Now, I'm not a parent. However, my parents aren't into the whole internet socialization thing, so I'm asking on their behalf, and a bit for my own future reference.
What parenting books do you recommend for raising an autistic child?
and one more closer to home, since all of the books we've found cut off at age 19, what books do you know of about helping autistic adult children? (for example, myself, who is 24 and living at home)
and books for parents that are Autistic with children that are NT and autistic. there is not much out there in the way of parenting books with the AS parent in mind.
I have not come across any good solid information books on parenting with ASDs. I'm trying to write one myself, but it's taking me a while. Even the Asperger's and Girls book didn't seem too enlightening on the subject.
As for books for parents, I finally got a copy of All Cats have Asperger for Christmas. It was good. I also read a book at the library for young kids to read to understand about Asperger's, but I thought could be easily wrapped in with all forms of Autism. I'll have to look that up for later. I have rather disliked what I've read of adult ASD books. They don't shine in quite the right light for me.
The book: Finding Our Way: Practical Solutions for Creating a Supportive Home and Community for the Asperger Syndrome Family: written by Kristi Sakai, from first hand experience. This publication was also recognized as 2006 ASA Literary Work of the Year.
Kristi spoke at my state autism conference (Nebraska) a few years ago, and her humor is quite refreshing and found in her writings as well.
btw: Kristi is a member of our forum & website here on AWN. She is currently co-authoring a book on Asperger's and Sexuality for parents of adolescents. She is interested in hearing from anyone who is interested in sharing your perspective (anonymously or other, your choice). See Kristi's forum post regarding this topic here.
There are so many books covering all facets of autism, but my three favorite autism parents books are:
1. Ten Things Every Child Wishes You Knew About Autism.
2. Facing Autism
3. Overcoming Autism
I read Aspergirls which I loved. I'm in the process of getting a diagnosis so that I can get along with my mother. (I'm 31 and live at home)
I recently picked up a book called "Saving Face", its not an AS book, but it's a "how to get out of awkward situations" book that is meant to be humerous. I think that it might be a helpful book to help parents understand how horrified their children are by the things that seem minor to them. I think the subtitle might be something like "how to bluff, lie, and fake your way out of any situation". It's worth a peek.