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National Autism Awareness Month

Mar 31, 2021

April 2 is Autism Awareness Day. Throughout April the focus is to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism by sharing stories and providing opportunities to improve perceptions. Autism spectrum disorder can refer to a broad range of conditions including challenges with speech, nonverbal communication, social skills and repetitive behaviors. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control. People on the spectrum present with a wide range of different skill sets that can be a challenge or a set of strengths. Autistic people have a wide range from highly skilled to severely challenged in how they learn, problem solve and think. Some may require substantial support in their everyday life while others live entirely independent. We have included a few titles on autism from our catalog to help spread the awareness and foster community support. Everyone deserves support, kindness and compassion!


The Reason I Jump / Naoki Higashida

A smart, very self-aware, and charming thirteen year old boy with autism demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.

Engaging Autism: Using the Floor time Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think / Stanley Greenspan

An essential guide to the highly recommended floor-time approach for treating children with any of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome / Tony Attwood

A definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to AS, it brings together a gifted wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome from children to adults. 

Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism / Roy Richard Grinker

When anthropologist Richard Grinker's daughter was diagnosed with autism in 1994, it occurred in only 1 in every 10,000 children. Within ten years, rates had skyrocketed. Unstrange Minds documents Grinker's quest across the globe to discover the surprising truth about why autism is so much more common today.

The Power of Different: the Link Between Disorder and Genius / Gail Saltz M.D.

Readers will find engaging scientific research and stories from historical geniuses and everyday individuals who have not only made the most of their conditions, but who have flourished because of them.

The Autistic Brain / Temple Grandin and Richard Panek

Temple Grandin may be the most famous person with autism. Since her birth in 1947, our understanding of it has undergone a great transformation, leading to more hope than ever before that we may finally learn the causes of and treatments for autism. 

The Way I See It / Temple Grandin

Temple offers helpful dos and don'ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips all based on her insider perspective and a great deal of research. 

Born On a Blue Day / Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet is unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head. 


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time / Mark Haddon

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years. 

House Rules: A Novel / Jodi Picoult

When your son can't look you in the eye does that mean he's guilty? Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues of expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject – forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right.

The Way Things Look To Me / Roopa Farooki

Yasmin, the youngest sibling, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Her older siblings learned to adapt to less attention and more responsibility; they adapted to a sister with "special abilities" that no one, not even they, could ever truly understand. 

The Kiss Quotient / Helen Hoang

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases – a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish.

Hard Cash Valley / Brian Panowich

Arnie Blackwell's murder in Jacksonville is only the beginning,  and Dane and Roselita seem to be one step behind. Someone is hacking a bloody trail throughout the Southeast looking for Arnie's younger brother, a boy with Asperger's syndrome who possesses an unusual skill with numbers that could make a lot of money and that has already gotten a lot of people killed.