10 Helpful Books for Autistic Tweens and Teens

Posted by AAPC Publishing on Dec 6th 2021

This list, "10 Helpful Books for Autistic Tweens and Teens", is made up of our top picks of inspiring, or useful books that help open up dialogue about important topics for autistic kids age 10-19.

#1 Middle School – The Stuff Nobody Tells You About

Aimed at young teens, this resource tackles the issues that girls this age care about: fitting in, making friends, wearing the right clothes, succeeding academically and more. The book's "for teens, by teens" approach makes it an easy, fun read while giving readers practical tips that they can use in their everyday lives.

#2 The Guide to Dating for Teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome

Dating is difficult for everyone, but it can be especially overwhelming tor teens with high-functioning autism, who struggle with social issues. Written in a question-and-answer format, this much-needed resource offers insight into and practical advice on dating challenges. Special education teacher, Jeannie Uhlenkamp, tackles some of the specific issues facing teens in a logical progression, from how to know if someone likes you and how to ask someone out, to actually dating someone and breaking up. Each topic in The Guide to Dating for Teenagers With Asperger Syndrome is followed by discussion questions (to get conversation flowing between teens and parents/teachers) and a main idea (to succinctly wrap up the main point).

#3 Asperger Download

Being a teenager is an experience simultaneously shared by teens and their parents. In Asperger Download A Guide to Help Teenage Males With Asperger Syndrome Trouble-Shoot Life’s Challenges, Damian Santomauro and his mother, Josie, share the hidden curriculum of being a male teenager – unwritten social rules are spelled out. Damian was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 5. Now as a college graduate with a PhD, he shares his experiences with teens who are experiencing what he lived through. Appropriate for teenage males ages 11-16.

#4 Asperger’s Syndrome: An Owner’s Manual

National Parenting Publications Award Winner!

Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual is an interactive workbook designed for young people grades 5 through 8 for use with guidance from a helping teacher or parent. Written for adolescents, Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual describes high-functioning autism and how it can affect daily life. With the help of an adult, the child completes a series of activities related to learning style, sensory issues, emotions, relationships, and more, culminating in a written plan for each major area of his life.

#5 The Secret Rules of Social Networking

The one-of-a-kind resource outlines the unstated rules that guide relationships in an online environment. The authors address Internet safety, romantic relationships, online vs. in-person interactions and more, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults with communication and social skills challenges.

#6 Expect A Miracle

Expect a Miracle: Understanding and Living With Autism is powerful and motivating. This story inspires you to do whatever you can to live the life you want- no matter what others expect or think. Told from the unique separate viewpoints of a young man with high-functioning autism (David), and his mother (Sandy), you will be pulled into this story and filled with admiration and respect for both individuals.

#7 Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed

Part memoir, part inspirational guide, Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed is a groundbreaking book that offers readers the ability to see life through the eyes of a young man with autism. Written by Tyler McNamer at the age of 17, Tyler not only details his challenges, but he also offers hope and encouragement to others who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Whether you’re an educator, a family member of someone with autism, or simply looking for inspiration, you’ll appreciate the opportunity to step inside this remarkable young man’s mind. As Tyler explains, I’ve been called a retard, dumb, and disabled. I’ve been bullied, picked on, and made fun of. They put me in special classes and told me that I should not expect to reach my goals. Yet rather than view his diagnosis negatively, Tyler considers his unique viewpoint a gift. It is with this perspective that he wrote Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed.

#8 A 5 Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up!

An honest approach for teaching about personal boundaries and potential legal consequences of unacceptable behaviors. Building on the 5-point scale, Kari has written a workbook for adolescents and young adults called A 5 Is Against the Law! The book takes a narrower look at challenging behavior with a particular focus on behaviors that can spell trouble for youth who have difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries.

#9 Diary of a Social Detective

Detective agencies come in many shapes and forms, but never before has there been a one-man social detective agency! Johnny Multony, transformed from "not fitting in" to a socially savvy kid, starts the first-ever social detective agency. He is then hired by other students in his school for help with common interpersonal dilemmas, such as cliques, dealing with disappointments, bullying, personal space, friends, body language, and much more. Diary of a Social Detective: Real-Life Tales of Mystery, Intrigue and Interpersonal Adventure teaches children and adolescents how to be social detectives in their own lives.

#10 Social Rules for Kids

Many parents are not sure of what to say and do to help their children improve their social interactions. This book helps open the door of communication between parent and child by addressing 100 social rules for home, school, and the community. Using simple, easy-to-follow rules covering topics such as body language, manners, feelings and more, Social Rules for Kids aims to make students' lives easier and more successful by outlining specific ways to interact with others on a daily basis.