Recommended Reading

We have put together a book list which we think Parents, carers and volunteers might like to read for further information and interest. Click on the titles to take you to their Amazon sites for prices and ordering.

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higoshima

Composed by a writer still with one foot in childhood, and whose autism was at least as challenging and life-defining , THE REASON I JUMP was a revelatory godsend. Reading it felt as if, for the first time, our own son was talking to us about what was happening inside his head.

All Cats Have Aspergers by Kathy Hoopmann

“All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome” takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS), drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS. Delightful colour photographs of cats bring to life familiar characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked, and particular eating habits. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality, and potential of people with AS.

Blue Sky July by Nina Wyn

‘It’s the strangest time – a birth – for a life to start falling apart.’ Set between the summers of 1998 and 2005 in Cardiff, “Blue Sky July” follows the story of a mother whose child suffers a colossal brain injury and her battle against ‘impossible odds’ to heal him. Through her intimate day by day musings, the book explores the impact of the tragedy on the mother’s thoughts and feelings as the most extraordinary relationship unfolds.