lives. These readers include those who are recently diagnosed with a disease or disorder, and direct relatives or close friends of the diagnosed person, such as the parents of an autistic child.

Parents of children who fall under the autism spectrum disorder can really use some help from books that discuss different autism aspects. The fact that raising an autistic child can be very challenging could be reason enough to find an outlet where you can raise your confidence and enhance your capabilities as a hands-on educator and the main provider of your child’s needs. There are many books which teach the basics of raising an autistic child, and the approach could vary from purely methodical to highly creative. More complex books warrant that the parent already deeply understands the condition of their child in order to connect with what the author really wants the reader to perceive. More complex topics introduce new strategies and share dozens of advice for stressed and worried parents. But just any other genres of books, choosing the right author and checking the quality of the content would be essential in ensuring that what you’ll learn out from your reading is applicable and effective. To make it easier for you, here is a list of very useful and easy-to-grab books that you can read to equip yourself with sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be a better parent to your autistic child.

The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community: Over 600 Must-Have Tips for Making Home Life and Outings Easier for Everyone

This book has two authors, namely Kathy Labosh and LaNita Miller. The former is a mother of two autistic sons, while the latter is an educator for people with special needs. The book is a handy guide for grandparents, parents, friends, and guardians, which does not only focus on the perspective of the caregiver but also considers the well-being of the autistic child. The book is split into two volumes, both of which are filled with easy-to-understand instructions on the do’s and don’ts when encountering various household and public scenarios. The discussions are very specific in approach, from issues with picky eating and hygiene to problems arising in public areas such as the mall, restaurant, and clinic. The book aims to help readers enjoy every activity in the home and outdoors despite dealing with the issues connected to their autistic child.

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

Unlike the typical books that are written by one or two authors, this special guide is a collection of relevant stories shared by different people coming from various communities, and from all walks of life. There are contents written by parents detailing the challenges they faced in raising their autistic child, and the ways they have overcome every single one of it. Professionals in the field of autism are also contributors of the book’s content, who are concerned in providing information and counsel to parents and guardians of autistic children. Some parts of the book are also written by autistic individuals themselves, who are willing to expose their own stories so that others may understand their disorder better. The book is comprised of fifty-five essay write-ups, which were edited by Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Jennifer Byde Myers, Liz Ditz, Emily Willingham, and Carol Greenburg.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded Edition

There is nothing more reassuring for motivational book readers than knowing that the author wrote the book wholeheartedly and from experience. The author Ellen Notbohm is a mother of two autistic sons, who wanted to reach out to other families, especially parents, about the importance of maintaining a positive outlook in life notwithstanding the fact that their child is diagnosed with autism. Many of the strategies she shared in the book are relatively simple and can be a mere product of common sense but the kind of stuff that is commonly neglected or not considered by most parents. Each of the ten things is discussed in detail in a single chapter; hence the book has ten chapters in all. The updated version of the book also includes a section for high school senior students with autism.

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s: Expanded 2nd Edition

Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk saw the potential of their co-authored book when it was first released which claimed huge success and caught the interest of many readers. In the second volume of the book, the authors have provided 1800 different ideas in rearing children with autism spectrum disorders which are all very practical and effective.  It is highly recommended for people who are child nurturers at heart, who love to take care of children and dedicate their time attending to their needs. The second edition also comes with an updated version of the first volume’s list of ideas, as well as better accommodation for older kids with autism.