ASD Reading suggestions: For the girls, for the boys and for the parents
For the girls
May I be excused my brain is full – Olivia’s Asperger’s story by Krista Preuss-Goudreault
Do you understand me? – Sofie Koberg Brosen
Both these books can help girls feel as though they are not the only ones.
I am Aspiengirl – Tania A Marshall
A favourite book as girls can look through and identify which bits are like them.
The American Girl series
Guides for everything from bullying to managing money.
The girl with the curly hair project – Alis Rowe
Alis has written lots of books for girls of all ages – comic strip format. She lives in Twickenham and so it is fairly easy to find her doing a talk locally.
For the boys
Dude, I’m An Aspie!
by Matt Friedman
Great cartoons. Quick read.
All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome15 Oct 2006
by Kathy Hoopmann
Fun, cute, but some pages are a bit sad. There are several in this series.
I Am Utterly Unique: Celebrating the Strengths of Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism30 Jun 2006
by Elaine Marie Larson and Vivian Strand
This is a good one to start with for younger readers. All positive.
What Is It Like to Be Me?: A Book About a Boy with Asperger’s Syndrome
by Alenka Klemenc and Ursa Rozic
The Growing Up Book for Boys: What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know!
by David Hartman and Margaret Anne Suggs
Freaks, Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence15 Aug 2002
Books for parents
Making friends – Anita Hughes
Inspiring stories of how children and young people can be helped to form relationships and share their feelings.
Aspergirls – Rudy Simone
Thorough and covers selective mutism.
Girls growing up on the autism spectrum – Shaun Nichols
This is useful reading before girls reach puberty – excellent preparation.
Parenting girls on the Autism Spectrum – Eileen Riley Hall
A parents experience with plenty of useful suggestions.
The girl with the curly hair Asperger’s and me – Alis Rowe Autobiography.
Bit harrowing in places, but very honest and insightful.
For when girls and boys are diagnosed.
The ASD workbook Understanding your Autism Spectrum Disorder Penny Kershaw
Books to help with worries and anxiety
Overcoming your child’s fears and worries – Cathy Cresswel
There are a whole series of these – invaluable at difficult times.
What to do when you worry too much -Dawn Huebner and ‘What to do when your brain gets stuck’
These are both excellent work-books that follow a CBT approach.
Books to help with challenging behaviour
Autism spectrum disorder and De-escalation strategies – Steve Brown
This books gives you explicit tools to prevent conflict and to defuse difficult behaviour. Invaluable for difficult times.
Mental Health Help and Advice Online
All of these websites have many useful resources and advice:
http://www.autism.org.uk National Autistic Society, loads of useful resources
http://www.youngminds.org.uk Help for children, teens and parents
http://www.mind.org.uk Mental health resources
https://kooth.com Free online counselling service for teens
http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk Directory of UK Counsellors
http://www.bacp.co.uk The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy