A first hand account
If we are to understand a complex condition like autism spectrum disorder it’s so important that we gain an insider’s view. When we begin our journey researching autism the first thing that we learn is that autism affects people very differently and no two people who are autistic have the same autistic traits. With this in mind it’s really important that we discover first hand accounts of how different autistic people perceive their condition and how they have learnt to interact with the world. Here is a list of fantastic books written by authors on the autistic spectrum that are differently worth a read.
All in the genes
When it comes to developmental disorders of the brain, such as autism spectrum disorder, males are at far greater risk than females. Boys, on average, are five times more likely to have autism than girls . What causes this disparity has largely remained unknown although recent research uncovered compelling genetic evidence suggesting girls have a higher tolerance for harmful genetic mutations than boys. This explains why there are more books written by autistic male authors than female authors.
List of autistic authors and their books, sorted by gender
Sean Barron – There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
Charles Martel Hale –I Had No Means to Shout
Kenneth Hall – Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything
Patrick McCabe – Living and Loving with Asperger Syndrome: Family Viewpoints
Thomas A. McKean – Light on the Horizon: A Deeper View from Inside the Autism Puzzle
Tito R. Mukhopadhyay – Beyond the Silence: My Life, the World and Autism
Jerry Newport – Autism: Asperger’s and Sexuality – Puberty and Beyond
Edgar Schneider – Living the Good Life with Autism
Daniel Stefanski – How to Talk to an Austistic Kid
Christopher Slater-Walker – An Asperger Marriage
Stephen Wiltshire – Floating Cities
Jen Birch – Congratulations! It’s Asperger Syndrome
Lucy Blackman – Lucy’s Story: Autism and Other Adventures
Temple Grandin – Thinking in Pictures
Liane Holliday Willey – Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living with the Ups, the Downs and Things in Between
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