Books for Parents

Books for Parents

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

A great book for parents who are adopting a child with autism. Dr. Barry M. Prizant details a different approach to autism, one that dives deep into the underlying cause of a behavior. Dr. Barry believes that instead of eliminating certain behaviors, we should build on the child’s strengths and offer support while seeking to understand the individual’s experience and behavior. The book offers a great amount of wisdom that will change the reader’s perspective on autism.  
Purchase here: Written by Barry M. Prizant

Understanding Fragile X Syndrome: A Guide for Families & Professionals

This book is great for parents that are adopting a child with Fragile X Syndrome. The book gives insight into the science of the disorder and provides advice for parents. This is a great book to begin with, as it gives a basic overview on the disorder.  
Purchase here: Written by Isabel Fernandez Carvajal

Down Syndrome Parenting 101: Must-Have Advice for Making Your Life Easier

A helpful book for parents that are adopting a child with Down Syndrome. The book offers insight into school, transitioning, discipline, literacy, talking with medical professionals, and independence.  

Purchase here: Written by Natalie Hale

The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome

A great read for parents that are adopting a child with Down Syndrome. This book teaches you ways to support your child through life. It offers valuable information on many topics such as transitioning into primary school, developing your child’s social skills, and future employment and housing opportunities.  

Purchase here: Written by Jen Jacob & Mardra Sikora

The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole

Through personal stories and stories of other adoptive parents, this book helps to inform parents what open adoption can look like and tools to navigate this process. This is a book to help potential parents frame a healthy mindset for their adoptive child’s life.
Purchase here: Written by Lori Holden with Crystal Hass