Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew

Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew

Updated and Expanded, 2nd Edition

Ellen Notbohm


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In this exciting companion to the beloved classic Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, the unique perspective of an autistic child’s voice describes for teachers, in the classroom and in the larger community, how to understand thinking and processing patterns common in autism, how to shape an environment conducive to their learning style, and how to communicate with autistic learners of all ages in functional, meaningful ways. It's the guidebook every educator and family member, worldwide, needs to create effective and inclusive settings wherein child and adult are both teachers and learners.


This vibrantly updated and expanded edition includes an imaginative, all-new guide adaptable for group discussion, self-reflection, or self-expression, an afterword from the author’s autistic son, and added perspective from autistic adults about their experiences in education. Perennially popular since 2006 and translated into multiple languages, Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew now brings fresh perspective to a new generation of educators and autistic learners.


The two biggest take home messages from this book are the importance for parents and teachers working together as a team and understanding that your autistic child thinks differently. Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew will help parents and teachers learn more effective methods for teaching children on the spectrum.

Temple Grandin, PhD

Author of The Way I See It, Thinking in Pictures     


It is a delight to find a book that creates a crack in the shell of autism, leading us to a better understanding of students with ASD. Ellen Notbohm offers us a glimpse of the inner thoughts of a child with this disorder, something that is often missed when teaching this student. A wonderful addition to any educator’s library!


~Sheila Wagner, M.Ed., Author of the Inclusive Programming for Elementary, Middle School and High School Students with Autism book series



A breath of fresh air! Ellen Notbohm leaves behind reliance on tired, rigid systems of interventions and instead delves into vital transactional approaches that are so sorely needed.

The most important part of any IEP is not the diagnostic category but the individual’s student profile. This book makes that often-neglected section come alive. For it is only by seeing the unique beauty in each child that change can happen. There is no place for cookie cutter formulae or reliance on specific treatment modalities. Autistic students learn differently and must be taught differently. Again, the book shows us how.

Further, when insisting that only the child should “change” in order to learn, we omit an essential ingredient. That is the role of the teacher in being able to change, innovate and accommodate in a transactional fashion. Hooray for circular learning!

Once we truly see each student with fresh eyes, understanding that their behaviors always have communicative intent, that kids do well if they can, that trust curiosity and respect are key, then we can break old, tired molds and instead allow the child’s innate individuality to shine forth and succeed.

An essential book for any parent, educator, and developmental pediatrician!


~Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, director of the Melmed Center and co-founder and medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, Phoenix AZ, PhD, LCSW and author of Autism: Early Intervention, Autism and the Extended Family, Autism Parent Handbook: Beginning with the End Goal in Mind, and the ST4 Mindfulness Book for Kids series




Ellen Notbohm:
Ellen Notbohm’s internationally renowned work has informed and delighted millions in more than twenty-five languages. In addition to her perennial bestseller, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, she is also the author of two other award-winning books on autism, including 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger's as well the novel, The River by Starlight. Her columns and posts have appeared in major publications and captured audiences on every continent. She lives in Oregon.