Autism book recommendations with Alex Lowery
Written on 18th Aug 2017 by Alex Lowery
As some of you will know; I really do not like reading. I tend to find that most books contain too much information for my mind to take in. I also simply struggle to read at the same time as take in that level of information. I’m also an extremely slow reader. There have quite literally been books I started reading 5 years ago and to this day; I still haven’t completed them. This is why I tend to prefer Audio books a lot of the time, but they have to be either dramatized or read with a lot of feeling and emotion by voice actors. However, there has been a number of exceptions to this rule. I have often found books by autistic authors easier to read. I just find that I am able to identify with a lot of what’s said. That’s not to say that this has always been the case, but it often has been. Today, I’m blogging about what autism books I would most recommend. if you’re not a reader either, I’d still recommend them because you may just find yourself enjoying these books. If you click on each title that’s listed, it will lead you to the amazon link for each book.
Back when I was 14, I saw a YouTube video called ‘In My Mind’, which was made by a 16-year old autistic boy by the name of ‘Alex Olinkiewicz’, which ended up with over a million views. I was at a point in my life when I had very mixed feelings about my condition but I always got really excited when I saw fellow autistics. This was a video about Alex’s experiences of Asperger’s Syndrome. It was very positive, and he even said at the end that if there were a way to cure autism, he would not take it. This helped me to feel less alone and to view autism in a more positive light. When Alex was 21, he also wrote a book about his life with the condition. I enjoyed his book even more than his video! As expected, the book goes into a lot more detail than his original video. I found myself relating to so many of the points he brought up. I would highly recommend reading this book. It gives an excellent insight into the autistic mind. I would like to give an in depth review of this book at some point, but I haven’t read it in about 5 years (well, technically this particular one was read to me).
This is a book written by a Japanese autistic man by the name of Naoki Higashida. The author of this book is non verbal, but uses facilitated communication. If you want to read into the perspective of an autistic who doesn’t use verbal language, this book might interest you.
This is an excellent book by ‘Michael Barton’ who is an autistic man. I met the author in person and he signed the book for me with his own hand. The book goes through his take on everyday expressions and idioms. It goes through how and why autistic people can find unclear language to be so confusing. I did do a more in depth review of the book, which you can view here.
This is another great book by Luke Jackson. I had heard of both the author and this book for years, but I only got the chance to read it about 2 years ago. This book goes through Luke’s experiences of living with Asperger’s. It’s very well written and gives an excellent insight into the condition. Luke was also only 13 years old when he wrote it! There’s no way I could have written a book like that at 13. I’d particularly recommend this book for teenagers. I feel like autistic teenagers would find the book to be very relatable since the author was a teenager when he wrote it. I also think it might help neurotypical teenagers to learn to accept their autistic peers. I can remember being an autistic teenager like it was yesterday, and I can tell you that it was very hard! I still think it’s good read for adults as well. I read it as an adult and still found myself relating to a lot of what Luke said. There is also a sequel to this book he wrote more recently. The sequel is also well worth checking out.
This book was written by written by Clay and Gail Morton. Have you ever seen those books meant for neurotypical children that are trying to help kids to understand autism? They might have things like “This is my friend Tom. He’s different from me because he has autism”. Well, this is a book that turns the tables (not literally) to help children on the autism spectrum to understand neurotypicals, which I think, is fantastic. There is often a lot of emphases on how autistic people are different from everyone else. However, what is often overlooked is that from the autistic person’s perspective, it is really everyone else who is different. This book shows the perception of an NT from an autistic point of view. I did a more in depth review of this book that you can view here.
Last as well as least, we come to the masterpiece (Just Kidding… Or am I? That’s for you to judge 😉 ) called ‘Thinking Club – A Filmstrip of My Life as a Person with Autism’. This book was written by me. I can’t give you a review of my own book for obvious reasons, but I thought I might as well just let you know about it. This book goes through my earliest memories from the age of 3 (when I was in a world full of torment) right up to becoming a public speaker on autism. If you’d like to order a signed copy from me then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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