Raising Kids on the Spectrum: Chicken Soup for the Soul Book

You probably already know that I have an endorsement to teach special education. You may recall that I have a special place in my heart for people with Autism (particularly Asperger Syndrome… remember Asperkids?). The following book is one of the main reasons I chose to remain a Chicken Soup for the Soul Official Soup-er Blogger. It’s called Raising Kids on the Spectrum and it’s all about raising children who have Autism (in its various degrees) and I knew I had to received a copy of it (Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book).

raising kids on the spectrum

Raising Kids on the Spectrum

I will admit that there have many times I received a Chicken Soup for the Soul book and simply skimmed over it, enjoying some stories but skipping many that didn’t seem to suit me. This was the first one in a while that I actually wanted to keep reading and I even stayed up late reading it a couple of nights. I haven’t read all of the stories yet, but I have read over half the book and at least a few stories from each chapter of Raising Kids on the Spectrum. So, I feel like I have a pretty good feeling for this book.

That being said, I enjoyed reading Raising Kids on the Spectrum. Many of the stories are very touching. A few are even kind of funny (there’s a whole chapter dedicated to seeing humor with Autism). Obviously, some referenced their faith. However, I didn’t find this one to be as strong on the religion as other books in the series. I thought it was really just a collection of stories from parents who have children with Autism. I had never encountered a book like this before, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it.

I’ve seen some of the issues addressed in Raising Kids on the Spectrum, but from the teacher or school’s perspective. It was a nice change to read how parents perceive their children and their struggles (and gifts). I found some stories to be refreshing since they highlighted the positive points of their children. I think some people have a negative image of people with Autism. I loved that this book included stories about people with Asperger Syndrome or high functioning Autism, so that others know that we can’t just judge people. I love that the book challenges us to change the way we see others and how we react to them… it’s impossible to know someone’s situation just by looking at them.


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Raising Kids on the Spectrum book.

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Disclosure: I received a free book. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Scarlett G says

    I would love to have this book cause I have a son that is on the spectrum.

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