Many of my readers are parents of special needs kids, particularly kids on the autism spectrum.
Because the internet is so overloaded with information, I’ve done the legwork for you. I’ve culled and curated some of my favorites for your to browse to your heart’s content.
These are all resources that I personally recommend.
I’ll continue to add to this list as I read and discover more!
If you know of a book/resource/website/training course/product you’d like to suggest that’s not on the list, feel free to contact me! In addition, if you would like for me to review your book or product, shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to help you out.
Recommended Books for Parents
Parenting Your Asperger Child by Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson
Finding Our Way by Kristin Sakai
The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood
A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive by Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, and James C. McPartland
The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc
The New Social Story Book by Carol Gray
The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun by Carol Stock Kranowitz
Books about Special Needs in the Church
Same Lake, Different Boat by Stephanie Hubach
Every Child Welcome: A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs by Katie Wetherbee & Jolene Philo
Leading a Special Needs Ministry: A Practical Guide to Including Children and Loving Families by Amy Fenton Lee
Books to Read with Kids
You Are a Social Detective by Michelle Garcia Winner
If You’re Angry And You Know It by Cecily Kaiser
Stop Kissing Me! by Ethan Long
The “Help Me Be Good” series by Joy Berry
No Biting! by Karen Katz
When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
Hands Are Not for Hitting (from the Best Behavior Series) by Martine Agassi
Books for Tweens and Teens
The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens With Asperger Syndrome by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
Asperger’s Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends by Blythe Grossberg
Aspergirls: Empowering Females With Asperger Syndrome by Rudy Simone
The Anger Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anger and Frustration by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann
Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens by Sheri Van Dijk
Fictional Books with Characters on the Spectrum
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison
Website of Michelle Garcia Winner
This website is a fantastic resource for making visual schedules
Another site with lots of visuals and ideas for making schedules.
Offers a subscription service with templates and graphics for creating visual schedules and picture boards. Very user-friendly, this was my favorite resource for creating schedules for my son when he was younger.
This site hasn’t been updated since January of 2015, but there are still links to lots of free resources.
Great resources are available on this site. Future Horizons hosts conferences throughout the year. I was able to attend one a few years ago and heard both Tony Attwood and Temple Grandin speak (two well known Asperger’s/Autism experts).
Temple Grandin is a phenomenal human being with an amazing story. See the movie about her! Also, I met her several years ago when I attended Future Horizon’s conference here in Dallas.
Website by Jolene Philo. I am an occasional guest blogger on this site as well.
This website offers motivational articles and encouragement for special needs parents and caregivers.
Online Special Needs Ministry Resources
Website of Amy Fenton Lee. I had the pleasure of meeting Amy a couple of years ago through a mutual friend. She has an incredible heart for special needs ministry and the boldness to speak God’s truth. Her website is chock full of helpful information and resources. If you are looking to start a special needs ministry in your church, make sure to pick up her book as well!
An absolutely fantastic ministry and resource with a passion for teaching and equipping churches to include and minister to families impacted by special needs. They provide training, consultation, and access to a free resource kit. As if that weren’t enough, they also offer:
- Front Door Online Church which provides online worship for families unable to leave their homes.
- Inclusion Fusion, a yearly web summit featuring speakers well-known in the area of special needs ministry (check out their YouTube channel here!)
- Church 4 Every Child, the official blog of Key Ministry
The blog of my friend, Shannon Dingle. Shannon is the director of the Access special needs ministry at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is also a special needs mom of six! Read more about her here.
Led by Jackie Mills-Fernauld, McClean Bible is a flagship church when it comes to disability ministry. There are lots of good resources available here, and they host the annual Accessibility Summit as well, which features well-known speakers, authors, and exhibitors in the special needs arena.
This is the ministry website of Joni Eareckson Tada, the incomparable champion for disability ministry worldwide. Find tons of resources, articles, devotionals, you name it.
The website of my friend, Lisa Friedman, who works with Jewish and other faith organizations toward inclusion for all. Lisa is a fabulous writer and has been a guest blogger here on this website!
This ministry helps churches embrace disability. They are available for consultation, and include a blog and helpful links on their website.
A website and ministry providing biblically sound resources to help churches educate their congregations about disability.
Games and Manipulatives
Reader Favorites: My Blog Posts About Special Needs
These are just a sample! To see all my blog posts on special needs, just click here!
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