Taking a strengths based approach requires us (providers) to meet children and families where they are and build from there. But to meet families where they are, we must have some understanding of the individual’s and family’s perspectives. One thing we have found helpful in understanding the perspectives of those we serve is reading the stories of individuals and families affected by autism and other conditions. This topic has recently exploded in the popular press literature and while there are a number of great reads out there, we thought we’d share some of our favorites- particularly the ones that have shaped our therapy model and most influenced our philosophy for serving families. We’re also working a more comprehensive list of our favorites. Happy Reading!!!

Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Ron Suskind

The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband by David Finch

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry Prizant

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

Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood by Jesse A. Saperstein