Bookshelf

What I've read and recommend.

Here are the books I recommend most (yes, I’ve read every one of them) for those living and parenting on the autism spectrum. However, they’re not all directly about autism. Life isn’t that neatly compartmentalized.

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Neurodiversity-Positive Picture Books

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A Friend for HenryHenry is a little different than the other kids in his class, but he wants a friend, too.F HTPAmazon
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Penguin and PineconePenguin has an idea of who Pinecone should be, but when he finds out that isn't who Pinecone is, he helps his friend thrive as himself.F HTPAmazon
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WeslandiaWesley turns his inventive way of looking at the world to a unique summer project.F HTPAmazon
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Sophie's Squash Go to SchoolSophie gets along better with her two squash friends than with her classmates.FAmazon
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I Go QuietGorgeous illustrations. For those of us who go quiet sometimes.FAmazon
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I'm SadOne of the best explanations I've ever seen about feeling sad.FAmazon
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The Rabbit ListenedSometimes the best thing a friend can do to fix an upset is...just to listen.FAmazon
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Love, Sophia on the MoonSophia learns that even though sometimes mom yells, and even though there is bedtime, and time outs, mom still loves her very much.FAmazon
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The Girl Who Never Made MistakesPerfectionism can be a tough act to live up to. FAmazon
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Too Sticky!Holly loves doing experiments, but when she finds out the next one is making slime, she's worried. Holly doesn't like touching sticky things.F AiAAmazon
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The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple GrandinA biography of Temple Grandin.NFAmazon
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Can I Play Too?Two boys' fun train-track-building project takes a turn when one of the boys obliviously insists on only doing things his way.F AiAAmazon
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On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson In a small New England town lives Emily Dickinson, a girl in love with small things--a flower petal, a bird, a ray of light, a word. (Current thinking is that Emily was likely autistic.) Gorgeous illustrations.FAmazon
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Stick and StoneWhen Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor?F HTPAmazon
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A Place for ZeroZero is lonely in Digitaria. He can't play Addemup with the other numbers because he has nothing to add, but when zero discovers multiplication he thinks he might have a place there. FAmazon
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Autism-Positive Middle Grade Books

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We Could Be HeroesHank is autistic and hasn't had a real friend before, until Maisie attaches herself to him, opening his world.F HTPAmazon
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See You in the CosmosAlex follows his own sense of right and wrong in pursuing his love of space and figuring out his family.F HTPAmazon
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In Two WorldsA non-speaking autistic boy feels like his life is passing him by...until one day everything changes.F AiAAmazon
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RealCharity, a non-speaking autistic girl, struggles to control her body and show the world what she can do and who she is.F AiAAmazon
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I am AspiengirlA showcase of the unique characteristics, traits and gifts of girls on the Autism Spectrum.NFAmazon
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The Asperkid's Secret Book of Social RulesA top secret guide to all of the hidden social rules in life that often seem strange and confusing to young people with Asperger syndrome.NF AiAAmazon
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A Boy Called Bat (Bk. 1)Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), loves animals. His mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he's got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.FAmazon
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Bat and the Waiting Game (Bk. 2)When Bat's older sister, Janie, gets a part in the school play and can’t watch Bat after school, it means some pretty big changes, and Bat just wants everything to go back to normal.FAmazon
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Bat and the End of Everything (Bk. 3)Bat) has been the caretaker for Thor, the best skunk kit in the world...but Thor is almost ready to be released into the wild. Not only that, but his best friend is leaving for a long vacation in Canada. Bat can’t help but feel that everything is coming to an end.FAmazon
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Anything But TypicalJason Blake is an autistic twelve-year-old who finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does. But as desperate as he is to meet her, he's terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca will only see his autism and not who Jason really is.FAmazon
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The Someday BirdsWhen his father heads from California to Virginia for medical treatment, Charlie, an autistic boy who feels he doesn't understand the world, reluctantly travels cross-country with his boy-crazy sister, unruly brothers, and a mysterious new family friend. He decides that if he can spot all the birds that he and his father were hoping to see someday along the way, then everything might just turn out okay.F AiAAmazon
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The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens and TweensFull of insights about being awesome and autistic, this book celebrates the strengths of understanding the world in a different way. It looks at all the reasons being you and thinking differently can be totally awesome! It also has tips for managing tricky situations such as meltdowns, sensory differences and anxiety.
This book helps you develop the confidence to be who you are.
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The Teen Guide to Sensory IssuesIn this guide, written especially for teens and those who love them, Rachel S. Schneider, MA, MHC, breaks the challenges of sensory teenagehood into hilarious, thoughtful, and manageable chunks. Through personal stories as well as tips and tricks to survive and thrive during these years, Rachel reminds us that we're not alone.NF AiAAmazon
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A Kind of SparkAn autistic girl who fixates on how her town treated "witches" in the past, simply because these women were different, and fights to make it right.F AiAAmazon
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Planet Earth Is Blue Nova is a non-speaking autistic girl who loves space and her sister, but they've lived in foster homes for years and were just split up. Will they find each other in time for the launch of the space shuttle Challenger?FAmazon
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Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a TreeEmma-Jean Lazarus is the smartest and strangest girl at her school. Her classmates don't understand her, but that's okay because Emma-Jean doesn't quite get them either. But one afternoon, all that changes when she sees Colleen Pomerantz crying in the girl's room.FAmazon
Can You See Me?Tally isn't ashamed of being autistic, or her PDA, but something is different about sixth grade, and Tally now feels like she has to act normal. But as Tally hides her true self, she starts to wonder what normal means after all and whether fitting in is really what matters most.F AiAAmazon
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We Are All Made of MoleculesStewart, 13: Socially clueless genius.
Ashley, 14: Popular with everyone but her teachers. Ashley's and Stewart's worlds collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom.
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Autism-Positive Young Adult Books​

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UnderdogsOne million cloned soldiers. A nation imprisoned. Only a group of neurodiverse rebels, most of whom are teenagers, are fighting back. After a lifetime of being defined by their weaknesses, the teens must learn how to play to their strengths, and become the best they can be in a world that has never been on their side.F AiAAmazon
The Asperkid's Secret Book of Social RulesA top secret guide to all of the hidden social rules in life that often seem strange and confusing to young people with Asperger syndrome.NF AiAAmazon
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I am AspienWomanA showcase of the unique characteristics, traits and gifts of teens and women on the Autism Spectrum.NFAmazon
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The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens and TweensFull of insights about being awesome and autistic, this book celebrates the strengths of understanding the world in a different way. It looks at all the reasons being you and thinking differently can be totally awesome! It also has tips for managing tricky situations such as meltdowns, sensory differences and anxiety.
This book helps you develop the confidence to be who you are.
NF AiAAmazon
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The Teen Guide to Sensory IssuesIn this guide, written especially for teens and those who love them, Rachel S. Schneider, MA, MHC, breaks the challenges of sensory teenagehood into hilarious, thoughtful, and manageable chunks. Through personal stories as well as tips and tricks to survive and thrive during these years, Rachel reminds us that we're not alone.NF AiAAmazon
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Geek GirlHarriet is a geeky girl who accidentally steals her best friend's dream to be a famous model, leading to many funny situations.F AiAAmazon
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The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam SylvesterA nonbinary autistic teen realizes they must not only solve a 30-year-old mystery but also face the demons lurking in their past in order to live a satisfying life.F HTPAmazon
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Neurodiversity-Positive MG and YA Books

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UnderdogsOne million cloned soldiers. A nation imprisoned. Only a group of neurodiverse rebels, most of whom are teenagers, are fighting back. After a lifetime of being defined by their weaknesses, the teens must learn how to play to their strengths, and become the best they can be in a world that has never been on their side.Autism
PDA
ADHD
Down Syndrome
Selective Mutism
Neurodiversity
(Violence)
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The Scent KeeperEmmeline lives on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses, until one day Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.Sensory Diversity
(Bereavement)
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Ender's GameTo defend against a hostile alien race, governments train child geniuses as soldiers. Ender's skills make him a leader in school, yet he suffers from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and fear of the alien invaders. Can he be the general Earth needs?GiftednessAmazon
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The BraveA boy's speech compulsions make him an outcast and target for bullying, until he finds people who see it completely differently, who see him differently.OCD
BIPOC
(Terminal Illness)
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The GiverIn a world where sameness is idealized and differences minimized, a boy is singled out for a unique role in his community.Sensory Diversity
Neurodiversity
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Every Last WordSamantha McAllister is one of the popular girls. But hidden beneath her perfect makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. When Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, everything changes, but will it be for the better?Purely-Obsessional OCD
(Suicide)
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How to Disappear CompletelyBeautifully written, a wonderful story of coping with changes you don't want, learning to be your best self, and seeing the best in others.Vitiligo
Physical Differences
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List of TenTroy Hayes is fed up with humiliation, loneliness, and physical pain, and creates a list of ten things to do by the tenth anniversary of his Tourettes diagnosis—culminating in suicide. But working his way through the list changes Troy. Tourettes
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Forget Me NotAstronomy-loving Calliope June sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. Only Calliope's new neighbor, who is also the popular student body president, sees her as she truly is--an interesting person and a good friend. But is he brave enough to take their friendship public?TourettesAmazon
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A Taxonomy of LoveThe moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it's . . . something at first sight. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer tries to map it all out.Tourettes
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The Easy Part of ImpossibleRia Williams was an elite diver on track for the Olympics until a freak accident at a meet changes everything. Can she figure out what she really wants when the thing she loves is so tangled up in the thing she fears the most?ADHD
Autism
(Emotional Abuse)
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Fish in a TreeAlly hides her inability to read, which sometimes creates difficult, awkward, and frustrating situations. Then everything changes when she gets a new teacher and opens up to two potential friends. She learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.Dyslexia
Autism
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Holding up the UniverseJack Masselin cannot recognize faces, not even his family's, and Libby Strout's size makes it impossible for her to hide. The two hurt and help each other as they challenge the assumptions people make about who they really are.Prosopagnosia
Physical Differences
(Fat Shaming)
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The Miscalculations of Lightning GirlLucy Callahan's life was changed forever when she was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but the zap gave her genius-level math skills, and she's been homeschooled ever since. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test--middle school.GiftednessAmazon
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseAristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship.Neurodiversity
Homosexuality
BIPOC
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Insignificant Events in the Life of a CactusAven is a spunky girl born without arms. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined.Physical Differences
Tourettes
BIPOC
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Momentous Events in the Life of a CactusAven's about to begin high school . . . with 3,000 new kids to stare at her. And no matter how much Aven tries to play it cool, nothing prepares her for the reality.Physical Differences
Tourettes
BIPOC
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Counting by 7sWillow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius with OCD tendencies whose life gets turned upside down when a car crash kills her parents.Giftedness
OCD
BIPOC
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The Lightning ThiefPercy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . and mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life.ADHDAmazon
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Diversity-Positive YA and Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

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RaybearerTarisai was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to compete to be one of the Crown Prince's Council. If chosen, she'll be joined with them in a bond deeper than blood. But The Lady made a magical wish that compels Tarisai to kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Book 1 of 2.Ability differences
BIPOC
Neurodiversity
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Ancillary JusticeThe soldier known as Breq was once a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. Book 1 of 3.Ability differences
BIPOC
Neurodiversity
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The Fifth SeasonAt the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this intricate and extraordinary Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. Book 1 of 3.Ability differences
BIPOC
Neurodiversity
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Shadow and BoneOrphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier. When her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed. Alina enters a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country's magical military elite--and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling--trying to master her untamed gift. Book 1 of 3.Ability differences
Neurodiversity
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Six of CrowsCriminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone. Book 1 of 2.Ability differences
Neurodiversity
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UnderdogsOne million cloned soldiers. A nation imprisoned. Only a group of neurodiverse rebels, most of whom are teenagers, are fighting back. After a lifetime of being defined by their weaknesses, the teens must learn how to play to their strengths, and become the best they can be in a world that has never been on their side.Autism
PDA
ADHD
Down Syndrome
Selective Mutism
Neurodiversity
(Violence)
Amazon
Ender's GameTo defend against a hostile alien race, governments train child geniuses as soldiers. Ender's skills make him a leader in school, yet he suffers from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and fear of the alien invaders. Can he be the general Earth needs?GiftednessAmazon
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The GiverIn a world where sameness is idealized and differences minimized, a boy is singled out for a unique role in his community.Sensory Diversity
Neurodiversity
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Light From Uncommon StarsShizuka Satomi, violin teacher, made a deal with the devil. When Katrina Nguyen, a young transgender runaway, catches Shizuka's ear with her wild talent, Shizuka can almost feel the curse lifting. But then Shizuka meets Lan Tran, interstellar refugee, whose eyes like stars might just redefine a soul's worth. LGBTQ+
Neurodiversity
(Transphobia,
Abuse)
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The Lightning ThiefPercy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . and mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life.ADHDAmazon
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GrantedIn a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. She is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world and grant the wishes of humans. Today, Ophelia is going to get her very first wish-granting assignment. But figuring out how to truly give someone what they want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.Neurodiversity
Ability differences
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Unseen AcademicalsThe wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic. The Big Match draws in a street urchin, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too). As the match approaches, the four lives are entangled and changed forever.Racial diversity
Neurodiversity
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Autistic Autobiographies

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The Electricity of Every Living Thing: A Woman’s Walk in the Wild to Find Her Way Home As Katherine May walks the 630-mile South West Coast Path, she comes to terms with her autism diagnosis leading her to re-evaluate her life so far -- with a much kinder, more forgiving eye.NF AiAAmazon
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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with AutismNaoki Higashida is a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with severe autism. He describes how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few can imagine.NF AiA HTPAmazon
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Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the SpectrumAt the age of thirty-five, Jennifer was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now, Jennifer exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence with wit, candor, passion, and power.NF AiAAmazon
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Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through AutismHaving suffered from a lifelong inability to relate to people in a meaningful way, Dawn was surprised to find herself irresistibly drawn to these great primates. By observing and working with them, she was finally able to connect to living beings in a way she had never previously experienced.NF AiAAmazon
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Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism's Silent PrisonIdo opens a window into non-verbal autism through dozens of short, autobiographical essays each offering new insights into autism symptoms, effective and ineffective treatments and the inner emotional life of a severely autistic boy.NF AiA HTPAmazon
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Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us About Life, Love and RelationshipsDiagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of eight, Dr Camilla Pang struggled to understand the world around her. Desperate for a solution, Camilla asked her mother if there was an instruction manual for humans that she could consult. But, without the blueprint to life she was hoping for, Camilla began to create her own.NF AiA HTPAmazon
I Am Intelligent: From Heartbreak to Healing--A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through AutismA gripping look into the lives of a mother obsessed with curing her child of autism and a daughter who retains full awareness of her situation.NF AiAAmazon
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Nobody Nowhere: The Remarkable Autobiography of an Autistic GirlDonna Williams was a child with more labels than a jam-jar: deaf, wild disturbed, stupid insane... After twenty-five years of being misunderstood, and unable to understand herself, Donna stumbled upon the word 'autism': a label which made sense of her life and struggles, and gave her a chance to finally forgive both herself and those around her.NF AiAAmazon
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Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic SavantDaniel Tammet sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and can perform extraordinary calculations in his head, learn to speak new languages fluently in a week, and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, and describes what is happening in his head.NF AiAAmazon
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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger'sEver since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits had earned him the label "social deviant." It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself--and the world.NF AiA HTPAmazon
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Parenting Resources

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Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with LifeDr. Shanker translates decades of his findings from working with children into practical, prescriptive advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop their self-regulation skills and teach their children to do the same and engage successfully with life for optimal learning, social, and emotional growth.NF HTPAmazon
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Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing AutismDr. Barry M. Prizant suggests the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.NFAmazon
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Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A'S, Praise, and Other Bribes Drawing from hundreds of studies, Kohn demonstrates that we actually do inferior work when we are enticed with money, grades, or other incentives—and are apt to lose interest in whatever we were bribed to do.NF HTPAmazon
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Coloring Outside Autism's Lines: 50+ Activities, Adventures, and Celebrations for Families with Children with AutismIt can seem as though there are so many things you just can't do. But there are adventures--large and small--that kids with autism love, and they are waiting for your whole family!NFAmazon
Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral ChallengesDr. Mona Delahooke describes behaviors 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. Features worksheets, tools and techniques to reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships. NF HTPAmazon
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Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable ChildrenIn this important book, a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children's cognitive development and growth, and offers tons of fun, engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults.NFAmazon
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Make It Stick: The Science of Successful LearningMany common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.NFAmazon
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Scattered: How ADD Originates and What You Can Do about ItDr. Gabor Maté believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in both the cause of and cure for Attention Deficit Disorder.NFAmazon
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The Asperkid's Game Plan: Extraordinary Minds, Purposeful Play... Ordinary StuffThe Asperkid's Game Plan looks from the inside at the learning style of children with Asperger syndrome and explains how to introduce structured play that engages Asperkids and explicitly addresses ASD weaknesses while reinforcing ASD strengths.NF AiAAmazon
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What Your Child on the Spectrum Really Needs: Advice From 12 Autistic AdultsThis book is different from other autism parenting guides in that the advice mentioned has been generated solely from the autistic individuals themselves, divulging what has helped or hurt them as they navigated childhood and adulthood as autistic individuals.NF AiAAmazon
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Asperkids: An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger SyndromeAs a parent, a teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer Cook O'Toole provides a unique insider's look into Asperger Syndrome. She shows how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.NF AiA HTPAmazon
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The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your ChildWhen facing contentious issues such as screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. Siegel calls this a No Brain response. But our kids can learn to approach life with openness and curiosity, a Yes Brain. This book gives parents skills, scripts, and activities to bring kids of all ages into a “yes” state.NF HTPAmazon
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Making Sense: A Guide to Sensory IssuesIn this guide, mental health counselor, SPD community advocate, and sensory adult Rachel S. Schneider MA MHC helps us to make sense of sensory issues. and answers your questions about life with sensory processing differences.NFAmazon
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The Learning Tree: Overcoming Learning Disabilities from the Ground UpThe Learning Tree offers a new understanding of learning problems. Rather than looking just at symptoms, this new approach describes how to find the missing developmental steps that cause these symptoms. The best solution to the problem comes from knowing what essential skills to strengthen.NFAmazon
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Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew about Growing Up, Acceptance, and IdentityA diverse collection of autistic contributors reflect on what they have learned while growing up on the autism spectrum and how parents can avoid common mistakes and overcome challenges while raising their child.NF AiA HTPAmazon
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Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary TeensIs it just a phase, a fad, or a real issue with your teen? This comprehensive guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising a teenager who may be transgender, gender-variant or gender-fluid.NFAmazon
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Adult Nonfiction to Become Your Best You

While not all of these relate specifically to autism or neurodiversity, they are great reads for anyone curious about the world and themselves.
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The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True SelfIn The Way of Integrity, Martha Beck presents a four-stage process that anyone can use to find integrity, and with it, a sense of purpose, emotional healing, and a life free of mental suffering. Much of what plagues us—people pleasing, staying in stale relationships, negative habits—all point to what happens when we are out of touch with what truly makes us feel whole.NF HTPAmazon
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Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us About Life, Love and RelationshipsDiagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of eight, Dr Camilla Pang struggled to understand the world around her. Desperate for a solution, Camilla asked her mother if there was an instruction manual for humans that she could consult. But, without the blueprint to life she was hoping for, Camilla began to create her own.NF AiA HTPAmazon
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your LifeDiscover the truth hiding behind troubling thoughts with Byron Katie's self-help classic. The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light.NF HTPAmazon
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Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing AutismDr. Barry M. Prizant suggests the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.NFAmazon
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The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human InventionA groundbreaking argument about the link between autism and human ingenuity throughout history.NFAmazon
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Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral ChallengesDr. Mona Delahooke describes behaviors 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. Features worksheets, tools and techniques to reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships. NF HTPAmazon
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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the WorldPart travel memoir, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader across the globe to investigate not what happiness is, but WHERE it is.NFAmazon
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Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend SmarterBehavioral economist Dan Ariely teams up with financial comedian and writer Jeff Kreisler to reveal the rationale and emotions behind our most head-scratching financial choices and offer clear guidance for navigating the treacherous financial landscape of the brain.NFAmazon
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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of TraumaDr. Bessel van der Kolk, show show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.NFAmazon
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Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement, 2nd EditionKaty Bowman has shaken up the health and wellness world, spreading the message that this culture’s sedentarism has become pervasive, and exercise is no longer a viable solution: movement is.NF HTPAmazon
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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal FreedomDon Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.NFAmazon
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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You AreA motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, ok, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an "imperfect" life and embracing living authentically.NFAmazon
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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of PlantsDrawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings--asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass--offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.NFAmazon
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The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance: What Women Should KnowJournalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman travel to the frontiers of neuroscience, visit the world's leading psychologists, and interview women leaders from the worlds of politics, sports, the military, and the arts to learn the secrets of confidence.NFAmazon
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Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating WorldWith empathy, compassion, and practical tools, a developmental psychologist and sufferer of Sensory Defensive Disorder (SD) sheds light on a little known but common affliction in which sufferers react to harmless stimuli as irritating, distracting, or dangerousNF HTPAmazon
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The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms YouMost of us feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for the highly sensitive person, it's a way of life. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Elaine Aron, a highly sensitive person herself, shows you how to identify this trait in yourself and make the most of it in everyday situations.NFAmazon
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The End of Average: Unlocking Our Potential by Embracing What Makes Us DifferentWhile we know people learn and develop in distinctive ways, these unique patterns of behaviors are lost in our schools and businesses which have been designed around the mythical “average person.” This model ignores our differences and fails at recognizing talent. It’s time to change it.NFAmazon
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Make It Stick: The Science of Successful LearningMany common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.NFAmazon
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Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic WorldAfter being diagnosed with post-natal depression, Brooke McAlary put the brakes on her stressful path and reorganized her life to emphasize depth, connection, and meaningful experiences. Brooke shares her story alongside practical advice for simplifying in ways that work for your life.NFAmazon
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Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger SuccessLearn how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to hack sunlight to regulate your circadian rhythms, which clinically proven sleep nutrients and supplements you need, and stress-reduction exercises and fitness tips to keep you mentally and physically sharp. NFAmazon
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Asperger's on the JobThere is more to a job than what the tasks are: from social blunders, to sensory issues, to bullying by coworkers, Simone presents solutions to difficult challenges based on her personal experiences and those of over fifty other adults with Asperger's.NF AiAAmazon
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Activate Your Vagus Nerve: Unleash Your Body's Natural Ability to HealThis helpful guide provides all the tools you need to understand and heal your vagus nerve, the rest, digest and recovery system. You’ll learn simple yet powerful techniques to address a variety of ailments health challenges, like inflammation, gut sensitivity and brain fog, from their root causes originating with the vagus nerve.NFAmazon
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Finding Your Own North StarMartha Beck shares her step-by-step program that will guide you to fulfill your own potential.NFAmazon
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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearElizabeth Gilbert digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity, and encourages us to uncover the "strange jewels" that are hidden within each of us.NFAmazon
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