Autism Awareness Month is a great time to feature books and materials on autism and ASD (autism spectrum disorders.) Displaying books specific to identifying and characterizing autism is a great start. But to build truly autism-friendly collections that will be used and appreciated all year long, it is important to look for subjects that go beyond the basics and help support the physical, social, and emotional development of children with autism.
While every person with autism or ASD is different and will have different needs, here are a few types of books to help build more autism-friendly collections:
- Books that explain and illustrate phrases and sayings.
- Clear and concise books on manners and social skill-building.
- Sensory-based activity guides for parents and teachers.
- Books written by and for children or teens with autism.
It is also important to remember that while April is a wonderful time to highlight these books in a special display, children with autism and their families use the library all year round. Be sure to pop up autism-friendly displays throughout the year. You can also create booklists and other finding guides to help parents, teachers, and therapists easily locate these great autism-friendly resources. For more information on autism, including some of the latest research, check out AutismSpeaks.org.