Can You See Me – by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott
This book helped me understand what it was like to be an autistic child. Co-written by Libby Scott, a young girl with autism, the book tracks the experiences of Tally as she tries to fit into sixth grade at a new school. It features diary entries from Tally interwoven with the story. You get an insight not only into what Tally goes through but also her sister and parents. It’s hard to read in places because it’s so honest and raw.
Although it’s pitched as middle grade, I would highly recommend even for any adult who wants to better understand what it’s like to live with autism. I know so many parents who have children on the spectrum, I think this is an invaluable resource. It will definitely help readers to be less judgmental of others with autism – or even any other disability.
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If you’d like to do something to help people with autism, you can donate to Autism Spectrum Australia – I have supported them myself in the past.