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amunt Mon 18-May-15 14:30:15

One of the things I'm finding difficult to get to grips during post ASD diagnosis is that I am unable to identify with my son's internal experience. I feel very sad that I can't 'get into his world'. Can anyone recommend a book/s by someone with the condition that can shed some light and help me feel more 'connected' to him.


bedelia Mon 18-May-15 20:07:20

Amunt I think learning about your DS's world is a lovely way to help understand - and help - him! My boys have a long wait before diagnosis, though the little understanding I have about them is helping to avoid some of the situations which make them anxious.

I haven't read too many books about ASCs yet, but recall that "Martian in the Playground" included a lot of case studies from auties/aspies in relation to their childhood and school life.

The Curious Incident (fiction) helped me understand a lot about my older son. Also really enjoyed "Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend" - again, this is fiction, told through the mind of a young (probably Auty) boy's imaginary friend. I don't think either of these were written by authors on the spectrum, though I did gain a bit more understanding from them IYKWIM smile

Will be watching this thread with interest for more reading material!

Littlemisssunshine72 Mon 18-May-15 20:14:55

Thinking in pictures by Temple Grandin or any books by Temple Grandin.

Littlemisssunshine72 Mon 18-May-15 20:16:21

The reason I jump- cant remember author's name but is Japanese. Google it and you'll find it.

Parietal Mon 18-May-15 20:17:45

send in the idiots - written by someone with autism but mainly about is school friends who also had autism

amberlight Mon 18-May-15 20:26:06

Not a book, but possibly the most powerful two minute animation you'll find. About autism and the sensory difficulties we may experience. It needs sound turned up as high as you can tolerate.

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amunt Tue 19-May-15 15:09:43

Brilliant - much appreciated! Videos great and got books ordered.

DLAquestion Tue 19-May-15 15:54:14

Just marking place to look later.

fairgame Tue 19-May-15 18:00:51

Another recommendation for the reason I jump. Also a friend called henry is a beautiful book but written by parents of a child with asd rather than the child himself, its worth a read though.

BackforGood Tue 19-May-15 18:25:04

The Reason I jump is good - and a very quick and easy read.

I too was going to suggest Claire Sainsbury's Martian in the Playground

Temple Grandin (I've not read any of her books but presume they must be as good) has made some really insightful and helpful comments on TV programs over many years - I believe you can pick some up on You Tube.

You Tube has A is for Autism which is an animation that may help too.

What is the one that was written several years ago by a young man called Marc something, that he wrote as a guide for teenagers to negotiate their way through life....? That one is brilliant.... is it Marc Segar or something ???

DLAquestion Tue 19-May-15 18:43:14

I have been recommended Freaks, Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome. Written by and for ASD adolescents.

And Been There Done That Try this. Written by and for ASD adults.

mjmooseface Tue 19-May-15 19:18:30

Another one who recommends The Reason I jump by Naoki Higashida. I started reading it a while ago pre-dx but had to hand it back to the library as someone had a hold on it! I'm going to re-read it now we have an ASD dx.

I've also just picked up a copy of 'Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes you Knew' by Ellen Notbohm to read as a good starting point.

Thanks for all the other suggestions! They have been added to my list! smile

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