5 Books to Help the School Counselor Understand Autism

  • A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive
  • Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
  • Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism; Temple Grandin, PhD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism; Chantal Sicile-Kira
  • NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity; Steve Silberman

Whether you are new to the field of school counseling, or you have been working for many years now, there is a lot to learn about developments associated with autism. It seems there are more children being diagnosed each year and these students will make their way through the school system as well. While you may have learned about autism while you were studying to be a school counselor in school, there are plenty of other resources that you can supplement with throughout your career. Let’s take a closer look at five books about the topic of autism, that every school counselor should read.

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A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive; Sally Ozonoff, PhD, Geraldine Dawson, PhD, and James C. McPartland, PhD

The autism spectrum can vary quite a bit and while one child falls on one end of the spectrum because of their inability to function normally in a variety of settings, there are children that are considered to be ‘high functioning’. They do meet a number of the requirements for being autistic, but they can function quite well in many instances. This guide for parents can be beneficial for counselors as it talks about the assistance needed for high functioning autistic children.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew; Ellen Notbohm

This is a unique book because it was written by an author who takes on the perspective of the child who has autism. Ideally, to properly treat and assist a student with autism, you need to know what they are going through. This book will give you a unique perspective on autism and you may find you are more compassionate.

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism; Temple Grandin, PhD

She could potentially be the most well-known person with autism right now. Temple Grandin wrote a book explaining autism from her perspective. She has made great strides with communicating to people what it is like living with autism and the challenges someone with this condition faces. This is a book that as a counselor, can give you insight into how these students are challenged each day.

Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism; Chantal Sicile-Kira

This is a fully comprehensive guide on the process of diagnosing autism, treating autism, coping with autism, supporting those with autism, etc. Everything you need to know as a professional dealing with autistic students can be found in this book.

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity; Steve Silberman

Once you have read some of these other books that detail what autism is really all about, you can delve deeper into your research with this book. The concept of this book explains that autism might not actually be a disorder in essence. Rather, it is just a variation in our population. A very interesting and insightful read.

If you are going to be working with professionals in a school setting and interacting with students that have autism (to any degree), then it will help you in your career and help you with your students if you do a little bit of extra reading. Healthline shares a list of additional books helpful for understanding autism. Working with teachers, parents and other staff at the school you work with can help provide these students with the help that they need to succeed.