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  • The Autism Discussion Page Books of Autism by Bill Nason

These books each cover an area of parenting. The blue book focuses on the core challengaes associated with autism. The green book helps with anxiety and stress, challenging behaviors, stretching comfort zones, discipline, and school issues as well as basic daily living strategies. The red book supoorts anxiety, meltdowns, shutdowns and emotional regulation.

  • Autism West Midlands A-Z Resources

A range of free resource sheets on a wide range of topics

  • The Autistic Advocate

Safe places online for parents of autistic children to learn about autism

  • Neurobears

A course for autistic kids and their families

  • Autism Inclusivity Facebook

An autistic-led private group for parents and caregivers of autistic children to ask questions of autistic adults

  • Not Fine in School

Support for parents whose child is not fine in school

  • Raising Kids with Hidden Disabilities by Naomi Simmons

A reassuring and relatable guide for parents and children with a hidden disability, including autism, ADHD, bipolar and OCD

  • Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity by Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon daVanport & Morenike Giwa Onaiwu

  • Newbold Hope – Behaviour

Are you worried about a child’s difficult and dangerous behaviour? Does your child sometimes become violent towards others?  Do the rest of the family sometimes get hurt?  Newbold Hope is entirely run by parents who have been through this with their own child and our whole approach is based on what we know has already worked successfully in our own families and in thousands of others.

  • Your Child is Not Broken Book by Heidi Mavir

Parent your neurodivergent child without losing your marbles – a book for parents and carers on how to become a powerful advocate for neurodivergent children

  • Beyond Behaviours by Dr Mona Delahooke

Internationally known paediatric psychologist describes behaviours as the tip of the iceberg, important signals that we should address by seeking to understand a child’s individual differences in the context of relational safety. Featuring impactful worksheets and charts, this accessible book offers professionals, educators and parents tools and techniques to reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships.

  • Alfie Kohn author

Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting

  • Dr Dan Siegel Books

Dr Dan Siegel has authored/co-authored a wide range of books to support parents such as The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles and Help Your Family Strive

  • Autistic Parents UK

Being an Autistic parent can raise unique challenges that historically have been poorly supported. Autistic Parents UK is an Autistic-led Charity (CIO) and is committed to supporting Autistic parents in a number of ways.


  • Beacon House Therapeutic Services and Trauma Team

Beacon House is passionate about developing freely available resources so that knowledge about the repair of trauma and adversity is in the hands of those who need it. Please feel free to use our resources in your home or work setting.

  • Anna Freud

We listen to and learn from children and young people, work with them to build better solutions, and amplify their voices to aid better understanding of mental health conditions.

  • Autism and Trauma

Information about autism and trauma and what professionals can do to support young people.

  • The Autistic Advocate

People’s Stories

  • The Documentary – Inside an autistic mind

The Documentary – Inside an autistic mind – BBC Sounds

Sue Nelson shares her journey to understand a condition that affects millions worldwide. Inside her autistic inner world is a cacophony of brain chatter, anxiety and sensory issues – recreated within a 360 degree soundscape – that impact her life and interactions with others

  • The Electricity of Every Living Thing: A Woman’s Walk in the Wild to Find Her Way Home by Katherine May

The book tells the story of the year in which Katherine comes to terms with her diagnosis. It leads to a re-evaluation of her life so far – a kinder one, which finally allows her to be different rather than simply awkward, arrogant or unfeeling. The physical and psychological journeys become inextricably entwined, and as Katherine finds her way across the untameable coast, she also finds the way to herself.

  • Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World by Laura James

Laura James found out that she was autistic as an adult, after she had forged a career for herself, married twice and raised four children. Odd Girl Out tracks the year of Laura’s life after she receives a definitive diagnosis from her doctor, as she learns that ‘different’ doesn’t need to mean ‘less’ and how there is a place for all of us, and it’s never too late to find it.

  • Autism In Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum by Jennifer Cook O’Toole

Jennifer exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence, editing the autism script with wit, candor, passion, and power. Her journey is one of reverse-self-discovery not only as an Aspie but–more importantly–as a thoroughly modern woman.

  • But you don’t look autistic at all by Bianca Toeps

Autism – that’s being able to count matches really fast and knowing that 7 August 1984 was a Tuesday, right? Well, no. In this book, Bianca Toeps explains in great detail what life is like when you’re autistic.

  • Wired Differently: 30 Neurodivergent People You Should Know by Joe Wells

This collection of illustrated portraits celebrates the lives of influential neurodivergent figures who have achieved amazing things in recent times. Showcasing these 30 incredible people, the extraordinary stories in this book show that the things they’ve achieved, created and inspired they did not despite being different but because they are different. From politicians, activists and journalists to YouTubers, DJs and poets, this book highlights a wide range of exciting career paths for neurodivergent readers.

  • Inside Our Autistic Minds – BBC Two

Thinking differently. Chris Packham helps autistic people illustrate how their minds work, helping them connect with their friends and family in a new, more authentic way.

  • Melanie Sykes and Christine McGuinness

Melanie Sykes and Christine McGuinness praised for openness about autism diagnosis

  • Melanie Sykes On Her Autism Diagnosis

The amazing Melanie Sykes opened up about her autism diagnosis and how it transformed her life, on this week’s Three Little Words podcast.

  • My Autobiography by Guy Martin

Martin is not comfortable with being a public figure and rejects any notion that he is a celebrity, turning down offers such as Top Gear’s Star In A Reasonably Priced Car segment. After struggling to come to terms with the fame brought about by his media work, Martin was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.

  • Joe James The Autistic Photographer

Joe talks about his experience of being autistic and proud, and his hyperfocus on photography

  • Holly Smale: “I was diagnosed as autistic at 39”

Holly Smale was a successful author – the creator of the bestselling series of children’s books, Geek Girl. On paper, her life was good. So why did she feel broken? Then, aged 39, she finally got a diagnosis: Holly was autistic. In Room 5 – the series about lifechanging diagnosis – Helena Merriman speaks to Holly about her difficult childhood, short-lived modelling career, traumatic university years – and the day it suddenly all made sense.

  • Sara Gibbs UK-based comedy writer

Sara’s debut book, Drama Queen – One Autistic Woman and a Life of Unhelpful Labels (published by Headline), a memoir about growing up undiagnosed autistic in a new-age community, is out now and available to buy at all good bookstores, as well as e-book and audiobook downloads.

  • Pete Wharmby – Autistic Speaker and Writer

Pete is an autistic speaker, writer, tutor and parent, who is working to improve autism acceptance in society by sharing insights and experiences of autism to the widest possible audience.

  • Katherine May

Katherine May is an internationally bestselling author and podcaster

  • Why everything you know about autism is wrong | Jac den Houting | TEDxMacquarieUniversity

Being diagnosed with autism is often seen as a tragedy. But for Jac den Houting, it was the best thing that ever happened to her.

For Children

  • Wonderfully Wired Brains: An Introduction to the World of Neurodiversity by Louise Gooding

Our brains are unique in the way they function, work, and think. Neurodiversity is still a relatively ‘new’ concept that can be tricky to understand, but this book is here to help!

  • Is it OK to ask Questions about Autism? By Abi Rawlins

  • Amazing Things Happen by Alexander Amelines

Alexander’s film gives an uplifting introduction to autism for young non-autistic audiences, aiming to raise awareness, understanding and tolerance in future generations.

  • Autism Acceptance 2022 The NeuroBears

Neuro Bears are coming to explain all about the autistic experience. Just like we can have many different types of bear, people can have many different types of brain. Except we cannot see peoples differences in brain from the outside. Neuro Bears are here to explain all about neurodiversity and neurodivergence.

  • NeuroBears

NeuroBears is a course all about the autistic experience aimed at young people.

  • Autisticality

Here you can find all the educational info-graphics I make on various topics to do with Autistic experience.


Author who writes novels about queer, neurodivergent women

  • M is for Autism Book by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School & Vicky Martin

Welcome to M’s world. It’s tipsy-turvy, sweet and sour, and the beast of anxiety lurks outside classrooms ready to pounce. M just wants to be like other teenagers her age who always know what to say and what to do. So why does it feel like she lives on a different plane of existence to everyone else? Written by the students of Limpsfield Grange, a school for girls with autism with communication and interaction difficulties, M is for Autism draws on real life experiences to create a heartfelt and humorous novel that captures the highs and lows of being different in a world of normal. Great for ages 8-16

  • M in the Middle: Secret Crushes Book by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School

M in the Middle is the sequel to M is for Autism. Life after diagnosis isn’t easy for M. Back in her wobbly world, there are lots of changes and ups and downs to get used to, not just for M, but for her friends and family too. Faced with an exciting crush, a pushy friend and an unhelpful head teacher, how long until the beast of anxiety pounces again? Great for ages 8-16

  • Can You See Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

With diary entries written by eleven-year-old Libby Scott, based on her own experiences of autism, this pioneering book, written in collaboration with esteemed author Rebecca Westcott, has been widely praised for its realistic portrayal of autism. Tally is eleven years old and she’s just like her friends. Well, sometimes she is. If she tries really hard to be. Because there’s something that makes Tally not the same as her friends. Something she can’t cover up, no matter how hard she tries: Tally is autistic. Tally’s autism means there are things that bother her even though she wishes they didn’t. It means that some people misunderstand, her and feel frustrated by her. People think that because Tally’s autistic, she doesn’t realise what they’re thinking, but Tally sees and hears – and notices – all of it. And, honestly? That’s not the easiest thing to live with. 4 book series

  • A King of Spark by Elle McNicoll

A Kind of Spark tells the story of 11-year-old Addie as she campaigns for a memorial in memory of the witch trials that took place in her Scottish hometown. Addie knows there’s more to the story of these ‘witches’, just like there is more to hers. Can Addie challenge how the people in her town see her, and her autism, and make her voice heard?

  • The Space We’re in by Katya Balen

When Frank’s younger brother is diagnosed with autism at the age of three, their mum explains that it means he may not always understand the way the world works. Frank, with great perceptiveness, observes that he doesn’t understand the world, either. Who really does? Now aged ten, Frank is learning that people can sometimes be cruel. When kids make unpleasant jokes about Max, Frank fails to defend him. Like many older siblings, he is also frustrated at how much of his parents’ time and attention his brother now demands. All in all, he’s currently wrestling some pretty serious feelings of guilt and resentment. Little does he know, life is about to throw something far, far worse at the family. 9+, great for siblings of autistic children

  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale

The GEEK GIRL series has been an internationally bestselling no1. smash-hit. It won the Waterstones Teen Prize of the Year and the Leeds book award, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, and was long-listed for the Carnegie.