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u/coreyf · 54 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Ever been somewhere completely foreign? The people talk strange, dress strange and act strange. Toilets flush the wrong direction, cars on the wrong side of the road. People on the street will stand too close to you or get angry if you point with one finger. All kinds of shit that leaves you with a vaguely uncomfortable feeling. You can communicate with people, although misinterpretations are common, and you can interact enough to get by, but you can never really get your point across when needed, and you just plain don't have a grap of their social norms. Pretend this never gets better. That's kind of how we think an autistic feels.

It depends, of course, on where one lands on the aforementioned "autistic spectrum", but holds true to some extent with all autistics. It's hard to get your point across or to get someone else's point, others emotions or reactions to events make no sense, and are unpredictable to an autistic. It is honestly surprising to a person with autism that the neighbor would get mad at you for smashing his car windows with a hammer. You'd be confused if he liked his windows, or just hates that hammer. A lot of folks with autism cling to things like math for comfort. They like patterns, predictable things that always have a familiar outcome.

Check out The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Amazing story told from the point of view of an autistic child.

u/1nfiniterealities · 28 pointsr/socialwork

Texts and Reference Books

Days in the Lives of Social Workers


Child Development, Third Edition: A Practitioner's Guide

Racial and Ethnic Groups

Social Work Documentation: A Guide to Strengthening Your Case Recording

Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond

[Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life]

Interpersonal Process in Therapy: An Integrative Model

[The Clinical Assessment Workbook: Balancing Strengths and Differential Diagnosis]

Helping Abused and Traumatized Children

Essential Research Methods for Social Work

Navigating Human Service Organizations

Privilege: A Reader

Play Therapy with Children in Crisis

The Color of Hope: People of Color Mental Health Narratives

The School Counseling and School Social Work Treatment Planner

Streets of Hope : The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood

Deviant Behavior

Social Work with Older Adults

The Aging Networks: A Guide to Programs and Services

[Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice]

Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

Ethnicity and Family Therapy

Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Perspectives on Development and the Life Course

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Generalist Social Work Practice: An Empowering Approach

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents

DBT Skills Manual

DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets

Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need


[A People’s History of the United States]

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Life For Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Tuesdays with Morrie

The Death Class <- This one is based off of a course I took at my undergrad university

The Quiet Room

Girl, Interrupted

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Flowers for Algernon

Of Mice and Men

A Child Called It

Go Ask Alice

Under the Udala Trees

Prozac Nation

It's Kind of a Funny Story

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Bell Jar

The Outsiders

To Kill a Mockingbird

u/Shareandcare · 12 pointsr/DebateAnAtheist

The main character of the fictional book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time could be classified as an intuitive atheist.

As an autistic 15-year old, he holds many beliefs that are wildly irrational. The color of cars he notices on the way to school each day inform him if it will be a good day or a bad day.

So when he declares God does not exist, it's fairly possible (as much as one can read into fictional characters) that his method for deciding that a God does not exist is based on intuition alone.


The classic example may be the Pirahã people, but their rejection of Jesus via lack of evidence may only be part of their innate stubbornness to holding conservatively within their own culture above all else, since they still believe in their own spirits.

u/FrozenGonad · 6 pointsr/programming

You might get your friends to read this book. It's about an autistic kid and the story is told through his voice. The book tears your heart out and shows it to you. But it makes you understand. It's a good read too.

u/underdabridge · 5 pointsr/gaming
u/theunderscoreguy · 5 pointsr/books

I find things like About a Boy by Nick Hornby or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time nice uplifting books. I think the innocence of children is always loveable. I would prefer the latter, so if you haven't read it give it a read.

u/redsledletters · 5 pointsr/TrueAtheism

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Narrator/main character is an atheist, although not atheist for the usual skeptical reasons. He has nearly debilitating autism.

u/SlothMold · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

My university had The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time one year. I hear it was the most popular one, and I personally like the book. I'd also recommend it to ESL learners because the language is not complicated, but the book is not dumbed down or patronizing.

Bonus: There is now a play based on the book, and a film being planned. <--Tying in to other school departments.

u/LeEyeballKid · 4 pointsr/autism

A lot of people will suggest The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which is a fine book, but the author didn't do enough research and was just writing a novel.

I'd recommend John Elder Robison's books. He has wrote multiple memoirs and lives a very vivid life; he, his son, and possibly (don't remember if she was diagnosed) his son's mother are all autistic. I loved the books, and I've never seen myself or connected with a book like I did with his. His books aren't hard to read and I believe there are four in total.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:

Look Me in the Eye:

u/thewreckage · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

I feel like if your daughter and I were the same age we would be best friends, she sounds exactly like how I was at her age.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen is wonderful, I read it at about her age. No sex.

John Green's books are amazing, but Looking For Alaska has a blow job part, and The Fault In Our Stars has sex. They are in no way explicit however, and I really would recommend that she read them, at least eventually, maybe at 12, because they're beautifully written and, I think, teach really valuable lessons (in fact, the blow job scene is awkward and uncomfortable and juxtaposed with a conversation that is emotionally intimate to demonstrate that you don't need sex and physical contact for emotional connection.)

I also remember reading Artemis Fowl when I was her age.

Other recommendations:
A Face in Every Window by Han Nolan

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Cul de Sac Moon by Kimberley Clarke (my high school English Lit, Creative Writing and English AP teacher)

And when I was your daughter's age I was really, REALLY into The Royal Diaries series, my favourite being The Lady of Ch'iao Kuo and Elizabeth I.

EDIT: OH! And if she liked The Hunger Games I think she will LOVE The Giver series by Lois Lowry. And Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events might keep her occupied for a week or two, as well as the Chronicles of Narnia.

u/PedroFPardo · 3 pointsr/Spanish

This one is a little bit more advanced

But I still thinking is a good reading for an adult. It's like is written by a child with Asperger so everything is extremely well explained and I think it's easy to understand. But the concept and the story is quite profound and interesting to keep an adult hooked. It's not a book for children.

You can find the original version in English as well

u/thebigmeowski · 3 pointsr/needadvice

If she was just diagnosed, I'm thinking it's probably more likely that she's high-functioning since you probably would've noticed earlier on if she was low-functioning. And the fact that she doesn't resist affection is a really wonderful sign! My brother wasn't very affectionate when he was her age but he did have some of those same behaviours - not responding to commands, self-focused etc. The word Autism itself comes from 'auto', so naturally a huge component of Autism is a focus on oneself rather than others which makes for more difficulties in social situations. Like I said, our situations are very different because my brother is 3 years older than me but going back to my 5 year old mindset, how I managed to communicate with my brother was through his common interest which is music. He'd play piano and I'd sit with him, we'd talk about our favourite artists etc. Since your sister is still pretty young, it might be difficult to establish a common interest right now but my advice would be interest yourself in whatever she finds interesting, getting her to talk about what she's doing, what she likes. And I hope that as she gets older, she's put in 'typical' child environments so that she doesn't miss out. I'm really happy to say that my brother had a lot of support when he was younger and now he's 23 and extremely well-adjusted and living in his own apartment and has a job that he loves. I wish I could offer you some reference books or something but all of the ones that I read were for younger siblings of Autistic children. If you're interested though here are a few that helped me:

Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome <-- it's about Aspergers but a lot of the characteristics are similar and more importantly, it provides a lot of information for siblings

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime <-- fictional but takes place completely inside the mind of an Autistic person! And it's an amazing read!

The Reason I Jump

u/Scotty425 · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

A great book that expresses this topic a bit is 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime'. It's written from the point of view of an autistic boy and it really gives you some insight into how people with autism experience love and caring and how it effects their relationship with others.

Link to amazon for the interested:

u/heymister · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm gonna forego all the other threads about good books and best books because, on reddit, the list always seems to be the same. Not knocking it, as I've contributed to it, and because I agree with most of the choices I find each time. But I'm going to list a few books I read in the past ten years of so that don't fit the reddit norm, and because they struck a chord with me.

  1. Trout Fishing in America -- Richard Brautigan.

    A great drunk writer.

  2. At Home with Jamie -- Jamie Oliver.

    I've been working to cook from scratch, and this book has helped me understand the beauty and satisfaction to be had in working all day to create one meal.

  3. Understanding by Design -- Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

    As a teacher, this has been instrumental to my work. Learning how we learn and learning how to teach others to learn is succinctly broken down into necessary parts.

  4. World War Z -- Max Brooks

    By far the best book I've read in ten years.

  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -- Mark Haddon

    Just plain, good storytelling, and with a narrator who'll question your capacity to understand other narrators.
u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Most of the books I was forced to read in school weren't that amazing. The exception to this would probably have been The Power of One.

On a more interesting note, I recently read one of the books that grade 9s at my old school are presently reading (I read it out of interest because it was somewhat controversial): The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. This is an incredibly entertaining book and I somewhat wish I was able to read it when I was at school.

u/a_wild_dragonite · 3 pointsr/Drugs

both of these books are great reads:

and are about young individuals struggling with life's harships.

take a step back from the drugs, if only for a little. Exercise daily, read, cook a few meals.

be safe, feel better

u/Efdehess · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

The curious incident of the dog in the night Time

It was my first book in English; a great story, really easy to read.

u/_Captain_ · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I would really love The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time! It looks so awesome and I really, really want to read it. So many people have recommended it to me and I'd love to follow through with the recommendation! Plus, really, it has 2222 reviews right now and that's just awesome. Thank you so much for this contest!! I love used books!

Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.

u/poisomivy · 2 pointsr/autism

If you're looking for non-clinical, there's a fictional book called the the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (

I would also recommend checking out some of the many wonderful blogs, by parents of autistic children but especially autistic adults themselves.

u/SUCOL · 2 pointsr/TrueReddit

This book will give you some insight from an autistic child's point of view, it was a great book.

u/hookehalley · 2 pointsr/writing

I recommend reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Its written from the POV of a 15 year old autistic boy. I found it to be a compelling read precisely because the author does an excellent job putting you in the boys head and showing us how he sees the world.

u/phunkyvida · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Not sure if these are appropriate, or if she's read these already but here's a few off the top of my head:

u/helterstash · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Totally different genre, but Keiko reminded of the protagonist from this book: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

u/guttertothestars · 2 pointsr/books

I usually have at least two, one being fiction and the other nonfiction. Currently reading The Ethical Brain and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

u/brynnablue · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Did anyone else learn about the Monty Hall problem from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

u/B787_300 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Get those kids some books!

oh lawd, this is going to be LONG
for advanced readers,

Enders Game

The Giver

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Harry Potter Series

The Heir Apparent

Farenheit 451

A lot of these books can be read young and then reread when older to get more meaning

For younger beginning readers

Dr Seuss, I really remember Green Eggs and Ham, Go Dog go, and One Fish two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Oh and surprise me, i really like SciFi/Fantasy and have read the Dune Series and ASoIaF, but the Modern High Power Rocketry Book would be very very appreciated.

u/sirclesam · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

Definitely not fantasy but the first thing that came to mind was "The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time"

u/darknessvisible · 1 pointr/books

I think he might enjoy The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. The teenaged protagonist has Asperger Syndrome and I think his sometimes frightening experiences in the story will resonate with anyone who has ever felt themselves to be different, or a member of a minority.

u/rosepudding · 1 pointr/socialwork

Boyfriend bought me The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime that I have been trying to finish between coursework and readings for months. Really good!

u/aeronix · 1 pointr/IAmA

How did you get it diagnosed / what made you (or whoever) realize that it might be an issue?

Have you read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time? It's for sure one of my favorites.

u/autumnfalln · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Have you read the Cuckoo's Calling? I've only just begun it, but so far it is very good! And if you like J.K. Rowling then definitely check it out!

Other good recommendations include The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. It's the first book in a series- one of my absolute favorite series, btw! Also, Still Life by Louise Penny. I believe this is also the first in a series, but it's the only book I've read from it so far.

All of these are mysteries, btw, so I hope you like mysteries! Haha =) I'm pretty picky about mystery novels, so these aren't your typical, run-of-the-mill grizzly murder stories. If you end up choosing one of these stories please let me know! I'd love to discuss them with you! =D

And thanks for hosting this contest of course! I love bookworm contests! If I happen to win, I'd be so, so excited to win this book, or this book, OR this college student cookbook. I realize the first two are almost $1 over the limit, so that's why I included this cookbook! =) Plus, I'm a college student, and I really need to learn how to cook, haha. Thanks again, you're awesome!

u/weekendcriminal · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I really enjoyed this. IS that sort of thing appropriate?

u/bdough04 · 1 pointr/funny

any thing like this?

u/pp19dd · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, written by an author with Autism.

u/WildParasHasAppeared · 1 pointr/gaybros

If you like the Mezzanine, you may also like the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. Similar stream of consciousness style.

u/annarchy8 · 1 pointr/TrollBookClub

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I tried. I really did. But it's dull and condescending and really, the author is not autistic.

u/ascotttoney · 1 pointr/books

Just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. Interesting perspective, but the lack of emotion made it hard for me to really invest my own emotions and kept me from really loving the book.

u/P1h3r1e3d13 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

> On my way to school I watch the cars going past the bus and remember their colours.

> 3 red cars in a row mean that it is going to be a Quite Good Day. 4 red cars mean that it is going to be a Good Day. 5 red cars mean that it is going to be a Super Good Day. And 4 yellow cars in a row mean that it is going to be a Black Day, which is a day when I don't speak to anyone and don't eat my lunch and Take No Risks, because yellow is the colour of custard and double yellow lines and Yellow Fever which is a deadly disease.

from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

u/EmeryXCI · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm sure you've read it before, because (at least here) everybody has to read it in school multiple times, but To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite novel ever, and one of the only books I have read more than twice.

Also, Sarah Dessen is my favorite author. All of her books are YA and most include some sort of summer romance. They're total chick-flick-esque though. So if you're not into that, then steer clear.

I can't really think of much else because lately I have been reading much longer, denser, novels that take me a while to chew through and really digest because I have so much free time, otherwise I can just pick over those little things in a matter of hours. So, it's been a while since I've read a fun, light, book. && I have an awful memory anyways. lol

It looks like you have gotten a TON of suggestions on here. I'm going to bookmark this page for myself, because I am always looking for more reading material. So thanks for that :P "I love reading books!"

Thanks for the contest! If I win, I have a "books" wishlist. Surprise me :)

Edit: I was reading through some of the replies, and something somebody else mentioned reminded me of a book I have sitting on my bookshelf at home. It is dog-eared, stained from drops of coffee spilled on it, folded into a curve (you know, how a good paperback book gets so that it's kind of rounded and doesn't sit flat/closed). It's probably one of the most well-written novels I've ever read, and it's very short, although not necessarily light. But SO GOOD. It's called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and it's written in first person perspective of a 15 year old boy with Asperger Syndrome. I HIGHLY suggest checking it out!!

u/fierywords · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Here are some suggestions that might work:

Eleanor & Park

The 100-Year-Old-Man Who...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

It really depends on where your taste overlaps.

u/wasabicupcakes · 1 pointr/mentalhealth

Its a variant of OCD. We all have it to some degree. My sister has to check all the door twice to make sure they are locked. Sometimes she gets out of bed to double check that she didn't leave the stove on, etc.

There a great book called:

u/SmallFruitbat · 1 pointr/YAwriters

Wintergirls and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time come to mind most readily. I'm sure I will have more titles later.

u/wizardomg · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime by Mark Haddon. You're welcome... about Shadow.. It's mystery someones burning copies of a book and the kid in the bookstore tries to figure out who's behind it. It's soooo goooood. For the other request maybe Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

u/GradyHendrix · 0 pointsr/books

I'm sticking to short books that may be slightly above her reading level, but to be honest I think most kids read "up" anyways, and if she's bored she might like the challenge. These are all fast-moving, narrated by a first-person narrator with a great voice that hooks you, and they all have that "what happens next?" quality I think is really valuable in keeping you turning pages.

True Grit - yes, it's a Western, but it's a fast, funny book that is narrated by a 14-year-old girl who is a total badass. I didn't expect much from it and it hooked me like heroin.

Kamikaze Girls - a translation of a Japanese book about a super-high-fashion girl stuck in the sticks and her biker gang best friend. Really mean, really funny, and totally different from what you'd expect. The world it takes place in is so real, so detailed, but so alien to the US (but also kind of familiar - we all sometimes hate our hometowns) that it sucks you in.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - I agree with the other poster who says this is a good one. It's really sad, but the story sucks you in.

The Fault In Our Stars - great YA book that is funny and sad and all about cancer which feels Very Important to read about when you're 12. But super-gripping and the narrator has a great voice.