RESEARCH AND LITERATURE

Here you will find literature relating to autism, books written by autistic people and lots of information, talks and blogs. I keep an open mind when reading and do not necessarily agree with all the content of everything I read (I prefer to read research and books that use respectful language when talking about autistic people and do not personally use language such as ‘high or low functioning’ that appears in some of these books.). Some books date quickly, attitudes change and so does terminology. However, books, research, and writing (and blogs) are all valuable and reflect thoughts at a particular point in time. Sometimes there are parts of books that are of use even though we may not agree with all the content. Writers themselves often change their own views over time.

I hope that you enjoy reading some of the writing featured below and find the websites, information and talks helpful.

My book, ‘Supporting Spectacular Girls’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) can be found here .

Please feel free to suggest other books, literature, writing, or talks relating to autism that you have enjoyed and that others might find helpful, and I will keep adding these to the list. Enjoy!

NEURODIVERSITY

Judy Singer. Neurodiversity. The birth of an idea.

Neurotribes. The Legacy of Autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently. Steve Silberman. Allen and Unwin.

The Neurodiversity Reader. Exploring Concepts, lived experience and implications for practice. Lead editor Dr Damian Milton.

Siena Castellon’s website can be found here. www.qlmentoring.com (Siena is the founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week and is a United Nations Young Leader.)

Personal stories from the Neurodivergent and allies, in the pursuit of decoding Neurodiversity. www.medecoded.com

AUTISM

A Mismatch of Salience. Explorations of the nature of autism from theory to practice. Dr. Damien E M Milton.

The Reason I Jump. Naoki Higashid. Sceptre.

The Autistic Brain. Temple Grandin. Rider.

Autism: A New Introduction to Psychological Theory and Current Debate. Sue Fletcher Watson. Francesca Happe. Routledge.

HEALTH

The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum.  Jeanette Purkis, Dr. Emma Goodall and Dr. Jane Nugent. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

From Here to Maternity. Pregnancy and Motherhood on the Spectrum. Lana Grant. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

APP. VISUAL PAIN IMAGES UK. Carly Jones MBE FRSA. Find out more about it at thersa.org ‘How can you report pain if you struggle to recognise it?

Get the app here – Android via Google Play Store  –  Via Apple App Store

Autism Health and Wellbeing “is a space for autistic people to share the things that they have found helpful and healing”. Set up by Florence Neville and Rhiannon Lloyd Williams. Joined in 2020 by Cassandra Nelson, Riah Person and Laura Z Weldon. www.autismhwb.com

EDUCATION

Inclusive Education for Autistic Children: Helping Children and Young People to Learn and Flourish in the Classroom Paperback. Dr. Rebecca Wood. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

The Neurodiverse Classroom.  A Teacher’s Guide to Individual Learning Needs and How to Meet Them. Victoria Honeybourne. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Education and Girls on the Autism Spectrum. Developing an Integrated Approach. Edited by Judith Hebron and Caroline Bond. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

AUTISTIC PARENTS / PARENTING AN AUTISTIC CHILD

How to raise a happy autistic child. Jessie Hewitson. Orion Spring.
Fifteen Things They Forgot to Tell You About Autism: The Stuff That Transformed My Life as an Autism Parent. Debbie Elley. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Spectrum Women. Autism and Parenting. Renata Jurkevythz, Maura Campbell. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity. Emily Paige Ballou. Beacon Press.
Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Childhood: For parents and carers of the newly diagnosed. Luke Beardon. Sheldon Press.
My Mummy is Autistic: A Picture Book and Guide about Recognising and Understanding Difference. Heath and Joanna Grace. Routledge.
Hayley Morgan shares insights and experiences of being an autistic mother on Instagram www.instagram.com/coldteaofficial/

BOOKS FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

The Secret Life of Rose. Inside an autistic head. Rose and Jodie Smitten.
How to be autistic. Charlotte Amelia Poe. Myriad.
Can You See Me? A powerful story of autism, empathy and kindness. Libby Scott. Rebecca Westcott. Scholastic.
Do You Know Me?: Can You See Me 2. Libby Scott. Rebecca Westcott. Scholastic.
The Awesome Autistic Go To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens and Tweens. Yenn Purkis. Tanya Masterman. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
The Growing Up Guide for Girls: What Girls on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know. Davida Hartman. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Queerly Autistic: The Ultimate Guide For LGBTQIA+ Teens on The Spectrum. Erin Ekins. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

EMPLOYMENT

Autism Forward CIO autismforward.org.uk is a charity focussed on supporting autistic adults into employment and promoting inclusive and neurodiverse workplaces.

Neurodiversity in Law www.neurodiversityinlaw.co.uk ‘Our purpose is to promote and support neurodiversity within the legal professions and eliminate the stigma often associated with people who think differently.’

AUTISTIC PEOPLE SPEAKING ABOUT AUTISM ON YOUTUBE

 

Jac Den Houting. Why everything they told you told you about autism is wrong. TEDX Talk.

AUTISTIC GIRLS AND WOMEN

Supporting Spectacular Girls. Helen Clarke. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. COMING SOON.

Education and Girls on the Autism Spectrum. Developing an Integrated Approach. Edited by Judith Hebron and Caroline Bond. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Girls Growing up on the Autism Spectrum. What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years.  Shana Nichols with Gina Marie Moravcik and Samara Pulver Tetenbaum. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition. A Practical Guide for Clinicians. Fiona Fisher Bullivant. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

The Spectrum Girls Guide – How to grow up Awesome and Autistic. Siena Castellon. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

The Spectrum Grls Survival Toolkit: The Workbook for Autistic Girls. Siena Castellon. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Spectrum Women. Walking to the Beat of Autism. Edited by Barb Cook and Dr. Michelle Garnett. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Supporting Spectacular Girls. Helen Clarke. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. COMING SOON.

Education and Girls on the Autism Spectrum. Developing an Integrated Approach. Edited by Judith Hebron and Caroline Bond. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Girls Growing up on the Autism Spectrum. What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years.  Shana Nichols with Gina Marie Moravcik and Samara Pulver Tetenbaum. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition. A Practical Guide for Clinicians. Fiona Fisher Bullivant. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

The Spectrum Girls Guide – How to grow up Awesome and Autistic. Siena Castellon. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

The Spectrum Grls Survival Toolkit: The Workbook for Autistic Girls. Siena Castellon. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Spectrum Women. Walking to the Beat of Autism. Edited by Barb Cook and Dr. Michelle Garnett. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Spectrum Women. Autism and Parenting. Renata Jurkevythz, Maura Campbell. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Camouflage. The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women. Dr Sarah Bargiela (Illustrated by Sophie Standing). Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
A Guide to Mental Health Issues in Girls and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum. Diagnosis, Intervention and Family Support. Dr. Judy Eaton. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Girls and Autism: Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives Paperback by Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happé, Jo Egerton, Baroness Sheila Hollins (Foreword). Routledge.
Aspergirls. Rudy Simone. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Nobody Nowhere. The remarkable autobiography of an autistic girl. Donna Williams. Corgi Books.
What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew. Edited by Emily Paige Ballou. Kristina Thomas, Sharon daVanport.

From Here to Maternity. Pregnancy and Motherhood on the Spectrum. Lana Grant. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
I am an Aspie Girl: A book for young girls with autism spectrum conditions. Danuta Bulhak-Paterson. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum. Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts. Eileen Riley Hall. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Autism and Girls: World-Renowned Experts Join Those with Autism Syndrome to Resolve Issues That Girls and Women Face Every Day! by Temple Grandin , Tony Attwood, Michelle Garnett , Catherine Faherty , Sheila Wagner,, Lisa Iland, Mary Wrobel, Teresa Bolick , Jennifer McIlwee Meyers, Ruth Snyder. Future Horizons Incorporated.
Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age. Sarah Hendrickx. Jessica Kingsley Publisher.
Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome. Liane Holliday Willey. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World. Laura James. Bluebird.

Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum. Jennifer Cooke O’Toole.

From Here to Maternity. Pregnancy and Motherhood on the Spectrum. Lana Grant. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

The Growing Up Guide for Girls: What Girls on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know. Davida Hartman. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

M is for Autism. The Students of Limpsfield Grange of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

M in the Middle. The Students of Limpsfield Grange of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Evans, Mairi (2019) “Oughtism and Oughtistic Narratives in the Lives of Autistic People and their Families,”

Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture: Vol. 1 : Iss. 1, Article 9.

Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/ought/vol1/iss1/9

(Mairi has been a clinical lead of a diagnostic pathway and is a researcher who explores the maternal experience of autism diagnosis for girls.)