Books about autism for middle school

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M is for Autism by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School

M. Thats what Id like you to call me please. Ill tell you why later.

Welcome to Ms world. Its tipsy-turvy, sweet and sour, and the beast of anxiety lurks outside classrooms ready to pounce. M just wants to be like other teenagers her age who always know what to say and what to do. So why does it feel like she lives on a different plane of existence to everyone else?

Written by the students of Limpsfield Grange, a school for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder with communication and interaction difficulties, M is for Autism draws on real life experiences to create a heartfelt and humorous novel that captures the highs and lows of being different in a world of normal.

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Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers (Part 1)

20 Books About Kids With Autism

One of the most wonderful things about a book is its ability to reveal to us a little piece of ourselves. When we can relate to a story or a character, we are left with a better understanding of who we are and what our purpose may be. This might be most true for children on the autism spectrum. While some of these books are written specifically for children on the autism spectrum, others are aimed towards siblings and friends. Ages 7 and Up Not only does this delightful book include fun color photographs of cats and kittens, it also offers a humorous glimpse at some of the difficulties and joys of raising a child on the autism spectrum. Ages Zane the zebra has autism, and he is worried that his friends and classmates will make fun of his stripes, which make him different.

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Books reflecting the neurodiversity of people are important, both for kids to see themselves and to build empathy for others. These books about kids with autism are some of our favorites, and we believe they are worth sharing in the classroom. In putting together this article, we did not find many examples of books about kids with autism that are written by people with autism themselves.

Fortunately, great books exist to help kids of all ages and places on the spectrum, as well as their parents and teachers. It seems like an explosion of research and books are available, but sifting through it all to find the right reads for your special kid can be a challenge. They helped my kid, and I hope they help yours, too! These books speak to the kids in ways Aspies can understand, and inform and instruct them. Because having Autism can be socially isolating, these books also serve the important function of reminding them that they are great, special kids, and they are not alone. This is an informative introduction to ASD, with a lively but not overwhelming layout. It explains what ASD is, as well as its challenges, but emphasizes self-acceptance and positivity.

Looking for more autism resources? Unique learning styles and different sensory needs factor into why we sometimes struggle with our students who have been diagnosed with autism. Some books on this list are classroom resources with specific teaching tools you can experiment with. This best-seller is known for being clear and to the point. Even though it was written for parents, the book gives teachers quick insight into the mind of a child with autism.

Understanding autism can begin with stories about a child, sibling, friend, and classmate and even a kid detective! This collection includes picture books for elementary age children and their families as well as chapter books for middle school readers. We've also included several biographies of Temple Grandin that describe her inspiring life story. Who would have thought Bat would want to keep the baby skunk, named Thor? Is it really okay for a skunk to become a pet? Bat is a unique character and the story offers a deeply heartfelt glimpse into the life of a boy on the autism spectrum, presented realistically in this touching and surprisingly informative novel.


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