April is Autism Awareness Month

We’ve got children on the spectrum and with high anxiety in our home, some of them grown and thankfully self-sufficient now. I wanted to share some books that have really helped us along the way. Oh yeah, and why not blue or a puzzle? Because people are what they are we don’t need to “fix them or solve them.”


What to Do When You Grumble Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Negativity (What to Do Guides for Kids)– This one is good for adults too. It talks about looking at things that happen in life as not good or bad… instead, it teaches you just to accept that events occur in life. The facts don’t change, but how you respond can be drastically different.


What to do when you dread your bed: a kid’s guide to overcoming problems with sleep

In the same series as the above book, but worth noting on its own because it has been transformational for one of our kids with high anxiety. I thought we were going to have to adopt a dog just to sleep with this kid. Crisis averted. The dog still wanted.


Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms

Some of my children had a very literal sense of words and their meanings. We’ve had this on the shelf for years, and I bring it out during school once a week or so, and we’ll read and discuss a few phrases. This is actually an excellent idea for all homeschoolers as many kids are not familiar with idioms anymore.


Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational Needs: Engaging with Nature to Combat Anxiety, Promote Sensory Integration and Build Social Skills

I include this one because it is ideal for a parent who doesn’t know where to begin to plan a garden and who has a child on the spectrum. If you are an avid gardener, you won’t need much of this book, but the chapters on ASD are excellent. I bought it last year when we were going to have a “middle earth summer” we may have a small garden this year, and I’ll try it out.


Smart but Scattered Teens: The “Executive Skills” Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

If you think you need this book, buy it and have your teen take the quizzes included. I’m not sure why but that was the only thing that made my son aware of his strengths and weaknesses. It’s still a work in progress, but it has been life changing for us.

I also highly advise getting your age 12 and up kid a planner and teaching them how to use it. I prefer Passion Planners simply because of their Passion Road Map. You can print just that section for free in the pdf section of their website. I think you have to share them on social media to gain access. It actually made goal setting crystal clear for my teens.