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10 Best Books if you are Raising a Disabled Child.

Best Books if you are Raising a Disabled Child
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“My brain is always sending me off on little missions, whether or not I want to do them. And if I don’t obey, then I have to fight a feeling of horror. Really, it’s like I’m being pushed over the brink into a kind of Hell. For people with autism, living itself is a battle.”

~Naoki Higashida from The Reason I Jump

Very profound words, right? That book was life-changing for me. If you haven’t read it and have a child with autism, it’s a must-read. There are many first-person books from people living with disabilities, and hearing their words and their thoughts can be life-changing. It has me viewing my son’s autism in a whole new light, since having read it.

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So with that in mind, I thought I would ask my readers what they have read that are life-changing books for them. Books, that when you’re reading them, you’re having that Oprah “a-HA!” moment. It has changed the way you interact with your child, helped you understand your child better.

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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
  • The Reason I Jump The Inner Voice of a Thirteen Year Old Boy with Autism
  • Higashida, Naoki (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 208 Pages - 03/22/2016 (Publication Date) - Random House Trade Paperbacks (Publisher)

The Reason I Jump was one for me. Another was Dr. Paul Offit’s Autism’s False Prophets. We received my son’s diagnosis right before this book came out and it was life-changing for me, to the point that I made it a point to visit with Dr. Offit and thank him. It made me realize how vulnerable I was and that I would not let myself be taken advantage of.

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Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure
  • Offit M.D., Paul (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 328 Pages - 03/29/2010 (Publication Date) - Columbia University Press (Publisher)

Side note: I am aware that I am not using people-first language, and I am also using disabled rather than special needs. All are acceptable to use. Neither people first nor using identity first is better than the other. And avoiding the word disabled implies that it’s a bad/negative word. It’s not. There is a movement right now called #SayTheWord to take back ownership of the words disabled and disability.

So, here is the list of books from my readers, books that gave them an “a-ha!” moment and were life-changing for them, as far as raising a child with disabilities or learning disabilities. I realized when I was grabbing the pictures and links from Amazon that they have a feature where I can grab a widget with the price too. So the price you are seeing on these life-changing books should be current, though it might vary for Kindle and so on. And there’s always the library!

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  1. First, you cannot go wrong with any of the Ross Greene books. All are fantastic.
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Explosive Child, The: A New Approach For Understanding And Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
  • The Explosive Child A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated Chronically Inflexible Children
  • Greene PhD, Ross W. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 05/01/2014 (Publication Date) - HarperPb (Publisher)

2 and 3. Same with Ross Greene, you can’t go wrong with John Elder Robison. This is his most famous book, but they are all good. He and Temple Grandin both offer first-person accounts of what it is like to live with autism.

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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
  • Great product!
  • Robison, John Elder (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 302 Pages - 09/09/2008 (Publication Date) - Three Rivers Press (Publisher)

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Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism
  • Thinking in Pictures And Other Reports from My Life with Autism
  • Temple Grandin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 270 Pages - 01/10/2006 (Publication Date) - Vintage (Publisher)

4. No More Meltdowns has helped many parents develop effective strategies to deal with meltdowns. And prevent them!

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No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Baker, Jed (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 150 Pages - 04/01/2008 (Publication Date) - Future Horizons (Publisher)

5. School Struggles is a great one if your child has learning disabilities.

School Struggles: A Guide to Your Shut-Down Learner's Success
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School Struggles: A Guide to Your Shut-Down Learner's Success
  • Selznick, Richard (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 222 Pages - 08/16/2012 (Publication Date) - Sentient Publications (Publisher)

6 and 7. Trauma is a relatively new teaching awareness, though it shouldn’t be. But if a child has been through trauma, they cannot learn if it has not been healed. And we are learning a lot about trauma and children and understanding them.

Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience
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Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience
  • North Atlantic Books
  • Levine Ph.D., Peter A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 248 Pages - 03/04/2008 (Publication Date) - North Atlantic Books (Publisher)
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Trauma Through a Child's Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing
  • North Atlantic Books
  • Levine Ph.D., Peter A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 536 Pages - 12/26/2006 (Publication Date) - North Atlantic Books (Publisher)

8 and more: Along the lines of a first-person account, the authors do not have autism but offer some insight into it.

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Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 06/30/2020 (Publication Date) - Vintage (Publisher)
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Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
  • Hardcover Book
  • Heumann, Judith (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 02/25/2020 (Publication Date) - Beacon Press (Publisher)
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About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 09/03/2019 (Publication Date) - Liveright (Publisher)
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (The Out-of-Sync Child Series)
  • Great product!
  • Kranowitz, Carol (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 04/04/2006 (Publication Date) - TarcherPerigee (Publisher)
The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years (The Out-of-Sync Child Series)
  • Tarcherperigree
  • Kranowitz, Carol (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 05/24/2016 (Publication Date) - TarcherPerigee (Publisher)
Understanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out
  • James R. Delisle Ph.D. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 150 Pages - 10/01/2018 (Publication Date) - Prufrock Press (Publisher)
Understanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out
  • James R. Delisle Ph.D. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 150 Pages - 10/01/2018 (Publication Date) - Prufrock Press (Publisher)

So that’s a pretty long list. Did I forget some, some that are your favorites? Tell us in the comments!

 

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