Talking is not my thing, by Rose Robbins
The autistic sister in this sibling pair is non verbal, but she finds plenty of ways to communicate and have fun with her brother. Although she can't talk, this little girl understands everything, and has plenty to say, and lots of ideas. Through body language, drawing pictures, making gestures or using flash cards, she is able to contribute to their life together. Her brother and granny are able to understand her whether she needs help or is helping them!
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Through the eyes of us, by Jon Roberts and Hannah Rounding
Through the Eyes of Us is a beautiful, colourful picture book for children which gives insight into the world of children with autism following the experiences of Kya, who has severe autism.
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Leo and the octopus, by Isabelle Marinov
The world was too bright for Leo. And too loud. 'I must be living on the wrong planet,' Leo thought. Leo struggles to make sense of the world. He doesn't understand the other children in his class, and they don't seem to understand him. But then one day, Leo meets Maya. Maya is an octopus, and the more Leo learns about her, the more he thinks that perhaps he isn't alone in this world, after all.
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A friend for Henry, by Jenn Bailey and Mika Song
In Classroom Six, second left down the hall, Henry has been on the lookout for a friend. A friend who shares. A friend who listens. Maybe even a friend who likes things to stay the same and all in order, as Henry does. But on a day full of too close and too loud, when nothing seems to go right, will Henry ever find a friend - or will a friend find him? With insight and warmth, this heartfelt story from the perspective of a boy on the autism spectrum celebrates the everyday magic of friendship.
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Pablo's feelings, by Andrew Brenner, Sumita Majumdar and Gráinne McGuinness
Sometimes your face doesn't show how you are feeling. Pablo wants to go to his cousin Lorna's house, but his mum sees the expression on his face and thinks that he doesn't want to go! Pablo has autism and he sees the world in a different way. Together with his friends, the Book Animals, he comes up with a way to let people know what he is thinking!
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Autism, by Louise Spilsbury and Ximena Jeria
This book explores the many aspects of Autism in a child-friendly way. It is part of a hands-on series of picture books designed to help children with their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk about. This book offers practical help, tips and advice an well as exploring everyday situations, supported by, exquisite and approachable illustrations to give a comforting story book feel, particularly suited to 5-7 year olds, but with scope to appeal to both younger and older children. A perfect aid to help children open up and explore how they feel and give steps they can take to help them cope.
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Managing meltdowns and tantrums on the autism spectrum: a parent and caregiver's guide, by Jenna Ward-Hawkes, Melissa Rodi, and Paul Banwell
This guide is for parents of children with ASD (and other conditions) aged 2-9, who need advice on managing meltdowns. Offering simple and clear explanations of triggers for arousal and meltdowns, it is followed by clear strategies of how to deal with them to help the child, and the parent themselves.
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I see things differently: a first look at autism, by Pat Thomas
This reassuring picture book explains autism in simple terms. It explores how children with autism might feel and suggest ways for other children to consider this child's feelings. The questions surrounding this condition are made accessible and approachable. This book is written largely from the child's perspective.
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The growing up book for boys: what boys on the autism spectrum need to know!, by Davida Hartman and Margaret Suggs
This title explains the facts behind the growth spurts, body changes and mood swings of adolescence for boys aged 9-14 on the autism spectrum. Using direct literal language and cool colour illustrations, this book tells boys all they need to know about growing hair in new places, shaving, wet dreams, and unexpected erections.
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The growing up guide for girls: what girls on the autism spectrum need to know!, by Davida Hartman and Margaret Suggs
This illustrated guide for girls is full of facts and advice about growing up, puberty, body image, friendship, crushes, and more. Written in literal language and addressing sensory issues, safety, and social skills throughout, it offers an ideal introduction to the teenage years for girls with autism, aged 9 to 14.
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Sometimes noise is big: life with autism, by Angela Coelho and Camille Robertson
What would life be like if the world was too noisy for your eyes, or your clothes always felt too itchy? This picture book describes the world from the point of view of a child with autism and the sensory issues and big feelings they often encounter. This simple explanation is ideal for children aged 5+ to help understanding of sensory issues.
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Maria and me: a father, a daughter (and autism), by Maria and Miguel Gallardo
A father's first-hand account of what life is like with his daughter María who has autism. On a trip to the Canary Islands in Spain, some challenges arise as a result. This book shows how the two work around these issues, and gives insight into how María sees and experiences the world.
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Through the eyes of me, by Jon Robert and Hannah Rounding
Through the Eyes of Me is a beautiful, colourful, illustrated book for children that allows a glimpse into the world of a child with autism. Readers will meet 4-year-old Kya who loves to run, read, look at and rip up stickers. Discover why Kya does certain things, doesn't like some things, and really, really loves other things.
Through the eyes of me was written by Jon Roberts when his 4-year-old daughter, Kya, was diagnosed with severe autism. Together with his wife Sarah they hope that, by recording and sharing Kya's lovely little quirks, they will help encourage a greater degree of understanding amongst siblings, classmates, in fact anyone who knows someone on the autism spectrum.
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Isaac and his amazing Asperger superpowers!, by Melanie Walsh
Meet Isaac. He's a superhero! He might look like everyone else, but he has a kind of autism called Asperger's. Inside this book he'll tell you all about what it's like to have his Asperger superpowers.
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He's not naughty! A children's guide to autism, by Deborah Brownson and Ben Mason
Fed up of everyone not understanding her friend Jake, Taryn candidly explains her understanding of autism, and why Jake's behaviour isn't naughty!
This text is a quick and fun way for children aged 6-10 to learn about autism and the vibrant illustrations provide a unique visual representation of what it's like to be autistic.
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Me and my sister, by Rose Robbins
This appealing brother and sister duo spend a lot of their day together, eating meals, going to school and playing. But life with an autistic sibling is not always easy. Through the eyes of the brother, we find out how they are both very different, but also very similar in other ways, and come what may they have lots of fun together and love each other just the same.
This is a touching book that will strike a chord with every family with siblings, especially where one is differently abled.
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A different sort of normal, by Abigail Balfe
Hi! My name is Abigail, and I'm autistic. But I didn't know I was autistic until I was an adult-sort-of-person. This is my true story of growing up in the confusing 'normal' world, all the while missing some very important information about myself. There'll be scary moments involving toilets and crowded trains, heart-warming tales of cats and pianos, and funny memories including my dad and a mysterious tub of ice cream. Along the way you'll also find some very crucial information about autism.
If you've ever felt different, out of place, like you don't fit in - this book is for you.
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Frankie's world, by Aoife Dooley
How do you fit in and stand out when you feel different to everyone around you? 12-year-old Frankie knows she's not like anyone else in her class: she's different, but she can't quite figure out why. Is it the new freckle on her nose, or the fact she's small for her age? Or that she has to go to the hospital sometimes? Everyone else seems to think she's weird too, and they make fun of her at school. Frankie's dad left when she was a baby - maybe he was different too? It would explain why she always feels like an alien. So she and her best-friend Sam, embark on a mission to track him down.
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Just like me: 40 neurologically and physically diverse people who broke stereotypes, by Louise Gooding
The world is full of people who are a little different in one way or another. Our uniqueness is what makes us stand out and makes us who we are. You can never judge someone on something you can not see or even on the things you can see. We are all special. We are all unique. We are all 'different; not less'.
A collection of true stories about inspiring people and famous figures from around the world, all with something that makes them physically or neurologically diverse. Reflective of our diverse society, this anthology features figures including Simone Biles, Selena Gomez, Temple Grandin, Warwick Davies, Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Hawking and Greta Thunberg.
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Perfectly weird, perfectly you: a scientific guide to growing up, by Camilla Pang
Did you know that: finding your confidence is a lot like programming a computer? Understanding photosynthesis can teach you about following your passions? Peer pressure and Isaac Newton have more in common than you might think? Well, welcome to Dr Camilla Pang's scientific survival guide to growing up! As a child Camilla loved patterns and putting things in order. She was obsessed with Stephen Hawking. And the only language she really understood was science.
Diagnosed with autism age 8, Camilla saw the world very differently. But with science as her sidekick, she was able to translate ideas she could understand (like gravity, photosynthesis and algorithms) onto things she couldn't (like peer pressure, emotions and finding your voice). Today, Camilla is a scientist and an award-winning author, and she is here to share her scientific survival guide with you.
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The reason I jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism, by Naoki Higashida & Keiko Yoshida, translated by David Mitchell
Written by Naoki Higishida when he was only 13, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel - such as about the people around them, time and beauty, noise, and themselves.
Naoki abundantly proves that autistic people do possess imagination, humour and empathy, but also makes clear, with great poignancy, how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.
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Diary of a young naturalist, by Dara McAnulty
'Diary of a Young Naturalist' chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty's world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling.
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