Top 10 Books to Buy for an Autism Mom (or Dad) This Holiday Season

beakerWith the holidays come hope, joy and anticipation, but for many families this holiday season may not be filled with much of those emotions due to their children’s diagnoses in the last year.  Around here, at TMR, the diagnosis itself doesn’t mean much — call it what you will: autism, sensory processing disorder, allergies, asthma, OCD, mast cell disorder, mitochondrial disease, the list goes on. Around here, we know whatever “they” label it, it all means one thing, that our children are iatrogenically sick and in need of healing.  So this holiday season, why not bring a dose of that hope and healing to a mom (or dad) starting out on the journey that so many of us have walked: hope that recovery is real; joy knowing that their children can get better; and anticipation of the healing that is to come in the new year.  And even for moms who have been on this road for a long time,  many of these books would make perfect gifts to renew their healing spirit!

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Here are a few ideas to get you started! Some are new, some are old, but all have helped many of us at TMR to experience and witness recovery of our children.

Happy shopping!

Honorable Mention:  Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism, Ken Siri and Tony Lyons


10. Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds, by Jenny McCarthy


9. Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children, by Beth Lambert


4As8.  Healing the Symptoms known as Autism, by Kerri Rivera


7. The Autism book:What Every Parent Needs to Know About Early Detection, Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention , by Dr. Robert Sears


6. Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD,Asthma and Allergies, by Kenneth Bock


5. The Other Side of Autism: Famous Spirits Unveil Regressive Autism’s Causes and Remedies, by Laura Hirsch


TMR Bookcover4. Outsmarting Autism, by Patricia Lemer


3. Thinking in the Kitchen,  Team TMR Cookbook


2. Team TMR: Evolution of a Revolution from Hope to Healing, Helen Conroy and Laura Hirsch


1. Thinking Moms Revolution, Helen Conroy and Lisa Joyce Goes

~ Beaker

P.S. Nominate any books you’d recommend in the comments!


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6 Responses to Top 10 Books to Buy for an Autism Mom (or Dad) This Holiday Season

  1. Seth Bittker says:

    If I could suggest one more book on autism… how about “Autism: Getting Better”?

    This book provides additional insight into biomedical treatments using what is available in the medical literature. Some innovations include: methylfolate for autism, downregulating dysfunctional monoamine production with dietary changes, silymarin for autism. Here is an excerpt from the description available on amazon:

    As a parent of a child with autism what is one to do? One option is to continue with behavioral therapies while simultaneously pursuing biomedical treatment. Such biomedical treatment should be guided by: an appreciation of individual biochemistry as determined by testing, an understanding of what is typical for autism biochemistry as described in the medical literature, and knowledge of what therapies are typically effective in autism based on results in the medical literature.
    In this book, Seth Bittker, who is the father of a boy on the spectrum, describes an innovative biomedical autism treatment protocol that was developed while keeping these points in mind…

    Admittedly I am biased as I am the author. You can get it here:

  2. Kathryn Berg says:

    I would recommend Autism Beyond Despair by Tinus Smits. It is about CEASE Therapy. It is a rather expensive book, because it is published in Europe, so it would be a great book to give as a gift.

  3. Melinda says:

    Marcia Hinds’ new book, “I Know You’re In There: Winning Our War Against Autism” is truly inspiring. Her son had a dysfunctional immune system, but the heroic educational and behavioral strategies they used in additional to the medical intervention are key to his complete recovery.

  4. Dana Read says:

    Great list! I would anything written by Judy Converse!

  5. Vince says:

    All good picks, but I have to give a nod to Raun Kaufman’s “Autism Breakthrough.” Even if you don’t do a Son Rise program, it will open your eyes to communicate better with your child, it will help you understand your child, and help you do whatever therapies you choose much better.

    • Jill says:

      Totally agree. What a game changer this book was for us and our family. The Autism Treatment Center of America and the Sonrise program has changed our lives forever.

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