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. or

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: National Autistic Society, loads of useful resources Help for children, teens and parents  Mental health resources Free online counselling service for teens Directory of UK Counsellors The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy