The journals….the notebooks…they just take over page after page in the books section when you search for autism. Why are they there? Shouldn’t they be in stationery? There’s just so many “Autism is my superpower”, “Autism Awareness”, “My autism gives me magical powers” and on and on and on…
Anyway, once I actually found some books and not autism themed blank journals these were some of the books released in February 2019:
Unfamiliar Heroes: Autism “The Unkept Secret” looks like it is probably a kind of inspirational story for children, so I’ll be likely to give that a pass. There’s also a book titled KINDRED FOREVER: Autism was our connection Kindred birthed our evolution and if the title didn’t give it away, the synopsis did – it’s what sounds like a convoluted inspirational story about how autism is a superpower and from that a society called the Kin is formed…definitely doesn’t sound like my kind of thing.
Then there’s the controversially titled Can I Be Honest?: I Think I Hate Autism which is one of the parent biographies out in February, along with Christian’s Way. I was also surprised to see a bizarre string of words that I recognised Don’t Squeeze the Spaceman’s Taco: Lessons Learned from My Son with Autism and this was another parent biography released by the father of an autistic teenager called Cade, I recognised the phrase because his blog pops up in my feed. There’s also a sibling biography in I Was a Stranger to Beauty.
There’s the usual monthly batches of independently published books about how ‘X, Y, Z substances will “cure” autism’ books which I’ll give a pass on.
There’s a textbook about Trauma, Autism, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders which is looking at the overlap and confusion between neurodevelopmental disorders and trauma/stressor related disorders and details some of the research into the area – it looks interesting but it’s pricey (~£100).
Regression by autistic adult, Twilah Hiari, is – I think – an autobiographical account of Hiari’s quite horrific experience of the medical establishment. It looks intriguing but some of the reviews are quite heavy on the healing/cure narrative, maybe a wait and see book. The PDA Paradox is another book from an autistic adult, Harry Thompson, and is about his experience of PDA and embracing neurodiversity. Life in Letters: A Book about Autism is written by a non-autistic sibling but claims to tell the stories of nonspeaking autistic people – the title and synposis suggest it looks at functional communication or Rapid Prompting Method, both of which are hugely controversial (I have particular issues with both of these, not least the lack of research that isn’t heavily steeped in bias).
Girls and Autism also came out this month and was one of the books on my pre-order list. It arrived late (as with every preorder from Amazon so far) but it did at least get here in the month of release! It looks at the latest research on girls and autism. There was also A Practical Guide to Happiness in Adults on the Autism Spectrum by Victoria Honeybourne, I have a number of Honeybourne’s books so this one went on my wishlist. Job Coaches for Adults with Disabilities looks interesting but there’s so many issues with job coaching and how people with disabilities are supported that I don’t want to guess which way this book will go.
Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism using Minecraft makes me go “Eeeeeh” just a bit because it feels (like with Lego Therapy) like things that are of massive interest to autistic kids are just constantly being turned into therapy opportunities rather than just fun.
That’s the round-up of some (but by no means all) of the books on autism released in February 2019 – have you read any? What did you think? Feel free to comment here or on the Twitter thread for this month.