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When I first diagnose someone with Autism, my first focus is on educating family members about Autism and giving them resources. My go to book recommendation is Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wish you Knew. This book is written by Ellen Notbohm, who is a mother of two children on the spectrum. Each chapter discusses a possible tendency your child may have. It explains it in detail through a parents perspective.
For families of individuals who are high functioning and have a difficult time accepting and understanding the ASD diagnosis, I recommend the following book – Can I tell you about Asperger’s Syndrome?: A guide for friends and family by Jude Welton. I particularly like this book as on page there is a picture story (that kids can understand) and on the opposite page there is a length description of the topic being discussed. This book was particularly helpful for newly diagnosed families to use with their other children and extended families.
Another book I have found particularly helpful for adults who have recently learned they have high functioning Autism is - Look Me in the Eye - My life with Asperger's written by John Elder Robinson. The author of this book began writing his life stories as a way of coping from his father’s death. As he is high functioning, he was misdiagnosed and felt very lost and confused growing up. This book is enlightening as it is written through the perspective an individual with high functioning Autism. It highlights stories from childhood, adolescence and adult life.