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April is Autism Awareness Month. To start the month off, this blog is dedicated to some of my favorite bibliotherapy picture books that help explain Autism to a child with Autism or their family members. Bibliotherapy is using books therapeutically to help one understand situations. I love using books therapeutically as it helps normalize the situation for children and their families. I mean after all, a lot of people must go through __________ experience for them to write a book about it right?
What About Me? - Brennan and Mandy Farmer
This book is unique as it is written by a Autism sibling. The main character in the book, explains what Autism is and how he and his brother act and react to things differently. It is a great book to help siblings understand why parents treat their Autistic sibling differently. It also helps the sibling to develop empathy and gives parents great ideas on how they can also make time for their "typical" sibling.
All My Stripes - Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer
All My Stripes a colorful and fun story about Zane the zebra who notices that he is different from his peers. Zane turns to his mom for support as he sees that he is different from the other zebras. His mom helps him navigate his differences and highlights ways he is beautifully unique.
Uniquely Wired - By Julia Cook
Julia Cook is one of my favorite bibliotherapy authors! She has many books that help explain different emotions, different tendencies or behavioral issues that a child might be experiencing. In her latest book, Uniquely Wired, she beautifully explains how a person with Autism's brain is wired differently. My favorite thing about the book is that she highlights the tendencies a person with Autism may have in a positive way. She describes them as gifts and throughout the book, Zak, the main character is thanked for sharing his abilities. She goes through how someone with Autism may have great memory and be super knowledgeable about a specific topic and how theses topics change over the years. This book really helps those who are reading understand what it is like to have Autism (sensory sensitivities, difficulty maintaining eye contact, stemming behaviors, echolalia). It is a great way to show someone who doesn't have Autism