Fiction Books for Autistic Teenager to Read
My son is my inspiration for creating books and autism resources for parents
I’m Paul Nelson. I’m a widower and a proud autism dad. I retired from teaching middle school music several years ago and decided to pursue my other passion-writing. My amazing non-verbal, autistic son, Michael, is the inspiration for my writing, which can best be described as Autism Fantasy Fiction. Michael and I are a team. Michael, and my former autistic students, have taught me so much about life. Autistic people have a wonderful way of living in the moment, much like the teachings of Buddhism. We cannot control this life, but we can control how we react to the bumps along the way. I try to convey this message in all of our books.
I also work tirelessly to try and increase the acceptance of those with mental challenges. Our society doesn’t do a very good job of taking care of those with mental illnesses or mental disabilities. That is one of the main reasons we have so many homeless people in the United States. Many of our homeless people have mental challenges and nobody to care for them. Our prisons are also full of people with mental issues. We have to do better.
Mental illnesses and mental disabilities are not a crime.
Our books stress the idea of treating everyone with respect and kindness.
Understanding the autism spectrum disorder
Autism is not a disease. It is a mental disability that affects millions of people. Part of the brain does not develop completely. This lack of development can show itself in different ways in different people. Some autistic people, like Michael, are non-verbal. Michael also experiences extreme sensitivity to certain sounds, bright light, and textures. Michael also has many amazing abilities. He can tell how many toothpicks are laying in a pile without counting them. He has an uncanny sense of time, even though he cannot read a clock, and he has great ability in art. Every autistic person is different. That is why it’s referred to as the autism spectrum. The key to helping autistic people lies not in making them act differently. It lies in helping them to adapt and accepting them as they are.
Books for autistic children and adults
In 2015, when I was still teaching, I completed FISHER’S AUTISM TRILOGY. It is a great adventure for ages 10 and up. It’s fun to read and has a strong message of kindness and acceptance. I tested it out on over four hundred students and used their suggestions to revise it. Our other series for kids is the CATS OF THE PYRAMIDS series. I’m writing book two in this series now.
We’ve also started to write autism fiction for slightly older readers. SAVING WORMS AFTER THE RAIN is a Mystery Series with an autistic hero. There are currently two volumes in this series, with more to come. Our SUSQUEHANNA SERIES is a time travel adventure full of magic and suspense. I also recently completed a book that was a bit of a departure. FROM THE MOON, I COME IN PEACE, is the passionate story of a young, autistic man’s struggles to fit into a society of non-acceptance.
All of our books include a lot about us and our life adventures with autism. We believe that including those with disabilities in our fiction is the best way to encourage tolerance and acceptance. Our books are available through Amazon.
Supporting autism resources and help for parents
I want to thank Paul for sharing his experiences about his son Michael and educating me on autism and the wide spectrum that autistic children and adults can fall between. There are many parents in my friends’ groups that would benefit from the books that Paul writes.
The adventure books that Paul writes are for children from ages 4 and up that teach multiple lessons of kindness and acceptance. Here’s a link to Paul’s books that can be conveniently purchased on Amazon.
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