It’s the 105th Mother’s Day and we thought of paying tribute to the Top 6 Autism Mom Authors of the year!
If mothers in general are the real Superwomen of the World, mothers of autistic children are really kicking ass! We love it when an autism mom takes a step further and decides to share their experiences, so that those after them can reap the benefits! Here’s a list of some of the best books we’ve read by autism mom authors!
Kristine Barnett writes about her son, Jacob, who has an astonishingly high IQ, a photographic memory & an original theory on astrophysics! She chronicles her journey with her extraordinary son, making this book a remarkable read. She talks about how her son’s brilliant mind was almost lost to autism since the experts around her kept focusing on Jacob’s basic skills. This drove Jacob even more into his own world. However, as a mother, Kristen knew in her heart of hearts, that she had to make a drastic change
#2 Mary Barbera
Dr. Mary Lynch Barbera, who is not just an Autism Mom, but also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BcBA), shares her personal experiences. Her book on The Verbal Behavior Approach draws inspiration from B F Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. It is meant to work particularly well with children with minimal or no speech abilities. This step-by-step guide provides an abundance of information about how to help children develop better language and speaking skills. It also explains how to teach non-vocal children to use sign language. It educates parents and professionals unfamiliar with the principles of ABA and VB. It also enables them to get started immediately using the Verbal Behavior approach to teach their autistic children
Shirley Blaire- Stein shares the story of most autism mothers, whose lives completely change after their child’s diagnosis. Through her book, she embodies the voice of several autistic moms who don’t leave any stone unturned in ensuring a better, brighter future for their child. Autism Mom unfolds a riveting story on how to understand autism, speak its language, and truly communicate with the autistic child.
Look at My Eyes: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Autism and PDD-NOS: Early Intervention and Navigating the System
Autism mom, Melanie Fowler, brings a refreshing take on the discussion of autism spectrum disorders. Through her personal experiences and educated expertise, she directly addresses the daily struggles that autistic children and their families face. Her perspective as a mother of a child with PDD-NOS, helps other parents know that there is hope. Through her book, she and her husband cover topics right from potty to insurance battles.
What I Wish I’d Known about Raising a Child with Autism: A Mom and a Psychologist Offer Heartfelt Guidance for the First Five Years
Bobbi Sheahan, a doting Autism mom, in collaboration with psychologist Kathy DeOrnellas, Ph.D., has created this brilliant manual. They claim they did not write this book to lecture parents on how to raise their child. They take on the role of your scouts in the field. As scouts, they have valuable information to share. The topics they cover being right from the moment you realize your kid is different (My, what a quiet baby I have!). It goes on to call out self-righteous moms on the playground, to holding your marriage together and the realm of routines.
Sharie Walter, mother to an autistic girl has written this little nugget full of dark humor. It talks about how absurdities become an Autism household’s new normal. She admits that Autism isn’t funny. Yet, sometimes laughter rises feebly out of the ashes of tragedy. She calls it a little befuddled and slightly singed, like a hungover phoenix after mardi gras.